About two weekends back, the guys from film production studio Fly on the Wall, who occupy the building across the road from me, put together a mini street film festival for everyone in my apartment block to enjoy. Yes, just for us and totally for FREE!
First you guys have to check out the awesome invite I got under my door 2 days before the event:
So the plan, according to the invite & the Facebook page I was directed to, was to:
- RSVP to the email address provided
- Find a radio (like who still has these other than in their cars!?! hehe)
- Invite some mates over
- Tune the radio in to the specified frequency
- And look out my window at 8pm
It all sounded a bit strange… crazy even… but oh so very intriguing at the same time. I was immediately sold! So, I invited some friends over, asked one of them to bring over his old school hi-fi, got some food & wine supplies, and we were ready to roll.
Then about 30min before the show was due to start, a knock on my door brought us some free gluhwein & popcorn!!!
Next the count down began…
Now all I knew was that the Fly on the Wall people had two new directors on board and they wanted to share some of the stuff these guys had been working on. We were going to see new short films by Christopher Bisset and Sean Metelerkamp as well as a small selection of older Fly on the Wall favourites from some dude by the name of Bryan Little.
I had no cooking clue who any of those people were, so I really didn’t know what to expect. But I was definitely willing to give it a bash… Then we had lift off:
Now as cool as this concept was, there were two key problems:
- Our radio reception wasn’t that great, so we couldn’t really hear what was going on.
- We’re not really arty / short film experts and I kinda felt like I at least needed some kind of synopsis before hand to help me set the scene.
By the time they got to their intermission – we were kinda over it. But they were sweet enough to even offer us a gluhwein & popcorn refill:
We did have the option of heading over there and watching the rest of the films from their studio – then staying on for the after party. But it was coooooooold out there. And my place was warm & cosy… and I had DSTV BoxOffice as a backup… and lots of snacks & wine… and a big comfy couch… you get the picture. Once we got totally sucked in, there was nothing on this planet which could possibly get us to lift our lazy bums again.
BUT you know what, even so… I have to give the Fly on the Wall people a huge big up for daring to do something different. This world would be a damn boring place if everybody just stuck to the norm. This was a totally fun idea and I hope to see more stuff like this in future. Keep that quirky flag waving high Cape Town!