Tag Archives: 2021

RIP Michael Apted (1941 – 2021)

Michael Apted is a British director famous for a body of diverse films.

Up

I give you Up (1964 – today).

The Up Series is a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old.

So far the documentary has had eight episodes spanning 49 years (one episode every seven years).

The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child’s social class predetermines their future.

RIP Jim Haynes (1933 – 2021)

Jim Haynes ‘selling out’ or being tolerantly repressed for and by Nestlé. I’m kidding.

Jim Haynes was a cultural entrepreneur and leading member of the American-British underground. He was the co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Scotland and International Times countercultural newspaper. He was also involved in Suck magazine and the Wet Dream Festival.

He was a source of fascination for me in the 1990s when my interest in the underground was at its highest.

There is very good footage of him in Naughty!, the amusing film in which he, somewhere backstage during the Wet Dream Festival, says:

“I’m just interested in freedom, extreme libertarianism, the right for anyone to see, eat and do whatever they want.”

and in true “make love, not war” style:

“Biafra children starving, that’s pornography.”

It is often said that history repeats itself. I wonder if the 1960s will repeat themselves. When? And are the 1960s a repetition of some previous libertarian era? I believe it has some elements unique to itself that will not be easily repeated. For one thing, the world has been globalized which makes all the circumstances different.

In accordance with the 1960s mythology of which Jim Haynes is part, by way of illustration of the repressive tolerance and ‘selling out’ concepts, I show above the advertising clip Jim Haynes recorded for Nestlé in order to promote their After Eight mints.

Remaining survivors born in 1933 in my book are Tinto Brass, Yoko Ono and Liliana Cavani.

In the public domain as of 2021

First of all, happy new year.

Departure (1935) by Max Beckmann

Second, another year, means another batch of writers and visual artists are in the public domain.

Consider using for your own work, the work of Joseph Schumpeter, George Orwell, Marcel Mauss, Rafael Sabatini, Edgar Rice Burroughs,  Kurt Weill, Eliel Saarinen,  Olaf Stapledon, George Bernard Shaw, Sri Aurobindo,  and Max Beckmann.