CANADIAN FILM ALL-DAY EVENT WITH SHIVERS FILM CLUB
3pm The Red Hours (Fallon, 2008) & Deaden (Viel, 2006); 5pm Slashers (Devereaux 2001); 7pm The Hard Cut (D’Amato 2011); 9.30pm Videodrome (Cronenberg 1983)
Roxy Bar and Screen, London Bridge
New film club SHIVERS is designed to shed light on the long neglected contribution to genre cinema that Canada has been making over the last four decades. It is dedicated to bringing artistically influential, cult, and independent Canadian genre films to a UK audience in an exciting series of theatrical events, starting with 'The Influence of Canadian Tax Shelter Films.' Here is their Facebook page for more details.
£8 whole day, individual films £3
The Red Hours John Fallon's short film The Red Hours spent eleven years in development hell with several American companies before he had to fight to get the rights back to his own script, where he shucked the albatross of the American executives to produce his own work independently. The 10-minute, macabre, action-packed, horror film was finally released it to international acclaim in 2008
& Deaden The feature film co-written by Fallon and director Christian Viel, which saw plenty of airtime after a theatrical release in Canada, is a revenge flick in the true grindhouse sense produced and released a full year before the Tarantino/Rodriguez pastiche (and three years before Hobo with a Shotgun).
Here is a clip from The Red Hours.
Slashers The day continues with Devereaux's Slashers, about a group of game show contestants willing to bet their lives against a trio of killers (and each other) for millions of dollars. The film, as told through the eye of the game-show camera in one continuously kinetic shot, was produced in 2001 and released well before Series 7 and the “reality”-style Paranormal Activity.
Here is a clip.
The Hard Cut A double-feature noir epic where the arrival of a mysterious woman with a large sum of cash peaks detective Roddy Tillinghast. His financial woes motivate him to the center of a cult of deadly femmes who need to put him six feet under. The director of The Hard Cut will also be on hand for a talk about Canadian culture in cinema and a film production Q&A.
Here is a clip.
Videodrome Chicago Reader review: 'This 1983 shocker by David Cronenberg comes about as close to abandoning
a narrative format as a commercial film possibly can: James Woods plays
the programmer of a sleazy Toronto cable channel who stumbles across a
mysterious pirate emission—a porno show called “Videodrome” that
features hideous S and M fantasies performed with appalling realism.
Knowing a ratings winner when he sees one, Woods sets out to find the
producer and quickly becomes involved with a kinky talk-show hostess
(Deborah Harry), expanding rubber TV sets, a bizarre religious cult,
and—almost incidentally—a plot to take over the world. Never coherent
and frequently pretentious, the film remains an audacious attempt to
place obsessive personal images before a popular audience—a kind of
Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars.' Dave Kehr
Here is the trailer.