Are Filmmakers the same as filmmakers? Is it a meritocracy, or are these two groups mutually exclusive? If the latter, why is the latter so common?
Film is now seen increasingly as a medium and an artist which has its own language and aesthetics. Is this cultural shift necessarily bad? Is it merely the result of an increasingly competitive, self sustaining market that values a narrative over other aesthetics? What is the relation between a good film and good culture? Why is the former perceived a threat to the latter? How we view the cinema as we do it today and in the present informs and shapes the way we think about both the art of the director and the aesthetics of cinema.
Is it the director of a film studio who makes the art; or is he or she acting as the custodian of the art? Does the director, like any other artist, have a vision of cinema which is the cinema of his or her lifetime and which defines a way of creating art which is both different and universal? What is the cinema as he or she, as an artist, wants from the cinema of his or her lifetime or the cinema of future generations?
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The number of people employed on Britain’s food bank list increased by almost 300% in five years, figures obtained by The Guardian show.
Food banks now house some 20,000 vulnerable adults and children including parents who have lost children who are unable to care for themselves, vulnerable adults in need of help, veterans, and disabled people.
A quarter of those on the list are able to provide the help themselves.
Data available to The Guardian show that there will be an extra 3,700 people on food banks in England in the final quarter of 2015, with 3,200 of those coming on a single day in the last four weeks of August alone.
The figure was put at 1,800 a single day because the most affected households have to be moved to a new area – a process that is made complicated by a severe weather spell at the same time which affects the use of public services such as food banks. The majority – around 8,000 people – have been living off benefits since April.
The Guardian asked for the total number of people on the food banks list by council for the last seven weeks of June to July – a period which saw two of the five
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