Starship Troopers (dir: Paul Verhoeven, 1997, cert 18)
No one does garish spectacle quite like Paul Verhoeven. At the end of the last millennium he was Hollywood’s go to guy for frighteningly sumptuous visions of sex and bloody violence in films tinged with quasi fascism. Robocop, Total Recall and Showgirls were nightmarishly hypnotic explosions that repelled and fascinated audiences in equal measure. Starship Troopers is a similar beast. Join the army of the future with a gaggle of beautiful kids as they wage war on huge interplanetary bugs and your credulity. Brutally shallow fun. The only good bug is a dead bug.
Mon 14 Aug 8.30pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA Free veezi.com
The Reality of Partition + Q&A
In 1947 British India was partitioned and two nations were born in India and Pakistan. Controversial and problematic, ten million people were displaced and turned into refugees purely on religious background, there has been simmering tensions between the two countries ever since. The DESIblitz produced documentary explores the impact of the partition on the citizens of Birmingham and The Black Country that experienced it. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and some of those appearing in the documentary. The film is being exhibited at Ikon until Sun 20 Aug.
Mon 14 Aug 5pm at Ikon, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS Free ikon-gallery.org
Khamosh Pani (Silent Water)
To mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, GAP Arts Project and Feminist Action Birmingham have collaborated to screen Pakistani Sabiha Sumar’s debut feature the award winning Khamosh Pani. Partition engendered violence and conflict on a huge scale and its impact was particularly harsh on women. Khamosh Pani explores these ramifications in sometimes gruelling detail, harrowing but essential cinema.
Mon 14 Aug 7pm at GAP Arts, 506 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH www.facebook.com
Fatal Attraction (dir: Adrian Lyne, 1987, cert 15)
On the 30th anniversary of cinema’s most infamous bunny boiler movie The Mockingbird are screening Adrian Lyne’s impressive paen to the darkness of rejection for free. Imbued with unbearable tension throughout, Glenn Close’s unhinged stalker is a malevolent joy as she dismantles the Gallagher family. We still think cheating Michael Douglas’ Dan gets off lightly.
Tue 15 Aug 8.30pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA veezi.com
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir: David Yates, 2016, cert PG)
Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts is an energetic blockbuster that is big on spectacle and effects, effortlessly managing to tap into the Potter myth and is probably the beginning of another long franchise. If you missed it at the multiplex, the confines of Birmingham LGBT is a much more convivial and charming atmosphere. Thank you Journey Film Club.
Tue 15 Aug 7pm at Birmingham LGBT, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk
IYP Film Night: People Like Us #2 at Ikon
Members of the Ikon Youth Programme have curated an evening of short films themed on identity and contemporary culture. Excitingly being screened aboard the Ikon Slow Boat. Read more about the Ikon Youth Programme here and the Ikon Slow Boat here.
Thu 17 Aug 6pm at Ikon, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS ikon-gallery.org
Published on: Tue 1 Aug 2017