Latitude Festival 2009: Not Watching The Watchmen

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Latitude Festival 2009: Not Watching The Watchmen

It’s Saturday afternoon, Clare and the kids are back at the family campsite and I’m sitting in the Film & Music Arena at this year’s Latitude Festival watching a short film about sheep.  That’s not what I’m really there to see, you understand;  I’m actually waiting for the marvellous singer-songwriter and comic book artist Jeffery Lewis to deliver his lecture on the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen.  It’s one of things I’ve really looked forward to seeing this weekend and – as something of a Latitude veteran – I’ve long since learned that the only way to guarantee a ringside seat at an event in the Film & Music Arena is to go and see whatever’s on before it.

Often, the tactic produces unforeseen results: you get to see something jaw-droppingly brilliant that turns out to be much better than whatever it was you’d originally planned to watch.  Not this time, though.  I guess I’m just the sort of person who’ll always prefer groundbreaking graphic novels to short films about sheep.

The film ends, the credits roll,  there’s a polite round of applause and then someone announces that Jeff Lewis’ van has broken down en route to the festival and, as a result, the Watchmen event has had to be cancelled.  There’s a loud, collective groan.  It seems I wasn’t the only person sitting though a short film about a sheep in order to catch the Watchmen lecture.

As I leave the Film & Music Arena with the other Jeffrey Lewis and/or Watchmen fans (no doubt missing something that’ll turn out to be jaw-droppingly brilliant and better than what we’d originally planned to see), I notice one guy looking particularly dejected.  I try to strike up a conversation with him and quip:  “What a shame.  It’s almost as big a disappointment as the Watchmen movie.”

“Don’t be so fucking ridiculous,” he replies.


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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

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