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Fantastic Planet live screening for Lost and Found festival

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Published: Aug 16th, 2012

On the 28th of September AlbinoMosquito will be organising an event for the end of the Lost and Found festival in association with The Contact Theatre. We’re planning a live show in the Great Northern Amphitheater screening the 1973 sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet, along with music inspired by the film.

For those of you who have never heard of it, the film is directed by Rene Laloux, produced and designed by Roland Topor, and written by both of them. Also known in French as La Plan├Ęte Sauvage (The Wild Planet) the film takes us, via trippy animation, to a far away planet by the name of Ygam. Here giants rule and tiny humanoids must fight for their lives and their equality producing a metaphor for class struggles. On it’s release, the film went on to win the special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Here’s a taster of what to expect…

The film stands out not just as social commentary but particularly the unusual and, at times, bizarre animation by Roland Torpor. As well as creating the visuals for Fantastic Planet he is also known for creating the Panic Movement with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal. The Panic Movement errupted in the 1960’s in Paris (of course) and exercised chaotic performance art and surreal imagery, as a response to surrealism becoming mainstream.

Topor also was a dab hand at film making and writing, one novel in particular was used by Roman Polanski’s to create The Tenant in 1976. He was quite a Maverick of his time. Here’s some work that he did in collaboration with Renee Laloux called Les Escargot. Absurd and dark it depicts plants stimulated by Human tears. It gives an essence of Topor’s work as a morbid cartoonist.

As well as screening Fantastic Planet music is going to be provided by Scrubber Fox. Intriguing name, I hear you say? He’s and intriguing character. Based in Wigan, Mr Fox puts out electronic music and audiovisual art. His creative output ranges from sophisticated smash beats, glitch and acid dance floor tracks. Previous music work has been released on Skam and Merck records and full length LP on Parisian label Musik Experience. More recently, Scrubber Fox has been an in-demand re-mixer remixing the likes of Cex.

Soooo… it sounds like it’s going to be good doesn’t it? Just to recap, it’s on the 23rd of September at the Great Northern Amphitheater. Come along, get a taste of Topor’s crazy cartoons, listen to the music by ScrubberFox, and as a whole don’t miss out on the Lost and Found Festival especially the closing event organised by AlbinoMosquito. To find out more on the Festival check out the Lost and Found blog on The Contact Theatre website.

See you there.

Words by Jo Fountain

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