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With his manic energy and cheeky vocabulary, British comic Russell Brand hardly seems like a poster boy for Transcendental Meditation.
But Mr. Brand, who credits the meditation technique for helping him stay sober, is indeed a practitioner of Tm and served as a master of ceremonies Saturday night for the David Lynch Foundation »
- Michelle Kung
Directed by the documentarist and animator Jes Benstock, this playful movie is partly a biography of the gay, ever-cheerful, Oxford-educated sculptor Andrew Logan and the extravagantly staged Alternative Miss World shows he's been putting on at various London venues since 1972. Using a deal of gaudy archive footage, it's built around the 12th show in the series, mounted at the Roundhouse with Ruby Wax as co-presenter in 2009. The performers range from the countercultural director and artist Derek Jarman, one of Logan's earliest supporters on the gay scene, to pillar of the establishment Sir Norman Rosenthal of the Royal Academy, bravely letting his hair down. The events are a very English combination of carnival, kids' dressing-up parties, drag balls and PoW camp shows. I enjoyed the film, but I cannot describe the lengths I'd go to or the excuses I'd offer to avoid attending one of these entertainments.
- Philip French
2 items from 2011
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