Cinema in Hull is all about the subversives this May. Weird and wonderful highlights coming up include a blast of colour and chaos in Adam Green’s Aladdin, a story of teenage outcasts in Cry-Baby and blockbuster madness from Tim Burton’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Grab yourself a bumper-size box of popcorn and see what’s on the silver screen in May.
Paris is Burning (15) – Kardomah94, 3 May 2016
This documentary by Jennie Livingston takes an intimate look inside the Harlem drag balls of 1980s New York. Rival fashion houses go head to head, competing for prizes in categories like vogueing and femme queen realness. For all its outrageous, flashy fierceness, Paris is Burning is a contemplative look at sexuality, gender, race and class in America. Think RuPaul’s Drag Race, with a thoughtful undertone.
Wild Tales (15) – Beverley Film Society at The Masonic Hall, 13 May 2016
This Argentinian black comedy brings six unique short stories together, back to back. Each story sees characters make crucial decisions in terrible, hilarious or surreal situations. Violence is a common thread in this 2015 comic-drama-thriller, which won a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
A John Waters classic, this 1990 musical romantic comedy stars a youthful Johnny Depp as a bad-boy with a heart of gold. Set in 1950s Maryland, the story follows the rivalry between the preppy Squares and leather jacket-wearing, motorbike-straddlin’ Drapes. Directed and written by the King of Cult himself, it’s an exercise in campness and cool. Expect extended metaphors about tears and weeping.
Shot over two hours in one single take, Victoria is a dark and powerful thriller. A Spanish twenty-something living in Berlin, Victoria meets a group of young men outside a club. Their chance meeting soon turns into a chaotic heist, as her new friends try to repay their debts to a criminal gang by robbing a bank.
‘More than a mere gimmick’, according to the Guardian, the single shot technique used in film steadily ramps up the tension that you might expect from a big budget gangster heist thriller – just without the huge car crashes and police helicopters.
Adam Green’s Aladdin (15) – Cult Cinema Sunday screenings at Fruit, 30 May 2016
Completely surreal. Adam Green’s Aladdin re-tells the classic Arabian Nights story in a bizarre, magnificent, colourful world. Aladdin (an out of work indie-rock singer) lives in a city ruled by a corrupt sultan, when he finds a magical 3D printing lamp that will print anything he desires.
Performed in front of a painted cardboard set, the film was entirely crowdfunded through Kickstarter. Even with some recognisable faces – including Macaulay Culkin, Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat and Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne – the film has an irrepressible independent spirit.
Director and actor Adam Green will be at Fruit for a Q&A following the screening, before playing a gig there later the same evening.
Money Monster (12A) – on general release from May 27 2016
An edge-of-your-seat Hollywood thriller, Money Monster is directed by Jodie Foster and stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell (rising British star, seen first in Skins and This is England). A TV financial advisor and his producer are taken hostage live on air by an angry viewer, who took the wrong financial advice and lost his money. A moral quandary done Hollywood-style, with bombs and guns and shouting.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) – on general release from May 27 2016
The follow-up to Tim Burton’s hugely successful Alice in Wonderland (successful at the box office at least, if not with the critics), Alice Through the Looking Glass picks up Lewis Carroll’s fantastical cast of characters again in Burton’s signature style.
It’s a formula Tim Burton fans will be well aware of by now, as Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter say odd things and pull unusual faces against a colourful backdrop. Its cast list is not to be sniffed at though, with Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and the voice of Alan Rickman, in one of his last roles. Live action and CGI blur together beautifully – this one’s your best bet for a family trip out to the cinema.