Over the past couple of years, QUAD has taken part in the annual Scalarama festival. Scalarama is an annual Celebration of Cinema. It takes the form of a season of films, each one chosen by a different organisation or individual, in a variety of different venues. It takes place every September from the 1st to the 30th. In previous years QUAD has contributed to the festival but this year, after launching The Fringes in February, we have decided to go all in!
We are screening a staggering 11 titles for our Scalarama season this years with Fright Club, Satori Screen, Fringe Cinema and Cine-Files contributing alongside OST guru DJ Flatbush City Limits who will be spinning some discs for our Jim Jam.
LOVE EXPOSURE (18)- 247 mins, 2008, Dir: Shion Sono
Friday 5th September at 7:30pm
Satori Screen has been wanting to screen this gem by Shion Sono ever since launching and now with this celebration of cinema in all its forms, and lengths, what better time?
When teenager Yu’s father, a priest, insists he attend confession Yu feels he has no choice but to go out and commit sins in order to have something to talk about. Soon he finds himself on a delirious path that will take in religious cults, pornography, martial arts, transvestism, true love and much more. A hugely entertaining whirling dervish of a movie, winner of many international prizes, which packs more incident into its epic running time than you will find in a 10 disc DVD box set.
“A film that will have you tingling with pleasure from charming start to heart-pounding finish.” – Timeout
Some of Jim Jarmusch’s early films are being re-released on the big screen for the first time in years. Here we present four of his best.
Dead Man (15) – 121 mins, 1995, Dir: Jim Jarmusch
Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th September
Jarmusch’s meditative western sees Johnny Depp play an accountant named William Blake who encounters a strange North American man called Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. With Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott, John Hurt, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne and the final screen appearance from Robert Mitchum.
Cine-Files presents the screening on Wednesday 10th September which will be preceded by a 30 minute talk on Jim Jarmusch by Jarmusch fan Daryn Shepherd (aka DJ Flatbush City Limits).
Other titles screening in this season include:
Mystery Train (15) – 110mins, 1989, Dir: Jim Jarmusch
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September
A Japanese couple obsessed with 1950s America check into a Memphis hotel where chance links three separate stories that are linked by a hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. With Screaming Jay Hawkins, Joe Strummer, Steve Buscemi, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Tom Noonan and the voice of Tom Waits.
Join DJ Flatbush City Limits on Saturday night after the screening for a Jim Jam as he pays tribute to Jarmusch’s wonderful choices of music in his films.
Down By Law (15) – 106 mins, 1986, Dir: Jim Jarmusch
Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th September
Tom Waits and John Lurie play Zack and Jack, two laid back slackers who are framed for a crime they didn’t commit. They are thrown in prison with Italian Roberto (Roberto Benigni) whose limited grasp of the English language is both amusing and infuriating. Doubly so, since he knows an escape route……
Stranger Than Paradise (15) – 89 mins, 1984, Dir: Jim Jarmusch
Tuesday 30th September – Thursday 2nd October
Jarmusch’s breakthrough film is still embedded in the New York No Wave movement of the early ‘80s but shows that he had the talent and scope to go beyond. This tale of cousins bonding has a self styled hipster being visited by his younger cousin from Budapest. Their bonding takes them from New York to the wastelands of Cleveland and onto Florida (the paradise of the title).
Nekromantik (18) – 75 mins, 1988, Dir: Jorg Buttgereit
Friday 12th September
Fright Club presents one of the most controversial films of the 1980s (so much so that it was never even submitted to the BBFC) finally makes it to UK screens. Granted an 18 certificate by the BBFC earlier this year, this demented tale sees a street-sweeper who, along with his wife, has very twisted sexual appetites involving corpses. However, he is dismayed to discover his wife taking more of an interest in the corpse than him. Not for the faint hearted!
Introduced by Fright Club historian Darrell Buxton
Odorama – Scratch-and-Sniff screening
Polyester (15) – 86mins, 1981, Dir: John Waters
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st September
Presented in Odorama! John Waters’ bad taste classic first hit screens in 1981 with the gimmick of ‘scratch and sniff’ cards so audiences could smell what they saw on screen. Superstar drag queen Divine plays put upon housewife, tormented by an adulterous husband, perverted offspring…and bad smells! One of Waters’ most accessible and fun films, back on the big screen for everyone to smell.
Phase IV (15) – 84 mins, 1974. Dir: Saul Bass
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st September
Saul Bass was responsible for some of the greatest credits sequences and film posters in cinema history, but he also directed films. This is probably his best known feature, a startling science fiction film about desert ants who form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. An intelligent SF film building on 2001.
Daisies (15) S – 74 mins, 1966, Dir: Vera Chytilova
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th September
A classic of surrealist cinema is perhaps also the most adventurous and anarchic Czech movie of the 1960s in a satirical, wild and irreverent story of rebellion. Two young women revolt against a degenerate, decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. A riotous, punk-rock poem of a film that is both funny and innovative, Daisies remains a cinematic enigma. Refreshingly uncompromising, it continues to provoke, stimulate and entertain audiences.
The Glitterball (U) / The Boy Who Turned Yellow (U)
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th September
The Glitterball (U) – 56mins, 1977, Dir: Harley Cokliss
Made under the Children’s Film Foundation funding scheme, this delightful tale features two teenage boys attempting to help an alien return to its mother ship while the army and petty criminals try to get the alien for its wonderful powers.
The Boy Who Turned Yellow (U) – 55mins, 1972, Dir: Michael Powell
The final collaboration between the powerhouse team of Powell and Pressburger (The Red Shoes) is the high concept children’s film about a boy who turns yellow. Shot on location in London at the Tower of London, on the Underground, this film is fun and tells you a lot about Electricity too. Great stuff.
And there we have it. An eclectic range of titles from drag queens, to necrophiliacs, from yellow children to Japanese Carl Perkins fans, from meditative westerns to ground breaking science fiction.
A lot to look forward to in September. Tickets for these events will be on sale soon.