Art&Film: This Is England 1/13

FRIDAY JANUARY 13- CINE/CLUB DOLBY Screening Room
100 Potrero at Division Refreshments 6:30 Film program 7pm

CARTOON
Short film: Peter Fischli & David Weiss’ THE WAY THINGS GO

Shane Meadow’s THIS IS ENGLAND (2006, UK)
We start the year with a powerhouse of a film—and something different from our usual fare. This film takes us into the world of England’s skinheads and neo-nazis to examine the way young people can be so easily influenced by their peers. This film has an authenticity about it that can’t be matched.
PARENTAL WARNING: Violence, some nudity and mild sex scenes.
(It’s about teenagers)

(Link to Rotten Tomatoes)

 

WHY WE CHOSE THIS FILM:
This film is blessed with powerful performances and an absolutely authentic atmosphere of the English Midlands, 1983. It can’t help but affect you. The hero, a teenage boy who is bullied at school and harassed at home, is befriended by a group of skin-heads who initiate him into their company. As some of the members are pulled in a darker direction, being a part of the group brings a lot more than he bargained for.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Shane Meadow’s is one of the finest directors in England. His films, Dead Man’s Shoes, Twenty-Four Seven, and Somers Town are all sturdy achievements, but he is practically unknown in America, and that’s a real shame. His films have great moral character and concentrate on the ways that young people are badly influenced and damaged by the worse elements in their society. Meadows knows the world of This Is England well, having himself been involved in petty crime in his youth. He works with young actors especially well. No one else could have made this film.

ART SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
Meet at Metreon on the park side facing the waterfall. We’ll be sitting on the wall waiting for you! Please RSVP so we can plan the picnic.
11: We’ll visit the new gallery shows along Geary St.
12:30 Picnic Yerba Buena Gardens
Film: METREON – 2:25 MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

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