The Conjurer’s Kitchen film eatalongs devised by culinary wizard Annabel de Vetten are legendary affairs, take a cool movie, pick an iconic scene, pause and chow down on a deliciously themed, and sometimes very twisted, snack. Our favourite is the sweet bloody big toe we got to consume during a screening of The Big Lebowski. Next up are two very different versions of Lewis Carroll’s head spinning novel Alice in Wonderland. Czech animator Jan Švankmajer’s Alice (1988) is a heady mix of surreal stop motion effects and breathless imagination, the recently retired director’s cinematic oeuvre is peerless and the chance to catch this on the big screen with Conjurer’s Kitchen complement is making sawdust fall out of our bellies. For the less adventurous, or maybe those who baulk at dark stop motion taxidermy fantasies, the much more sedate, but equally surreal, Disney version from 1951 is being screened too. Part of the joy of attending a Conjurer’s Kitchen event is the surprise at what weird comestibles have been realised from de Vetten’s imagination, there will surely be tarts for both films, but we’re really banking on a bowl of sawdust to munch on during Švankmajer’s twisted vision.
Alice (dir: Jan Švankmajer, 1988, cert PG) Thu 29 Mar 8pm £20.70 www.theelectric.co.uk
Alice in Wonderland (dir: Clyde Geronimi, 1951, cert U) Sun 1 Apr 12pm £20.70 www.theelectric.co.uk
Both at The Electric, 47-49 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY
Published on: Tue 20 Feb 2018