Off-screen

SCREENS ON STAGES

Over the past month we’ve been out and about to see moving pictures projected on three very different live performance stages. From the detailed digital backdrops of CITY OF GLASS (Lyric Hammersmith) to the sonic roar of THE UNFILMABLES (BFI) and the miniature memory palace of Robert Lepage’s 887 (Barbican), London’s stages are alive with […]

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Big Screen, QUESTS

SCREEN QUEST: RAW

REVIEW RAW is an unsettling film that gets under your skin and stays there like a terrible, tunnelling disease. Some of the early scenes are the most compelling as Justine (Garance Marillier) joins her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) at veterinary college. The newbie is thrown into a radical hazing that provides both the trigger […]

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JELLYFISH EYES

JELLYFISH EYES (2013), 1hr 41min, BLU-RAY EDITION, 1 DISC, THE CRITERION COLLECTION, UNCERTIFIED (SPINE# 787) – IMPORTED. REVIEW At first glance, this poké-concept children’s film lacks the familiar dynamic and disquieting qualities of Japanese pop-culture artist turned director Takashi Murakami‘s best work. Stick with it and there’s a peculiar parental cult and some adventurous battle scenes that bolster the […]

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Big Screen

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

To many critics, Kong is always – and only – the A-list original and Peter Jackson’s handsome remake. They forget that RKO went for cheap thrills with SON OF KONG and get snooty when Dino De Laurentiis’s enjoyable KING KONG and KING KONG LIVES swing into view. However, there has been another parallel universe – one of island gods […]

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Small Screen

“DO IT ON THE RADIO”

Inspired by Jamie Lloyd’s production of KILLER at Shoreditch Town Hall, we thought we’d screen a brace of horror movies that – ahem – “do it on the radio”*. PONTYPOOL Not a zombie movie – (KNOW YOUR MONSTERS 101: marauding hordes don’t have to be the living dead to cause you considerable harm) – PONTYPOOL (2008) is something […]

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Off-screen

THE PITCHFORK DISNEY

A review of Philip Ridley’s THE PITCHFORK DISNEY. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. Performed by Hayley Squires, George Blagden, Tom Rhys Harries and Seun Shote. Shoreditch Town Hall, 02.03.17. Abandoned twins, sheltering behind the closed doors of drug-induced dreams, have their lives interrupted. Philip Ridley’s shocking first play formalised his apocalyptic universe of weaponised stories. Across monologues and ensemble […]

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Off-screen

KILLER

A review of KILLER by Philip Ridley. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. Performed by John Macmillan. Shoreditch Town Hall, 02.03.17. Three monologues. One actor. A derelict basement. Headphones. Darkness. The audience is seated in a square, chairs facing outwards. A voice runs through the drills: you should be hearing this in your left ear… left, left, LEFT! The lights go […]

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Small Screen

THE TINGLER

(1959) 1hr 22min We were inspired to screen William Castle’s 1959 cult horror after watching Charlie Lyne’s film essay FEAR ITSELF. Both are about the theory and feeling of fear in the cinema. In contrast to Lyne’s hypnotic clip-fest, Castle imagines fear as a centipede-like manifestation that has the power to crush your spine in a […]

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Big Screen

FEAR ITSELF

(2015) 1hr 28min Made almost entirely from existing horror films, Charlie Lyne’s Halloween haul of clips was originally commissioned for BBC iPlayer but has now been remastered for the big screen. Delightfully abandoning canonical reverence and best-of oversight, FEAR ITSELF is a study of how it feels to be at the horror movies. Using films he’s seen, half-remembered and […]

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