This week’s picks are by Jim Alan aka Visavisfilm, a writer/sometimes blogger based in Manchester, UK.
27/05/2015 – 07:30 pm
A Small Cinema Liverpool – 57-59 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6DE
A zombie kill-fest set in Manchester may sound like just your average Coronation Street Christmas episode, but our fair city of Mancunia was actually the setting for one of horror cinema’s most notorious, groundbreaking classics. With a plot sitting somewhere between Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE CRAZIES, it’s addiction subplot and allegory of intolerance have been used as fertile ground for countless genre filmmakers since.
Jorge Grau’s film has all the unsettling tension of “golden era” Spanish horror, but the use of Northern English locations give it an otherworldly eeriness that few have been able to match since.
28/05/2015 – 06:20 pm
Curzon Bloomsbury – The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
Joanna Lipper’s film is a first hand account of modern Nigeria’s tumultuous political climate as told by activist Hafsat Abiola, daughter of prominent pro-democracy figure MKO Abiola, who was elected President but died in suspicious circumstances. Her activist mother, Kudirat Abiola was also assassinated. Through her extraordinary life and tireless battle to improve the lives of ordinary Nigerian people, Hafsat Abiola’s inspirational story shines a light on a side of Nigerian political life that we rarely see from Western news outlets.
A special Q&A with director Joanna Lipper will no doubt provide key additional insight. Unmissable
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28/05/2015 – 08:00 pm
Cube Microplex – Dove Street South, Lower Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8JD
This is one of the cinema’s most extraordinary works of art, that could have only have come from the mind of the great Ingmar Bergman. One of cinema’s founding fathers; Victor Sjöström (THE WIND, THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE) plays a weary, jaded professor in the twilight of life, forced to confront the strained relationship with his daughter in law (the excellent Ingrid Thulin) and reflect on a regret filled life during a lengthy road trip across Sweden. Wild Strawberries is i meta-road movie like no other; the story of a life through the collision of memory and dreams. A truly transcendental masterwork boasting one of cinema’s most iconic & genuinely unsettling dream sequences that demands to be seen on the big screen.
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30/05/2015 – 12:30 pm
Z Film Studios – Battersea Road, Stockport, SK4 3EA
This event needs little introduction. …3 epic movies in one 12 hour sitting, all set in the confines of a real working Manchester film studio. For anyone who didn’t see it’s theatrical run first time round, Peter Jackson’s original & best Middle Earth trilogy was a jaw-on-the-floor cinematic event. It’s scale, coupled with groundbreaking visual effects- unmatched in recent cinema history. You haven’t experienced these films until you’ve seen them on the biggest screen possible. Canteen with hot/cold food & drink will be open for the event.
A rare opportunity, not to be missed..
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With SCALARAMA – a month long, nationwide celebration of cinema -just around the corner, there will be meet ups this week up all over the UK. So if you’re interested in getting involved in a programming, promoting or volunteering capacity, drop in and help turn the UK into one big cinema in Sept…
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