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Doctors on shrooms, Tim Allen's coke years, Gotham City’s tragic architect – these are the pieces we wished we had published this week

A RARE INTERVIEW WITH ANTON FURST 

“‘When hell burst through the pavement and grew’ was Tim Burton's brief to Anton Furst when he hired the Essex-born production designer to create Gotham City for Batman (1989). Furst had previously built Vietnam in East London for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987) so he was used to achieving the impossible for demanding directors. But the metropolitan nightmare he made for Burton was on a different level. A macabre, twisted version of New York overrun by maniacal crime lords, he drained the colour out of the city to exaggerate the Joker's vibrant fashion choices, and designed what is still the ultimate Batmobile (‘an intimidating, furious war machine’). The film would win Furst an Oscar and give him both a production and director's deal with Sony Pictures. Sadly his golden run was not destined to last long. Plagued by depression and dependant on drugs and booze, two years after Batman's release Furst jumped to his death from the top of an LA hospital car park, aged just 47. This rare interview with Bomb Magazine's Lynn Geller was conducted a year before his tragic passing and provides a fascinating glimpse into the creative process of a true visionary.” – Tim Noakes, Editor-in-Chief (@TimNoakes)

TRIP TREATMENT

“This New Yorker piece is more of the more fascinating reads on psychedelics out there. It follows medical researchers as they investigate the healing potential of psilocybin (the active ingredient in shrooms) for cancer sufferers who fear death. The revelation that shrooms lead to mystical experiences and good vibes won't be news to anyone who's ever tripped out with Glasto crusties at the stone circle, but there's something profoundly moving about seeing how much one drug can do to alleviate the crippling anxieties associated with chronic illness.” – Zing Tsjeng, News Editor (@MissZing)

SUNDANCE EXPOSES HOLLYWOOD’S WHITE GUY PROBLEM

“Another year, another wet behind the ears white dude gets plucked from Sundance obscurity and bestowed with a huge studio film. Sundance is time and again one of the best breeding grounds for diverse talent – this year even more so with standouts like Marielle Heller's Diary of a Teenage Girl and Rick Famuyiwa's Dope. But it has one problem. Hollywood execs turn Sundance’s ground source of talent into a wading pool of white guys, as they unfairly sift through scores of amazing talent in search of the next Wonderbread director to make the latest Marvel franchise film.” – Trey Taylor, Staff Writer (@TreyTylor

MALIN NORDIN CAPTURED BY VINCENT SKOGLUND

“Every day, the web seems to get refueled with dozens of new artist profile videos – each of them revealing the sophisticated process behind the craft, the person or the brand. Even though it’s meant to inspire, I’ve recently started to feel like I’ve seen it a hundred times before. For the Vans Off The Wall doc series, however, Vincent Skoglund decided to capture the work of artist Malin Nordin a little differently. Sticking a Go Pro to her head, revealing the process of making the documentary, juxtaposing her chaotic way of working with similarly chaotic shots of splashes, and quick cuts between her work and what’s going on in her mind — all of it feels as immediate as her work, revealing something a little more human than usual.” – Kate Villevoye, Development Assistant at Dazed Vision

PRIVILEGED POP STARS TAKING OVER?

“An interesting article highlighting the hijacking of culture by the elite. If we don’t talk about this – and encourage diversity – in the creative fields, we will all be crying ourselves to sleep wrapped in a blanket of mediocrity, paying through the roof for that privilege.” – Jennifer Byrne, Video Commissioning Editor, (@jennbyrne_)

MATTHEW FROST: A NEW BREED 

"Matthew Frost is one of my favourite short filmmakers; he’s a piss-taker savant, an entertaining modern wit who smartly satirises the fashion world, celebrity culture and the selfie generation with its own commerical language. This is a fun meta-profile film, and Frost is equally adept at poking fun at himself as much as the tropes and lifestyles spotlighted in his work. Singing “Everybody Hurts” alone in a karaoke room: a sign o’ the times…” – Ronojoy, Group Creative Director, (@RonojoyDam

NYC FINALLY GETS ITS OWN MENSWEAR WEEK 

“It’s almost that time again. As the global fashion community readies their minds, bodies and inboxes for the oncoming season, the CFDA have announced some (not very) shocking news: New York will get its own dedicated menswear week. Meaning, as Vanessa Friedman points out in this New York Times piece, that by the time 2016 rocks around we’ll have the joy of experiencing two and a half months of nearly non-stop fashion from January to March. But with designers seemingly rather tentative, will anybody actually be adding this event to their iCals? “The whole concept of shows reeks of the past,” Friedman argues. "The industry keeps talking about what’s next. Is the answer really more of the same?”– Emma Hope Allwood, Fashion Features Assistant (@EmmaHopeAll)

REMEMBER WHEN TIM ALLEN TRAFFICKED COKE?

“I recommend this because I had no idea that Tim Allen had a previous life as a pretty big time coke dealer turned pretty big time informant. Allen is now better known as the voice of Buzz Lightyear and star of Galaxy Quest, as well as dreadful sitcom Home Improvement. If, like me, you didn’t know that Allen had such a intriguingly nefarious past then this is for you.” – Thomas Gorton, Digital News Writer (@AngstromHoot)

LIGHTS, CAMERA, TAKING ACTION

“The final part in an essential triptych series looking at the history and current state of women's role in, and on, film.” – Fiona Cook, Social Media Editor (@FionaWCook)

DEBT DODGING WITH DIS

“It's great, this whole having an education, living in a city and doing stuff that's fun thing. But if you're not doing work that is economically stable – and who is, really, in this awesome hashtag-age of crisis we've built for ourselves? – well, someone else is picking up the check. This is a lil' thing called debt, and chances are if you're reading this site, you're saddled with it. DiS's latest batch of real-talk comes from the artists and thinkers who are confronting head-on what most of us bury our head in the sand about, talking openly about the radical possibilities of not paying this shit-ton of cash they've given us back.” – Charlie Robin Jones, Digital Editor (@CharliexJones)