POLITICAL GENERATION PART FOUR
This Sunday sees the final part of our season of POLITICS ON SCREEN. First up is THE WAVE by Dennis Gansel the film story of a teachers attempt to explain how a dictatorship works by creating a mini dictatorship within the classroom environment. As the group start to realize their strengths the experiment starts to unravel with disastrous consequences. Followed by ALICE'S RESTAURANT based on the song lyrics by Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant charts the changing social and political climate of the 60's. A night of film and education rolled into one.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
AN ITALIAN MASTERPIECETHE ART OF POLITICS ON FILM
This week it the turn of the Italians with Bernardo Bertolucci's cinematic masterpiece THE CONFORMIST told in a non linear structure it explores politics, morality, sexuality and the search for acceptance. Set in Fascist Italy in the 1930s it tells the story Marcello and his desperation to aline himself with the Fascist party, to do so he agrees to assassinate a well known ant-Fascist intellectual and Marcello's old professor, set in flashback the film looks at guilt, loyalty, power, belonging, the church and the outsider. THE CONFORMIST is a cleverly crafted work of art that still manages to ask questions of the viewer.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
PART TWO THE POLITICS SPECIALS (70's)
POLITICS PART TWO
This week we have masterpieces of modern cinema first up is the powerful and extraordinary documentary by Alex Gibney FINDING FELA (MUSIC IS THE WEAPON) the story of the iconic artist FELA KUTI and his creation of a musical movement that later became known as Afrobeat, and how he used his music to express his political and revolutionary opposition against the Nigerian dictatorship of the 70's and 80's.
Followed by PUNISHMENT PARK, Peter Watkins's pseudo-documentary purporting to be the fly on the wall documentary coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of non-conformists, draft dodgers, and the disillusioned all of whom where classed as anti-establishment and a risk to US security they are forced to cross the desert in a game to capture the US flag.
PUNISHMENT PARK TRAILER 1971
Thursday, 7 May 2015
80's BRITAIN DOUBLE BILL
Thatcher’s Britain, politics special with the king of social commentary, ALAN CLARKE and two of his most documented and replicated films.
First screening MADE IN BRITAIN (1983) starring Tim Roth as a disenchanted teenager.
Second screening RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO! (1986) based on the screenplay by Andrea Dunbar.