Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Richard DeDomenici’s American Assassin Redux

By - Thursday 24th May, 2018

A fast’n'dirty visit to key Croydon film locations, plus a chance to recreate the action

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Croydon has a great history of providing film locations, and I’m sure that there have been tours pointing them out in the past. However, performance artist Richard DeDomenici brought rather more to the party than a simple urban hike.

The evening was part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, which had put out a call back in April for volunteers to star in a recreation (‘redux’) of key scenes from American Assassin starring Michael Keaton, scenes from which were filmed in St George’s Walk back in 2017 (although the scenes in question were presented on screen as taking place in Istanbul). So the evening concluded with Richard’s split screen presentation of his own ‘redux’ version of these scenes featuring a volunteer cast of Croydonians, alongside the originals.

This was the latest in his ongoing Redux project, now into its fifth year and numbering more than forty redux versions of film and television material.

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Rewinding to the start of the evening, the volunteer cast members and audience met up with Richard at Matthews Yard for a whistle-stop tour of notable film landmarks. Along the way, Richard provided film vignettes featuring the locations, and also did some more ‘redux’-style filmed recreations of key scenes with ‘volunteers’ from the audience. Locations included Delta Point (The Dark Knight Rises), Fairfield Halls (The Da Vinci Code), St George’s Walk (American Assassin, and very recently Black Mirror) and Croydon College (Criminal), plus several more.

Well, the weather was kind, the tour was excellent and Richard was an engaging (and knowledgeable) host. It’s well worth taking a look at his other Redux projects to see what else he’s been up to.

As I’ve already suggested, this was a fast’n'dirty visit to key Croydon film locations, and by no means comprehensive. Putting a more exhaustive list together might make a nice book project for someone. Just sayin’…

Paul Dennis

Paul Dennis

An award-winning journalist, Paul has worked on angling titles for much of his career, including 16 years as deputy editor of Angler's Mail and 4 years as editor of Total Sea Fishing magazine. He is a regular freelance contributor for a wide array of non-angling-related titles, author of two books on angling and a widely-followed authority on the subject.

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