Myanmar’s youth culture viewed
Globetrotting Queenstown film maker James Holman’s Youth of Yangon skateboarding documentary, focusing on the emergence of youth culture and skating in Myanmar has hit Vimeo for public downloads. Holman landed international press coverage with Altered Focus, which was released in 2011. Rave reviews came from The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC and Lonely Planet, and the film won its team the best emerging film maker at the LA Skate Film Festival last year. As a follow-up to Altered States, Youth of Yangon focuses on skateboarding teens in Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city, as a manifestation of Western influence and modernisation. The 13 minute film received funding from The British Council, which allowed for extra shooting and a big premier screened for diplomats and embassies in Myanmar in February. Myanmar is an Asian country rapidly emerging from military rule and systematic human rights violations. Holman spent the last few months securing songs by internationally popular alternative bands Alt-J and Bombazine In Black for the soundtrack, and hopes downloads, which cost $2.95 will recoup the considerable costs of filming. Already Holman is gearing up to work on Concrete Dreams, which follows the Yangon skaters through the splintering of their group and the emergence of the Myanmar Skate Association.
Skateboarding doco: Youth of Yangon, by Queenstown-based, globetrotting film maker James Holman is now available for public download through Vimeo. Summer loving: A sing-along screening of the 1978 classic
at Dorothy Browns will raise funds for breast cancer as part of this year’s Pink Ribbon Day. The pink party starts at 8pm and promises to be a great girls’ night out. Call the theatre to make bookings. Earlier in the day the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce will host a special ladies’ morning tea with guests Helena McAlpine, a former C4 television presenter with terminal breast cancer and local businesswoman Diana McIlwrick, who has her own breast cancer story. Meanwhile, volunteers are still sought for two hours on Friday and Saturday to get dressed up in pink and collect on Friday and Saturday at Arrowtown, Remarkables Park and Queenstown. To get involved email email@example.com or visit pinkribbonvolunteer.co.nz.