South Africa’s First SciFi / Fantasy / Anime Film Festival
Flamedrop will be hosting a Film Festival at The Labia on Kloof Street!
On the 28th - 30th of August Flamedrop (in association with Shadow Realm, inc) will be hosting the Celludroid Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Anime Film Festival at the Labia on Kloof Street. This is the first time in South Africa that the "freaks and geeks" of the South African entertainment market will be able to attend a genuine Sci-Fi film festival experience. In countries like Japan, U.S.A and the UK these festivals are a dime a dozen - for us Cape Townians it’s a rare and savoured treat!
I’ve hollared together by two best media buds who are joss whedon nerds like myself and we love love LOVE the idea of supporting the Labia and a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Anime festival. We’ve just structured our Celludroid Film Festival experience and have decided to treat our selves to a night of "Mystery Science Theater 3000ering" to our hearts content on the big screen.
First off we’ll be treating ourselves to the much anticipated Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp project "District 9" at 4pm. Filmed in Johannesburg the film did exceptionally well last weekend - its opening weekend - grossing $37 million in the United States, making it the highest-grossing debut of the mid-August weekend since 2004’s Alien vs. Predator grossed over $38 million on its opening weekend.
Due to the pending approval to have DISTRICT 9 officially be a part of the CELLUDROID festival, we are not publicising it as such - although, this changes nothing to the fact that the Labia Theatre has a print of DISTRICT 9 which will be screened 5 times a day at the Labia on Kloof Street (Screen 1), next door to the CELLUDROID festival in Screen 2... So you MAY of course couple a screening of D-9 with the accompanying CELLUDROID festival screenings.
Then we’ll be taking it easy in "Destroy all Planets" aka Gamera vs. Viras which is in vein with the old school Japanese "Godzilla like creature wrecks Tokyo" vibe and was released March 20th, 1968. All I really need to say is a Giant Flying - and fire breathing nogals - Turtle terrorising earth ... what more could a lover of hokey Sci-Fi films want!
Finally we’ll be topping off our Celludroid Film Festival off with what I deem a once in a lifetime experience. An 8.15pm screening of the original anime film to generate international interest in the art "Akira" - first released July 16th, 1988 the film was only screened in the UK 3 years later in 1991 when underground success built momentum.
To plan your very own Celludroid line up visit this page and compare viewing times to get in optimum entertainment and fun. The Labia on any given day is far more luxurious and fun than a mainstream cinema experience with coffee bars and liquor licensing thrown into the mix, it’s a real night out for you and your friends (or family). It also makes for a great date experience! And don’t forget spot prizes of Watchmen dvd’s will be up for grabs so be sure to look out for that.