This video appeared in the Guardian this morning and inadvertently made Banksy the butt of extreme liberal criticism for, at best, profiteering from Syrian unrest and, at worst, showing tacit support for Islamic extremism in a country in the midst of turmoil.
On Youtube it has had a different reaction. Mostly silly political rhetoric or outright praise.
There can be no doubt the end is very reminiscent of Four Lions and I didn’t see that getting a “right on” kicking.
Me, I just thought it was hilarious and I hope you do too.
It’s actually an Australian/UK co production driven by the Australian See Saw Productions/Films but I don’t want to be a pedant here.
And it’s pretty good too.
In fact in some ways it has become something of a phenomenon with applause ringing out across the land after each screening.
But it’s not all that is good about British cinema right now. Putting to one side NEDS let’s focus on two Oscar nominees that I have read not a jot about in the past two weeks; Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop which I have yet to see but rates very highly on IMDB and Silvain Chomet’s The Illusionist.
Edinburgh is the star of this delightful movie.
Closely followed by the Highlands of Scotland
Lovely period detail
Whilst I liked The Illusionist more in my heart than my head, the fact that it has garnered an Oscar nomination should not be overlooked.
From a selfish point of view I wish it well because I know the producer, Bob Last, pretty well as he was our landlord when we established my first company, 1576.
It’s a charming, whimsical tale by the director of Belle Ville Rendezvous and it was largely created in Scotland (Edinburgh and Dundee). However it’s deeply disappointing that of the 33 production partner companies listed not one of them is Scottish. In fact of the 26 funders not one of them is British and yet it was made here.
It only faces two competitors; How to Tame Your Dragon and – bugger – Toy Story 3.
It’s already won best animated movie at The European Film Awards but it’s dissapointing that it did not gain any recognition at The BAFTAs.
Anyway, it’s highly unlikely to beat off Toy Story 3, but maybe we should take a moment on Oscar night to toast Bob and Sylvain.