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Executive producers: Scott Aversano, Jason Blum, William Santor, Will Russell-Shapiro, Christina Kubacki, Lowell Cauffiel. “Speed” and “dating” are two words most guaranteed to strike terror and loathing into the heart of the singleton, so I’ll admit it was with something of a heavy heart that I headed to Enkel bar in the Hilton Slussen to take part in a speedd8event. Just before it all kicked off, I got the chance to chat a little with the organiser, Daniel.It has all the plus sides of internet dating – the chance to meet a lot of people in one go, the security of (hopefully) knowing they’re all single and looking – but with the added bonus that you’re meeting in person right away.For the uninitiated, the way the event works is that everyone (ideally twenty men and twenty women, though it doesn’t always work out that way – more on that in a moment) is assigned a number. I’d dragged a friend along for moral support, and she was a bit quicker off the mark than I to scope out where her assigned table was.
“Stockholm” portrays the Swedish authorities as a dour parade of scolds and stiffs, the semi-satirical thrust being that Stockholm Syndrome — citizens throwing their loyalty over to criminals — is just what these idiots deserve.
” I got into conversation with a curious table of English business travellers staying in the hotel.
They took it in turns to sit with me during the empty dates, but unfortunately this led to a bit of confusion when a guy taking part in the event accidentally bypassed my table because I was sitting with one of the English guys. We were all given a paper containing suggested ice breaking questions (“What would you take with you to a desert island?
The situation seems rigged to inspire audience reaction, but it doesn’t do a lot to explain the psychological thicket of Stockholm Syndrome.
Hawke give a wildly energized performance, driven by a blitzed spirit of reckless defiance that’s funny for having no coherent target.