Like any true-blue pop phenomenon, One Direction is now a part of a ‘docudrama and part 3-D concert movie.’
One Direction. Photo: Eva Rinaldi
It’s interesting how every generation has their boy/girl bands, who sing some peppy and some mushy numbers, and become such a phenomenon that teenagers simply swoon at their sight. The euphoria around them is immense, yet few last longer than four or five years. One Direction is one such happy boy band of these times, comprising Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, all put together by the media magnate Simon Cowell. Having sold millions of records and winning a decent share of awards (though the Grammy, quite noticeably, did not include them in the nominations this year), One Direction is at the heart of a $50 million business empire.
Following in the footsteps of their predecessors (such as Spice Girls and Take That), One Direction will now be seen in a movie based on their lives. 1D3D (aka the ONE DIRECTION CONCERT PROJECT) is a ‘docudrama and part 3-D concert movie’. It will be about the roots of the five members, how they were made into a band by Simon Cowell (after they all competed on The X-Factor in the UK), and will explore their dreams and share how their meteoric rise to fame feels to them. The concert will be based on their upcoming performance at London’s O2 arena in April 2013.
Being directed by Morgan Spurlock and starring the five Brit pop stars, the movie is slated to release on October 23, 2013. The above video is the first trailer released of 1D3D.
As every generation must have their boy/girl bands to love and obsess over, movies about their lives must be made that can be cherished by their fans years after. While I will probably give 1D3D a miss, I am excited about the news that a documentary is being directed by Stephen Kijak about the journey of Backstreet Boys, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Like I said before, every generation gets their fair share of boy/girl bands. It sure would be fun to reminisce about the Boys!
One man’s art is another man’s trash. Damien Hirst’s sculpture, Verity, lies at the heart of a raging debate.
Verity by Ian Griffiths
Damien Hirst, Britain's richest living artist who made history when his entire collection ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’ sold-out at Sotheby's in 2008, has always evoked strong reactions from his audiences. With most of his work being based on the theme of death, Hirst makes no bones about the unsettling facets of death and empowers his designs with brazen grotesqueness. An old friend of controversies, most of his works have elicited strong censure from the public, but there are enough out there who see art from Damien’s eyes. And thus when recently his latest work Verity was erected by the sea in the north Devon town of Ilfracombe, USA, the sleepy-little town found itself in the centre of a storm caused by the 20 metre-tall bronze statue.
Verity: Photo by Mark Robinson
The statue of the sword-wielding, naked, heavily-pregnant woman, with half of the body showing her innards in detail, as if her skin’s been peeled away, has caused 100 letters of objection being sent to North Devon Council. Many of the locals find Verity distasteful and outrageous, yet the same Council has also received 170 letters supporting the sculpture installed at the city’s pier. Weighing 25 tonnes and loaned to the town for 20 years, Verity is bringing in a lot of tourists, and business, to the city.
Whether people like it or not, what Verity has definitely achieved is to make people stop and look-up and think, discuss and debate art.