King Kong (1933) + stop motion animation workshop from Aardman’s Jim Parkyn
April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
We’ve been wanting the opportunity to show the original King Kong movie, made in 1933 for years.
If you trust the hive mind, Rotten Tomatoes rated this film the best horror movie ever made, and the 20th best movie made ever. We hasten to add that it is a PG – there is nothing you will see in here that you don’t see most days on CBBC. There are obvious things to be aware of – depictions of nature and of other cultures as very “Other” – but mostly our children will see a giant ape wrecking New York.
1933 in America was the darkest period of the Great Depression with 25% of the workforce out of work, and cinemas suffering too. Along came “King Kong” – the vision of Merian C Cooper – and sold out screenings across the country. Cooper had become fascinated by great apes at the age of 6 when his uncle gave him a book by one of the African continent’s early explorers (“Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa”).
Film reviewer Roger Ebert gives the movie all stars and says : “Modern viewers will shift uneasily in their seats during the stereotyping of the islanders in a scene where a bride is to be sacrificed to Kong (it is rare to see a coconut brassiere in a non-comedy), but from the moment Kong appears on the screen the movie essentially never stops for breath. In an astonishing outpouring of creative energy, O’Brien and his collaborators (including RKO’s legendary visual effects artist Linwood Dunn and sound man Murray Spivack) show Kong in battle with two dinosaurs, a giant snake, a flying reptile and a Tyrannosaurus rex. Later, in New York, he will climb to the top of the Empire State Building and bat down a biplane with his bare hand.”
Running our stop motion workshop is the fantastic Jim Parkyn. He made Shaun the Sheep for Aardman, and those Creature Comforts animals, and is generally one of life’s brilliant men. He has worked with WhereWestBegins before (on “My Life As A Courgette” at Hauser & Wirth Somerset), and is a generous and enthusiastic collaborator. Using his own (washable) plasticine, he will show us how to make giant apes and then pit them against…Dinosaurs! Using all of the creations made that day we will make our very own stop motion movie, just like this one we made for another workshop around “My Life As A Courgette”
We shall start the event with a workshop session with Jim – our experience is that children will need to concentrate on the workshop (it’s fun, don’t worry) but then they can relax in front of the film afterwards.
Refreshments will be available at the bar, and please buy your tickets here :