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Explore Sons and Lovers at this year’s DH Lawrence Festival

lawrenceDH1 (1)A festival celebrating one of Nottinghamshire’s most famous literary sons is returning next month with a host of different events planned.

The DH Lawrence Festival, which takes place between 6th and 21st September, will include exhibitions, lectures, vintage fairs, afternoon tea, walks, film screenings, music and activities for families in his home town of Eastwood and the surrounding area.

It is 100 years since Lawrence published his autobiographical novel Sons and Lovers and this year’s festival, now in its 10th year, is an opportunity to explore one of his most acclaimed works. Author Stephen Bailey will be leading a walk around Nottingham on 9th September when he will point out some of the landmarks depicted in the novel including Nottingham Castle and the Theatre Royal. On 12th September there will be another Sons and Lovers walk, this time around the countryside of Haggs Farm (Willey Farm in the novel) and Felley Woods. On the same day there will be a screening of the 1960 film at Broadway cinema. The landscape which inspired Sons and Lovers is also the subject of an illustrated talk which takes place at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre, Eastwood, on 13th September.

For those who want to venture further afield I would recommend a trip to the picturesque Teversal Village near Sutton-in-Ashfield. As part of an open weekend event, which takes place between 6th and 8th September, there will be a chance to find out about Teversal Manor, which is thought to be Wragby Hall, the manor house in Lady Chatterley’s Lover. On 6th September, Dr Andrew Harrison from Nottingham University will be giving a talk on how the landscape of this region inspired Lady Chatterley’s Lover (call Denis Hill at Ashfield District Council on 01623 457426 to book).

Perhaps the event I am looking forward to the most is a screening of Inside the Mind of Mr Lawrence at Broadway. The film, which is set in 1928, stars Paul Slack who I interviewed two years ago ahead of his one-man play Phoenix Rising at Nottingham Playhouse in which he also played Lawrence. Paul, who is originally from Sutton-in-Ashfield, has a wonderful Nottinghamshire accent (there are few performers who can pull this off accurately!) and his shows are infused with breath-taking passion and energy.

Further details, including a full programme of events, can be found here. You can also find D.H. Lawrence Heritage on Facebook, on Twitter @dhlheritage and by using the hashtags #dhlawrence and #dhlawrencefestival.

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Review: Berberian Sound Studio is one of this year’s finest films

Right from the start of Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio we are immersed in a bizarre and claustrophobic world which soon unravels into one of violence and paranoia.

Set in Italy in the early 1970s, we are introduced to a Gilderoy, a middle-aged sound engineer played by Toby Jones who has been tasked with providing the sound effects for a sinister film called the Equestrian Vortex.

The film is produced in the trashy but violent and sexually charged giallo genre and although we are given a brief glimpse of it through the opening credits – which are shot in black and blood red – it is brought to life purely by the sounds manufactured in the studio and the story board which is both clinical and horrific.

At first the sound effects raise a wry smile; there is a marrow being dropped which emulates the sound of a body crashing to the floor and stems being pulled from radishes to recreate the sound hair being pulled from the witches’ heads.

But soon the rotting vegetables start to pile up and mimic the ‘putrid corpses of witches’ which are discovered in the film. Later Gilderoy, with a murderous glint in his eye, relishes stabbing cabbages to create the sound of a body being mutilated, its veined flesh looking strangely human.

At one point, Gilderoy questions the extreme violence he is supposed to evoke through sound. But the engineer, who even sleeps in a small room in the studio, quickly becomes aware that there is no respite from this subterranean world whose corridors resemble a mortuary. The outside, referred to briefly with the mention of cocktails on the terrace, bears little resemblance to this dark, windowless place which is prone to power cuts.

The violent themes of the Equestrian Vortex are mirrored in the studio, with women bearing the brunt of this ill-treatment. Tellingly, director Santini treats his dog better than the actresses who create the blood-curdling screams for the film. By the end, even Gilderoy becomes involved in this abuse, using his technical skills to create a high frequency sound to assert his power over an actress who does not conform.

Berberian Sound Studio is beautifully shot, compelling and wonderfully sound tracked; it is without one of the finest films I have seen this year. It is on until Thursday at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema.

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Sound it Out is a funny and moving portrayal of men and their records

There is no major plotline in Jeanie Finlay’s new film, Sound it Out. The documentary, which opened at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema on Thursday night, profiles the lives of staff and customers at a well-loved independent record shop called Sound it Out Records in the north-east town of Stockton-on-Tees.

The fact that there is no neat storyline in this film is one of its strong points. Hollywood and ‘reality’ TV would have us believe that people and places can fit easily into stereotypes but this is a portrait of real people with all their complexities; it is at times laugh-out-loud funny and at other times heart-achingly sad. There is no dramatic ending – as Jeanie tells the audience at the end of the film, the shop did not close and everything carries on as before.

In the film, we meet music fanatic Tom, who owns Sound it Out Records and at times says he feels more like a social worker. Regular customers give us an intensely personal insight into their own record collections and their lives. They are all incredibly open and frank about what their collections mean to them. For many of them, music is utter escapism from a humdrum life in a town where there are very few job opportunities. In some cases, music has proved life saving – one of the young men said that it stopped him taking his own life while for another, it has kept him out of trouble.

These lives are set against the backdrop of a former industrial town, where Jeanie herself grew up. The high street – which is incidentally the widest in England – is populated by empty shops, bargain basement stores and run-down charity shops. Sound it Out Records is a refuge for many people; the town may feel like a cultural desert and the recession might have further damaged the already fragile economy but the shop is hugely important to the area. It’s a place where you can pay for your records on tab, watch an artist perform live or just pop in for a coffee and a chat – and it’s something you just don’t get with iTunes.

Sound it Out is currently on a UK tour. If you want another screening at Broadway, email the team there.
For further details visit  the Sound it Out website or follow on Twitter @sounditoutdoc or visit Facebook.

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