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We head to sea with the 8th Best Picture winner, Frank Lloyd’s colonial drama, Mutiny on the Bounty. Featuring lead performances from Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, this adaptation of Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s book tells the true story* of the HMS Bounty and its occupants as they travail across the oceans to Tahiti in search of some plants.
Co-hosts Dave and Andrew talk about the social relevance of this drama, while also reflecting on the timeless qualities of this tale, ultimately leading to the eternal question of the podcast: does Mutiny on the Bounty still matter?
Carl Joseph Papa Talks About How Richard Linklater Influenced His Rotoscoped Animation The Missing in This Interview –
Listeners should note that the following interview contains discussions on childhood sexual abuse and trauma.Writer-director Carl Joseph Papa's The Missing follows Eric (Carlo Aquino), a young man who lives alone, maintains a crush on his coworker Carlo (Gio Gahol), and has a strong bond with his mother Rosalinda (Dolly De Leon). Rosalinda's request for Eric to check in on his uncle who they haven't heard from in some time coincides with the presence of an alien. These unexpected events cause Eric's repressed memories of trauma from his childhood to reemerge, amplifying the other aspect of his life that's causing him alarm: he's starting to lose body parts. When we first meet Eric, his mouth is missing, and then as his hold on life and reality starts to slip, other parts of his body start to go missing: an ear, a hand, and more.Narratively, The Missing is a layered and emotional experience that resonates long after the credits have rolled, but it's how Carl and his creative team use the form of rotoscope animation to create tonal and thematic layers to Eric's story that makes it all the more memorable. Eric's life is presented in a Richard Linklater-esque style of animation, but as his memories of his youth come back, they're presented with a childlike animation that represents the discovering of a creative identity. Carl then uses a smothering black border that creeps in on those memories as Eric's traumatic events stifle that sense of self and creativity that would otherwise have flourished. Equally, Carl uses the open possibilities of animation to reflect Eric's missing body parts: his hand gets replaced by a glitching png image, file not found.While animation is an open playground for creative minds, it's rarely utilised to explore the aspects of humanity and our inner-self in a way that live-action filmmaking simply cannot do. The Missing then becomes a truly unique experience that lingers because of its creativity and honesty.In the following interview, I ask Carl about where that creativity comes from, how his journey into filmmaking began, and on honouring the survivors of trauma and abuse in his work. The Missing is screening at the QueerScreen Mardis Gras Film Festival on Wednesday 21 February 2024. Thank you for listening to this episode of The Curb podcast. To help keep the Curb independent, visit patreon.com/thecurbau to show your support from as little as $1 a month. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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