After a brief hiatus, Vancity Theatre’s longest running series, Cinema Salon, returns in a new quarterly slot, beginning January 19, 2016.
Produced and presented by Melanie Friesen, Cinema Salon brings an outstanding member of the community to introduce his/her favourite film. The first guest was Arthur Erickson in May 2006, with his pick, The River, by French master Jean Renoir. Over the decade, over 100 guest presenters have introduced their choices, among them: David Suzuki (“Rashomon”), Gregor Robertson (“The Planet”), Gloria Macarenko (“The Unbearable Lightness of Being”), Michael Ondaatje (“The Hustler”), Michael Audain (“The Gospel According to Matthew), Grand Chief Ed John (“Rabbit Proof Fence”) and Emily Molnar (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”).
The evening includes introductory commentary and contextualization from Melanie, an appreciation by the guest, and an audience Q&A session with light refreshments after the screening.
Films in this Series
On the surface, Rude Boy is about Ray, a hapless, young Londoner in the late 1970s with no prospects who leaves his seedy job in Soho to work as a roadie for The Clash. Not only does Rude Boy have the best filmed footage of The Clash, on stage, backstage, in hotel rooms and rehearsal rooms, but it also shows Punk, stirring up youth and making it prey to both the Trotskyite left and the Fascist National Front. All this is portrayed against the breakdown of social democracy in Britain with frightening street battles and demonstrations, resulting in the triumphant ascent of Mrs Thatcher to Downing Street.
Guest programmer: Adrian Mack, film editor at the Georgia Straight