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…
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…
“I talked to my friend’s 17-year-old daughter about the slang that teenagers use, and this lovely young lady explained that all her friends call one another ‘bitches, sluts and whores’.”
Sofia Coppola, Red Magazine, on researching teen language for The Bling Ring
A successful film director who’s intelligent, glamorous and female? Let’s face it, it doesn’t happen often. So the glossies must have been gagging to get Sofia Coppola for their covers. The July issue of Red features a cover plus six pages of Coppola (sporting Miu Miu, Valentino and Chanel), in which she shares her own astute observations of celebrity culture and modern-day youth culture.
On researching LA teenagers for The Bling Ring, she said, “I talked to my friend’s 17-year-old daughter about the slang that teenagers use, and this lovely young lady explained that all her friends call one another ‘bitches, sluts and whores’. I also went to clubs in LA with all the girls dressed up in miniskirts and sky-high shoes. That was pretty exotic. Everyone was texting, taking pictures, and I tried to put as much of that in the film as possible. It was almost sci-fi, this idea that living does not count unless you are documenting it. All those things interest me and say so much about our culture, and what is emphasised as important.”