Two reminders of special ‘event evenings’ that No6 will be hosting in the upcoming weeks… First, on Saturday 20th May, we have a dressing up opportunity! That evening we are screening the Hollywood classic The Philadelphia Storywith the unbeatable and stylish triumvirate of Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Janes Stewart. In addition to cocktails, brownies made to Katherine Hepburn’s own recipe (but not by her, we hasten to add) and a quiz, we are also offering a prize for the best dressed. So, let’s see those budding Gatsbys and Daisys out in force for a fun night.
Mentioned last week but well worth repeating that UoP’s Final Year Film Screening is taking place on Friday 2nd June. Our talented group of graduates this year are presenting Feelings With a Side of Fries, The Human Way of Living, When a Hero Dies, Marmite Men and It's a Jungle Out There. With titles like that, and at only £4 a ticket, who wouldn’t be enticed to come along and encourage the next generation of filmmakers?
On Thursday we head to Galicia for another in our unofficial season of ‘remote village’ settings, The Beasts. This much acclaimed thriller combines murder with an ecological edge (or an environmental setting with a murderous edge, we’re not sure which) and has won considerable praise for Director, Rodrigo Soroyen: Fotogramas notes that he paints ‘a grotesque portrait of the inhabitants of rural Galicia’ while at Rotten Tomatoes, a 100% rating accompanies the observation that ‘tension and unease spread like wildfire in a scorching tale of decayed human nature’.
Black comedy as only the relentlessly fun-loving Norwegians could do it. Sick of Myself showing on Friday, presents scathing satire about societal standards of beauty in modern society, while keeping you guessing about what is actually going on. Written and directed by Kristoffer Borgli, who admits that when living in Los Angeles, the culture heavily influenced the scripting. If you’ve ever looked at the lengths to which some celebrities will go to (ahem) ‘enhance’ their appearance and thereby raise their profile and thought ‘what the…?!’, this film has a particularly novel and cynical take on the phenomenon.
Hitchcock a go-go, this, and one of his (many) must-see productions, Strangers on a Train has all the characteristics that define the term ‘Hitchcockian’ – the criss-cross murder plot, gauche and flamboyant coded characters, untrustworthy ladies with glasses, numerous macguffins, and masses of cross-cutting to heighten suspense. The film finesses Highsmith’s novel into movie magic and is an immensely enjoyable ride (unless your day job involves operating a carousel). Showing on Saturday.
Let’s face it, British audiences can never get enough of the likes of Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton ambling their way through a plot that takes in poignancy, grief, comedy, charm and resolution in equal measure. We know this, and so are screening The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry twice, a matinee showing at 4.15pm on Thursday 25th May, and again at 7pm the following day, 26th. So that’s two chances to immerse yourself in what the Guardian describes as ‘a cosily familiar tale of British eccentricity’.