Well, here we are – gearing up for our very first screening of 2016! Gearing up for our first screening as Film Society of the Year! Woo! We’re excited and we hope you are too.
The new year has already thrown up a few surprises. In a change to our previous advertised schedule, our first Minicine at The Mills event, featuring Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), will now take place at The Arch Café in Leeds city centre on Saturday 30 January at 4pm. The Arch have been kind enough to take us in while Armley Mills continues to dry out following the Christmas flooding. The museum staff are hard at work trying to restore order to the building and we hope to be back at The Mills in February for our screening of Never Let Me Go.
Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and winning Best Original Screenplay, Her tells the story of a lonely letter writer, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), who purchases a new, highly intelligent and equally personable computer operating system – think Siri if Siri wasn’t a gimmick. Or KITT if KITT was a phone and not a car. The OS, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), is so smart and friendly that Theodore’s relationship with her quickly evolves from user and service to friends, before becoming something far more intimate and emotional.
Her is a Spike Jonze vision of a near future, investigating our increasingly symbiotic relationship with technology, and poses the question ‘what is love?’ Is it something exclusive only to humans and, if it is, should it be?
Spike Jonze began his film career directing music- and skate videos in the early nineties. His creative visuals and whimsical tone proved popular with some of the biggest music stars of music video’s heyday, including Fatboy Slim, Björk and Beastie Boys. His first foray into feature film was the surreal comedy Being John Malkovich (1999), in which a parade of characters occupied the mind of actor John Malkovich who played an alternative version of himself. The brilliantly meta Adaptation (2002) followed, set during the production of Being John Malkovich which saw Nicolas Cage portray screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (who wrote both films) and his fictional twin brother Donald. Where the Wild Things Are (2009) was an ambitious project which saw Jonze’s visual scope expand considerably, which saw the filmmaker mixing both practical and CG effects with aplomb. While Her is a far more intimate affair it is no less ambitious in terms of scale and depth of story and meaning.
This event takes place on Saturday 30 January at The Arch Café in Leeds city centre. The feature presentation will be preceded by a selection of short films and a serving of homemade cake.
Tickets are £5 and available from our online ticket office. Alternatively, you purchase a Human Nature Season pass and see Her, Never Let Me Go and Under the Skin for only £12. £12!