About 2 years ago a friend gave me the DVD box set of Jonathan Meades. In the chaos caused by moving house the collection was lost and only 2 weeks ago found. A sad tale but happily this means that our recent bus trips around Europe have been that little bit more entertaining.
Meades has a background as a food critic for the Times during which time he reportedly got rather chunky round the edges. But he’s also reasonably well know for his documentaries which include the series Abroad in Britain and the sequels Further Abroad with Jonathan Meades, Even Further Abroad With Jonathan Meades, Abroad Again in Britain and Abroad Again.
His documentaries mainly focus upon the subject of architecture but they offer so much more than any other documentary on any subject. His bizarre narration, fondness for bizarre camera angles and eccentric appearances on camera ensure these are very watchable and entertaining shows. Plus, these shows are not just about architecture alone. Meades never shys aways from commentating on modern social progress and development and often questions what society accepts as uniform beauty. He celebrates the strange and the forgotten and in doing so pulls some very strange people out of the woodwork. He is a fountain of knowledge and a true stalwart supporter of all things weird and wonderful.
A friend recently introduced me to the Seduce Me and Green Porno series which were directed, written by and star Isabella Rossellini. These little clips are beautifully strange, incredibly funny and scientifically correct. Stereolab’s One Note Samba featuring the legendary Herbie Mann on Flute works very nicely as accompanied listening…
In SEDUCE ME the five two-minute portraits explore the unconventional seduction rituals of creatures ranging from bugs to cuttle fish. Seduce Me offers an entertaining yet informative look into the bizarre seduction rituals that often precede the mating process.
GREEN PORNO covers both land and sea! The series features Rossellini as she acts out the reproductive habits of marine animals and insects, both scientifically accurate yet extremely entertaining.