Freehand reports back on the AND launch
5 October 2011
There was so much going on the opening night of AND (Harminder Judge Performance, FACT exhbition launch, A Small Cinema in Chinatown, Hauntology at Static to name a few!) the Freehanders just had to go on the prowl to explore the night's offerings. FACT Freehander Intern Trish reports back...
AND Festival 2011 has officially begun. I welcomed it in last night by catching the tail end of The Modes of Al-Ikseer, by Harminder Singh Judge. I can’t really comment authoritatively, since I didn’t see the entire thing, but I can say, it put me right in the mood for a night of culture, myth, and decadence.
So, to Re-Dock’s Small Cinema in Chinatown it was, and as the night drew in, so did the sweet and sour smells from those candescent restaurants all around. I had to get me some noodles! I popped into Chilli Chilli (I think that’s what it’s called), ordered Veg’ Chow Mein and after ten minutes was back in my seat, letting my scrum cool as I waited for the main feature.\r\n
With a hot lap and the feature about to begin, I let myself loose and slurped up my boxed supper, downed a can of pomegranate juice from the Chinese supermarket across the road, and was sucked in, as much by the real life atmosphere all around me as I was by Tsui Hark’s Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain.\r\n
The film is rather obscure, and visually it is pretty difficult to describe but in amongst clunky effects, slapstick humour, mythology and mayhem, there’s compassion and some beautifully human moments.\r\n
It’s a must this film, and though it would be a mission to re-create the night’s overall feeling in your own front room, with a bowl of noodles and a fortune cookie, you’ll be on your way.\r\n