September J Roald Smeets

Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, SEPTEMBER is a character driven film about two 15 year old boys – one black, one white – whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The film is about the boys trying to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate.
Summary written by Serena Paull

Directed by
Peter Carstairs

Writers
Peter Carstairs
Ant Horn

Producers
Sandra Alexander … line producer
Mark Bamford … executive producer
Michele Bennett … consulting producer
Tony Forrest … executive producer
Gary Hamilton … executive producer
Lynda House … co-producer
Serena Paull … co-producer
John Polson … producer

Cast – in credits order
Xavier Samuel … Ed
Clarence John Ryan … Paddy
Kieran Darcy-Smith … Rick
Kelton Pell … Michael
Alice McConnell … Eve
Lisa Flanagan … Leena
Mia Wasikowska … Amelia
Sibylla Budd … Miss Gregory
Anton Tennett¹ … Tom
Paul Gleeson … John Hamilton
Tara Morice … Jennifer Hamilton
Morgan Griffin … Heidi
Bob Baines … Henry

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September J Roald Smeets

J Roald Smeets September is a 1987 film written and directed by Woody Allen. Allen’s intention of September was to be like “a play on film,” thus the great number of long takes and few camera effects.

The movie does not feature Allen as an actor, and is one of his straightforward dramatic films. The cast includes Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, Elaine Stritch, Jack Warden, and Denholm Elliott.

The plot centers around Lane (Farrow), who is recovering in her house in the country during the tail end of summer. She has been befriended by local widower, Howard (Elliott). Her friend Stephanie (Wiest) is spending the month with her. And her mother, Diane (Stritch), and stepfather (Warden) come to visit. It is a story of unrequited love, betrayal, selfishness, and loneliness.

Denholm Elliott… Howard
Dianne Wiest… Stephanie
Mia Farrow… Lane
Elaine Stritch… Diane
Sam Waterston… Peter
Jack Warden… Lloyd
Rosemary Murphy… Mrs. Mason

After a failed suicide attempt, Lane (Mia Farrow) has moved into her country house to recuperate. Her best friend Stephanie (Dianne Wiest) has come to join her for the summer, to have some time away from her husband. Lane’s brassy offensive mother Diane (Elaine Stritch) has recently arrived with her physicist husband (Jack Warden). Lane is close with two neighbors: Peter the struggling writer (Sam Waterston) and Howard the French teacher (Denholm Elliot). There is a string of love interests: Howard is in love with Lane, Lane is in love with Peter, and Peter is in love with Stephanie.

Lane’s mother Diane wants Peter to write her biography. Diane was once a well-known actress, in particular because, many years ago, teenaged Lane shot Diane’s abusive lover. A fragile Lane does not want this painful event to go back in the spotlight, but Peter thinks it would make a great story.

That evening, Diane decides to host a party, ruining Lane’s plans with Peter. Peter arrives early and confesses to Stephanie that he has wanted to be alone with her for a long time. Outside, there is an electrical storm, and the lights go out. Candles and piano music create a romantic setting. Diane finds her old Ouija Board and talks to the spirits of her previous lovers. A very drunk Howard finally reveals his feelings to Lane, who does not requite them. Peter tells Lane that he does not share her feelings. Lane appears to take the rejection well. When everyone else has gone to bed, Peter tries to seduce Stephanie. She is conflicted, but eventually follows him back to his house.

The next morning, a real estate agent is showing a couple around the house. Lane is counting on the money from the sale to move back to New York. Lane is feeling depressed: she has not taken Peter’s rejection well after all. This exacerbates Stephanie’s guilt. Soon after, Peter arrives. He kisses Stephanie. Lane opens the door to show the prospective buyers into the room and witnesses the kiss. She is shocked. Stephanie insists that it meant nothing, while Peter tells Lane that the two of them have deep feelings for each other. Diane comes downstairs, announcing that she and her husband are going to move into the house, permanently. Lane becomes even more distraught, insisting that Diane gifted the property to Lane a long time ago. Diane dismisses it as a drunken whim. Lane experiences a breakdown, accusing her mother of being fake and insensitive.

The climax of the film comes when an anguished Lane cries, “You’re the one who pulled the trigger! I just said what the lawyers told me to say!” Thus revealing that Diane was actually the one who shot her abusive lover. Presumably, Diane’s lawyers thought it would be better if Lane took the fall, as she would be treated leniently. The ordeal has obviously been hugely detrimental to Lane’s life. Diane finally concedes that if she could go back, she would behave differently.

Everyone leaves, except for Stephanie and Lane. Lane has a lot of paperwork that needs to be done for the sale of the house. The film ends with Stephanie encouraging Lane to “keep busy”.

J. Roald Smeets – Pan Intercorp

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RWG005 (Photo credit: Photo Munki)

Since 1988, Pan Intercorp has been offering the koi keeping community in North America and beyond, high quality nishikigoi from many of Japan’s top breeders. Tucked away at the north end of Lake Washington in beautiful Washington State, Pan Intercorp’s eight acre facility is home to one of the largest selections of hand picked koi in the country. Not only is Pan Intercorp the sole authorized US importer for Sakai of Hiroshima and Yoshida Fish Farms, we have developed close relationships with a number of noted breeders throughout Japan, giving our clients access to koi varieties and bloodlines that are seldom available outside of Japan.

Pan Intercorp koi have taken top honors at shows throughout the US and Canada. In 2008 a koi sold by Pan Intercorp was awarded the most coveted accolade of all… the Grand Champion of the All Japan Combined Koi Show. This marked the first time that an American owned koi had been granted the title Grand Champion of the biggest and most prestigious koi show in the world.

Pan Intercorp’s Wholesale Division continues to be the number one choice for retailers looking for a reliable source of competitively priced healthy livestock, while our Retail Division has provided hundreds of Championship Quality Koi to hobbyists both in the United States and abroad.

In an ongoing mission to help create an optimum environment for rearing healthy koi, we offer a wide range of products for your pond including Pumps, Filtration Systems, and Water Clarifying equipment.

Recognizing that nutrition is a critical factor in developing and maintaining healthy koi, we offer Nozomi koi food direct from Japan. Nozomi is the koi food of choice for Japan’s leading breeders, including Sakai of Hiroshima.

With its launch in 1996, Pan Intercorp’s koi.com became the first commercial koi-related website on the Internet. Through the years koi.com has strived to provide the koi keeping community with the highest level of information, service and quality in both koi and koi related products.

Pan Intercorp is dedicated to serving all of your koi needs.

Pan’s Labyrinth – J Roald Smeets

Cover of "Pan's Labyrinth [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Pan’s Labyrinth [Blu-ray]

Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, “The Faun’s Labyrinth”) is a 2006 Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by the Mexican film company Esperanto Films.

Pan’s Labyrinth takes place in Spain in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative of the film interweaves this real world with a fantasy world centered around an overgrown abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with which the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia’s stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Fascist reign in the region, while Ofelia’s pregnant mother grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden. The film employs make-up, animatronics and CGI effects to bring life to its creatures.

Del Toro stated that he considers the story to be a parable, influenced by fairy tales, and that it addresses and continues themes related to his earlier film The Devil’s Backbone (2001), to which Pan’s Labyrinth is a spiritual successor, according to del Toro in his director’s commentary on the DVD. The original Spanish title refers to the mythological fauns of Roman mythology, while the English, German, and French titles refer specifically to the faun-like Greek character Pan. However, del Toro has stated that the faun in the film is not Pan.

The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2006. In the United States and Canada, the film was given a limited release on December 29, 2006, with a wide release on January 19, 2007. Pan’s Labyrinth has won numerous international awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards including Best Film Not in the English Language, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Awards for Best International Film and Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Ivana Baquero and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.

Lightship “Frying Pan

Frying Pan Lightship and Light Tower

Frying Pan Lightship and Light Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J. Roald Smeets – Lightship “Frying Pan” is listed on both the New York State and Federal Registers of Historic Places, as it is one of 13 lightships remaining from more than 100 built.  The US Coast Guard used lightships as floating lighthouses to guard other ships from running aground on shoals, or submerged rocks, that were too far from land to be served by a lighthouse on shore.  Many were also used to mark the entrances to harbors.  New Yorkers may be familiar with the Lightship Ambrose, which marked the entrance of New York Harbor, and it is currently docked at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Built in 1929, Lightship #115 “Frying Pan” guarded its namesake, Frying Pan Shoals, 30 miles off of Cape Fear, NC, from 1930 to 1965.  She is 133 feet and 3 inches in length with a 30 foot beam, and she is 632 gross tons.  The unique shape of lightship hulls were designed to withstand the numerous storms and even hurricanes that would send other ships to safer harbors.  15 men lived aboard ship to keep the light atop the mast burning and the foghorn sounding regardless of the weather, season, or time of day.  The crew were stationed aboard ship for three months, followed by two months of shore leave.  It was said to be a job “filled with months of boredom followed by minutes of pure fear”.

Docked at Southport Maritime Museum in Southport, NCLightship Frying Pan has led a remarkable life.  After being abandoned for 10  years while docked at an old oyster cannery in the Chesapeake Bay, we believe she sank due to a broken pipe.  She was underwater for three years before being raised by salvors.  Instead of going to the scrapyard, the ship was sold to its present owners.  After tons of silt and shells were removed from the hull, the ship was outfitted with a new engine and, in 1989, was sailed to New York City.  Frying Pan is now docked at Pier 66 Maritime which is located on Pier 66a in the Hudson River Park at West 26th Street and 12th Ave. in Manhattan, NY.  While the outside of the ship has been restored to her original appearance, the inside retains the barnacle-encrusted, sunken-ship motif that acknowledges her storied past.

PAN – my favorite art gallery in Naples – J. Roald Smeets

Me and my family have lived in Naples for three years and it has been an unforgettable experience so far. Naples has filled me with so many great memories already. Beautiful town, gorgeous Monte Vesuvio, lively people, amazing spaghetti con sugo di pomodoro and the best pizza in Italy.

But where I really enjoy myself are the art galleries and museums in Italy. PAN – Palazzo Arti Napoli is my favourite and I go and see its exhibitions time after time. Sometimes I feel like its paintings and sculptures feeds me more than pizza. This is my favourite pizza place. 😉

It is located just minutes from our apartment in the center of Naples. One day a couple of years ago I was just walking on the streets marvelling at the scenery. It was a bit cool day, so I just stepped into the museum to enjoy a little bit of culture and art. And I fell in love with this three-storey pink palace straight away.

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J Roald Smeets – Pan is an intercultural arts organisation

cross-cultural communication

cross-cultural communication (Photo credit: pipcleaves)

Pan is an intercultural arts organisation dedicated to the exploration of cultural diversity through the arts and how such work can inspire and implement social change. This is achieved through workshops with young people who are marginalised and at risk of social exclusion, performances, festivals, seminars and conferences. Pan helps its participants find a voice through drama, dance, music, writing and film.  We work with people from all cultures and religions to encourage a world where we respect and understand each other’s lives, discovering the possibilities of our rich diversity.

We have developed a range of programmes to support the development, and unlock the potential, of those in need, including a Refugee Arts Programme, an Arts Against Violence Programme and an International Theatre for Development Programme.  More recently we have implemented an integration initiative where these strong, but previously separate, strands of work move more closely together, sharing skills, artists, inspirations and participants.  This move towards integration gave us the theme word Synergy which is  reflected throughout our work.

Pan Intercultural Arts is a company limited by guarantee no 2051893 Registered Charity no 295324