Selfies in the jungle: Abuse, exploitation and the dark side of wildlife tourism

Whether it is bathing with elephants, feeding tigers or watching bears dance, tourists are often offered entertainment involving wildlife that raises concerns about animal welfare. Photographer Kirsten Luce and writer Natasha Daly spent months documenting the exploitation of animal in the Amazon, Thailand and Russia. The first results of the investigation, published by National Geographic, … Read more

Rolando Villazón’s Wild Western wows Leipzig

Over in the Wild Wild West… French/Mexican tenor and stage director, Rolando Villazón is staging a gem of the bel canto repertoire as a Spaghetti Western at the Opera Leipzig. The versatile, world-renowned artist turns Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s bubbly romantic comedy ‘L’elisir d’amore’ (The elixir of love) into a 1940s cowboy movie set. “I … Read more

Martin Scorcese says Marvel movies are ‘not cinema’

Martin Scorsese, the venerated director behind “Taxi Driver” and “Goodfellas,” is not a fan of Marvel movies. “I don’t see them,” Scorsese told Empire Magazine when asked if he watches the popular superhero films. “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they … Read more

Brexit Will Tear Us Apart Again: Joy Division anniversary provides ironic backdrop to EU summit

It’s the seminal song whose anniversary today is providing an ironic backdrop to this week’s Brexit-dominated EU summit in Brussels. Manchester band Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart Again is a harrowing track about a relationship in trouble. And it’s a song you could easily play as the United Kingdom divorces the European Union. … Read more

Imagine Picasso: Immersive installation takes visitors on a ‘poetic voyage’ through his art

Breaking free from the traditional format and structure of conventional art exhibitions is at the heart of what the new immersive installation Imagine Picasso is all about. The creators of the exhibition, Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, wanted to explore a new way of looking at Pablo Picasso’s work. With the help of French architect … Read more

Francis Ford Coppola lights up Lyon’s Lumiere Film Festival

The work of cult US filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola shone brightly for the organisers of the 2019 Lumière festival, which ends on Sunday in Lyon. “Lumière and its festivalgoers honour one of the greatest living legends in the history of cinema,” declared festival president Bertrand Tavernier and festival director Thierry Frémaux. Coppola received the festival’s … Read more