There's a lot of interesting Turkish cinema around at the moment; much of it dealing with that country's place in the world, and the tug between East and West. A case in point: Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven, which bounces freely between Turkey and Germany to tell a tale of crossed-wires, chance meetings and cultural tensions. It retains the effervescent style of the director's earlier Head-On (2004) and Crossing the Bridge (2005), although it benefits from an added dash of emotional maturity. In short: one of the finest studies of our globalised age.
In preparation for a screening of Barbet Schroeder's latest documentary (Terror's Advocate), I recently revisited his 1974 effort, General Idi Amin Dada. It's astonishing that this "Autoportrait" was made with the African dictator's full co-operation. The end-product merely shows him up as buffoon; drunk on the camera's attention. Amin's on-screen bravado would almost be comical, were it not for the fact that his brand of madness spelt suffering for millions.
The DVD of General Idi Amin Dada is part of Eureka's indispensable Masters of Cinema line. They've also just released Visconti's masterwork Rocco and his Brothers - a copy of which still lies unopened on my desk, although I'm looking forward to watching it shortly.
I enjoyed my visit to the Camden Town Group exhibition at Tate Britain. A carefully-curated insight into a bygone London and the artists who invested it with significance.