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“How am I going to sell it?”: RADIANT CIRCUS presents MATINEE
May 21 @ 18:00 - 21:00
“How am I going to sell it?” London’s alternative cinema guide RADIANT CIRCUS presents MATINEE at Birkbeck Cinema (21 MAY 18:00 – FREE!).
RADIANT CIRCUS is creating an alternative cinema guide for London. The site has grown as a result of audience activism, producing weekly event listings in the absence of reliable information from the industry. In the process of doing so it has started to document alternative screen culture across Greater London, from anarchic community collectives to freelance film promoters, single-screen venues and multi-platform independents. Covering both red carpet film festivals and site-specific pop-ups, RADIANT CIRCUS lists approximately 200 events each week, making it the only comprehensive guide to London’s DIY, independent and alternative movie nights, film events and gallery screenings.
RADIANT CIRCUS’ Barker-In-Chief will talk about the site’s growth and development, before leading discussion of “independent exhibition at a time of crisis”, drawing parallels between classic exploitation cinema and the tactics used by independent film promoters across London today.
The evening will conclude with a screening of Joe Dante’s 1993 film, MATINEE.
MATINEE (d. Joe Dante, 1993/USA, 99mins)
“The country is on red alert. People are already scared.”
“Exactly! What a perfect time to open a new horror movie.”
Amidst the turmoil of geopolitical crisis and the stockpiling of supermarket goods, an insecure film industry is encountering an existential threat from Pay TV and the challenge of seducing jaded audiences back into movie theatres. Joe Dante’s keenly nostalgic questioning of the role movie-going plays in all our lives couldn’t be more relevant. And it’s set in 1962. That’s ‘history’ for you.
*Joe Dante in “Paranoia In Ant Vision”, a discussion about the making of MATINEE (1993) on Arrow Video’s 2016 Blu-Ray release, the version that will be projected this evening.