Category Archives: documentary

The Art and Politics of Painting

A new documentary project about the history of art, linking painting, the artist and the social context in which it was made. Continue reading

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Vermeer’s Imagination

as I’m not currently working on any food and sustainability related documentary at present – though more are on the horizon – I now have a window of opportunity to start one on Vermeer that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while. Continue reading

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Unstuck in Time

He sits there lifesize or perhaps larger-than-life, still frozen almost 50 years later, with the vacant stare of a witness struck dumb and nothing at all like the numerous small reproductions seen so often in books and magazines. Don McCullin … Continue reading

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Arribes: This Is Also The Future

How exotic to see a pig being cut open with its intestines still hot and steamy. The smell cannot penetrate the screen, but anyone who has witnessed a pig slaughter knows how thick and warm it is, blending in with the stench of scorched skin. How awful to see a knife stuck in the pig’s throat, bleeding into a bucket to be used for blood sausages, and then its innards being pulled out. Continue reading

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Arribes: el resto es barullo

Siempre he vivido en grandes ciudades, donde compraba en tiendas o supermercados la comida o cualquier otro producto. Aparte de si era ecológica o no, si llevaba demasiados aditivos, sal o azúcar, nunca le presté demasiada atención, como la mayoría de los urbanitas, ajenos a la experiencia de cómo y de dónde proviene la comida. En España, el padre de mi mujer todavía trabaja sus viñedos a pesar de una artritis producida por muchos años de duro esfuerzo en el campo, un campo ingrato donde el granizo o una helada temprana pueden hacer peligrar la cosecha a punto de recoger. Recuerdo comprar una botella de vino en Londres y pararme a pensar en lo poco sabía qué hay detrás de esa botella y lo que cuesta elaborar ese vino. Continue reading

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