Scalarama September

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Once again the country is being turned into cinemas as Scalarama takes over the month of September! Here on The Fringes at QUAD we have brought some eclectic selections to entrance your senses. From European poetic eroticism to V-Cinema, from Straight To Video delights to classic 80s comedy and a live reworking of a sci-fi classic.

 

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Fringe Cinema presents…Arthouse Horror Double Bill

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September at 8pm

Two classics of both horror and the arthouse combine for a delirious double bill.

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Celia (15) – Australia   1988   99 mins    Dir: Ann Turner

Set in mid-1950s Australia, with the fear of Communism in the air and the country’s farmlands overrun byb a plague of rabbits, the film depicts a long, hot summer seen through the eyes and over-active imagination of nine year old Celia. Shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, Celia finds herself adrift between the cruel games and rituals of childhood and the incomprehensible world of grown-ups. With monstrous creatures stalking her dreams by night, those imagined terrors blur by day with the banal brutality of the adult world leading to tragic and shocking consequences. Ann Turner’s refreshingly unsentimental debut feature is a dark fable of childhood’s end to rank alongside Lord Of The Flies, The 400 Blows and Stand By Me.

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Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (15) – Czechoslovakia   1970   73 mins   Dir: Jaromil Jires

A heady mix of horror, fairy tale, surrealism and Freudian symbolism depicts the fantastical world inhabited by a young girl on the threshold of adulthood. Haunting and dreamlike, beguiling and magical, the film is a work of pure imagination and a cult classic.

“I was completely unprepared for how entrancing it was. I’d never seen a movie like it and I still haven’t” – Joe Dante

Tickets – £10, £9 concession and £8 QUAD Members

 

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Crossing The Streams presents….The ‘Burbs (12A)

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Crossing The Streams continues with the Joe Dante connection after August’s Fright Club showing of The Howling. This classic slice of American suburbia and the dark heart that beats beneath it, is the focus of Dante’s black comedy. It’s an eighties film and as such has the requisite Corey Feldman appearance.

The ‘Burbs (12A) – Friday 11th & Saturday 12th September

USA   1989   101 mins   Dir: Joe Dante

Tom Hanks at his comedy peak in this comedy about a guy who is pushed too far. Hanks plays conscientious neighbour Ray Peterson who lives in a typical American suburb. When new neighbours move in, Ray starts to get suspicious. Nobody ever sees them, their house is a mess and during the night strange sounds emanate from the basement.  Then one day Walter, the old man of the neighbourhood disappears and everyone starts to suspect the new neighbours….

 

 

 

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Live Performance – Sound Of Static and Giant Axe Field present….Beyond All Suns

Live music and film event – Saturday 12th September at 8pm

Giant Axe Field will undertake further live and improvised audio visual reworking of Jindrich Polák’s pioneering 1963 film Ikarie XB 1. Fragments including image, dialogue, sound effects, ambient sound and existing score are triggered and accompanied by live Drums, Bass, Guitar and Tenor Horn using Conductr, Ableton, Max & Resolume to reveal new patterns and build shifting and dynamic inter-connective structures.

Adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, the film follows an interstellar mission in search of the ‘White Planet’. The film predates many of the notable mainstream genre releases but is considered an influential template of contemporary sci-fi screen narratives. Screening as part of the Scalarama month.

Tickets – £5 (£6 on the door)

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Satori Logo LgSatori Screen presents…V Cinema Night featuring Dead Or Alive (18) S

Friday 18th and 19th September

V-Cinema was the name given to films released direct to video in Japan in the 1990s in response to the huge demand for home viewing product. These low budget films were produced by studios more interested in quantity than the content of the films, creating unprecedented creative freedom for directors and some truly wild movies. Directors like Takashi Miike (Audition), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and Hideo Nakata (The Ring) all started out in V-Cinema before going on to international acclaim.
On Friday 18th September, Satori Screen’s Peter Munford will present a short illustrated talk on the history of this chaotic and disreputable sub-section of the Japanese film industry followed by a screening of V-Cinema classic Dead Or Alive.


Dead Or Alive – Dir: Takashi Miike 1999 105m BBFC: 18

Two titans of V-Cinema are destined to clash in this hugely energetic and exciting gangster thriller from director Miike. Riki Takeuchi (Tokyo Tribe) is Ryuichi, the head of a triad gang trying to gain control of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.  Show Aikawa (Tokyo Zombie) is Jojima, a cop seeking to bring about a gang war between the triads and the yakuza, in the hope they will wipe each other out. The battle between these two men will literally be explosive!

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Fright ClubFright Club presents….Straight To Video night!

Fright Club pairs up a couple of Straight To Video films and sends them into Parts Unknown (aka The Big Screen). One film from the golden age of VHS is the Stephen King directed Maximum Overdrive and we pair that up with one oflittle seen gems of 1980s Video Ghost Town! Cars and Killer Ghost Cowboys, what more do you want?

Maximu OverdriveMaximum Overdrive (18)    USA   1986   97 mins   Dir: Stephen King

It’s the same old story…a comet passes by, all the machines come to life and, of course, turn their murderous headlights on humanity. Set in a desert truck stop, a group of survivors including Emilo Estevez, Pat Hingle and Lisa Simpson, I mean actress Yeardley Smith must fight to survive.

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ghosttown-1Ghost Town (18) – USA   1988   81 mins    Dir: Richard Governer

A modern day deputy tracks a kidnapped girl to a deserted town, a ghost town as it were. There he finds that the term Ghost Town is a literal description! It’s haunted by the spirit of Devlin, an outlaw, who along with his gang, is holding the dead spirits of the town hostage. Only a lawman can send the spirits on their final journey.

Tickets – £10, £9 Concession and £8 QUAD Members

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