My Zombadings Button Pin I Got During the Premiere
I have seen Zombadings’ teasers since last year and have been waiting to see the entirety of it in the big screen. Finally, the long wait is over and was able to watch its premiere at the recent Cinemalaya Festival (July 2011). I wasn’t disappointed at all. The whole audience laughed almost every 10 minutes, there was never a dull moment. It was the perfect film-ender for the entire festival.
The film is independently produced but can also appeal to the mainstream. It’s basically a suspense-comedy film and the good thing about it is the effortless comedic punchlines. No slapstick comedy is needed to make the audience laugh, the situation already provides the comedy.
Although the film is expected to make audiences laugh, serious issues of hate crimes against LGBTs and homophobia were explicitly shown. I guess everyone who have watched this definitely got the message.
Showing this film in mainstream cinemas will definitely open up the public’s minds on homophobia and the struggle of LGBTs to combat this for years. If this film will only be accessed in festivals, which are only attended by the “educated” and independent film enthusiasts, it will be difficult to send the message to the general public.
Zombadings1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington will be shown to cinemas starting August 31, 2011.