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Today’s screening: Kiss Me Deadly (1955) February 10, 2010

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Electric Sheep Film Club: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

For the ninth meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, here’s your antidote to forthcoming Valentine soppiness: promising ‘red-blood kisses’ and ‘white-hot thrills’, Kiss Me Deadly is a noir classic that has lost none of its power to shock and surprise.

Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly

Take the money, do not open the box! - a still from Kiss Me Deadly by Robert Aldrich

Take the money, do not open the box! - a still from Kiss Me Deadly by Robert Aldrich

From classic noir writer Mickey Spillane and the director of Whatever happened to Baby Jane comes this lurid thriller, with SF elements that influenced Raiders of the Lost Ark and Repo Man. Private investigator Mike Hammer, a thuggish, macho anti-hero, is drawn into a bottomless pit of conspiracy and corruption after picking up a mysterious and beautiful hitch-hiker. Exposing the black soul of America in the atomic age, this is as hard-boiled as it gets.

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Kiss Me Deadly and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Jason Wood, director of programming at Curzon Cinemas, film journalist and author of 100 American Independent Films and 100 Road Movies among others, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 25 February. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in March. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club. You can read November’s winning review of Repulsion here.

Links: Info about Kiss Me Deadly at the IMDb

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here and for the latest podcast, featuring Oscar winning actress Susannah York, click here

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Saturday Screening: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) + live DJ score February 5, 2010

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Electric Sheep SubterraneaThe Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in our new venue Notting Hill Arts Club.

Join us every second Saturday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by short films, music and other attractions.

Phantom of the Opera poster

Phantom of the Opera poster

Electric Sheep hosts an afternoon of film, music and comics as part of Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoons.

The earliest film version of the legendary figure and one of the first silent horror films, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) stars the great Lon Chaney as the horribly disfigured Erik who leads a secret and lonely existence beneath the Paris Opera. After falling in love with a beautiful young singer, he holds her prisoner in his underground lair. Darkly poetic and full of visual delights, the film creates a startling world of nightmarish beauty while Chaney superbly brings out the terrible humanity of the monster.

The film will be shown with a live DJ rescore by DJ Downfall.

Courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

+ WE ARE WORDS + PICTURES COMICS STALL

We Are Words + Pictures are a London-based team of illustrators and writers who bring comics to new readers through events, workshops, publications and market stalls. WAW+P will be bringing illustrator Anna Saunders to Electric Sheep Subterranea, where she’ll be drawing alongside the screening, as well as a selection of ‘zines and comics, which will be on sale in the bar. WAW+P are contributors to the new anthology Solipsistic Pop edited by Eagle Award winner Tom Humberstone, which aims to showcase the best in current British small press and underground comic books, and will be available for sale at the event.

+ DJS AND SHORT FILMS designed to compliment the main feature…

Every first Saturday of the month, Notting Hill Arts Club.

ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING IS FREE!

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ, 4pm

More info at Electric Sheep Magazine Online
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Sunday screening: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) + The Phantom Empire: The Lighting Chamber (1935) December 13, 2009

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Electric Sheep Subterranea Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) / The Phantom Empire: The Lighting Chamber

Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in the convivial surroundings of Cinéphilia West.

Join us every second Sunday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by an episode from a serial or series, which will be shown over a season of screenings.

Teaser poster for El laberinto del fauno by Mike Mignola

Teaser poster for El laberinto del fauno by Mike Mignola



On Sunday 13 December, as part of our season of underground-related films, we are very pleased to present Guillermo del Toro’s much-loved Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno).

In this wonderful Gothic fairy tale set during the Spanish Civil War, a young girl named Ofelia has to confront both the monsters of fascism and the terrifying creatures of her imagination. Smoothly moving between real and magic world, Pan’s Labyrinth tells the moving tale of a child’s initiation to life and death.

Price: £5 on the door/free entry for ‘Cinéphilia Club’ members

Courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment
Dir: Guillermo del Toro, 2006, Spain/Mexico/USA
Certificate 15

The Phantom Empire Poster

The Phantom Empire Poster

This will be preceded by the third episode of our popular Sunday serial, the sci-fi Western musical The Phantom Empire (1935), in which a cowboy, who is also a radio show host, stumbles upon an ancient but highly advanced civilisation living under his ranch… see what happens next!
Has to be seen to be believed! If you missed last month’s instalment and want to catch up, you can do so here

Every second Sunday of the month, Cinéphilia West.

ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING, AS TO ALL CINEPHILIA EVENTS, IS LIMITED TO MEMBERS. You can buy membership on the door. Now including day membership for £5
For £10 a month, members, and one guest, are allowed free entry to all scheduled screenings and special film events, as well as 10% discounts off all books and DVDs in the shop and all the food and drink at the café; alternatively, members can pay £55 for a six-month membership or £100 for a 12-month membership. There will be up to a dozen monthly exclusive events, please check the Cinéphilia website for details.

SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER, Cinéphilia West, 171 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS, 7pm
More info at www.cinephilia.co.uk
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Electric Sheep Film Club: The Lodger – a story of the London fog December 2, 2009

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Electric Sheep Film Club: The Lodger – a story of the London fog (1927)

For the eighth meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, we’re showing the classic London-set thriller about paranoia in the days of Jack the Ripper:

The Lodger – a story of the London fog (1927)

15 frames from the opening of The Lodger by Alfred Hitchcock

15 frames from the opening of The Lodger by Alfred Hitchcock

Considered by Hitchcock as his first real film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a silent sexual psychodrama set in a foggy, gloomy London terrorised by a killer loosely modelled on Jack the Ripper. As blonde women are murdered around the city, a sinister gentleman takes up lodgings at the house of an elderly couple and is soon showing an interest in their pretty blonde daughter. A real sense of menace pervades the story and the visual inventiveness makes the film a fantastic treat.

Do not miss this very special, one-off event: we are very proud to present the acclaimed musicians Minima who will be performing a live, improvised rescore of the film. Minima will be doing a Q & A after the film with ESM assistant editor Alex Fitch.
Please note the later than usual starting time.

Price: £6.50/£5.00 Prince Charles members
Certificate PG
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927

Wednesday 2nd November, 9pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com and www.electricsheepmagazine.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of the screening of The Lodger with rescore by Minima and send it to ladyvengeance[at]electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. A film professional will select the best review, in this instance Ian Francis, co-director of 7 Inch Cinema and Flatpack Festival, which returns in March 2010. Deadline: December 16.
The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club. You can read last month’s winning review of Repulsion here.

IMDb page for The Lodger
View 1000 frames of The Lodger at the ‘Hitchcock wiki’
Listen to Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talk to BBC sound engineer Robin Warren about Hitchcock’s Notorious and to Alex Hogg from Minima about scoring silent movies

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

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Recommended events:

Woodrow Phoenix at Brighton Library
Woodrow Phoenix, esteemed author of the astonishing graphic road-rage-busting RUMBLE STRIP, and so much else, will be doing his thing at the Jubilee Library this coming Thursday 3rd December at 6pm. His publishers Myriad Editions would be delighted if you could join them for a pre-Christmas drink and to hear Woodrow talk about art, words, life, and his experience of comic workshopping with 150 kids at a go, during his recent British Council tour of India.

Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, BN1 1GE

Thursday 3rd December at 6pm…

Bad Santa screening

Sasquatch Cinema is a monthly film night held at the new Shortwave cinema in 10 Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN (Tel: 0207 357 6845). / nearest tube Borough (Northern line).

We will be showing an eclectic range of films including cult classics and rarities you may not have seen before.

The next film we will be showing is a late night screening of Bad Santa – staring Billy Bob Thornton on Friday, 11th December at 22:30.
The traditional Christmas tale will never be the same with the cleverly twisted, merrily irreverent story of a Santa so bad he’s wickedly funny. This is one of the best Christmas movie’s of all times.
The cinema has a bar, and you can even bring your drinks in and watch the film!

The entry fee is £5.00. Tickets are sold on the night on a first come – first served basis. Email: gabzucc[at]yahoo.com for more info.

Please view Sasquatch Cineama’s facebook / myspace pages for more details about the film

Sunday screening: Marebito (2004) + The Phantom Empire: The Thunder Riders (1935) November 7, 2009

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Electric Sheep Subterranea Marebito / The Phantom Empire: The Thunder Riders

Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in the convivial surroundings of Cinéphilia West.

Join us every second Sunday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by an episode from a serial or series, which will be shown over a season of screenings.

American poster for Marebito

American poster for Marebito


On Sunday 8 November, as part of our season of underground-related films, we will be screening Takashi Shimizu’s Marebito (Stranger from Afar, 2004), a deeply sinister exploration of fear, obsession and urban paranoia, set in the Tokyo netherworld.

Far from his typical horror franchise offerings (Ju-on / The Grudge), Shimizu has crafted a bizarre and disturbing tale which mixes classic tropes of Japanese horror with Victorian Lost World fiction.

A cameraman (played by Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto), intrigued by his footage of a terrified man who blinds him himself after contact with another culture, is drawn into a journey beneath the surface of the city in search of the spirits that reportedly haunt the subways.

The Phantom Empire Poster

The Phantom Empire Poster

This will be preceded by the second episode from the sci-fi Western musical The Phantom Empire (1935), in which a cowboy, who is also a radio show host, stumbles upon an ancient but highly advanced civilisation living under his ranch…
Has to be seen to be believed! If you missed last month’s instalment and want to catch up, you can do so here

Every second Sunday of the month, Cinéphilia West.

ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING, AS TO ALL CINEPHILIA EVENTS, IS LIMITED TO MEMBERS. You can buy membership on the door.
For £10 a month, members, and one guest, are allowed free entry to all scheduled screenings and special film events, as well as 10% discounts off all books and DVDs in the shop and all the food and drink at the café; alternatively, members can pay £55 for a six-month membership or £100 for a 12-month membership. There will be up to a dozen monthly exclusive events, please check the Cinéphilia website for details.

SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER, Cinéphilia West, 171 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS, 7pm
More info at www.cinephilia.co.uk
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Electric Sheep Film Club: Repulsion (1965) November 4, 2009

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Electric Sheep Film Club: Repulsion (1965)

For the seventh meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, we’re showing the classic London-set thriller about paranoia and claustrophobia:

Repulsion (1965)

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion

One of Roman Polanski’s finest films and the first he made in the UK, Repulsion charts the mental disintegration of a sexually troubled, beautiful young woman played by Catherine Deneuve. As elegant as it is creepy, Polanski’s taut psychological horror thriller superbly conveys the character’s claustrophobic loneliness and contrasts the mundanity of her life in 60s London with the startling surreal hallucinations that increasingly take over her inner world. An absolute 60s classic.

With thanks to BFI. The film will be followed by informal discussion with Electric Sheep writers in the bar.

Price: £5/£3.50 Prince Charles members
Certificate 15
Dir: Roman Polanski, UK 1965

Wednesday 4th November, 8pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com and www.electricsheepmagazine.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Repulsion and send it to ladyvengeance (at) electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. A film professional will select the best review, and we are delighted to have renowned Polish film poster designer Andrzej Klimowski as our judge this month. Deadline: November 18. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website. This is a new regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club. You can read last month’s winning review of Rollerball here.

IMDb page for Repulsion

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

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Recommended events: Autumn comics conventions…

5th to the 26th of November: Comica, the three week festival of comics in and around the Institute of Comtemporary Arts in London includes appearances by Eddie Campbell, David Lloyd, Brian Talbot, James Jean and Tara McPherson. – more info at www.comicafestival.com

19th to the 22nd of November: The Thought Bubble sequential art festival in Leeds which includes appearances by Paul Cornell, Gary Erskine, Garen Ewing, Andy Diggle, Frank Quietly and many more – more info at www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

November Small Press events:

Handmade and bound – The Affordable book arts and zine fair, Sunday 1st November at the St Aloysius Social Club, near Euston,

The Small Press Comiket, Sunday 8th November which is part of the fortnight long Comica festival at The ICA, on The Mall, in Central London

Are you zine friendly?”, Thursday 12th November, an Alternative Press event at the Foundry in Hoxton, promoting a new small press web resource: the Zine Friendly blog! And that’s at 86 Great Eastern Street.

For more info about all these events please visit: comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Today’s screening / performance: Bela Emerson and Bibio featuring Tusalava (1929) October 19, 2009

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Electric Sheep / 7 Inch Cinema screening / performance: Bela Emerson & Bibio featuring Tusalava (1929)

Images from the 1929 short film Tusalava

Images from the 1929 short film Tusalava

7 Inch Cinema and Electric Sheep present live sets from BELA EMERSON and BIBIO + a programme of shorts.

By way of a warm-up for next year’s Flatpack Festival (23-28 March, Birmingham), roving film exhibitors 7 Inch Cinema are teaming up with Electric Sheep magazine for a night of visual music and films you can dance to. Within the velvet-draped refuge of the Roxy Bar and Screen, south London, you’ll find a freewheeling lineup of film and two very special guests…

BELA EMERSON: Mesmerising electric cellist who combines improvised performance with live processing using a host of pedals and gadgets. At the Roxy she’ll be accompanying a selection of classic avant-garde shorts including Len Lye’s debut Tusalava.

BIBIO: Since signing to Warp this year Bibio has produced some of his most ambitious and memorable work, stirring up textured electronica with elements of soul and hip hop to mighty effect. Tonight he’ll be accompanying cinefilm road-movies with a genre-hopping DJ set.

And with the London Film Festival going on up the road, there will also be a lucky dip of shorts, animation and music videos put together by 7 Inch Cinema and Electric Sheep.

MONDAY 19 OCTOBER, Roxy Bar and Screen, 7pm, £4
128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB

Links: Info about Tusalava at Screen Online
BELA EMERSON and BIBIO
Flatpack Festival
Roxy Bar and Screen

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

Also, the October 2009 online issue of Electric Sheep is now available and includes Alex Fitch’s interview with with Marc Price about his ‘£45’ Zombie film Colin , our round-up of the 2009 Frightfest including mini-reviews of Pontypool, Triangle and Trick ‘r Treat plus Alex’s article on ‘Retrofitting the future’ in Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Evangelion 1.0

In association with

Related events: Hunterian Museum Film Screening – Medical Miniaturisation – Thursday 22 October, 7pm

Join us for our first ever Hunterian Museum film screening of two works on the theme of medical miniaturisation. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce the classic 1963 anime Astroboy: Mighty Microbe Army about the robot boy miniaturised to fight bacteria inside the body, followed by the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage inspired by one of Osamu Tezuka’s early Manga works ‘The Monster on the 38th Parallel’. The museum and the exhibition ‘Sci-Fi Surgery: Medical Robots’ will be open from 6pm so that you can see the mini-bots that turn fantasy into reality. Screenings supported by the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society and Right Stuf, Inc. FREE, booking essential on 0207 869 6560

also: BOB BURNS’ HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN
For those of us that grew up having heard the stories from a mysterious place called Burbank of a horror movie fan and his wife entertaining countless trick or treaters with live Halloween shows, low and behold you too can now experience them at BOB BURNS’ HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN.COM. From now until October 31, you will be able to relive Bob, Kathy and countless others as they recount the experiences of recreating everything from HG Wells’ travels through time to the search through the bowels of the Nostromo being stalked by an ALIEN.
You can watch online chapters of this amazing documentary along with photo gallery, bios and links to other classic movie websites. Every week there will be 4 new chapters available to watch, with the entire documentary viewable from Oct 31st.
Experience Halloween the way it was meant to …through the eyes of Bob Burns and Friends.
www.bobburnshollywoodhalloween.com
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Sunday screening: The Third Man (1949) / The Phantom Empire: The Singing Cowboy (1935) October 9, 2009

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Electric Sheep SubterraneaThe Third Man / The Phantom Empire: The Singing Cowboy

Starting in October, Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in the convivial surroundings of Cinéphilia West.

Join us every second Sunday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by an episode from a serial or series, which will be shown over a season of screenings.

Japanese poster for The Third Man

Japanese poster for The Third Man

On 11th October we start a season of underground themed films in honour of our venue’s location with a screening of Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) – watch Orson Welles’s Harry Lime skulk around post-war Vienna’s sewers in the ultimate British film noir!

The Phantom Empire Poster

The Phantom Empire Poster

This will be preceded by the first episode from the sci-fi Western musical The Phantom Empire (1935), in which a cowboy, who is also a radio show host, stumbles upon an ancient but highly advanced civilisation living under his ranch…

Has to be seen to be believed!

Every second Sunday of the month, Cinéphilia West.

ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING, AS TO ALL CINEPHILIA EVENTS, IS LIMITED TO MEMBERS. You can buy membership on the door.
For £10 a month, members, and one guest, are allowed free entry to all scheduled screenings and special film events, as well as 10% discounts off all books and DVDs in the shop and all the food and drink at the café; alternatively, members can pay £55 for a six-month membership or £100 for a 12-month membership. There will be up to a dozen monthly exclusive events, please check the Cinéphilia website for details.

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER, Cinéphilia West, 171 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS, 7pm
More info at www.cinephilia.co.uk
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Electric Sheep Film Club: Rollerball (1975) October 7, 2009

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Electric Sheep Film Club: Rollerball (1975)

For the sixth meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, we’re proud to be showing the classic SF movie:

Rollerball (1975)

Rollerball illustration by Sean Azzopardi

Rollerball illustration by Sean Azzopardi

One of the best dystopian sci-fi movies to come out of the 70s, Rollerball focuses on an ultra-violent sport used to keep an overpopulated planet under control and probes its links to politics, the media and big conglomerates. When a star player refuses to obey the owners of his team, the stage is set for a Gladiator-like confrontation between a rebellious individual and the corporate power that seeks to crush him.

With thanks to Park Circus. The film will be followed by informal discussion with Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy and other writers from the magazine in the bar.

Price: £5/£3.50 Prince Charles members
Certificate 15
Dir: Norman Jewison, USA 1975

Wednesday 7th October, 8pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com and www.electricsheepmagazine.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
We are launching a new competition in connection with our Prince Charles film club for film students and aspiring film writers: to enter the competition, you need to write a 200-word review of Rollerball and send it to ladyvengeance (at) electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. An ‘industry’ expert will select the best review, in this case SCI-FI-LONDON director Louis Savy. Deadline: October 21. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website. This is to be a regular addition to the Electric Sheep Film Club.

IMDb page for Rollerball

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

Also, the October 2009 online issue of Electric Sheep is now available and includes Alex Fitch’s interview with with Marc Price about his ‘£45’ Zombie film Colin , our round-up of the 2009 Frightfest including mini-reviews of Pontypool, Triangle and Trick ‘r Treat plus Alex’s article on ‘Retrofitting the future’ in Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Evangelion 1.0

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Today’s screening: White Lightnin’ September 2, 2009

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Electric Sheep Film Club: White Lightnin’

For the fifth meeting of the all new Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, we’re proud to be showing the London premiere of:

Dominic Murphy’s White Lightnin’ (2009)

Still from White Lightnin by Dominic Murphy

Still from White Lightnin by Dominic Murphy

A dark, surreal semi-biopic about glue-sniffing, hard-drinking, hell-raising Appalachian mountain dancer Jesco White (impressively played by newcomer Ed Hogg), British director Dominic Murphy’s controversial debut feature takes us deeper and deeper into Jesco’s crazed visions and wild religious fantasies, culminating in horrific revenge and violent redemption.

We are delighted to welcome Dominic Murphy for a Q and A after the screening. Note the later than usual starting time of the screening.

With thanks to Momentum Pictures. White Lightnin’ starts its theatrical run at the ICA and Rich Mix (Bethnal Green), London, on September 25.

Price: £5/£3.50 Prince Charles members
Certificate 18 (TBC)
Dir: Dominic Murphy, UK 2009

Wednesday 3rd September, 9pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com and www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events

IMDb page for White Lightnin’

For info on the latest issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

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