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Title

(Nothing but) Flowers

Artist

Talking Heads

David Byrne, the lead singer of the Talking Heads, wrote this post-apocalyptic song about replacing all the stuff we don't need with stuff that would be much better. Irony wrote from a clever vantage point; Byrne compares the earth without materialism to a garden of Eden and humans as Adams and Eves.

"(Nothing But) Flowers" was released as a single from Naked, the eighth and last Talking Heads album. The video was directed by David Byrne and Sandy McLeod, a filmmaker who worked on Talking Heads' 1984 concert movie Stop Making Sense. In the video, the band is joined by the musicians who played on the track, including Johnny Marr and Kirsty MacColl. As they perform in a studio setting, they are overlayed with design typography enhancing the visuals with various statements, factoids and words from the lyrics.

SONG

(Nothing but) Flowers

MOVIE

Walkabout

A 1971 survival film directed by Nicolas Roeg starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, and David Gulpilil. Walkabout was released internationally by 20th Century Fox and was one of the first films in the Australian New Wave cinema movement. Alongside Wake in Fright, it was one of two Australian films entered in competition for the Grand Prix du Festival at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

Genre

Drama Adventure

Plot Synopsis

A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback. In this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, they must learn to cope in the natural world without their usual comforts. The movie takes its title from a custom among the Australian aborigines: During the transition to young manhood, an adolescent aboriginal went on a "walkabout" of six months in the outback, surviving (or not) depending on his skills at hunting, trapping and finding water in the wilderness. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure and a provocative rumination on time and civilization.

Fun Facts

• Composed and conducted by the acclaimed British film composer John Barry, the romantic and hallucinogenic orchestral music has long been regarded as a pinnacle of 1970s film scoring.

• Walkabout features animal hunting and killing scenes, such as a kangaroo being speared and bludgeoned to death.

• The film is an example of Roeg's well-defined directorial style, characterized by solid visual composition from his experience as a cinematographer, combined with extensive cross-cutting and the juxtaposition of events, location, or environments to build his themes.

• The film includes scenes of nudity featuring Jenny Agutter, who the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) surmised was 17 years old at the time of filming. In 2011, the BBFC reviewed the scenes and considered them not to be indecent and passed the film uncut.

• In 2005, the British Film Institute included the "50 films you should see by the age of 14".

Clip

Walkabout (BFI Trailer)

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