Hooray for April! King of mavericks Alejandro Jodorowsky is coming to town and we can barely contain our excitement. The BFI Southbank will be screening three of the master fabulador’s films in anticipation of their DVD release next month and they are all reviewed here: Jodorowsky’s provocative first feature Fando Y Lis, his legendary surreal Western El Topo and the absurdist spiritual quest The Holy Mountain. These films have long been unavailable so this is a rare opportunity to see them on a big screen. We caught up with Jodorowsky during his short visit to the Uk – read the interview here!
In the general releases Danny Boyle tries his hand at sci-fi with Sunshine while Shane Meadows takes on skinhead culture in This is England. Scott Walker 30 Century Man is our Rock’n’Roll movie of the month, charting the elusive singer’s career from sixties pop star to obscure experimentalist. And as part of their ‘Silent Film and Live Music’ series the Barbican are presenting Tod Browning’s outlandishly poetic The Unknown with live accompaniment by DJ Nacho Martin.
DVD of the month is Manji, a wild tale of lesbian love, adultery and deceit from the criminally underrated Japanese director Yasuzo Masumura – look out for our special Masumura issue next month. Also out is Fighting Delinquents, a thoroughly enjoyable early rebellious-youth flick by Seijun Suzuki.
Picking their film faves in our Jukebox this month is Headless, another all-girl London band Ã¢â‚¬â€œ yes, we are rather partial to all-girl bands… Take a look at their selection here!
Every month we’ll give you the chance to get your cinephile hands on a film prize Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all you have to do to win is spin the Film Roulette! We’re pleased to announce that our March winner is Joao da Silva. Well done Joao, you’ve won a DVD of The Brothers Quay Shorts, courtesy of the BFI. This month we have a big Masumura prize to give away as Yume Pictures have very nicely thrown in Blind Beast and Red Angel as well as Manji. So if you fancy a feast of unhinged sixties Japanese cinema, get spinning!
The Electric Sheep Magazine team