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Stuart McBratney

Stu's directed 500 commercials, a tv series, and will soon shoot his second feature. But what he really wants to do is dance! He also sometimes jokes about wanting to dance.

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Beautiful colour pencil art by Marco Mazzoni

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By Stuart McBratney in New Art on Saturday 4 January 2014

You may associate colour pencils with childhood doodles adorning refrigerators. But Italian artist Marco Mazzoni shows the true potential of this under-appreciated medium. Drawing inspiration from Italian folklore, this Milan-based artist depicts nature with a dark, dreamlike twist, without a paintbrush in sight. Time to buy some classy magnets, I’d say.

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Terra Australis: a time lapse video by Clinton Harn and Phil Arntz

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By Stuart McBratney in Video on Friday 23 August 2013

By now the starry night time-lapse has been done to death. So it takes a keen eye and some sweet tech to invigorate the genre. Clinton Harn and Phil Arntz do just that, painting a dazzling picture of colour and movement Down Under. Stay until the end, as the final shot is breathtaking.

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Dolly Parton’s Jolene slowed down sounds better than the original

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By Stuart McBratney in New Music on Friday 23 August 2013

Dolly Parton’s slowed-down rendition of Jolene has been doing the rounds, and for good reason. It has a hypnotic quality missing from the original uptempo rendition, with the vocals sounding like a mellifluous male. And with its first-person narrative seemingly now from a male perspective, the love-triangle storyline takes a modern twist.

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Highway Landscapes: new music video by Pauline Andrès

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By Stuart McBratney in Video on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Are you reading this drunk? If not, grab a whisky and let’s rendezvous in thirty. Highway Landscapes by French singer Pauline Andrès is in no rush. The video is paced precisely the way Transformers 2 isn’t, and the song’s loose, languid style is like a Lynchian lullaby – all brooding menace, and dark-eyed girls in […]

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The World’s Largest Skateboard

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By Stuart McBratney in New Trends on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Some people fight the bubonic plague. Some pen novels, inspired to greatness by Nobokov and Wilde. While others wake up and say, ‘Today, I shall build a skateboard large enough to invade Poland’. So, from the more-is-more school of radness, we bring you the World’s Largest Skateboard. It’s available to hire for your next event, […]

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A History of the Sky: a time lapse video

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By Stuart McBratney in Video on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Since DSLRs hit the scene, every man, woman and pet turtle has whipped up a time-lapse vid. But leave it to the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco to put them to shame. Try a mosaic of 360 videos spanning an entire year, shooting the same piece of sky, where blues, greys and sunset reds merge […]

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Colourful paintings by Australian artist Ken Gailer

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By Stuart McBratney in New Art on Tuesday 30 July 2013

The Pre-Raffaelites knew the allure of the scantily-clad babe, but did their maidens frolic amongst Coke cans and Chupa Chups? Nope. For a pop-culture twist on the feminine form, Australian painter Ken Gailer delivers the goodies. If art were food, his paintings would be a choc-top and popcorn combo deal. Life’s too short for nouveau […]

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The many posters of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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By Stuart McBratney in New Design on Friday 17 May 2013

When a film is released today, it’s treated as a brand. Like a burger chain’s logo, artwork for posters and Blu-ray covers barely change between markets. But back in the 70s it was a different story. So when indie horror The Texas Chainsaw Massacre deservedly became a global sensation, distributors from Germany to Ghana had […]

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The Metallica Tarantula

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By Stuart McBratney in New Trends on Thursday 16 May 2013

Hey kids, let’s go spider shopping! If you’re a leather-clad, head-banging metal fiend, your pet of choice is surely the tarantula. But if you want to go the extra mile, that tarantula must be … wait for it … the Poecilotheria Metallica, aka The Most Badass Pet Of All Time. And if its name isn’t […]

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The Every Woody Allen Movie website

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By Stuart McBratney in Cool Websites on Thursday 16 May 2013

The writer-director of over 40 feature films, Woody Allen never re-watches his work once complete. But should he ever throw neurosis to the wind and dust off an old Blu-ray, Trevor Gilks can be his tour guide. He’s watched every movie Woody’s made, and written a detailed review of each. It’s heartening to know that […]

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New illustrations by Australian artist Liz Anelli

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By Stuart McBratney in New Illustration on Tuesday 23 April 2013

While Liz Anelli’s illustrations have amused and delighted kids, they’ve also provided a useful public service. Making cartographers feel as creative as a block of discount cheddar, her hand-drawn street guides are both fun and practical. Let’s hope Google Maps commissions a re-design.

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Playful art by Newcastle painter Jo Dyer

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By Stuart McBratney in New Art on Monday 22 April 2013

Dreamy and playful, with a touch of melancholy Jo Dyer’s work would feel equally at home in a children’s book or a West End gallery. Like a child lost in a shopping mall, the wide eyes and kaleidoscopic palette paint a fragile beauty. You’ll see her work in fashion magazines and on cd covers, and […]

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Paintings by Australian artist Trevor Dickinson

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By Stuart McBratney in New Art on Saturday 20 April 2013

‘Someone should paint that bus shelter’, said no-one ever. That is, until Trevor Dickinson rode into town. With an eye for quirk and colour, his paintings encourage you to look twice. The contours of a diving platform may not be standard landscape fodder, but perhaps that’s why they attract his eye.

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Beep Bicycle Bells by Jana Lindstrom

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By Stuart McBratney in New Design on Thursday 18 April 2013

The humble bicycle bell has been left unadorned for too long. Alas, these shiny canvases have finally found their calling with a Beep Bicycle Bells make-over. But they’re more than a snazzy way to warn pedestrians. By pimping your ride with one of these babies, you’re helping disadvantaged people find employment. And if that doesn’t […]

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Six ridiculously clever faux trailers

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By Stuart McBratney in Video on Thursday 7 February 2013

The faux trailer is strange breed of short. Basically a pisstake on archetypes, they’re often part of a full-length comedy, and in many cases they’re the highlight. (Tropic Thunder, we’re looking at you.) Here are 6 of the best, including one which wants to sell you a fridge.

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