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Freaks, Electric Boogaloo, The Look of Silence
June is bursting with new cinema releases and we are particularly excited about a couple of – very different – documentaries: Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, his celebrated follow-up to the extraordinary The Act of Killing, and Mark Harley’s fun ride down memory lane with Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films. Also out in cinemas are last year’s Berlinale winner Black Coal, Thin Ice and two timeless classics: Tod Browning’s Freaks and Carol Reed’s The Third Man. Plus, we talk to legendary British director John Boorman about Queen and Country, his long-awaited sequel to Hope and Glory.
More rediscoveries can be found in home entertainment releases: Eureka add Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s superbly twisted drama A Letter to Three Wives to their ‘Masters of Cinema’ collection, while Arrow put out Brian Yuzna’s gritty 80s body horror Society. And we continue exploring the work of the brilliant Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová with a comic strip review of her 1979 satirical comedy Panel Story.
In features, we talk to Sebastian Schipper, whose dazzling 140-minute one-take-wonder Victoria is released in Germany this month and also screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival on 15 June. We round up our Cannes Film Festival coverage with more reviews, and we have a preview of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Finally, this year again we are proud to be partnering with the East End Film Festival for a special screening of Alfred Vohrer’s The Dead Eyes of London at the amazing Masonic Temple in London on 4 July - tickets available here.■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
To mark the first anniversary of her death in 2014, we celebrate the work of the leading lady of 1960s Czech New Wave, Věra Chytilová, over the next three months, including her iconic film Daisies (1966), the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise (1969) and her daring 1998 black comedy Traps, alomgside an article on the Czech New Wave and the Prague Spring and more.
Brian Yuzna and the Horror of Society
Alex Fitch talks to filmmaker Brian Yuzna about his work, from his memorable debut as producer of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, his underrated satire of 1980s American preppy culture, Society, and later career making sequels to several franchises, including Return of the Living Dead and Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Electric Sheep at EEFF 2015
On Saturday 4 July 2015, Electric Sheep will be presenting a screening of The Dead Eyes of London at the Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street, London, as part of the ‘From Murder to Mind Control’ weekend at the East End Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with celebrated film critic and author Kim Newman and Jim Harper, author of Flowers from Hell. Tickets are now on sale online.
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