There is an absolute wealth of screenings on offer for Scalarama. I asked a few people what they were looking forward to the most.
I’m really looking forward to our 80s action double bill of cult VHS classics – Deadly Prey and Hard Ticket to Hawaii. I’ve wanted to do an epic double bill for a while, and seeing as I’m missing our Shark Attack 3 screening because of a stag party, my excitement for that event has multiplied.
There’s so many great screenings around the country, but I love the look of Genesis Cinema’s ‘Curtain Twitchers’ double bill of Rear Window and The ‘burbs. Two very different, but fantastic films and I love the tenuous theme holding them together!
A Field in England – Quilliam Brothers Teahouse, 9 – 11 September 2014
Directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville) and Michael Smiley (Spaced, Kill List). A Field in England is a dark, complex, psychedelic trip into the minds of a group of people during the English Civil War.
Wheatley learned about the use of hallucinogens during the 17th century whilst filming a documentary about the Sealed Knot, a historical reenactment society.
Shot in black and white and in only 12 days, it has one of the most visually stunning segments I’ve ever seen in a film which comes with an epilepsy trigger warnng. Trippy doesn’t come close. Released in the cinema, shown on Film4 and availble on VOD on the same day A Field in England has the appeal of an instant cult classic and I would suggest it to anyone who likes their cinema with a touch of horror, unease and the spectacular.
What a tall order! There’s just so much good stuff on it’s almost impossible to choose!
I love the attitude and ethos of Doc’n Roll, looks like there’s a lot going on, but I’m not 100% sure what to expect and that’s exciting!
Welcome to Busseywood
The ‘Welcome to Busseywood’ programme is really strong – I saw Touki Bouki last year at the Southbank Centre scored live by ‘Red Snapper’, they’ve based their next album on it! It’s a really powerful; sometimes funny; and often gory film, so I’m keen to see it with the original soundtrack.
The Disposable Film Festival
Exploding Cinema always put on a good show, and I usually walk away inspired, smiling and confused. It looks like an interesting mix of films from the San Francisco Festival as well as a programme ‘curated’ by the Exploders.
Cinema is an unified experience that can transcend the possibilities of the defining text. Within this pantheon are behemoths that are proven via the experience of watching them. Perhaps the most legendary is Béla Tarr’s Sátántangó, a near eight hour epic that Susan Sontag said of it, “Sátántangó is devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life.” That A Nos Amours in conjunction with Scalarama have given people this once in a decade opportunity to see this film on 35mm and in a cinema is to be acclaimed. It screens in London on the 6th, where I will be experiencing it, I look forward to co-joining with my intrepid cinematic adventurers in a screening that will live long in the memory.
Sátántangó also screens:
Sunday 14th September, 11am – Glasgow
Sunday 21st September, 11am – Leeds
Saturday 27th September, 11am – Tyneside
A Scanner Darkly: Double-bill of Under the Skin & Only God Forgives @ Genesis Cinema Sat 13th
I foolishly missed Under the Skin at the cinema, and I’m thrilled that I’m getting a chance to rectify that heinous mistake so soon. What is now my favourite science fiction film in years is crying out to be seen (and more importantly heard) on the big screen and I was thrilled to see this on the Scalarama programme. Only God Forgives is pretty good too.. a great choice for a double-bill, and sure to be a great evening’s entertainment.
FILM NOIR ALL DAYER: Farewell My Lovely / The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly, In a Lonely Place, Pickup on South St – Sun 21 Sep – 11:00, Genesis Cinema
Seeing as Kiss Me Deadly is my go-to answer when people ask me my favourite film, I don’t think I can pick anything other than this Film Noir All Dayer at Genesis Cinema as my Scalarama highlight. Robert Aldrich’s 1955 apocalyptic masterwork is a late period Film Noir that explodes the genre from within as private investigator Mike Hammer – equal parts nasty and clueless – pummels his way through the sweaty streets of Los Angeles. Kiss Me Deadly is sandwiched here between such Noir classics such as the Raymond Chandler adaptation Farewell, My Lovely, Robert Siodmak’s The Killers and a pair of films from notable genre directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in In a Lonely Place and Pickup on South Street. It’s free of charge too, so there’s no excuse not to don that trench coat, grab that packet of cigarettes and head on down.