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28 JUNE 2014

Mike Leigh: The Short And Curlies (1987)

"'The Short & Curlies' is a short film written and directed by Mike Leigh. It stars Alison Steadman, Wendy Nottingham, Sylvestra Le Touzel and David Thewlis. The short, 18 minute film, made after three weeks rehearsal, concerns a chatty hairdresser Betty (Alsion Steadman), her shy daughter, Charlene (Wendy Nottingham), and one of her customers, Joy (Sylvestra Le Touzel). Joy works in a chemist's shop and is chatted up by Clive (David Thewlis – in the first of his three Leigh roles). Romance ensues in a Thatcherite England, a great little watch for a sunny afternoon."

(Calum Sager, 10 April 2013, Spilt Milk)

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1987 • Alison Steadman • awkwardness • bad pun • believable charactersChannel 4 • chemist • David Thewlis • deadpan expression • domestic drama • geeky guy • hairdresser • Harlesden • joking • Jon Gregory • Mike Leighone-linerpharmacy • Portman Productions • Rachel Portman • Roger Pratt • romantic comedy • Short and Curlies (1988) • short film • Simon Channing Williams • sincerity • Sylvestra Le Touzel • UK • Victor Glynn • Wendy Nottingham • Willesden

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
10 MARCH 2014

Blowing in the Wind: metro station screen reacts to train arrival

"On behalf of Åkestam Holst and Apotek Hjärtat we modified one of Clear Channel's Play screens on Odenplans subway platform. The mission was to capture the effect of the turbulence from the train and make it look like the models hair on the screen was caught by the breeze.

To do this we needed to build a device that could be calibrated to sense the arrival of the train and not react to passing passengers. Using an ultra sonic sensor, connected to a Raspberry Pi and a local network socket, we connected our device to the screens computer where the film could be activated by the passing trains.

Stopp managed the shooting and post production of all video material used for the customized screen at Odenplan and all other Play screens around the subway.

A simple idea, well executed, that let us use existing technology in a new way. The installation was appreciated by the head of Clear Channel and as a result Apotek Hjärtat was offered to keep it live for five additional days, as a way for them to show the opportunities their screens can offer."

(STOPP/STHLM)

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2014adadvertising in public spacesadvertising screens • Akestam Holst • apolosophy • Apotek • Apotek Hjartat • arriving train • breeze • caught by the breeze • Clear Channel • Clear Channel Play • digital billboardsdigital screenshair • hair product • hair tousled by the wind • interactive animations • interactive subway ad • local network socket • metro station • moving train • Odenplan • Odenplan metro station • passing trains • pharmacyrail advertisingrailway advertisingrailway stationRaspberry PiStockholm • STOPP (integrated production company) • subwaySwedentrain arrivaltrain stationturbulence • ultra sonic sensor • ultrasonic sensor

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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