We recently dropped into the Broadway Multiplex – proudly serving the residents of Glebe, Ultimo and Camperdown since 2001 – to catch Master and Commander – The Far Side Of The World . More about the movie later. Right now – perhaps surprisingly – I want to discuss obesity. I referred earlier to the impressively slim, Andrew Norton’s, blogospherical foray into the folds and bulges of this Big Issue, but I myself have been slow to pick up on the Great Fat Threat. I’ve been aware of it as kind of a background noise but I hadn’t really noticed the GFT until my pre-screening epiphany in Cinema 11.
I have unresolved unpunctuality anxiety issues so, inevitably, we arrived early.
Seated in mid cinema, we had a perfect view of the cinema entrance – backlit by the foyer lights – while we sat in pre-feature semi-gloom, ignoring the mildly salacious ads for Magnum icecreams et al. After about the fifth set of silhouetted arrivals had entered, I was noticing a trend. By the time the 50th group made it’s way in, the truth dawned: we are, unquestionably, in Fat City.
Uniformly big people kind of rocked in the door – as if carrying a keg of beer suspended from the loins – grasping popcorn, drinks, chips, ice creams, sweeties, Quikneazy Pork Roast Dinners, you name it. It was like a bunch of out-of-shape Sherpas portering in an Everest base camp. Surviving a two hour movie requires how many calories I wondered – and these people looked to be well ahead of the daily target before the movie even started.
Amidst creaking seats, the sound of tearing wrappers and much beverage gurgling, the company settled down to major munching while rake thin advertising models consumed yet more food onscreen – what’s the optimum marketing demographic for this movie? Foodies with a thing for sailors?
Once it started, the movie was great. I thoroughly recommend it, though I couldn’t help but notice that Russell Crowe – never exactly sylph-like – was himself looking about one month’s popcorn consumption away from Cinema 11 Syndrome.
I’ve been going for runs ever since….