The late night cinema has been a regular feature at Bestival and a big hit with those intrepid souls who’ve stumbled across many a cinematic gem deep in the Ambient Forest over the years. The cinema returns to the Amphitheatre again this year, billed as ‘Desert Island Flicks’ (see what we did there?), with nightly double bills of offbeat vintage hits and contemporary screen classics. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll surely shriek at our themed movie nights – those themes are ‘Rock n’ Roll Adventures’, ‘Beach Party’ and ‘Cult Classics’
Also look out for London Short Film Festival short films that will play each night in support of the main features. Expect comedy skits, horror shorts and music videos in abundance…
Friday: Rock n’ Roll Adventures
A modern movie classic and Michael Fassbender’s finest performance in a papier mache head. What more could you ask from you friendly local cinema?
Rolling Stone Magazine unwittingly hires a 15 year-old aspiring journalist after reading an article he wrote for Cream Magazine. ALMOST FAMOUS is the hilarious and touching story of this intelligent young man’s journey into the world of Rock & Roll as he tours the US with Stillwater, an up-and-coming band struggling with their rise to fame. Look out for the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman’s superb turn as the late, great Lester Bangs!
Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Written by Jon Ronson, FRANK is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
Saturday: Branchage Festival Takeover: Beach Party
Grab your bucket and spade and head to Desert Island Flicks on Saturday night as we team up with fellow island-dwellers, Jersey’s Branchage Festival, with a double bill of sea, sand and sundrenched movies for your viewing pleasure. Branchage DJs will be spinning sunkissed tunes from tiki to techno inbetween movies…
One of the wildest and most hedonistic films in recent years, SPRING BREAKERS is Harmony Korine’s tale about four girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation only to find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. Starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco as you’ve never seen him before, SPRING BREAKERS also features a score by dubstep king Skrillex – expect the Amphitheatre to bounce on Saturday night at a beach party like no other!
THE ENDLESS SUMMER
They call it THE ENDLESS SUMMER – the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime… they live their dream. Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theatres in 1966, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what’s most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget why.
Sunday: Cult Classics
To bring the curtain down on Sunday night, Desert Island Flicks brings you two alternative audience favourites – one of which was chosen by YOU, the Bestival audience!
WITHNAIL & I
It’s 1969 and London isn’t exactly swinging for struggling, unemployed actors Withnail and “I”. Living amongst the crumbling squalor of a Camden flat, their uneventful existence is fuelled by cheap drugs, bad booze and lighter fluid. When Withnail’s eccentric Uncle Monty offers them his cottage retreat, both Withnail and “I” decide to escape to the glorious English countryside for a carefree weekend. But what they find is less than idyllic as they’re forced to contend with disastrous weather conditions, hostile locals and the amorous motives of a certain Uncle Monty. It’s the end of the greatest decade in the history of mankind and there’s going to be a lot of refugees. Starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann in career defining roles, Withnail and I is one of the most hilarious and iconic comedies of British cinema. Written and directed by Bruce Robinson, this twisted, timeless and acerbic masterpiece is a genuine cult classic.
STAND BY ME (Fan’s Choice Film)
It’s the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon and four 12 year-old boys – Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern – are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right.