Kung Fu Film Festival programmer Tom Forster looks at what fans can expect at the new Summerhall event.
Martial Arts are a powerful cultural phenomenon that
My background is actually as a theatre programmer for Summerhall, so turning to film programming for this festival allowed me to tap into a sense of childlike excitement of discovering something new for the first time. This is why audiences come to Summerhall: to find something new.
Having only seen one or two Kung Fu films despite their vast, rich history (from this selection Kung Fu Hustle) that seemed like a good enough excuse for Hero, Enter the Dragon and Drunken Master – to figure out where this genre came from. It seemed wrong of me to have not seen those movies, so I applied that principle with an open mind to any potential audiences who, like myself, had missed the opportunity.
Kung Fu Hustle is one of my
When I mention Kung Fu Hustle to anyone who knows it, their eyes light up, and like an ipecac reaction they respond “Have you seen Shaolin Soccer?!” So that was movie number five decided, and two opportunities to lighten the mood,
Edinburgh has quietly become a hub of small-scale cult cinema.
We want to introduce some of these films to Scottish audiences, but also, cater to Edinburgh’s vast South-East Asian community.
There are over 3000 Masters students from South East Asia at the University of Edinburgh, and an even larger number of Undergraduates. With our festival, Kung Fu functions as a figurehead and communication tool that showcases a successful crossing of
Enter the Dragon, Drunken Master and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will also have Q&As
Physical fitness and psychological wellbeing are essential factors to a powerful martial
Finally, we worked closely on the
- Monday 16th September 2019 @19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Enter the Dragon, Q&A: Art and Science of Kung Fu
- Tuesday 17th September 2019 @ 19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Shaolin Soccer
- Wednesday 18th September 2019 @ 19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Hero
- Thursday 19th September 2019 @ 19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Kung Fu Hustle
- Friday 20th September 2019 @ 19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Wolf Warrior 2
- Saturday 21st September 2019 @ 14:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Drunken Master
- Saturday 21st September 2019 @ 12:00 – 18:00 Old Lab: White Crane Scotland – Introductory Martial Arts Class
- Saturday 21st September 2019 @ 19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Drunken Master – Q&A: Art and Science of Kung Fu
- Sunday 22nd September 2019 @ 14:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Sunday 22nd September 2019 @ 12:00 – 18:00 Old Lab: Suffrajitsu: Self-Defense for women
- Sunday 22nd September 2019 @ 19:00 Red Lecture Theatre: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Q&A: Art and Science of Kung Fu
The Kung Fu Film Festival runs from 16-22 September 2019, visit the Summerhall website for full details.
Artwork credit: Ryoko Tamura