As Scalarama comes to a close, it bows out with a flurry of fantastic screenings and a final farewell party, before three new festivals appear on the horizon, creating perhaps the most epic weekend of event cinema the North has ever seen.
PSYCHOTRONIC CINEMA presents LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (35MM) – Tue 30th Sep @ Glasgow Film Theatre, GLASGOW
Wes Cravens notorious 1972 debut horror feels a fitting climax to Scalarama. Psychotronic Cinema is proud to present this groundbreaking, nerve shattering video nasty as part of a special series of ultra-rare UK cinema screenings from an imported, uncut 35mm print.
SCALARAMA 2014 IS DEAD! LONG LIVE SCALARAMA! PARTY – Tue 30th Sep @ The Cinema Museum, LONDON
Amongst the aladdins cave surroundings of the Cinema Museum, experience short films, archive footage, music and a pub quiz as we say a fond farewell to an amazing month of screening. A chance to swap stories from the festival and share memories of cinemas past in this nostalgic hub of cinerama. A huge well done to everyone who took part in 2014’s festival – no doubt 2015 will be even bigger and better!
GRIMMFEST: SUSPIRIA LIVE SCORED BY CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN + DAWN OF THE DEAD: THE ARGENTO CUT – Fri 3rd Oct @ The Dancehouse, MANCHESTER
Grimmfest have pulled off a real coup here, inviting Goblin back to Manchester’s to perform live their score to Dario Argento’s Suspira, followed by a screening of Argento’s cut of George Romero’s classic zombies-in-mall film Dawn of the Dead, (which was also orginally scored by the band). The event takes place at their regular festival venue The Dancehouse, which means that this is a also a rare opportunity to watch a horror film that is set in a ballet school, in an actual ballet school!
AND FESTIVAL presents ‘WATCH THE SKIES!’ – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY/ ALIEN Fri 3rd Oct / Sat 4th OCT @ Jodrell Bank Observatory, MACCLESFIELD
Abandon Normal Devices combine their love of cinema, technology and performance, with an ambitious scale and an awe-inspiring setting at the Jodrell Bank Observatory for two special screenings of Sci-fi classics, as part of the BFI sci-fi season. On the Friday, Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will be shown on the specially constructed screen, alongside a new AV commission by Manchester’s Soup Collective projected onto the Lovell Telescope. Saturday’s event sees a screening of Ridley Scott’s Alien followed by a world premiere live soundtrack for Koji Morimoto’s film ‘Magnetic Rose’ by Oneohtrix Point Never.
SENSORIA FEST 2014 presents: THREADS – Fri 3rd Oct @ Amphitheatre, SHEFFIELD
A generation of children were given sleepless nights thanks to the BBC’s legendary Sheffield-set post-nuclear drama THREADS. For me it’s the image of a glass milk bottle melting on a doorstep that seems to have forever lodged in my nightmares. Sensoria Fest present an extraordinary chance to watch the drama upon the skyline of Sheffield in the amazing outdoor amphitheatre. Audiences will be given wireless headphones enjoy the film in clarity and comfort, though no doubt there will be a few anxious eyes on the horizon, lest a mushroom cloud should appear.
Sam Meech is a an artist, cinema fan, and founder of Screening Film. Originally from a village in Huddersfield, he was told as a child that the nearby Emley Moor television mast would be one of the first strategic targets in a nuclear war. Find him on twitter @videosmithery