A dog-friendly screening? Hmm … part of the Cinema’s relentless efforts to build new audiences. What could possibly go wrong? And who could resist writing a review peppered with references to Dog Day Afternoon (1976), K-9 (1989) and Lady and the Tramp (1955)? So, here are my notes:
The Picture House: Auditorium lights on low during the film, film subtitled. Dog blankets and (shh!) treats provided.
The audience: diverse and generally well behaved. A few barks here and there but, as I remarked to Jack (Russell), at least I didn’t see any dogs checking for messages on their phones while the film was running. Certainly popular. Both dog-friendly screenings have been sold out.
The film: The Isle of Dogs was a great choice. Beautiful stop-motion animation and a simple story. Despite it being set in Japan I didn’t notice any Hokkaidos or Kai Kens in the audience.
This screening was a credit to everyone, canine and human: director Wes Anderson and the excellent voice cast; with special mention for the staff and volunteers at the Hyde Park Picture House; and of course the support of Dogs Trust.
We are promised more dog-friendly films at the Picture House. What next? Watership Down (1978), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), or the wonderful Kedi (2016) about the street cats of Istanbul?
Tibbs, the cat who once took up residence in the Picture House foyer, must be turning in their grave.