Archive | May, 2011

Ou est la piscine? Holiday play lists

24 May

As the the days tick down ’til we head into the Eurotunnel (or the ‘water train’ as Reuben (3) calls it), time’s running out to prepare the holiday play list.

The stakes are high this year as we face a 12-hour drive to reach our destination in the Vendee region of France. It may seem a minor matter, but the alernative is shouted demands from the kids of repeat plays of Now 78, and there’s only so many times I can listen to Bruno Mars brag about decapitating himself in the name of romance (Grenade).

So The Play List Committee – myself, Dan (12) and Rosie (9) – convened briefly this evening and hammered out a deal, which, basically, gave them two picks each. I’ve also considered the younger kids (Toy Story 3), Lisa (Noah and the Whale) and the French (Phoenix and Tahiti 80) plus my favourites – Chris Brown and Katy Perry (obviously).

What normally happens is that the children love one particular song which we then have to play again and again and again or endure screams from the back seats. Previously it was Junior Senior’s Move Your Feet. This year, it’ll be Yeasayer or Van Morrison – in my dreams.

Below is the France 2011 Play List in full and, below that, Flight of the Conchords in all their ‘soup du jour’ glory. This song soundtracked the YouTube advert to our holiday accommodation,  which was a clincher for me (who cares if it’s in the middle of an industrial estate?).

The committee would appreciate your feedback…

Foux Du Fafa by Flight of the Conchords

Price Tag by Jessie J

I’m On My Way by The Proclaimers

Yeah 3X by Chris Brown

Lisztomania by Phoenix

Battery Kinzie by Fleet Foxes

Can I Get Get Get by Junior Senior

O.N.E by Yeasayer

Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce

Crossfire by Brandon Flowers

Constellations by Darwin Deez

Big Day by Tahiti 80

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah And The Whale

You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Para El Buzz Español) by Gipsy Kings 2:15

Cadenza by Dutch Uncles

E.T. by Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West

She’s A Girl And I’m A Man by Lloyd Cole

Plaisir de France remix by Rue Royale

You Got The Love by The Source Feat. Candi Staton

Wild Night by Van Morrison

Tour De France by Kraftwerk

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Movie-makers and bacon sarnies – get a share of The Good Man

19 May

Last September, Belfast movie-maker Phil Harrison had the pleasure of sleeping in my nine-year-old daughter’s poky, pink-ish bedroom while Rosie crashed with her siblings.

Multi-tasker Phil was on tour DJ-ing for my friend Paul Pilot who’d been performing in Birmingham with my sister and brother-in-law’s band Rue Royale. Suffice to say, the house that night was bursting with creative types, kids and myself.

The following morning, over a bacon and egg sarnie, Phil briefly told me about his latest film project which interwined stories in his homeland and South Africa, where he’d spent time travelling.

Good Man Poster

Fast-forward nine months and plans for that film – The Good Man – are moving apace. You can find out more about it here – but the gist of it is that Manifesto Films are looking for 400 people to invest £150 each in the movie to fund its £60,000 budget. Investors will get a share of the film’s returns of which a portion will also go into a trust for township artists.

If Phil’s last picture – Even Gods – is anything to go by, The Good Man will be worth shelling out for. Even Gods, which won the short film award at this year’s Belfast Film Festival, captures the cafe encounter of a homeless man with his daughter – and the granddaughter he never knew he had – after 13 years apart. Beautifully soundtracked by Tim Millen (ex-Amazing Pilots), it unwinds with a gentle poise which leads to a stirring, poetic finale. You can watch it below…

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