Slack Bay (dir: Bruno Dumont, 2017, cert 15)
A polarising film from the French master of minimalist miserablism, with some critics hating it’s heavy handed absurdist high jinks. We love it. Juliette Binoche stars in the bizarre tale of the well-to-do Van Peteghem family, who decide to extend their holiday at the French seaside in 1910 and become embroiled in a police investigation into several missing tourists. Unclassifiable in its gloriously miasmic, and often grimace inducing, mining for the darkest of laughs. Detectives Machin and Malfoy are possibly the greatest crime fighting duo of 21st century cinema.
Mon 24 Jul 5.30pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Dots & Loops #4 with Charlie Lyne
Flatpack host the fourth edition of their excellent short film showcase Dots and Loops. Guest of honour is filmmaker Charlie Lyne; who directed the wildly inventive horror documentary Fear Itself in 2015, as well as making some incredible shorts that will be screened this evening. Highlight is the peculiar but very funny ‘Fish Story’. We’re hoping Flatpack find time in the future to present Charlie’s epic 607 minute film of paint drying on a brick wall, imaginatively entitled ‘Paint Drying’.
Wed 26 Jul 7pm at The Rose Villa Tavern, 172 Warstone Ln, Birmingham B18 6JW £4 www.facebook.com
The Shawshank Redemption (dir: Frank Darabont, 1994, cert 15) Outdoor screening + food
Time to don the prison greys, keep your heads down and make some connections if you want to stay out of trouble. The greatest prison film ever made, nay the greatest film ever made according to IMDB users, is being given the open air treatment at Regency Wharf. Read our full preview here. Read our full preview of Regency Wharf Summer outdoor screenings and find out how you can win tickets here.
Fri 28 Jul 6pm at Regency Wharf, Broad Street,Birmingham B1 2DS £15 www.designmynight.com
Sister Act (dir: Emile Ardolino , 1992, cert PG) + The Birmingham Community Gospel Choir
One of Whoopi Goldberg’s greatest performances is as the effervescent lounge singer Deloris Wilson in Sister Act. Deloris witnesses a mob hit and goes into hiding within a stuffy convent, much to the consternation of Mother Superior Maggie Smith. A great deal of singing and dancing ensues as Deloris chisels away at the nun’s innate stuffiness. We’re suckers for swinging nuns. Before the screening there will be a performance from the rousing Birmingham Community Gospel Choir to get you in the mood.
Fri 28 Jul 8.40pm & Sat 29 Jul 8pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £10 veezi.com
Loading Bay Cinema
Local shorts for local people. A chance to get involved with local filmmakers and have a peek at what is being produced in short films made by local artists, architects, filmmakers and enthusiasts. As if that wasn’t enough there is cake available.
Sat 29 Jul 11am at BPN Architects, 3 Mary St, Birmingham B3 1UD Free www.facebook.com
Multiple Maniacs (dir: John Waters, 1970, cert 18)
Just what John Water’s homage to the grotesque needed was a brand spanking new digital print and here it is. A sickening feast for the senses as we join Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion and a raft of gross out characters plumbing eye watering levels of wholesome depravity. A dizzying spiral of degeneracy through blasphemy, murder and rape by a giant crustacean named Lobstora, and this really only scratches the surface. We’re looking forward to a good wallow in its legendary filth. Part of The Shock and Gore Festival read our full preview here.
Sat 29 Jul 10.30pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (dir: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975, cert 12) Outdoor screening + food
It may be one of the silliest films ever made but Monty Python’s proper debut feature is still an anarchically inventive romp through the Arthurian legend, almost historically accurate and featuring some incredibly brave production decisions. Hilarious from start to finish this is a wonderful opportunity to see The Knights of Ni on the big screen and outdoors. So dust off the coconuts and gallop down to the Regency Wharf forthwith. Included in your ticket price is a a delicious plate of dead parrot and spam from The Rub Smokehouse. (Actual meal is ex-chicken taco and spam smoked potatoes.) Read our full preview of Regency Wharf Summer outdoor screenings and find out how you can win tickets here.
Sat 29 Jul 6pm at Regency Wharf, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2DS £15 www.designmynight.com
Jurassic Park (dir: Steven Spielberg, 1993, cert PG)
Monster movies don’t come much bigger than Steven Spielberg’s magnificent dinosaur rampage. Despite the film’s age, it was released nearly a quarter of a century ago, its use of effective and seamless CGI has never been equalled. Jaw dropping effects; crackerjack script, with Jeff Goldblum getting all the best lines, ‘how do you know they’re all female? Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs’ skirts?’ A Classic rollicking Spielberg adventure. If you haven’t witnessed the scuttling terror of the velociraptor’s on the big screen then this is your big chance.
Sun 30 Jul 1pm, 4pm & 8pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £5 veezi.com
The Wicker Man w/ Conjurer’s Kitchen (dir: Robin Hardy, 1973, cert 15)
Quite simply one of the greatest horror films ever made. The terrifying thrill of seeing Edward Woodward’s virginal policeman Sergeant Howie led a merry; and very creepy, dance by the citizens of the Island of Summerisle to its shocking finale, is an unforgettable cinematic moment. Christopher Lee, as the island’s eponymous Lord, was never better than as the pagan patriarch manipulating the bewildered Howie to his doom. Nightmarish treats will be available from the devilishly imaginative Conjurer’s Kitchen including foreskins, masks will be worn and fancy dress is encouraged. Just be careful where they take you. Part of The Shock and Gore Festival read our full preview here.
Sun 30 Jul 3pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £20.70 www.theelectric.co.uk
Shock and Gore Festival starts this weekend and has an impressive lineup of films, read our preview here.
Read our full preview of Regency Wharf Summer outdoor screenings and find out how you can win tickets here.
Our guide to outdoor cinema in Birmingham is here.
Published on: Fri 7 Jul 2017