Latest update : 2018-04-12 She has starred in a critically acclaimed film, yet Fatima Al-Banawi grew up in a country where cinemas simply didn't exist. The artist and actress is now looking to bring a Saudi Arabian perspective to European audiences through the medium of storytelling, via her performance "Amours Saudiennes" at the Palais de Tokyo gallery in Paris. The star of the 2016 movie "Barakah meets Barakah", Fatima tells us how the virtual space has been a key factor in changing behaviour and attitudes in the more tangible space of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. By Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR … [Read more...] about Fatima Al-Banawi’s Saudi stories mine the personal and the universal
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Having already broken seemingly hundreds of box office records, Black Panther looks set to mark another landmark. The Marvel blockbuster will reportedly become the first movie released into cinemas in Saudi Arabia in over 35 years. Last year, Saudi Arabia announced the 35-year ban on movie theatres was finally coming to an end, the latest social push by the country's young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Theatres were initially shut down during the 1980's following a wave of ultraconservatism, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia's clerics who viewed Western movies as sinful. 27 films to look out for in the first half of 2018 27 show all 27 films to look out for in the first half of 2018 1/27 Released: 12 February Director: Ryan Coogler Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman 2/27 Released: 1 January Director: Michael Gracey Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca … [Read more...] about Black Panther to become first film released in Saudi Arabia in 35 years
Many great directors have one classic kids’ movie in them. Think Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are or Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Now it’s the turn of Todd Haynes, the American auteur behind Carol, Velvet Goldmine and the Bob Dylan bio I’m Not There. His new film Wonderstruck is based on the 2011 illustrated children’s book by Brian Selznick, who also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, which was adapted by Martin Scorsese as Hugo, another masterful movie for kids. Haynes’ desire to explore his inner child came in part, he says, from watching the likes of Jonze and Anderson bring their sensibilities to children’s literature. “I thought it would be a really cool thing to do and something I hadn’t done before,” he says, perched on a sofa in London’s Soho Hotel. He ponders whether Anderson et al making films for children was really about them wanting to make a film for their younger selves, … [Read more...] about Todd Haynes on why his new film will get kids to put down their mobile phones
WORLD renowned physicist Stephen Hawking sadly passed away at the age of 76 earlier this month. Described as the greatest scientific brain since Albert Einstein, the physicist was considered a medical marvel, having lived for more than half a century with the devastating condition motor neurone disease. Who was Stephen Hawking and what was he famous for? Stephen was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford - where his parents had decamped from north London for him to be born away from the worst of the wartime bombing raids. When he was 8, the family moved to St Albans, attending school there before going on to Oxford University. His dad wanted him to study medicine, and he wanted to study maths, but it wasn't available at University College so he ended up studying Natural Science - being awarded a first. He went on to Cambridge University to study Cosmology, gaining his PhD and becoming a research fellow and lecturer. His most notable work was on the basic laws which govern the universe - … [Read more...] about When did Stephen Hawking die, how old was the physicist and what was his life like before his ALS diagnosis?
PUBLISHED: 18:30 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:22 29 March 2018 A view of Hitchin Lavender farm. [Picture: Alena Kravchenko / Getty Images] This content is subject to copyright. Open air cinema will return to Hitchin Lavender this summer with this year’s programme including a series of cult films as well as favourites Dirty Dancing and Top Gun. Sundown Cinema has announced the movies it will be screening outdoors at Hitchin Lavender. This will be the company’s sixth season at Cadwell Farm and it will be returning with more films than ever. The Sundown season at Hitchin Lavender will kick off with a series of cult films on Wednesdays in June. Cool vampire horror flick The Lost Boys (15), starring Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, will open the outdoor programme on June 13. Dirty Dancing Utilising one of Sundown Cinema’s digital screens, the film will start before dark at 8pm. Harrison Ford can be seen on the big screen a week later as replicant hunter Deckard … [Read more...] about Cult classics coming to Hitchin outdoor cinema this summer