❚ FRANCIS WHATELY’S DOCUMENTARY FILM David Bowie, Five Years: The Making Of An Icon has a transmission date – next Saturday on BBC2 and Radio Times is publishing a front-cover feature. Beautifully edited, in both sound and vision, the film explores five pivotal years in the singer’s career – 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983 – and features interviews with Bowie’s collaborators. Here’s the trailer:
➢ David Bowie, Five Years – previews at Uncut’s blog
➢ Early footage of Bowie showed how his then-wife Angie helped to build his reputation – at the Daily Telegraph
➢ Five remarkable encounters with Ziggy Stardust are revealed for the first time in a new TV film – at the Daily Mail
➢ David Bowie photographs by Masayoshi Sukita on show again June 28–July 27 at Snap, London SW1Y 6NH
1973 BOWIE TV REPORT EXHUMED
➢ Nationwide part two: filmed in 1973 for BBC TV, it includes backstage reports from the May 25 show at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, UK
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Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel
❚ IN CANNES FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL TONIGHT? So are former 80s Blitz Kids, club deejay Rusty Egan and Spandau Ballet’s sax-percussionist Steve Norman, and you can catch their storming double act at the pop-up Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel, on the Croisette May 17–19… Then the pair move off to Ibiza where they perform fortnightly at the Nassau Beach Club from May to Sept.
STEVE NORMAN RINGS IN TO REPORT:
“ Our first night was pretty relaxed. Cannes during the film festival feels fantastic. There are full-on business meetings day and night in the Canvas-Club where we’re jamming. The last time I was here was 2009 when Spandau announced we were going to make a film (and that is due out next year). But there was a completely different vibe at the Midem music festival where people do deals all day then let themselves go at night. For the film business it’s all deals. They’re not a club crowd, so we adapt accordingly.
“ Rusty is brilliant at gauging the audience’s mood, making a seamless transition from dinner table to dancefloor. He warmed up the dinner session lifting the pace gradually, then I rocked up about 10pm vibing on top of his music to kick things off in a Latin fury. We play a soulful mix of house music, quite funky but definitely not retro. Next we’re off to Ibiza – my second home, where I left a little piece of me – and we’re appearing fortnightly at Nassau Beach Club from May 27 through till September. These places are springing up all over. It used to be a beach bar and has mushroomed into a nightclub on the sand. People will be chilling by day, then going for it by night. ”
Rusty and Steve: discs, drums, percussion and sax!
➢ The Canvas-Club in Cannes requires membership – Restaurant service during the day, bar service with star deejays in the evenings.
➢ While he’s away catch Rusty’s Electricity Club radio show broadcast every Friday from midnight till 2am on Mi-Soul.com
➢ Catch up with Rusty’s Electricity Club shows on demand
➢ Catch up with Steve Norman at Facebook
Rusty adds: “I have been very busy writing and recording new music under the title Welcome to the Dancefloor and will be ready to release some stuff very soon. Visit Soundcloud to sample some.”
Spot the real Stephen Jones: with Dominique Persoone and The Chocolate Line for The Accent of Fashion show in Antwerp, 2010
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The chocolates came in a miniature hatbox, Antwerp 2010
Chocolates based on the hat Soho, Antwerp 2010
Edible or wearable? The Coworth Park Royal High Tea by Stephen Jones, June 2012
The Jones Top Hat collection in Debenhams in store and online
Big Sur SS13 on actress QinLin at the Equestrian Beijing International Grand Prix with Vogue China
Sun, a gold straw beret in the Jones SS13 West collection
This week’s hat for Sunday best
❚ OUT OF THE BLUE THIS WEEK, Stephen Jones Millinery posts pix of some novelty hats from the past couple of years, in chocolate. The Covent Garden hatter’s output during the past month is no less extraordinary, from the straw beret made of gold to catch the April sun, to his Top Hat collection of 21 hats and six occasion bags styled for the high street which are on sale in Debenhams now. Grazia Daily asked the milliner: What do you think is the most modern type of headwear? Jones replied: “Something small and neat with a romantic touch.” So that’ll mean his Coworth Park Royal High Tea collection (pictured above at centre) – they don’t come smaller. Now watch a charming short film from Italian Vogue of Jones tending the models backstage at a runway show. He is, as the digiterati say, always on.
❚ THE MOST QUOTED PLAY in the English language now becomes a YouTube mash-up. Ex-Balliol Oxford graduate Geoff Klock is an assistant prof teaching English at BMCC in New York City who set out to show his students just how deeply Hamlet has worked his way into our culture. Klock created this 15-minute video with clips from 198 movies and TV shows that quote or discuss Shakespeare’s greatest play. We hear commentaries from Homer Simpson and Orson Welles, from Mark Wahlberg and Blackadder. We see scores of stars playing Hamlet, from Christian Slater, Robert Downey Jr, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Benny, David Tennant to Captain Picard and beyond.
➢ More literate fun from Klock, the hyperactive pedagogue