Short film: I came across this short doc this week, about the artist Michael Paul Smith who creates detailed vintage-styled scenes of a fictional town from miniature models them and photographs the results. It’s a lovely story and fascinating to see the minute attention he pays to his designs
Instagram: Just started following SymmetryBreakfast today and I’m already obsessed. Although, I can’t help thinking you miss out by having the same thing while eating out – I suppose at least you won’t have food envy
Cinema: There’s a reason that critics have been going crazy over Whiplash – it’s just so brilliant. Great acting, great soundtrack, great cinematography – all building up to the last incredible scene – I wanted to instantly re-wind and watch it all again. Catch it in cinemas while you can!
Radio: I’ve been catching up on some podcasts recently, including 99% Invisible episode ‘Three Records From Sundown’- which is a must for anyone who loves singer-songwriter Nick Drake (or a great introduction for those who don’t know who he is!). Not only is it interesting, but it’s a beautifully crafted documentary. You can hear the podcast and read more about it here
Also check out This American Life episode ‘If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS’ – which starts with a gripping exchange between writer Lindy West and the one troll who has every apologised for targetting her online. Lindy also wrote about the experience in the Guardian this week
What recommendations do you have from the past week?