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...
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...:-)