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It's the Bad Film Club

PUBLISHED: 16:52 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 16 August 2010

TWO tried and tested events at the Greenwich Comedy Festival brought private past-times to a wider audience, one with much greater success than the other, writes Marina Soteriou. Adam Buxton s Bug is like showing your mates links on youtube and the Bad

TWO tried and tested events at the Greenwich Comedy Festival brought private past-times to a wider audience, one with much greater success than the other, writes Marina Soteriou.

Adam Buxton's Bug is like showing your mates links on youtube and the Bad Film Club's brilliant premise is screening a truly awful film, of the 'so bad it's good' variety.

If you are one of the few people who do not get annoyed by someone talking over the film you are trying to watch, then Bad Film Club is for you.

The organisers were given the best venue in the festival- the Royal Observatory.

But the major flaw of the established club is they insist on commentating throughout the whole film.

And this is after one of the two commentators who introduces the film tells the expectant audience that the plot of Leprechauns in Space is convoluted.

But within the first half an hour the commentary is relentless and the twisted logic of enjoying a flawed film disappears.

Ludicrous highlights of the film included the princess from Dominia in an uncomfortable slightly longer than needed scene, opening her bra and showing her breasts to those in front of her.

We soon learn that this bizarre gesture is a death curse.

Other lame attempts to titillate include a woman getting her trousers ripped off by a spider.

And a marine gives birth to a leprechaun through his erect penis.

There is something quite frivolous about paying to watch music videos on a big screen. But Buxton's show at the Greenwich Theatre made it worth it. Somehow it transports them to a higher a higher art form. The skill and the creativity poured into them can be appreciated to a greater degree.

Buxton does not show bad music videos to laugh at but good videos, rendering the evening more interesting than funny.

The humour is something he has to create, relying on his mannerisms and silly observations, which of course come naturally by his many years as part of the successful duo Adam and Joe.

Screenings included Tiga's Shoes directed on a tiny budget by the British duo based in Berlin Alex and Liane, who also created the video for La Roux's new song I'm Not Your Toy.

Shoes - the song and video is funny, fresh and bizarre. Interestingly it is deadpan and does not rely on irony for its humour.

Wiley's Cash in my Pocket which features City workers indulging their wealth and greed whilst having a normal day in the office and on the trading floor offered originality in an unpolished form.

For an extra treat, Buxton interviewed his friend, the lovely Garth Jennings from duo Hammer & Tongs, whose credits include Blur's Coffee & TV.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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