PREVIEW: Cine164 // A Single Man

This month we return to The Gallery at Munro House for the first time this year, and we’re kicking off this year’s Cine164 programme in style. Or should that be with style?

A Single Man (2009), written and directed by renowned fashion designer Tom Ford, is a sleek and well-measured depiction of a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), an English college professor living in L.A. in the year 1960s. It’s the day that, if George has his way, will be his last.

Adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name, A Single Man deals with a broad range of themes and emotions, including depression, loneliness, sexuality and loss. Eight months after his partner Jim (Matthew Goode) is killed in a car accident, George is despondent, borderline nihilistic in his outlook, and feeling no connection to the world, he has decided he is going to leave it. Not wanting to leave a mess behind, George must first get his affairs in order; clear out his desk, close out his bank account, etc. In doing so he meets a series of individuals that will challenge his motivations to end his end his life.

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A passion project for Tom Ford, the first time director financed the production himself and employed the services of Mad Men’s production design team to achieve and maintain an authentic ’60s aesthetic.

The film was the recipient of the Queer Lion and a Golden Lion nomination at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and leading man Colin Firth won a BAFTA for Best Actor, as well as Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Julianne Moore, who stars as George’s best friend Charley, received a Golden Globe for her performance.

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A Single Man will screen alongside the big, bold and seductive paintings and prints by Brighton-based artist Sara Pope. This show is a colour-pop of bright playfulness, which, on closer inspection, will really get you to think. The exhibition launches this Thursday, February 5, at 6PM. You can preview the exhibition here.

Pope, like Ford, comes from a background in fashion. Since receiving a diploma from London College of Fashion, she has worked as a shoe designer for many high end brands, including Paul Smith and Lacoste. Taking much inspiration from her commercial experience; beauty, consumerism and the media, she makes use of bold, attractive colours with high shine gloss. Her painting style imitates the slickness of advertising, whilst provocatively subverting its themes. She works in series or ‘collections’, painting a body of work with common stylistic elements and colour palette, as with seasonal collections in fashion.

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The screening takes place at The Gallery at Munro House on Thursday 12 February at 7PM and free coffee will be available on arrival. Tickets are only £5 and are currently available from our online ticket office or over the counter at Café 164.


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