‘This is England’ was the title under which Humphrey Jennings’s 10-minute paean to beleaguered but indomitable British pluck, ‘The Heart of Britain’, was presented in the US in 1941. After showing the wreckage of Coventry and life in the shadow of the Blitz, the narration forecast that ‘the Nazis will learn, once and for all, that no one with impunity troubles the heart of Britain’. As the opening montage of Shane Meadows’s new film makes clear, the heart of Britain was troubled in 1983.
When he first strode onto the shaggy early-’70s rock scene with Roxy Music — the chic white tux and Windsor knot, the elegant integration of musical idioms past and present — Bryan Ferry announced he would be no slave to convention or even time itself.
Adventure should be shown, because only then it becomes meaningful and useful to people. When I show this on TV, then travel seems unreal and sensational. Whom? So you and others who sit in cafes in Novi Sad and while I Lomat the rainforest and looking death in the face, sipping brandy and bat crap.
It seems to malnar more people appreciate and understand more serious when, instead of making them convincing in his courage, retired to a quiet life ćutljivca. This is the impression that he could not live without publicity and evidence of someone else's admiration.
Last month I was invited on a press trip to Serbia. The whole thing sounded great; free accommodation, free food, free travel. I said yes, obviously. But there was a catch; it involved an interview with the film director Emir Kusturica.