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Scalarama Nottingham 2016

7 September 16 words: Ashley Carter
The annual September celebration of cinema is back for another year. Here's a rundown of what the good filmic people of Nottingham are offering
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Thursday 8 September

Film: Repo Man (1984)
Director: Alex Cox
Host: Porlock Press & Loft Movie Theatre
Location: The Savoy Cinema - tickets
Time: 8.15pm
Running Time: 92 mins

Starring a 21-year-old Emilio Estevez in one of his first lead roles, and the inimitable and always wonderful Harry Dean Stanton in one of his only lead roles, Repo Man is the atom-age road movie romp that keeps on giving.

All at once a science fiction conspiracy movie, a heart-warming buddy movie and a fast-paced black comedy thriller, Repo Man also comes with an iconic punk rock soundtrack including songs by Black Flag, Iggy Pop, Suicidal Tendencies and even a cameo by the Circle Jerks.

Stunning cinematography, a quotable script and a host of crazy characters make this essential viewing this September!

Friday 9 September

Film: Barfly (1987)
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Host: The Film Exchange
Location: Nottingham Writer’s Studio - tickets
Time: 7.30pm
Running Time: 100 mins

Mickey Rourke is triumphant as the drinking heavyweight Henry Chinaski in this understated adaptation of Charles Bukowski's screenplay. This film is highly recommended for anyone who loves making stuff and has found that life gets in the way of doing that, as well as drinking, writing, watching films or doing other fun activities.

'Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.' Bring your own bottles!

Sunday 11 September

Film: Next To Her (2014)

Director: Asaf Korman
Host: Reel Equality Film Club
Location: Broadway Cinema
Time: 3.45pm
Running Time: 90 mins

Next to Her is a heartfelt, moving and honest tale of a young woman, Chell, tending to the special needs of her younger sister, Gaby, in Israel. When the social worker finds out Chell leaves Gaby alone in the house while at work, she is forced to place her in a day-care centre.  A compelling study in doing the right things for the wrong reasons.

This special screening will include an expert discussion with Guardian journalist Frances Ryan on the representation of women with disabilities on screen. Frances writes predominantly on austerity, disability, feminism and social mobility.

Monday 12 September

Film: Beyond the Lights (2014)

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Host: Reel Equality Film Club
Location: Broadway Cinema
Time: 5.45pm
Running Time: 116 mins

Screening for the first time in Nottingham, Beyond the Lights is a compelling and critically acclaimed drama about the music industry.  The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets a young cop who helps her find the courage to become the artist she was meant to be.

“Prince-Bythewood is stingingly astute at what fame does to objectify women. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw, so good this year in Belle, is a shining new star.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This special screening will include an expert discussion with producer and documentary-maker Patcee Francis on the representation of women of colour on screen.

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Women in Love

Friday 16 September

Film: Women in Love (1969)
Director: Ken Russell
Host: Beeston Film Festival - tickets £5 on the door.
Location: White Lion
Time: 7.30pm
Running Time: 131 mins

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters: Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embark upon a Swiss honeymoon.  But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun.

Saturday 17 September

Film: Dr. Butcher MD (1980)
Director: Marino Girolami (as Frank Martin)
Host: Mayhem Film Festival & Reprobate Magazine
Location: Broadway Cinema - tickets
Time: 9.30pm
Running Time: 81 mins

Screening in the spirit of Scalarama, Mayhem and The Reprobate Magazine, in association with Severin Films, present the film that sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide. The film was originally known as Zombie Holocaust, before being re-edited and retitled by a notorious American distributor who promoted it with Butcher Mobiles prowling the streets of New York, nurses in attendance at screenings. Bring your own barf bags!

Sunday 18 September

Film: Short Stack
Director: Various
Host: David Lilley
Location: Broadway Cinema - tickets
Time: 5.30pm
Running Time: Approx. 90 mins

Short Stack is back with another fine selection of shorts from the Nottingham area and futher afield. Once again, at the wonderful Broadway cinema, we have a line up of films that take us on a journey you won't want to miss. We are proud to have as part of the line up, an amazing and literally out of this world Bafta nominated short which you won't want to miss. As always, please join us in the cafe bar after the films for networking and discussion. Come one, come all.

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Notes on Blindness

Saturday 24 September

Film: Notes on Blindness (2016)
Director: Pete Middleton, James Spinney
Host: Nottingham Alternative Film Network - tickets
Location: White Lion
Time: 4.00pm
Running Time: 90 mins

This event will include a Q&A with directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney, and also in the price of your ticket you will receive a vegan, lovingly made blind-tasting menu (which, depending on how adventurous you are, you can choose to eat blindfolded).

On the evening, there will also be an opportunity for you to enjoy Peter and James' companion virtual reality project Into Darkness. All profits we make from showing these films will go to My Sight, and an audio-description app and hard-of-hearing subtitles will be available on the night.

About the movie: In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years he recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Monday 26 September

Film: The Wonders (2014)

Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Host: Reel Equality Film Club
Location: Broadway Cinema
Time: 6.00pm
Running Time: 110 mins

Showing for the first time in Nottingham, the Cannes Grand Prix winner The Wonders is a warm and complex drama about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. Their overcrowded household dynamic is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled German boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.

Tuesday 27 September

Film: My Skinny Sister (2015)
Director: Sanna Lenken
Host: Reel Equality Film Club
Location: Broadway Cinema
Time: 6.00pm
Running Time: 95 mins

Showing for the first time in Nottingham, My Skinny Sister takes a unique approach to the issue of eating disorders and is an intimate and honest portrayal of anorexia. The story is told through the eyes of a 12-year-old-girl who discovers that her older sister, a beautiful competitive figure skater, has been starving herself in her quest for excellence.

Find out about the whole season at Equation.

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