Hot Docs Report: Darkon REVIEW

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Contributor Mathew Kumar has been hard at work covering North America’s largest documentary film festival, Hot Docs, this week, and his first report is a review of the live action role-playing documentary Darkon.

When I was a child (collective sighs of the audience at the prospect of a personal anecdote) I had a book called ‘Once There Was a Knight’. I’m not sure it’s in print, but if you want to find it, you probably can. The story was some kind of perfectly harmless fluff for an elementary school mind, but the part that really captured my imagination was the included instructions on how to outfit yourself as a knight using ordinary household objects. Chain mail could be made out of the plastic rings used to hold together six packs; a mighty war hammer could be made by a cardboard kitchen roll tube, a thick sponge and some tape; and whole castles could be made using cardboard boxes. I was fascinated by this ability to turn the ordinary into the fantastic simply by having a little imagination, and Darkon is a look at a group of live action role-players, all adults, who attempt this transformation on a bi-weekly basis.

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GMay 6, 2006 11:15 AM

As a recovering fundie (I was very young), let me be the first to thank you for the link to chick's website. The church I grew up in had a rack of their tracts at the back so I grew up with the comfort of knowing that most people I knew were probably going to hell, except for me of course. Alas, that certitude has been lost... but at least now I can laugh again at chick tracts. Thanks :)

DenimDemonMay 8, 2006 2:06 PM

I caught a trailer for this awhile back and was super excited. Any news on distribution? I know Cactus Three is working it...

PeteMay 11, 2006 11:51 PM

Saw the film at South By Southwest. It ROCKS cause you expect it to make fun of these guys, but it doesn't. All Hail Darkon!