There is far too much on this week to realistically choose from (check out some of the events on the SCALARAMA HIGHLIGHTS), so I’ve decided to go for five events that offer something to chew on after the film itself. A good Q&A or debate can change your reading of the film many times over, as missed details are highlighted and context provided and personalities revealed. Listening to other peoples’ perceptions of the same film can be enraging and elightening, but hopefully always engaging.
TONY BENN: WILL AND TESTAMENT + Q&A – 8th Sept 7:30pm @ Manchester Town Hall, MANCHESTER
A socialist documentary being screened in Manchester. If the screenings of Spirit of 45 were anything to go by (in which TB featured), then this should be a passionate reception and reappraisal of Tony Benn’s life, work and philosophy, shown in the grand setting of the beautiful Manchester Town Hall.
MEMORY, CONSCIOUSNESS AND OUR SENSE OF SELF – 9th Sept 7:00pm @ Royal Insitution, LONDON
The short film being shown is ‘Patient 39’ and in this context acts as a leaping off point for what should be an extremely well informed panel discussion on the reliability of memory and consciousness. If you are interested in neuroscience then this should make for a great event in the company of great thinkers.
THE LONG DAY CLOSES (35MM) + Q&A WITH TERENCE DAVIES – 10th Sept 6:40pm @ ICA, LONDON
Terence Davies is one the the most lovely people I have ever had the pleasure of seeing talk. He his generous, intelligent, insightful, extremely honest, and emotional. I bet £10 now that he will cry at some point. He is an exceptional human and of course an exceptional film maker. This is a great chance to meet the man and see what is often regarded as his finest work on 35mm.
THINK CINEMA FILM NOIR RETROSPECTIVE: OUT OF THE PAST (1947) – 11th Sept 6:30pm @ Ship n’ Mitre (2nd Floor), LIVERPOOL
It’s good to see someone making space for classic film noir in Liverpool, especially in the backroom of a pub. Out of the Past has a great cast – Robert Mitchum, Janet Greer and Kirk Douglas, and the Ship n Mitre has great beer. That’s enough for me already. Think Cinema, as their name suggests, also try to make space for discussion and debate at their screenings – so you’ll get a chance to share your experience with other passionate film fans.
QUADROPHENIA + CAST Q&A – 14th Sept 2:00pm @ THE DOME CINEMA, WORTHING
An exclusive first ever UK screening on the South Coast of a digitally re-graded version of the cult classic, in surround sound, with some of the cast including Phil Davis himself. Whenever I see Sting playing his lute on some BBC4 documentary I always think of his character in Quadrohenia and wonder when exactly he lost his ‘cool’. The film in some respects is a well worn path, stuck in a timewarp like the Who’s “My Generation” (still being sung without an irony) but Quadrophenia is essentially a great film. I would expect plenty of scooters in the car park.
Sam Meech is a an artist, cinema fan, and founder of Screening Film. Based in the North West, his life was changed by a screening of a documentary about Townes Van Zandt in a small Berlin cinema. Find him on twitter @videosmithery