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Chapter Eighty-Five

A/N: I am so sorry about Sunday!! I just have been so busy with work and uni that I literally just didn’t get the chance to update. But here you are, and there’s a lot of Edward in this chapter, so I hope that makes up for it. Let me know what you think x

April gave way to May. Charlotte turned two up in Norfolk, and Harry and Emmy started to discuss weaning Grace, who was so close to crawling that both of them knew it could be any day now. They had a pretty busy month ahead. Two days after a day in Southampton, Harry and Emmy found themselves with another busy day. 

“Make sure you don’t take your eyes off her,” Emmy was saying. She was sat in front of her dresser, Hannah loosely curling her hair. She had a visit that day to WISE, an organisation that promotes women working in science and engineering, while Harry was heading to St James’ Palace to record an interview with Dr Chris Van Tulleken for his documentary about HIV. Grace was going with him, because they had no one to babysit her this time. 

“Don’t worry, I’ll have Edward with me, he can watch her while we’re filming,” Harry answered.
Emmy still looked concerned. “Well make sure he actually watches her-”

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30 presumably exhausted artists hand-painted the 56,800 separate frames that make up a film about Van Gogh’s manic life. And no – not every European animation is done by artfully daubing each canvas-sized animation cel; this one has been specifically done to look like the entire story takes place in our protagonist’s paintings. It’s an endeavor that took a total of two years to complete, at a rate of one painting every 40 minutes.

And it’s not just the visuals that are obsessively intricate, as the plot itself was pulled from 800 different letters by the artist and is presented as a series of interviews and reenactments surrounding the circumstances of his death. It comes out this September, and it’s still being completed in Poland and Greece. The film’s production raises the question of why more biopics about visual artists aren’t done to mimic their style. Just imagine the cinematic wonderment of H.R. Giger’s childhood depicted as a roiling ocean of disembodied dicks.

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I watched such a good documentary on Van Gogh and don’t get me wrong he is such an inspiration to many but I often see people severely romanticising him? Like he wasn’t a faultless sad dreamer sitting in soft fields all day. He was a man with untreated mental illnesses who could become almost obsessive with people, who readily caused conflict and arguments with people he cared for to the point of aggression, often resulting in these people cutting off contact with him. This left Vincent Van Gogh a very isolated man with ideals that were not suited for the time he lived in. he had a large martyr complex towards people he thought were suffering to the point where he gave a 19 year old physically scarred girl working in a brothel his severed ear as a monument for her of Vincent. Idk I just feel Vincent Van Gogh had a very complex character which deserved more respect than simply being thought of as a depressed man who though yellow paint was the key to happiness

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Loving Vincent is the first fully painted feature film in the world, directed by Polish painter and director Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (Oscar winner for producing “Peter and the Wolf”). 

The film features Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, and Helen McCrory. 

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I just wanted to share this because one, I love Benedict Cumberbatch, and two, I love Van Gogh. This is a documentary and Van Gogh is played by Benedict. No dialog is made up, it’s all from letters he wrote to people, and his letters between him and his brother Theo feature heavily because of their close bond.

It’s a long documentary, about an hour and a half, but we so enjoyed watching it. It’s really cool to learn so much about him through his own words though. Apparently he is what’s called a typifile (or something around that area) because he was constantly either writing or painting something, he has hundreds of works of art and letters.

A fascinating look into his life with a brilliant actor playing the titular role.

Pilliga Forest, NSW, Australia. 5 November, 2015.

How lovely it is to lose your way at times. To find yourself completely nowhere, with no direction home. Even car trouble can be a blessing in disguise. I will say this about the modern world, with its hustling and bustling and absurd level of connectivity – it is almost overwhelmingly easy to disappear.

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Vincent van Gogh documentary

“A unique tv documentary of the life and the works of Vincent van Gogh. For 60 minutes we are travelling with Vincent in a geographical reconstruction of his life. The documentary shows beautiful pictures of which Van Gogh has drawn his inspiration for his works. A lot of the buildings still exist. 

Through modern digital techniques the current image changes into the painting that was made by Van Gogh for over 100 years ago. The documentary begins in the basement of a museum in Mons, where they keep the first professional work of Vincent and ends in Auvers sur Oisewhere Van Gogh has been buried…”