In the Show – 30th November 2010

Photographs by People with Disabilities

Time to say cheese. Or at least to smile, as we’re focusing on photography in tonight’s show, and two exhibitions from the first Hong Kong Photo Festival.

We begin with an exhibition that reveals how the camera can become a particularly useful form of expression for people with disabilities.

First Photographs of Hong Kong

The camera is a time machine. Not just because it captures a moment, or moments, in time. But also because it can take us back days, weeks, months … or even a hundred or more years. One of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Photo Festival allows us to travel back in time to the Hong Kong of 150 years ago.

Painter Chu Hing-wah

Chu Hing-Wah is now a full time artist, but before he retired from his other career he spent 28 years of his working life helping the mentally ill, and creating art in his spare time. His career as a psychiatric nurse had a strong influence on his work, some of which is currently on show.

Movie Review – “Fair Game”

Doug Liman gave new life to the spy movie as the director of “The Bourne Identity” and ”The Bourne Ultimatum”. Now, with “Fair Game”, which stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, he’s taking it into another more realistic, and more directly political dimension. If you keep up with international news, you may remember the story from the newspapers. It’s about CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former US ambassador Joseph Wilson. When Joe Wilson annoyed the Bush White House, the administration leaked the identity and occupation of his wife, endangering many of the people with whom she had been working. Gary Pollard reviews it.

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