Why it was a good idea (on paper)
Speed. Lots of speed. After the murky, talky Matrix sequels, the Wachowskis needed to lighten up. Nurtured by producer Joel Silver, cult ’60s anime Speed Racer seemed just the title to refuel their drive. A little less conversation, a little more traction? Gun it.
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Michael Winterbottom On Why The UK Isn't Making More Indie Films
Michael Winterbottom is one of Britain’s most prolific film directors, but in his new book he lifts the lid on why it’s so hard to get films made in the UK. Having used the first covid lockdown to interview a who’s who of the country’s auteurs, winterbottom tells total film why the industry often fails to nurture its most promising talent.
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THE BITE STUFF
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GEAR ON TEST
HELIKON-TEX PILGRIM ANORAK AND PANT In my musings on training and especially “situational awareness” in this issue sometimes I need to apply that same advice to myself and not get tunnel-vision when I’m looking at my own gear locker! I work pretty closely with the guys at Helikon-Tex in Poland and our conversations tend to be about gear for range and operational use, but amongst their other lines are some real gems!