Turkish Exorcist (1974), Magnificent Obsessions, VITO Project, BECTU Screening
Did you know that a Turkish remake of The Exorcist (1973) was made in 1974 that closely recreated the William Friedkin original albeit with the Catholicism replaced with Islam? For many years this film, Şeytan, also known as The Turkish Exorcist, circulated only in poor-quality bootleg copies, but it has recently been digitally restored and this screening will be the first time this HD restoration has been screened with English subtitles.
The screening will be followed with a panel discussion on the topic of film remakes and cross-cultural exchange, featuring Iain Robert Smith (King’s College London) and Tuğçe Bıçakçı Syed (Lancaster University).
This is a free event, but places are limited, so please register via the Eventbrite webpage.
Pillow Talk (dir. Michael Gordon, USA, 1959)
1959 was a transformative year for the career of Ross Hunter. In the same year as Imitation of Life was Pillow Talk, a classic screwball comedy that took on new meaning years later when Rock Hudson’s sexuality was public.
Doris Day plays Jan Morrow, a single woman and independent interior decorator. Due to the demand for phone lines in the area, she is forced to share a party line with Brad Allen, womaniser and all round pig, who lives in an apartment nearby. The two spar on the phone, but it is only some time later that Brad learns who Jan is, and masquerades as a handsome Texan rancher – except to toy with Jan, this smooth talking Southerner is… just a touch too fruity to be true.
But of course this is the screwball comedy, a subgenre known to tame the shrew and restore balance, but it is not without transgressions from Rock Hudson: a gay man, passing for straight, playing straight, playing gay. There is much to enjoy and be contemplative about in this delightful sex farce, which makes you wonder – how did Ross Hunter orchestrate of all of this?
Advance tickets are £6 and may be purchased from Billetto or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 during office hours.
The VITO Project is delighted to be teaming up with The Food Chain to present a special screening of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, a 1989 documentary film that tells the story of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
The event is part of the ENDAIDS2030 festival, marking the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which also coincides with The Food Chain 30 years anniversary. The screening will be introduced by Siobhán Lanigan, the Food Chain Chief Executive Officer and followed by an open discussion, featuring Siobhán and Mark Santos, CEO Positive East, who are both members of the UK AIDS Quilt Partnership, along with Quilt panel makers Gill Brigg and Josef Muller.
There will be a full-size quilt on display, and it will be the one that contains the panel that Josef Muller (who is one of our post-screening speaker) made for his friend Otmar.
A small charity with a huge heart, the Food Chain has been providing vital food and nutrition support services for the most vulnerable and marginalised people living with HIV in London, since Christmas day 1988. At the time of referral to the Food Chain, the people they work with are in crisis, often with little or no food at home, low or no income, and grappling with a complex range of health and social care issues arising from their HIV status. More information can be found here.
This is a free event but we will need your donations on the night to cover the costs associated with running the event and raise money for the Food Chain. A minimum £5 donation is suggested but please give generously if you are able to.
BECTU’s Writers, Directors and Producers branch present a screening of ¡Nae Pasarán! (2018), followed by a Q&A with the film’s director/producer Felipe Bustos Sierra.
With unprecedented access and research, ¡Nae Pasarán! reveals for the first time the incredible impact made by Scottish factory workers 40 years ago against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the 20th century.
Advance tickets are £7.50 for BECTU members, £9.71 for non-members plus booking fee. Click to purchase from Eventbrite.