Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I'm in Glasgow on a weeks's course.

On Monday saw Mike Leigh's entertaining Happy Go Lucky. It's not filled with conflict or action but it leaves you feeling up. The moments of emotional depth are when it deals with bullying - by a primary school kid and also the after effects of childhood bullying on the racist, conspiracy theorising driving instructor.

Channel 4 quotes Mike Leigh:
"It's important to reject the growing fashion to be miserabilist, the growing fashion to be pessimistic and gloomy because the world is in a bad way. Everywhere there are people on the ground getting on with it and being positive."
And says
Poppy is the incarnation of Gandhi's words, 'Be the change you want to see in the world.'

But what was most important was that I saw it in the coolest cinema: the Glasgow Film Theatre as featured in the opening chapter of the splendid Lanark (if I recall correctly) when Duncan Thaw meets his mates.

Tonight I'm off to see Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. Get down with the Pipettes or whatever.

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