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BFI 100: 100 – The Killing Fields (1984)

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At 100 sits a film by Roland Joffé that won 3 Oscars in 1985; The Killing Fields. The film stars the excellent Sam Waterston – most recently to be found in HBO’s The Newsroom –  as journalist Sydney Schanberg, covering the civil war in Cambodia; and beside him is Dr. Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran, a Cambodian Journalist and translator.

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Pop-up Books excite with debut single

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“Polish Indie Pop Perfection” Christmas Underground “Elegant power pop vibes” Destroy//Exist For Fans of… Alvvays, Bernard Butler, Dusty Springfield, Teenage Fanclub Warsaw’s Pop-up Books introduce themselves to the world with their debut single – a double-A-side featuring the joyous break-up anthem, “Without You” and the infectiously melodic sun-drenched pop of “You Are The Summer” – […]

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Introducing Pop-up Books

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It’s been a long time coming, to be fair, but I can finally tell the world about my new band, Pop-up Books. The band has grown out of a collaboration with Warsaw-based, Seattle singer, Jules Jones. Jules and I met a couple of years ago when she moved to Warsaw to work in the film […]

On Being an Indie Artist

What’s in a Name?

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Names. They can mean everything or they can mean nothing to the band so titled, or indeed to their audience. They can be serious, political, witty, pithy, nonsensical knowing, ironic, or just ever so simple. Some artists must regret the choice as the weight of their decision dawns on them after the first few years. […]

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The Ginger Bullet

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Recently, I have spent some time walking a dog. I stress, dear reader, that I haven’t lassoed a stray for the purpose. No, this is an animal slowly becoming my own – being, as she is, the ward of my girlfriend, Marta. It is with some interest, and no little amusement, that I realise Bajka, […]

On Being an Indie Artist

Singing

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“Don’t sing Neil, it sounds terrible”, stressed my mum, as a 12 year old me hollered out the final chorus of R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts.  “You take after your mother’s side of the family when it comes to singing.  We just can’t.” Ouch! For a wee Scottish boy who, since seeing the Beach Boys in concert […]