Telling us a story of inequality, oppression, the huge divide between rich, poor and the perspectives of both; director Rahul Jain’s documentary, Machines is set in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. A factory where dehumanising physical labor and intense hardship are the rhythm of life…
I’m in for the visuals, memorable images and interviews with the workers. This trailer reminds me of one of my favourite documentaries, The True Cost (2015) – which like this one, also featured Livia Firth and fashion designer Stella McCartney.
I vaguely recall having a good time during my earlier years as I sat through episodes of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley’s hit BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. This memory and the new film’s fun trailer are reasons enough to tune into the Mandie Fletcher directed comedy Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie.
Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Kate Moss and many more, it became clear quite quickly as I watched that as is the case with most sitcom turned movie productions, things tended not to move along as quickly as one would have liked.
Along with the pacing problem, I found a few elements of the story just a tad too ridiculous. At first I thought It may be that too much time has passed since I watched the sitcom and I’ve therefore forgotten just how ‘ridiculous – in a good way’ it was. However, upon reflection, my accusation of ridiculousness isn’t really about how the two leads conduct themselves, but rather how far they seem to be able get even though the authorities are supposedly in pursuit, post the Kate Moss incident.
Though there are some amusing moments, I’d say that Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie is more likely to be adored by thosewhoreally liked the sitcom. As for me who just vaguely recalls liking it, the trailer will remain the best part. I particularly enjoyed the delightfully unexpected madness of what happens to Kate Moss and the perfectly timed and comic scream /fainting of one of Moss’s biggest fans.
Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie finally has a trailer I can get excited about…
I didn’t realise how much I’d missed the antics of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone until now. I already love the Kate Moss story. Now I can’t wait for a taste of the sense of humour of some of British and international fashion’s best known. Namely, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian West, Cara Delevigne, Stella McCartney, etc.
Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson and Gwendoline Christie also star.
You’ve probably heard about the tragic stories of inhumane factory working conditions in the developing world. Conditions that have lead to far too may deaths that could have been avoided. You may also have heard about the continued use of such factories by numerous multinational retailers.
The True Cost is a documentary directed by Andrew Morgan and it covers the ills of the fashion industry, particularly the effects of the prioritisation of profit over people and the planet.
I’m glad that I tuned into this documentary because it opened my eyes to a few truths that before, I only had a vague idea about. Morgan’s documentary does a good job of identifying and explaining the root cause(s) of the problems within the fashion industry. But even more than that, the viewer is presented with ideas for positive ways to move forward by some of the great people already working towards and advocating for change.
By the end, I understood that the issues presented in the documentary aren’t the easiest to solve. Even though most people have the best intentions, they’re not always able to play their part. So thank goodness for everyone impassioned enough to do all that they can.
Another thought that went through my mind as I watched… ‘How great things would be if only the World’s empathy deficiency was something that could be fixed with a prompt inoculation.’