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Director: Antonio Campos.
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Tracy Letts, Michael C. Hall. USA 2016. 120 mins.
The often-underrated Rebecca Hall (The Town, The Prestige) delivers a stunning, nuanced performance as troubled Floridian TV reporter Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself on air in 1974. Frustrated at the lightweight news items she’s obliged to deliver by her boss (Letts, Wiener-Dog, Indignation) and by romantic rejection from her co-anchor (Hall, Dexter), Chubbuck also has a dispiriting home life, and professional ambitions that she gradually realises are unattainable. Eventually she cracks. This being a fact-based drama, we already know the shocking outcome, but director Antonio Campos (Simon Killer) and first-time screenwriter Craig Shilowich deftly build a sense of tension based on recognisable human frailties. Set against the backdrop of a struggling local TV station and Nixon’s impeachment unfolding off-screen, Hall’s complex characterisation galvanises our attention.
18.00Discover Tuesdays: Discover stunning cinema. Whether it's a cult classic, an art-house gem or a riveting documentary, there will always be a chance to see something different and brilliant in our weekly slot.
Directed by pioneering rock film-maker D.A. Pennebaker, this documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement, shocking fans and media alike by stating “it’s the last show we’ll ever do”. Rather than marking his withdrawal from music, his declaration signalled the retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona, and the end of a hugely influential chapter in Bowie’s own story.
In addition to the concert movie, the evening will include a new film produced by MOJO magazine exclusively for these screenings. This film will feature MOJO’s Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander in conversation with The Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, whose own acclaimed memoir, My Life With Bowie: Spider From Mars, has just been published by Sidgwick & Jackson. As well as re-living that fateful night in 1973, Woody will provide further insight into what he describes as “the adventure of a lifetime.”
CinEvents are working with MOJO magazine – Britain’s biggest-selling music magazine, which Bowie guest edited in 2002 – to further enhance the cinema-going experience. Every attendee will receive a copy of the magazine which will fully document the Ziggy-era, and which will also feature an exclusive David Bowie/Spiders From Mars Collectors’ Cover. This special souvenir cover will not be available in the shops, and is destined to become one of the rarest covers ever produced by the award-winning MOJO team with a retail value of £7.99.
20.30Discover Tuesdays: Discover stunning cinema. Whether it's a cult classic, an art-house gem or a riveting documentary, there will always be a chance to see something different and brilliant in our weekly slot.