*Update* This blog entry has been a featured post courtesy of Poppressed, under the original title; Private Lives in Public Spaces.
I’ve been working on a documentary for some time about nightlife culture, and part of my inspiration for it was that when you are on the dancefloor at an underground event, you are surrounded by all types; black, white, asian, gay, straight, transgendered, rich, poor, whatever. The space is an equalizer of sorts. This is probably why I’m a fan of movies that explore these types of public spaces, where you have random people interacting with one another with unpredictable results.
1. One of my favourite films of all time is Jim Jarmusch’s Night On Earth, which examines several cab rides from around the world.
2. I also can’t help but mention another favourite directed by Jarmusch; Coffee and Cigarettes. In this case it’s the time honoured tradition of a cup of joe and cancer sticks that unite an unlikely bunch. And it’s star studded cast; including the White Stripes, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, 2 members from the Wu-tang clan, and naturally, Bill Murray.
3. There’s another great movie called Subway Stories, which is essentially a series of vignettes of random people on subways and subway platforms in New York, submitted by HBO viewers based on true stories. Here’s a scene featuring a bone chilling, acappella performance by Taral Hicks.
4. And finally, Lift is a great short film directed by Marc Isaacs, consisting of people in a tower block elevator in London, which was the precursor for this blog entry. Brilliantly awkward.