The See Hear Club is the latest venture from the good folks over at The Allotment, who have been taking over Dalston Roof Park in recent weeks, and will continue to do so over the coming months. Each night involves a performance by a featured artist, followed by a screening of a film of the artist’s choice. The performances / screenings are accompanied by a range of treats, including popcorn, cakes and barbeque goodness. Taken on its own, the concept brings a fun and interesting new angle to the live music experience. Take the calibre of the featured artists into account, however, and these events become must-sees.
With that in mind, we asked some of the awesome artists involved in the project to answer a few questions about their chosen film, and about the movie-watching experience in general. We’ve already heard from Jess Larrabee of She Keep Bees; next in the hot seat is another artist hanging out in music’s ever-growing apiary – Jules Baenziger, the one-woman force behind the adorable Sea Of Bees. Jules plays Dalston Roof Park tomorrow night, followed by a screening of cult 1985 Tom Cruise fantasy movie ‘Legend’, and also on Thursday (film: ‘Labyrinth’). Tickets for both shows are sold out, but fear not as Jules is on the road throughout July calling at towns and cities all over the country.
Next in the series: Tasseomancy
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Tell us about your chosen film. Why you picked it, when you first saw it, what you love about it…
‘Legend’. Sigh. I remember the confetti and the bubbles in the air in the movie; I wanted it to be reality – that part [of the film] at least. It scared me and made me feel like all the magical things truly existed. I was young when I watched it. I can’t really remember when; I want to say four or five. I saw it first at my old friend Marna’s house – she was a woman in her seventies. I used to go over and eat sweets. It was the magic wood nymphs that caught my attention, covered in glitter.
Movie adaptations of books we’re crazy about range from brilliant to abominable. What are the best and worst ones you’ve loved/endured, and why?
[Beverly Cleary's] Ramona is the best. I mean the ’80s films, not the newer ones. I used to read those books all the time and then watch the films. I loved them, only because the acting was so fun to watch. Like ‘Ralph S. Mouse’! I loved that book, and the movie. Again, it’s all the ’80s films. Newer ones today just put too much out there. There’s no charm.
The worst? Hmm. I truly didn’t like the movie of [Jean Craighead George's] My Side Of The Mountain. I read it when I was in third grade. The film was lame and long, and eh. But I really liked the book.
What are your favourite movie soundtracks? Have any influenced your own music?
Love love love the old ‘Batman’ soundtrack, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Sleepless In Seattle’. I remember I used watch ‘Sense & Sensibility’ a lot; that always inspired my writing bits. The music was pretty and witty.
Have you ever walked out of a movie?
Goldfish memory, of course. I can’t remember. I haven’t walked out of too many movies. There was one, but it was so long ago I can’t remember the movie. You can tell I don’t go to the movies as much as I’d like to.
People who talk or ask a million questions during movies drive us crazy. What’s your protocol for movie watching, and have you ever had to ‘have words’ with someone for wrecking your buzz?
First, no bueno on talking and asking too many queries. And second, if you want to have a make-out session that is absolutely fine; make-out sessions are great.
If I was interrupted from my movie, I would just keep looking at whoever with a blank stare and say SHHH!… I guess no words really.
How’d you like your popcorn: salted, sweet or buttered?
Oh, this is the best question! I love my popcorn salted and lightly buttered. Lightly. Let’s go see a movie please!
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Sea Of Bees tours across the UK throughout July and releases her latest single ‘Gnomes’, featuring covers of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ and U2′s ‘With Or Without You’, on August 15. Her debut album, Songs For The Ravens, is out now through Heavenly Records.
For more information on the scheduled See Hear Club shows, visit www.anikainlondon.com