Including the shoot that made James Dean, the world's best design and an ex-England captainMore
As a rock-photographer-turned-director, Anton Corbijn – Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) – is in an excellent position to cast light on the nuances of the photographer celebrity dynamic in his fourth feature film, Life, which explores the genesis of a series of photographs that Dennis Stock took of James Dean in early 1955 for Life magazine. A book of the photos – which capture Dean bumbling around in sunny LA, rainy New York and at his aunt and uncle’s house in rural Indiana – is being published to coincide with the film’s release and the 60th anniversary of Dean’s death.
It might seem like a slight topic for a drama, though perhaps less so given the obsession with celebrity and privacy in the current age. Corbijn also has two powerful leads working for his cause: Robert Pattinson as Stock, an interesting choice for a young man so painfully familiar with what it feels like to be on the other side of the lens; and model-cum-actor Dane DeHaan as Dean, himself a destined-for-greatness actor who plays Dean as less of a heartthrob, more of a weirdo, and all the more interesting for it.
In cinemas September 25
If you’re travelling through or around the Greenwich Peninsula this week, don’t be alarmed, a 35 metre electricity pylon has not fallen from the heavens and embedded itself in the ground upside down. It’s a sculpture. The aforementioned ‘Bullet From A Shooting Star’ by Alex Chinneck and an installation involving 100,000 white balloons (Heartbeat by Charles Pétillon) are just two exhibits from an impressive line-up for the twelfth annual London Design Festival.
The nine day festival incorporating over 400 events including exhibitions, trade fairs, talks and pop-up shops at locations across the capital is a celebration of all things design and an opportunity to promote the city’s brightest creative talents. Other highlights include ‘Absolute Abode’ a London photography exhibition by Janine Kilroe and ‘100% Design’, a furniture and interiors trade show that will make any trip to IKEA thereafter feel like a below par yard sale.
London Design Festival runs from 19 – 27 September, londondesignfestival.com