Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Barefoot on Greenaway, by way of Q


Vancouver (and Malta) technologist Darren Barefoot noted a recent interview on the Q podcast (a show on CBC hosted by Jian Gomeshi) which featured an interview with filmmaker and big thinker Peter Greenaway, the creator of films like “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover” and his most recent “Nightwatching.”

Greenaway makes the very good point that cinema, in terms of something where people put aside two hours of unmitigated attention for a bunch of pictures on screen, is a dying medium. He contends that kids today are knee deep in interactivity and laptops, and that as such, new art that takes advantage of these forms needs to be created. In that kind of world, a straight-ahead “film” doesn’t stand much of a chance. I’d like to think otherwise as I love everything about movies, but it’s hard to argue with a guy who once guest-curated the Louvre.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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