- 2h 33min
- Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
- Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall
Vietnam as 'the ultimate trip'. We follow US Army assassin Sheen downriver and deeper into the Heart of Darkness ruled over by Brando's mad Colonel Kurtz. Alternately pretentious and visually overpowering (the Valkyries helicopter attack, for example), the film's grandiloquent folly pierces right to the bone of the conflict.
Thu 2 Nov
- Directed by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
- Written by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
- Cast: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos
A withdrawn young woman in a deserted Greek seaside town sets out to heed her dying father's advice and embrace life, but finds herself repelled by the idea of sexual intercourse, preferring to seek solace in the nature documentaries of David Attenborough – hence the film's deliberately mispronounced title. Shot in long, uninterrupted takes, this clinical examination of sex and death intrigues and mystifies in equal measure.
Fri 24 Nov
Contempt is Godard’s transgressive meta-fiction about love, life and cinema. Structured about a disintegrating marriage it’sa sceptical look at power relations, especially those in the movie business – Me too!
Sun 12 Nov
Starring: Lucy Liu, Jeremy Northam
Bored with his humdrum existence, a bookish office worker decides to spice up his life by applying for a role in corporate espionage for a large corporation.
It all starts innocently enough with assignments to attend and record conferences. But aided (or manipulated) by a mysterious femme fatale (Lucy Liu), he quickly finds himself to be an expendable pawn ensnared in a complex web of deception in a no holds barred secret war between ruthless corporations.
Who can he trust? What is real? Will he survive?
Quiet and mellow, but fun and fascinating with fast paced edge of the seat action and byzantine plot twists (pay close attention). Cypher invites comparison with the novels of Philip K. Dick, Dean Koontz, Robert Silverberg and William Gibson, and movies like Bladerunner, Brazil, Dark City, eXistenZ and the Manchurian Candidate.
Please note that there will not be any trailers prior to the screening.
Thu 28 Sep
Join us for a night of two remarkable films featuring one of the most prolific singer/songwriters of all time; Daniel Johnston. First, we will be screening the home movie “My Dinner with Daniel” which features the band Half Japanese and then after a quick interval we will be showing the amazing documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston”.
18:30 - My Dinner with Daniel Starts 20:10 - 20MIN INTERVAL 20:30 - The Devil and Daniel Johnston starts 22:15 - The Devil and Daniel Johnston ends
See you there!!!
Sat 11 Nov
- 1h 53min
- Directed by: Tim Burton
- Written by: John August, Seth Grahame-Smith
- Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote
18th century vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp) escapes from his coffin to find himself in Maine in 1972. It's fun, thanks to a smart script and plenty of surreal humour; Burton regulars Depp and Bonham-Carter are a hoot, but Moretz and Green could have used more restraint.
Sun 26 Nov
- 1h 43min
- Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
- Written by: Martin Donovan, David Koepp
- Cast: Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis
An actress in decline and a frumpy author discover the secret of eternal life, and so are able to carry their mutual jealousy to outrageous extremes. A comedy that is surprisingly black, given the stars involved and the pressures on its $40 million budget, but which tends to get carried away with its distractingly impressive special effects.
Sun 29 Oct
- 1h 50min
- Directed by: GW Pabst
- Written by: Margarete Böhme, Rudolf Leonhardt
- Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne, Josef Ravensky, Franziska Kinz
A young woman (Brooks) finds herself pregnant by an unscrupulous and mercenary character. Rejecting her family's expectations of marriage, she is sent to a reform school, and on escaping despondently enters a brothel. The surprisingly upbeat ending reminds us that Brooks' bad good girls are just as compelling as her good bad ones.
Fri 13 Oct
TV on the Big Screen is back and we’re celebrating Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary (again). This time the date is finally here and we’re showing you one of the fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane’s greatest adventures!
In a story inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein The Doctor and Sarah Jane encounter the eternal Sisterhood of Kara and the mad scientist Mehendri Solon who is conducting gruesome experiments on living flesh to give the disembodied brain of the Evil Time Lord Morbius a body once more! But is even the Doctor’s mind a match for the Brain of Morbius?
As with all of our TV on the Big Screen Doctor Who nights dressing up is encouraged, but not essential and as usual there'll be a informal discussion afterwards, so bring your questions! Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements because this is a big month for Doctor Who!
Sat 18 Nov
- 2h 1min
- Directed by: William Friedkin
- Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair
Earnest priest Jason Miller steps in to save a poor little possessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Now re-released in remastered form, with a super stereo soundtrack (so you can hear those obscenities in full). Dead good, dead scary, dead priest.
Tue 31 Oct
- 1h 44min
- Directed by: Andrew Kotting
- Cast: Gladys Morris, Eden Kotting.
Director Kotting takes his grandmother and daughter around the entire coast of mainline Britain, catching various eccentrics en route and charting a growing relationship across the generation gap. Villages and seascapes whiz by at high speed as Kotting concentrates on the mundane and the incidental, but allows a delicious sense of silliness to perk up interest.
Thu 12 Oct
- 2h 30min
- Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
- Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak
Indian Hindi-language tragic romance film written and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Sun 5 Nov
- 1h 38min
- Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
- Written by: Tommy Lee Wallace
- Cast: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy
No Michael Myers as the series takes a brief detour into a creepy world of cursed Halloween masks and a plan to kill the kids of America.
Thu 26 Oct
- Mexico / US
- 1h 54min
- Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Written by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders
Apparently one of John Lennon's favourite films, in The Holy Mountain, a naked, Christ-like man wanders through life encountering weird and wonderful creatures before arriving at his holy destination.
Thu 5 Oct
2 heavy weight dub sound systems play head to head. Newcastle’s own Ital Guidance meets North Fire Sound system, from Cumbria. Expect deep trembling bass lines and lots of echo! Playing roots reggae/dub/dancehall/digi
Sat 16 Dec
- 1h 57min
- Directed by: Satyajit Ray
- Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee
The lonely wife of a Calcutta intellectual in 19th century British India is left at home while her husband runs his English language newspaper. Seeing that his wife is unsettled, Bhupati invites his brother and cousin Amar to visit. For a while peace settles on the house until Charulata and Amar begin to develop deeper feelings for each other.
Sun 15 Oct
- 1h 38min
- Directed by: Fritz Lang
- Written by: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen
- Cast: Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustaf Gründgens, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Theodor Loos, Friedrich Gnass
Lang's masterpiece is a fascinating and intriguing film which follows the manhunt for a Dusseldorf child-murderer. In highlighting the procedurals of police organisations this was incredibly influential.
Sun 1 Oct
- 1h 37min
- Directed by: Mark S Waters
- Written by: Tina Fey (screenplay), Rosalind Wiseman (book)
- Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan
Raised in Africa by zoologist parents, Cady Heron (Lohan) thinks she knows about survival of the fittest. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters school for the first time and encounters the peculiar cliquey world of the girl teenager. Acerbic, clever teen drama written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey.
Thu 9 Nov
Our TV on the Big Screen strand is back, (can you believe it’s been going a year already? And we’re back where it all started with a Halloween themed edition!
Originally part of the BBC’s legendary Play for Today Series, Penda’s Fen has become a classic of the genre described as a lasting vision of heresy and pastoral horror. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Alan Clarke, who would later make his name with his more familiar realist output like Scum and The Firm yet still fitting in its exploration of masculinity, offers a powerful portrait of adolescence and religious anguish in rural England.
In summer 1955 (which looks a lot like summer 1974), through a series of real and imagined encounters with angels, demons, and England’s pagan past, a pastor’s son begins to question his religion and politics, and comes to terms with his identity in a rapidly changing world.
As with all of our TV on the Big Screen nights dressing up is encouraged, but not essential and as usual there'll be a informal discussion afterwards, so bring your questions!
Sat 21 Oct
- 1h 41min
- Directed by: Antonia Bird
- Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette
In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.
Sun 19 Nov
S&S Fundraiser Gig - Badger/Ceramic/Waves Of Dread/Nev Clay/Zudz /Marginal Gains /Holy Braille/Steff
Another Star and Shadow fundraiser coming right up and we've been extremely lucky again with the line up for this one. There may be more getting added too.
Alt Electro Pop duo Badger have been hand picked by Sleaford Mods to appear on some big stages as the support act on their upcoming autumn tour and have had one of the tracks from their fantastic recent EP remixed by Andrew from the Mods.
Waves of Dread
"Dream pop that incorporates elements of shoegaze, psych and stoner rock, as well as lo-fi bedroom pop, with an eighties-feel production that simultaneously adds a nostalgic warmth and a haunting softness that ties the tracks together" - Narc Magazine
Zudz were the surprise package at our last fundraiser as very little was known about them, they were so great on the night and went down so well we just had to have them back.
For fans of Kyuss, Television, Queens of the Stone Age and the Groundhogs.
Nev lives near Newcastle and until 2018 was a mental health nurse. He's been clarting around the local music scene for 30 years.
Very little is known about them, they don't have any music online and there's only a short clip of them practising on Instagram but we were told they are great by a sound engineer who worked with them so this one will be a surprise for us all.
Tickets are on a pay what you can basis, a suggested donation of £7 online or less than £7 on the door only.
Rumours of a spin-off group from the No Teeth syndicate joining the line up very soon can neither be confirmed or denied at the moment.
Sat 7 Oct
Another Star and Shadow fundraising gig to behold! This time we are extremely pleased to say we have been very lucky again and managed to get another 3 live bands who are amongst the finest in the city and more will be added later.
No Teeth - if you came to the last fundraising gig they played here you'll know there's no band like them in Newcastle or in the world, a distinctive wall of art rock and noise pop made to dance to, delivered by a six piece who deserve a bigger stage than ours like they had supporting Warmduscher on tour a year ago and will inevitably get it. Their first full length album is on the way soon.
Muckle - describe themselves as "a sweaty noise complaint based in Leeds". After seeing them at The Lubberfiend supporting Current Affairs recently and a gig in London online we contacted them the next day to get them for this. A very exciting live act who have yet to release their first album.
Gonzo Dog - For those of us that spend our time in the independent venues of Newcastle, Gonzo Dog should be a name that is instantly recognisable. Composed of Guthrie and DJ Carbomb, their live performances have become iconic and their sound is a combative, dark, electronic collage. Gonzo Dog perform gigs frequently, and these live performances are an important aspect of the Gonzo Dog identity.
Sat 18 Nov
- US / Italy
- 2h 32min
- Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
- Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Renée Soutendijk, Christine LeBoutte, Fabrizia Sacchi, Małgosia Bela, Jessica Harper, Chloë Grace Moretz
Susie (Johnson), a hugely ambitious young dancer, joins the Tanz Dance Academy in 1977—but is it a coven of witches? Guadagnino’s remake of Argento’s original references historical violence and guilt and it’s a richly provocative piece of modern art, with sighs, screams and occasional explosions of bone-crunching intensity.
Fri 27 Oct
- 1h 48min
- Directed by: John Carpenter
- Cast: Kurt Russell
Carpenter's excellent 1982 monster flick revived on digital big screen projection.
Thu 19 Oct
In this deeply personal documentary, filmmaker Niyaz Saghari explores how the banning of video tapes in Iran in the 1980s led to the development of a remarkable underground subculture of illegal tape trading. Despite the ever-present threat of arrest and imprisonment, cinephiles forged strong bonds and found creative ways to share their favourite movies with each other. Niyaz digs up her childhood diaries from the period to piece together a history of her own development as a movie lover and eventually a filmmaker, reflecting on the essential role of the tape dealers or 'filmis' who would not only acquire and deliver tapes to her, but whose encyclopedic knowledge of the films available helped her develop her taste and learn about a wide range of movies from all over the world. Tracking down and interviewing 'Mr J,' the filmi who would visit her home with a suitcase full of illicit tapes, she hears about the risks he took and, ultimately, the price he paid when he was arrested and imprisoned. Fiercely dedicated to the importance of free access to media – both then and now – VHS Diaries is a unique look at the power of cinema to create community and the creativity that can emerge from periods of censorship and state repression. Featuring a Skype Q&A with the filmmaker following the screening!
Fri 3 Nov
- 2h 6min
- Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
- Cast: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega
A historical epic inspired by the kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Sun 8 Oct
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