It was local-filmmaker Ara Paiaya’s Aberdeen premiere of his vengeance movie ‘The Suppressor’ this evening (Monday night).
It was a pretty good movie, with high production value, some good tension, lots of guns, explosions and martial arts punch-ups.
We were in Screen 2 at the Belmont Cinema in Belmont Street, Aberdeen, and Ara himself introduced the movie. These little introductions are really important and he got it just right (not too long, no sentimentality, loud voice, a bit of fun and lots of smiles).
I was next to the aisle in Row B which was full of friends and family of people who had parts in the film. I heard a woman a few seats along from me say she’d seen it loads of times, but was looking forward to seeing it on the big screen, and there was lots of giggling at certain scenes, especially where an actor was being particularly serious or menacing. I love that interactivity!
At the end we all sat through the actor credits, and there was a little cheer and some applause further to the back of the theatre each time a credit for ‘hooker’ came up! The hookers were in the audience.
And this reminded me of the Aberdeen premiere of ‘Attack of the Herbals’ in summer: when you stand up to leave at the end of a locally-made movie and make your way out of the theatre you see people from the film standing in the aisles waiting get out.
I stood to the side and let the arch-villain’s henchman (there’s a twist in The Suppressor story) step out ahead of me.
So, a good movie. A real accomplishment, though I know Ara has other feature-length movies under his belt.
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NOTE: There was a trailer before the start of the film for another movie which had a terrorist theme, and which appeared to be set all over the world, including Aberdeen. Ara was in that, too. I’ll find out what film that is and when it will be released.