Film Club: 13-19 June
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Gerard Depardieu's getting flogged by a pro-dom, Bonnie and Clyde are on the run again, and some Russian guy was literally raised by dogs - what wonderful worlds the magic of the movies can bring to us. So screw the sun that's finally decided to come out and retreat back into your caves of vitamin D deficiency and sweet 'n' salty popcorn, you deserve it.
There was a time in every Millennial tween's life when they sat around at a slumber party and watched The Craft then proceeded to try out the whole 'light as a feather, stiff as a board' thing, cursing fuckboiz, or slicing your palms and drinking of your sisters'. This film brought sisterhood, power, and the dark arts into our collective lives, and we'll never tire of it. Especially when it's being shown on the Bussey Building rooftop under the light of the new moon.
Made by The Guardian, these three short films each speak to the modern British experience through their exploration of three of the most prominent topics of our days: Grenfell Tower, the refugee crisis, and racism.
From Black Sheep (about the murder of Damilola Taylor in 2000 and the impact it had on Cornelius Walker, a young black boy in her community), to The Tower Next Door (which explores the lives of residents of other London high-rise projects after Grenfell), to Little Pyongyang (about a community of North Korean defectors living outside London), these are the stories that make up life in Britain today.
Hark back to a time when Gerard Depardieu's face was that of a young man and reasonably hunky, and join us as we celebrate Deptford Cinema's new season dedicated to S&M with a screening of La Maitresse.
Depardieu is a wide-eyed young thing who falls for a pro-dom who runs a dungeon in the basement of her flat. Of course, as seems requisite in films about S&M (can't people just have their kinks without it being a whole thing?), our maitresse's professional life starts seeping into her private life, resulting in a cacophony of psycho-sexual power play - really, is there any other kind?
The High Priest and Priestess of doomed romance, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, portray the infamous real-life couple that catapulted a whole film genre, Couples of Crime, into existence, for which we are forever thankful.
Bonnie, an ennui-filled waitress, falls for ex-con bad boy Clyde, propelling them into a flurry of petty crimes on the run across the US. To pay proper homage, The Prince Charles Cinema is putting on a whole 60s themed soirée, complete with ushers, a newsreel and ads from 1968 in lieu of trailers, and boiled sweets to round out the experience.
Lek and the Dogs
The story of 'Ivan and the Dogs' is one of those that has been passed down through modern lore, adapted into a play by Hattie Naylor, and is now getting another retelling by experimental auteur Andrew Kotting.
Ivan was a child of four when he ran away from his neglectful home and recession-ravaged Moscow to the forest, where he was taken in and raised by a pack of feral dogs. Kotting's interpretation of the true and incredible tale plays out like a conceptual art piece, using this bleak moment in Russia's history as a gateway to talk about the bleakness of life in our cities and world now. Tbh if we could run away and go live with wild dogs, we would.
Showing at ICA.
Neon, heroin, and a male-female split personality protagonist whose body gets inhabited by malevolent parasitic aliens who kill all her sexual partners at the point of orgasm. It all takes place under the bright lights, grime and glamour of the artistic scene of 80s New York. Slava Tsukerman's subversive, spectacular cult classic is back on screen for its 35th anniversary, restored and better than ever.
Showing at ICA.
The grand takeaway from the Alexander McQueen doc seems to be a warning against the danger of making icons out of people - but McQueen is an icon, whatever way you slice it. The king of British couture was always candid and uncompromising about who he was and his ethics, and the pressure he put on himself and everyone around him to execute his vision only speaks to that.
By eschewing commentary from industry royalty and instead speaking to those closest to the man himself - his sister, his nephew, his lifelong friends - we can strip back the veneer of the icon to see the way he thought, felt, and was in reality.
Showing at ICA, most Curzon cinemas, Picturehouse Central and more.