SAT 12 APRIL - ‘Venus Peter’ (PG)
Matinee performance: Doors open 1:00 pm for a 1:30 pm start
Evening performance: Doors open 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start
£5/£3 under 16 tickets on sale MARCH 29 from:
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In the autumn of 1988 Orkney played host to an extraordinary film production; Venus Peter, a project that involved over 100 locals behind and in front of the camera. West Side Cinema in Stromness hopes that many of these people, and others in Orkney, will help them celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. In addition to special screenings of the film, the cinema will be welcoming its director Ian Sellar back to Orkney. Ian will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening; he will also run a screen writing workshop – a rare opportunity for budding Orkney filmmakers.
Venus Peter depicts the moving, funny and sometimes fantastic story of one boy’s childhood in a rapidly changing community. The £1.1 million production made quite an impact over its 7 week schedule and went on to screen in ‘Un Certain Regard’ at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. It premiered in the UK to two packed houses at the Phoenix Cinema in Kirkwall.
SAT 26 APRIL - ‘Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus’ (E)
We’re collaborating with Orkney Folk Festival for this screening – and we’ll be having a bumper raffle full of great prizes.
‘Alt Country’ singer Jim White reflects upon exactly what it is about the American South that inspires musicians and writers, whilst at the same time working through his own preoccupations with his muse – or, as he puts it, ‘trying to find the gold tooth in God’s crooked smile‘.
Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5/£3 under 16
A thought provoking road trip through the American South – a world of churches; prisons; coalmines; truck stops, juke joints; swamps and mountains. This is a journey through a very real contemporary Southern U.S., a world of marginalised white people and their unique and home-made society. Along the way are road-side encounters with modern musical mavericks including The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower and David Johansen; old time banjo player Lee Sexton; rockabilly and mountain Gospel churches – and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track. This film is a collage of stories and testimonies, almost invariably of sudden death, sin or redemption: Heaven or Hell, with no middle ground.
And all the while, a strange Southern Jesus looms in the background.
‘Somewhere between a documentary, a musical, and something altogether stranger’ Mojo
‘If David Lynch made a road documentary about the rural communities of the American South, it might look a great deal like this’ Tribeca Film Festival.
‘A vivid documentary that drinks in the atmosphere of the rural South, casting aside road movie linearity in favour of a trailer park surrealism..’ The Village Voice
‘An amazing piece of work… we are given a musical tour of another planet. Beautiful dark and weird stuff.’ David Byrne
SAT 17 MAY - ‘The Edge Of The World’ 1937 (U)
‘Return to The Edge Of The World’
plus the book launch of The Edge Of The World – Then and Now by David W Earl.
Doors open 7:30 for a 7:45 start
£5/£3 under 16
A key film in the career of director Michael Powell, The Edge of the World was his first original idea to be realized on screen, and its success attracted the attention of producer Alexander Korda, catapulting the filmmaker into the first rank of British directors. Powell was attracted to the idea of building a dramatic story around the evacuation of St. Kilda, an island north of Scotland, whose aging population could not sustain life there. Forbidden from filming on St. Kilda, Powell and his crew journeyed farther north to Foula, Shetland, an island whose sheer cliffs play an important role in the story. Two young men, Robbie Manson (Eric Berry) and James Gray (Niall MacGinnis), disagree on their island’s economic future. James loves Robbie’s twin sister Ruth (Belle Chrystal). The rivalry between the two men and their strong-willed fathers threatens to tear apart the island community, but an unexpected pregnancy and a rescue in dangerous seas serve to unite the islanders in common purpose. Powell took full advantage of the magnificent locations to tell this simple but affecting story of survival and adaptation to changing times.
Forty years after shooting his breakthrough film, Michael Powell decided to make a pilgrimage back to the island and made the documentary Return to the Edge of the World. Bringing along two of the original film’s cast, John Laurie and Grant Sutherland, Powell visits many of the film’s locations, little changed after 40 years, and locates several islanders who played extras in the original film. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi
West Side Cinema is delighted to welcome author David W Earl to launch his book The Edge Of The World – Then and Now. David has been intrigued by Powell’s film for a long time and has been to the hard to reach Foula many times. In 2006 & 2008 David visited Foula and the various locations from the film, this extensively researched ‘then and now’ book is the result.
Signed books will be on sale on the night.