Posts Tagged ‘film’

The Alchemist

October 16, 2010

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist Himself

Just Do It fundraising party

October 14, 2010

Paulo Coelho turned filmmaking on its head when he got grassroots to produce and film The Witch of Portobello which had its premier at the Rome Film Festival last autumn.

Just Do It have taken this a stage further, a film about activists by activists. But it still needs money, hence the fundraising party last night which I attended after a meeting with Climate Rush, who just happen to feature in the film. Also featured are Climate Camp and Plane Stupid.

For the next 17 days, Lush will match donations. So please give generously. Last night £1460, to date £6030. [see £20k in 20 days!]

On the evening, Lush goodies were given to everyone who made a donation.

It is hoped to release Just Do It in the spring. It will be given away free!

Upcoming events

The Crude Awakening – Central London – Saturday 16 October 2010

Zero Carbon by 2030 – Friends House, Euston Road, London – Saturday 30 October 2010

Also see

Emily James: Lights, camera, activists

Emily James on climate direct action film Just Do It

Just Do It: get off your arse and change the world with a Crude Awakening

Interview: Emily James, Director of ‘Just Do It’ says ‘Get of your arse and change the world!’

Lush Cosmetics – Our Environmental Policy

Dennis Hopper

June 2, 2010
easy rider

easy rider

Last week Dennis Hopper (1936 – 2010), co-star and director of Easy Rider – drug-crazed bikers, fantastic music by The Doors – died.

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The Valkyries

The Alchemist as a film

October 1, 2009

‘I feel like the luckiest man on the planet. It’s a dream come true for me, to be able to direct and star and bring Coelho’s book to the screen.’ —  Laurence Fishburne

I have my doubts of The Alchemist as a film. I am not the only one, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho tried unsuccessfully to buy back the film rights.

Nothing ruins a good book than a bad film. Something I have never understood, is buying the rights to a book, then producing a film that has no resemblance to the film other than the title.

If The Alchemist is to be turned into a film, I would have seen it directed by a Chinese director, say the director of House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower, as I am sure they would have done a better job, especially the desert scene.

The problem with American directors is that they are more interested in American bums on seat and their limited attention span, than producing a good film. To them a film is a product, not an artistic creation.

Two other Paulo Coelho novels have been turned into films: Veronika Decides to Die and The Witch of Portobello.

Veronika Decides to Die has been shown in Brazil, but as far as I am aware has not been released elsewhere. A key moment of Veronika Decides to Die  is as Veronika lies dying, she is annoyed by a supposedly witty comment of a journalist who does not know where Slovenia is. The film is set in New York!

The Witch of Portobello is as I write on its way to me on DVD.  Directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Tadeh Daschi, the film stars Carolena Sabah as the enigmatic Athena. The film was the result of a competition organised by Paulo Coelho. The original music featured in the film was composed by  Tadeh Daschi and showcases world music group Visa.

The Witch of Portobello will be premiered at the Rome Film Festival October 2009.

The Winner Stands Alone, the latest novel by Paulo Coelho, is a damning indictment of the film and fashion industry and the cult of celebrity.

At $60 million (a Harvey Weinstein production), a big budget film for a very simple story. In announcing his production on the beach at the Cannes film Festival in 2008, it was a parody of The Winner Stands Alone or what it the other way around? Do we have life imitating art or  art imitating life?

The Alchemist is a $60 million Harvey Weinstein production, staring and directed by Laurence Fishburne.  Following the announcement at Cannes, filming was scheduled to start spring last year at various locations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The Alchemist recently celebrated two years in The New York Times best seller list. Not bad for a book that was first published twenty years ago.

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