Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 176: Mon Jun 27

Billy The Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (Clarke, 1985): Prince Charles Cinema, 6.15pm

Lost Vampires are screening this Alan Clarke film from a 35mm print.

Prince Charles Cinema introduction:
This rarely screened cult musical is one of the boldest and strangest films ever to emerge from the UK, a unique collaboration between director Alan Clarke, writer Trevor Preston and composer George Fenton. Up-and-coming snooker player, Billy Kid (Phil Daniels) is manipulated by his debt-ridden manager, T.O. (Bruce Payne) into a high-stakes grudge match with The Vampire - world champion Maxwell Randall (Alun Armstrong) – the loser agreeing never to play the professional game again. With a rousing musical score performed in surreal theatrical settings, the drama builds to a truly nail-biting snooker game climax. Part gangster parody, part rock opera, part social commentary, critic Peter Wollen described it as “arguably [Alan Clarke’s] best film” and Anne Billson proposed it was one of the “most undervalued and underseen” films of the 1980s.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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