McNulty calls Jane Austen muscular

Sort of.  Dominic West who plays Jimmy McNulty in The Wire (The. Best. TV. Series. Ever) is undertaking a new project reading from classic books including Pride and Prejudice.

He loves the writing of Jane Austen, especially the scene in Pride and Prejudice where Fitzwilliam Darcy declares his most ardent love:

I thought it was such incredible writing. So muscular, so layered … the sophistication of the language … the psychological insights into the characters … Elizabeth Bennet is just so clever and brave and witty and funny and great.

Just when you think McNulty couldn’t be cooler (apparently he was at Glastonbury recently eating a giant cornish pastie and getting ‘big ups’ all over the show) … he takes it to the supercool wall!

And he’s not alone – actors Greg Wise and Dan Stevens also feature in Carte Noire Readers – “For a more seductive coffee break, watch The Carte Noire Readers read your favourite literary love scenes”. Why ever not!

Nuclear Wintour – Film Festival choice

The New Zealand International Film Festival starts on July 30 giving Christchurch movie fans of all persuasions two weeks of fantastic film going. I was lucky go to the festival launch where the feature film was the documentary The September Issue.

Don’t miss this – you don’t need to be a fashionista to appreciate this behind the scenes look at the making of 2007 September issue of American Vogue. This is traditionally the fashion bible of the year with literally hundreds of pages. A whole fashion design and retail industry waits with bated breath to see what has been decreed by Anna Wintour (a.k.a Nuclear Wintour) the famously intimidating editor who was supposedly the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s performance in The Devil Wears Prada. The other leading player in the documentary is the former model Grace Coddington who is the creative editor of American Vogue. The dynamic between these two women is worth seeing.

Anna famously hides behind dark glasses and a poker face and sometimes only the most subtle flicker on her face or slight change of body language gives you a clue as to what she is thinking. Needless to say her employees are highly tuned to watch for these signs. Anna does reveal – either deliberately or unwittingly a bit about herself. The intimidating personna is definitely how she keeps herself at the top of the tree – defying the world to question her judgement – but how much it is genuinely her or how much she has changed and come to be the persona she created I don’t know. Anyway a great night out at the movies.

150th YouTube competition is underway …

and here’s a wonderful entry

Christchurch City Libraries is running its very first YouTube competition – to celebrate a phenomenal 150 years of public library service.
To be in to win unleash your inner-film director to make a stand out video, upload it to YouTube and send us your entry form. A host of prizes are up for grabs including a laptop computer, a Sony camcorder, an iPhone and hundreds of dollars worth of vouchers.