Dundee autumn现金版天天捕鱼 exhibits: Alberta Whittle, Studio Nicholas Daley and Among the Polar Ice

Dundee autumn exhibits: Alberta Whittle, Studio Nicholas Daley and Among the Polar Ice

  • David Pollock
  • 18 November 2019

Dundee autumn exhibits: Alberta Whittle, Studio Nicholas Daley and Among the Polar Ice

Alberta Whittle’s How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth / credit: Ruth Clark

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Round-up of exhibitions currently taking place in venues across the city

The effect of V&A Dundee, one year on from its opening, isn’t just that it’s a destination building for visitors from across Scotland and beyond, but that it’s now part of an ecology of good-quality galleries within the city which add up to a greater whole; that one destination might become a wider experience, when spending time in the city and travelling between them.

Of the three autumn exhibits being covered here, the most notable one is surely Alberta Whittle’s How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth at Dundee Contemporary Arts (★★★★☆), the Barbadian-Scots artist’s first major solo exhibition in the UK (although you can see more examples of her thought-provoking work in a current joint show at Edinburgh Printmakers). Whittle’s films, sculptures, prints and photographic works are superficially playful and bright, but mask a tremendously thoughtful reflection upon the way black history has been interpreted across the centuries by white tellers, and how this narrative might be reclaimed.

Her commissioned prints for this show are the most subtle; a quartet of woodcuts adapted from 16th century engravings by Theodore de Bry from the book 1492: What is it Like to Be Discovered, which chart Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. Printed by Whittle in a kind of negative effect, against bright backgrounds, the pieces implicitly speak of how history might be obscured and rewritten, but also seen afresh from a new perspective. In the next room, a film featuring the voice of Whittle’s grandmother and a trio of totemic sculptural pi捕鱼系统兑换现金eces formed from clay, found shells and, most spectacularly, a hanging coated figure trailing robes of tartan appear to speak of the power of cultural and familial myth.

Le Mans ’66 review – LFF 2019: Ford takes 棋牌捕鱼游戏下载送现金6on Ferrari in this effective and energetic biopic teaming Christian Bale and Matt Damon

Le Mans ’66 (4 stars)

  • James Mottram
  • 9 October 2019

Le Mans '66

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LFF 2019: Ford takes on Ferrari in this effective and energetic biopic teaming Christian Bale and Matt Damon

Titled Ford v Ferrari in America, that’s a slightly more to-the-point description of James Mangold’s latest than its European counterpart, Le Mans ’66. After all, this is the story of how the American car giant took on the sleek racing elegance of Italy’s Enzo Ferrari. As auto magnate Henry Ford II says as he surveys the car factories that provided the bulk of US WWII bombers, ‘This isn’t the first time Ford has gone to war in Europe.’

As jingoistic as that sounds, it’s really the story of how two outliers, the British-born mechanic/driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and maverick American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), teamed up with Ford in an attempt to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, the French 24-hour endurance race that Ferrari had largely dominated from 1958. Ford II (Tracy Letts), son of the legendary industrialist, is desperate to trounce Ferrari (Remo Girone) after a business deal goes sour.

When Jon Bernthal’s wide-eyed Ford executive suggests taking on Ferrari at Le Mans, Miles and Shelby are brought on board – though Josh Lucas’s fellow exec takes an instant dislike to Miles, making the task that much harder. Obsession and daring become big themes, as these petrol-heads tinker with and test-run a Ford-built car, with Miles racing the tracks to prove his worth to the Ford top brass.

Mangold, who previously collaborated with Bale on the western 3:10 to Yuma, directs the race scenes with a thrilling energy. Co-written by siblings Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Machine Gun Preacher‘s Jason Keller, the script doesn’t always purr: scenes with Miles and his wife Mollie (Caitriona Balfe from TV’s Outlander) are uneven and misplaced. But with the one-two punch of the finale, it’s an effective and emotional story about dreamers who risked it all.

Screening on Thu 10, Fri 11 and Sat 12 Oct as part of the BFI London2017最新现金捕鱼平台 Film Festival 2019. General release from Fri 15 Nov.