If Disney’s 1995 Vietnam War comedy ‘Operation Dumbo Drop’ taught us anything, it’s that war, politics and animal welfare do not make for comfortable bedfellows. So it goes in the national parks of South Africa, where the black rhino is currently being hunted to extinction for its fabled horn, prized in Asia for medically unproven medicinal powers. With the game wardens almost powerless to police the huge area of the park, the only answer seems to consist of airlifting these angry giants to new, secret locations. This is, as Ray Liotta and Danny Glover found out back in ’95, a tricky old business.
Sean Bean narrates the relocation of these high-flying ungulates at an often glutinous pace, while the slo-mo aerial shots could have been plucked from an art movie – the Coen brothers remake of ‘Apocalypse Now’, perhaps. Both serve to make the whole enterprise feel a little abstract, when the plight of these animals is anything but. A few more facts and figures might have pushed home the peril, but as it stands, this generally watchable doc doesn’t have the urgency it warrants.
Enfolded within Camden Market, this building may have been a horse hospital at one point in its lifetime, but it certainly ain't an animal refuge any more. The cobbled floors remain, as do the stables, but they've been spruced up and turned into booths. The roof terrace has also been revamped with bright colours and twee bunting. The main space is usually decked with artwork on the walls and also has a stage for live bands. There's a cabaret room on the other side of the venue and, of course, a bar serving up the usual tipples. Club nights here usually feature indie-electro, synth-pop, R&B, hip hop and funk.
Venue says: “From Drizzy to Dizzee, we play you the best in hip hop, trap and grime every Wednesday at Proud Camden.”