Martin Clunes sets out on an international journey to investigate the extraordinary relationship between man and beast in a two-part documentary for ITV. From birds to bears, and from pets to primates, involving ancient and modern techniques and partnerships, Martin observes humans and animals working side by side in ways that have existed and evolved during hundreds of millennia. And he considers the conflicting nature of the relationship, which sees man nurture and love beasts, which he also hunts, slaughters and eats.
The film takes place in a humble Italian Catholic village where everyone is acquainted with each other but no one truly knows about the secret lives that they all live. The entire community is preparing for the annual religious festival. There's the local butcher who covets the town's young teenagers and then goes into the freezer and makes love to hanging beef carcasses. The teenage daughter who has sex with her father and becomes pregnant at her grandfather's funeral.
Even in a small town, everyone has their secrets. This provocative Italian-language film explores the lives a group of neighbors keep hidden underneath their more palatable public faces. A local butcher fantasizes about the local teenage girls and retreats back into the freezer to fondle the meat. A young girl who has sex with her own father becomes pregnant. A Christ-like stranger is a fantasy object for many of the women. And an artist who makes collages out of model photos and pictures of organs from medical journals looks on as his mute wife, who drinks water from the commode, defecates on the dying, bleeding man with whom she’s having sex.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter John Campbell had the potential of turning a whole new generation of people onto the blues in the 1990s, much the same way Stevie Ray Vaughan did in the '80s. His vocals were so powerful and his guitar playing so fiery, you couldn't help but stop what you were doing and pay attention to what you were hearing. But unfortunately, because of frail health and a rough European tour, he suffered a heart attack in his sleep on June 13, 1993, at the age of 41. In 1985, after playing a variety of clubs between east Texas and New Orleans, Campbell moved to New York. One night in New York, guitarist Ronnie Earl happened upon Campbell in a club, playing with Johnny Littlejohn. Earl was so impressed that he offered to produce an album by Campbell, and the result was A Man and His Blues (Crosscut 1019), a Germany-only release that has since been made available in the U.S.