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In the 1980s VHS technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and video onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.
In order to promote the films in towns, artists were hired to paint large posters (usually on canvas flour sacks). The artists often had never seen the film in question and had total creative freedom to design and paint whatever they thought worked as promotional material. Often leading to more interesting concepts than the films themselves.
Sadly, the “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to television; and as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting artwork produced by photocopying the original poster. Boo.
But now most of the posters are featured in the book Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana . Yay.
‘Lost and Found’, is a short film based on the short story of the same name by the wonderfully talented illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Oliver is an incredibly gifted artist and storyteller, who makes children’s books that have real wit and charm, and none of this has been lost in the 3d animated route. Which can only mean hats off to studio aka. And what’s more the great thing is we all get a chance to watch it on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve and boxing day.
So make some mulled wine, light a fire and sit down in front of ‘Lost and Found’ and have your heart well and truly warmed.
Within the 191 pages, (YES 191) you’ll learn how to shatter self-esteem, buy your child’s love, and teach your child how to be a bad friend. Here are just a few Chapters
Don’t Cut Your Child Any Slack, Imagination is an Unaffordable Luxury, Your Needs Come First, Your Child’s Cues and Needs: Ignore Them,fr Push Them Now, Before It’s Too Late.
Buy it here.