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Screening Highlights 13/10 – Visions Of The Past/Present/Future

This week is once again filled with fantastic cinematic treats nationwide, for anyone seeking something a little more substantial than the modern multiplex experience.

Covering a wide range of subjects from the BFI’s fantastic Sci-Fi season to Black History Month, there is truly something for everyone this week on the map.

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FIRST WORLD WAR: LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND
2pm, Weds 15th October @ Moston Small Cinema, MANCHESTER.

We love cinema for it’s majesty, scale & ability to transport us to imagined, impossible worlds. But it can also transport us back in time, to preserve an essence of history. For me, to see a film from 1915 is every bit as miraculous as the awe inspiring visions of Blade Runner or Star Wars. This collection of wonderfully preserved footage from the North West Film Archive shows what the region was actually like in a time of war & the conflicts impact on ordinary people living in the region. There is no better place to see these films than in this welcoming, community run cinema space. A rare opportunity. Narrated by actor Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless).

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BFI SCI-FI SEASON: YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS
8pm, Thurs 16th October @ CUBE Microplex, BRISTOL.

This 1968 tale from the pen of Sci-Fi pioneer Nigel Kneale (Quatermass & The Pit) is one of the great hidden treasures of the BBC’s golden age of TV drama. Originally broadcast under the ‘Theatre 625’ banner, this tale of mass media exploitation is an Orwellian vision of the future, with an offbeat, hallucinatory quality that, amongst other things foretold the advent of reality TV. Oddly prescient & the kind of drama you just don’t see anymore. Fans of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, this is definitely for you!

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THE SPACE MERCHANTS PRESENT SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE:  SECONDS
8pm, Thurs 16th October, The Duke Of Wellington, Dalston, LONDON.

One of the most iconic American films of the 1960’s. This fragmented masterpiece of paranoia and dread pre-figured the visual instability of cinematic icons such as The Conversation & even Fight Club. Romantic leading man Rock Hudson showed his real acting chops here & the team of Frankenheimer (Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate) and Wong-Howe (The Sweet Smell Of Success) behind the camera created one of the all time great director/cinematographer collaborations. Must-see.

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BLACKBURN FILM CLUB PRESENTS: PLAYTIME
8pm, Thurs 16th October, 63 King William St, BLACKBURN.

If there is a single film in the annals of cinema history I wound say was essential viewing on the largest screen possible (sorry Mr Kubrick) it would have to be Jacques Tati’s 70mm masterpiece Playtime. It is a difficult experience to describe, you simply have to see it for yourself. Aside from it’s legendary status as one of French cinema’s most ambitious failures, it’s sheer visual scale and hilarious gags make it, for me the greatest comedy film ever made. It may have bankrupted Tati, but generations of film fans are grateful for his gamble and you will be too…believe me.

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CULTIVATE FILM CLUB PRESENTS: BLACK HISTPRY MONTH
6pm, Sunday 19th October, Joshua Brooks, MANCHESTER.

Throughout October, Cultivate Film Club have been marking Black History Month with a season of excellent double-bills from key filmmakers Horace Ove & Charles Burnett. This week’s screening contrasts two polar depictions of modern life; from child soldiers in Johnny Mad Dog to the New York drag scene in Paris Is Burning.

Cultivate is Manchester’s best kept secret, keeping the lost art of the double-bill alive every week, come rain or shine. Eye opening, fascinating themed programmes weekly. Past events have covered everything from Czech New Wave to Matthew Barney. Free entry, free popcorn & rum to boot. A low key friendly,community vibe, welcoming to people from all backgrounds. A haven for cinema lovers.

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