UK premiere

The witch rarely gets to go to premieres of any kind, so the UK premiere of The Butterfly Tattoo made a welcome change. It was on last night at Cornerhouse in Manchester, as part of a short film festival, and whereas it wasn’t full, it was very busy. They moved the screening to cinema one, which I assume was to accommodate more people.

The film? It was good. Very good. I’d heard it was very good, and then I read a review somewhere which claimed it wasn’t, particularly. So we went with open minds, and Daughter was warned that it wouldn’t end happily. The script follows Philip Pullman’s book pretty closely, so you do get the bad end at the beginning, so to speak.

Duncan Stuart

It’s Romeo and Juliet, really. Some very intense love when boy meets girl, and then lots of confusion as they lose touch. Lots of searching, to a backdrop of someone else’s criminal behaviour, which eventually comes to have a bearing on the lives of Chris and Jenny as well.

Jessica Blake

You can tell that the film was filmed on a budget, but I wish more films were, if this is the result. There is nothing that would have been better for more money. I was particularly struck by one of the love scenes, which was blissfully quiet. In a more commercial film the couple would have found they were accompanied in the bedroom by a large orchestra. Here, there was nothing. No sound at all. Just as it should be.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with the director Phil Hawkins and some of the cast and crew, with more crew members in the audience. I was going to say that they tried to save on money by having many of them be both cast and crew, but that’s silly, as nobody got paid. I suppose it just shows how versatile they are. Who’d have thought that the drunk was actually the director himself?

The questions were along the lines of, well I don’t remember, because they were so technically knowledgeable that I didn’t even understand the questions, let alone the answers. I did get that they could only afford one camera, though. And it rained for the ball scene, and they had to hurry before the extras all died of hypothermia.

It was all done in five weeks, and I hope that cinemas all over the world will see the light and buy The Butterfly Tattoo. Philip Pullman was right to let someone young buy the rights to his book for peanuts. Sometimes enthusiasm will do more than years of experience and loads of finance. And perhaps I’m just put out that I didn’t act fast enough to buy a share or two in the film.

8 responses to “UK premiere

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  2. It sounds great, I thoroughly look forward to seeing it myself!

  3. I also attended the screening in Manchester. Not being part of the cast or crew (just a Pullman fan who lived not too far away) I didn’t know what to expect. I can’t say I was surprised by how good it was as I entered the place with high hopes. Thankfully they didn’t let me down, and It was an enjoyable film which I’d love to see again.

  4. I had been very tempted to ask Philip if he could come along for the Q &A session too, but I almost wonder if there were more film buffs than diehard Pullman fans present?

  5. I too saw the film, and it was pretty good all round – nicely put together – but the male lead was a touch wet for my taste in male leads – but only slightly. Could have done with a bit more heavy weight in the casting side of things.

  6. I think the plot needed a “wet” boy. And my 16-year-old fully approved of him, so it could be that as a male you can’t see the attraction. I’m too old, but he was certainly cute.

  7. I also wish I’d bought a share in the music. That song at the end by InLight is stunning! ‘Bridges’ is a hit of the future.

  8. coffeenapples

    Frank – I must agree the song is Huge – I already downloaded it *free* from their site 😀
    As for the hero – visit Oxford – the nice lads are a bit ‘wet’! LOL

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