Hip news about Hippie + first Detectives reviews + Keira's crush
04 May 2007 at 04:30 PM | by Lilith
Racy, radical setting for Cillian's newest project
This Is London has an update about Sienna Miller's character in Hippie Hippie Shake. She'll play Louise Ferrier, Richard Neville's girlfriend, and "one of the women who helped make London swing in the Sixties."
Louise Ferrier (right) and
Jenny Kee's daring cover
They cut a swathe through literary, fashion, arty, and cinephile London, puffing (but not inhaling) the occasional spliff along the way.
Nick Waterlow, curator of the "Larrikins in London" exhibit exploring the U.K.-Australia connection during the 1960s, noted Ferrier's influence:
Louise Ferrier, who Richard Neville admits was the reason he went to London—the siren that drew him to London. And she and Jenny Kee were presented in their birthday suits on the cover of Oz magazine ... Louise really was one of the reasons why Oz in Sydney and Oz magazine in London was able to keep going—because she helped make it happen and kept Richard together as well.
Oz was a sometimes shocking, sometimes disturbing, but always thought-provoking magazine, as is evident from their covers. As I blogged earlier, Hippie will explore the 1971 obscenity trial surrounding Issue #28, "The School Kids Issue," which was actually written by British public school students.
The Obscene Publications Squad, already looking for a reason to close the controversial publication, argued that this issue was an attempt to corrupt the morals of children "and to arouse and implant in their minds lustful and perverted ideas." Neville, his partner Jim Anderson, and co-editor Felix Dennis were found guilty and sentenced to hard labour. They were then released upon appeal under the condition that Oz shut down permanently.
The Oz 3 (Anderson, Neville, and Dennis) in 1971, and Richard Neville today
(I have to confess that, as politically and culturally interesting this film promises to be, I was shallow enough to shudder when I read that Neville and his cohorts' heads were shaved after sentencing. No more long locks for Cillian?)
Interestingly, in The Trials of Oz (1991) these same events were covered, with Hugh Grant starring as Neville. Bert Thung's Rare British Television Reviews has a wonderful recap and photographs from the show, which he says is:
Not so much a play, more an edited trial transcript. But considering it's a trial who's (sic) witnesses were amongst the most entertaining and thought-provoking figures of the early seventies, being played by the most distinguished actors of the early nineties, I can't remove any points for that.
Watching the blogs for Detectives
Since the world premiere of Watching the Detectives this past Tuesday, we've been keeping our eyes peeled for reviews.
The first two to appear are blog diaries—and while both are rather lukewarm, keep in mind that film festival-goers generally appreciate the avant garde more than staid genres. In this light, when Nate Jones writes in NYU News.com that "the film was actually pretty good, for a romantic comedy", it's a significant admission. Although the movie doesn't go as far as he'd hoped in subverting this clichéd genre,
the movie takes the fairly original stand of calling out the character [Violet] on her act every once in a while. Murphy's inherent weirdness helps too; even when he's supposed to be boring he's interesting to watch, especially in probably what has to be the shortest example of those dreadful post-breakup depression scenes.
Neil has a habit of staging scenes (like having a waiter spill water on a girl with whom he is about to break up) and a penchant for dressing in costumes tied to store specials.
Murphy enjoyed Detectives' build-up, but unfortunately says that:
...as the relationship [between Neil and Violet] progresses, the film becomes fuzzier and less focused ... The leads try gamely but the script lets them down.
Keira's crush?Apparently Keira Knightley just figured out what the rest of us already knew. The tabloids are widely reporting that Keira's gushing over her co-star. Lifestyle Extra quotes an unnamed source saying Keira told boyfriend Rupert Friend that
"Cillian has the most amazing eyes and is an amazing actor. Keira was blown away by Cillian's performance on his latest film Sunshine, and kept going on about it to Rupert and about his beautiful face."
The tabs and Keira's superstar publicists are apparently doing their best to whip up rumours that Keira wants to incite her boyfriend's jealousy. That aside, this little tidbit from the anonymous source should be of interest to The CillianSite readers:
"There are a lot of passionate scenes between Keira and Cillian so there's plenty of opportunity for Rupert to be hitting the wall if she carries on winding him up like this." (emphasis mine)