I recently saw a press preview screening of the film Viceroy’s House, an excellent retelling of the story of India’s independence from Britain in 1947. This dramatic film shows the incredible hardship the two new countries endured as a result of the partitioning of India into two nations: India and Pakistan. It’s also a moving love story, with many dramatic scenes and impressive attention to detail.
The film opens on Sept. 1, and was directed by Gurinder Chadha, whose own family went through this story. 14 million refugees were created by the forming of the two counties, with repercussions that last even today. A fascinating tale of a remarkable moment in recent history, memorably told.
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Today I went to a press screening at the LA Film Festival of The Bachelors, a sweet, touching film about a father and his high school aged son starting over after the untimely death of his wife. This emotional film, starring J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and the wonderful Josh Wiggins as the son, was capably directed and written by Kurt Voelker. It just opened in theaters, you can see other fine films and events at the LA Film Festival which runs through June 22. For more information visit filmindependent.org.
I was very happy to catch Danny Lobell’s one man comedy show, Broke as a Joke last night as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival previews. This likeable, rising comic is genuinely funny, gentle and quirky. He’s definitely going places. You can find more information about his act and all the other myriad offerings of the Fringe Festival here: hollywoodfringe.org. The festival runs June 8th through June 25th. Most venues are around Santa Monica Blvd. and Vine Street in Los Angeles, with a scattering of other stages nearby. Ticket prices are quite reasonable, too.
Last night I was delighted to attend two previews of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which runs June 8 to June 25 in Hollywood. This is a large performing arts celebration held for eight years now, and includes wildly diverse productions, from comedy, musicals, solo performances to immersive theatre. Most are within walking distance, and they also have food venues, parties, and lots of fun things to explore.
First I saw Nights at the Algonquin Round Table, which is a witty play about the literary types at the famous Algonquin in 1926 in New York City. Neophyte writer Jack wants badly to be invited to their group, and this sweet and amusing production is well acted and realistically conveys the times and flavor of that era. The setting in the nightclub Three Clubs on Vine Street was perfectly suited to the production. The actress playing Dorothy Parker was particularly impressive, but all the acting was good.
Next I attended a party at one of the Fringe venues nearby which had a fun Karaoke stage set up. Most of the singers were very good, and spirits were high among the friendly and talented Fringe participants.
Finally I saw Slightly Off-Broadway, a musical that substitutes witty and enjoyable lyrics to popular show tunes. It was genuinely funny, and the singing was very well done. Light and fun, I predict this show will be a hit at Fringe Fest 2017.
For more information and very reasonably priced tickets to all the Fringe events, visit hollywoodfringe.org. For more photos from last night, visit my Flickr page here: Flickr.com/joybennett. Support your local talented performing artists!