EDDIE SAINT-JEAN is the editor-in-chief of What’s Hot London http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/ an online and monthly print edition magazine which reports on the capital’s exhibitions, films, theatre, books, restaurants and social scene.

CONTACT saintjean@email.com


A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

Orson Welles

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My recent feature articles and editorials below _____________________________________________________

PARTHENON MARBLES: In this article I examine ownership of the Parthenon Marbles in light of the British Museum’s announcement of Rodin exhibition alongside these classical treasures from Ancient Greece. I also include poems by Keats & Lord Byron on the Marbles. And Byron gives his view on who owns them! https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-parthenon-marbles-clash-of-culture-law-and-international-relations/

FENCING: I had my first lesson at the London Fencing Club in Old Street. How did I get on? Can fencing bring out your inner D’Artagnan? I spoke to the club’s Fencing Master Alex Bela. Learn more about #fencing and #London’s fencing fraternity in my article. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/london-fencing-club-may-bring-out-your-inner-dartagnan/

RETHINKING WORK: Is it time to rethink the way we work? I examine work and labour models that have barely changed in decades and have carried the spirit of a century of labour force control. In this article I go in deep about the future of work as regards work-life balance, technological changes, A.I, the economy & even the influences of history & religion on why & how we work. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/rethinking-work-2018-and-beyond/

ART: I first saw Isabelle van Zeijl’s work at the Young Masters Art Prize 2016 and again at this year’s recent prize at Gallery 8, Mayfair. Also came across her art at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Check out my article to see how her ironic and idealised representations of female beauty pays homage to the Renaissance, Flemish Primitivism (Jan van Eyck etc.) & the Pre-Raphaelites. Click link for article  http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-art-of-isabelle-van-zeijl/

ART REVIEW: High Renaissance master Michelangelo & Sebastiano, National Gallery March – June 2017. Check out my review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/michaelangelo-sebastiano-exhibition/

ART REVIEW: If you’re a fan of portraits, head to the Candid Gallery Portrait Exhibition for a wide variety of work that pushes the boundaries of what we commonly accept portraiture to be. Check out my review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/candid-arts-portrait-exhibition/


THEATRE REVIEW: Abiku Theatre’s six-day run of the Oscar Wilde play The Importance of Being Earnest at ‪the Etcetera Theatre. Click link for my review.‬ http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-importance-of-being-earnest/


ART REVIEW: If you’re a fan of abstract art you might want to cast a discerning eye over the Park Seo Bo exhibition at the White Cube gallery. Check out my review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/zigzag-ecriture-1983-1992-exhibition/


FILM REVIEW: This movie about Kennedy’s death takes the perspective of his widow, the dignified and elegant figure of Jackie Kennedy played by Natalie Portman. See my review here. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/jackie-film/



FILM REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Well right here in my movie review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-film/


THE PRE-RAPHAELITES: London’s historic art movements. The Bloomsbury area of West Central London gave us John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and their Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/londons-art-movements-the-bloomsbury-pre-raphaelites/


ART REVIEW: How did the high contrast painting style of a 17th-century Italian master come to influence cinematographers of the modern age? Curious? Check out my review of this 5 star exhibition at The National Gallery. Not to be missed! May well be UK’s No.1 exhibition of 2016. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/beyond-caravaggio-exhibition/


EXHIBITION REVIEW: Check out my article about 1970s counter-culture in communist states. Soviet Hippies exhibition at the Red Gallery http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/soviet-hippies/


FILM REVIEW: A surreal and macabre thriller about the ‘cut-throat’ modelling industry Click link for my review http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-neon-demo


ART REVIEW: An exhibition featuring work by Eddy Kamuanga lluanga. It comments on the mining of coltan in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its effects on the Mangbetu tribe. Click link for my review  http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/mangbetu-exhibition/


PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW: For former Soviet satellite states emerging from communism the architectural legacy would resonate long after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Check out my article about this photography exhibition at Calvert 22, Shoreditch. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/power-and-architecture

FILM REVIEW: The independent US/Indian movie For Here or to Go had its UK premiere at the London Asian Film Festival on March 7 2016. Check out my review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-london-asian-film-festival-2016/

The London Asian Film Festivals


ART REVIEW: If you’re a fan of Catalan surrealist Joan Miro don’t miss this exhibition in Piccadilly which is basically a reconstruction of his studio. Only a few days left!! Check out my article http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/miros-mayoral/


ART: My article about the Tate National’s guided tours featuring British landscape artist JMW Turner. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/a-tour-of-jmw-turner-at-the-tate-national/



ART: Check out my review of Michael Craig-Martin’s 1st solo exhibition for 25 years at The Serpentine. Click link for article http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/michael-craig-martin-transience-exhibition/



ART: Check out my review of UK/raine: Emerging artists from the UK & the Ukraine – at the Saatchi Gallery. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/ukraine-emerging-artists-from-the-uk-and-ukraine/



MUSICAL THEATRE: Check out my article about Something, Something Lazarus the musical. An interview with the writer John Myatt at the concert preview. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/something-something-lazarus-an-interview-with-writer-john-myatt/

Something Something Lazarus - cast

MUSEUMS: The Enlightenment was a period of 17th and 18th century European history when mythology, faith and superstition were challenged for the first time by philosophers and thinkers driven by logic, science and empirical facts. Click link for my article. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-enlightenment-spotlight-tour-exhibition/



STAGE: Check out my review of Dreamwatchers: Winter Tales of Hidden Bulgaria. A combination of theatre, folk lore and Bulgarian Choir. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/spellbound-by-the-dreamwatcher/



MUSEUMS: Read my article Britain’s Child Migrants. A review of an exhibition at The Childhood Museum, Bethnal Green. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/on-their-own-britains-child-migrants-exhibition/

Child migrants 1


ART: 100 years of Jewish art collection currently being exhibited at Somerset House by the Ben Uri institute. It focuses on Jewish migration & refugees. Check out my review. Click here http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/out-of-chaos-ben-uri-100-years-in-london/

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FILM: Check out my article about movie idol Steve McQueen’s sunglass selection during the making of his 1970s movie Le Mans. Click link http://www.selectspecs.com/fashion-lifestyle/steve-mcqueen-the-man-le-mans-his-style-legacy/



ARTS: The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection exhibition is at the Whitechapel Gallery from Sept 2015 to Jan 2017. Check out my 5 star rated review here http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-barjeel-art-foundation-collection-exhibition/



FILM REVIEWS: Check out my article about the United nations Associations ‘We The People’ film festival. Click link http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/we-the-people-festival/

We The People Festival


MUSEUMS: Check out my article about Keats House the former home of poet John Keats, now a heritage site and museum. Click link http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/keats-house/

Keats House 1


MUSEUMS: Check out my review on Alexander The Great’s cultural legacy. Alexandrian antiquities in the British Museum.

Greek Legacy to the Rescue?

Alexander 1


MUSEUMS: Check out my reviews on the Medieval and Renaissance Tours at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 5 Star rating!

Guided Medieval & Renaissance Tours at the V&A Museum

The Boar & Bear Tapestry


ART: Check out my review of the Face of Britain exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Britain’s historic figures. Exhibition is run in conjunction with BBC series and book by Simon Schama (in photo below) http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/simon-schamas-face-of-britain/


ARTS: My article Black Representation in Medieval and Renaissance Art has been published in What’s Hot London. It discusses the black king in Augustin Henckel’s Adoration of the Magi.  http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/black-representation-in-medieval-and-renaissance-art/



BOXING: A review I wrote about boxing documentary Down, But Not Out is in Culture Chronicle Magazine. It’s about four Polish female boxers preparing for their debut bouts. Click the link  http://www.culturechronicle.com/review-down-but-not-out/



ART: Review of Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at The Serpentine http://www.londonexhibitions.co.uk/reviews/reiner-ruthenbeck-serpentine-gallery.html




SCULPTURE: Check out my two articles here on poets Lord Byron (1788-1824) and John Keats’ (1795-1821) differing views on the Parthenon Marbles which were shipped from Greece to Britain in 1807 during the Turkish conflict.http://artsreviews.webs.com/



FILM-MAKING ARTICLE – Cornerhart (short film)
My article in Gorilla film-maker magazine about techniques used in the shooting of Cornerhart Click for link to Cornerhart (short film) article. The film was a finalist at The Hackney WickED Film Festival 2012



My article in Gorilla Film-maker Magazine is about different ratios of shadows when you light a subject and gets to the specifics of what the term Key-to-Fill Ratio actually means. Click the yellow link for full article. (The photo is from my forthcoming feature film ‘Capsule’) CLICK THIS LINK FOR ARTICLE



FILM-MAKING ARTICLE Chiarosucro Lighting
I am pleased to announce my article ‘Chiaroscuro Film Lighting’ how Renaissance Art influenced film lighting is in this issue of Gorilla Film Magazine. It explains how I used this lighting technique in my feature film Capsule and also covers film noir and great directors such as Cecil B. De Mille and Orson Welles. CLICK THE LINK HERE FOR ARTICLE




FILM-MAKING ARTICLE A recent article I did on the film-making term Mise en scene (for independent film-makers magazine – Gorilla Film Mag) has been published. It is in issue 4 and the online copy.  CLICK LINK FOR ARTICLE



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