Daily Archives: 23 May 2007

‘I don’t think this is the business of a journalist’

A Mighty Heart, the movie based on the kidnapping and killing of the Wall Street Journal‘s Daniel Pearl, was screened at the Cannes film festival last night, and the initial reviews are all very good, given the grim nature of the subject.

Hollywood Reporter‘s Ray Bennett says Angelina Jolie has delivered “a well-measured and moving performance as the reporter’s wife, Mariane” and that the film’s “even-handed approach to incendiary topics should generate substantial interest.”

Although the film alarmingly implies that torture works when one suspect reveals names under duress, Bennett says A Mighty Heart reflects the dispassionate view espoused by Mariane, who sees that it is misery that breeds terrorism.

TimeOut‘s Dave Calhoun finds the film compelling and Jolie impressive. “A strong theme of the film is the downside of global communication and co-operation as different interests and ideas and prejudices collide in the search for Pearl.”

For a British publication, Calhoun looks at the film through a British prism, saying it is compelling and has a special, sad potency as the disappearance of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston now reaches its tenth week.

Variety‘s Justin Chang finds the material just right for director Michael Winterbottom, the screenplay crisp, the editing rapid, and the film authentic, restrained and altogether unsentimental.

Derek Malcolm of London Evening Standard says the film which could be as confusing as the five-week-long search for Pearl, mirrors Marianne’s generosity of spirit towards Pakistan.


All fun and no work makes Tintin a good boy

Halt, who goes there? Tintin. A sticker of Georges Remi‘s comic boy-reporter, whose exploits will now be captured in three full-length films by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, adorns the window of a high-speed train in Belgium.

Photo: Eric Vidal/ AFP

Photo courtesy: Time.com

Read Time’s story: Tintin travels to tinseltown

‘Job-hopping is crucial to maintaining passion’

Guy Kawasaki has extracted the nine biggest workplace myths from Penelope Trunk, author of the Brazen Careerist, and some of them may well be applicable to media houses, persons, and organisations:

Myth 1: You’ll be happier if you’ve a job you like

Myth 2: Job-hopping will hurt you

Myth 3: The glass ceiling still exists

Myth 4: Office politics is about back-stabbing

Myth 5: Do good work, and you’ll do fine

Myth 6: You need a good resume

Myth 7: People with good networks are good at networking

Myth 8: Work hard and good things will come

Myth 9: Create the shiny brand of you

Read the full story here: The nine biggest workplace myths

M.V. KAMATH: Why I love journalism

Sans Serif is pleased to introduce a new category—Why I love Journalism—in which the good and the great of the media world talk on YouTube video of their undying love for the profession.

We begin the series with Madhav Vittal Kamath. Born in 1921, Kamath is one of India’s best known journalists and writers. He was a correspondent in Bonn, Paris, and Washington for The Times of India; editor of the Free Press Journal; and, till his retirement in 1981, editor of Asia’s oldest features magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India.

Author of 48 books, Kamath was awarded the Padma Bhushan—India’s third-highest civilian honour—in 2004.

M.V. Kamath is currently the chairman of India’s public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati Corporation, which runs Doordarshan and All India Radio. He is also on the board of Manipal Institute of Communication, the media school in the University town of Manipal, on the west coast of India.

Manipal, which is a few kilometres from his home-town Udupi, is where Kamath now lives, after moving out of Kalyanpur House in Khar two years ago.