Friday, 18 December 2015

CULTIVATE FILM ART: A MAN VANISHES & CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH

CULTIVATE FILM ART: A MAN VANISHES & CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH: BLURRED REALITY PART TWO  This week has worked itself into a Japanese double bill with the self-indulgent CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH, this in...

A MAN VANISHES & CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH

BLURRED REALITY PART TWO 


This week has worked itself into a Japanese double bill with the self-indulgent CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH, this intense examination of youth sexuality, exploitative dependency, alienation and lots of neon. Followed by last weeks re-scheduled A MAN VANISHES a experimental examination into perceptions between reality and fiction. Not forgeting the usual free popcorn and rum and as its christmas handprinted hand drawn cards for the regulars.  



THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

BLURRED REALITY 

This Sunday it’s blurred realty week with two films that blur the lines between fiction and documentary. First up is THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ the almost true story of the abduction of Michel Houellebecq, partly based on real events married with the fictional events created by Michel himself this black comedy reveals what really happened when the cameras where switched off or does it. A MAN VANISHES will be screened next Sunday with CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH.



Friday, 4 December 2015

AV ENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES & DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE

WORLDS APART DOUBLE BILL


This Sunday is the worlds apart special with two films from opposit ends of the political and cultural spectrum. First up is AVENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES shot in the occupied territories of Isreal by Isrealie director Avi Mograbi the director looks at similarities between the Palestinians and the Isrealis, this powerful and graphic depiction of a country divided by relgion and trapped in a continuing cycle of violence. This is an uncensored examination of the ongoing conflict. Next up is DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE this observational piece takes a subtle look at the oppression of women within a culture that views women as second class citizens, done in an inventive and humorous way it will make you laugh, cry and learn. With vegan food for the early birds, popcorn and rum.







Sunday, 22 November 2015

Saturday, 21 November 2015

FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES & BAKUMATSU TAIYO-DEN

JAPANESE AVANT-GARDE DOUBLE BILL


This week we goto Japan and take an electrifying journey into the underworld of 60's Tokyo with the groundbreaking FUNERAL OF ROSES a film that is said to have influenced every indie film of the 70's from Kubricks A CLOCKWORK ORANGE to John Schlesinger's MIDNIGHT COWBOY. With the very real depiction of drug-use and an unapologetic vision of Japanese subculture with real-life transvestite entertainer shining an unflinching light on Tokyo 60's gay subculture this film takes you on a journey that never been replicted on screen since. Next up is BAKUMATSU TAIYO-DEN considered one of the greatest Japanese films ever made within Japan it is unheard of outside of Japan this multi-contextualized portrait of Japanese society and a must for any fan of cinema and the art of storytelling. with the usual free popcorn and rum


BLACK ORPHEUS & BLACK MAMA WHITE MAMA

INTOXICATING DOUBLE BILL



Saturday, 7 November 2015

GIRLHOOD & SONS OF CUBA

BLACK HISTORY SEASON  PART 5

This weeks sees the last of our Black History season always with the one you’ve all been waiting for Celine Sciamma’s GIRLHOOD. The film that takes you on journey from late adolescence to adulthood, using gender, race and class as the map we are encouraged to follow. Set in the housing projects of the hidden Paris. Scianna shows a culture very rarely shown in French cinema, with all the main cast members coming from black community of Paris. Even LA HAINE veered away from an all black cast, with most of the cast being none-actors the film has an air of authenticity making its examination of class and gender politics even more searching a must –see. Next up is Andrew Lang’s SONS OF CUBA set in the Havana Boxing Academy Lang follows the journey of three boxing hopefuls through eight dramatic months with the social and political back drop of Cuba and with the defection of it’s Olympic boxing champions to the USA their futures look bleak, passion, politics and pathos. A must-see, with the usual free popcorn and rum.




Wednesday, 28 October 2015

80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY'S & HUSTLERS CONVENTION

THE HUSTLERS DOUBLE BILL


This week we are in New York, first up is 80 BLOCKS. FROM TIFFANY'S  a harsh look at class and culture and the micro society that live 80 blocks from the richest part of New York. Followed by HUSTLERS CONVENTION a tale within a tale of greed, ambition and identity. The album its self originally released in 1973 by LOST POETS Jalal Mansur Nuriddin is a buried masterpiece now here the story behind it. Two must-sees with the usual free popcorn and rum. And remember this week we are at our alternative venue Zombie Shack.


Friday, 23 October 2015

SOUL POWER & BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE

MUSIC DOUBLE BILL


Two more documentaries this week, with the amazing found footage doc SOUL POWER and the fan made phenomenon. BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE


This week it's the music special with two modern classics. First up is SOUL POWER the cinema verite documentary is constructed entirely of footage shot in 1974 on the Back To Africa music festival in Zaire known more famously as 'ZAIRE 74' held in Kinshasa ahead of the biggest boxing event of all time. Muhammad Ali verses George Forman the famous 'Rumble In the Jungle'. This painstakingly restored piece of filmic art finally comes to the screen this Sunday from 6:15. Next up is the phenomenal documentary made by Tribe Called Quest super fan Michael Rapoport BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE follows Q-Tip, Phife Dog, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White. Rapaport looks at tensions that eventually lead to the break up of the band. This is not just for the music fans. With the usual free popcorn and Rum.














Thursday, 15 October 2015

ALL WHITE IN BARKING & THE NINE MUSES

THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY DOUBLE BILL 


This week we focus on documentary first up is Marc Isaacs ALL WHITE IN BARKING is a heart felt, compassionate look at racial integration in the London borough of Barking. Still probing, still insightful but done with respect for it protagonists. Next up is John Akomfrah's THE NINE MUSES a stylised retelling of post-war migration to Britain, turning it into a poetic as well as a personal journey referencing heavily to Homer's Odyssey. Two film that take an intelligent look at race and migration.
With the usual free popcorn and rum.



Thursday, 8 October 2015

GANJA & HESS

BLAXPLOITATION DOUBLE BILL 1973 


This week sees the start of our Black History screenings with the first of our screenings is looking at the culture of guerilla filmmaking amongst the black creative community of the 70's low brow entertainment with high brow subtext that examined race, social class, perception of ones self and the social and political positioning of people of colour in a wider american context . First up is GANJA & HESS by Bill Gunn mixing blaxploitation with the horror genre Gunn uses this populist genre to explore identity, sexuality and religion, we will be showing restored original release from 1973. Next up is BLACK CAESAR Larry Cohen's take on Edward G. Robinson's LITTLE CAESAR but with 1973 sensibilities and as a narrative it looks more at power and how power can derail you ambition if you forget why you set upon a certain path. Two classics that will entertain from start to finish. 



Thursday, 1 October 2015

THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS & SAVAGE WITCHES

CULT UNDERGROUND DOUBLE BILL

This week we take a break and leave our brains at the door with two films in which the filmmakers you to let go of your perceptions of reality and let your imagination run riot. First up is Takashi Miike's THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS Miike's take on the Sound Of Music combines stop motion animation with surreal abstractions of the everyday this surrealist comic horror is a must-see for any film fanatic. Next up is SAVAGE WITCHES by underground experimental filmmaker Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais who use film to create an alternative reality that can go as far as your imagination will allow. 




Wednesday, 23 September 2015

PUNK ATTITUDE & BODY SONG

BEST OF BRITISH MUSIC SPECIAL 



This Sundays will be a music special to remember with experimental punk LOCEAN, a band on the up with their original take on the art of performance, they captivate and enchant as they tare apart you senses while re-inventing Punk. On the film side we start with PUNK ATTITUDE by the legendary DON LETTS  punk inspired a generation of poets, filmmakers, designers, creatives and artists traveling from the streets of London to the avenues of New  York. Re-inventing the music scene and redefining the fashion that surrounds it threatened the establishment and brought about an independent DIY attitude.
Next up is BODY SONG an epic vision of love, sex and death made possible by archive footage spanning a hundred years of cinema from around the world with a mesmeric score by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. A night of great music live and on film with the usual free popcorn and rum.    





Tuesday, 22 September 2015

DRAGON INN/ AT THE WHITWORTH

MANCHESTER PREMIER


 SCALARAMA MANCHESTER PREMIER 

 Manchester premier screening of the original uncut restored print of King Hu's DRAGON INN this visual attack of the senses while immersing you in a period and time in Chinese culture that was so expressive, this monumental event will take place at The Whitworth Art Gallery in the grand hall. Doors open at 6PM with an introduction by Salford Universities Asian film aficionado Dr Andrew Willis , Thursdays screening is a one off must see special.

Thursday 24th from 6pm

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

THE PARY'S OVER & PRIVILEGE

SCALARAMA BEST OF BRITISH 


This Sunday sees the ultimate 60's double bill. Reflecting Britain expanding pop culture and it's ability to be manipulated and control. First up is Guy Hamilton's THE PARTY'S OVER a sideways look into the Chelsea beatnik party culture of the 60's, this pre-release version features the amazing sound track by the legend that is John Barry. Next up is the Cultivate regular the great Peter Watkins with PRIVILEGE, an examination into the influence of the ruling parties on popular culture. Starring Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones. Two must-see classics which both had issues with the censors at the time of their respective releases, forcing Guy Hamilton to take his name off the directors credit of THE PARTY'S OVER. 

With the usual free popcorn and rum. 



Sunday, 13 September 2015

THE BLACK PANTER & HEROSTRATUS

PART TWO: BEST OF BRITISH

This week looks at the media with the cult low budget true-crimes re-construction movie leading up to the subsequent kidnap and murder of the heiress Lesley Whittle by Donald Nelson. BLACK PANTHER is an intense claustrophobic journey back to seventies England a brilliant piece of filmic history as well as a British cult classic. Next up is HEROSTRATUS Don Levy's surreal take on the power of marketing when a young poet hires a marketing to turn his suicide into a media spectacle, the film takes a reactionary twist in typical Levy style, a marriage of art and narrative and not forgetting Helen Mirren. With the usual free popcorn and rum.





Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I AM DIVINE & YOU AND THE NIGHT

QUEER SCREEN PART 3 


This week sees the third and final part of our queer season with the ultimate outsider artist, a true original and cultural icon. I AM DIVINE charts the life of performance artist and cultural muse DIVINE this documentary creates a portrait of an artist destined to become a legend. Followed by YOU AND THE NIGHT set over the period of a night the film explores gender sexuality and the power structures within the different relationships two must-see for lovers of film.
With the usual free popcorn and rum.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

GAY SEX IN THE 70'S & THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION

PART 2 OF THE QUEER SCREEN SEASON


This week's double bill sees part 2 of the Queer screen season. First up is the visually stunning documentary charting the growing politicization of the New York gay community of the 1970's and the sexual liberation this openness brought to a community that had been alienated and ostracized for centuries. Had a brief moment of openness and freedom to express their sexuality, this film shows their brief time in the sun before the holiday was brought abruptly to an end with the onset of HIV and AIDS. An engrossing and visual feast a must-see for any film fan. Next up is Derek Jarman's exploration of the love sonnet and his re-imagining of Shakespeare's love poems, his dreamlike visuals and poetic narrative voiced by Dame Judy Dench have a timeless appeal.
With the usual free popcorn and rum.


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Sunday, 16 August 2015

STRANGER BY THE LAKE & ANOTHER WAY (EGYMASRA NEZVE)

 PART 1 OF THE CULTIVATE QUEER SEASON


This week sees the start of our short season of queer cinema on the lead up to Manchester Pride. After three years of searching I have finally found a film that represents the female gay relationship in an intelligent, multilayer, emotional and political context I had to go all the way to Hungary this gem from 1982 by Karoly Makk ANOTHER WAY. This film doesn’t just looks at love under the restrictive regime of the Stalinist government it also gives a frank portrait of the effects of living under totalitarianism and how it can intrude on the most intimate aspects of ones life, this film has an emotional depth that takes it beyond the label of queer cinema and more into the realms of political cinema a true classic and a must-see if you’re a fan of strong narrative film. Followed by STRANGER BY THE LAKE an intense thriller set amongst a picturesque lake in rural France, this mix of comedy and tragedy charts a young mans infatuation for a seriously flawed older man who is determined to embark on a relationship despite his knowledge of his lovers darker side. Putting a new twist on the culture of cruising you will both laugh and cry a darkly comic joy.


With the usual free popcorn and Rum



Thursday, 6 August 2015

SUNSET BOULEVARD & PEPE LE MOKO

MASTERS AT WORK


This week marks the end of our classics season two pieces of high drama, first up is Gloria Swanson's swan song SUNSET BOULEVARD. As the aging silent film actress Norma Desmond clinging to past successes she strike up a friendship with a struggling writer. Two people desperately trying to resurrect their careers, beautiful yet darkly satirical Billy Wilder pulls off a master stroke with this masterpiece of modern cinema. Followed by Julien Duvivier's French classic PEPE LE MOKO taking the classic gangster movie to a poetic level classed as one of the best FRENCH ever made it is definitely up there with the greats. With the usual free popcorn and rum.






Wednesday, 29 July 2015

PUMPING IRON & THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

CLASSICS NIGHT

Iconic documentary and classic film



This week we reach the end of our classics season with the ultimate bodybuilding documentary PUMPING IRON with the psychological game play of Ken Weller as he steals the prize at the Mr Olympia from under the nose of Mike Katz. While also reflecting on the contrasting personalities of Arnold Schwarzenegger the arrogant, brash over confident titleholder looking for one last hoorah and the shy reserved Lou Ferrigno. You can’t help but get behind the quiet man this is a captivating watch whether you’re into the body aesthetic or into documentary film it’s a must. Followed by THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN what looks like a classic bit of 50’s sci-fi is bathed in political undertones with everything from environmental mismanagement to corporate competence. This week is defiantly one for the film fans with the usual free popcorn and rum.


PUMPING IRON 85 mins
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN 78 mins






Thursday, 23 July 2015

RASHOMON & THE FLOWERS AND THE ANGRY WAVE

JAPANESE CLASSICS


Back at Joshua Brooks​ with two very stylish and visually stunning classics this week, first up is Kurosawa's masterpiece RASHOMON this relentless gripping classic follows the trial of a notorious bandit accused of the murder of a samurai and the brutal attack of his wife. The story is told from two vantage points that of the accused and the accuser as the two stories consistently contradict each other till the itself is called into question. Next up is the riotous and visceral Suzuki classic THE FLOWERS AND THE ANGRY WAVE unionist rebellion Japanese style when a miner leads a rebellion against the controlling minority with bloody results unionist activism with sword fights.  




Thursday, 16 July 2015

THE TRIAL & LA GRANDE ILLUSION

MASTERS AT WORK

This Sunday we celebrate two godfathers of cinema first up is the Orson Welles screen adaptation of Kafka's THE TRAIL. This dark depiction of the future shot in stark black and white, Welles gives us a master class in building tension and alienation this dark brooding masterpiece is unforgettable. Next up is Jean Renoir's LA GRANDE ILLUSION one of the most powerful anti-war statements set to film ever made. Set in the German prison camps of WW1 Renoir took from his own experiences as an active aviator during the first world war to create an authentic feel married with his quietly subversive analysis of French society, this multi-award winning masterpiece will stay with you.






Sunday, 12 July 2015

HOUSE & LESSON OF EVIL

JAPANESE DRIVE-IN DOUBLE BILL

A trip through Japanese cinema. This Sunday from 6pm at Joshua Brooks​

This week we take a trip to Japan with two classics, first up is an absolute roller-coaster ride of a movie with the brakes well and truly ripped off 'HOUSE' it is an inventive and satirical full-blooded twist on the horror genre broke records on its original release in 1977 and has since gone on to become a cult classic. Followed by Takashi Miike's LESSON OF EVIL if you loved Battle Royale, Audition or Confessions then you will love this film, this is classic MIIKE so this Sunday come prepared brown paper bags will be handed out on entry. With the usual free popcorn and rum.




Thursday, 2 July 2015

LE CERCLE ROUGE & THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT

NOUVELLE VAGUE SURREALIST DOUBLE BILL



This week we go to France and Poland with two underground cult classics first up is Andrzej Zulawski’s THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT, this multi-award winning film has become known as a surreal masterpiece due to its multilayered symbolism and its apocalyptic use of imagery to portray the extremes of the human condition. Followed by Jean-Pierre Melville’s LE CERCLE ROUGE seen as one of the best heist movies ever made the style and the feel of this film has been replicated the world over but never matched Melville is the master of the heist genre who’s style and effortless cool has never been equalled.  Two film fan classics with the usual free popcorn and rum.



Monday, 29 June 2015

DAVID PUTTNAM PRESENTS


Puttnam Presents… is part of the HallĂ© 2015 Proms, and features legendary film producer David Puttnam live on stage. The Orchestra will perform David’s top movie classics, as the man himself reflects on his film career. Hear music from Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields played alongside big screen visuals, accompanied by David’s son Sacha, who is a renowned film composer and pianist in his own right.

Puttnam Presents… | Wed 1 July, 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The evening will include music from:

Midnight Express
Chariots of Fire
The Duellists
Memphis Belle
Local Hero
The Mission
Lisztomania and many more

David Puttnam presenter • Sacha Puttnam piano • Stephen Bell conductor

Tickets prices start at £19*
PwC student tickets available
*Includes booking fee

For more info and booking visit www.halle.co.uk



Wednesday, 24 June 2015

KONTROLL & CONTAINER

BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE



This Sunday its part four of our classics season and for one night only we give you two modern art house darkly comic classics. First up is KONTROLL a supercharged tour of the unseen Hungary, Nimrod Antal creates a pulsating atmospheric film with a strong sense of redemption running through it, this will be a subway ride to remember. Followed by CONTAINER Lukas Moodysson's award winning nod to the avant-garde cinema of the 60's and 70's, Moodysson explores celebrity, gender, identity and the consumer culture in this darkly funny yet beautiful film, pure artistry. With the usual free popcorn and rum.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

CHINATOWN & THE KILLER INSIDE ME

PULP FICTION DOUBLE BILL


This week sees part three of our cult classics season with two big ones. First up is the award-winning screenplay by Robert Towne CHINATOWN, a film that has been Etched into filmic history not just for possibly winning every film award around at the time and since but also for, consistently topping the best 100 films list as well as being selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry as a film of cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. Roman Polanski’s multi-contextual story is part thriller part mystery part psychological thriller cleverly assembled within a film noir context to bring to the screen one of the most visually stunning films of the seventies. Followed by Michael Winterbottom’s THE KILLER INSIDE ME based on Jim Thompson cult pulp classic of the same name, this graphic depiction of the fall from grace of a respected county sheriff a well-crafted tale of violence. Two must-see cult classics this Sunday from 6pm, with the usual complimentary 
Popcorn and rum.   





Thursday, 11 June 2015

THE GRIM REAPER / PIGS & BATTLESHIPS

UNDERBELLY DOUBLE BILL


This week sees part two of our summer classics, with the PIER PAOLO PASOLINI penned COMMARE SECCA (THE GRIM REAPER). This dark suffocating thriller with its velvet monochrome cinematography will draw you into PASOLINI'S dark and beautifully dysfunctional mind, this impressive cinematic debut became BERTOLUCCI'S calling card and is still classed as one the greatest debuts of all time. Next up is PIGS & BATTLESHIPS the start of the Japanese New Wave using the pork wars as a backdrop a storm that had been brewing for a while under the US occupation. IMAMURA paints a portrait of Japanese sub-culture that had rarely been documented up and till that point. This hectic crazed landscape gives a knowing wink to the beat movement and with its unforgettable ending, you need to see these films back to back.

WITH THE USUAL FREE POPCORN AND RUM