Showroom Cinema: May Preview

[wide]lff6 | Showroom Cinema: May Preview[/wide] Beware of Mr Baker

Documentary about Ginger Baker looking back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

“…entertaining… a lively portrait…. The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.” –LA Times


Mud is the new film from Jeff Nichols, the man behind Take Shelter, see the continuing reincarnation of Matthew McConaughey from popcorn beefcake to serous actor. Mud is a dangerous, charismatic fugitive hiding out from bounty hunters on a remote island in the Mississippi . Discovered living on a boat in a tree by two young boys, Ellis and Neckbone, an unlikely friendship forms as the boys struggle to help Mud escape his pursuers and reunite him with his long-time love, Juniper.

“…traffics unerringly in truth, surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom…. Mud is a marvelous figure, the product of flawless writing plus a brilliant performance…” – Wall Street Journal

Gimme the Loot

Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx , are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, they embark on epic urban adventure.

“Want a bracing alternative to the usual Hollywood swill?… a fresh, funky jolt of filmmaking joy…. the film fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance.” – Rolling Stone

A Hijacking

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean . The men on board the ship are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.

Also worth checking out:

Acoustic Routes – Billy Connolly charts the story of legendary guitarist Bert Jansch along with a stellar cast of folk and blues musicians in this BAFTA nominated music film.

I’m so Excited – The new film from Pedro Almodovar promises to be very camp and slightly mad.

In the Fog – Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choice.

Something in the Air – Paris, early 1970s. Gilles, a high school student, is taken in by the political and creative turmoil of the times; torn between his radical commitment and his personal ambitions.

The Films of Stanley Lumet – Three classic films from the maestro: Dog Day Afternoon, Network and Verdict.

Stone Roses: Made of Stone – Shane Meadows directs a documentary about the Manchester band.

The Great Gatsby – There’s a very small chance this might not be an abomination, you never know.

Compliance – When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Based on true events

Our Children – Young and full of life, Murielle has a promising future ahead of her when she meets and falls head over heels for Mounir.

Underground – Anthony Asquith’s working-class love story set in and around the London Underground of the 1920s.

Takeshi Kitano: Film Bites – Three of the best films from the Japanese maverick: Zatoichi, Brother and Dolls.

People Out There – Jan tried to mend his criminal ways after meeting the beautiful. Part of the Eye on Film seasons which showcases the work of emerging film-makers.

Scanners – Cronenberg’s sci-fi horror classic.

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