The 80’s – Power and Perfume

The 80’s was the decade of the New Romantics, Frankie said we should relax, Eddie Grant walked down Electric Avenue, Musical Youth were passing the ‘Dutchie’ and girls just wanted to have fun! The aroma in the discotheque was that of cigarette smoke mixed with ‘Panache’ by Lentheric the fragrance of the moment for women and ‘Brute’ was favourite with the gents; they splashed it on all over! The standard slow dance at the end of the night meant you could prop each other up after drinking one too many Campari and Soda’s and chat up lines were all the rage, cheesy but very acceptable:

‘If I told you that you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me’

‘Would you grab my arm so I can tell my friends I’ve been touched by an angel’

Magnum was the thinking lady’s crumpet and Starsky and Hutch set pulses racing on a Saturday night…the throwing of their badges into the ocean scene episode really affected me. Midweek entertainment came in the form of Dynasty and Dallas accompanied by shoulder pads, Stetson’s, stilettos, Bourbon on the rocks, Dex Dexter and the Oil Baron’s Ball an annual event we looked forward to with bated breath. Miss World was another viewing pleasure, an array of lovelies wanting to help children all over the world…Bless em!

The buzz word for that time was ‘POWER’. Superpower, fight the power, power trip, power walk, power dressing, power ballads and the power of love. Some abused this word but other more visionary people realized that by using their creative powers a difference could be made to another word which many had heard for the first time; ‘Famine’. The desperate plight of Ethiopia and its people was a reality that no one with any regard for human life could ignore. I wondered why we were only told about this devastating drought at a time when women, men and children were nearing their last breath. It was clear by the images we saw on the news that this had been going on for some time so why did we hear about it as late as we did?

A power that was perhaps underestimated until the 80’s was music. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been influenced in some way by lyrics written to heal, help and of course enjoy but when musicians from both sides of the Atlantic collaborated to raise awareness and funds to feed the world everyone listened. Music became the only power that mattered during the 80’s and continues to be just as influential today.

It was also a decade of change on a massive scale for girls, their lifestyle and career choices. Strong women became our role models and the front-runners where Margaret Thatcher and Joan Collins…what a contrast! A combination of beauty and brains, Joan Collins showed that it was possible to work hard and be there every step of the way for your children whilst remaining a woman in every sense of the word. So that was the 80’s I remember, full of glitz and glamour but it was also a time when people had the courage to stand up and say we don’t like what we see let’s do something about it. Now that’s powerful.

© Michelle Sotiriou 2015

Friends, Film Lovers and Fellow Bloggers Everywhere…I Need Your Help!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are forced (without a choice) to do something that your heart and mind tells you not to? Have you ever been torn between your passions and your family’s expectations? These two dilemmas and very real issues came across so profoundly in a film trailer I watched that I had to write more than one review for it. The Forbidden Note is a British Indie Film which captures the emotions, struggle and deep love felt by two people who cannot bare to be without each other.

‘Cosmo, a South African pianist falls in love with Sakeena a British Muslim ballerina, who is forced into an arranged marriage by her abusive radicalised Uncle. Through their struggle, Cosmo tries to show that the power of love, is far more important than the love for power’.

We are lead to believe that we are living in the age of the freedom to choose and live as we see fit but this heart-wrenching tale of forbidden love gives us a glimpse of the reality for many young people in the western world…believe it or not. Independent film makers are a rare breed, creators of visions that provoke and make us think how lucky we are and Callum Andrew Johnston has, with respect, written and directed a story which is familiar, authentic and powerful.

Callum will tell you that the film making journey from start to finish was not without its ups and downs but his own passion for the delicate subject matter of the film gave him the strength to see it though. Now, there is a new journey ahead of him; distribution. We can all see this beautifully crafted Indie Film but we need your help. I’m not the kind of person to ask for anything, I have a stubborn, I can do it alone streak but this isn’t about me, it’s about Callum after getting to know him and the hopes he has for his sincere piece of work. If you could give The Forbidden Note a few minutes of your time, it would mean the world, if we can hit 100k YouTube views we will all have the opportunity to see The Forbidden Note on our screens.

I would like to add that The Forbidden Note was selected and shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year to great reviews. A truly worthy film will evoke emotions you were not expecting to pour out of you; tears of joy or tears of sorrow? There is only one way to find out.

© Michelle Sotiriou 2015

Thank you, Michelle x

The Forbidden Note