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7 December 2013


Kill Your Darlings (Dir: John Krokidas)

In this controversial telling of the early days of the Beat Generation, an obscure 1944 murder forms the basis around which Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac unite as friends and shepherds of mid-century counterculture. At the heart of the story is the iconoclastic killer, Lucien Carr, whose often-ignored impact on the aforementioned legends is ever present in the film. Hollywood has long grappled with Beat culture and this film shines light where others have not.

Kill Your Darlings is out now at cinemas across Australia, Ireland and the UK.


Stairs & Stars at Untitled art fair

Rival art fairs are fighting it out on Miami Beach. While Art Basel has the most global recognition, other independent fairs such as Nada and Untitled are well worth a visit. Nathalie Karg/Cumulus Studio's Stairs & Stars exhibition is a good reason to stop by Untitled. Analysing the relationship between earth and sky, the show features works by Milwaukee artists Nicholas Frank and John Riepenhoff alongside a bronze birdbath by Swiss-born Ugo Rondinone called “Hurry Up! I'm Dreaming”. Frank's whimsical “Bio II” abstract paintings on canvas – done on the artist's studio floor – rest atop Milky Way-inspired platforms, a reminder that fantastical flights of imagination can happen on land and in the air.

Booth B37, 12 Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11.00-19.00; Sunday, 11.00-18.00. Until 8 December.,


Filmmaker Festival

This weekend sees the closing of the 33rd international Filmmaker Festival in Milan. An alternative channel to promote young artists and directors, this year's edition runs under three sections: international competition for films on social issues, experimental cinema and a short film and documentary section. Helping independent filmmakers since 1980, this is the festival that discovered acclaimed Italian directors Silvio Soldini, Paolo Vari and Federico Rizzo. From this Sunday’s programme we recommend Materia Oscura by Massimo D’Anolfi and Marina Parene, with two screenings at Cinema Palestrina at 16.30 and 21.00. The documentary looks into Salto di Quirra, a region in Sardinia where for 50 years governments from all over the world used to test new weapons.

The Filmmaker Festival is at various venues across Milan; check website for full listings. Until 8 December.


‘Foundation & Trust: (un)coverings’: The Fleming Collection

When Scottish bank Robert Fleming & Co opened its offices in London in 1968, the board began acquiring Scottish-made and inspired artworks to decorate the bank's premises. Today, the Fleming Collection is regarded as one of the finest collections of Scottish Art in private hands, comprising art dating back to the 1770s. The Fleming-Wyfold Foundation, which manages the inventory, is now collaborating with the Foundation & Trust art collective for the creation of the (un)coverings exhibition. Artists Paul Macgee and Helen Turner were invited to curate the exhibition selecting works from the archives of the Fleming Collection on Berkeley Street that haven't been shown to public before. In addition, Macgee and Turner also created 30 new diagrammatic works playing with institutional graphics and interior-decoration techniques to sit alongside the classic paintings.

The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-17.30. Until 15 March.


British Sea Power: ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond’

UK filmmaker Penny Woolcock’s recent documentary From the Sea to the Land Beyond was a highly emotive, nostalgic and haunting collage of historical scenes from British seaside life. Aside from its ever-present star – the sea – the film’s other big character was the stirring soundtrack provided by artful indie journeymen types British Sea Power – wonder why she picked them? The soundtrack, released this week, combines orchestral scores with reworked versions of the band’s driving rock songs. The result is an atmospheric ode to the serene beauty and destructive power of the waves, and how – much like the band themselves – the sea will always have the capacity to inspire.

The soundtrack to ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond’ is available to buy now.


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