I went to see the film Nine the other day and absolutely loved it.  For me, the film sums up my perception of ‘all things creative’.

Set in Italy in the stylish 60’s and based on Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic autobiographical film ‘eight and a half’, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the film focuses on the problems of the suave and sensual Italian film director, Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewes).  Guido faces his 40th birthday and is struggling to start his ‘ninth’ film, for which he doesn’t have a script and is juggling the seven women in his life.

Creativity exudes everywhere in this film. From the beautiful Italian sets and scenery, from the Italian fashion and style of the day, from Daniel Day-Lewis himself, from the singing and dancing, from the spectacular costumes, from the emotions and passions, and from the way that director and choreographer Rob Marshall latches on to the very ‘soul’ of what (I think) being Italian must be all about – sensuality.

Ironically, the character Guido is facing a block with ‘creativity’ in the film.  However, the film in itself is, for me, a masterpiece of ‘creativity’.

So this is not scientific at all. But in a couple of hours there have been more than 2000 replies and overwhelmingly they say @RoryStewartUK won the #C4Debate

What a cosy night in Dolly the Caddy Camper @bridgevilla campsite on the riverside @wallingford...friendly visitors and glorious riverside trees 🌲 🦆#treehugging #trees #vanlife #campervan #vwcamper


.@RoryStewartUK again absolutely kills the others by actually sounding as though he is fallible. Whether it is sincere or a performance it is working. @sajidjavid also sounds human by talking about getting things wrong as a dad #c4debate

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