A Scanner Darkly

Saturday’s festival film for us was A Scanner Darkly, based on work by Philip K. Dick. Animated on top of live action and featuring a star cast, the film has a great look and suitably paranoid atmosphere, but my attention wandered in the middle and the developments at the climax seemed compressed.

Later we went to Parker’s Piece to catch the end of The Big Day Out, especially the acrobatic theatre piece by exponential, The House of Sleeping Souls. It started too slowly for some of the audience – some of whom seemed to have been drinking all afternoon – but developed into a very exciting combination of video, movement, live and recorded song, and excellent acrobatics.

The fireworks followed as soon as the performance had ended, to finish the evening and the lovely sunny day.

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