Scorched Earth: Acid Western Nuclear War Weekender
Masonic Temple In The Andaz Hotel, London.
Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
Scorched Earth: An Acid Western Nuclear War Weekender
Join EEFF and Cigarette Burns Cinema for a weekend of trippy, violent frontiers and full on nuclear obliteration on the hallowed ground of the Masonic Temple.
American macho violence, total unreality, the cause and effect of nuclear apocalypse…these are (unfortunately) films for our times…
2pm, 24 June
Go West Young Man! An Alex Cox Acid Western Double Bill: Straight to Hell + Walker
Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy) was never one to play by the rules, and his two-gun salute to the Western was no exception. Join us as we present two of cinema's maddest trips to the frontier, including The Clash's Joe Strummer and a career-best Ed Harris...
Straight to Hell (Dir. Alex Cox, 1987, 91 Mins)
In Straight to Hell, Django Kill! receives a liberal remake, as a gang of criminals (including Joe Strummer) flee their boss (Jim Jarmusch), and end up marooned in a frontier town. Teaming up with a ruthless gang of coffee-addicted cowboys played by the Pogues, their past eventually catches up with them. But not before they meet Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello and Courtney Love. Cinematic madness, with a brilliant soundtrack!
Walker (Dir. Alex Cox, 1987, 94 mins)
Cox followed the insanity of Straight to Hell with a nonsensical biopic of imperialist lunatic William Walker (Ed Harris, laying the groundwork for his role in Westworld), a man who decided to invade Mexico one day before eventually making his way to Nicaragua, where he installed himself as dictator following a brutal and bloody campaign. Cox takes a bizarre premise, and makes it more peculiar. Django lives!
1pm, 25 June
Nuke 'em All! A Thermo-Apocalyptic Triple Bill
1pm – You can’t fight in here, this is the War Room: Dr. Strangelove (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1964, 95 mins) + Threads (Mick Jackson, 1984, 112 mins) Double Bill + Panel Discussion
Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb may never have been more timely. Unfortunately, a madman intent on blowing everything up has never seemed more likely than it does now.
Sadly, bombs have consequences, and no film drives that home harder, and more directly, than the BBC's infamous Threads. Tracking the effects of thermonuclear war on the United Kingdom (specifically Sheffield), it scarred a generation for life when it was aired in 1984.
Followed by a panel discussion on nuclear warfare with special guests.
5.30pm: Radioactive Dreams (Albert F. Pyun, 1985, 98 mins)
Abandoned children Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have grown up on a steady diet of ‘50’s pulp fiction and swing music. Fifteen years after the war, they emerge from their fallout shelter. Suited and booted for the Noir, they walk into a Mad Max wasteland, and a mission to find the keys to the last nuke. A wild, barmy treat, rarely seen on the big screen.
You Can’t Fight In Here, This Is The War Room Double Bill + Talk, £10
Radioactive Dreams, £6