Being Elmo : an inspirational film
Last night I went to see the wonderful documentary Being Elmo at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. I had booked a ticket to go and see this film ( and Q & A session ) a week previously and I had been eagerly anticipating this event. I wasn’t to be disappointed.
I laughed, I connected emotionally with the puppeteer and star of the documentary Kevin Clash and yes, I cried but not from sadness but from sheer joy. It was a truly marvellous film.I wasn’t alone, the cinema was packed and everyone there was clearly feeling the love.
To witness a film respecting the silly, regarding the seriousness of the craft and paying tribute to the massively important role that puppets and a good puppeteer can play in imparting a basic human connection ( in Elmo’s case giving out hugs) was genuinely moving for me. So moving in fact, that when it came to the Q & A session with the wonderfully human and totally charming director Constance Marks and her husband/ partner in crime and Cinematographer James Miller, I could barely get out my compliments without bursting into tears. In any other environment that would have been rather embarrassing but after viewing this very human movie, no-one was surprised at this reaction. In fact the director related how they had received Twitter messages from Hells Angels who had confessed to ‘blubbing like a baby’ when viewing the film. So I clearly was not alone in my emotional outburst. Phew!
Here is the James Miller, the cinematographer talking about making the film:
Here is the trailer to the film. Go and see it. You won’t be disappointed. You may even cry, but in a good way!
- Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011) (journeysinclassicfilm.com)
- Being Elmo (jarrettjamison.wordpress.com)
- Review: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, 2011, dir. Constance Marks (agcrump.wordpress.com)
- Being Elmo (wordsthroughtheglass.wordpress.com)