With less than a month left before the Kabaret, the Filmonik team decided it might be nice to raise a bit of awareness about who we are, what we do, and why people should be getting involved. And we persuaded the lovely people at MadLab to let us use their excellent space for the evening.
Thus it was that we found ourselves raising people’s cinematic consciousness in a shuttered shop front in the Northern Quarter, surrounded by the corpses of old computers and lots of big murals of robots – all of which gave the event a nicely underground atmosphere. We couldn’t really have wished for a better venue. Cultural guru Dr CP Lee told me it was like attending an event at Warhol’s Factory, which, in retrospect, we are going to claim was the idea all along. Nobody showed up in drag, and we didn’t have a lightshow or the Velvet Underground playing, but Maria Ruban does a good impersonation of Scary Mary Woronov, even though she left the whip at home for once, and of course there were some suitably outlandish films on offer, which was the whole point.
That and the chance to drink and network. We dug deep into the Filmonik coffers to provide the best cheap lager, beer, wine and bourbon available – our very own FILMONIK BRAND! And to provide additional salt and sugar rush, there was popcorn and sweeties of questionable provenance in little paper bowls. It was an event that drew out all of the usual suspects, many of our regular audience of filmmakers and film buffs as well as quite a few new faces, wanting to discover what all the fuss was about. Hopefully, we managed to show them, without alienating too many, and at the end of the evening had certainly won a few more people over to the Filmonik Cause. And we’ve even got some drink left over for the Kabaret itself, which has to count as a win.
Now all that remains is the main event. What good is sitting alone in your room – come to the KABARET!
Guest blogger Steve Balshaw