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Dennis Hopper: Sunday Brunch With The last Rebel, Bristol
It would take a month of Sundays to do justice to Hopper's long and varied career, but this quartet is at least playing at a time of day the late American great might appreciate. Eat off that hangover with a "South West Full English" and watch four of Hopper's key films, even if his chemically enhanced performances might cause hangovers rather than cure them. In fact, this could well be part of a government safety campaign on the effects of different narcotics: Easy Rider (marijuana), Apocalypse Now (cocaine), Blue Velvet (solvent abuse) and The American Friend (Mogadon) – a tribute to Hopper's "range", then.
Sun to 25 Jul, Watershed, visit watershed.co.uk
Tibet Film Festival, London & touring
It's not easy to "celebrate" Tibetan culture wholeheartedly when we might just as easily mourn its systematic destruction, but this festival tells us it's all right to do both. »
- Steve Rose
Radiohead’s Thom York, singer/songwriter Damien Rice and composer Philip Glass has all written songs for a new documentary about Tibet. “When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun,” a film about Tibet and China’s troubled relationship directed by Dirk Simon. Yorke penned three songs for the project, according to a posting by Simon on the film’s website. U.K. newspaper, The Guardian, further reports that the soundtrack will include previously released material from such acts as Bjork, DJ Spooky, Eric Clapton and Massive Attack’s Rob Del Naja. The film also includes interviews with the Dalai Lama as well as long-time Tibetan supporter Richard Gere and Desmond »
The composers for the documentary's soundtrack were confirmed on the official Web site, whenthedragon.com, which does not confirm a release date but simply says the film is "coming soon." »
- By Andre Paine, Billboard
Radiohead's Thom Yorke has written three new songs for a forthcoming documentary about Tibet, according to the film's director. Yorke's tunes will appear alongside new material by songwriter Damien Rice and celebrated composer Philip Glass.
When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun, directed by Dirk Simon, explores Tibet's political struggle with China, and the factors that have brought the Tibetan Freedom movement to a relative standstill. "Seven years in the making," according to the film's website, the footage includes interviews with Tibetan exiles, Chinese artists and the Dalai Lama, as well as actor Richard Gere and South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Glass has composed the main theme of the documentary, Simon told Twentyfourbit this week, as well as a suite for the film's "grand finale »
- Sean Michaels
4 items from 2010
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