Mini reviews of a selection from this month’s events at Kino-Teatr
Politics of Tintin; The Forgotten Paradigm; Confessions of a Middle-Aged Vlogger.
Passions and Transformations at the Bavard. Kino-Teatr on 18th July
Reviewed by Simone Witney
If you pass the specialist Tintin shop in Brighton without going in you may think that this energetic boy with his faithful terrier dog are just two amusing comic inventions: Tintin, with his vintage air of cheery adventure and his wavy quiff, and Snowy, with his comforting cereal box head and mobile ears. If you have picked up the odd book, you may have been repelled by images of wholesale gazelle slaughter, the obvious right-wing political agendas, and then baffled by the later books in which gentle holidays are interrupted only by the occasional kidnapping.
Chris Parkinson is a passionate aficionado of Tintin and gave a pacey and extremely knowledgeable talk at the last Bavard, during which he uncovered many mysteries of the books and their author Hergé. I learnt that the boy reporter, who never does any reporting, “lives on his own in a house in Brussels, drinks alcohol, drives cars and shoots guns”; that his best friend, Captain Haddock, is “almost certainly the best-loved functioning alcoholic in children’s literature”; that the Thompson Twins are not twins, and that the barely contained voluptuous Bianca Castafiore may be an object of carefully-concealed desire – the only smidgeon of romance in all the books.
Chris’ high octane run-down through Hergé’s career, biography, psychology and political reinvention gave a clear and very entertaining analysis of the stories, the visuals and the change of political slant “from colonialism to condiments”.
• If you want to hear the mysteries explained, you can find the talk here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovx8ez6zoaM
This eventful story of transformation was followed by Richard Thomas, a regular Bavardier (‘Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams’ and ‘Alistair Crowley’), who gave us a ‘Pocket Guide’ to Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis, which was developed as a method to effect personal change. It was delivered with Richard’s customary light-hearted lucidity and lack of bias and was supported by scrupulous research
• Here is the link for this talk: www.youtube.com/watch?v=58l4DnA23rU
The third speaker was Andy Gunton, known for producing The Stinger for many years, who described a very personal journey through a decade of vlogging. This talk also involved a theme of transformation, in which we saw a positive thread picked out from the untrustworthy tangle of web life. Rather frustratingly, we never found out much about the content of his vlogs, though with over 800 on a huge variety of topics, it’s understandably difficult to describe such a vast archive of monologues in a few sentences. What he spoke about, though, was the way vlogging had opened up his life, and that of other vloggers, to new connections, ideas and travel, while also giving him the ability to talk with easy fluency for the prescribed 15 minutes.
• You can find his talk here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhzXNVnGcEo
A Night of Flamenco. Kino-Teatr, 21st July
Reviewed by Miranda Innes
Flamenco is the attar of wild energy with extra testosterone. We are so lucky: Jesus Olmeda and La Kati danced at the Kino and will be back in November. You would be mad not to go. From arranque to zapateo, they were electrifying. You can glimpse them on YouTube, but only by seeing them live will their ripsnorting blend of fluid grace and thunder make your blood dance. They were accompanied by soulful, gorgeous singer Rut Santamaria, Adrian Sola, whose guitar evoked languorous nights in Andalusia, and the percussionist Ayose de Alejandro.
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