Thursday, 26 May 2011


this is a biography I've put together on one of my favourite directors.

Baz Luhrmann
 He was born 17th of September 1962 as Mark Anthony Luhrmann. He’s been nominated for a golden globe and an academy award, best known for his Red Curtain Trilogy which consists of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. All three films follow his particular style of film-making which includes fast paced editing and bright colours, also the theme of red runs through.

   Strictly Ballroom
This is the only one of the three that I haven’t seen, it’s a romantic comedy that’s centred around the world of competitive dancing. The film was based on a play that was also directed by Luhrmann in 1986 which he later transformed into a film.

Romeo and Juliet
Based on the well known story by William Shakespeare, this version puts the same story and language into a contemporary setting; it also brings an old story and historic language to a new younger audience with its cast and soundtrack.

Moulin Rouge
The film is based on the Orphean myth and also on an opera ‘La Traviata’ by Giuseppe Verdi. The story is set in France and around a well known club the Moulin Rouge. Luhrmann’s inspiration for the film came from a musical he saw in India. He also took inspiration from the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Luhrmann’s most recent film is set in Australia between 1939 and 1942.  As well as Moulin Rouge ‘Australia’ stars Nicole Kidman as his leading lady.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

In the summer time when the weather is fine...

the sudden burst of sunshine we had has brought on a wave of summery adverts, i'm being told on a daily basis to do up my garden, buy a barbeque and check out new summer clothes. what would summer be without icecream :) and i particularly like the new cornetto advert.

i'm not going to go and buy this icecream, which kind of defeats the selling point of the advert, just give me one of those bears!

Valentines Shmalentines

recently my friend Mary told me that valentines day was named after a priest (Father Valentine) that held secret weddings for couples wanting to get married in a time when marriage was banned, he was found out and killed for his cupid like crimes, before his execution he had written a note for his beloved signed 'from your Valentine' and so St Valentine was given a day devoted to expressing love for the one you love. personally I love Valentines day, its the one day you can be over the top gushy, cheesy and romantic and it's acceptable.
I don't know if it's just me but I've been noticing a lot more dating site adverts too! the theme of love in the calendar is spreading to the telvision advert air time, one of my favourites is the one with the old couple talking about each other and the man says she makes a great cup of tea, aww!
one that i dont like however is the couple that meet in the music shop and sing a little song about what they like. I know these matchmaking scenes arent exactly realistic but come on.