Kermode Presents…

Here at The Plaza Cinema we are lucky to count one of the country’s best-known film critics among our regular patrons.

Mark Kermode has become a familiar and trusted presence on our screens, in print, as film critic for the Observer, and especially on the radio, where he has built up a loyal fan-base over the years.

Purely by chance he also likes to watch films at our cinema.

Beginning in 2013 with ‘Silent Running’, Mark has curated and hosted an irregular series of screenings.

Every few months, when he can spare the time, Mark shares a film that means something to him with an audience of eager film fans, and then takes part in the discussion that it provokes.

Mark is passionate about film as a medium, film, the physical stuff on which a movie is preserved and exhibited. He takes every available chance to show real, 35mm films.

Since that first screening, these evenings have developed into a series, known as ‘Kermode Presents’, that have taken in a wide variety of different genres and styles.

There have been more science-fiction films, including ‘Moon’, which also featured an appearance from writer-director Duncan Jones, and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’

And there was the eerily prophetic ‘Hackers’, directed by Iain Softley, who was also on hand to answer the audience’s questions.

For ‘Sorcerer’ in 2014, Mark arranged for director William Friedkin, who also made ‘The Exorcist, to record a message especially for the occasion.

When Mark chose Yann Demange’s Irish troubles film ’71’, composer David Holmes was able to offer some insight into the issues it raised from a personal standpoint. He revealed it was the first time he had seen the film in full on the big screen and that it had moved him to tears. He then took to the decks at an after party alongside Mark’s band the Dodge Brothers.

Northern Ireland has been just one of the recurring themes in the series, going way back to ‘Good Vibrations.’ The story of a DJ who opens a record shop and then starts a record label in seventies Belfast, it also introduced music as another of Mark’s favourite subjects.

For a little while it seemed Mark only wanted to show musicals. He brought us ‘Top Hat’, ‘The Boy Friend’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, the last of which he co-presented with his friend and Elvis super-fan Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Periodically Mark will return to a favourite director. P. T. Anderson has featured twice, most recently with ‘Phantom Thread’, but also with ‘Punch Drunk Love’, about which Mark has an absolutely intriguing theory…

Christopher Nolan has proved to be Mark’s favourite director with three films chosen;  ‘Inception’, ‘The Prestige’ and ‘Dunkirk.’

There have been more guest appearances too. When Mark chose the dark horror-comedy ‘Sightseers’, co-writers and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram were here to help present the film and field questions.

Most recently the director Bill Forsyth visited to screen his much-loved classic ‘Local Hero.’

 

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future events please email kermodepresents@wtwcinemas.co.uk to request contact.

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