For one night only, the Old Hairdressers will be turned into the toilets of CBGB’s for a Transatlantic night of film, live music and DJs in the spirit of Malcolm McLaren’s Midnight Special. A unique cinematic experience, this will also be the Scalarama Glasgow closing party so come along and celebrate a great month of DIY Cinema.
To begin, Matchbox present a rare cinematic screening of Lech Kowalski’s lost punk treasure DOA: A RITE OF PASSAGE, one of the greatest punk films ever made, featuring live performances from The Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex, The Dead Boys, Generation X, Sham 69 and more, with music from The Clash, Iggy Pop and Augustus Pablo.
Shot on 16mm the film follows the Sex Pistols 1978 American Tour which ended with the group's demise, in a way it's the perfect companion piece to D.A Pennebaker's 1973 Ziggy Stardust film which ended with the death of Ziggy. Johnny Rotten was the pissed off mutant son of Ziggy and here we are 5 years later, in a rock and roll shitstorm of our own creation.
But don't think this is just a Sex Pistols film or only for punks, it's so much more than that. It goes deep into the roots of the invasion, focussing more on the fans, behind the scenes, on and off stage, going further into the culture clashes of the time, whist also exploring the other bands and ingredients that made up the movement. It captures something truly special in all it's rawness and danger. Come and peek backstage behind the curtain, through the lens of a handheld camera as it all unfolds, it's not so much a documentary as a ride, and it's never felt more relevant, even if it was dead on arrival, it lives on to tell the tale.
Pre-screening there will be specially curated music and visuals. Post-screening, there will be live music + DJs 'til late.
Screening is by arrangement with Revolt Cinema, proceeds from the event will go towards the restoration of DOA: A RITE OF PASSAGE.
In 1992, Australian comedy duo Double Take recorded one of their live shows. That recording has been lost for 20 years. Now, from the makers of HERCULES RETURNS, comes the recently uncovered recording where Double Take re-dub the 1978 Italian STAR WARS rip-off STARCRASH.
By deleting the original dialogue and replacing it with their own, Double Take turn this shocking film into a story of interstellar Russian supermodel Elle Freezezova and her manager, Lou Spowels as they try to stop the evil overlord Dag Velour from sabotaging the Intergalactic Fashion Awards.
DOUBLE TAKE IN OUTER SPACE - The Farce Awakens!
This screening is in assocation with Glasgow International Comedy Festival and by arrangement with Pegasus Entertainment and Double Take.
We're very excited to announce that Matchbox Cineclub's February screening, in association with Glasgow Film Festival, will be ALTERED STATES (Ken Russell, 1980) in Immers-o-sound™, on Thursday 18/02/16.
In the basement of the Harvard Medical School, Dr Edward Jessup floats naked in total darkness. The most terrifying experiment in the history of science is out of control and the subject is himself! Ken Russell’s cult classic was originally released in Warner Brothers’ Megasound format, a “revolutionary new concept in the sensation of sound”, designed to enhance the visceral viewing experience, delivering low-frequency thrills at high volume. Now, ALTERED STATES is presented for the first time in Matchbox Cineclub’s own Immers-o-sound™ system, developed exclusively for this screening. Immerse yourself in terror!
The screening, which will be preceded by Matchbox’s 30-minute Freak-Suite edit, takes place from 7pm in the gallery area of The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. Admission is £5 via Glasgow Film Festival - tickets are on sale from 10am on Monday 25th January. This month's screening is by arrangement with Filmbank Media.
Matchbox Cineclub's November screening will be Timothy Carey's THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER (1962), a masterpiece of outsider art, DIY cinema and maverick midnight madness.
Timothy Carey (1929-1994) was a Brooklyn-born character actor best known for his roles in a couple of early Stanley Kubrick films, The Killing (1956) and Paths of Glory (1957), and John Cassavetes' The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). Quentin Tarantino later dedicated his Reservoir Dogs script to Carey, and described him as "One of the great eccentric character actors of all time."
Criminally less well-known is his directorial debut, THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER, which Carey also wrote, produced and starred in. It's the story of an insurance salesman (Carey) who finds rock 'n' roll, then religion, decides he's God and runs for President before climactically challenging the "real" God to a fight. Carey sparked a riot at its world premiere when he fired a gun into the roof of the cinema.
This screening is by arrangement with Absolute Films.