Born in Western Australia, Tim Minchin, 44, began his career as a comedian, winning the 2005 Perrier best newcomer award at the Edinburgh festival fringe. In 2009, the Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned him to write music and lyrics for a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. The musical has won more than 90 international awards. Minchin cowrote, and stars in, the Sky series Upright, and has released a single, I’ll Take Lonely Tonight, from his forthcoming debut album, Apart Together. He is married with two children and lives in Sydney. … [Read more...] about Tim Minchin: ‘Closest brush with the law? Nude run, 1996’
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He sent a copy of The Peregrine to the film director Werner Herzog; Herzog read it and was astonished. He has since spoken often of the book, and it is now one of only three required texts for his Rogue Film School – along with Virgil’s Georgics and Hemingway’s story “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. Herzog describes The Peregrine as inducing “ecstasy” in the radical sense of the word: not just entranced or frenzied, but literally beside oneself. There are moments, he notes, “where you can tell that [Baker] has completely entered into the existence of a falcon. And this is what I do when I make a film: I step outside of myself into an ekstasis; in Greek, to step outside of your own body.” … [Read more...] about Violent spring: The nature book that predicted the future
The comedian Tim Vine – who chose the film as his Celebrity Mastermind subject – contributed several scenes, including taking on his wife, wearing a shark costume, in the film’s high-octane climax. “He even played the theme on a Casio keyboard,” says Williams. “That’s how much he committed.” … [Read more...] about Bathtubs, fake blood and savaged Barbies: how a global army of ‘finatics’ recreated Jaws
And if this is the future, why does it keep buffering? Every online meeting I attend is blighted by Norman Collier-style microphone cutouts, audio delays and faces freezing in mid-flow. There is a lot of apologising for talking at once, as we fail to pick up on those little nods and intakes of breath we use in meatspace to signal that we wish to speak. We miss the inimitable way that others occupy the world: their gait, stride, gestures and bodily tics. Their voices, as unique in timbre as a fingerprint in the real world, all sound tinny through a computer speaker. Everything feels slightly askew, as if we have broken through a fourth wall and forgotten how to collude in that semi-improvised performance called work. … [Read more...] about Out of office: has the homeworking revolution finally arrived?
While researching her delightful oral history of school summer holidays, Ysenda Maxtone Graham found that many people didn’t go abroad until they were adults. Indeed, “going-away type holidays” to faraway places are only a part of the story Maxtone Graham tells. Summers were, she finds, “more a matter of stasis than travel”. … [Read more...] about British Summer Time Begins by Ysenda Maxtone Graham review – what school summer holidays were like