Let's be honest, it's not an exaggeration to call the creation of Star Wars the single greatest achievement in the history of mankind. So here's 39 gifs in celebration of just how amazing Star Wars is.
In Simon Reynolds' splendidly comprehensive discussion of pop culture's obsession with its own backstory Retromania, he states that "every generation as it ages will want to see its musical youth mythologised and memorialised." Looking at the eras currently being eagerly painted with the nostalgia brush, one decides Reynolds can only be right.
As I've commented elsewhere, even though our stats are positive the research really does highlight a dire situation across the film industry. It has simply failed to support talented, creative women. It's time for industry to transform the talk and knowledge of shortfalls into action, and plan some proactive practical steps in order to actually make an impact.
Forget the cinema days of dusty fold-away red chairs, flat pepsi, stale popcorn and stained carpets, for there are some far more exciting cinema experiences to be had that are a world away from your local Odeon. No longer does the experience start and end from the trailers to the credits, but from the moment you first walk through the venue doors.
Raising money independently for something so experimental isn't easy, so I agreed to make Convenience for the absolute bare minimum that was physically possible - £80k. This meant negotiating on everything, including health, sleep and what flavour Pedigree Chum we'd be serving for lunch, but it also meant getting the actual movie made.
When world-renowned Swiss sculptor, Not Vital (pronounced Veetahl) was 15-years-old, he asked his father, a timber merchant, to cut down a number of trees to isolate one tree in particular. He then stood behind it and moved to remain in its shadow throughout the rest of the day with his father photographing him every 15 minutes to document the work.
Personally, aside from my passion for the painter Caravaggio, it was a period and a style of art that took me a while to devote time to. To be honest I resisted it at first. Instead, I loved the human quality of the Renaissance - the proportion, the intimacy and the harmony. Baroque seemed so distant, remote and well, over the top.
Making our work accessible and relevant to todays brain is our insurance policy for having audiences to play with forever. We're in changing times. So change. Or at the very least, examine rigorously.
Facts: The current annual economic cost of mental illness in the UK is £70billion, which is equal to the entire National Health budget. By 2030, the World Health Organization predicts more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.
The other awards were even more surprising. In fact, most of them were odd enough to secure hearty boos from the journos sitting in the theatre next door to the main auditorium and watching the prizes on the video screen. Most astonishing was the lack of anything at all for Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann, a hit with almost everyone bar the jury.
Sitting here, toasting both Lili and Gerda and the challenges they faced together, brought so beautifully to life in 'The Danish Girl', is a fitting reminder that, while Lili Elbe may have faced singular challenges ahead of her time, she was fortunate in one respect - that of being born in a country that can pride itself on its progressiveness, and a pioneering spirit she so evidently shared.