Some fantastic feedback from the Los Angeles screening August 2, 2010:
From Christopher Monger- Award winning Writer/Director-
“I grew up firm in the belief that cinema had taken its place among the other arts, that it was a medium as potent as any other. However, in the last few decades I’ve seen almost a total erosion of what film can do. Now it’s used primarily as a kinetic medium to provide thrills. ‘Art films’ have become wordy dramas, judged merely on the written words and their performance. Werner Herzog (largely reduced to making documentaries) is one of the few survivors of a golden age when images were deemed as potent – or more potent than simplistic narrative.
That’s all by way of saying how enjoyable and thrilling it was to see GOLF IN THE KINGDOM and once again see the ambition of what film can achieve. I hope you are very proud of this film – its beautiful and profound and poetic – and that’s everything.”
From Auke Hempenius- Golf Pro- Rustic Canyon
“There are no words to express my deepest gratitude for the work of Michael Murphy and the honor of being present at the Los Angeles screening of this MASTER piece. My friend Scott Thompson, with whom I just spoke said:……It kinda seeps into your mind, your brain and it has this quality of a movie like a play…..so well put by a dear friend of mine.
The sounds…….the setting…….the Scottish accent…….and the true LOVE of the game…the spirit of the game shining through….as we revere this grand ole game….I sat there in the third row…..being immersed into a virtuosic performance…..FEEL your inner body….OH BOY….did I feel it….
From the writings of Fred Shoemaker, Doc Parent, Timothy Gallwey, Deepak Chopra and Michael Murphy….this is the crowning piece of where the future of Golf is headed….to it’s very origin….enjoying the walk with great friends….inhaling the splendor of nature….and PLAYING the game with curious artistic creativity……instinctively…..visualizing the flight of the ball and allowing our brilliant physical beings be the receiver of true gravity…….the amazing cosmic energy that is there for those of us that are open to receive it.”
Michael, Mindy and Susan thank you from the deepest core of my heart for a gift of a lifetime.
From John Ashworth- Golf Innovator and Designer
“I LOVED it!!…I was watching with a very critical eye in terms of artistic expression and interpretation and the execution exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Shivas was brilliant and Michael was vulnerable and the cast was amazing…the lighting and cinematography was beautiful and surreal…and the cameo of Mr. Murphy was exceptional……….Bravo!!!…..I’m inspired.”
From Nathan Le Grand- Tennis Pro-
“It was a beautiful story/meditation on screen. So many of the images were incredible…many images were surreal, yet seemed to be anchored in hard physical reality. The unfolding of the story with multiple jumps forward and backward was strong. I enjoyed the performances and the cast of characters….Shivas – wow: big contrast to O’Hara’s character on ‘The Tudors’.
If I’m not mistaken Gamble seems to be a Golfer and one with a beautiful swing. Being a pro tennis player…I totally related to your story. Tennis holds some of the same intrinsic qualities of being in the moment, I call it the POCKET: the blending and merging of the physical-mental-spiritual. I wish great success for your film and continued success to you both for your long-standing dedication to film art.”
From Randy St. John- General Manager/COO Wilshire Country Club
Had the privilege of seeing GITK last night and was reminded why it is one of my favorite books, golf or other. Great job creating the spirit and admonishing all of us that it was meant for walkin’. Beautiful cinematography, excellent cast, and enough golf to make we want to pick up my Mackenzie Walker and go play a few in last moments of dusk.