concerning violence

Concerning Violence

Mon 26th September | 7pm

Archival footage provides a damning indictment of European imperialism from the director of ‘The Black Power Mixtape.’ The Black Power Mixtape” helmer Goran Hugo Olsson doesn’t make documentaries so much as incendiary devices, diving deep into Swedish film archives for vintage clips that have sat like so much undetonated ordnance all these years and coupling them with politically charged audio to make a provocative new statement. In “Concerning Violence,” Olsson adds the nuclear heft of Frantz Fanon’s treatise “The Wretched of the Earth” to that cocktail, pairing passages read by Lauryn Hill with gut-wrenching eye-witness accounts of imperialism gone wrong, resulting in a festival hot potato engineered to rile even the most progressive arthouse crowds.
In searching for a mechanism to unify this incredible footage, which has gone largely unseen by the general public ever since, Olsson seized upon Fanon’s 1961 tract, a controversial anarchist cookbook which analysed the psychology of occupation and identified violent upheaval as the only means to overthrow colonialism — a system Fanon referred to as “violence in its natural state.” First published in 1961 and subsequently banned in France and the U.S., the book now seems less ominous than prescient, having accurately anticipated the bloody upheaval that many Third World countries underwent in order to shake off their white oppressors.
2014| CERTIFICATE UNRATED | RUNNING TIME 89 MINUTES

lore

Lore

Mon 3rd October | 7pm

Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking performance from newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.
“Lore proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors”.—Chicago Tribune
2012 |CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 100 MINUTES

sweet sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Monday 10th October |7pm

While Liam (Martin Compston) waits for his mother to be released from prison, he aggressively resists the demands of his stepfather and grandfather that he use his mother as a drug mule. Liam dreams of a better life for her, and decides that when she gets out of jail he will take her far away from their family and their former life. However, this plan requires money, so Liam gets it the only way he knows how – by stealing his stepfather’s drugs and selling them on the street.
“It’s one of the most emotional and compelling the filmmaker has ever made. Confident, uncompromising and blisteringly realistic, Sweet Sixteen is a gritty and immediate film yet it goes right to the emotions.” – Los Angeles Times
2002 | CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 106 MINUTES

the lego movie

FAMILY MOVIE: The Lego Movie

Mon 17th Oct | 11am

Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special, ‘an extraordinary being’, and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly, and hilariously, unprepared for such a task, but he’ll give it his all nonetheless.
“The funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages.” Time Magazine
2014| CERTIFICATE U| RUNNING TIME 101 MINUTES

city of god

City of God

Mon 17th October | 7pm

In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José “Zé” Pequeno (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, “Knockout Ned” (Seu Jorge). The film was shot on location in Rio’s poorest neighbourhoods.
“An exhilarating slap in the face, bracing and sexy, smart and visceral, stylish and raw — the advent of a fabulously exciting new moviemak-ing talent. “ Shawn Levy, Portland News
2002 | CERTIFICATE 18 | RUNNING TIME 135 MINUTES

modern times

FAMILY MOVIE: Modern Times

Fri 21st October | 11am

This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.
“Chaplin’s sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.”—Boston Globe
1936 |CERTIFICATE U| RUNNING TIME 89 MINUTES

 

bugsy malone

FAMILY MOVIE: Bugsy Malone

Mon 24th October | 11am

A mobster named Roxy Robinson is “splurged” by members of a gang, using rapid-fire cream-shooting “splurge guns”. Once splurged, a kid is “all washed up… finished”. Speakeasy boss Fat Sam introduces himself and Bugsy Malone, a boxing promoter with no money (“Bugsy Malone”). Fat Sam is worried that his rival Dandy Dan will try to take control of the Speakeasy. Meanwhile Blousey Brown, an aspiring singer, has come for an audition, but Sam is too distracted to see her. Bugsy however is smitten with her.
The film garnered over 15 award nominations, including “Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)”, “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song” from the Golden Globes, an Oscar for “Best Original Song Score” and the prestig-ious Golden Palm at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Alan Parker received the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.
1976 | CERTIFICATE PG| RUNNING TIME 93 MINUTES

39 steps

39 Steps (1935)

Mon 24th October | 7pm

While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious “39 steps.” Then he meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.
“Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller is still massively entertaining. It is witty, daring and exuberant; Hitchcock shows himself to be energetic and resourceful as ever” – The Guardian
1935 | CERTIFICATE PG | RUNNING TIME 186 MINUTES

october sky

Matinee of the Month: October Sky

Sat 29th October |2pm

The true story of John Hickam (Chris Cooper), a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal), to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son’s new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher (Laura Dern). Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.
“Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational.” – Variety
1999 | CERTIFICATE PG| RUNNING TIME 108 MINUTES

young frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Mon 31st October | 7pm

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!

Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
“Hilarious. Young Frankenstein emerges as a reverently satirical salute to the 1930s horror film genre.” – Variety
1974 | CERTIFICATE PG12 | RUNNING TIME 106 MINUTES