I was lucky enough to attend the Cast and Crew screening of the much-anticipated Judge Minty film at Thought Bubble yesterday (Saturday). As with DREDD3D I was incredibly eager to see this film, but had tried to keep my expectations in check as I didn’t want to build it up and I purposefully didn’t even see the trailer as I wanted it to be a big surprise. In brief, it blew me away, and I’m pretty sure it blew everyone away.I was in good company with Colin MacNeil, Jock, Henry Flint, Simon Davis, and Al Ewing in attendance. John Wagner was front and centre, heartily applauding with the rest of us at the end and he announced that it was better than the Dredd movie…brilliant and wonderful.Edmund Dehn led the cast with exactly the right pitch of dignity and gravitas. Without spoiling the plot it’s very difficult to comment on the content so all I’ll say is the 25 minute film focuses on Minty’s Long Walk & the troubles he is faced with. The story is expertly told and covered a lot of ground, which can be difficult with short films. The effects were really impressive – fight scenes were gruesome and truly believable, and the Cursed Earth looked horribly bleak. The supporting cast of the Cursed Earth Gang Members were brilliantly intimidating.
No wonder Alex Garland spoke of it with such admiration.
A labour of love for all concerned, the film was truly worth the wait and everyone involved should be very very proud.
Very many thanks to Steven Sterlacchini for the opportunity to be one of the first to see the film – you all have to try and see it at a forthcoming convention or film festival – you won’t be disappointed.
The Judges hit Thought Bubble, courtesy of the 2000AD Tweet Droid