Saturday, 5 March 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 90: Wed Mar 30

The Firm (Clarke, 1989): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.15pm

Part of the Alan Clarke season at BFI Southbank, this is a recently discovered cut of the director’s masterful study of psychopathy. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Clarke's  daughter and other guests, which at present include producer David Thompson, writer David Leland and actor Ray Winstone. The post-film discussion will be chaired by Danny Leigh.

Here is the BFI introduction:
We’re proud to screen the recently discovered director’s cut of Alan Clarke’s swansong – a masterful study of psychopathy. A well-to-do estate agent (Oldman) is also the ‘top boy’ in a gang of brutal football hooligans who set up pitch battles with like-minded ‘tribes’ from other clubs, all getting off on the buzz of blood and violence. It’s a deeply unsettling and powerful film. Following the screening, critic and broadcaster Danny Leigh will host a discussion on Clarke’s uncompromising style, mercurial talent, legacy and the many filmmakers he’s inspired. 

Here (and above) is writer David Leland introducing the film.

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