What you should never do.
Thursday September 25th 2008, 10:01 pm
Filed under: News
And so I meet George Yeo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the gym. He is earnestly lifting weights. Everyone gives him a very w-i-d-e berth, just incase and so do I. And then I have the good fortune to meet him again in the gym’s lift lobby. We are by now freshly showered, powdered, and cramped in a small space. Unable to restrain myself, and needing to fill the enormous vacuum, I blurt out what I later realise is the oldest pick up line in the world
“So… you come here often?”
Hoi Polloi 3
Tuesday September 09th 2008, 11:05 pm
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Matsuoka Naomi was in town for her screenings at the Japanese Film Festival whose theme this year was Women. Her two films Pathos and Broken Blossom were screened along side Naomi Kawase’s Birth/Mother. From their titles, you have an idea how they all connect. Just before her screening, I had a chat with her.
Me: You have come all the way from Osaka, why don’t you stay longer instead of rushing back after just 1.5 days
Naomi: I have to go back to my children (6 & 2) My husband is looking after them now. He can’t cope by himself for too long.
Me: Do you work?
Naomi: Now that the elder one is in school, I work part time as a photographer for websites
Me: How do you find time to make films if you have to look after the kids yourself?
Naomi: I make films about my children, my family.
Only after seeing her work, did what she say make sense. In her films, she turns the camera onto her family. Her films feature their deaths, births, her familial relationships in very domestic settings. Getting the tone right for these autobiographical films is always difficult. In less secure hands, it would have been an irritatingly long home video. In her hands, she connected with the wider world.