The Love, Pain and Simplicity edition
A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.
What is life but love.
The Desert Island Discs of Wendell Pierce.
An extraordinary collection of music and reflections from actor Wendell Pierce on this edition of Desert Island Discs. The conversation meanders through coping with racism as a child; “a song… from Sesame Street can embolden… and protect a child from the ugliness of discrimination… it shows you the power of art”. To a cure to imposter syndrome: “when in doubt do the work. When in the deepest doubt, work even harder.” And somehow Pierce is able to present a deep, emotional and personal playlist that ranges from Kermit the Frog to Aaron Copland and John Coltrane.
Beauty in simplicity – the craft of Roger Deakins.
An illuminating profile of the art and craft of cinematographer Roger Deakins who’s films include Dead Man Walking, A Beautiful Mind, Doubt, The Shawshank Redemption, True Grit, Fargo, No Country for Old Men and Skyfall. His hallmarks of simple lighting, simple colour schemes and smooth camera work have resulted in almost 50 years of iconic work.
Sam Mendes shows us the magic of the long take.
1917 from director Sam Mendes starring Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay was hailed as one of the most stirring films released last year. The topic of World War 1 and the scale of the horror, heartbreak and destruction is near impossible to capture, so instead, Mendes chose to tell a deeply personal story. With long, continuous takes and very few editing cuts the intensity, tension and exhilaration and amplified.
The continuous smile of Moonchild
For their Tiny Desk performance Moonchild pulled out flutes, flugelhorns, saxophones, keyboards, ukuleles and some the best harmonies you’ve ever heard. The sounds and lyrics are hypnotic, but it’s the pure enjoyment on the faces of the band that makes this a joy.
Mariel Hemingway breaks free of a family legacy of mental health issues, suicides and a lifelong eating disorder.
57-year-old Mariel Hemingway, an Academy Award-nominated actress, mother, and author, can still climb mountains, literally and figuratively. Growing up tall and blonde in a famous family plagued by mental health issues and very public suicides, she found comfort in controlling every aspect of her life; especially her body and food.
After compulsively seeking help through different gurus and spiritual practices, watch her speak about the freeing moment when she suddenly realised that she was her own teacher and that it was ok to be happy, even if it meant leaving others behind.
Cover photo: James Cagney by Imogen Cunningham
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