Could it be that the city symphony film genre is making a comeback?
City symphonies originally became popular in the silent era, when the ‘rules’ of filmmaking were still being discovered. Films like Études sur Paris (1928) and Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927) offer fascinating glimpses of the times and fashions in Europe’s great cities, while the experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera (1929) regularly tops lists of people’s favourite films of all time.
This is why director Alex Barrett has called his new film “a postmodern study of modernity”. London Symphony is like the classics of the 1920s, a modern, silent take on the English capital made nearly a century later.
The film’s composer, James McWilliam, has written a new 70 minute piece of orchestral music which is matched to the journey, and we’re delighted that we can screen this film Left Bank just after its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Alex Barrett / UK / 2017 / 73 minutes
A documentary on the music and career of the influential musician Scott Walker.
Scott Walker first became famous in the 1960s, as lead singer of the pop trio The Walker Brothers. The film follows his musical and personal journey into his later career as solo artist, avant garde composer and more recently, record producer.
Artists he has worked with include Pulp, Ute Lemper, Sunn O))) and Bat for Lashes and many of his fellow musicians, including David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Marc Almond, Alison Goldfrapp, Dot Allison, Richard Hawley and Johnny Marr, have been interviewed in the making of the film.
Stephen Kijak / 2006 / UK / 95 minutes
Prior to the screening:
Gurj Kang will do a short talk on Scott Walker
Ric Neale will perform a couple of songs from the impressive Scott Walker catalogue.
Ticket Price: £5.00 – £6.00 from the box office, or pay on the door.
Good Vibrations is a 2013 biopic of Terri Hooley, and details one man’s passion for music. Hooley opened Good Vibrations record shop during the times of The Troubles in 1970s Belfast. Hooley faced a lot of highs and some lows and this film follows his adventures in music and shows how music can create a community.
The purpose of Good Vibrations record shop was to promote peace through music, mostly reggae, but the direction of the shop changes when he is introduced to punk and the band Rudi! The energy of the band and the genre inspires him to form a label and becomes a creative force that a certain Feargal Sharkey wants to sign for, which then gains The Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’ a momentous back-to-back playing on John Peel’s radio show – a euphoric moment! Hooley puts his heart and soul into his endeavours, which puts a strain on relationships and finances so puts on a one last ditch fundraiser attempt at Belfast’s iconic Ulster Hall.
There is a stellar cast involved in this film and Richard Dormer puts on an incredible performance as Hooley and you can’t help but root for him with his loveable wide-eyed charm and optimism. The other members of the cast are brilliant as well including Jodie Whittaker (the new Doctor Who!).
This is a film for those with an idealistic and rebel punk spirit, lust for life and love of music and records. It has humour and heart and is inspirational. Come and see this fantastic film about the power of music in the place where music rules, Jumbo Records!
Come to Jumbo Records for the film from 6pm. There will be an introductory talk to give you an insight into life at Jumbo Records.
Directors – Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn / 2013 / UK & Ireland / 103 minutes / certificate 15
Tickets are £5 (+booking fee) but are fairly limited so get yours fast! Get them via Jumbo Records http://www.jumborecords.co.uk/tickets.asp?event_id=24128 or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-vibrations-tickets-36720521067
THERE ARE NO PHYSICAL TICKETS, INSTEAD, YOUR NAME WILL BE ADDED TO THE DOOR LIST. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS BRING YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION ON THE DAY.
Trump won the election so why not revisit Roger Corman’s searing condemnation of racism The Intruder. William Shatner plays a white suited charlatan who comes down to a southern town to stir up racial hatred when they decide to segregate the schools.
£3 entry on the night
You must be a member or guest of a member to attend. Joining costs £1. See wharfchambers.org/membership
Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona in Agnès Varda’s Vagabond. Found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of the film, Mona’s story is pieced together through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely non-professional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. With its sparse, poetic imagery, Vagabond is a compelling watch, and won Varda the top prize at the 1985 Venice Film Festival.
Part of a She’s A Rebel mini-season for Scalarama, looking at the cinematic representation of female adolescence and girls who refuse to conform.