April 17, 2007

The Great Snail Race

Written and Directed by Edward Lynden-Bell.

This film was probably best described as a love poem to Wellington. It follows a flatfull of young twentysomethings as they navigate the choices about responsibility and consequences. It has a plot of sorts, but mostly a collection of plotlets all woven together into a gestalt. Ed's long history of flats, arts and politics give this study of how people navigate their convictions through their real-world options a real depth and echo. And his careful watching of Wellington over the last few years provide that rare thing, a capture of place. This enabled him to pull some fast ones with geographic reality without jarring. For example, I totally bought that the inside of Happy could be matched to the outside of Valve.

If I had to try to explain to a foreigner what I find special about Wellington, I'd probably show them this film.

Posted by carla at April 17, 2007 11:22 PM
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