To all but the too-cool-for-school crowd, 3D films offer an exciting new cinematic experience – and filmmaker extraordinaire Ang Lee seems to agree, albeit tentatively.
The director of last year’s 3D adventuredrama Life of Pi told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper that the technology was still new because it hadn’t been around for “over 100 years” yet, and that we might find ourselves “throwing it away five years from now”.
“I’m a novice [when it comes to 3D filmmaking] … and I got very excited by it. I’m looking forward to doing another one.”
With the breakneck pace at which technology is evolving, he may be right to hedge his bets about 3D, which has already given us groundbreaking films such as Avatar (2009) and Hugo (2011), and shows no sign of tailing off just yet.
The Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Agnès b.
Cinema might not be the best place to catch those kind of blockbusters, but it has undergone a facelift that includes the installation of a digital cinema. The theatre now supports high-definition and 3D formats on top of its existing film facilities. Its Dolby surround-sound system has also been upgraded, and it is Hong Kong’s first cinema to be equipped with services for those with hearing or visual impairments.
The renovation also involved reducing capacity from 193 to 119 seats, thereby increasing leg room and providing space to accommodate wheelchairs. It was made possible by the Hong Kong
Film Development Fund, although sponsors are still being sought for individual chairs to cover the total cost.
For more details about the cinema, which opened on Tuesday, go to www.hkac.org.hk/ en/artslink.php?aid=448.