Perspectives: The Role of Film Soundtracks

From the rousing horns of Indiana Jones, to the jukebox pop of Scorcese and Tarantino’s flicks, or the Wagnerian swagger of Apocalypse Now – there’s no denying film soundtracks are an integral part of the cinema experience. But what makes a great soundtrack? What are they there to do? The Red Curtain met with three doyens of different realms of cinema to get to the heart of what makes a great soundtrack. Continue reading


Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Continuous Growth (Review & Interview)

The Red Curtain believes all of life’s philosophies should be predicated on the consumption of chocolate. So it is natural we loved Continuous Growth – we warmly embrace any theatre that declares the world’s problems could be lessened if we just shared our last Rolo with someone we loved.

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EIFF: Sexual Chronicles of A French Family

“Everyone’s fucking except me. And it’s driving me crazy.” So says 18-year-old Romain (Matthias Melloul), echoing a sentiment felt by the sexually hard-up world-wide. He’s not exaggerating, either. Here’s a young man so desperate to get to fornicating he gets caught indulging in onanistic pleasure in his biology class. His indiscretion causes his mother, Claire (Valérie Maës) to resolve to discuss sex more freely with her family, and it transpires they’re all at it in the manner of gleeful French bunnies (lapins sexuelles?). Romain’s widowed granddad is rumping with a whore. His sister is partial to hanky panky with veritable strangers. His brother blithely drops mentions of his three-ways at the dinner table, while his father is fond of talking streams of florid fantastical filth at his mother.

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EIF Preview: Gulliver’s Travels – Creating the Soundscape

In 2009, a Romanian theatre troupe brought their production of Faust to the Edinburgh International Festival, and astonished audiences with a spectacular take on Goethe’s enduring fable, both epic and Brechtian in its treatment of the tale. This year, the same troupe – The National Theatre of Sibiu – return to the EIF with an interpretation of another literary giant – Gulliver’s Travels. Continue reading

EIFF: The Lorax

I want to exorcise the sense that I’ve been violated. I’ve just seen The Lorax, you see, and although I’d like to present a cogent argument as to why it is a fetid turd of a film, I fear I may be too damn irritated by the entire debacle to do it rational justice. Hard-upon will follow a bewildering morass of capital letters and ill-considered analogies, but somewhere amidst them all you will grasp my point.

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Tam O’Shanter

The Red Curtain is not a native Scot, so unfortunately has to plead unfamiliarity with the Robbie Burns poem Tam O’Shanter, purportedly a piece of text most good Scottish children (that’s a we’en, apparently) will have drilled into them at school. But there’s no matter: the new production of Tam O’Shanter, from theatre group Communicado, is as warm and intriguing an introduction to the Rabelaisian excesses of Burns’ epic as one could hope for. Continue reading

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Coalition: A New Play

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The realm of British Political Satire is dominated by the shadows cast by two brilliant, scathing comic Leviathans: whip-smart 1980s sitcom Yes (Prime) Minister and, more recently, Armando Iannuci’s scabrous beast The Thick of ItWith those two shows setting the standard so very, very high, it is especially impressive that Coalitionnew satirical play from writing team Robert Khan and Tom Kalinsky, manages to assert both its own identity and, indeed, pride of place, in the British Political Satire kingdom. Continue reading