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Kino #67- Not the London Film Festival

In the shadow of the galas and glitz of the overtly curated BFI London Film Festival, this month’s Kino felt even more like an act of anarchic defiance than usual. It was especially pleasing that the scruffy and excitable crowd was made up of so many Kino first-timers- welcome, friends! Can we hear you say ‘Death to the Programmer!’?

The Films:

Mike Davies- III’D Eye

Jordan McKittrick- Two Girls One Song

Yavor Petkov- Green Man

Gaynor Perry- Physical Medium

Mary Nyambura- In Conversation

Joanne Woolgar- Mallets

Norman Tamkivi- Blood Red Meat

Olga Lagun- Me, Myself and I

Maria Andrews- Eine Kleine Naked Music

Daniel Racovolis- A Drive Down the Peninsula

Colin Russell- The Audition

Molly Brown- The Mystery of the Missing Armadillo

First up was the black and white expressionist horror film III’d Eye which took place, fittingly for a drizzly autumnal night, in a mulchy moonscape. Fresh from Hollywood Two Girls One Song resurrected the smart, sardonic sex appeal of Jane Russell, the audacity of which was somewhat mirrored in the eye-twinkling self-assurance of the Elvis Presley crooner in Green Man. Devoid of twinkling but full of contortions, the cult of Victorian spiritualism haunted Physical Medium which was at times both melancholy and grotesque and the emotive gestures of silent cinema were also given a nod by the comedic but uncanny wordlessness of In Conversation. In contrast Mallets brought us to our knees with sounds from another dimension as tiny rubber mallets stroked a massive gong, resounding with indescribable depth. Lacking any such stoicism or self-control was the hyper-anxious, tightly wound violence of Blood Red Meat, followed by the whimsical, musical metamorphosis/identity crisis of Me, Myself and I.

Fluidity of identity was explored in an entirely different manner in the beautiful Eine Klein Naked Music in which the motions of a naked swimming body were ethereal and corporeal in a manner that was truly cinematic. We then sped along Australia’s Mornington Peninsula in a manic timelapse in A Drive Down the Peninsula. Returning to the UK The Audition showed us the shrewd manipulations of a pre-teen girl who performed sabotage by sweets to take down her rival. The final film of Kino #67 was the imaginative, composite enigma of The Mystery of the Missing Armadillo which merged CGI and archival footage to present a satirical attack on aristocratic accents and conspiracy theorists alike.

This month’s collaborative film challenge was ‘Night of the Living Bread’ which we await with yeasty anticipation. In addition to us screening that doughy delight why not show your film at Kino? You just need to email screen@kinolondon.com with your name, the title and the duration of your film. In the words of the aforementioned Jane Russell ‘Publicity can be terrible. But only if you don’t have any.’ Hope to see you next month.

 

 

 

Film of the Week :: ‘Use Me’ by Kino Challenge Filmmakers (2012)

If you don’t know about the Kino challenge, you’ve not been to one of our screenings (or you’ve not been paying attention!). Let me break it down:

1. Filmlovers and filmmakers alike come to Kino for their fix of shorts, popcorn, and good vibes.
2. Throughout the night, our audience suggest ideas for films they’d like to see made, via the medium of little slips of paper. At some point, our comperes choose which of these films will get made, with the help of our technologically advanced ‘cheering audience’ voting system.
3. At the interval, eager-to-shoot filmmakers come forward and pronounce their intention to make the selected film idea, ideally in time to screen the following month. These strangers, united, arrange among themselves how they will undertake this hefty challenge. It’s similar to the Fellowship council scene in Lord of the Rings.
4. One month later, the team – once strangers, now a unified ‘crew’ – bring their film to screen at Kino.

Use Me is the product of one of our earlier challenges from back in 2012. A very open suggestion, the team (Ben Davies, Daniel Jarvis, Paul Rey-Burns, and Will Watson), took it as an idea for a no-holds-barred odd-jobs service (odd being the key word), and followed the exploits of a man who’ll do anything to pay the bills. It’s a prime example of what can be done in a month, starting from just a title and the commitment of strangers.

If you’d like to be involved in making a challenge film, come along to any Kino screening and make yourself known.