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Q&A with Philip Ilson, director of the London Short Film Festival

Q&A with Philip Ilson, director of the London Short Film Festival

May 14, 2022

More Q&As! As Coco Green gets stuck in the final chapters of her PhD, we take a break from our usual format to publish Q&As and whatever audio output we fancy. 

To mark our partnership with the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival and celebrate short films, we had a chat with Philip Ilson, founder and director of the London Short Film Festival, and film programmer (for the BFI, amongst others) . We talk about film clubs in the 1990s, the festival's early days, programming freedom and short films to look out for. 

Follow Philip on Twitter @philipilson and updates from the London Short Film Festival here

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Q&A with Rich Lucano, aka Phondupe

Q&A with Rich Lucano, aka Phondupe

April 29, 2022

As we take a short break from our usual, very long-form format, we decided to post audio interviews and content via our podcast channel. 

Abla and Mydy contributor and chillout music expert Eddy Durnan sent a series of questions to ambient music maestro Phondupe, whose transportative sounds have provided much-needed escapism to many in the last couple of years. The musician, whose wider known titles include Ama and Silo, tells us more about his work, inspiration, travels and ambitions. We're also publishing this in written form on our website

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Our Picks + Crooklyn

Our Picks + Crooklyn

March 1, 2022

We're back!! We took a couple of months' break for me to get over the chaos of the first few weeks of having a newborn (my second - still chaotic!).

We're delighted to have Akua Gyamfi join us this week to discuss her work and her top picks. Akua is the founder of The British Blacklist . She's also the creator of the TBB Talks & Your Aunties Could Never Podcasts, as well as co-creator of The Circle Podcast & Web series.

Akua's top picks include the Prince Of Bel-Air reboot and the film she chose to discuss is Spike Lee's Crooklyn. We discuss the tone of the film, the depiction of familial relationships and female characters, the fate of daughter Troy, Black cultural output in the US and the UK, the prevalence of Black American popular culture. We also share anecdotes about MC Hammer and get schooled about what the Bay Area is!

Here's a useful link to Tonetalks, which is relevant to our discussion.

https://youtu.be/2m63A9dmRM8

 

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Our Picks + LuLaRich

Our Picks + LuLaRich

December 14, 2021

*MIC ISSUES* Apologies for the less than stellar quality of sound in this week's podcast. We had a minor missing mic issue which has been resolved. Also to look forward to, in the new year, we'll finally have a jingle!

This time, we focus on Amazon Prime doc LuLaRich, which follows the trials and tribulations of MLM empire LuLaRoe, a supposed garish legging selling business that operates as a pyramid scheme in all but name. We discuss the doc itself of course and the problematic nature of multi-level marketing schemes, who they appeal to and why.

We also flag the upcoming Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the largest short film festival in the world. Mydylarama has been a partner of the event for 5 years now so you'll be able to find interviews and highlights from February onwards on our website. 

 

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Our  Picks + The Closer and Passing

Our Picks + The Closer and Passing

November 23, 2021

We jumped straight into this week's picks:

Dave Chappelle's Netflix show The Closer - we discuss the various contentious issues that had been raised, the concept of punching down - or up - , taking offence, who holds power and critiques of whiteness. 

Passing - Does Rebecca Hall's adaptation live up to the book? We discuss casting choices, the American specificity of the phenomenon of passing and the director's perspective on it. 

 

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Our Picks + Malignant: in praise of creature features

Our Picks + Malignant: in praise of creature features

October 27, 2021

After a couple of weeks' break for LFF,  we are joined by guest Eddy Durnan, a Mydy subscriber, supporter, and a film buff with a long-standing career in visual effects to talk about (the somewhat maligned) Malignant. 

A trip down memory lane brings up discussions around Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman... 

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Our Picks + Little Fires Everywhere

Our Picks + Little Fires Everywhere

September 25, 2021

This week, our focus is the series Little Fires Everywhere. Based on the book by Celeste Ng, the miniseries tells the intertwined stories of Black single mother artist Mia and White suburban housewife Elena and their ramifications. It’s a series that’s rich and complex in perspectives, strands and ideas. We discuss issues it brings up around privilege and motherhood, adoption and abortion, mixed race friendships and the social capital needed to navigate certain systems, like the courts and schools.

We also flag the BBC documentary series A Killing In Tiger Bay, which sheds light on the miscarriage of justice, which saw 5 Black men tried - and 3 of them sentenced - for a crime they did not commit, through a shocking lack of evidence and due process.

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Our Picks + Zola

Our Picks + Zola

September 5, 2021

More Slasher talk! We go back in time to Series 2 this time to discuss gore, twists, popularity and the show's knack for realistic edges. We also highlight Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord, available to watch on Netflix. 

Our focus this week is Zola, a brash, colourful, ballsy filmic take on a viral Twitter thread by stripper Aziah "Zola" King and the Rolling Stone article based on it "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted". 

We discuss the film's experimental approach and bold choices as well as depictions of sex workers and the world both inhabited and conveyed by Zola, as well as making a career out of social media. 

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Our Picks + Slasher: Solstice

Our Picks + Slasher: Solstice

August 19, 2021

This week, we focus mainly on the third season of serial killer anthology Slasher, to mark the release of season 4 on Shudder. We touch on the excesses of social media, lynch mob mentality, accurate socio-economic depictions and plot twists!

Our top picks include Palestine Action - A Year Of Direct Action Against Elbit Systems UK by Real Media, a doc which as its title suggests explores the effective tactics of direct action. It's free to watch on their website. 

As well as 2018 film Trial By Fire, wacky doc The Legend Of Cocaine Island and M. Night Shyamalan's recent release OLD. 

 

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Our Picks + MLMs and On Becoming A God In Central Florida

Our Picks + MLMs and On Becoming A God In Central Florida

July 28, 2021

We're back! Our latest episode following our month-long break managed to bring together our regular go to topics: MLMs, cults and skincare.

We discuss American series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, starring Kirsten Dunst as a low paid amusement park employee who climbs the rank of a pyramid scheme type marketing company called Fam. We talk about multi-level marketing (MLMs), their legality, their implications for family and society and their history. We briefly mention the series The Path. 

We also massively digress onto the topic of skincare. Having discussed MLMs we might as well plug some quality products. For those of you who have listened until the end and are interested, here are the brands mentioned: LUV U skincare and those "amazing" lip balms are these from Zenology. 

 

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