Cinema Shows Week 10: Franklyn, 12th March 2009, Phoenix, Leicester

  • British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 10
  • British Fictional Feature Films (Released in 2009) Watched in the Cinema  in 2009- 6
  • Ticket Outlay £18.47.5  (on British feature films released in 2009)
  • ‘Going Out’ [to the cinema] – 10 films
  • ‘Staying In’  [with rental DVDs] – 8 films
  • At the Phoenix again, the home for stray British film in Leicester. An early evening screening always feels like a transition. What do you do for the rest of the evening? Rob and Hari doubled up with Watchmen at the Cinema De Lux. I went home for my tea. A small crowd – maybe 25 or so. Youngish, male-ish. Rob and Hari had large beer, me, small. I’m not converted to drinking in cinemas. It doesn’t feel right or add to each experience. On screen we have the seemingly unconnected lives of three main characters and some other space – ‘Meanwhile City’, a dystopia grounded in compulsory religion, but not of the autocratic kind – no, instead, the postmodern plenitude of free choice – small, DIY groups such as ‘Seventh Day Manicurists’. Freedom and oppression in the dystopian mix. I liked the style of the ‘faith police’ in Meanwhile City – a puritan force in dark shades. I also very much enjoyed seeing Bernard Hill on screen.

    The first third of the film deliberately keeps us guessing to what is going on. The middle nicely starts to connect everything, but the final act started to get overly dramatic in search of resolution. This is a film about state of mind and impaired perception, madness, depression, psychosis. Many reviewers describe it as ‘ambitious’, and it is certainly the most unusual of the British feature film debuts that I have seen this year (Neil Thompson’s Clubbed,  Vito Rocco’s Faintheart, Steven Sheil’s Mum and Dad, Duane Hopkins’ Better Things).

    So many British films are made by first-time feature directors. How many will make any more?

    three_strangers

    Searching for a destiny that’s mine there’s another place another time.
    Touching many hearts along the way
    Yeah
    Hoping that I’ll never have to say
    It’s just an illusion – illusion – illusion.
    Follow your emotions anywhere
    Is it really magic in the air?
    Never let your feelings get you down. Open up your eyes and look around
    It’s just an illusion – illusion – illusion.
    Could it be that it’s just an illusion putting me back in all this confusion?
    Could it be that it’s just an illusion now?
    Could it be that it’s just an illusion putting me back in all this confusion?
    Could it be that it’s just an illusion now?

    (‘Just an Illusion’, Imagination)

    faith_police

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