“Couture is more than a piece of clothing. It's an expression. It's art.”
Recognised for her luxurious fabrics, intricate embroidery, use of gold thread and jewels, Chinese designer, Guo Pei calls herself one of the slowest designers in the world. With pieces taking between five-thousand and fifty-thousand hours to make and weighing up to 50kg, Guo’s spectacular works of art have gained global recognition, even naming her one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2016.
“Stories remain in our hearts even after all else is gone.”
Adapted from Deborah Ellis’ 2000 Young Adult novel of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Parvana (brilliantly voiced by Canadian newcomer Saara Chaudry) as she navigates life within the oppressive Taliban-era Afghanistan. In a society where women are prohibited to be outside without a male family member, Parvana quickly grows to understand the misogyny and chauvinism that pervades the world around her, forcing her to mature far beyond her years.
‘I wouldn't believe the story if someone else was telling it, but I'm telling it.’ - Bobby Shafran
Three Identical Strangers tells the story of triplets separated at birth, completely unaware of each other's existence, and coincidentally brought together at age nineteen.
Sounds like an elevator pitch, doesn’t it?
Just like life, James Raggatt’s Youth + Destination is fluid, exciting and unpredictable. The collection of sixty vignettes each capture a moment in time, in someone’s life, somewhere. All varying in length, shifting from comedic to gut-wrenching - we never know what’s coming next, whose world a light will shine on, and what part of our own reality we will delve into. The only thing we’re sure of is:
Every moment is fleeting.
My favourite things at age eighteen: theatre, environmentalism and satire. So obviously Kill Climate Deniers instantly become a must-see for me. I was super keen to be handed a ‘how to defeat climate change’ handbook, and go on to save the world. Even though I left the theatre without a definitive answer of how to assure the planet’s survival, what I did leave with was way more powerful.
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