The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Vikingdom opens in the United States, October 4th 2013

Vikingdom is a film by Yusry Abdul Halim, of KRU studios, in which I play a supporting role. It is not my place to review it, since I played the role of Warick the Wise and my words would not seem to be free of influence, therefore. However, I would like to point your way to two American reviews, that have appeared in the last two days.

The first is from Slant Magazine:

The second is a syndicated review, which first appeared in the Village Voice, yesterday, but has now appeared in OC Weekly, and City Pages. No doubt it will spread further in the next few days.

Both reviews are favourable, in general and give some insight into how the film fits into the context of prior works. What I found most interesting about these reviews is that Vikingdom is being received much more intelligently and open-mindedly in the United States, than in its homeland of Malaysia. It very much seems as if the Malaysian cinema going public is a bit narrow in its views of what it will accept whole-heartedly, from a Malaysian director. They seem to have certain conventional expectations which Vikingdom transgresses.

For those of you living in America, Vikingdom has a limited release on October 4th 2013. In many theatres it is just for one night, it if you want to catch it in the cinema, October 4th is the night to do it. For those of you in or near New York, Vikingdom is showing at the AMC theatre, 34th Street, for one full week’s run. For others who are not near any of the cinemas in the listing to follow (which covers 21 cities across the USA), Vikingdom may be downloaded from iTunes, from October 4th 2013, for enjoyment at home.

To set the film in context for you: Malaysia has never made a film like Vikingdom, before. It is the first attempt at an internationalized, epic action adventure. It is also a big step forward on what has been achieved, at any time, by a Malaysian production company in the past. This production was a co-production with Epic Pictures of Hollywood. Notably, this is also the first time a Malaysian film has ever been shown in US cinemas, at all. So, it is a major achievement, in that sense.

If you get to see it, you may not recognize me easily. I play Warick the Wise, but I am heavily disguised. I have a bushy brown and grey beard, long grey hair, period costume, a bow and arrow, and look utterly unlike my modern self. Even my own wife didn’t recognize me, after I had changed into my Viking get-up one day, on set. So, if you want to be sure who I am playing...just follow the name of my character: Warick the Wise.

I do hope you get to see the film. Thanks.

For those of you living outside of the USA, distribution has been arranged in around 85 countries. Most of those appear to open on or around the 16th December, 2013. The openings so far confirmed are: Thailand, October 10th; Japan, December 15th; and Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden December 16th. I will notify you of further release dates, once I become aware of them. Thank you.

As for the Malaysian release on September 12th...Vikingdom was no.2 at the box office, in its first weekend of release, which is a pretty good showing. It finished up its run in the top 20% or so of box office, for local films, which is respectable.

Written by Valentine Cawley

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