Director: Kai Stänicke.
Director of Photography: Thomas Schneider
Music: Cold Star by Din A Tod (Out of Line Music)
Starring: Dieter Rita Scholl
Cold Star is a striking music video. Based in a public swimming pool, the action centres around two protagonists – a teenage boy who is at the pool with his friends, and an older transvestite (played by a memorable Dieter Rita Scholl – undoubtedly the star of this piece) who shows him something he has apparently not experienced before. Inspired by the crossing of boundaries in this unexpected encounter, the spirit of sexual experimentation affects nearly everyone else, and the video ends with a watery love-in.
Not everybody in the video is willingly part of this action – there are dissenters and disapproving faces – but the message seems to be that the liberation of shedding of barriers is more powerful than any prejudice.
However you may feel about the theme and content of this video, there’s no denying that it’s a captivating watch. The cinematography by DOP Thomas Schneider is superb, and the slow-motion footage works very well with the music, a catchy, pulsing electronic number by producer Din A Tod.
Cold Star has screened at scores of film festivals around the world and picked up several short film awards.
Beyond Good and Evil is the first of a trio of documentaries, Human, All Too Human, produced by the BBC. This documentary is about German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his gradual shift from religion to nihilism, and eventually, tragically, to insanity. Along the way we learn how he was influenced by Schopenhauer and Wagner, about his health problems, his unsatisfactory personal life, his period of seclusion in the mountains, the formulation of his most powerful concepts, and the posthumous misappropriation of his ideas by the Nazis. A concise and fascinating picture of one of the world’s most intriguing thinkers – a man described by Will Self as ‘the original punk philosopher’.
Writer & Director – Shae-Lee Shackleford
Lucas, played by actor Sam Mac, is chronically addicted to social media. Facebooking is a permanent fixture in his life – as we see, status updating is his raison d’etre, appearing around him in bubbles like augmented reality – a nice CGI touch. When he awkwardly meets a girl in a bar (Leila, played by Shae-Lee Shackleford) who against all expectations actually likes him, the ensuing relationship shows us just how deep his obsession for online validation runs.
“The Anti-Social Network was written, directed and produced by Shae-Lee Shackleford. She created the film to be a humorous observation of the social media driven world we live in. The film is aimed to ‘poke’ fun at is the obsession we have with online interaction, sometimes to the detriment of our real everyday lives and relationships.”
Also starring Matt Doran and Natarsha Belling.
Soundtrack by the Flight Facilities, Art vs Science, Mitzi and Justice Crew.