Ambiguous Pleasures

Evolution, Greem Room, Symptoms, Séance

May is packed with great films, from Innocence director Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s beautifully elusive Evolution to Jeremy Saulnier’s entertainingly nasty Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against a punk rock band.

Following their superb Alan Clarke season last month, the BFI is releasing a comprehensive DVD/BR collection of his films, and we review Clarke’s brilliant 1983 Brecht adaptation Baal, starring David Bowie, as well as the imaginative 70s TV play Penda’s Fen. In addition, we look at Toshio Masuda’s 1968 brutally realistic yakuza series Outlaw Gangster VIP and the new Flipside release of José Ramón Larraz’s suggestive psychotic woman tale Symptoms. And we also have a comic strip review of Andrzej Żuławski’s The Most Important Thing: Love as part of our current exploration of the director’s work.

In Alter Ego, Scottish author Jenni Fagan is Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, and we have a preview of the Cannes film festival. Plus, we are pleased to announce that Guy Maddin’s long-awaited Séance project is now available online, following last year’s wonderfully twisted labyrinth of stories The Forbidden Room. Don’t miss the chance to watch your own uniquely conjured up film!

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The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology

The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.

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Andrzej Żuławski: Strange Births & Spectacular Meltdowns

The great polish director died on 17 February 2016. We celebrate Żuławski's work over the coming months, some of which can also be seen as part of a retrospective at the Kinoteka festival in April, including his last film Cosmos, the dark and moody drama The Most Important Thing: Love and his most popular and brilliantly disturbing work Possession. We also have an interview with the man himself and a feature article exploring the genre implications that stem from Possession.

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The Electric Sheep Film Show 18 May 2016

Alex Fitch interviews director and cinematographer of British SF thriller Kill Command + Jonathan Bignall on the influence of 1950s TV on James Bond films and novels.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 15 June 2016.

Sexual Horror

It's Not Real, But It's Reality: The Story of Custom-Made Sex and Horror

In the final talk of the Miskatonic London spring semester, David Kerekes traces the history of the custom shoot, from its clumsy beginnings in video horror to the present facsimile death scenes, often enhanced by digital effects and sometimes featuring explicit sex. Adults only.

Thursday 12 May, Horse Hospital, London, 7pm
Tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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