About seventeen years ago, I had the occasion to visit a new museum that opened near Trafalgar square in London, UK. The display was divided into two sections, the first being a walkthrough of the bunker offices where Churchill and his command team operated during WWII.
The second part of the museum tour is dedicated entirely to the life of Sir Winston Churchill. There is no doubting the significance of this individual’s place in history, but what interested me most about this section of the museum was the new technology being implemented to exhibit his life.
The most prominent of…
As we move through life we are met with choices. If you move slowly, the choices are bountiful, and sometimes too many.
So you speed up a bit, travelling past successive crossroads at a pace where a decision isn’t an option. Then, you find you’re moving faster and faster, and the intersections slip by in a blur, leaving you to fly on without the knowledge that a choice even exists.
What on earth does this have to do with my biography, you ask?
I have seen my life at various speeds, and I have to say I’m enjoying this one…
Remember the joke that went around when The Rolling Stones announced their Steel Wheels Tour way back in 1989?
People were calling it the Steel Wheelchairs tour because, at the time, the ageing rockers were approaching their 50s. Well, another thirty years on and these guys are still going, and seemingly, indestructible.
Since that tour so long ago, Mick Jagger has survived open-heart surgery, Keith Richards has survived about everything he’s ever done to himself.
And Charlie Watts? Well, he’s survived working with Mick and Keith.
Now, Ron Wood has revealed that he has beaten cancer…
Years ago, Ronny…
The play on words aside, a better fiction writer is what I aspire to be, and reading better writers like Liam Ireland and Britni Pepper inspire me to pick up my game. Finding these terrific writers on ILLUMINATION-Curated and ILLUMINATION has somehow lit a fire in my brain.
Their inspiration and my own love for ‘the story’ has become the spark that propels me. Money is a lovely and useful thing to have with the right perspective, but writing stories that resonate are for me, the ultimate prize.
As a filmmaker, I have always been drawn to visual narratives and…
Movies of the past still hold magical powers of imagery and symbolism that resonate today.
If you appreciate the artistry and detail that goes into filmmaking and you would like to explore cinema’s rich and diverse history with a discerning eye, please join me on a journey of rediscovery. You may even find a few new surprises along the way.
Each month, I will offer up two or three titles for viewing at your leisure. My goal is to explore these selections in detail and how they connect with today’s world. Exploring genres and film conventions in ways you may…
Phil Hartmann was born in 1948 in Brantford, Ontario. His salesman father moved Phil and his family to the Northeast United States at the age of 10, and then to California.
“I benefit from the Mr. Potato Head syndrome. Put a wig and a nose and glasses on me, and I disappear.”
After finishing college for graphic arts, Phil started his own company. He was eventually responsible for 40 album covers for rock bands, including Poco and the Crosby, Stills, and Nash logo.
Hartmann, of course, became a beloved character actor and Saturday Night Live cast member. …
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born in 1949 of Dutch-Irish-Italian descent and raised in Freehold, New Jersey. As a Catholic, Bruce was at constant odds with his school and upbringing.
“Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.”
Bruce grew up listening first to Frank Sinatra on radio and then he saw Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show. By the time he saw the Beatles’ performance on the same program in 1964, he was hooked on a musical career. He bought his first guitar that same year.
It took Springsteen a while to gain a…
Although warned their child could be born with a severe disability and advised to abort, Andrea Bocelli was born in 1958 thanks to the instance of his mother. He was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma and eventually lost his sight at the age of 12.
“Even in the most beautiful music, there are some silences, which are there so we can witness the importance of silence. Silence is more important than ever, as life today is full of noise. We speak a lot about environmental pollution but not enough about noise pollution.”
Bocelli was discovered during auditions by an Italian rock…
Born in 1950, Bill Murray celebrates 71 years today. We can be sure with Bill, every day hasn’t been like all the others. After creating a persona as one of the best deadpan comedians, Murray has stretched his talents to become an accomplished dramatic actor.
“People are like music, some speak the truth and others are just noise.”
Considered by some aloof, Bill Murray is often found at the centre of fun, popping up where you least expect him. In his films, he presents believability no matter what the role. …
The word voluptuous was invented on this day in 1934 with the birth of Sofia Villani Scicolone, who would become known to the world as Sophia Loren. She began her career as a beauty pageant contestant but became so much more in world cinema.
“I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.”
In 1961, Sophia Loren win the Oscar for her performance in Two Women, making her the first male or female actor to win for a role in a foreign language. The story of a mother and daughter in war-torn Italy delved into difficult…