The Act Of Killing (free lift service to/from Brighton available...)

About the film

I don’t really know where to start with this one, and the words ‘tough sell’ spring to mind. I was in two minds about posting it on here at all, but in the end went with "what the hell"….

It’s a documentary that challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to re-enact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers....with the implicit aim that in doing this as non-judgementally as possible, the protagonists may eventually reach a dawning self-realisation of just what they've done. Yikes. It gets a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, who describe it thus - “Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.” Gulp.

Although it’s already won numerous awards and accolades, and is one of the front runners for ‘Best Documentary’ at next years’ Oscars, the subject matter looks so challenging that I’ve kept avoiding it all year…however, it keeps coming back to local screens, everyone I know who has seen it says it’s fantastic, and as a psychologist by profession, the subject matter is utterly compelling to me...but I appreciate that it won't be everyone's cup of cinematic tea!  Here’s the trailer though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQhIRBxbchU

For further info about it, there’s a really good Wikipedia page dedicated to the film here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Act_of_Killing

About the meetup

This showing is the November Worthing Film Club event – once a month, these nice people take over the Ritz Connaught in the town centre, and screen something that is invariably quite out-of-kilter with the towns fusty image. We’ve been over for meetups there once or twice before, they’re a friendly and informal bunch, and the cinema is dead easy to get to – a 10-minute walk from the train station.

My plan at this stage is to meet anyone who wants to join me at the Box Office for 6.30pm to buy tickets, then head off somewhere nearby for a spot of supper before returning for the film itself at 7.45pm.

There's a free lift service available from/to Brighton on a first-come first-served basis - see comments from Chris, Stella and me in the posts below for details - and I can also offer a complimentary return taxi service to Worthing or Shoreham train station if all the places in Chris and Stella's cars are gone...:-)

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  • Andy

    Firstly, and big thank you to Mike and Colin for giving me a lift to and from the cinema. As for the film, it was certainly powerful and disturbing as well as being truly bizarre in many ways. Well worth seeing, although perhaps not has hard to watch as I was expecting based on the reviews I had read.

    November 12, 2013

  • Chris D.

    This was indeed a chilling and extraordinarily jaw-dropping documentary, which was incredibly difficult to watch; Joshua Oppenheim’s film is the most frightening, surreal piece of cinema I’ve seen this year. I think everyone needs to see this film to understand what happened in 1965 and what it says about Indoensia today.

    November 12, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Whew, what a film... didn't really sleep much but I think that was down to my mind and body squirming throughout as this was just a most uncomfortable view. The relentless naive depravity of the men involved in these tortures and killings just reminded me of the senselessness of all wars throughout history. There was a discussion at one point in the film trying to call the difference between 'Cruel' and 'Sadistic' and I thought surely Monty Python would then rock up but no, it just carried on its tortuous fashion.
    Onto 'Gravity'....

    November 12, 2013

  • colin p.

    O.K. Suffering from insomnia, probably brought on by a very difficult day rather than the film but, it was a difficult watch.
    As I said to Andy on the way home, I have always had an unshakeable belief that the world will definitely be better in the future than it is now.
    Every now and again though my blood runs cold when I see how easily human beings can be persuaded to indulge in mass murder and bestial violence. The 'enemy' in this case were the 'communists' but they might as well have been called the jews, arabs, gypsies, muslims, poles, gays, tutsis, Armenian christians......... And as Mike said, far from being brought to justice the murderers are running the country.

    I'm reminded of a review of Lilya4Ever I read when it came out, "everyone should see this film but I wouldn't make my worst enemy watch it".

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Mike

    Forgot to add that the Worthing Film Club members retire to the nearby Wheatsheaf pub to digest their films afterwards. If I'm still able to speak after this one, I'll probably join them, and will welcome any of your company!

    November 10, 2013

  • Andy

    Mike. Thanks a lot. I'm not sure of what pubs you are referring to. Are you coming off the A27 and going through Shoreham to get to Worthing?

    November 9, 2013

    • Mike

      I've e-mailed you offline, Andy

      November 10, 2013

  • Andy

    I'll give it a go. I would appreciate a lift from Shoreham if anyone is passing that way.

    November 7, 2013

    • Mike

      Would be delighted to, Andy - how about 6pm at those two pubs that are on the roundabout on the northern outskirts of Shoreham, near the spaghetti junction / sheep A27 interchange?

      November 9, 2013

  • Jackie

    So disappointed to be missing this. I work Monday pm!!

    November 7, 2013

  • Sughra

    Sorry, I cannot make this now...look forward to hearing your reviews at a future meet-up.

    November 7, 2013

  • Stella K.

    And ill be driving from palmiera square at 6pm to Worthing if anyone needs a lift too :)

    November 3, 2013

  • kate b.

    I saw a clip but could not imagine me watching it.. .maybe I will leave that one till I am very old and bored and tough....kate

    November 3, 2013

  • Mike

    Hey, I have company, thank you guys, I think I'm going to need it!! Also, for anyone else thinking about it but put off by the transport arrangements, please note that we can offer you lifts in both directions - I'll be driving to Worthing from where I work in Lewes, and could easily detour into Brighton to pick anyone up on the way through....and Chris is offering to take anyone back to Brighton afterwards. So free taxi service in both directions! If any of you would like to take us up on this, just post up on here....x

    November 3, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Like you Mike, I've had reservations about seeing this, but as I'm going to be working in Worthing on Monday, I should make the effort! I'll have my car, so I can ferry peeps back to Brighton!

    November 1, 2013

  • colin p.

    Jeez Mike, this sounds like Reservoir Dogs for real!

    November 1, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Oh why not, Just watched Mc Cullan so this should be a walk in the park.

    November 1, 2013

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