If you’ve never heard of “The Ides of March,” shame on you. You might not have heard of “The Ides of July” until now and in comparison, we forgive you.
The term “Ides” has its roots in ancient Roman history. It refers to the middle of the month and was used to describe specific days depending on the month. In essence, the Ides were a marker of sorts, utilized for various religious festivals and financial transactions. Of course, you may be aware of the association between the Ides and the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Indeed, the Ides of March in 44 BC were a pivotal moment in Roman history. Nowadays, the term “Ides” has taken on a somewhat ominous connotation, often used in literature and popular culture to suggest a sense of foreboding or impending doom.
The Ides of July writing playlist:
- Peter Talisman – We Have to Leave This Town Because I Have Done Something Unforgivable
- Oliver Coates – Butoh baby
- David Borden – Esty Point, Summer 1978
- Shida Shahabi – Abisme
- TLF Trio – Passacaglia
- Ernst Reijseger – Longing for a Frozen Sky
- Commodo – Deft 1s
- Dawuna – Bad Karma
- Vega Trails – Epic Dream
- E.VAX – Koko
- upsammy – Flutter
- Jaimie Branch – birds of paradise
- Zelienople – The Real Devil
- Para One – Virtual Satori – BlankFor.ms Remix
- George Jones – The Grand Tour
- The Rationals – Glowin’
- Lonely Guest – Lonely Guest
- Caterina Barbieri – Fantas for Electric Guitar
- Ben Bertrand – The Nixe of John Cage’s River
- Public Memory – Butcher
- Mark Guiliana – Song for Making Things Right
- Jon Hassell – Blue Period
- Poppy Ackroyd – Pause – Reworked
- Sons Of Kemet – To Never Forget The Source
- Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek – Üç Kız Bir Ana
- Azymuth – Zé e Paraná
- Sensible Soccers – Cantiga Da Ponte
- Martina Stock – Roses Are Blue
- Weils – To Apeiron
- yes/and – Craggy
- Patricia Brennan – Solar
- Martin Glass – Okinawa Fantasia
- Robert Wyatt – The Whole Point Of No Return
The picturesque location of Whistler, British Columbia, was have been a significant source of inspiration for the film. The town’s reputation for drug use and its notorious party culture create a stark contrast against the natural beauty of the setting, highlighting the internal conflict and turmoil experienced by the protagonist.
Whistler serves as a metaphor for the internal struggle, as the beauty of the surroundings contrasts with the negative aspects of the town, much like how the protagonist’s struggle with his daughter’s actions contrasts with his desire to protect his family name and reputation. The setting, therefore, plays a crucial role in the narrative, creating an external conflict that mirrors the internal conflict of the protagonist and providing a rich visual backdrop for the story to unfold.
You can learn more about the Broken English production of The Ides of July by clicking the underlined link.