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The Week in Film: Trying to avoid making a Star Wars pun

There’s a risk you’ll be sick of people of people shouting “May The 4th be with you” by the time you read this so Video Nasties Podcast and History Of Horror Podcast host Christopher Brown offers some different options, than just revisiting George Lucas’s classics.



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The Fourth Estate

05/05/2015 – 07:00 pm
The Church of London (71a Gallery) – 71a Leonard St, London, EC2A 4QS

With politics and the media so deeply ingrained together it seems an apt time, with the election only days away, for this documentary to get a showing. It premiered a few weeks ago, but this screening marks the start of its tour, including a screening at Liverpool Small Cinema on Saturday. The tale of how far the press was willing to go to get their stories has slowly been laid bare to the public over the last few years. From the carnival of shocking stories that came out of the Leveson Inquiry through to court cases and prison sentences this is low-budget film, featuring information from two years of interviews, that promises to be as shocking as any of the horror films on offer this week.



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Requiem For A Village

07/05/2015 – 07:30 pm
Liverpool Small Cinema – 57-59 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6DE

An incredibly rare chance to see this odd little folk horror on the big screen. Director David Gladwell used locals from the area and created a story that is a tangled mix of genres and ideas, Requiem For A Village starts as a simple enough contrast between the old ways of countryside competing with the depressing feel of modern day encroaching. Before long though we see the dead rise and some shocking scenes of sexual violence in an incredibly angry ode to the loss and change of Suffolk country-life. Gladwell is best known for his work as an editor on Lindsay Anderson’s If…. and O Lucky Man! but this shows he has a unique voice as a writer and director too



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Schizoid AKA Lizard In A Woman’s Skin

08/05/2015 – 12:00 pm
QUAD – Market Square, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

Before Lucio Fulci made a name for himself with Zombie Flesh Eaters and the Gates Of Hell Trilogy he was a gun-for-hire director creating a variety of genre films. During this period he occasionally stumbled into horror. Although not up to the same extremes as he became known for, Lizard In A Woman’s Skin is a giallo movie with plenty of psychedelic dream sequences and sleaze. The film hints at what the director was capable of later down the line, with outrageous plot twists and a thick layer of sex. To add to the exploitation feel of the screening this is an old 35mm print, no doubt adding a layer of grim and scratchiness to proceedings.



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Ida

09/05/2015 – 05:00 pm
Saffron Screen – Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4UH

There is something deeply romantic about the old Academy Ratio. Even though we all grew up with it on our televisions there is something more cinematic about it now. Certainly it screams to be shown on the big screen, with its tight framing feeling alien on our widescreen TVs at home. Paweł Pawlikowski’s moving and intimate film, 2015’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, has a stark black and white palate but beautiful raw cinematography, making this perfect to be seen on the big screen. Set in 1960s Poland, it is the story of a young soon-to-be nun who is sent to her only living relative, before taking her vows.



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Baby Face

09/05/2015 – 07:30 pm
The Horse Hospital Colonnade – Bloomsbury London WC1N 1JD

The Hayes Code made Hollywood cinema deeply boring for a while, with its obsession of cleaning the screen of smut. The chance to see anything that is pre-code, especially concerning sex, is a fascinating insight into the time. There always seems to be something slightly off about early 1930s movies covering more adult themes than you would expect. The story follows a woman who uses her sensuality to get ahead in life. Marketed with the tag line, “She had it and made it pay”, the film’s talk about sex made it notorious.


HONOURABLE MENTIONS

While I could have picked a huge amount of the Derby Film Festival it feels wrong, as somebody who writes about horror, to miss off two fantastic documentaries they are showing this week. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon, covers the golden age of the production company and distributors. They created some cracking 80s arthouse films, while making plenty of, very enjoyable, straight to video tosh too (much to the joy of their fans). Last year’s Jake West documentary Draconian Days covers censorship in the UK from 1985 through to 1999. You won’t be surprised from the title that there was plenty of it, although the amount of power one person could wield is dazzling in this entertainingly told look.


Christopher Brown is a writer and journalist who has worked for regional, national and international newspapers and magazines for the last 15 years. In his spare time he has recently been working on a number of projects, including The Night Gallery Podcast (covering then classic Rod Serling series), Video Nasties Podcast (on the notorious 80s film scare) and A History Of Horror Podcast (looking at extreme cinema through the decades). He’s a fan of horror cinema and is engaged in bringing films to community spaces.


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