Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Ping Pong (film)

The first of a pair of films being screened at the Curzon Cinema on the 20th of November is the British-made Ping Pong. It will be followed by an America offering, Bill Cunningham New York, and both film are themed around life-affirming presentations of people in their eighties.

Directed by Hugh Hartford and produced by Anson Hartford, Ping Pong is a documentary which followed eight pensioners as they trained for and competed in a table tennis championships in Inner Mongolia. Dot, Rune, Lisa, Les, Inge, Terry, Ursula and Sun came from all over the world and their ages range from 82 to 101. Dot, who now lives in Australia is the oldest competitive player in the world. Coincidentally, she left the UK on a Sydney bound boat in 1911 when she was two which was around the same time Table Tennis is said to have been invented.

Ping Pong premiered at Toronto's HotDocs Film Festival in April 2012 and its first UK screening was in Sheffield on the 15th of June. It has received wonderful reviews, many of which are linked to from the film's own website.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 20th Nov, times tbc
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm to 7pm daily).