A piano sits abandoned on a bright Maltese day. Suddenly, a pigeon plummets onto its keys, landing with a tuneless thud. Thus begins Malta’s very own Do Re Me Fa, written and directed by Chris Zarb. The film comprises of four parallel, but partially interwoven, plot threads, all set within the confines of our very own island.Read
Over the past couple of years I have read and re-read Walter Benjamin’s iconic essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – originally out of duty and consequently out of enthusiasm. The essay, written on the cusp of the Second World War, endeavours to understand the relationship between human visual experience and mechanised …Read
On the 10th of January, 1610, an Italian scientist named Galileo Galilei made a startling observation. He had been looking at the planet Jupiter through his homemade telescope, and noticed that four smaller dots that accompanied it were actually moving around it, orbiting it. Until then, the prevailing view was that everything – everything – orbited us. …Read
Since the 60s Malta has experienced a burst of construction in attempts to support an expanding economy post-Independence. This construction has sometimes been left unchecked, unfinished, or unused. This urbanisation of Malta’s landscape has added unique shapes and artificial structures where there were none before, changing the environment. Matthew Grech provides an exploration of these patterns in …Read
“Moving on to the new, Halycon have released a demo of a song called To the End. If you like your music rough then you’ll like this band. They’re simply a bunch of post-pubescent punks and there’s no harm in that. This is a band I’m keeping an eye on, however, because there’s something about them that …Read
After telling me about a “Berlin dude” who has legit Roland TR-808 replicas for sale at very reasonable prices, with the tone to match, I start to realize something about Jim Hickey. When he is talking about music and the creation of it, he isn’t talking about making a three minute record with a catchy hook and …Read
The cinema industry in Malta is presently undergoing notable positive changes, continuing to entice Hollywood directors and producers to create their films locally. Only recently was the news announced that Michael Bay’s drama on the killing of the American ambassador in Libya would be filmed locally. From an economic perspective, having such films shot in Malta is …Read
So many things going on, and no one talking about them. Between our burgeoning arts scene, developing cultural infrastructure, and ever increasing EU influence on culture and values, Malta is at a point of evolution – one that we intend on documenting. From features on the best in Maltese arts, locally and abroad, to reviews of the most impressive scenes in culture and counter-culture, to critiques of Malta’s norms and mores and the unceasing struggle between convention and creativity, Patron Magazine is intent on chronicling the most interesting ideas that form in Malta, and the vehicles used to convey them. Join the conversation: upload #YourPatron on Instagram. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.