Words by Anna Parker
It’s fair to say that over the years the British have excelled at one thing in particular: Comedy. One film, which especially verges on the surreal, is ‘Bunny and the Bull’, directed by Paul King, released in 2009.
Starring Edward Hogg (‘Misfits’) who is reflecting on a road trip he made with his best friend Simon Farnaby (‘The Mighty Boosh’) across Europe whilst encountering various bizarre and mind bending characters (including The Mighty Boosh actors Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt) And ‘The IT Crowd’s’ Richard Ayoade, before tragedy leaves Hogg to give up on his girlfriend and live as a recluse unable to leave in his flat.
The strengths of the film include genuinely hilarious moments metered out with a surprisingly dark twist in the narrative. At times it seems the film could have easily been just an extended episode of ‘The Mighty Boosh’.
But King gives it depth by addressing issues such as death and mental illness; whilst channelling director Michel Gondry, with beautiful and whimsical scenes, such as a bull made entirely from clockwork.
Overall a film which manages to be funny, sad and dreamlike whilst celebrating the surrealism that British comedy does so well.
Words by Naomi Jeffreys
“This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.”
There are moments in life, where we must learn from the past, quite often it shapes us and move onwards in to the future. And we must be a part of the present, the now.
Film makers are like that, quite often, their films reflect something of their past, some demon they are confronting. Legendary Director, Tim Burton (Frankenweenie) confronted one of his bullies in one of his best known films, Edward Scissorhands. The character Jim was a representation of all the jocks who bullied Burton at high school. And his end is rather dramatic, rather cinematic. But was one of the scenes which has made Burton such a brilliant director.
The Rabbit Film has had a momentous week this week, a week of firsts, a week of learning. And, a week of exclusives, for you. Keep your eyes peeled, for the coming term. It’s set to be a corker.
A massive congratulations to Jesus Manuel Badiola Garcia for his winning review on ‘The Shining’ (featured below) and getting his hands on the Woman in Black merchandise.
Winning Review: The Shining
Words by Jesus Manuel Badiola Garcia
To this day, every time I’m in a hotel corridor alone I grow achingly concerned that at the turn of a corridor will be a set of identical twins; young girls with straight hair holding hands and my gaze with their presence. Only a movie as iconic and traumatic as Stanley Kubrick’s 1977 masterpiece ‘The Shining’ could have such a stimulating effect years after first seeing the corridor fill with a wave of blood. A psychological thriller at heart ‘The Shining’ excels in the horror genre. Not just for the tense feeling of isolation and growing madness that The Overlook hotel creates on Jack Torrance but the directorial perfection that is Kubrick’s personal touch; where he would effectively exhaust the actors to get the adequate scream of real fear.
The architectural maze that is the hotel, along with the Danny’s hallucinations and the emptiness of space that was intended for so many people creates a pièce de résistance for scenography and set design. The way an area could evoke the feeling of desperation and trauma without it being its main purpose, e.g. Haunted House, Cementery, etc., is astonishing to experience. Whilst other movies have installed fear in me, by situational shrieks or gore, only this movie has scared me so much as to avoid every set of identical twin girls with matching outfit I see in my life.