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Holding Pattern (2002)

  Directed by: Andrew McDougall
Starring: Stephanie Ashworth, Paul Dempsey, Clint Hyndman
Links: Official site
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"One for the fans" - a review by pearly

Melbourne band Something for Kate's short film Holding Pattern draws inspiration from Fugazi's Instrument (1998) - a documentary following the band over a number of years, and reporting back what it discovers.

Holding Pattern consists of video footage shot by the band's friend Andrew McDougall, put together kinda like a stream of consciousness. Running alongside it is an instrumental soundtrack by Paul Dempsey (the video footage only occasionally has its own sound audible; for the most part, it's just images with a non-related soundtrack).

Holding Pattern is about repetition. It explores the life of a band; playing, recording, soundchecking, interviews, travel, etc. The two or so years worth of footage of the band, basically, doing the same thing over and over again is condensed into just over 27 minutes. Included in the mix is not only footage from shows like The Big Day Out and Cold Live at the Chapel, but also more intimate footage of the band doing things like travelling, getting bored, and putting setlists together.

Put simply, Holding Pattern is aimed at fans of the band. For the non-initiated, it will probably only interest general music fans, who would appreciate this fairly unique view of what it's like to be in a band. On the plus side, Holding Pattern is not a huge marketing tool, with lots of people scratching each other's backs. It's interesting in its own right, and fans of the band are sure to enjoy it.

My biggest criticism would be that in one sitting, 27 minutes is a little long to watch such a repetitive piece.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 17 Oct 2002

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