No 1 Hell Drivers (Enfield, 1957): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm
This rarely seen film, which screens as part of the Patrick McGoohan season at the BFI, is also being shown on Saturday August 3rd. More details here.
Time Out review:
Energetic and violent trucking thriller marked by the raw, angry edge of
the best of blacklist victim Endfield's Hollywood work, and by his
appreciation (shared, oddly enough, by fellow exile Joseph Losey) of the
markedly out-of-the-mainstream talent of Stanley Baker.
Playing an ex-con hired as one of a team of drivers forced to drive at
dangerous speeds in rattletrap lorries over rugged roads to meet the
daily quota of loads to be delivered (a touch of The Wages of Fear
here), Baker further becomes involved in a deadly duel with a sadistic
rival (McGoohan) on his way to smashing the haulage company's racket.
Baker and Endfield eventually formed their own production company for Zulu.
Here are some clips.
No2 Mommie Dearest (Perry, 1981): Hackney Picturehouse, 7.30pm
This is a screening organised by Amy Grimehouse. More details here.
Chicago Reader review:
In spite of its reputation, and thanks in part to Faye Dunaway's
remarkable performance as Joan Crawford, this 1981 adaptation of
Christina Crawford's memoir about her driven, abusive mother is arguably
too good to qualify as camp, even if it begins (and fitfully proceeds)
like a horror film. Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three
others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a
certain crazed conviction. Jonathan Rosenabum
Here's the Amy preview plus a link to THAT scene:
Why not give Joan the respect that she’s entitled to?
A night in celebration of Joan Crawford.
A screening of Mommie Dearest with full quote – scream – drink and wire hanger along.
Prize for the best Joan, cabaret, pin the eyebrows on the Joan, drinking and dancing till late. More to be announced.
Find the boys and the booze at Hackney Attic, 8 August.
And remember….No… wire… hangers. EVER