Archipelago Fri 1 — Thu 7 April • Gwe 1 — Iau 7 Ebrill UK/2010/114mins/15. Dir: Joanna Hogg. With Tom Hiddleston, Kate Fahy, Lydia Leonard.
The eagerly awaited follow-up to Joanna Hogg’s critically acclaimed debut Unrelated follows an upper middle-class family on a getaway on the idyllic Isles of Scilly, before the son Edward embarks on a charity expedition to Africa. Edward’s father’s attendance is eagerly anticipated, although sister Cynthia appears to be present under some duress, going through dutiful motions with her doting mother, being tutored in oil painting and taking picnics. Gradually, deep fractures within the family begin to surface and Hogg makes astute observations on the malaise of the upper middle-class, extracting sometimes painful drama from incidental events. Archipelago confirms Hogg as one of the most intriguing voices in modern British cinema.
Fri 1 — Thu 7 April • Gwe 1 — Iau 7 Ebrill UK/Brazil/2010/98mins/PG. Dir: Lucy Walker.
Bad Film Club Lady Frankenstein Sun 3 April • Sul 3 Ebrill Italy/1971/84mins/18. Dir: Mel Welles, Aureliano Luppi. With Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri, Paul Muller.
The Bad Film Club crew are weighing in to celebrate Chapter’s 40th birthday in the only way they know how — by lending their irreverent live DVD-style commentary to a terrible movie from 1971. When Dr Frankenstein is killed by the monster he created, his daughter and Marshall the lab assistant continue with his diabolical experiments. It seems only right that they should find love over the attempted reanimation of corpses; their problem is that Marshall is getting on a bit. The only rational solution is to transplant his brain into the slow, but well-meaning servant Stephen’s body. Let’s hope that nothing ruins their love… like the return of Frankenstein’s monster, hell-bent on seeking revenge.
The notion that so much contemporary art is actually rubbish is given a literal airing in this extraordinary documentary featuring the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who is renowned for working with discarded materials. British filmmaker Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground, Countdown to Zero) follows the artist as he collaborates with some of the Rio slum dwellers who eke out a living by scavenging for food and re-useable items on the world’s largest rubbish dump. Waste Land skilfully brings together the back-stories of these impoverished characters, with Muniz’s singular artistic vision to present us with an inspiring account of lives on the margins of the global economy, and the transformative power of art.
Mon 4 April • Llun 4 Ebrill Screenings of short films by independent filmmakers. If you’d like more information, or have a film you’d like to show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chapter Cinema on 029 2030 4400.