Independent cinema would be unimaginably different if not for the essential role played by activist and filmmaker Jonas Mekas. This Christmas brings a major retrospective of Jonas Mekas to the Serpentine Gallery in London, and there is a season of his films at BFI Southbank too. Dr. Matilde Nardelli shares her thoughts on the legendary figure who has influenced everyone from Martin Scorsese to Jim Jarmusch
Rather than precipitating the death of cinema, the innovations ushered in by digital means have arguably given cinema a new lease of life; and the power of editing in particular – one of the oldest ‘qualities’ to be identified or praised in the medium – has gained new prominence and significance. Dr. Matilde Nardelli takes a closer look at the re-affirmation of cinematic montage.
For those not in the know, Sigur Ros are the Icelandic band that have scored epic moments in nature documentaries over the last few years. In fact, I’m not sure what nature documentaries did before Sigur Ros came about. Scenes of the artic certainly seemed less grand, that’s for sure.