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‘I used to be a Dick.. but I’m trying to be more of a Richard’

An observational documentary by Joshua Neale capturing the life of one charming man Dick Kuchera. Dick is on a path chasing redemption. On his 20-year path to recovery from alcoholism he is stuck at steps eight and nine of a 12-step program – to make amends to everyone he has upset for the last 50 years.

Director Joshua Neale has done an excellent job at capturing on camera the uncomfortable situation of Dick apologising to past ex wives and friends for his previous ego driven actions. This documentary is good at taking the audience on a journey through the good and bad of Dick’s personality traits and capturing not only Dick’s past but his current life too.

The most likable and clued up character in this documentary is the son of the current woman Dick is dating. A total lack of regard for boundaries Dick states to him ‘I’m gonna do something kinky to your mother’. You see Dick is a charming man. But one does have to wonder whether this documentary simply feeds Dick’s self centred behaviour. Whether he really does mean the apologies. I’d have to side with the son… when defeated by Dick’s actions he nonchalantly turns to camera and say’s ‘the bastards too good at getting people to do what he wants’. Hmmmm. You can catch this on BBC4 for the Storyville ‘Survivors’ season broadcast – January 9th at 10pm.

www.despicabledick.com

On my list of one’s to watch I would highly recommend Oprah’s Lifeclass’ on Oprah.com. These are brilliant self exploratory classes go watch here

I’m currently addicted to this by Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. Gotye will celebrate the release of Making Mirrors in the UK with an intimate show at Wilton’s Music Hall on 13th February 2012.

It’s the Brits 2012 this year I will be attending after winning the Brit Girl Competition with Company magazine. I’ve been looking at dresses… and ideally.. I want this one..

Isn’t it gorgeous? What would you wear. If money was no object? Tweet me… @ohDearyme

Link to Company page

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‘I don’t read much of other people’s work. Maybe I should. Maybe I’m missing something. I’m learning so much from this experience, from the way people are responding to my work. It’s teaching me a lot. I feel good that I wasn’t wrong. I’ve been on this track for so long and I haven’t been that successful in Japan. But now some people are getting it. It’s very gratifying.‘ Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Released on the 13th January, Tatsumi is the new animiated drama film from Singaporean Director Eric Khoo. The film interweaves five shorter stories and the better known 800 page manga memoir ‘A Drifting Life’ by now 77 yr old Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

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The film takes the audience on a dramatic journey of Tatsumi’s life from the 1960’s – 1980’s and is set in post war Japan. It is a dark humourous play on the cruel reality of life, sometimes shocking.. sometimes a little disturbing, this is an incredibly well made, entertaining and beautifully crafted film which I guess is why it has been selected as the Singaporean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards (which takes place on the February 26, 2012…ohDearyme wishes it the greatest luck!).

Please note: a strong background/interest in manga/animation is not required for the viewing of this film…so do make it a one to watch!

Picture of Director Eric Khoo (left) and me!

FACT: Tatsumi coined the term gekiga in 1957 which means ‘dramatic pictures’. This would be a movement that would launch the alternative comics scene in Japan.

You can book to watch the film here

If that has you wanting to know more about the medium of comics here is a mini interview with Paul Gravett editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

How/when did you get into comics and what is it about them that you find appealing?
It was TV that got me into comics first – Thunderbirds, Tintin and Batman shows led me to discover their original comics and from there I was hooked. I love how comics stimulate both sides of my brain, make me read and look at the same time and fill the gaps between the panels – and then the stories and emotions they create.

What is your favourite comic and why?
Impossible to choose just one. All I can give you is my favourite right now, this instance, which is a manga called Saint Oniisan (pictured below) about Jesus and Buddha coming down to present-day Earth and renting a Tokyo apartment for their holidays, it’s hilarious and utterly original.

You’ve just finished editing ‘1001 Comics’ tell us more about the content…
The first 500 entries cover more than a century, from 1837 to around 1985, the last 501 entries cover the last 25 years or so. That reflects how many amazing, innovative comics have been produced all over the world in these recent years. This is connected to the rise of women’s role as comics authors and to the medium expanding from traditional genres and tackling every subject you can imagine.

Do you think the traditional medium of the comic can survive the increasing desire for virtual reality… how/why?
Comics are already working brilliantly online and as apps, and at the same time we’re also seeing a renewed appreciation of the beauty of books as tactile objects, graphic novels with fantastic production and design, and the return of the hand-crafted. Comics are our oldest storytelling form… right back to cave paintings, so they can survive anything and will evolve as they have always done as technology changes.

What did you enjoy about the Tatsumi film?
I especially enjoyed the chance to get to know the man behind the manga and appreciate what drives someone to devote themselves to their life’s dream of making powerful stories in their own unique way. It proves the secret power of comics – one person, with pen or pixels, can make a reader react emotionally to something as ‘simple’ as motionless, silent drawings and words on a page.

Paul Gravell Website

Check out work from aspiring cartoonist: Mike Medaglia here

In other news… I have fallen in love with this by Charles Bradley ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames):

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Here is a special preview of the amazing film Hollow by new director Rob Sorrenti…a moving story about addiction this is available to watch online only til the 1st January…currently doing a tour of the film festivals this is a special exclusive not to be missed! In fact… it’s so good I’m going to watch it again..

Hollow – Short Film from Rob Sorrenti on Vimeo.

Previous post on ohDearyme about the film here

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Affected by an article about babies born with heroin addiction and with two close friends suffering from the affliction, rising talent – Director Rob Sorrenti took it upon himself to explore and capture what is a tragic subject. A short film that from concept to completion took four years to finish, “Hollow” explores the idea that love isn’t always enough when it comes to getting clean.

Rob: ‘What I wanted “Hollow” to show was that hope can still exist even in the darkest of times and that it is possible for people who have lived in the dark to turn their lives around.’

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Surrounding themselves with people from the addiction community Rob and co-writer Lee Thomas have managed to capture the very moving reality of addiction. Featuring a talented cast (Morven Christie and Martin McCann) the viewer might find it disturbingly easy to identify with what may sometimes seem like a far removed subject.

‘By accurately portraying the physical and psychological damages of addiction, Hollow will help audiences not only understand the problems addiction bring, but also the routes to recovery for the person involved.’

– AdFam, UK

An excellent and extremely moving film make sure this film is on your list of ones to watch at The Bristol Encounters Film Festival next month 16th – 20th November..

The film is presented in Programme: British 1: Out of Step – Screening 1: Wednesday 16 November 19:00pm, Watershed Cinema 3. And Screening 2: Friday 18 November 10:00am, Watershed Cinema 3.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/
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And if that wasn’t enough here is a little freebie for you..
FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD:‘Lambs’ by Kyla La Grange

Enjoy.. Becki Bx

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An excellent film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne The Kid With A Bike tells the story of an 11-year-old boy played by Thomas Doret who turns to a young woman Cecile de France after his father has abandoned him at a care home.

Filmed in the Meuse Valley, Belgium, this fly on the wall film captures the emotional and raw journey of rejection at such a young age. It is hard to believe that this is a new career path for the 13 year old Thomas Doret who plays the main part of 11 year old Cyril; an angsty and rebellious boy torn in several directions as he struggles to deal with the reality of his situation he is not always a likeable character. But Cyril is offered unconditional love by a young woman despite the trouble that he creates. This film is a raw look at both the good and bad in humanity without any overbearing fluffiness. An extremely honest and engaging look at life that kept me on the edge of my seat this really is film making at it’s best.

An ohDearyme thumbs up.

Other recommendations:
Last week Becki also watched Snowtown by director Justin Kurzel. Still in shock she might need a few counseling sessions before she can talk about the experience. Very well made. Very powerful. But very depressing. Watch it at your own peril!

I have no idea why you would want to own this film on DVD. But here’s the website if you should so want to:

http://www.snowtownthemovie.com/

MAKE UP NEWS:
I have just this minute received an exquisitely wrapped GLOSSYBOX. For only £12.95 a month GLOSSYBOX delivers a mix of 5 exciting product miniatures packed for you to test at home.
If you love make up this is a great way to get your hands on the newest products and try out different brands that you wouldn’t normally try. This month I received some face oil, an eyebrow kit (which I’m looking forward to using as I never put make up on my eyebrows but as I learnt in my make up class this week they are the defining feature of a face so I’m going to practice perfecting them), some anti wrinkle cream (I’m big on using my SPF’s KEEP ME YOUTHFUL! KEEP ME YOUTHFUL!) and some new perfume called Plum which might be a bit mumsy for me. I’m loving the new scent from Gucci though. If you can afford to – this is a really nice way to treat yourself every month..

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: MONARCHY

http://www.GLOSSYBOX.co.uk
http://monarchysound.com/

Happy Friday!xx

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