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Screening Highlights: The Passion and the Punks

Roller girl, film blogger and editor of Lead Jammer mag, Moxie McMurder picks her own top events for this week. Though mad, bad & dangerous to know, she’s clearly someone with a taste for the classics and the unusual.

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‘71

08/04/2015 – 08:30 pm
Whirled Cinema – 259 Hardess Street Loughborough Junction SE24 0HN

This drama set in Belfast in 1971 when British military deploy emergency troops to try to suppress the increasing violence in the area. One rookie soldier is separated from his unit and must make his way to safety through the unfamiliar streets. I’ve heard a lot of good things about ‘71 , it’s certainly on my ‘to watch’ list.



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The Passion of Joan of Arc

09/04/2015 – 06:30 pm
LIVERPOOL SMALL CINEMA – 57-59 Victoria Street Liverpool L1 6DE

This 1928 silent film is praised the world over as being one of the finest examples of filmmaking. I love silent film, it can tell a story, sometimes more effectively than a talkie. It’s all about emotion and this film certainly has plenty of that. The story of Joan of Arc is an interesting one –  she was a teenage girl who led many battles and claimed she had spoken to God, and for this, the church had her captured and tried for heresy. The film faced some controversy after it was released, with nationalists objecting to the director (who was neither French nor catholic), and the Archbishop of Paris ordered several cuts were made before its French premiere. The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative it was thought to be lost forever, however an employee working in a mental hospital in Oslo found some film canisters stored in a cupboard that turned out to be the original cut of the film.

This event is presented by Think Cinema, who will host a post-screening discussion about the film.

 



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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

09/04/2015 – 07:00 pm
The Water Poet – 9-11 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX

I’ve chosen to include this film in my highlights because I’ve never heard of it but after a little research I can say that it’s one I’ll be keeping an eye out for!
Three teenage girls start a punk band that gets some attention after being mentioned on TV. A terrible gig showcases just how little talent the girls have, though it doesn’t stop the band from becoming huge. But as always, stardom comes at a price.



Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter

Night of the Hunter

09/04/2015 – 08:00 pm
The Cramphorn Theatre – Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG

love this film so much. The plot is simple, the acting is superb and the cinematography is spellbinding. It’s a beautifully shot film. Strangely enough, Night of the Hunter was not a success when it was released, which just goes to show how ahead of it’s time the film was.  Robert Mitchum is undeniably creepy, and with it’s German expressionism style, the whole tone of the film will linger with you for days after viewing. Director Charles Laughton managed to create a film that has not only stood the test of time but is often the yardstick by which we judge the modern cinema.

 



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What We Do in the Shadows

09/04/2015 – 07:30 pm
Hull Independent Cinema – Fruitspace, 62-63 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TU

his mockumentary from New Zealand is a treat. Typical New Zealand comedy, it’s quiet, understated and really funny. What We Do in the Shadows follows four very different vampire flatmates. They bicker over household chores, go out clubbing and look for victims. With the addition of a couple of humans means their lives are changed when a new vampire is created. The comedy is so understated but spot on (I often find that New Zealand comedy is quite similar to British humour: very dry). I definitely recommend it.


HONOURABLE MENTIONS


Grimm up North presents CREEPSHOW – The Dancehouse Theatre – 9th April

20th Centrury Flicks present NASHVILLE – Cube Microplex – 9th April

Comedy Combo presents NAKED GUN – Cube Microplex – 11th April 

 


My name is Moxie McMurder and I’ve been watching films since the minute I left the womb. My parents owned video shop when I was young so I’ve literally been watching films my whole life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Horror is my jive but I like all genres really, but generally speaking the stranger, the better. I’m currently working on creating a UK film website but until then you can find me on Twitter @A_SharedMadness or at my blog: www.theonlyfinalgirl.wordpress.com


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