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DISASTER FILM CLUB: VELVET GOLDMINE (Dec 1)

Tue 1st Dec 19.30 Hackney Attic.


As Todd Hayne's acclaimed drama Carol, surely an Oscar contender, opens across the UK, the Disaster Film Club have a timely screening of Haynes's Velvet Goldmine:

Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Toni Collette. UK 1998. 

Disaster Film Club is a night dedicated to films with exceptional soundtracks. Our sixth edition and Christmas special presents Todd Haynes' audacious 1998 feature VELVET GOLDMINE. Variously described as "a ravishing rock dream" (Entertainment Weekly) and "a Rocky Horror Show of nightmarish proportions" (Empire), this refreshingly queer-centric extravaganza boasts a Citizen Kane-like structure and sumptuous, decadent atmosphere. 

Loosely based on the experiences of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, Velvet Goldmine offers both a wild trip through 1970s glam rock and a wider, darker portrait of self-destruction. Fictional characters Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) are personifications of their taboo-busting milieu's ideals, with the mysterious and androgynous Slade balanced by the intense, raucous Wild. When Slade disappears, the era itself seems to melt away, swallowed up by the slick 1980s. But this fallen idol's story is retold when journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is assigned to discover what really happened to him. 

The movie's soundtrack is a bold hybrid of period-specific source material (eg Brian Eno, T. Rex, Lou Reed), baroque 'n' roll recreations by The Venus In Furs (comprising members of Radiohead, Suede and Roxy Music) and The Wylde Ratttz (a Stooges/Sonic Youth/Mudhoney supergroup) plus original compositions by Pulp and Shudder To Think. Disaster Film Club DJs will be spinning a suitably outré and glitter-laced set to get you in the mood for this festive big screen outing. 

Doors and music from 7.30pm. Screening starts 8.30pm. 

Tickets £5

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