Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd. UK/USA 1980. 119 mins.
All work and no play makes Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson—the caretaker of an isolated resort—go way off the deep end, terrorising his young son and wife (Shelley Duvall).
Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker. Torrance has never been there before—or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.
Master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's visually haunting chiller, based on the bestseller by master-of-suspense Stephen King, is an undeniable contemporary classic. Newsweek called The Shining "the first epic horror film," full of indelible images, and a signature role for Nicholson whose character was recently selected by AFI as one of their 50 Greatest Villains.
Preceded by Work and Play: a short film about The Shining (2017).
Picturehouse Central is delighted to welcome producer Jan Harlan and critic Kim Newman for a Q&A after the screening
We are pleased to welcome director Sophie Fiennes for a post-film discussion.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami takes the viewer on an intimate and electrifying journey that moves between four cinematic layers – performance, family, artist and gypsy – to explore the fascinating world of a pop-culture phenomenon. Here we see the daughter, mother, sister and grandmother behind the mask, and she takes to the stage for a specially commissioned performance that showcases legendary hits like Pull Up To The Bumper and Slave To The Rhythm. Larger than life, bordering on cartoon, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts.
Director: Theo Angelopoulos. Starring: Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Achileas Skevis. 1999. 137 mins. Greek, English, Italian with English subtitles
A dying author (Ganz) prepares to leave his beloved family home by the sea, and settle things with his daughter; his feelings of despair are interrupted, complicated and finally, to some extent, banished by memories of happier times with his wife (Renauld) and by an encounter with a young Albanian orphan. Angelopoulos' film, a deserving winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes '98, is a characteristically elegant, eloquent and idiosyncratic meditation on the relationships between personal and political histories, and between life and art. More intimate than, say, The Travelling Players or Ulysses' Gaze, the film nevertheless reaches out, as its long, fluid takes escort us through space and time, to universal themes and broader topicalities, effortlessly fending off charges of hermetic aestheticism.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Mercedes Grower, and cast including Noel Fielding, Julia Davis and Steve Oram.
Director: Mercedes Grower.
Starring: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Steve Oram, Paul McGann, Mercedes Grower. UK 2016. 96 mins.
Brakes is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy. Split into two halves, it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Using London as their matchmaker, each of their stories is unique yet familiar to us all.
Please note: the list of guests attending the Q&A is subject to change.
Director: Alain Tanner. Starring: Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn. Germany 1983. 108 mins. German, English, Portuguese & French with English Subtitles.
Ganz, that great loner of modernist cinema, here plays a Swiss seaman who jumps ship in Lisbon, gets involved with a barmaid, and sends reels of home movies back to his wife. Adrift in the exotic White City, he is robbed and then stabbed, loses the barmaid after a passionate fling, and finally hitting rock bottom he raises the fare home. The home movies, accompanied by Jean-Luc Barbier's beautiful, hard-edged jazz score, terrifyingly reflect the disintegration of a man in flight from himself. But this is no idling tract on alienation, more an intrigue built around silences, blankness, deceptions of space and time. A teasingly simple film that compels and stimulates. TIME OUT
Preceded by short film Nice Time, also by director Alain Tanner