Readings From The Barometer Of Life - FILM

Running time: 30 mins.


British fashion designer, who in 2020 celebrated fifty years in business.
The IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
An Australian composer and arranger, and a soil researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Paul R. Ehrlich
An American biologist, whose 1968 best-seller 'The Population Bomb' warned of the perils of overpopulation, and the subsequent societal upheaval, and environmental deterioration.
An English primatologist and anthropologist, and one of the world's foremost experts on chimpanzees.
An international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 that works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.

Additional material

Shot on a Fujifilm X-T3 using vintage Minolta lenses.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

Banksy Most Wanted

Directed by
Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley

Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Canal Plus

Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley are two documentary directors based in Paris.
In their first collaboration, Banksy Most Wanted, they combine their journalistic approach and love of art in an entertaining art investigation.

Interviewed by
Aurélia Rouvier

Filmed by Cinematographer
Mathias Denizo

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

HARK - The Movie

Running time: 11:40

This project was commissioned and hosted by

Et in terra pax - Antonio Vivaldi (Extrait du Gloria)
6 December 2014, St. Edmunds Church, Southwold, Suffolk, UK
Conductor: Vetta Wise
Spring Baroque Ensemble

Angel - J. Hendrix
Recital by Angel Coulby

Shot in London, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Burnham Market, on a Fuji X-T20 using a vintage Minolta MD 35-70mm 1:3.5 lens

With thanks to Veronica Bailey

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

When The Fox met The Rooster - The Movie

When The Fox met The Rooster
Running time: 22:35
First shown Thursday 16th November 2017
British Embassy Residence, 16 Boulevard F. D. Roosevelt, Luxembourg
"Through montaging a moving picture account of When the Fox Met the Rooster, my intention was to provide an insight and narrative into the project’s evolution, and deployment. During its run time, the viewer’s journey begins with the raw, vintage paper material which underlay each finished artwork - the artist is seen flicking through pages, then overpainting L’AUTO - the very newspaper which Tour de France godfather Henri Desgrange wished to promote through this new cycle race. As the opening sequence builds over erstwhile audio of Tour de France race commentary, I wanted the viewer to get a sense of adventure, and spectacle. I really value film as an artistic medium. And feel the process of collage can equally apply to sound and vision. In this way, my movie allows access to my working method - both on canvas and on the street. It exposes the uniqueness of the project - it being a rare fusion of time and place. And, I hope, bring light to the intense, and intimate relationship that an artist experiences when creating a special body of work."
IN December 2016, HM Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, John Marshall commissioned the British artist James Straffon to explore the concept of an art exhibition, expanding on Straffon’s previous collections devoted to the Tour de France and its vibrant history.  This new series was presented in 2017 - with an exhibition of large-scale original canvases, and a display of over 40 street artworks located across Luxembourg’s capital and communes, many following the race route. By adapting a 19th century fable by Michel Rodange - Renert [Renert oder de Fuuß am Frack an a Ma’nsgrëßt] - Straffon created a new narrative for this extraordinary race - telling the story of the Tour through the eyes of an intrepid fox. He chose to re-engage Renert in a curious and enlightening act of wanderlust - unearthing the bizarre and remarkable stories wrapped up in the folklore and mythology of the Tour de France, retold through the fox’s chance meetings with its many colourful contenders.

The When The Fox met The Rooster project, with its various associated components,
is indebted to the following sponsorship and support:

HM Ambassador John Marshall and the staff at the British Embassy
Ms Claire Jordan
Ville de Luxembourg
Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy
Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Luxembourg Ministry of Sport
Luxembourg Ministry of Tourism
GreatArt, Alton, Hampshire, UK
Barry Hoban
Basic & Bespoke, Luxembourg
Honey / Mustard, Luxembourg
Bar Rocas, Luxembourg

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.