Myan­mar’s youth cul­ture viewed

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

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.

Grease

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 julie@ar­row­events.co.nz or visit pinkrib­bon­vol­un­teer.co.nz.

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