By Veer Sharma ‘Comedy’ in the modern sense is difficult to pin down, but has usually been reduced to that which causes a specific physical response. In the same vein as horror (fear), romantic melodrama (tears) and pornography (sexual arousal), it has its own generic sine qua non: laughter. Critics will regularly laud comedies as ‘side-splitting’ because surely the physical response is the clearest and most accurate example of the success of a self-identified humorous film?
Draw on Sweet Night: A Renaissance Music Video ‘Music hath made us play fellows,’ retorts John Wilbye to the insinuation that he and his patroness have indulged in extra-musical relations; this line seems an apposite summation of Tony Britten’s Draw on Sweet Night, which screened to York’s City Screen yesterday evening. It is perhaps more appropriate to approach this work expecting a modern-day Renaissance music video, embellished with dynamic cinematography, rather than a fi
Draw on Sweet Night is gracing York City Screen! City Screen Picturehouse in York is known as more than just a cinema: it is an arthouse cinema that is constantly bringing rich cultural events to this city. On Monday 19th October, Tony Britten’s raunchy renaissance drama, Draw on Sweet Night, will grace the screen. Based on the life of John Wilbye, this film gives a glimpse of the inner-life of an Elizabethan madrigal and the labyrinth of sexual politics he has to navigate. W