Hanuman guest appearance on Last nights Doctor Who

Hanuman guest appearance on Last nights Doctor Who

I was already looking foreward to the latest episode of Doctor Who which stars the fist female incarnation of theTime Lord played by the uber-talented Jodie Whittaker and a fresh behind the scenes team led by Broadchurch and Torchwood show runner Chris Chibnall, who earlier this year announced that the writers and the directors of the upcoming series would be the most diverse in the shows 55-year old history.

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Why facial scarring persists as lazy shorthand for Hollywood bad guys | Film | The Guardian

Why facial scarring persists as lazy shorthand for Hollywood bad guys | Film | The Guardian

It’s as old as cinema itself: if you want to drive home a bad guy’s nefarious nature, give them a big facial scar. From Darth Vader to The Lion King’s imaginatively named Scar, for as long as films have existed, film-makers have conflated disfigurement with mental instability or malevolence. The trope is still going strong in Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story – physical otherness equals evil.

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Imagined and Missing Civilisations

Imagined and Missing Civilisations

I recently finished via BBC iPlayer to catch up and view all 9 episodes of Civilisation along with articles and radio programs that look at what mean when we used term 'Civilsiation' 

It was amazing stuff - as the presenter and rostrum camera linger on works of art, ancient, modern and in the last episode contemporary.

Over the 9 hours of arts programming the historians and academics; Simon Schama, Mark Beard and David Olusoga, over two years travelled to all corners of the world to discover monuments of civilisations giving their own interpretation of the what makes a civilisations.

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Civilisations catches up with Rama

Civilisations catches up with Rama

The art event of 2018 is the BBCs new series from art historians and academics Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga revisit the the themes and ideas of the worlds Civilisations through its art, architecture, religion and culture through the centuries. the 10 part series spans the globe from Angkor Wat to the Sistine Chapel, Claude Monet to the artisans fo the Mughal Emperors.

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How Disney Seeded the market for Black Panther Success

How Disney Seeded the market for Black Panther Success

The share holders of Disney (the parent company of Marvel Studios) would not be happy taking that level of risk, irrespective of the excellent story and design that makes up, along with its cast surely the best superhero film of 2018. No, Black Panther (2018) is part of a larger strategy that Disney has devised to make itself and its catalogues more reflective of the USA (and by extension) increasingly demand for multiracial and multicultural content whilst at the same time not alienation it more conservative (read white) base that it has build up over the companies history. 

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Rider for Inclusion

Rider for Inclusion

Now that the excitement from the Oscars has died down. The dust has settled on any particular winner but on Best Female Performer Frances McDormand speech demanding more incision for women in Hollywood, prompting Best Director and Best Picture for the Shape of Water winner Guillermo del Toro  to also acknowledge the importance of alternative views and experiences in the film making process.

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NATO demands for more diversity

NATO demands for more diversity

Not that NATO - but America's National Association of Theatre Owners that operates cinemas across the worlds biggest and most influential film market in the world has called for more Diversity in content they screen.

This (unsurprisingly) comes after the continued success of 'Black Panther' in US and world-wide cinemas, but this demand as the article in Variety points out, is not a one off, Highlighting the success of 2017's Wonder Woman  - the first big budget studio filmed by a woman.  

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Hanuman in Marvel's Black Panther?

Hanuman in Marvel's Black Panther?

t's been a few days since I've seen Marvels Black Panther - the first super hero film since last years Logan - honestly I've grown quite tired of super hero films on the silver screen but I made the exception on Lunar New Year Weekend here in South East Asia.

Surprisingly the film had compete with not one but two Chinese films capitalising on the weekends celebration with Monkey King 3 and Monster Hunt 2 -  I was still lucky to get tickets alongside a predominately asian audience mostly accompanying children who have gown up on Marvels previous offerings.

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A quick thought on Patreon recent Announcement

A quick thought on Patreon recent Announcement

There’s a lot of negative comments about Patreon at the moment with the recent changes to how patreon collects and charges you my Patrons. I would just like too say without the platform I would never built momentum that allowed me too produce & complete my project, the money was a helpful incentive but not as much as the support & enagement from my patrons‬.

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50/50

50/50

50/50 Well todays the day; after two years (actually a lot lot more) I say bye-bye to 50 issues of  Ramayana the thread of luminance. There been lots of ups and downs over those years and I’ve met some fantastic people and renewed by acquaintances with friends that I thought I’d see again. The project isn’t going anywhere just yet  I’m working on the next stage right now until now and the end of the year I won’t be ready to talk about it just yet but look out for it on my pages. Lots of love and thank you.

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Heroic Designs

Heroic Designs

readers of this blog may think I just listen to BBC podcasts but you'll be wrong - I do listen to a variety of comedy and story themed podcast from around the world. One of my favourites and oldest subscriptions is to the excellent podcast 99 Percent Invisible from Radiotopia and the genius Roman Mars. It covers architecture and design and in the latest episode looks at Film and TV Graphic Design and how it help (and even hinder) the production.

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RAVANA's connection to Hollywoods Weinstein controversy

RAVANA's connection to Hollywoods Weinstein controversy

As I work during the day I listen live over the internet to Britain's TODAY program from BBC radio 4. It's an enjoyable mix of national and international news, politics, sport, business and arts that I usual ignore as I color and draw the latest issue of Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance but todays THOUGHT FOR TODAY was a was little different.

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What makes a Author Asian

What makes a Author Asian

Late last night (at least in Asia) the Anglo-japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro is 2017's recipient of the Nobel Prize of Outstanding Contribution to World Literature.

As someone whose both British and lives in Asia and undertaking a project based on South East  Asian story The Ramayana. it's been a interesting to see and read articles reflecting on how to refer to Mr Ishiguro background.

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Dangal - an Inspiring Indian Blockbuster

Dangal - an Inspiring Indian Blockbuster

The film is never boring even over it's long runtime using original music and voice over from their admiring male cousin to describe the progress of the girls and eventually young woman training. I can see why the film resonated with so many this is a story of aspiration and ambition for the Mahivar and his daughter against the low ambition of his compatriots who are satisfied with bronze.

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In response to Diversity is the Winner in ACE's new Round of Funding

I hate to be a cassandra but the Arts Council of England and the venues pay only limited lip service to Diversity and its true potential. Sure there some truly ambiguous small performance spaces (dance and theatre) but the medium to large organisations are largely unrepresentative of the communities they serve. I've volunteered in the development office of one in the south west (and even wrote a report on diversity for senior management team) but I saw no action om the issue even with ACE making Diversity one of it's key four priorities in regard to funding.

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Thailands Condom King

Thailands Condom King

And there's no one whose worked more tirelessly in helping his fellow country men than Dr. Mechai Viravaidya aka Mr Condom (his name now literally means Condom in Thailand) In this weeks  People Fixing the World  from the BBC World Service takes a long look at this exceptional individual and his entrepreneurial spirit in taking not one but two of the late twentieth century

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