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Christie’s Education launches new online courses

British fine arts auction house Christie’s was founded in 1766 and its founder, James Christie, was an intimate friend of the painters Gainsborough and Reynolds and the playwright Garrick. Fast forward to 2015 and it is one of the world’s leading auction houses with sales totalling $7.4 billion. Notable auctions have included Elton John’s car collection, a $22 million Qing Dynasty porcelain bowl, a $3.5 million Stradivarius violin, an $80 million Monet painting, the Oppenheimer Blue diamond, and many top works by Picasso, Mondrian, Klimt and Matisse.

Yes you Cannes: four weeks to filmmaker

The credits have rolled at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with Swedish film The Square winning the Palme d’Or. The Short Film Palme D’Or went to Chinese film A Gentle Night and the top production from a film school student was Paul Is Here by Valentina Maurel from INSAS, Belgium.

The latter prize shows that film students can make a mark on events as prestigious as Cannes while they are still at film school. Good filmmaking is good filmmaking, whatever the director’s background, credentials and budget.  

Telepathy is real, but takes training

Good writing grabs the reader with the first sentence, keeps them enthralled throughout, and spits them out at the end a changed person. So why isn’t all writing like that? In fact, writing that good is pretty rare, and is written by creative minds at the top of their game and often with a string of publishing credits behind them. The majority of unpublished creative writing is self-indulgent drivel that reeks of inexperience, even though the writer may have felt inspired at the time and had superb images and narratives in their head. They just couldn’t get them out properly.