Darling (dir: John Schlesinger, 1965, cert 15)
Swinging London in all it’s brash glory starring the beautiful Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde, and a capital city in a state of social flux. Christie’s Diana Scott is a moral vacuum dependent on only her own whims, a role she embraces with nihilistic joy, earning a Best Actress Academy Award. Schlesinger’s film possesses a documentary feel and, whilst it’s dinner party aesthetic can be grating to modern senses, it’s a fascinating window into an exciting period.
Tue 6 Nov 7pm at Birmingham LGBT, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ Free www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk
Evil Dead 2 (dir: Sam Raimi, 1987, cert 15)
For the sequel to the gruelling original, Sam Raimi produced one of the most grotesquely hilarious splatterfests in movie history. Transposing the slapstick thrills of the Three Stooges into that cabin in the woods was a stroke of absolute genius. Chin on legs Bruce Campbell’s finest moment is as the chainsaw wielding Ash, laughing maniacally as the Deadite onslaught takes it toll and his own severed hand tries to kill him. An unrelentingly inventive laugh gore riot.
Thu 8 Nov 6pm & 8.20pm at Lighthouse, Chubb Bldg, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT £8.40 light-house.co.uk
Been So Long (dir: Tinge Krishnan, 2018, cert 15) + Q&A
Tinge Krishnan’s thrilling fluorescent musical, based on the stage production of the same name, lights up London in a dizzying spectacle of uplifting tunes and romantic puff. Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene excel as lovers Simone and Raymond, with Coel in particular producing a scintillating performance. Giving a heavy steer away from the twee conventions of the genre, Krishnan manages to sublimely marry capital city grit with magical warmth, this is our kind of musical. This special screening is part of Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame project features a Q&A with director Tinge Krishnan, producer Nadine Marsh-Edwards, musical director Arthur Darvill, writer Che Walker and actor George MacKay.
Fri 9 Nov 6pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
The Godfather ( dir: Francis Ford Coppola, 1972, cert 18)
Coppola’s seminal study of mafia politics and violence is one of the greatest films ever made and demands to be seen on the big screen. Brando’s demise; as Vito Corleone, whilst playing with his grandson in a summer garden, is one of the most poignant scenes of mortality ever committed to celluloid and certainly the best naturalistic death scene ever filmed. We also like the severed horse’s head in the bed scene quite a lot.
Sat 10 Nov 1pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Bhaji on the Beach (dir: Gurinder Chadha, 1993, cert 15) + Q&A hosted by Shazia Mirza
This gentle comedy follows a multi-generational group of Asian women on an outing from their Birmingham community centre to Blackpool. A breakthrough hit which picked up a BAFTA nomination, Bhaji on the Beach launched the careers of both director Gurinder Chadha (who started out as a roving reporter for Radio WM) and co-writer Meera Syal. The screening will be followed by a Q&A hosted by comedian Shazia Mirza.
Sat 10 Nov 7pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Theatre of Blood (dir: Douglas Hickox, 1973, cert 15) + Q&A with Victoria Price
Vincent Price is outstanding as Edward Lionheart in the uproarious gory spectacle that is Theatre of Blood, ingeniously dispatching a raft of unkind critics in exquisitely violent and Shakespearean ways with a deviously malicious twinkle in his eye, we particularly enjoyed the decapitation of Arthur Lowe’s Horace Sprout. The screening will be preceded by a very personal Q&A with Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria.
Sat 10 Nov 6.30pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £9.99 veezi.com
Polyland (dir: Dasa Raimanova, 2017, cert 12)
Compelling documentary that explores what it is like to live in a society lurching dangerously to the right through the experiences of three Polish women and how it feels to be black, Muslim or LGBTQ+ in this intimidating atmosphere. The age of Trump, Brexit and rampant nationalism can feel overwhelming but Raimanova’s film offers defiant hope.
Sun 11 Nov 5pm at Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT £4 www.eventbrite.co.uk
Published on: Mon 5 Nov 2018