Ep 2: Decade of Polyester and Sweat — Twenty Seventy

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As someone who prefers to look good where possible, naturally a primary consideration going into this project was “WHAT WILL I WEAR?!” Consequently, for Episode 2 of Twenty Seventy, I got my friend and colleague Mel Campbell in to talk about fabrics, fashion and fit.

Get amongst it, ears!

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"In Wes Anderson’s charming new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, the mountainside resort’s concierge Monsieur Gustave H (a hysterical Ralph Fiennes) regularly hoses himself down with L’air de Panache, a heady perfume in a cut-glass bottle. After spending an hour and a half marinating in Anderson’s latest confection, I imagined the perfume (which, like many things in the director’s oeuvre - and indeed the world of Grand Budapest - exists solely on celluloid) would smell something like Tweed mixed with dust and cream cakes.

"That’s pretty good, I like that! I think if you could whip that up you’d probably have a good one," Anderson says, with utmost earnestness, regarding my imagined fragrance notes.

Distressingly, at least for those who think that Anderson must exist in a world of 24/7 whimsy, the truth is considerably more prosaic.

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You’ll have to read the rest of my Wes Anderson interview to find out what it actually smells like.

Fuck whatever YOU were planning on wearing to watch Game Of Thrones tonight before playing AD&D

Fuck whatever YOU were planning on wearing to watch Game Of Thrones tonight before playing AD&D

"There is less focus on the subtler ways in which religion and the religious interact with the world – how much comfort, for example, the opiate of the masses brings people, or what incredible art and music it has inspired. Nor, indeed, is much given to the idea that anyone of faith isn’t a complete idiot. The news that a group of Christians had staged a prayer vigil at the office of immigration minister and alleged proud Christian Scott Morrison was met with widespread contempt from those for whom any mention of religion is a hair-trigger. This, despite the fact the “non-violent act of civil disobedience in the form of a prayer vigil”, according to spokesman Matt Anslow, was inspired by the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King jnr. There was something subversive about that act and, indeed, the very act of having faith in an era in which non-belief is so pervasive. Church attendance in Australia continues to plummet; more than 4.5 million people reported “no religion” in the 2011 census. Atheists may lampoon the lemming-like behaviour of religious fundamentalists, but what of those who maintain their chosen faith alongside a keen political engagement? What of those – and despite what the Proud Atheists would have you believe, they do exist – who continue to believe alongside a secure “belief” in evolution?"

Bible bashing | The Saturday Paper

…And yesterday I wrote about faith in the age of New Atheism.

"Ask a cineaste to put aside their atheist tendencies for a moment to list the best Bible adaptations and they can usually count them on one hand; Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ is generally at the top of the pile, though it is itself based on a book (Nikos Kazantzakis’ 1953 novel) based on the Bible. The trouble seems to be that when Bible stories are adapted by filmmakers who are not expressly Christian, they shoot for a strange, secular tone and end up - given the fantastical elements of the source text - somewhere not unlike J.R.R. Tolkien. Witness Noah, with its ”watchers”, giant stone creatures somewhere between Ray Harryhausen monsters and The Neverending Story’s Rock Biter (more than once I hoped they might turn to Russell Crowe’s Noah and announce: ”They look like big, good, strong hands, don’t they?”) Despite its environmentalist themes and hints at existentialism, Aronofsky’s Noah reads predominantly as an epic fantasy film. Is that the only way secular filmmakers can approach the Bible, as a work of fantasy fiction?"

Noah adds to the flood of Bible films, but there are few revelations | The Age

This has been a weekend of faith-related fun for me in the opinion pages. Read the rest of this piece and let me talk to you about how RoboCop is the best Bible movie out.

Come visit me at 1000 £ Bend today! And by “visit” I do mean “buy my leather goods”.  (at 1000 £ Bend)

Come visit me at 1000 £ Bend today! And by “visit” I do mean “buy my leather goods”. (at 1000 £ Bend)

Yo! Desmond Wolf will be flogging leather goods at Bend And Snap Market, this Sunday at 1000 £ Bend from 11am-4pm. Come on down!

Yo! Desmond Wolf will be flogging leather goods at Bend And Snap Market, this Sunday at 1000 £ Bend from 11am-4pm. Come on down!

"It was about a shunning of what the media classes as ‘attractive’. I think we’re all meant to strive towards this unattainable vision of abs and ice-white teeth, which is fine, but I probably know three people that like their body, and I know hundreds of people. Even people who have amazing bodies probably look in the mirror and think, ‘My lats could probably be a little firmer’. So in terms of this film, what I was trying to get was that passion is attractive. In Bruce’s case, that’s passion for dancing, but it could be passion for Sailor Moon or Star Wars or cooking or motorbikes. That kind of passion is attractive forever, it doesn’t go away. Like rock hard abs do."

Interviewed my fave, Nick Frost, about Cuban Fury, body image, and our plans to launch a sure-to-be-bestselling magazine.

I’m in The Saturday Paper today, shittin on ya whole [online] life 😎💻

I’m in The Saturday Paper today, shittin on ya whole [online] life 😎💻

Town Hall Gallery: Are you ready to be fixated?I’m doing a sweet panel talk at Town Hall Gallery on Saturday along with Janice Breen Burns, Darren Sylvester and Drew Pettifer: NARCISSISM & SELFIES. Book your spot and come!

Town Hall Gallery: Are you ready to be fixated?

I’m doing a sweet panel talk at Town Hall Gallery on Saturday along with Janice Breen Burns, Darren Sylvester and Drew Pettifer: NARCISSISM & SELFIES. Book your spot and come!