Big Night Out (Ed. by Jessica Adams, Maggie Alderson, Nick Earls, Imogen Edwards-Jones)

Big Night Out is a collection of short stories, recipes, song lists, illustrations and edited by Jessica Adams, Maggie Alderson, Nick Earls and Imogen Edwards-Jones. It was published to benefit the War Child charity.
Finished on: 25.11.2017

Big Night Out isn’t your typical short story collection. There really is a lot here that isn’t a short story at all, although the biggest part are short stories. I grabbed it for those (well, I grabbed it mostly for Jasper Fforde‘s short story in it), so I mostly skimmed through the other things, even though some very big names contributed various things (INXSSteve Coogan, and Nick Hornby recommending songs? Anthony Stewart Head sharing a cocktail recipe? Joan Collins‘ beauty tips? Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and Boy George detailing hangover cures? It’s all there). I did feel that the selection was made on the basis of the people in any case and not necessarily for the quality of their content. But hey, it is for charity after all. If you don’t buy it for the stories, but for the good deed, you’ll get what you expect.

After the jump, I will talk about the short stories in the collection separately and you can find the table of contents so you can see what else is in there.

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Stadt Land Fluss [Harvest] (2011)

Stadt Land Fluss
Director: Benjamin Cantu
Writer: Benjamin Cantu
Cast: Lukas Steltner, Kai Michael Müller
Part of: Viennale

Marko (Lukas Steltner) is a very withdrawn apprentice on a big farm. Right before he finishes his apprenticeship, a new guy starts: Jacob (Kai Michael Müller). Jacob is fascinated by the quiet Marko and slowly manages to get past his defences, especially since Marko is drawn to Jacob, too.

The film is a mix of documentary and fiction and I was curious to see how they would fit together. And the answer is: very well. Both forms end up enriching each other. And the story is just really sweet.

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