Sean Connery's Space-Age Mankini Never Gets Old
Earlier this year, VICE Films and Grolsch Film Works teamed up with the directors Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko and Jan Kwiecinski to make a three-part film called The Fourth Dimension. Now, Grolsch Film Works have a new website where you can find out what they’ve been up to and read/watch interesting stuff about films. Every week we'll be plucking the highlights. This is that.
AN INTERVIEW WITH HELEN HUNT
Helen Hunt is an actress, screenwriter and director, best known for her Oscar-winning turn in 1997’s comedy As Good As It Gets, and long-running US sitcom Mad About You. In Ben Lewin’s The Sessions, she plays Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate who comes to the aid of polio-stricken poet Mark O’Brien, who’s on a quest to lose his virginity. We caught up with Hunt to discuss her brave performance, and the challenges she faced with the role.
WATCH OUR FILM WITH VAL KILMER ON YOUTUBE
WOAH! Careful you don’t drop your coffee cup there. Yes, that moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally come. The Fourth Dimension – a film we made with VICE, Val Kilmer and Harmony Korine – is ready to be unleashed into the world, via a little site that goes by the name of YouTube. WATCH IT BELOW.
The experimental portmanteau film, featuring segments by Alexsei Fedorchenko, Jan Kwiecinski and Harmony Korine, has now been released on YouTube. That’s right, film buffs across the globe can tune into the site to stream The Fourth Dimension, a three-part film that has been well received at over 30 international film festivals, including SFIFF and Tribeca. What’s more, it will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to stream!
LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR
There's a moment at the end of Julian Temple’s Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury (2000) when John Lydon visibly loses it, snapping with the line: “All I want is for future generations to go, ‘F*ck it. Had enough. Here’s the truth’”.
Antonino D’Ambrosio’s new film, Let Fury Have the Hour, shows us that generation and their varied creative responses to the reactionary politics of the Thatcherite/ Reaganite era. The artists we see here listened to punk or afrobeat and went out and started up a band, made a film, wrote a play, started a skateboarding team and these forms of expression created cultural waves that were quickly felt in the forms of protests, aggravation and change. They actively participated in creating a global community that rejected the alienation of the individual in a consumerist society. In the politically conscious cultural desert that is much of modern indie music, this is refreshing. There is no shoegaze here but a very powerful and confrontational stare in the face. Don’t like what’s happening? Go out and change it.
THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS COSTUMES
With the recent release of Xavier Dolan’s fashion-feverish Laurence Anyways, we thought we’d dig out our favourite crazy costumes from the sequin-ridden cupboards of film past and present. Whether it’s Sean Connery in a space-age Mankini, or Charlotte Rampling in little more than a Nazi hat, our choices reflect the weird, the wonderful and the unforgiving spandex of film movie costumes. What most of these films share is a powerful commitment to the outfit’s role in the film, a – how shall we say it? – ‘strong look’. We’ll leave you with the words of the all-seeing oracle of fashion kookery, Lady Gaga: “I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time”.