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Westwood: Punk. Icon. Activist

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  The opening lines of this documentary are very surprisingly ‘just let me talk and get it over with’.  They are spoken by Dame Vivienne Westwood herself an iconic fashion genius who it turns out is also a  mass of contradictions. Such as agreeing to give unlimited access to filmmaker and former model Lorna Tucker to make … Continue reading



Saving Brinton

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  Timing is everything. One week in 1981 after history teacher Michael Zahs got married he filled up a whole room in his house in Washington, Iowa with two truckloads of silent movies and equipment from the late 1890s and early 1900s that once belonged to Frank and Indiana Brinton.  The Brintons were also local … Continue reading



Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie

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  For all of its 59 years of life Barbie, the worlds’ most famous doll, has always been a controversial figure. When she was ‘born’ in 1959 Barbie was the first ever doll shaped as a woman, with breasts even,  as up to this point in time children’s dolls had only been babies.  Scorned by the male Buyers … Continue reading



Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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  There already have been several documentaries about the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat who is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, but Sara Driver’s new one just focuses purely on his late teenage years.  There is no discussion on his childhood in Brooklyn or how he ended up in SoHo the first place, as … Continue reading




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