films

CUTS THE MOVIE: it’s not all about the haircut

Cuts The Movie - the documentary about London's legendary hairdressers

Nineteen years to make a documentary? How? Why?

Well, the story of why and how Sarah Lewis came to take two decades to make a movie is quite possibly a movie in itself, but for now, let’s concentrate on CUTS The Movie.

Cuts is where I have been getting my hair cut for most of my adult life. I went in to get my first short hair cut (I always wanted to look like one of those i-D girls), and like many of its clients, I never left. Cuts is like family, the Soho-based ‘salon’ is like a rough ‘n’ ready living room with barbers’ chairs; the clients come for haircuts or just to hang out. (more…)

Dior and I: watch the trailer

I’ve just watched a screening of the Dior and I movie, the documentary directed by Frédéric Tcheng which comes out on 27th March (in the UK). Following Raf Simons as he creates his first ever Dior collection in just eight weeks (a couture one, no less), it’s a tense and insightful look at Simons’ creative approach and process as he steps into the lead role at Paris’s most iconic fashion house.

It’s a very human and beautiful film. (more…)

Rolling by

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Today marks the eighth anniversary of this site. (Eighth? What the…?) I’m often asked where the name ‘Disneyrollergirl’ came from and I don’t really have a clever answer. It’s a combo of my love for Californian rollerskating imagery, retro Mickey Mouse paraphernalia and the Beach Boys tune, Disney Girls.

Rollerskating seems to be undergoing yet another revival, which is OK by me. Here’s a video I love, made by breathy French chanteuses Brigitte for their song, J’sais Pas

Celebrating the ‘retirement renaissance’ with Selfridges’ Bright Old Things

Bruno Wizard and Stephen Jones

This month I’m looking forward to a second viewing of The Heart Of Bruno Wizard, a truly heartwarming documentary about one of London’s unsung creative spirits. 64-year-old Bruno Wizard is a one off and his story is a colourful one. (The story of how the film came about is pretty cool too, you can read it here.)

Bruno was a resident of the legendary Warren Street squat (look out for fellow squatters, Stephen Jones and Marilyn in the film) whose bands The Rejects and The Homosexuals performed perfect three minute punk songs and never sold out – unlike some of their contemporaries. Bruno seems to have umpteen lives as the film narrates his many ups and downs throughout the decades. We arrive at the present day in which his spirit is unbroken, his mind as lucid as ever and his character charming but always unpredictable.

The film is out on DVD this month which you can now buy at Selfridges. (more…)

Introducing: Éadaoin Ní Drisceoil

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Love Éadaoin Ní Drisceoil‘s graduate collection, which I discovered on Instagram. Based on the Virgin Suicides, it picks up on the ‘obsessions and passions that consume girls throughout the turbulent years of adolescence’. Translation: awkward layers, odd proportions and mismatched fabrics, not to mention ill at ease styling and an unhealthy fixation with pink. (more…)

Must-see movie: Everybody Street

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Must-see film alert: Everybody Street is a documentary about the important players of New York street photography. Featuring Eliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Martha Cooper, Jamel Shabazz and a number of others, this sounds like a can’t-miss history, fashion and photography lesson all rolled into one. (more…)

The Heart of Bruno Wizard

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Who doesn’t love a good, heartwarming music documentary? If you enjoyed Searching for Sugarman, you must look out for The Heart Of Bruno Wizard. I caught a screening at the East End Film Festival and am impatiently waiting for distribution news so I can see it again.

Bruno is one of those people that I’ve seen out and about and chatted to over the years but never quite understood what he does. The Heart Of Bruno Wizard is his story, told by first-time director Elisabeth Rasmussen. Of course, this isn’t really a music documentary at all but a heartfelt portrait of an artist. We follow his story from punk provocateur (he called his band The Homosxuals ‘to keep the record companies away’ – brilliant!) to artist, political activist and displaced Londoner. Cheesy as it sounds, The heart of Bruno does indeed come across. He’s an old school poet for the people in the same mould as Joe Strummer who never sold out and still carries his message in whatever art medium he can, to whoever will listen.

There are some excellent talking heads featured in the film, including fellow Warren Street squatters Stephen Jones and Marilyn. The music and archive home movie footage are fantastic too. You can get a taste in the trailer here

FILM TRAILER: Anarchist – The Malcolm McLaren Generation

I don’t know anything about this film other than it’s a documentary by Phil Strongman and the trailer has just gone up on Youtube. It features Vivienne Westwood, Adam Ant, Tracey Emin, Boy George and a host of other McLaren associates. I’m slightly obsessed by the hugely influential punk provocateur so this will be a big must-see for me. If you have any more info, do tell…

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