Pin Cushion (dir: Deborah Haywood, 2018, cert 15) + Q&A
Astonishing debut film from director Deborah Haywood follows the quirksone duo of eccentric single mum Lyn (Joanna Scanlan) and her shy teenage daughter Iona as they resettle in the Midlands. At its core Pin Cushion is a coming of age story but Haywood’s gleefully malicious usurping of that traditional narrative arc is a mischievous joy. Screened as part of the Reclaim The Frame project; a mission to grow ever-greater audiences for films by women and build a more balanced film future. Monday’s screening is preceded by drinks, networking & free crafting activities, following the film there will be a Q&A session with the director.
Mon 16 Jul to Thu 19 Jul at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
2001: A Space Odyssey (dir: Stanley Kubrick, 1968, cert U)
Beautifully restored under the direction of Christopher Nolan, the greatest sci-fi film ever made returns to the big screen fifty years after its original release. Kubrick’s masterpiece is an astonishing spectacle and under Nolan’s methodical care it is as close to the legendary director’s original vision as ever. The bliss of experiencing 2001’s perfection on the big screen is revelatory and unforgettable.
Mon 16 Jul to Thu 19 Jul at The Mockingbird, Custard factory, Birmingham B9 4AA £5 veezi.com
Pandora’s Box (dir: G. W. Pabst, 1929, cert PG)
The greatest and most iconic female star of the silent age, Louise Brooks, gives one of her most memorable performances in the controversial and kinetically sensual Pandora’s Box, newly restored by the BFI. Brooks is mesmerising as the wide eyed show girl gone bad, bringing ruin to herself and all those around her. Not just one of the best silent films ever made, Pandora’s Box is one of the best films ever made, it’s that simple. Louise Brooks on the big screen may just be more than our hearts can bear.
Tue 17 Jul & Thu 19 Jul at Artrix, Slideslow Dr, Bromsgrove B60 1GN £7 www.artrix.co.uk
Yellow Submarine (dir: George Dunning, 1968, cert U)
A subversive joy from start to finish, The Beatles’ fourth film, which actually had little input from the band, is a hyper-coloured romp through the fab four’s oeuvre mischievously littered with with puns, double entendres, and Beatles in-jokes. A psychedelic hippy fairy tale that still manages to delight and within which a myriad cultural waypoints for animation that followed can be discerned.
Tue 17 Jul 8.10pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Thu 19 Jul 6.15pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
THX 1138 (dir: George Lucas, 1971, cert 15)
George Lucas may be one of Hollywood’s most successful movie moguls but he is not without his detractors, his return to directing with the painfully insipid Star Wars prequels being a case in point. No one could have expected such raging levels of cinematic tedium following his startling debut feature THX 1138, a thrillingly downbeat sci-fi adventure set in a bleak dystopian future world whose inhabitants are controlled by drugs and android police. Remember kids, “work hard, increase production, prevent accidents and be happy”. Oh, it’s been two decades and we still haven’t recovered from Jar Jar.
Wed 18 Jul 8pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
The Room (dir: Tommy Wiseau, 2003, cert 18)
An oasis of ineptitude in a week of high quality cinema. Tommy Wiseau’s appalling The Room is filmmaking of the lowest order and worthy of your utmost cinematic contempt. The Electric have kindly given punters the opportunity to vent their disdain and possibly throw plastic spoons at the screen. Makes Ed Wood look like Eisenstein. “You, you’re just a chicken. Chip-chip-chip-chip-cheep-cheep.” It gets worse.
Sat 21 Jul 1030pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Flatpack presents Asian Youth Culture double bill
Screening as part of the The Asian Youth Culture exhibition running at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Flatpack continue the astonishing work they do throughout the year and between festivals giving audiences the chance to view two incredibly rare pieces of television with a Birmingham slant. Asian Teenagers, originally broadcast on the BBC in 1968, features candid reflections from young people in Southall and Birmingham, alongside the ATV documentary Here to Stay, from 1978, about the Asian Resource Centre in Handsworth. There will be a post screen discussion with Ranjit Sondhi who originally established the Asian Resource Centre.
Sun 22 Jul 130pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £5 www.theelectric.co.uk
Published on: Wed 20 Jun 2018