Diversity is definitely on the menu at No6 this week, with a documentary on Glam Rock’s founding superstar, a classical detective tale featuring one of the world’s great Actors (with a capital A), and a cult horrorfest from Australia. No one can say we don’t cater to all tastes. Seriously, these diverse films, contrasting with our recent screening of several big scale blockbusters, is exactly what independent cinema is all about. If you liked Thursday’s film but aren’t so interested in Friday’s, tell your friends about it anyway as they just might be. Our aim is to welcome everyone, and your word of mouth is every bit as important to that as this newsletter.
And for those of you who were as gutted as we were that Withnail & I was cancelled at the very last minute on Friday, we will be showing it on Saturday 7th October instead. Tickets for this, as well as the rest of the films that we're screening in October, are now availble to book via our website.
After the hugely successful screenings of the Bowie documentary last year, we are showing Angelheaded Hipsteron Thursday, a film about, and in tribute to, Marc Bolan. And it's a special nationwide preview no less! Ethan Silverman’s documentary is the first to explore the music and lyrics of T. Rex, and includes archival performances, interviews, and footage, as well as interpretations by Nick Cave, U2 and many others as they record a Bolan tribute album. As part of the preview, we will also be including a recorded Q&A with the Director, Producer and special guest Rolan Bolan.
It’s always a pleasure to welcome a new film by one of the great French Directors of recent times, Patrice Leconte, but Maigret, showing on Friday, also gives us the opportunity to admire the interpretive powers of Gerard Depardieu. Based on an original novel by Georges Simenon ,the film topped the French box office when released there in 2022. Ostensibly a typical murder mystery, it is the central performance that is the focus of attention.
Talk to Me, showing on Saturday, follows a group of teenagers in Australia who discover how to conjure spirits, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces. A 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes includes the comment that the film ‘spins a terrifically creepy 21st century horror yarn built on classic foundations’, while the New York Times notes it’s ‘wonderfully gooey practical effects and deeply distressing visual jolts.’ Surely enough to entice any horror fan.
Yes, we promoted this last week, but we are very keen to ensure a good turnout and a great reception for Kekee Manzil writer and producer Behroze Gandhy and BBC correspondent Nisha Pillai on 21st September. They will be taking questions and discussing the film from 6.30pm in the bar. This is a beautiful documentary about the arts in India, and the role of Gandhy’s father in promoting them, with a great soundtrack by Talvin Singh. If you enjoyed the Eric Ravilious documentary last year, come along to see its Mumbai-based equivalent.