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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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-Trish-