A look back at Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Crying Men

Tim Roth Crying

For international Men’s Day, I thought I would mark the occasion by posting a few of my favourite photos from  a series, Men Crying, by acclaimed film maker and photographer, Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Daniel Craig Crying
Daniel Craig Crying

From 2002 to 2004, after Sam had battled breast cancer, as an ‘exorcism of tears‘ she photographed actors crying, a mix of old Hollywood actors as well as young up and coming actors at the time. It was a revealing look at some actors you may not have seen cry on screen and raises questions about how masculine vulnerability is portrayed on screen, as well as how society has drummed it into men not to cry.

Forest Whitaker Crying

When I first saw the series, the most striking image to me was Michael Madsen’s. I had always known him as the tough guy, the heavy, so it was different to see him more vulnerable, even more so with his fingers splinted.

Michael Madsen Crying

International Men’s Health Day raises awareness of issues that men face, focusing on male awareness and improving attitudes towards mental health as suicide is the largest cause of death for men under 45.  Campaigns spread awareness of testicular, prostate and breast cancer as well as highlighting positive role models.

Laurence Fishburne Crying

As time goes on, I hope men will find it easier to talk about their feelings, open up with their concerns about their own health and get the help they need.

Robin Williams Crying

Here are some links for more information, services and helplines. 

The Calm Zone – Campaign Against Living Miserably

The Samaritans – Small Talk Saves Lives

Prostate Cancer UK – Stop Prostate Cancer Being A Killer

Testicular Cancer Research UK – Let’s Beat Cancer Sooner

Images sourced from Sam Taylor-Johnson’s website. 

The Justice League Lairs – An immersive installation!

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Last week, Warner Brothers hosted a two day pop up installation in the beautiful Lethaby building that used to house the old Central St Martins College of Art and Design, in London. They spent two weeks transforming rooms into different characters hideouts to showcase movie used costumes, set dressing, production art and props!

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I headed to Holborn to check this out and I wasn’t disappointed, it was a great look at the characters hideouts, to see costumes and props up close and even have your photo taken as part of the Justice League lineup! This was a green screen experience and I just took one look at the photo they took and made them delete it!  Later on in the day, I had a good giggle at the Justice League filters on facebook, the Aquaman one was hilarious and who knew the Bat cowl would make your eyes pop?!

Justice Selfies

As well as being a beautiful old building, (swoon, those staircases and tiles)

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the college was actually used as a filming location for The Justice League, with an upstairs floor standing in for Gotham’s police offices, with their lovely high ceilings and arched windows in view! They detailed this with two production shots in the hallways of the installation, unfortunately it was hard to get a photo without the lighting glare, but you can see the distinctive architecture in shot.

 

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The first room I checked out after my green screen fail, was Diana’s lab! As seeing Diana in the Louvre in Wonder Woman was one of my favourite scenes, I loved the detail that went into this room in particular.  I believe the mannequins in each room had real screen used costumes on!

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Justice league

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The next room I explored was Cyborg’s. As I admittedly know nothing about this character, I was intrigued to learn more and loved seeing a familiar lab name here!

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Justice league

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After Cyborg, I entered the Flying Fox, a new aircraft in the Bat arsenal and boy, was it imposing!

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We see you, Clark Kent 😉 

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I next ventured into the Flash’s warehouse hideout as Barry Allen mixes New York hipster student vibes with some serious heavy duty costuming and tech workspaces.

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Justice league art

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There was honestly so much to look at, I think this was the room I spent most of my time in (and not because Ezra Miller did a photo shoot there!), just looking at all the many small details including the raven scrawled on the whiteboard and the Tesla photo on a desk.  So many tantalising details that I wonder will be seen on screen when the film opens!

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There was also a merchandising display, you couldn’t buy any of the items but I loved the range of clothing for different ages and genders especially the Bat hoodie (eee, those ears!) and the Lego sets looked so tantalising waaaay in the back.

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Justice league

Last but not least is Aquaman’s Icelandic haunt! A proper rustic bar, that has smatterings of Welsh all over, the amount of detail to look at behind the bar was quite staggering! Missing some scampi fries, though.

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Ooh, another easter egg! 

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It was a fantastic day out and really made me intrigued for the movie, its a shame it was only open for two days, there was a lot to see and fun photo opportunities to take part in!

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Will you be going to see the movie, do you have a favourite character?

Thanks to the Premier PR staff for talking to me and sharing tidbits about the installation, it was a lot of fun and glad I was able to get tickets from See Film First!

Things are getting Stranger… Topshop x Stranger Things

A week before the second season of Stranger Things started airing on Netflix, we noticed strange things occurring around Oxford Circus, well, stranger than usual! Bunch of mouthbreathers…..

Stranger Things x Topshop

Topshop’s flagship store in Oxford Circus was turned into a fun portal to Hawkins, Indiana as they installed a Hawkins Arcade, Castle Byers, a peek inside Joyce’s living room and viewing the inside of the Hawkins National Laboratory, where you could test your own telekinetic skills on a Coke can. Loved the bikes on top of Topshop’s entrance!

Stranger Things x Topshop

To publicise the breakout hit from Netflix’s new season, Topshop launched a range of licensed clothing and accessories, in collaboration with Stranger Things and Netflix.

Stranger Things x Topshop

Topshop gave out stickers, keyrings, tote bags to buyers as well as opportunities to win signed shirts.  Fans also could enter to win tickets to an in-store screening of the first two episodes of Season 2 the night before they aired, hosted by Barb herself, Shannon Purser.

Stranger Things x Topshop

I went along on the first day they opened and marvelled at all the fun installations, talking to staff and seeing people’s excitement at the merchandise and the installations all around the shop.

Stranger Things x Topshop

I really enjoyed the  Hawkins High School character lockers, a fantastic bit of mini set design and kudos to whoever put them together!

Stranger Things x Topshop

Nancy’s locker

Stranger Things x Topshop

Aw, Barb and Nancy’s photos in Nancy’s locker.

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Jonathan’s locker – loved the photography details!

Stranger Things x Topshop

My favourite interactive part was having a chance to play Pac-Man in the Hawkins Arcade alongside other arcade games, I made the most out of my tokens!

Stranger Things x Topshop

Stranger Things x Topshop

They had retro styled logo shirts, themed Funkopops, lunchboxes, backpacks and some great sweaters. I loved the artwork of the kids on their bikes but they only had it available as a t shirt in a Men’s sizing as the ladies section only had it as a sweater. I knew I wouldn’t wear it as much as a sweater so I picked out the fun retro Hawkins Power and Light shirt as well as a Hawkins Tigers logo shirt!

Stranger Things x Topshop

It didn’t stop there as the Underground turned into the Upside Down with artwork and posters all along Oxford Circus.

Stranger Things x Topshop

Stranger Things x Topshop

Stranger Things x Topshop

I love seeing fun publicity and marketing tie ins like these and they just help bring a show or film to life for fans who will enjoy it, share it and make it more effective as a campaign. As they had the Lab window to test the telekinetic skills, which was fun for people taking part and watching,

Stranger Things x Topshop

I kind of wished they’d had a photo opportunity in the living room with Joyce’s iconic christmas lights and maybe an axe?

Stranger Things x Topshop

Off to start Season 2, do you have a favourite character? I love Sheriff Hopper!