Summer film round-up

Recently released films that I watched, including two documentaries this time.

Finding Vivian Maier
A documentary about this nanny turned famous street photographer. She died a couple of years ago and a massive collection of her negatives and undeveloped rolls of film were found by coincidence. It consists of tens of thousands of images which she had never shown to anyone. She had always worked as a nanny and took photos whenever she could. When her work was found, a collector developed, printed and archived the images and they were exhibited around the world. I saw them in London a couple of years ago. The film came out in the UK last month and was really excellent. It explores what kind of person Vivian must have been, based on the photos that she took and on conversations with people who knew her. The story is told in chronological order and we slowly find out more and more about her. The same way as the collector managed to find out the information bit by bit through his detective work. Really interesting and well done!

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The National in Hyde Park (12 July 2014)

I went to see the wonderful band The National play in Hyde Park  at the weekend. The gig was part of a concert series called British Summer Time. The headliner of the day  was actually Neil Young but The National played on the main stage for about an hour before the headliner came on.

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He seems like a very interesting character. He really gets into the songs when he’s singing – to the degree that I worried that he would explode. When he’s not singing, he doesn’t stop pacing up and down the stage like a caged lion. Definitely an intense guy. I really need to watch the recently released film called “Mistaken for strangers” about him and the relationship with his brother. Apparently it’s very good.

But here are some more photos from the gig.

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I also recorded a couple of videos which I published on YouTube. Click the links below to watch them.

The National – England

The National – Afraid of everyone

I took all photos and videos myself.