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Lent Day 4: Fletcherism - A Most Illuminating Tale
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 10.38 pm, Saturday 12th March, 2011
Subject: Lent Day 4: Fletcherism
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Friday night saw me at the Birds Eye View & Women of the World silent film screening entitled Bloody Women: Gothic and Horror. Four modern female composers accompanying four classic female-directed silents.
Hansel and Gretel (Dir Lotte Reiniger, UK, 1955, 10min) + Micachu: Perfectly whimsical shadow puppetry animation with squeeking and squealing distracting from it.
Meshes of the Afternoon (Dir Maya Derren, USA, 1943, 14min) + Seaming: Classic surreal thriller accompanied by appropriately spooky echoing chords. Got a little silly at the end, but a beautiful film with a fitting soundtrack.
Suspense (Dir Lois Weber, USA, 1913, 10min) + Tara Busch: Stranger in the house plus vintage car chase accompanied by um cha um cha pounding beats which worked extremely well. Proper edge of the seat stuff.
The Seashell and the Clergyman (Dir Germaine Dulac, France, 1928) + Imogen Heap & the Holst Singers: Waffly surrealist film accompanied by perfectly whimsical music performed by an excellent choir. Wish they'd swapped Heap and Micachu.

I think I might react to surrealism as I do minimalism: any more than ten minutes is wasted on me.

After that to Wilton's for Dan Hillier's private view type party. Free gin and an excellent band in the destroyers, who back up lots of the bollocks that I spout about staging not being restricted to plays and how the audience will care if you show them that the performers care.

This morning to the London Comic and Small Press Expo where I spent too much money, met many nice people and almost trashed every stall with the enormous bags I was carrying. From there to Euston and now to Coventry where life is, to be blunt, not that relaxing.

Here's a minifesto:

And so to bed.
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