When we were given the task of planning a trip to the cinemas for this week’s blog post, I was quietly stoked and immediately began to plan the evening. I could do this a number of different ways; I could talk about the weekend before when I went to see ‘Baby Driver’ with my 13 year old niece at Event Cinemas in Miranda, I could make a special trip just for the purpose of this study OR I could do neither and choose to interview somebody older about their experiences with Cinema going in the past. Considering that the logistics of a trip to the movies was what we were actually focussing on, I decided to make it interesting and plan to go back to my home town of Taree, and have a nice night out with my friends, and make the whole thing really worth it’s while.
I will go through the actions of planning my cinema trip by looking at Hagerstrand’s three constraints that limit people in their daily activities. Firstly, I had to work out if I had time to make the trip back home, so I had to look at my work and uni schedule’s to find a good time to do this. This process related to the coupling constraint which involves restrictions surrounding allocation of time and institutional logistics. Once that was sorted I made the 4 hour drive to Taree only to find that there was nothing on at the local cinemas that appealed to me. My choices involved ‘IT’, (I am not a fan of thrillers or anything remotely scary), ‘Victoria and Abdul’ (I probably could have dealt with this but nobody else in my company was interested), ‘Logan Lucky’ (I can’t handle Channing Tatum for some reason, so this was out of the question) or ‘Emoji Movie’ (do I really need to explain why I refuse to watch this movie). This dilemma, I will also put down to a coupling constraint, being that myself and my friends could not decide on a film to see.
I decided to not stress about the lack of film situation for a few days because I figured that if worse came to worse we could drive out to Forster, the nearest town to Taree that had a wider selection of films, and watch ‘Dunkirk’ (I had already been to the movies twice to see this film, but I enjoyed it so much that I definitely wouldn’t have minded going for round 3). Before I knew it, however, it was my last day at home before I had to travel back to Sydney and I STILL hadn’t been to the movies! I went out for dinner with my mum on my last night and she suggested having another look at what was showing at Fay’s (the local cinema) before I went home. She said that she wouldn’t mind watching ‘IT’ as she wanted to compare it to the original movie, I still wasn’t overly keen but at this point I didn’t really have any other choice if I didn’t want to write about a failed experience. But it seems that it was never to be, because the only available showing was at 8:40, meaning that the film wouldn’t finish until after 11pm and I still had to spend 4 hours driving home that night. This related to Hagerstrand’s Capability constraint which applies to limits on human movement due to physical or biological needs such as the need to sleep which applied to me in this situation.
I have never in my life had a movie date go so awry, but I put it down to the lack of spontaneity involved in this particular instance. Looking at Hagerstrand’s three constraints on daily activities made me think about all of this different things that need to fall into place to make a trip to the movies successful.