Once again I’m spoilt for choice, with screenings of The Glitterball, The Visitor, Rear Window and Night of the Hunter, as well as an ape-inspired double bill, and more, so much more. It’s the kind of overwhelming feeling I used to get as a child in the video store trying to choose just one film to take home, the walls of vhs towering over me, in the end opting for Ghoulies 2 or Bigfoot and the Hendersons (again). It’s enough to give me a panic attack thinking about it. I just can’t decide. So, again, please go explore the full listings of what’s on offer, but in the meantime, cast your eye over these beauties below.
DISPOSABLE CINEMA PRESENT VIDEODROME + INTRO TO BODY HORROR – Tue 16th Sept, 6:30pm @ The Horse Hospital, LONDON
Debbie Harry appeared on my tv last night and for a minute I thought I’d picked up a secret broadcast of a snuff channel on the now defunct analogue airwaves, until I realised it was Top of the Pops 2 and she was singing “Oh Denis” rather than being whipped. Still, I can sympathise with James Woods, for whom the television is a portal into a dark world of body horror and sadomasochism. Actually, come to think of it, that is exactly Top of the Pops 2. Videodrome is ‘pure Cronenburg’ as Cronenburg fans would say, meaning that there is a thrilling conspiracy and a trippy journey that results in the protagonist placing a [insert technology] into his [insert orifice].
CULT CINEMA SUNDAY PRESENTS BEETLEJUICE – Tue 16th Sept, 6pm @ Fruit, KINGSTON UPON HULL
Michael Keaton currently winning plaudits for his turn in Birdman, and here we see the actor at his perverse comic best in Tim Buton’s dark comedy. A great cast of bizarre characters, fanastic make up, daft humour and memorable anti-hero. The best film ever made about a faustian pact, and apparently the waiting room of the dead is a reference to a Satre play.
CIGARETTE BURNS CINEMA PRESENTS SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL – HIGHLANDER (16MM) – Thur 18th Sept, 8pm @ Hollywood Spring, Hackney, LONDON
The independence referendum cleverly reframed as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling swinging their swords on a mountain top. “There can be only one!” cries Salmond as he chops off Darling’s head with a giant swing, and then kicks it back over the border. For Scots stranded in London, this is easily the best place to be on the night.
MAGIC LANTERN FILM CLUB PRESENTS MY WINNIPEG – Sat 20th Sept, 7:30pm @ Victoria Works, SHEFFIELD
Guy Maddin’s docu-fantasia uses re-enaction and archive film of his hometown to create his own surreal account of Winnipeg. Orginally commissioned as a straight documentary, Maddin instead shot his autobiographical re-enactments, and layered his own irreverent logic and mythology upon the footage of Winnipeg’s snowy streets. The Magic Lantern Film Club are also presenting a local short film from 1942 as part of the screening.
PINK FLAMINGOS – Sun 21st Sept, 5:15pm @ Chapter, CARDIFF
There has been plenty of the divine Divine for Scalarama, and I was tempted to go for the Divine double bill, but lets cut to the chase here. Every child in england should be made to watch Pink Flamingoes. I think this is what Lennon was talking about when he said “I am the egg man”
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