Femmostroppo Reader – December 9, 2009

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  1. I noticed there were a lot of hoydens in the obituaries section of the Fairfax news sites.
    What amazing lives they led!
    http://www.theage.com.au/obituaries and http://www.smh.com.au/obituaries (There are different ones at each site.)
    “Olga Kevelos was one of the last of Britain’s wartime inland waterways women. After the war she raced motorcycles, and was the only woman to win two gold medals for international six-day events.”

  2. I have to admit, I was too busy thinking “OMFG CHRIS ECCLESTON AND NAOKO MORI WORKING TOGETHER SQUEEEEEEE!!!!” to even think about the age issue. And while I have no doubt that Eccleston will do a brilliant job (SQUEE — again, for emphasis), you just know that it’s highly unlikely that a woman would ever be cast to play a woman younger than herself. Naoko Mori (SQUEEEEE– erm, sorry) is currently the same age that Yoko Ono was in 1967, which is great, but as we know, all too often in these cases women in their 20s are cast as women in their 30s, rather than the other way around.

  3. Haha, since you asked, I shall tell you why!
    First of all, I don’t watch Dr. Who, so the only reference point I have is the few photographs I’ve seen.
    Secondly, from those photographs, it strikes me that his nose is actually very similar to John’s, but that no much else about him bears a resemblance. This is particularly interesting, since I’ve never exactly been happy with any actor who has been picked to play John, because while they will frequently resemble him, the nose, his most defining characteristic, will be off, ruining the whole thing. What boggles my mind most is that a prosthetic nose could solve this problem easily, but no one ever wants to make one.
    Thirdly, I’m honestly less concerned about his appearance than his acting skills. Granted, I mocked the fact that the actor who played John Lennon in the official Worst TV Movie Ever The Linda McCartney Story was about 45 while playing a 29 year old John Lennon, but I mocked everything about that movie. The thing is, in the only dramatic portrayal of John I’ve ever been happy with, from a little TV film called Two of Us, the actor looked nothing like John. He didn’t even sound much like him. But you stopped noticing that pretty quickly, both because the writing in the film was quite good, and because the acting on behalf of both stars was spectacular. Jared Harris really got John’s persona down. He didn’t look like John, but he kind of became John anyway. And I’d much rather have that than a spitting image.
    Lastly, and most importantly, since I’ve heard of this film, whether or not the actor who plays John is going to be any good has kind of been the least of my concerns. Why? Because it focuses on the breakup of the Beatles, and the period in John’s life when he got together with Yoko. Wringing my hands wondering why kind of misogynistic and racist slander they’re going to throw at poor Yoko this time is kind of taking up most of my worry capacity. (And hopefully the movie will be lovely, and not misogynistic, racist, or Anti-Yoko at all! But I’d be foolish to not expect what we usually get.)
    Feel free to regret asking the question! 😛
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Watching The Wheels =-.

    • @Cara,

      whether or not the actor who plays John is going to be any good has kind of been the least of my concerns. Why? Because it focuses on the breakup of the Beatles, and the period in John’s life when he got together with Yoko. Wringing my hands wondering why kind of misogynistic and racist slander they’re going to throw at poor Yoko this time is kind of taking up most of my worry capacity. (And hopefully the movie will be lovely, and not misogynistic, racist, or Anti-Yoko at all! But I’d be foolish to not expect what we usually get.)

      I’m really hoping that because they’ve cast Naoki Mori, that it’s going to be more nuanced about Yoko. I expect that level of discernment from Mori when choosing her roles, and I bet that she doesn’t want to be identified with a Yoko so unsympathetic that it poisons the well for her for future castings. Whether the script/director/producer will live up to the promise of whatever they’ve pitched to get both Mori and Eccleston on board is of course a very different question.
      P.S. (edited to add) I also think that now that George is dead and the shine has rubbed off St Paul of the McCartney over the last few years, that it is finally possible to produce a movie about that period that shows what utter shits those two were about Yoko and not have an audience reject it out of hand. If they do this properly, it’s bound to be hugely controversial, of course.

  4. Ah, see, I’m not familiar with Mori either (I did look up some photos of her and decide that she resembles Yoko around the eyes), though it makes me feel a bit better to know that she is skilled and discerning. Yoko has also basically received better press this year than she ever has before (with the rave reviews of her new album, and numerous proclamations that she was unfairly vilified, that it’s “okay” to like her now, etc.). So I guess there’s at least reason to cross the fingers.
    And yes, it would certainly be interesting to see an honest take on those relationship dynamics. It would make for a fresh take at least. Usually it’s John being a short-tempered, unpredictable bastard (true!) with Yoko loudly whispering evil things in his ear and the other Beatles being poor, kind, helpless souls (all not true). Of course, with Yoko’s greatly improved relationship with Macca as of late, and close friendship with George’s widow Olivia, that could also be some ironically bad timing for her! Ha. (Also big lols @ St. Paul of the McCartney. :D)

  5. Harpraxis, they’re great, aren’t they? IMO the obituary section of the Fairfax papers has some of the best journalism in Australia. If only they could spare the journalists from there to do such good work on the living.
    And following on the theme of women motorcyclists (if readers will forgive my minor fixation on interwar and postwar motoring culture) may I recommend this on Hellé Nice and another on Anke-Eve Goldmann?

  6. with Yoko’s […] close friendship with George’s widow Olivia
    Knowing that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I love stories of women being friends and supporting each other.

  7. I know, Beppie! Seriously, I love seeing them together. I get super happy every time there’s a new picture of them attending an event together, or one showing up at the other’s event to support her. It makes me all warm and fuzzy, too 🙂

  8. Ta for the link-love! I have been without Internet for a whole two days and it was HORRIBLE.

  9. My senate submission post about the continuing drama and saga of how the AMA is telling the government what women should be allowed to do with their bodies.
    http://janetfraser.id.au/blog/2009/12/11/joyous-births-senate-submission-part-the-fiftieth/
    Anyone scared by the notion of personhood of the foetus needs to get all over this homebirth caper NOW.

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