READY.SET.ART.

READY.SET.ART.

READY. SET. ART! WHEN ARTISTS WENT FOR GOLD
(Feuer und Flamme für die Kunst)

DOCUMENTARY FILM, D 2012 – 52 MINS

Production: Filmtank Hamburg
Director, Writer: Alexa Oona Schulz
DoP: Matthias Grunsky
Editor: Anke Wiesenthal
Sound: Natalie Muntermann
Music: Gabriel Mounsey

In cooperation with ARTE
In co-production with SWR
Funded by Filmfund Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein

From 1912 to 1948, always in the course of the Summer Games, also artists could win Olympic gold medals for a painting, a sculpture, a poem, a piece of music, or an architectural design inspired by sport. The Olympic Art Competitions were held in Stockholm, Antwerp, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin and London. Athletes and artists – hand in hand – stood in the limelight.
The founder of the latter-day Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was a passionate and influential Frenchman who believed strongly in the antique greek ideals and wanted to promote them by inspiring artists to reflect about sport, and athletes to express themselves artistically.
The Olympic Art Competitions were held for the last time in London in 1948. However, since 2000 the olympic games feature events, similar to the original art competitions again. “Back to the roots”, back to the unification of body and mind and to Coubertin’s ideals?
Taking this as a point of departure, the film recounts the history of the Olympic Art Competitions against a sport backdrop.

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L.A. TRILOGY

L.A. TRILOGY

 

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TROPICAL AMSTERDAM

TROPICAL AMSTERDAM

The Dutch Burgher community occupy a unique place in modern Sri Lanka. Once a privileged class, their exalted status vanished on independence. Despite this, a small group stayed. Their story is a fascinating insight into the wicked and glamorous world of colonialism and its legacy. The Dutch Burghers were descendants of traders and settlers who colonised the island in the 17th century. It used to be natural for English-speaking members of the community to hold the most highly esteemed positions in the country. However, in February 1948 Sri Lanka achieved independence, Sinhala became the official language, and the Burghers lost their status virtually overnight.
Many emigrated, but a small remnant stayed. “A different sort of immigrant with a different perspective.” As this warm, poignant documentary explores, they still inhabit an uncertain hinterland between coloniser and colonised.
Deloraine Brohier harks back to a more innocent time of flowing ball gowns and first-class train travel. Poet and writer Jean Arasanayagam laments the ‘brutal’ things the colonisers did. The Burghers were discriminated against by the British, barred from ‘whites only’, golf clubs and swimming clubs. Yet they were also discriminators themselves, with their own hierarchies based on complexion and marriage.
We catch rare, often humorous glimpses of the daily life of this ageing, contradictory community as they grapple with questions of identity. What does it mean to be a Burgher? What is their cultural legacy? As they prepare for their traditional Christmas celebrations, these complex, thorny issues come to the fore.

52 min, HD, D 2011

Director, Writer: Alexa Oona Schulz
Director of Photography: Matthias Grunsky, bvk
Music: Gabriel Mounsey
Re-recording Mixer: Thomas Knop
Production: blue moon film

With: Jean Arasanayagam, Deloraine Brohier, Scott Dirckze, Mystica Flamer-Caldera, Stephen LaBrooy, Christine Spittel-Wilson, Christine Vanhoff

Supported by:
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka
Discovery Campus Masterschool
Konken Sound Studios
Images of Ceylon

World Sales:
Journeyman Pictures, 4-6 High Street, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0RY, United Kingdom
Tel: 44 208 398 4616, http://www.journeyman.tv

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