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A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth

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The closest I may get to Russia …
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The closest I may get to Russia …

… is a Lego exhibition in 2017 featuring St Basil’s Cathedral, but I have encountered the world’s largest nation on my travels. At the 1995 Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, I enjoyed Leaving Lenin: a comedy about Welsh teenagers on a trip to post-communist St Petersburg. I saw a Russian play in Brooklyn, New York…

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May

Go Youth!

Go Youth!

My quest to see all 29 movies at the Spanish Film Festival involved me taking the train to Fremantle to see this low-budget Mexican production with four interconnecting stories about young people. Although the programme called it a comedy, I thought it was too serious for that, even though there were some light and funny…

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May

Ema has a plan

Ema has a plan

This year’s Spanish Film Festival featured Ema, which I saw in March at the Somerville. The title character and her husband (played by Gael García Bernal – pictured above) adopt a child, but give him back after he burns Ema’s sister. Ema later has regrets. But no fear. The publicity material proclaims: ‘SHE HAS A…

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May

Heroic losers

Heroic losers

I particularly related to this film at the Spanish Film Festival because it was mainly set in Argentina in 2003: the year I first visited that country and began my random love affair with it. For me, the currency crisis at the end of 2001 meant that Argentina became a much cheaper place to visit….

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May

Out in the open

Out in the open

This movie at the Spanish Film Festival is about a boy fleeing through the Spanish desert in 1946. The young actor who plays him handles the confronting subject matter extremely well. Luis Tosar (pictured above), who plays the man he befriends, has – for me – become one of those ‘It’s him! It’s him’ actors….

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May

Danger: Avalanche zone
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Danger: Avalanche zone

I took this photo in 2013 on a day trip from Bariloche, in Argentina’s lake district. I’m not sure that the sign would have been much help if there had been an avalanche. Thankfully, there wasn’t.

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Apr

Michael from Perth

A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth