Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Finally, a spy movie that feminists can get behind.

Following Matthew Vaughn highly acclaimed The Secret Service, Kingsman’s sequel is just as stylishly upbeat as its predecessor. Perfectly tailored to fit the highly stylized aesthetic of the first film, The Golden Circle has broken new grounds in terms of spy movies from all ends.

Without giving away too much detail, the plot is centred around a drug cartel ran by what seems to be a successful CEO under the name of Poppy – played by the astounding Julianne Moore. As Kingsman’s HQ is blown to pieces, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) are forced to seek reinforcements across the pond from their sister agency Statesman.

The Golden Circle is intrinsically cinematic in both plot and visuals. Unforeseen circumstances arise as characters who are thought to dead are brought back into the scenery through a series of ridiculous scenarios.

What is interesting about the Kingsman sequel is not the plot or the overly used CGI. It’s not even in the cartoonish appearance that is a tad too reminiscing of Andy Warhol’s pop art movies. What Kingsman seems to be doing right though – is tailoring itself to an entirely new generation lovers of the “spy movie” genre while also keeping track of the current political climate.

 

As Eggsy’s character progresses from My Fair Lady to a fully blown Bond, Matthew Vaughn has managed to keep Eggy’s attitude towards the world of spies refreshingly new. Instead of being portrayed as a womanizer in the same manner that the world of Bond was built – Eggsy does a full 180 and has his feet on the ground. No spoilers here – but his attitude towards women turns The Golden Circle into a spy film that feminist can finally stand behind. Taking into account the current social climate, it’s of primordial importance that the young generation is faced with a new type of heroes that they can respect and somewhat imitate in attitude. His character instils a sense of security and stability, turning Eggsy into a credible and relatable character.

The diverse personas and typologies portrayed in The Golden Circle have broadened the Hollywood spectrum in terms of both race and sex. Having Halle Berry follow in the footsteps of Sophie Cookson from The Secret Service, the second film empowers women and encourages social diversity on the big screen. That is one effort that we want to applaud Matthew Vaughn for and hope to see more in the future.

Having been scarcely scrutinised over the topic of class discrimination in the first film, the sequel is its complete contradictory. Taking into account the current political climate, The Golden Circle is not tone deaf and manages to bring affront the hard-hitting issues of corruption, the war on drugs and how no social class is immune to any of the above. It’s the different approach to socialism in Hollywood that earns Matthew Vaughn another gold star from us.

The Golden Circle earns its place in the Spy Movie Hall Of Fame. Apart from its tasteful attitude in dealing with our current political climate, the film is cinematic gold due to its fantastic and sometimes grotesque production – from the perfectly choreographed fight scenes to the incredible mise-en-scene, truly a must see.

 

We spoke to cast member Sophie Cookson inside FAULT Issue 26 which is OUT NOW! 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out in Cinemas September 20th.

 

 

Tyra Banks presents art show, 15, in collaboration with the team behind our FAULT Issue 15 Beauty cover shoot – Udo Spreitzenbarth & Ty-Ron Mayes

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TYRA BANKS Presents: 15

From September 9th – November 9th ’13 at Jack Studios, New York City, supermodel Tyra BanksFAULT’s Issue 15 Beauty section cover star– will present an exhibition of photographs of herself taken in the style of some of her famous modelling counterparts.  Tyra has once again collaborated with the team that worked on her shoot for FAULT – photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth and creative director Ty-Ron Mayes – to create a series of unretouched, monochramatic images that seek to capture the essence of iconic fellow supermodels – friends, colleagues and competitors alike.

“When Spreitzenbarth and Mayes approached Banks in 2012 about working on an art project together, Banks shared with them her vision of 15. The series then became a reality through artist collaboration with hairstylist Sher Rae Tucker–a protégé of the legendary Oribe, and Emmy award-winning make-up artist Valente Frazier.

In the age of pixilated veils, there is no digital manipulation to the imagery. 15 is Tyra Banks in raw, un-retouched images: the photography, styling, and transformative hair and make-up, along with Banks’ extraordinary ability to emulate each character, takes the notion of “black and white” beyond the portrayed models’ varying ethnicity and a description of the photographs.”

… “Named for the number of the iconic women portrayed, and the age at which Tyra began her modeling career, 15 includes interpretive images of Banks personifying the supermodels: Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Iman, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Grace Jones. Banks also portrays the new wave of talent that has resurrected the genre: Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne. Rounding out the 15, an adult Tyra emulates herself at 15 years old.

With the generous support of Chantelle and VeeV, Tyra Banks Presents: 15 will open on September 9, 2013, with a VIP reception from 7-8pm followed by a general reception from 8-10pm at Jack Studios, 601 W 26 St. (12 FL), New York City

 

Tyra Banks Presents: 15

Images of Banks as 15 iconic supermodels

Photographs by Udo Spreitzenbarth

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 Jack Studios, 601 W 26 St. (12 FL), New York City

About Udo Spreitzenbarth

Udo Spreitzenbarth is an international fashion and art photographer. Spreitzenbarth was born in Germany and currently lives in New York City with his wife, model/actress Melissa Kurland. While studying architecture at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Spreitzenbarth developed an interest in modeling and fashion photography. It was then that he realized his passion for being behind the camera. After his first year in New York City, he shot his first billboard campaign that landed on a screen in Times Square. His editorial photography has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and more. His art photography has received international acclaim with a successful series of solo exhibitions in Berlin, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Bruno Bisang: 30 Years of Polaroids

Celebrated Swiss fashion photographer Bruno Bisang is currently exhibiting an intimate collection of Polaroid prints of his most inspiring subjects at The Little Black Gallery in London.

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Bisang‘s debut London exhibition features unique polaroids (often signed by the models) and prints from his 30 year career including images of Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell & Claudia Schiffer.

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The gallery itself pronounced: “Once used as a simple tool for testing lighting, angles and moods, these polaroids are a witness of Bisang’s creative vision. All the pictures are taken from his book of the same name: Bruno Bisang: 30 Years of Polaroids published by teNeues.”

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For more information, visit http://www.brunobisang.com/ and http://www.thelittleblackgallery.com/