Tilda, Stan & Ollie

“Gathering several hundred participants [yesterday] under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Tilda Swinton led them in a soft-shoe shuffle originally performed by Laurel and Hardy,” reports The Scotsman‘s Emma Cowing. “It was part of an effort to create a ‘flash mob dance’, where a group suddenly and spontaneously starts dancing in a public place.

“The instructions, disseminated online, were simple: watch the Laurel and Hardy clip, turn up at 11am and give it a whirl. The reason, declared Swinton, was “in pure unabashed celebration of doing something as a group and looking like dafties”.

40 thoughts on “Tilda, Stan & Ollie

  1. COCO on said:

    Anything Tilda does is classy.

  2. Flash mobs do still seem to be doing their thing in the UK, but mostly in London. Is that Mark Cousins I spot daning with Ms Swinton? All most likely due to the end of this years Edinburgh Film Festival.

  3. Flash mobs do still seem to be doing their thing in the UK, but mostly in London. Is that Mark Cousins I spot daning with Ms Swinton? All most likely due to the end of this years Edinburgh Film Festival.

  4. Cousins and Swinton are doing a special event at the EIFF as part of there drive to get kids watching foreign films. This was all part of the fun.

  5. Cousins and Swinton are doing a special event at the EIFF as part of there drive to get kids watching foreign films. This was all part of the fun.

  6. Too bad they couldn’t have bothered to programme a decent film festival line-up instead of this inanity. Worst Edinburgh Film Festival in years.

  7. Too bad they couldn’t have bothered to programme a decent film festival line-up instead of this inanity. Worst Edinburgh Film Festival in years.

  8. The only thing I managed to get to was Morag Mackinnon’s “Donkeys”. And a couple of parties where the hangover kicked in before I left. Not to self, next time, avoid the free brandy cocktails.

  9. The only thing I managed to get to was Morag Mackinnon’s “Donkeys”. And a couple of parties where the hangover kicked in before I left. Not to self, next time, avoid the free brandy cocktails.

  10. Too bad they couldn’t have bothered to programme a decent film festival line-up instead of this inanity. Worst Edinburgh Film Festival in years.

  11. You really don’t think people visiting here won’t know who Stan and Ollie are in reference to?

    I haven’t even seen one of their films in years and I knew it and I’m 28…so…ya.

  12. You really don’t think people visiting here won’t know who Stan and Ollie are in reference to?

    I haven’t even seen one of their films in years and I knew it and I’m 28…so…ya.

  13. I think frankbooth might be referring to the fact that it’s also a play on Kukla, Fran & Ollie, not merely the obvious Laurel & Hardy reference. I could be wrong, though.

  14. I think frankbooth might be referring to the fact that it’s also a play on Kukla, Fran & Ollie, not merely the obvious Laurel & Hardy reference. I could be wrong, though.

  15. You really don’t think people visiting here won’t know who Stan and Ollie are in reference to?
    I haven’t even seen one of their films in years and I knew it and I’m 28…so…ya.

  16. …though there undoubtedly are dumbfucks out there who don’t even get the surface reference. But we’ll pretend they don’t exist. Actually, you can do that. I’ll pretend they DID exist, but were all scooped up by a giant flying machine from Terminator and dropped into Lake Michigan.

    (Wow, did I just say that anyone who doesn’t know who Laurel and Hardy are should be drowned? Yes, yes and yes!)

  17. …though there undoubtedly are dumbfucks out there who don’t even get the surface reference. But we’ll pretend they don’t exist. Actually, you can do that. I’ll pretend they DID exist, but were all scooped up by a giant flying machine from Terminator and dropped into Lake Michigan.

    (Wow, did I just say that anyone who doesn’t know who Laurel and Hardy are should be drowned? Yes, yes and yes!)

  18. …and one more thing. No, I promise.

    I said “won’t admit to getting it,” not “won’t admit to NOT getting it.” For reasons that should be obvious.

  19. …and one more thing. No, I promise.

    I said “won’t admit to getting it,” not “won’t admit to NOT getting it.” For reasons that should be obvious.

  20. This event realized Tilda Swinton and the other persons you mentioned, is a good manner to make something different and apart, could help people to learn to socialize with other persons.

  21. This event realized Tilda Swinton and the other persons you mentioned, is a good manner to make something different and apart, could help people to learn to socialize with other persons.

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