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Plymouth Arts Centre

Art Film Food

September– October 2013

Plymouth Arts Centre Food

Ice creams, cold drinks and iced café lattes have been the order of the day at PAC Food where Sammy and the team, not to mention the customers, have been sweltering in the heat of the sun during a particularly busy summer season. It seems strange to be thinking about Christmas at this early stage, but it will be soon upon us and we already have our PAC Food Christmas menu done and dusted. Sammy has come up with an unusual take on Christmas fare, with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce incorporated into and presented as a burger! Brussels sprouts and all the festive accompaniments are on the menu, along with soups and a new take on the old prawn-cocktail favourite. And you can eat safe in the knowledge that at PAC Food we pride ourselves on using local suppliers and sustainable sources. We are taking bookings now for our Christmas menu, which will be available from 1 December. Plymouth Arts Centre also provides an interesting and unusual venue for functions, meetings and events, so please come and talk to us about the spaces we have available for hire and the catering we can provide for your function. winner of


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Make an evening of art, film and food with one of our Cinema Suppers: The Simple Supper £15 (£12 for Friends) Includes your cinema ticket and a Simple Supper main dish – perfect for pre or post-cinema dining The Super Supper £24 For a long and leisurely evening: order a starter, main and a sweet dish from the menu before sitting down to watch the film Cinema Lunches £10 Pre-order a Cinema Lunch before our matinee screenings on Wednesdays and Saturday – includes cinema ticket, panini sandwich and hot drink

Welcome It’s the start of a new academic year and we present works by two internationally renowned British artists– Luke Fowler and Bob and Roberta Smith – linked by the theme of education. It’s our job to challenge thinking and stimulate debate, and with Plymouth School of Creative Arts – a Free School – opening its doors for the first time, there’s no topic more ripe for discussion. We’re launching Sweet FA a new, informal course in artists’ film for those who are interested in making or watching, and those who are just curious or bemused. Come along to our taster session on 24 October. Our cinema season opens on a high with two great films in the first week. Blancanieves is a dark Spanish fairytale in silent and black and white (it’s this year’s The Artist) and Blackfish is a deeply moving documentary about killer whales in captivity.

Our events for children and families are growing more popular and more ambitious – come along to make a huge moving collage, or a spectacular 3D portrait. Your generous donations over the summer exceeded our target so we now have a new air conditioning unit in the cinema! Funding remains a struggle with cuts to the Arts Council, but we’re determined to keep expanding our programme. Your support is essential and gratefully received, thank you. As always, we look forward to welcoming you, whatever the event may be. Kate Sparshatt Executive Director

Our popular outdoor screenings return to Royal William Yard in September, and for something very different play Resurgam – a new live adventure game, set in Plymouth, where you become the hero – play if you dare!

Front Cover image: Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Makes Children Powerful, 2012.

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Art It is the time of year when many people return to their studies and face the increasing challenges of acquiring knowledge and qualifications. In the current climate of radical changes to what used to be called school and the increasing marketisation of Higher Education, Plymouth Arts Centre considers this subject and presents the work of internationally renowned artists Luke Fowler and Bob and Roberta Smith.

Luke Fowler

5 October–1 December The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott (61 mins) screened on a loop from 10am, last screening 7.10pm Luke Fowler is an artist who works with film, sound, installation and photography. He explores the limits of documentary filmmaking, producing densely layered portraits of marginal or countercultural figures. Assembled from new and archival film footage, interviews and photography, these cinematic collages reveal conflicting accounts and retell history. This film focuses on the work of Marxist historian, Edward Palmer Thompson who was employed by the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) in Yorkshire. He taught literature and history to adults who, historically, had been unable to access Higher Education, including miners, factory workers and the unemployed. Thompson was committed to the WEA values of delivering a ‘socially purposeful’ education and to the cause of adult education as an engine for cultural democracy.

Luke Fowler’s film explores the issues that were at stake for post-war progressive educationalists and exposes an historical struggle that resonates within education today. The film’s title is a quotation from E.P. Thompson’s book, The Making of the English Working Class. The film was commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Film and Video Umbrella, through the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award: Commission to Collect. Luke Fowler received the inaugural Derek Jarman Award for artist filmmakers in 2008 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012.

Artist’s Talk and Performance Thursday 7 November, 6pm, free Booking advisable to guarantee your place

Luke Fowler will talk about his practice and his cinematic influences.

Image: WEA Archive, YUC Library, London Metropolitan University.

Art Bob and Roberta Smith 5 October–1 December

Bob and Roberta Smith is recognised for his trademark, text-based paintings. These colourful signs are hand painted onto scraps of wood and roughly nailed together. The shapes and misshapes of letters are as important as the message they spell out. These fields of colour ask questions, make statements and instigate debate. Letters swim before your eyes as you attempt to decipher a text, which could be an announcement of an event or a provocative call for action. Bob and Roberta Smith’s work explores the relationship between humour, politics and society and questions established values and authorities. Many works take the form of succinct witty slogans whilst others, such as the Browne Report and Letter to Michael Gove, are longer diatribes that expose a frustration with political decision-making. The messages almost always advocate for creativity, culture and freedom.

Image: Detail of Bob and Roberta Smith, The Browne Report, 2012

These paintings use the visual language of folk and punk; the use of drop shadow text and a mixture of different fonts and letter sizes evoke the aesthetics of protest and are reminiscent of makeshift public notices and temporary shop signs from an era before the computer. The process of producing these musings on art, politics and culture seems to be a cathartic one for Bob and Roberta Smith, which is perhaps why the artist advises ‘Make Your Own Damn Art’.

Film Events All Divided Selves, a film by Luke Fowler

Thursday 10 October (World Mental Health Day), 6pm, £4.50, free to PAC Friends and PAC Home members Marking World Mental Health Day we present a rare opportunity to see the film All Divided Selves by Luke Fowler, with a brief introduction. See our film pages for more details about this film.

Sweet FA A Journey Through Artists’ Film

Extra Curricular Film

We have selected two films, relevant to the theme of education, to accompany our exhibitions including If…, on Thursday 17 October at 6pm and The Class on Thursday 14 November at 6pm. The director of If… Lindsay Anderson founded the British Free Cinema Movement in the 1950s, which has been influential to Luke Fowler’s approach to filmmaking. See our film pages for more details about this film. There will be more details about The Class in our November–December brochure.

Thursday 24 October (and further sessions throughout the year), 6–8pm, booking essential

Find out whether Sweet FA is for you in this free taster session. Sweet FA is an informal course that introduces and investigates filmmaking and moving image in contemporary visual arts. The sessions will be delivered over 12 months and participants can attend all sessions or select those of most interest to them. Sessions will be individually priced and some will be free. It is a structured course for adults who want to know more about artists’ film and is suitable for the curious and bemused as well as artists, filmmakers, students and film lovers. Plymouth Arts Centre’s Film Programmer, Anna Navas and Sundog Media will lead this taster session on 24 October. On 7 November, award-winning artist, filmmaker Luke Fowler will talk about his practice. On 9 November, Sundog Media will run a practical filmmaking workshop. The programme will continue with film screenings, lectures, talks and practical filmmaking. Sweet FA will ask questions such as what is an artist’s film? How does it relate to cinema? What is its history? Who makes it and why? Delivered in collaboration with Sundog Media with support from Plymouth University.

Image: Luke Fowler, film still of R. D. Laing and Gaye Byrne from All Divided Selves, 2011

Activities Make Your Own Art

The Big Draw

Teachers! Make space in your timetable, because for one week only Plymouth Art Centre is running the Batter Street Print Studio, which coincides with our exhibition by renowned artist Bob and Roberta Smith.

For The Big Draw 2013 we will be looking to the future, drawing from our imagination and redrawing the city centre. How could Plymouth change? Could it become a giant playground or a forest? What new places would you like to occupy and what would you like to do in those spaces of the future?

Batter Street Print Studio, 21–25 October, Open Day on 26 October 10am–5pm, £180 per day, free to PAC School Members

We always welcome group visits to all our exhibitions and have a range of options for visiting please see our website for more information. For more information about becoming a PAC School Member, contact

Saturday 5 October, drop in at any time between 11am–4pm, free, booking not necessary, suitable for all ages

Think you can’t draw? Come along anyway because drawing skills are not necessary, just ideas. Come and make your mark, stay as long as it takes to map out your future Plymouth.

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Activities Making Space

Making Space is a programme of creative activities for children aged 8–13 years, led by practising artists and open to all children who like making things or using materials. The sessions reflect ideas and methods used by artists whose work is exhibited in the galleries and can help children to access different ways of thinking and looking whilst having fun and exploring their own creativity. Booking is advisable to guarantee your place Fluttering Light

Creative Play

Early year’s family activity Tuesdays 24 September and 29 October, 1–2.30pm, £2 per child Toddle in to Creative Play sessions on the last Tuesday of each month and enter into a stimulating environment where your child leads you on a journey of discovery. Artist and learning specialists support these open-ended activities for children aged under 6 and their adults. Don’t forget to dress for mess. Booking is advisable to guarantee your place.

Saturday 12 October, 10am–1pm, £4 per child Inspired by the work of Luke Fowler, we will be creating environments in motion. Making screens from all sorts of unusual materials, you will work with artist Tabatha Andrews to alter the shape of the space. Together you can then project light, drawings and film footage across the studio and, with the addition of blowing fans, create a huge moving collage. Face to Face Friday 1 November, 10am–1pm, £4 per child   This half term, in Making Space, we will link up with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. We will see some paintings and sculpture in an exhibition called Artists Make Faces, curated by a very special person, Monika Kinley (OBE). We will continue our session at Plymouth Arts Centre making and painting our own spectacular 3D portraits. Meet and drop off at Plymouth City Museum and pick up from Plymouth Arts Centre.

Bringing in Baby The Way Way Back Thursday 26 September, 1pm Austenland Thursday 24 October, 1pm £4.50 per adult, booking not essential These film screenings are for parents, grandparents and carers of babies to enjoy a selection of our films without having to worry about baby making too much noise! Why not pre-order a Cinema Lunch for £10 including a cinema ticket, panini sandwich and hot drink to enjoy in the café before the film.

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RESURGAM The Lost Pearl of Plymouth Saturday 21 September 2013

Get ready for a new type of adventure. You join the hunt. You take the risks. You become the hero. Resurgam is Plymouth’s first location-based, interactive, narrative adventure. History, digital technology and theatre are integrated to create an original game experience that immerses players in a citywide hunt to find the magical Pearl of Plymouth. It will feel like being in your own action-adventure. There are also opportunities for creatives and artists to take part and gain experience as sea monsters, ushers or production assistants. To find out more and to buy tickets, visit or email Resurgam is an indie production written by Hannah Wood, created and produced by Story Juice, Mutant Labs and i-DAT, with Rogue Theatre, supported by Plymouth University and Arts Council England, as well as by Plymouth Arts Centre

Ocean City Screen

For the second year running Plymouth Arts Centre and Dartington Barn Cinema are very excited to present this year’s programme of outdoor screenings at the Royal William Yard on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Sunday 22 September. We have put together an ocean-themed series of films that hopefully has something for everyone to enjoy, including a short programme of South West made films before each main feature, and a Friday night film that will get you in the mood for Resurgam. As is usual in the cinema, the films will start as the lights go down. In this case, as we are outdoors, when the sun goes down at around 8.30pm. Bring a blanket, a camp chair, a picnic and maybe an umbrella! Film details on page 13.

Forthcoming Programme P A B D M O U T H (Publish And Be Damned in Plymouth) Sunday 3 November

Word smiths, book lovers and zine enthusiasts, join us for P A B D M O U T H, an independent publishing fair hosted by Nom de Strip in collaboration with Publish and Be Damned. P A B D M O U T H brings together some of the best independent publishing projects from the South West and further afield for a day of talks, films and stalls. Participants include: X Marks the Bokship, ANDPublishing, An Endless Supply, Maria Fusco, The Modern Language Experiment, Library of Independent Exchange, Preston Is My Paris, Duplicate Editions, OFF LIFE Publish and Be Damned is an ongoing project for discussing and promoting alternative directions in publishing outside of the mainstream P A B D M O U T H is part of the Plymouth International Book Festival 2013

Sara Bowler The Looe Street Detectives 14 December–2 February 2014

Sara Bowler exhibits the results of her project with Plymouth residents, who have conducted research into the history of 38 Looe Street and the adjacent streets.

Mondo Monday

MONDO MONDAY: lowering the tone of Plymouth Arts Centre. Since July 2012 there has been a beast dwelling in the basement here; this beast is MONDO. Once a month or so MONDO brings the finest in cult film, trash cinema, b-movies, stone-cold classics and all the other lovely stuff that slips between the cracks of the multiplexes and the arthouses. So far we’ve had Dirty Dancers, sharks fighting zombies, giant chickens, shoeless policeman, giant robots fighting buildings that move, Kevin Bacon and kung-fu vampires. We’ve also started trying our hand at live entertainment by hosting comedy nights. We keep the bar running all night, we have a resident magician, (yes, you did read that correctly!), David Andrews (available for kids parties, weddings etc) prowling around looking for willing participants and each event is accompanied by a gorgeously designed poster by the highly talented graphic designer, Chris Wharton. Is there no end to our talents? So....what you’ve been waiting for is finally here. Come aboard the good ship MONDO MONDAY. Find out more at

Be a Plymouth Arts Centre Friend By becoming a Friend, you will join a community of people enjoying art, film and food in intimate and friendly surroundings. With each membership you will also receive a free cinema ticket, discounts on tickets, priority information about forthcoming films, events specifically for Friends and a £3 discount on the price of our Cinema Suppers. To become a Friend costs £20 for a single membership or £30 for a double membership. We urge you to join as a Friend, but we would also like supporters to consider making a donation to us. Until March 2014, we can double the impact of any donations we receive through the Arts Council England Catalyst Fund. You can make a donation in person, by sending us a cheque or by visiting our website.


Blancanieves (12A)

Blackfish (15)

The Wall (12A)

Friday 6 September, 6pm Saturday 7 September, 8pm Sunday 8 September, 5.30pm Tuesday10 September, 8.30pm Wednesday 11 September, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 12 September, 8.30pm

Friday 6 September, 8.30pm Saturday 7 September, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 8 September, 8pm Tuesday 10 September, 6pm Wednesday 11 September, 8.30pm Thursday 12 September, 6pm

Friday 13 September, 6pm Saturday 14 September, 8pm Sunday 15 September, 5.30pm Tuesday 17 September, 8.30pm Wednesday 18 September, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 19 September, 8.30pm

Dir. Pablo Berger, Spain/France, 2013, 104 mins, subtitled. Cast. Maribel Verdu, Macarena Garcia, Daniel Gimenez Cacho

This silent, black and white take on Snow White examines the darker aspects of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Set in Seville in the 1920s, a famous bullfighter is widowed and wounded. Grief-stricken, he sends his baby daughter to live with her grandmother. Time passes and Carmen goes back to live with her father and his monstrous new wife (Maribel Verdu, a delectable villainess). Father and daughter meet in secret and he teaches her his trade. The sumptuous, flamenco-inflected score is superbly expressive, helping to pull us further into a spider’s web of poisoned apples, erotic envy and Iberian passions. This menacing, gothic melodrama has deservedly scooped 10 Goyas and is sure to cast a spell over UK audiences.

Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, US, 2013, 90 mins.

Premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this harrowing and heart-breaking documentary follows the story of Tilikum, a notorious killer whale who, since his capture in 1983, has been responsible for the deaths of three individuals, despite no fatal killer whale attacks ever being recorded in the wild. Using distressing archive footage and candid interviews with trainers, Blackfish builds an intense psychological profile of Tilikum, exploring his history of mistreatment, hostility from other captive whales and poor health and safety regulations. It then goes on to question what could have led to such behaviour and builds a strong argument against keeping such powerful animals in captivity.

Dir. Julian Polsler, Germany, 2013, 93 mins, subtitled. Cast. Martina Gedeck, Ulrike Beimpold, Wolfgang M. Bauer.

Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous feminist classic novel, The Wall is a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. Martina Gedeck, the brilliant interpreter of the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others, brings a rare and vivid intensity to her role as the unnamed lead character in this contemporary female Robinson Crusoe tale. “It’s hard to believe a film this minimal – part sci-fi parable, part feminist Robinson Crusoe – could contain so much” The Guardian


Lovelace (18) Friday 13 September, 8.30pm Saturday 14 September, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 15 September, 8pm Tuesday 17 September, 6pm Wednesday 18 September, 8.30pm Thursday 19 September, 6pm Dir. Rob Epstein /Jeffrey Friedman, US, 2013, 93 mins. Cast. Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Sharon Stone

In 1972 Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace – here played by Amanda Seyfried. This smart and nostalgic film tells the story of the infamous adult star, showing how she escaped her strict religious family to become the poster girl for the sexual revolution before the industry and her husband, charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard, An Education), destroyed her life. Featuring James Franco (127 Hours) as Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and Sharon Stone as Linda’s domineering disciplinarian mother, Lovelace evokes the era with impressive detail, with a remarkable performance from Seyfried as the tragic star.

Ocean City Screen Royal William Yard, free entry, no booking required Point Break (15) Thursday 19 September, 8.30pm Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, USA, 1991, 120 mins. Cast. Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty.

Point Break is close to being the best summer film ever with surfing bank robbers and some of the most exciting chase scenes in modern cinema. Pacific Rim (12A) Friday 20 September, 8.30pm Dir. Guillermo del Toro, USA, 2013, 130 mins. Cast. Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman.

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. Some Like It Hot (12) Sunday 22 September, 8.30pm Dir. Billy Wilder, USA, 1959, 122 mins. Cast. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Joe E. Brown.

Billy Wilder’s comedy classic sees Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress up as dames to join Marilyn Monroe’s all-girl band on tour to Miami Beach while escaping the Chicago Mob. One of cinema’s all-time greats.

Mondo Monday: An Evening with JOCK Monday 23 September 6pm, £10 MONDO MONDAY is welcoming highly acclaimed comic book artist, poster designer and film concept artist JOCK for one night only. The Devon based artist has been attached to a head spinningly impressive array of projects. He’ll be curating his own MONDO double bill of two films as well as giving a Q & A session about his work. Tickets for this are going to sell out as quickly as some kind of freshly warmed through sweet baked products........cakes, that’s it, hot cakes, so book now for this amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with a real life artist of Batman, The Avengers, Judge Dredd, Wolverine and many, many more


The Way Way Back (12A)

What Maisie Knew (15)

Friday 20 September, 6pm Saturday 21 September, 8pm Sunday 22 September, 5.30pm Tuesday 24 September, 8.30pm Wednesday 25 September, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 26 September, 1pm BIB & 8.30pm

Friday 20 September, 8.30pm Saturday 21 September, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 22 September, 8pm Tuesday 24 September, 6pm Wednesday 25 September, 8.30pm Thursday 26 September, 6pm

Dir. Nat Faxon/Jim Rash, US, 2013, 103 mins. Cast. Liam James, Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell.

Dir. David Siegel/Scott McGehee, US, 2013, 99 mins. Cast. Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan.

The Way Way Back is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

Based on a contemporary interpretation of the classic Henry James novel and set in present day New York City, What Maisie Knew focuses on the titular Maisie, a wise-beyond-her-years child who is caught up in her parents’ bitter divorce. Maisie’s mother Susanna is a singer in a rock band and her father Beale is an outwardly charming but often distracted art dealer. As Maisie is shuttled back and forth between them, she comes to rely more and more on her parents’ new spouses, and Susanna and Beale become even more distant.

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Looking For Hortense (12A) Friday 27 September, 6pm Saturday 28 September, 8pm Sunday 29 September, 5.30pm Tuesday 1 October, 8.30pm Wednesday 2 October, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 3 October, 8.30pm Dir. Pascal Bonitzer, France, 2013, 110 mins, subtitled. Cast. Kristen Scott Thomas, JeanPierre Bacri.

A bittersweet Parisian comedy of manners that sees Oscarnominee Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long) on top form as Iva, whose relationship with absent-minded Damien (Jean-Pierre Bacri, Look At Me) is falling apart. Iva is pressuring Damien to ask his estranged father – a powerful government official – to intervene on behalf of her friend Zorica, a Polish immigrant who is about to be deported. Damien is loathe to ask for help and puts off the task, until he meets the lovely Zorica who helps him to discover a long forgotten desire. Featuring laughout-loud moments of comedy, deft touches of social satire, richly drawn characters and impressive performances, this is a witty and gracefully comic portrayal of human relationships in a multicultural society.


About Time (12A)

All Divided Selves

Friday 27 September, 8.30pm Saturday 28 September, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 29 September, 8pm Tuesday 1 October, 6pm Wednesday 2 October, 8.30pm Thursday 3 October, 6pm

A film by Luke Fowler (90 mins)

Dir. Richard Curtis, UK, 2013, 123 mins. Cast. Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams.

British filmmaking luminary Richard Curtis (Notting Hill) returns with this self-penned romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) is Tim, a young man unlucky in love who finds out from his father, played by the eternally cool Bill Nighy (Love Actually), that the men in his family can travel through time and alter events. Tim decides that the way to make the world a better place is by using his powers to find a girlfriend and sets about trying to find the love of his life, Mary (Rachel McAdams, Midnight In Paris). This twisty-turny sci-fi romance is right up there with Curtis’ best work and makes you want to travel back in time to watch it all over again.

Thursday 10 October, 6pm, £4.50 (free to PAC Friends and PAC Home members) Marking World Mental Health Day, we present a rare opportunity to see the film All Divided Selves by Luke Fowler, with a brief introduction. This film explores the legacy of radical psychiatrist R.D.Laing, a guru like figure of the 1960s. In his classic text The Politics of Experience (1967), Laing argued that normality entailed adjusting ourselves to the mystification of an alienating and depersonalising world. Thus, those society labels as ‘mentally ill’ are in fact ‘hyper-sane’ travellers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time. This film is a dense, engaging and lyrical collage in which Fowler weaves archival material with his own filmic observations. Soundtrack includes field recordings and music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Alasdair Roberts.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (tbc) Friday 4 October, 6pm Saturday 5 October, 8pm Sunday 6 October, 5.30pm Tuesday 8 October, 8.30pm Wednesday 9 October, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 10 October, 8.30pm Dir. David Lowery, US, 2013, 105 mins. Cast. Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine.

Set in Texas in the 1970s, the film sets up a love triangle between Bob Muldoon, an idealistic robber, his wife Ruth and a detective, Patrick. In a standoff with the police, Ruth shoots Patrick in the shoulder, but Bob takes the rap and goes to prison. Waiting loyally for him to come out, Ruth gives birth to Bob’s daughter, Sylvie, and Patrick secretly falls in love with Ruth. When Bob escapes jail, a cat and mouse game develops between the outlaw Bob and the cop Patrick. Love, freedom and Sylvie are all at stake. Channelling the pure beauty of early Terence Malick (Badlands) this is a mesmerising and gripping film with performances by Mara and Affleck that astound.


Thanks For Sharing (15)

Diana (tbc)

Hannah Arendt (tbc)

Friday 4 October, 8.30pm Saturday 5 October, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 6 October, 8pm Tuesday 8 October, 6pm Wednesday 9 October, 8.30pm

Friday 11 October, 6pm Saturday 12 October, 8pm Sunday 13 October, 5.30pm Tuesday 15 October, 8.30pm Wednesday 16 October, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 17 October, 8.30pm

Friday 11 October, 8.30pm Saturday 12 October, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 13 October, 8pm Tuesday 15 October, 6pm Wednesday 16 October, 8.30pm

Dir. Stuart Blumberg, US, 2013, 112 mins. Cast. Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Pink.

From the Oscar-nominated writer of The Kids are All Right, Thanks for Sharing is a touching and unpredictable comedy that follows three sex addicts as they struggle to function in society while maintaining meaningful relationships. Adam (Ruffalo) attempts to forge a relationship with Phoebe (Paltrow), who has sworn off dating addicts. Mike (Robbins) is married to his high school sweetheart, but becomes as addicted to his 12 step recovery programme as he does to sex. Neil (Gad) hides a camera on his tennis shoe to secretly film up women’s skirts – all the while trying to convince his friends that he can live a life without sex. Throughout the film, they each deal with their addictions in different ways in this unusual and sweet comedy.

Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel, UK/Germany, 2013, mins TBC. Cast. Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar, Douglas Hodge.

This eagerly anticipated film focuses on the final two years of Diana’s life, when she had separated from the Prince of Wales and had been in relationships with Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed, who was also killed in the crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. Directed by German Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and shot in England, Croatia and India, the film also features Douglas Hodge as royal butler Paul Burrell and Naveen Andrews (The English Patient) as Khan, the British-Pakistani heart and lung surgeon who is said to have been the love of her life.

Dir. Margarethe von Trotta, Germany, 2012, 113 mins, subtitled. Cast. Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, Axel Milberg.

Von Trotta has long been fascinated by history’s great women and with her new film, she tackles a crucial episode in the life of the great twentieth-century icon: German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt (played by the brilliant Barbara Sukowa). Chronicling Arendt’s visit to Jerusalem in 1961 to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazis’ “Final Solution”, von Trotta brilliantly dramatizes the process by which Arendt began to formulate what would be her most lasting contribution to contemporary political thought: the “banality of evil,” evil not as diabolical intent but as unthinking ignorance of the consequences of one’s actions. Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial von Trotta turns the often invisible passion of thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.


If... (15)

Austenland (12A)

The Great Beauty (15)

Thursday 17 October, 6pm, £4.50 (free to PAC Friends and PAC Home members)

Friday 18 October, 6pm Saturday 19 October, 8.15pm Sunday 20 October, 5.30pm Tuesday 22 October, 8.30pm Wednesday 23 October, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 24 October, 1pm BIB & 8.30pm

Friday 18 October, 8pm Saturday 19 October, 2pm & 5pm Sunday 20 October, 8pm Tuesday 22 October, 5.30pm Wednesday 23 October, 8pm Thursday 24 October, 5.30pm

Dir. Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1968, 111 mins. Cast. Malcolm McDowell, Richard Warwick, Peter Jeffrey

An Extra-Curricular Film to accompany our exhibitions. Lindsay Anderson’s If… is a daringly anarchic vision of British society. Rebellious students at an English private school plan a violent revolt against their repressive environment. Centering on a small group of non-conformists led by Mick Travis (McDowell), the film paints a distinctly negative picture of the British school system and, by extension, English society. Mixing color and black and white, English surrealism and neardocumentary style realism as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If… remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells. A seminal piece of cinema and amongst the greatest British films of the post-war years. If... received the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

Dir. Jerusha Hess, US/UK, 2013, 97 mins. Cast. Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie.

Jane’s life-size paper doll of Mr Darcy and her “I Love Darcy” tote may be tattered, but even in her thirties, she hasn’t grown out of her obsession with all things Jane Austen. Careworn by love, she saves enough to fulfil her dream holiday to Austenland. There’s an imposing manor, rosy-faced servants, trusty steeds, gilded drawing rooms and gallant young suitors. Unfortunately, due to limited funds, she’s relegated to lesser quarters and drearier costumes than fellow guests, but as she catches the eye of a young footman she is swept into a romantic adventure. A wickedly funny, irreverent comedy featuring a malapropismpeppered performance by Jennifer Coolidge and an impeccable cast of archetypal characters, Austenland hits all the right notes.

Dir. Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2013, 142 mins, subtitled. Cast. Tony Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli.

Life is a performance and Rome is the stage in The Great Beauty from Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo). Tony Servillo plays a dapper, cultured and dilettantish Roman writer Jep Gambardella, always dressed in a fine suit and finer shoes. As the film opens, he celebrates his sixty-fifth birthday with a hedonistic party in his flash apartment which overlooks the Coliseum on one side and a convent on the other. In his world, the high life meets the low life, writers and thinkers mingle with strippers and models but steadily he becomes weary of his lifestyle, haunted by memories of a lost love. Like a Fellini film for the Berlusconi generation the film sweeps over you like a beautiful dream.


The Artist and the Model (tbc) Friday 25 October, 6pm Saturday 26 October, 8pm Sunday 27 October, 5.30pm Tuesday 29 October, 8.30pm Wednesday 30 October, 2.30pm & 6pm Thursday 31 October, 8.30pm Dir. Fernando Trueba, Spain, 2012, 105 mins, subtitled. Cast. Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale, Chus Lampreave.

Oscar winning director Fernando Trueba (Chico y Rita, Belle Epoque) has created an exquisite film, nominated for13 Goya Awards. Beautifully shot in black and white, The Artist and the Model is a poetic tale of a quest for beauty and artistic inspiration. Set in 1943 in occupied France, it tells the story of Marc Cros, an aging sculptor whose fading creativity is reignited by Merce, a beautiful young woman who has fled Franco’s Spain. The outside world intrudes in the form of Pierre (Martin Gamet), a Resistance fighter. Jean Rochefort was on the brink of retirement when he was convinced to take on this role and his masterful performance is at the heart of the film’s success.

Blue Jasmine (PG) Friday 25 October, 8.30pm Saturday 26 October, 2.30pm & 5.30pm Sunday 27 October, 8pm Tuesday 29 October, 6pm Wednesday 30 October, 8.30pm Thursday 31 October, 6pm Dir. Woody Allen, US, 2013, 90 mins. Cast. Cate Blanchett

Carried by Cate Blanchett in a deservedly hyped powerhouse turn, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine features the actress as the spoiled housewife of a wealthy Madoff-like schemer (Baldwin) who commits suicide in prison. Left with nothing, she crashes with her estranged sister (Hawkins) in San Francisco while rambling about potential ways of putting her life back together. Chatting aimlessly about her woes to a shocked passenger on her flight to San Francisco, Jasmine sounds like yet another fast-talking avatar for Allen’s voice and the film has all the hallmarks of an Allen comedy: the classic jazz underscoring virtually every scene, the speedy dialogue, and insular references to posh Manhattan lifestyles. However, Allen frames these ingredients with a nice ironic twist.

Mondo Halloween Monday Monday 28 October, 6pm, £6.50 The spookiest spook-fest of the spooky season is back back back. MONDO will once again be making the walls drip with blood and the audience scream for mercy. Last year’s EVIL DEAD night saw a sell-out crowd put themselves through the “ultimate experience in gruelling terror” so this year we’ll be screening the Care Bears movie to give you all a break...........NO. Not on MONDO’S watch… For more information on other MONDO events and to find out which films we’ll be subjecting you to and whether or not Dangerous David can top the glass stunt from last year come join the cult of MONDO at our Facebook page pacmondo.

Film Diary September




Friday 6

Blancanieves, 6pm

Blackfish, 8.30pm

Saturday 7

Blackfish, 2.30pm

Blackfish, 5.30pm

Blancanieves, 8pm

Sunday 8

Blancanieves, 5.30pm

Blackfish, 8pm

Tuesday 10

Blackfish, 6pm

Blancanieves, 8.30pm

Wednesday 11

Blancanieves, 2.30pm

Blancanieves, 6pm

Blackfish, 8.30pm

Thursday 12

Blackfish, 6pm

Blancanieves, 8.30pm

Friday 13

The Wall, 6pm

Lovelace, 8.30pm

Saturday 14

Lovelace, 2.30pm

Lovelace, 5.30pm

The Wall, 8pm

Sunday 15

The Wall, 5.30pm

Lovelace, 8pm

Tuesday 17

Lovelace, 6pm

The Wall, 8.30pm

Wednesday 18

The Wall, 2.30pm

The Wall, 6pm

Lovelace, 8.30pm

Thursday 19

Lovelace, 6pm

The Wall, 8.30pm / OCS, 8.30pm

Friday 20

The Way Way Back, 6pm

What Maisie Knew, 8.30pm / OCS 8.30pm

Saturday 21

What Maisie Knew, 2.30pm

What Maisie Knew, 5.30pm

The Way Way Back, 8pm

Sunday 22

The Way Way Back, 5.30pm

What Maisie Knew, 8pm / OCS 8.30pm

Monday 23

MONDO Jock, 6pm

Tuesday 24

What Maisie Knew, 6pm

The Way Way Back, 8.30pm

Wednesday 25

The Way Way Back, 2.30pm

The Way Way Back, 6pm

What Maisie Knew, 8.30pm

Thursday 26

BIB The Way Way Back, 1pm

What Maisie Knew, 6pm

The Way Way Back, 8.30pm

Friday 27

Looking For Hortense, 6pm

About Time, 8.30pm

Saturday 28

About Time, 2.30pm

About Time, 5.30pm

Looking For Hortense, 8pm

Sunday 29

Looking For Hortense, 5.30pm

About Time, 8pm

Tuesday 1

About Time, 6pm

Looking For Hortense, 8.30pm

Wednesday 2

Looking For Hortense, 2.30pm

Looking For Hortense, 6pm

About Time, 8.30pm

Thursday 3

About Time, 6pm

Looking For Hortense, 8.30pm

Friday 4

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 6pm

Thanks For Sharing, 8.30pm

Saturday 5

Thanks For Sharing, 2.30pm

Thanks For Sharing, 5.30pm

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 8pm

Sunday 6

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 5.30pm

Thanks For Sharing, 8pm

Tuesday 8

Thanks For Sharing, 6pm

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 8.30pm

Wednesday 9

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 2.30pm

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 6pm

Thanks For Sharing, 8.30pm

Thursday 10

All Divided Selves (Luke Fowler), 6pm

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 8.30pm

Friday 11

Diana, 6pm

Hannah Arendt, 8.30pm

Saturday 12

Hannah Arendt, 2.30pm

Hannah Arendt, 5.30pm

Diana, 8pm

Sunday 13

Diana, 5.30pm

Hannah Arendt, 8pm

Tuesday 15

Hannah Arendt, 6pm

Diana, 8.30pm

Diana, 6pm

Hannah Arendt, 8.30pm

If..., 6pm

Diana, 8.30pm


Wednesday 16

Diana, 2.30pm

Thursday 17 Friday 18

Austenland, 6pm

The Great Beauty, 8pm

Saturday 19

The Great Beauty, 2pm

The Great Beauty, 5pm

Austenland, 8.15pm

Sunday 20

Austenland, 5.30pm

The Great Beauty, 8pm

Tuesday 22

The Great Beauty, 5.30pm

Austenland, 8.30pm

Wednesday 23

Austenland, 2.30pm

Austenland, 6pm

The Great Beauty, 8pm

Thursday 24

BIB Austenland, 1pm

The Great Beauty, 5.30pm

Austenland, 8.30pm

Friday 25

The Artist and the Model, 6pm

Blue Jasmine, 8.30pm

Saturday 26

Blue Jasmine, 2.30pm

Blue Jasmine, 5.30pm

The Artist and the Model, 8pm

Sunday 27

The Artist and the Model, 5.30pm

Blue Jasmine, 8pm

Monday 28

Mondo Halloween Monday, 6pm

Tuesday 29

Blue Jasmine, 6pm

The Artist and the Model, 8.30pm

Wednesday 30

The Artist and the Model, 2.30pm

The Artist and the Model, 6pm

Blue Jasmine, 8.30pm

Thursday 31

Blue Jasmine, 6pm

The Artist and the Model, 8.30pm

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Plymouth Arts Centre Sept Oct 2013 Brochure  

Pymouth Arts Centre's brochure for the September/ October 2013 season.