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ONE LAST SWIM OF THE SUMMER IN LEIGH-ON-SEA GALLERY

ONE LAST SWIM OF THE SUMMER IN LEIGH-ON-SEA

At a thirty minute journey on the train from Fenchurch Street, Leigh-On-Sea is where you'll find the closest beach to London. Situated to the East of the city where the Thames meets the North Sea, the brackish waters are home to some of the best oysters in Britain, and as the tide flows out, diggers dredge the muddy waterbed for cockles - delicious when drizzled with vinegar and pepper and paired with a pint of Guiness. Text and Photo Xerxes Cook

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A VISIT TO MEDIAPRO STUDIOS, Bucharest GALLERY

A VISIT TO MEDIAPRO STUDIOS, Bucharest

Established in the late 50's, about 20km out of Bucharest, "Buftea Studios" (now MediaPro studios) were a big shot in producing an average of 20 films per year throughout the communist era. International service productions from all over Europe were made alongside Romanian movies, rewarding the studios with a reputation for creating high profile pictures. After the Romanian revolution in 1989, the movie industry suffered quite a bit and it took some devastating time until the studios were finally revivified by the local media giant MediaPro, which purchased them in 1998. In the past decade cheap workforce and low overhead costs in eastern Europe caught the international film industry's eye and led to a trend to produce movies from all over the world in Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary. Nowadays the MediaPro studios are frequented by people such as Costa Gavras, Claude Lelouch, Donald Sutherland, and Rachel Weisz, while art house is shot alongside trashy horror flicks. Text and photo Philipp Draxler

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