What we’re watching

There’s lots to enjoy and access for free this week.

First up we have the excellent new documentary Estonia – The Baltic Tiger from Lesley Riddoch and Charlie Stuart. This is a great continuation from the Nation series of films that Lesley produced alongside Phantom Power Films. There are lots to learn from these films for us in Scotland as we move towards independence. The film is available on YouTube and at lesleyriddoch.com/films.

In the world of live streaming, make sure to check out Scottish Twitch streamer STUEFALive. Stuart brings his unique charm and personality to some pretty chilled out streams with his lovely community on Twitch. The perfect company during the lockdown

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), dir. by F. W. Murnau.

Finally, we recommend the silent romantic drama Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) which is available to watch entirely free on YouTube. This is a film from early in the Classic Hollywood period and features an example of synchronized sound just before the birth of the Talkies a few months later with The Jazz Singer (1927). The story contains the classic 1920s vamp and spans the genres from lustful thriller, to horror, to drama, to romantic comedy, to dance, to disaster movie, to tragedy, and more. It really is quite an astonishing film and is dripping with German Expressionism. Not to mention, social commentary and a not so subtle metaphor for Hollywood’s anxiety about moving from silent to sound. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Finally, finally we have watched, re-watched and laughed at this.

Enjoy the recommendations, we hope you enjoy them and please feel free to leave your comments below.

Author: Grant McKenzie

Grant McKenzie is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and streamer. He is the founder of Cross/Rip. He works in radio and has written for Bella Caledonia, DC Thomson and Johnston Press in both news and sport. Grant has worked covering the SPFL, Solheim Cup and European Tour. He also streams regularly on Twitch talking about various issues including mental health. Grant is also a proud Dundonian studying a part time MA degree at the University of Dundee.

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