WINTER IS DARK
In a good way. Dark and indulgent, and curious, and moody and eccentric and romantic and strange.
And to celebrate the darker side of the seasons, we present to you WINTER IS DARK: A Winter Film + Gin Festival in collaboration with Thornbury Picture House.
Throughout the month of July, we're bringing you a program of dark cult films covering genres comedy, music, romance and horror. And of course, every week gets a Bloody Shiraz Gin cocktail to match.
Scroll down to check out the weekly films programmed for this, our second film + gin festival.
THURSDAY 4 JULY. FARGO (MA15+) 6:30PM
Revisit this absolute classic Coen bros crime drama.
"Witty, superbly shot and brilliantly acted. Terrific" - Empire
"Fargo" is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi), (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife.
Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper.
Showing on Thursday July 4 2019 6:30 PM (98 Minutes)
THURSDAY 4 JULY. HEATHERS (MA 15+) 8:15PM
Best friends, social trends and occasional murder...
"Winona Ryder and Christian Slater return in this rerelease of a strange and shocking tale of high-school cruelty and bloodshed." - The Guardian
Synopsis: Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls' cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide.
Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).
Showing on Thursday July 4 2019 8:30 PM (103 Minutes)
THURSDAY 11 JULY. CONTROL 6:15PM (MA 15+)
Catch the visually stunning, emotionally film CONTROL based on Joy Division's lead singer Ian Curtis.
"Control," one of the most perceptive of rock music biopics, has been made by two people who knew him very well. It is based on a memoir by his wife Deborah (played by Samantha Morton), a teenager when they married, and directed by the photographer Anton Corbijn, whose early photos helped establish Curtis' image as young, handsome and sorrowful." ★★★★ Roger Ebert
In 1970s England, troubled musician Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) rises to fame as lead singer of the band Joy Division. A husband and father, Curtis begins to feel the strain of his band's growing fortune, his crumbling marriage to wife Deborah (Samantha Morton) and his worsening epilepsy.
THURSDAY 11 JULY. THE CURE - ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK 8:35 PM
The Cure, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest live bands, take the stage on a perfect July evening in London’s Hyde Park 2018 to deliver a set of songs celebrating four decades of music making.
The ensuing film “Anniversary 1978-2018”, directed by long-time collaborator Tim Pope, captures them in glorious 4K.
The 5.1 audio mix by Robert Smith and Paul Corkett complements and completes this fabulously immersive cinematic experience.
From Lovesong to Lullaby, from Boys Don’t Cry to Burn, from Fascination Street to Friday I’m in Love, Robert Smith and his extraordinary band – Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell and Reeves Gabrels – take us on a magical trip through time.
THURSDAY 18 JULY. BLUE VELVET (R) 6:15PM
Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion.
"I find Blue Velvet still as weird and mesmerising as I did when I first watched it over 25 years ago" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).
THURSDAY 18 JULY. HANDMAIDEN (R 18+) 8:35PM
Intelligent, thrilling and sexy - what more could you want?
"The Handmaiden is at once a superlative thriller and a deeply erotic character study, but it’s the intelligence, mordant wit and depth of characterisation that are the real turn-ons." - Empire
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki).
But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
THURSDAY 25 JULY. THE FOG (1980) 6:30PM
The Fog was John Carpenter’s follow-up to his breakthrough hit Halloween and while this underrated gem is often overshadowed by its predecessor, it is definitely worth your time. If you haven't seen it, now's your chance.
"Sizzling with shock and suggestion." - Empire
Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev.
Malone (Hal Holbrook) stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie (Adrienne Barbeau) witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. Then a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, and more people start to die.
THURDAY 25 JULY. SUSPIRIA (R18+) 8:20PM
SUSPIRIA is a masterpiece which transcends cinema, extending into pure art.
Argento’s expressionist hyper-assault on our senses is legendary with his groundbreaking excessive style staging jaw-dropping mind-frying on-screen violent gore, which is Argento’s own inimitable trademark, SUSPIRIA is situated between art-house aesthetics and splatter gore-fest!
“Suspiria is really quite funny, during those isolated interludes when nobody is bleeding.” - New York Times
Synopsis: The film stars Jessica Harper as an American student who uncovers a deadly coven of witches at her prestigious German Dance Academy. With its highly distinctive cinematography and an unnerving pounding score by Goblin, SUSPIRIA is an epic nightmare – as influential as it is terrifying – which it will stay with the viewer for ever.