Based in November 2019, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) remains one of the most iconic sci-fi movies ever made. As a piece of visual design its impact is still being felt, whilst the story it tells is remains a point of debate amongst fans.
It’s also a film that splits opinion.
On it’s release in 1982 it wasn’t well received by critics and there are plenty of criticisms that are hard to shake; it’s a detective film without much detecting, its sexual politics were old hat when it was released, and one has to wonder where the film would sit if it hadn’t been revised and re-released in different forms (my set contains five versions!)…
…and yet the film endures and, thirty seven years after it was originally screened at The Gaumont Cinema, we are bringing the original theatrical cut (the ‘European Theatrical Cut’ to be precise) back to the big screen in Guernsey.
The screening takes place at Beau Cinema at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27 November.
Our Lords of Chaos episode is now available for listening and downloading on Soundcloud, ITunes and other podcast apps.
The episode features Wynter Tyson, Lizze Loveridge and Mat Walters plus an interview with local musician Brett Stewart. In the ‘Afterword’ section we discuss the explosion of popcorn that is Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.
On 31 July we are screening Jonas Akerlund’s Lords of Chaos.
Based in Norway in the early 1990s, the film tells the story of Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem. It weaves together rock n roll delinquency, death and betrayal and is, by turns, shocking, funny and tragic.
Clameur Du Cinema’s January screening is Aleksey Germain’s Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998).
Originally released in 1998 and presented here in a newly restored 4k scan, Khrustalyov, My Car! focuses on military doctor General Klenski who is arrested in Stalin’s Russia in 1953 during an anti–Semitic political campaign and accused of being a participant in a so-called “doctors plot”. It is regarded as an inspiration behind Armando Ianucci’s The Death Of Stalin (2017), and remains one of Aleksey German’s most enduring and satirical films amongst his exclusive body of work with includes the unforgettable Hard to Be a God (2013).
“Khrustalyov, My Car! is relentless and overpowering, yet the film is often poetic in its blend of pathos, freneticism, surrealism and matter of factness” – Time Out
“In this snowbound fever dream, beauty and anarchic humour co-exist with horror” – The Wall Street Journal
All pre-bookers will be entered into a draw for a copy of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the comic that inspired the movie.
Suitable for ages 18+
The screening takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30 January 2019.
Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, The Rider, based on the real experiences of it’s main cast, tells the story of a young cowboy’s search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America after a traumatic head injury.
“Movies that blend real life and fiction usually foreground the docu-style realism, using the poetry as grace notes or punctuation. Zhao privileges both, and in so doing creates a work of heartbreaking beauty.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
Join us for a Halloween double-bill of two brand new movies that hark back to the era of VHS.
One is a horror inflected tech-thriller and the other is a (fairy)tale of evil cults starring one of the most prolific actors currently working. Both films are from solid film-makers who are responsible for some of the most memorable genre films of recent years and both would look entirely at home on the shelf of a video rental store.
You’ll have fun and, if you pre-book, you’ll be entered into a draw for a 7 film Blumhouse blu-ray boxset.
Suitable for ages 18+
The screening takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 31 October. Tickets cost £8 and can be booked here.
So, I’ve booked a venue, sorted three films and licensing, and chosen a name. I’m starting a film night.
I’ve screened films before, and talk about them endlessly, but it’s time to actually create a regular film night and share all the new, odd and interesting films that don’t get a look in on Guernsey’s screens. The films are vital, but it’s the audiences that will make it a success and their engagement and enjoyment.
So here we go…
The night is called Clameur Du Cinéma and won’t be as pretentious as it sounds. It takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at Guernsey’s Digital Greenhouse (a great interactive venue) starting on 4 July 2018 with Beast (2017). I’ve also booked Funny Cow (2017) and Phantom of the Paradise (1974). Tickets can be booked here.
This week I heard the sad news that our local cinema society CineGuernsey would be closing after 11 years. During that time it screened a wide variety of independent, foreign, and classic cinema to appreciative audiences. Unfortunately, new, easier ways of accessing film (VOD) and ever decreasing cinematic release windows have led to lower audience numbers and the society’s inability to cover screening costs. Which is sort of bitter-sweet as part of CineGuernsey’s mission was to broaden interest in cinema and they have certainly helped do that.
So if more people are watching more films on demand, if our local cinema is showing a massively increased variety of films compared to five years ago what have we actually lost?
The answer is conversation.
CineGuernsey didn’t just choose films to show, they curated. Films were chosen after debate and discussion by the committee. Why are we showing this? Does it expand our understanding of film or the wider world? Does it start a conversation? In addition each film would have an introduction. Sometimes a look at the director or screenwriter, sometimes a delve into the film and it’s production, there were also short story readings, Q&As with film makers, parallels with current events, discussions and even short films that complimented the main feature (Elephant (2003) and Elephant (1989) pictured above was one example). Questions and comments were always welcome and no audience walked out in silence.
That’s a big loss especially when every cinema lover’s favourite question is ‘have you seen?’.
Screenings are, and always will be, a massively important part of film culture and so are the conversations that they inspire. They are a place for a community to discover and discuss art, laugh, cry and hide behind their hands.
CineGuernsey will be much missed. Thanks to all those that have been involved over the years, the films were wonderful and so were the people.
Goodbye CineGuernsey… or maybe À la perchoine if someone can figure out the economics.