There’s a little mason jar on my home office desk full of pink and white post-it notes and scraps of ruled notebook paper. It’s been on my desk the whole time we’ve been in lockdown, getting slowly fuller as the days tick by.
That’s because every time I think of something I can’t do, some pre-pandemic thing I used to take for granted that I now only experience as a sudden, desperate pang or craving, I’ve been writing it on a note and dropping it in the jar for safe keeping.
The promise is, once this is all over, those notes will be turned into a to-do list and by jingo, I’m gonna do every last one of them.
Now, I’m not gonna pretend there aren’t notes in there promising to ”order five pizzas” (anchovies with double cheese, I’m coming for you baby), but there are far more notes promising one thing I still can’t do and likely won’t be able to do for a wee while yet: “go to the movies”.
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In fact, I just checked and out of 96 notes, 50 of them are promises to take myself on a date-for-one to a movie. Hands up who’s got a one track mind… it’s me, my hand is up.
That’s irrational, right? I know it’s irrational. I mean, there’s a pandemic on and everything is terrible.
Still, I have never wanted anything more than to walk into a pitch black room packed with strangers and share a glittering, distracting hallucination with them for an hour or two (or possible three, these days).
Maybe it’s not that strange to want that when the going gets tough?
After all, mainstream cinema was born during the Great Depression, when Cecil B DeMille was making enormous films like The Ten Commandments (1927) and Cleopatra (1934) and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp was making a virtue of being down on your luck.
At the movies, drenched in that dreamy popcorn smell, shuffling over sticky carpets, with the comforting rustle of a bag of pineapple lumps somewhere off to your left and above it all the glorious, transcendent light from the screen flickering on your eyes, you could forget all that nasty reality.
I’m not a religious person but sitting in a cinema like The Embassy in Wellington, The Roxy in Miramar or The Regent, that gorgeous, glorious old picture house in Masterton — what a building! — is the closest I come to going to church.
There’s a reason cinemas have survived TV, VHS, DVDs, VOD and Netflix. A reason we keep going to the flicks when home theatre tech has all but put cinema screens in our own living rooms.
I’ve tried to recreate that sacred space in my own home. Pull one of my arm chairs in front of our big screen TV, chuck a bag of popcorn in the microwave on high and then make sure it’s just dark enough in my living room to convince me I’m going to trip and break my neck finding my seat — good times.
It’s not the same, but it might be enough to tide me over.
Which brings me the very long and impassioned way round to my point…
On Thursday, the New Zealand Film Festival team gave us a hint about how long they think it’ll be before we can head back to the picture house when they announced there’ll be no festival in cinemas in June.
Like a number of other international fests, they’re taking their programme online in 2020.
They join the MyFrenchFilmFestival Stay Home Edition, showcasing more than 50 French language shorts and features, including 10 favourites from previous festivals, which has been extended until May 25.
The SXSW festival, canned in early March, has been reborn with the help of Amazon Plus.
The films on their programme aren’t available here, perhaps because they’ll be included in our own IFF programme, but it’s a huge forum for some off-the-wall documentaries, shorts and features that might not otherwise find an audience.
The We Are One Global Film Festival, slated to roll out on YouTube on May 29, will bring selected elements of some of the worlds biggest, most influential festivals, such as Robert DeNiro’s New York-based Tribeca festival as well as the Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Venice festivals.
Cannes in your front room! Biennale from your bean bag! Tribeca from your rocker!
Trust chairwoman Catherine Fitzgerald said they’d had to get “creative” about the NZIFF this year, because we “cannot do without” it.
“The shared experience of cinema and the power of storytelling to bring communities together has always been our driving force. With the current, and evolving situation, we believe in the value and importance of cinema now more than ever.“
Movie houses are magic, even your grotty fifty screen multiplex has a spark of glamour in the right light, but they’re magic because movies are magic.
Darkness, sticky carpets, puffed corn or none.
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