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Mr. Adrian D. Stokes (Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom)

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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (PAL with Subtitles)
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (PAL with Subtitles)
Dvd ~ Bruno Wollheim
Offered by Coluga Pictures
Price: 19.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bigger Picture, 15 May 2011
I first saw this film in the guise of an "Imagine" documentary on the BBC. It was about two old flames I'd lost contact with over the years, the work of David Hockney and the East Yorkshire landscape; a beautiful, uncelebrated part of our country. Whilst I was aware Hockney's family lived on the coast at Bridlington, I had no idea he lived and worked in the area and had done for years, enjoying a renaissance in his painting, from a studio in his deceased mothers house.

To record the process he invited film maker Bruno Wollheim to track him whilst he painted. Judging by the out takes this is a man with admirable patience, who it turns out, was more than equal to the joint tasks of capturing the spirit of the area and managing the temperamental artist. The best compliment I can pay both of them is that after 34 years living and working in London this wonderful film has caused me to scratch a long felt itch and move up to East Yorkshire with my family. The qualities of the landscape and the quality of the work which it inspired, have both been captured in a manner that I defy anyone lucky enough to own this DVD, not to be deeply affected by.

Brilliant, buy it.
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Blood Over Water
Blood Over Water
by David Livingston
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best, 18 April 2009
This review is from: Blood Over Water (Hardcover)
I think I've read most of what's been written in the rarefied field of rowing biographies and it's strange that the two best of the genre should have come from the same stable, Hampton School. Martin Cross the Hampton school master whose "Olympic Obsession" did more than any sporting biography I've read to explain the altered mental state of a winner at the top level and now this cleverly planned and beautifully written account of a relationship played out around the events of a singular English sporting tradition. These are two extraordinary and gifted young men at two great institutions who choose to imprison themselves in the completely blinkered uncompromising world of top level university rowing and for 285 pages you inhabit the same prison. If the sheer torture of the physical regime is not enough to exhaust you, the emotional trip certainly will. What becomes apparent is that if the result had been different they would both have been the worse for it and probably if the margin of victory had been greater some of the same might have applied. But they both gained something from the result and the events of the day, created a foundation from which to develop the rest of their lives and their own relationship. Finally and like all the best stories, the ending had me once again reaching the hankies. Excellent.

A Golden Age - Steve Redgrave The Autobiography: A Golden Age - The Autobiography
A Golden Age - Steve Redgrave The Autobiography: A Golden Age - The Autobiography
by Steven Redgrave
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Steve Redgrave: A Golden Age - The Autobiography, 14 Jan 2005
After a Christmas of rowing biographies (Tim Foster, Matthew Pinsent included) this was the last of the three I read. What a disappointment. Supposedly an autobiography; it was in fact a poor biography of a great sportsman, badly written in the first person, by someone who didn't appreciate the task he'd been given. Half the text should have been binned and the remainder supplemented by something that at least tried to get below the surface of a unique individual. If there are any decent writers out there who fancy the task then please step forward and do justice to a national hero who deserved better. If you want to experience how it could have been try Martin Cross's "Olympic Obsession" and really experience what it means to be a winner at this level warts and all.

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