Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party Time! Excellent! We round out our Scalarama programme this September collaborating with Left Bank Leeds for a special presentation of one of early nineties cinema’s cult favourites.
Slacker best friends Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) host their own weekly public access television show from the basement of Wayne’s parents’ basement in Aurora, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago. When they’re not on air, they’re playing street hockey, hanging out at Stan Mikita’s donuts and rocking out at their favourite rock club, The Gas Works. Life is pretty sweet. And then Rob Lowe’s sleazy TV exec has to swoop in with his perfect hair and impressive takeaway ordering skills and ruin it! Lucky for us, Wayne
and Garth are is full of positive mental attitude to fight for his right to party on!
Wayne’s World original begin as a regular sketch segment on the long running U.S. television comedy show Saturday Night Live, first airing on SNL in 1988. Myers’ character had previously been seen on the series It’s Only Rock & Roll in a segment called ‘Wayne’s Power Minute’. Wayne and Garth’s big screen outing (and subsequent sequel) became something of a cultural phenomenon with many of their catchphrases entering the world’s lexicon, including ‘schwing’, ‘shyeah’, ‘that’s what she said’ and ‘…not!’ Total Film magazine ranked Wayne’s World as the 41st greatest comedy of all time which is one of the reasons Total Film sucks.
In an era when comedies have a tendency to get caught up in their own snarky self-awareness and depend too heavily on vulgarity to raise laughs, viewing Wayne’s World now provides a freshing alternative. A little less sarcasm, a little more slapstick? This is the film for you. A little less man-children making digs and taking swipes because they hate their lot in life, a little more content protagonists who actually like and care for each other rather? This is the film for you. A little less Adam Sandler making dick and fart jokes, a little more Alice flippin’ Cooper teaching history? This is the film for you.
Directed by Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilisation), we are proud to showcase the film, along with Left Bank, as part of the Directed by Women and #WomanWithAMovieCamera celebrations of women filmmakers.
Speaking of celebrations, we invite you to party on after the credits have rolled. Join us for a drink from Left Bank’s Bar on the Left, don a pair of Garth glasses and pick up an inflatable guitar in our photo corner, enter our air guitar championships, and rock out to some rock & roll classics. Be our Frankenstein! Oh, we almost forgot, Pizza Fella with be parking up outside to fill us with proper wood fired pizza ALL… NIGHT… LONG… (until midnight)! If there’s one thing we love more than film, it’s food. This event is going to be a lot of fun, so clear your diaries.
Left Bank Leeds is an amazing space. It is a unique venue for arts and events, housed in a Grade II* listed church building – the former St Margaret of Antioch Anglican church – and the money raised from hire and performances goes into looking after the building and putting on more arts events and activities.
Wayne’s World screens at Left Bank Leeds on Friday 25 September. Doors open at 7.30pm and we begin proceedings at 8pm with a selection of short films before we get to the headline act. Oh, of course you’re worthy, don’t be silly!
Scalarama is an annual celebration of cinema taking place every September. The season aims to unite all those who are passionate about showing films to one another, and to champion communal film watching and the cinema experience. Scalarama takes the form of a month long season of screenings taking place across the world at a wide range of venues, with all different types of exhibitors showcasing films from across the history of cinema and from all parts of the world.