As part of Big Green Week, Bristol Bad Film Club decided to educate the city on the perils of global warming, why birds aren’t to be trusted and why the talent of Alan Bagh has to be seen to be believed.
When you accidentally organise a screening on the same day as an England World Cup match, you do wonder if anyone will actually turn up. Luckily for us, over 170 people correctly assumed that England would spectacularly drop the ball and opted instead to watch terrible performances of a different nature.
As part of Bristol’s Big Green Week, we opted to show Birdemic: Shock and Terror, a cult eco-thriller, which has become infamous due to its spectacularly poor production values and its unique message on global warming. It doesn’t warn that sea levels will rise and extreme weather events will kill us all, but that birds will somehow become able to spray acid and that polar bears will run out of their favourite food (“Seals.”)
On hand to give her expert view on a forthcoming birdemic was Dr. Ruth Cromie from Slimbridge Wildfowl Centre, to whom all our profits from the night will be going. Hopefully the audience left the evening knowing exactly what to do if (or when) the birds attack. In short: grab a coat hanger and stay indoors.
We were also extremely lucky to be sent video introductions from the stars of the film – Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore. Both were extremely generous with their time and we’d like to thank them for their intros which really made the evening.
As we’d hoped, Birdemic went down a treat. To quote some choice comments from Twitter, the film featured “some of the worst walking round on camera and most rubbish animated birds I’ve ever seen” and gave one person “possibly the best time I’ve had in a cinema in years.”
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Hopefully, we’ll top it next month with Arnie’s first film – HERCULES IN NEW YORK! Tickets are on sale now.