The temperatures are rising, the drinks are flowing and it is going to be one Wet, Hot Academy Summer this year! Every Friday from January 31st to March 6th we will be showing some Summer-themed and/or lusty-hot classics to quench your quality film thirst. In association with Four Pillars Gin.
Catch all six films and grab one of our specially-themed cocktails to make it a perfect Summer night!
Friday 31st January - 8:30pm
SUMMER WITH MONIKA (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
92 mins | Rated PG | 1953
'Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of many roles for her, Ingmar Bergman turned in this work of stunning maturity, a sensual and ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. Although SUMMER WITH MONIKA was initially quietly received, its reputation gathered steam throughout the 1950s, and it became an international sensation.'
Swedish with English Subtitles.
Friday 7th February - 8:30pm
EASY RIDER (dir. Dennis Hopper)
95 mins | Rated R16 | 1969
'This is the definitive counterculture blockbuster. The down-and-dirty directorial debut of former clean-cut teen star Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one pitched angrily against the mainstream. After the film’s cross-country journey—with its radical, New Wave–style editing, outsider-rock soundtrack, revelatory performance by a young Jack Nicholson, and explosive ending—the American road trip would never be the same.'
Valentines Day Screening!
Friday 14th February - 8:15pm
WOMEN IN LOVE (dir. Ken Russell)
125 mins | Rated R18 | 1969
'With this film, the audacious Ken Russell vaulted onto the international stage, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D. H. Lawrence’s classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time.
Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, WOMEN IN LOVE traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed)—as well as the men’s own erotically charged friendship.'
Friday 21st February - 8:15pm
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (dir. Russ Meyer)
109 mins | Rated R18 (Violence & sex scenes) | 1970
'In 1970, Twentieth Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing “King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer had been bringing to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls. With a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hell-bent sixties style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer—whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.'
Friday 28th February - 8:30pm
THE SWIMMER (dir. Frank Perry)
95 mins | Rated M (Adult themes) | 1968
'Well-off ad man Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) is visiting a friend when he notices the abundance of backyard pools that populate their upscale suburb. Ned suddenly decides that he'd like to travel the eight miles back to his own home by simply swimming across every pool in town. Soon, Ned's journey becomes harrowing; at each house, he is somehow confronted with a reminder of his romantic, domestic and economic failures, until a final visit with an old flame (Janice Rule) leaves him devastated.'
Friday 6th March - 8:30pm
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (dir. Peter Bogdanovich)
118 mins | Rated M (Sex scenes & offensive language) | 1968
'THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens—the enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), the wayward jock Duane (Jeff Bridges), and the desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybil Shepherd)—and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds, including Cloris Leachman’s lonely housewife and Ben Johnson’s grizzled movie-house proprietor.'
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