Spring Watch

Cannes, The Untamed, The Other Side of Hope

The Cannes Film Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary and we will be reporting on the latest films to be premiered on the Croisette, including Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, Michael Haneke’s Happy End, Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, along with the new series of David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

Back in London, we look forward to the Barbican’s Into the Woods horror film season, curated by our friends at Cigarette Burns, who venture into the darkness of the forest and encounter demons and monsters in The Company of Wolves, VIY and Eyes of Fire.

At the cinema, we review Aki Kaurismaki’s latest effort The Other Side of Hope, which premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year, and there is more brilliant Fassbinder to be discovered at the BFI, who continue their major retrospective of his work throughout this month, including such masterpieces as Veronika Voss and Germany in Autumn as well as various talks and events. And we have a feature on ‘The Horror of Sociology’ based on recent film releases including The Belko Experiment.

In home entertainment, we welcome the release of one of last year’s festival highlights, Amat Escalante’s The Untamed, along with the first Blu-ray collection of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films in one special edition box set, released in a limited editon of 1000 by Curzon Artificial Eye, and including all of his films from Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev and Solaris, to Mirror, Stalker and The Sacrifice.

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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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Twisted Romance

Murderous tenderness, destructive desires, awkward love: Check out our theme focus on films that take a twisted approach to romance, from Jacques Deray's La piscine, a classic French noir-ish tale of desire, jealousy and male rivalry among the glamorous St Tropez jet set, to Pablo Larraín's minimalist Post Mortem, in which a lonely mortician falls for a troubled dancer as Pinochet brutally takes power in 70s Chile.

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Electric Sheep Film Show
May 2017

This month we're looking at poisonous plants and post apocalyptic cannibalism, with two 'revenge of nature' film Q&As recorded at this year's SCI-FI-LONDON: Director Sasha Louis Vukovic talks about his Canadian period drama Flora, while author M.R. Carey discusses the film adaptation of bis acclaimed book The Girl with all the Gifts and its print prequel The Boy on the Bridge.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 21 June 2017.

Miskatonic February 2017

Chimerical Optics: Haiti, Colonialism and Voodoo Terror

On 18 May 2017, Miskatonic London concludes its spring programme with a lecture by artist, writer and researcher John Cussans, who sets out to explore the history of Haitian Vodou, its representations and the importance of the zombie figure for these ‘chimerical optics’.
Individual and season tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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