Electric Sheep Film Club: Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

Date: Wednesday 12 May

Time: 8:30pm

Venue: Prince Charles Cinema, London

Price: £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members

Certificate: 18

Dir: John Schlesinger, USA, 1969, 113 min

Prince Charles Cinema website

WEDNESDAY 12 MAY, Prince Charles Cinema 8:30pm : MIDNIGHT COWBOY

Centring on the love story between two drifters, one a naive ‘cowboy’ from Texas turned gigolo (John Voight), the other a diseased conman (Dustin Hoffman), John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy is a landmark of American 60s cinema. Remarkable for its powerful, improvisatory performances, its honest depiction of urban squalor and isolation and its obligatory 60s formal flourishes, it is one of the most memorable of the hippie-era films that so poignantly convey the period’s disillusion over America’s broken dreams.

Guest speaker: Emma Smart, programmer for the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, will talk about cowboys and gay representation in cinema in an onstage Q&A after the film.

Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Midnight Cowboy and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Time Out film critic Tom Huddleston will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 27 May. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in May. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club. Read the March winning review of Careful.

Next screening: WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE: Sergio Leone’s For a Few Dollars More