Photographers who capture some of the diversity and wealth of black beauty shouldn’t be as scarce as they are; London based photographer David Pattinson (second from top) executes it beautifully.
Known for his collaboration with dynamic duo Art Comes First he has an adventurous eye, and he should be on your radar.
Here’s what Pattinson says about his work:
“I take a documentary ‘straight photography’ approach and predominately work in fashion and portraiture, shooting mostly in black and white. I’m particularly interested in documenting the process of creation, especially of hand crafted work.”
THE KING Appears to Be Moving Forward with Director David Michod
Last year Robert Pattinson mentioned several projects that he was attached to, and one of them was an unnamed film with his Rover director, David Michod. The director had been set to film a TV series version of the Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22, but that project was taken over by George Clooney when Michod dropped out to work on a film he co-wrote with actor/director Joel Edgerton called The King.
It’s likely that this is the project Rob was talking about. There are two roles that would be perfect for him, and I suspect he will be playing the son of the king. Michod and Edgerton have adapted Shakespeare’s plays, Henry IV and V, into one modern-day tale with modern language.
Edgerton may play the King, (Rob’s father) in Henry IV, and then Rob becomes king in Henry V. The plot is perfect for a modern adaptation, something like The Godfather, with its crime families.
Deadline has reported the fact that Michod and Edgerton are working on The King, but Deadline is probably not aware of Rob’s participation, seeing as he only mentioned it very briefly during a press conference at Cannes.
I suspect Edgerton would play King Henry IV. Henry is not actually all that old, but
at the time the play opens, he has been worn down prematurely by
worries. He nurses guilty feelings about having won his throne through
a civil war that deposed the former king. In addition,
his reign has not brought an end to the internal strife,
which erupts into an even bigger civil war in this play. Finally,
he is vexed by the irresponsible antics of his eldest son, Prince
Rob could play Prince Harry: King
Henry IV’s son, who will eventually become King Henry V. Harry’s
title is Prince of Wales, but all of his friends call him Hal. Though Harry spends all
his time hanging around highwaymen, robbers, and whores, he has
secret plans to transform himself into a noble prince, and his regal
qualities emerge as the play unfolds. Harry is the closest thing
the play has to a protagonist: his complex and impressive mind is generally
at the center of the play, though Shakespeare is often somewhat
ambiguous about how we are meant to understand this simultaneously
deceitful and heroic young prince.
Alternatively, Rob could play Hotspur, the
son and heir of the Earl of Northumberland. Hotspur’s real name is Henry Percy, but he has earned his nickname from his
fierceness in battle and hastiness of action. Hotspur is a member
of the powerful Percy family of the North, which helped bring King
Henry IV to power but now feels that the king has forgotten his
debt to them. In Shakespeare’s account, Hotspur is the same age
as Prince Harry and becomes his archrival. Quick-tempered and impatient, Hotspur
is obsessed with the idea of honor and glory to the exclusion of
all other qualities.
RP360 note: I hope I’m right about this, because in Michod’s hands, this could be fantastic.
Number 27: Goodbye Cedric Diggory - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Tennant, Robert Pattinson, Mark Williams
Director - James Gray, Cinematography - Darius Khondji
“My Percy, I know your first instinct will be to grieve, but I adjure you rather to consider our son and the love you must show him.” I knew it would be a boy. “Always teach him to dream. To seek the unknown. To look for what is beautiful is its own reward. And I beg you to remember those words so easy to forget: ‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? my dearest love forever.”