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WALKABOUT (12A)

WALKABOUT

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.


While out on a picnic in the Australian outback with his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and young son (Lucien John), a man goes insane and kills himself. The girl takes her brother into the outback in order that he doesn't see their father's dead body. There they meet a young Aborigine (David Gumpilil) who is on walkabout - a rites of passage ritual whereby he must survive in the wilderness for several weeks. He finds food and water for the siblings and develops a form of communication with the young boy despite being unable to speak English. The girl, however, rebuffs the mating dance which the Aborigine performs in her honour. Roeg was a cinematographer before he became a director (he co-directed the Mick Jagger film ‘Performance’ in 1970 before this first solo outing. His camera here shows the creatures of the outback: lizards, scorpions, snakes, kangaroos, birds, and they are not photographed sentimentally - they make a living by eating other things. The movie is not the heart-warming story of how the girl and her brother are lost in the outback. It is about how all three are still lost at the end of the film, more lost than before, because now they are lost inside themselves instead of merely adrift in the world.

UK/Australia Nicolas Roeg 1971 100m



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Monday 19 Aug 201918:15 Book Now

ANNIE ROSS (cert-tbc)

ANNIE ROSS

In a special evening celebrating the musical life of Scottish legendary jazz singer Annie Ross, we present in the first half a rare screening of the wonderful documentary ‘No One But Me’ and  after the screening a live set will feature the new vocal star on the jazz scene, Vimala Rowe with an all-star quartet.


NO ONE BUT ME

Annie Ross is a jazz legend. Raised in Glasgow, her seven-decade career runs the gamut from precocious child star – ‘the Scottish Shirley Temple’ – to indefatigable living legend. In this intimate, revealing profile, she discusses her many lives from Paris singer in the 1940s to incomparable vocal gymnast and lyricist in the 1950s and Covent Garden impresario in the 1960s. Along the way there are tales of Billie Holiday, her lover Lenny Bruce, triumph and tragedy, drug addiction and her deep, abiding affection for beloved brother Jimmy Logan. Throughout it all there is the beautiful, beguiling music often with her own lyrics and always performed in her inimitable style. Regarding the film, Ross noted, "It's very blunt, it's very truthful. [...] It makes me a bit nervous, but one thing about the film – it’s honest.” Features contributions from musicians Jon Hendricks, Peter King, James Wormworth, Tony Kinsey and Warren Vache.

BBC Scotland 2012 Brian Ross 82m


ANNIE ROSS

After the interval at approximately 21:30, the Live Set will feature the astonishing new jazz vocalist Vimala Rowe supported by the great pianist Mark Edwards, multi-reed and flautist Andy Panayi, bassist Andrew Cleyndert who worked regularly with Annie Ross on her visits to the UK and our drummer Winston Clifford  is winner of a British Jazz Award.

Vimala Rowe has already made a huge impression with an

abundance of musical projects such as a highly successful duo

with guitar legend John Etheridge, a show as Billie Holiday with

Café Society performing at the Theatre Royal, a project with

Juliet Roberts, writing songs with flamenco legend Paco Pena,

and gigs with the late Bobby Wellins. Always inspiring critical

acclaim, Vimala’s performances are never less than expressive,

engaging, sensational. Andy Panayi is an inspirational musical

talent, held in the highest esteem by his peers and has worked

with a truly diverse range of greats from Patti Austin to Shirley

Bassey to Sir John Dankworth and Abdullah Ibrahim. Mark

Edwards always brings a spiritual dimension to any concert and

is recently to be seen on the world stage with Katie Melua.

Andrew Cleyndert has been central to the UK jazz scene for

well over three decades working with an incredible array of

great musicians.


The set will convey the spirit of Annie Ross’s swinging and

joyously celebratory contribution to the world jazz scene, her

work with the famous Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Basie and

the many other legendary personal musical associations that

featured in her career.


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Monday 19 Aug 201919:30 Book Now

AFTER LIFE (PG)

AFTER LIFE

After death, people have just one week to choose only one memory to keep for eternity.


Like his previous drama ‘Maborosi’ (1995), Hirokazu Kore-eda's ‘After Life’ is a brilliant meditation on death and memory. The premise is simple: over the span of a week, twenty-two souls arrive at a way station (which looks like an old junior high school) between life and death, where they are asked to choose just one memory to take into the afterlife. The new arrivals include an elderly woman, a rebellious dropout, a teenage girl, and a 70-year-old war veteran. Once they have chosen a memory, it is recreated and filmed by the staff of the way station, using all the tricks and illusions of cinema. Kore-eda, with this film, the earlier 1997 masterpiece ‘Maborosi,’ and his most recent ‘Shoplifters’, has earned the right to be considered alongside Kurosawa, Bergman and other great humanists of the cinema. His films embrace the mystery of life and encourage us to think about why we are here, and what makes us truly happy. (Subtitles)

Japan 1998 Hirokazu Kore-eda 118m


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Monday 19 Aug 201920:15 Book Now