I've just been to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the verdict is ... not worth it. If you're not familiar with all of Tolkien's Middle Earth Legendarium, it might be, but be aware that it barely follows the book itself. It's a brave attempt to frame the backstory of the Third Age of Middle Earth in the story of The Hobbit, as an alternative to creating an entirely new movie with entirely new actors (except maybe Saruman, Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel), but a straight telling of The Hobbit it aint. And frankly, telling the backstory of Middle Earth would be better in a whole new movie, or series of movies. The Hobbit could have stood alone without the mountains of exposition and action-sequence padding, it didn't need a trilogy of 2½-hour movies all to itself.
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This is not going well. We're about halfway through the campaign and we've raised less than a quarter of our goal. That's nowhere near enough in order to be able to accomplish what we're trying to do.
As a reminder, what KCT is trying to do is produce a version of Henry V, updated to here & now and England vs Scotland, at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, to take advantage of the upcoming referendum on independence. We work with actors with learning disabilities, giving them an opportunity to experience the world's largest and most prestigious performing arts festival, an opportunity for their talents to be recognised in a wider field than just among other actors with learning disabilities, and an opportunity to be treated as independent functioning adults, which is not something that many people with learning disabilities often get.
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