Nosferatu (dir: F. W. Murnau, 1921, cert PG) with live musical accompaniment
The master German Expressionist director Murnau’s version of the Dracula story is a darkly atmospheric tale with an iconic and unsettling performance from Max Schreck as the titular vampire. Unlike Bram Stoker’s original novel Nosferatu’s victims stay dead, this deviation didn’t stop the author’s estate suing and obtaining an order that all copies of the film be destroyed. Luckily for us one of the greatest horror films ever made survived and even luckier for Birmingham cinephiles it can be viewed tonight with live musical accompaniment from Ukko.
Mon 11 Jun 8pm at The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE £8.50 www.crescent-theatre.co.uk
Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager (dir: Gabriel Clarke, Torquil Jones, 2018, cert 12)
A cut above the usual talking heads cobblers that infest most sports documentaries, yes they are there but in focussing sharply on the illnesses and shocking corporate decisions that plagued the popular England manager, More Than A Manager possesses a gravitas rarely seen in this genre. It helps that Robson was such a likeable man, coming closest to dragging an England team to a World Cup final since 1966.
Mon 11 Jun to Wed 13 Jun at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £4 veezi.com
Redoubtable (dir: Michel Hazanavicius, 2018, cert 15)
Set during the Paris riots of 1968, that almost brought capitalism to its knees, comes this rollicking adventure about one of it’s most vocal participants, Jean-Luc Godard. The great New Wave director experiences an existential crisis as France’s capital city burns, shot in an explosively imaginative style that recalls Godard’s own excesses, the film veers from reverence to hatchet job but manages to captivate throughout.
Mon 11 Jun to Thu 14 Jun at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Ovarian Psycos (dir: Kate Trumbull-LaValle, Johanna Sokolowski, 2016, cert n/a) + discussion
The Ovarian Psycos were founded in 2010 as “a refuge for the runaway, the throwaway” in Eastside Los Angeles, this bicycling brigade (don’t call them a gang) of young Latina women has empowered a community beset by domestic abuse and violence. Using art, activism and a freewheeling bicycle based collectivism has transformed the lives of its participants. Following the screening there will be a participatory discussion on how Birmingham’s unfriendly cyclist roads could be similarly transformed.
Thu 14 Jun 7pm at Cafe Ort, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH £3 www.eventbrite.co.uk
Through Our Eyes (dir: Samir Mehanvovic, 2018, cert 18)+ Q&A
Horribly prescient, though ultimately uplifting, filmmaking from the award winning Samir Mehanvovic, that explores the experiences of refugees from the Syrian conflict through the prism of his own journey escaping war in 1990s Bosnia. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director himself.
Sat 16 Jun 2pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Shiraz: A Romance Of India (dir: Sacha Guitry, 1928, cert U)
A simply epic silent film featuring an all Indian cast that explores the creation of the Taj Mahal, it was commissioned in 1632 by the emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his dead wife Mumtaz Mahal. Sumptuously shot, the immense crowd scenes and sweeping cinematography are astonishing even by today’s standards. Meticulously restored by the BFI and replete with a shiny new score from the Grammy award winning Anoushka Shankar.
Sun 17 Jun 2pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Dr. No (dir: Terence Young, 1962, cert PG)
The film that unleashed the most iconic franchise in movie history sees Sean Connery’s smooth talking spy OO7 travel to Jamaica to thwart the plans of the the titular Dr. No. All the familiar Bond tropes are firmly established here in what remains one of the best outings for the suave secret agent. Ursula Andress’ Honey Ryder retains a strong presence missing from many subsequent ‘Bond girls’, despite being completely redubbed due to her accent, and is the perfect foil for Bond’s gentlemanly violence. Rollicking good fun.
Sun 17 Jun 11am at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Published on: Thu 10 May 2018