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Sunday, February 23, 2003  

Is the camera on me?

OK, so I know it's easy to sneer, but it's interesting when glitterati of the film world use awards ceremonies to protest against the latest war.

The thing is, it doesn't take a creative genius to enlighten us that, actually, war's a nasty, nasty thing. They might spend large chunks of their time immersed in a fantasy world, and therefore feel the need to remind us that they're really in touch, but we don't. There was a time when ripples of controversy would follow their outburst, but these days they're about as shocking and memorable as the streakers that still (apparently) appear at major sporting events with monotonous regularity.

While I listened attentively to what Pedro Almodóvar was trying manfully to read out at the BAFTAs, it was far more fascinating watching the faces of the Stars that flashed in close-up during the speech. These are supposed to be the best examples of their profession, and yet you could almost read their thoughts:

"How should I hold my lips during this so that I can appear to be supportive and emotionally open, whilst not alienating too large a percentage of my box-office?"

posted by Plig | 22:32 |

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