Film Club Screens “War Made Easy” Tuesday 30th at 7:00pm

After a long break, the Barefoot Film Club is back. Our energy is fully charged, and we are committed to maintaining at least one-film-a-month – on the last Tuesday of the month.

This month’s screening: War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.

When: 7pm, Tuesday 30 September 2008
Where: Barefoot Gallery Cafe (all weather)

Tell your mates about it … See you there!

The BFC team


Film Blurb – from

War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.
Narrated by Sean Penn.

War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.

War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.

Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “brutally persuasive” and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.

healing colours and other stories.

“Healing Colours and Other Stories”

To let the eye stray over a palette, splashed with many colours,
produces a dual result. In the first place one receives a purely
physical impression, one of pleasure and contentment at the
varied and beautiful colours. The eye is either warmed or else
soothed and cooled. But these physical sensations can only be of
short duration. They are merely superficial and leave no lasting
impression, for the soul is unaffected. But although the effect
of the colours is forgotten when the eye is turned away, the
superficial impression of varied colour may be the starting point
of a whole chain of related sensations.
[…] To a more sensitive soul the effect of colours is deeper and
intensely moving. [The Colours] produce a
corresponding spiritual vibration, and it is only as a step
towards this spiritual vibration that the elementary physical
impression is of importance.
Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly
influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the
hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is
the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause
vibrations in the soul.

Wassily Kandinsky, “The Psychological Working of Colour”, from: Concerning the Spiritual in Art.<br />

“Healing Colours” are the protagonists of these many stories which each painting represents.

As ever, they are all abstract as for me Abstract Art is an invitation to play with the mirror which reflects not the reality outside oneself, but the reality inside oneself. In front of an abstract piece of Art one has nothing to rely upon or to hold onto, and as Kandinsky said, “[it is] the ultimate possible answer to the challenge of representing the un-representable”

For the first time I have used small canvasses as opposed to my natural inclination towards almost gigantic paintings and this is because I really wanted the colours and textures to be condensed, as immediate as possible in their presentation to the viewer, rather like a succession of short stories and not a novel.

All the canvases measure 16 inches by 16 and have been made using a mixed-triple technique of acrylics, crayons and water colours.

The canvases don’t have titles, just a numerical progression faithful to the order in which they were completed, the idea behind it is to invite the viewers into play, to have fun, to mix and match, to have contrasting or blending tones, to choose their own healing colours and make their own selection into a sequence to create their own story.