30 years after the release of Talk Talk’s fourth album Spirit of Eden, superfan of the 1980s British art-rock band - Belgian director Gwenaël Breës - found himself crisscrossing the country in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the record. The problem? Up to his death in 2019 lead singer Mark Hollis notoriously declined all interview requests and the rest of the band has followed suit, refusing to allow their music to be used on film. Armed with a boom mic, Breës must attempt the impossible - to make a film about a band that does not want to be filmed, and tell the story of the ultimate art rock album without playing the record. His journey becomes an organic quest with silence as a horizon line and punk as a philosophy, as he contends, despite all obstacles, that music is accessible to all and the human spirit is above technique.
A comprehensive portrait of the legendary art-punk outfit from Edinburgh whose confrontational lyrical stylings, explosive creativity and commitment to deconstructionism have elicited comparisons with Ween, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Fall and even satirist Jonathan Swift. Led by eccentric frontman Ben Wallers - also known as ‘The Rebel’ - Country Teasers roared out of the 90s with a sound that has been described as ‘evil country’, a provocative, ironic noise unleashed in notoriously anarchic live shows that blur the line between drunken unprofessionalism and performance art.
In an attempt to pin down their chaotic energy, This Film Shouldn’t Exist blends old and new unreleased live footage with interviews with Wallers and former bass player and successful playwright Simon Stephens, plus appearance from scene experts like Eric Friedl, Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber from lo-fi garage trio the Oblivians, Tim Warren of garage-punk label Crypt Records, and Pat Morgan and David R. Edwards of Datblygu, one the most influential bands in modern Welsh-language music and Wallers’ artistic heroes.
Follow a group of LGBTQI+ activists in Tbilisi, Georgia while they organise the country’s 1st Pride March. This brave group face the harsh opposition of the powerful Georgian Orthodox Church, the extreme far-right movement and the government, which has lead to a large number of attacks on the queer community.
The film portrays the current situation in Georgia, interviewing members of the Pride committee as well as their detractors. The country faces a historic moment where Georgians need to choose who they want to follow and where they want to be: with a Russia actively legislating against queer people or with the wider world fighting for progress and human rights.
The Tbilisi Pride organisers are not only fighting for their right to protest in the city but also to make themselves visible in their country and region, as they know that public opinion is the beginning of change.
Meet (and worship) Morgana Muses. Once a casualty to an unhappy marriage and preparing for the last night of her life, this mid-fifties divorce´e decided to save her life by igniting her desires and experiencing her sexual fantasies on film. It turns out that 40+ years of repressed desire can teach us all a thing or two about being an active creator of your own life.
Now Morgana is the queen of alternative queer porn, and enjoys a life of moving and powerful fantasy film-making with a loving queer community in Berlin. But the shame of the first 45 years of her life still lingers.
Morgana is both a reminder that we can be active creators of our own lives, and that we all deserve love, community, freedom from shame, and untethered sexual satisfaction. A stirring blue-print for life and freedom.
Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace sees Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen. The film features tracks including Into My Arms, The Mercy Seat, Higgs Boson Blues and Girl In Amber.
Recorded as the UK slowly emerged from lockdown and conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the preceding months, Idiot Prayer is a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history.
The performance was filmed by award winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace’s stunning West Hall. It was edited by Nick Emerson (Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta) and the music was recorded by Dom Monks.
Come on a dark and grimey journey back to Shaolin '95 as we delve into one of the Wu-Tang classics for its 25th anniversary. Lyrically deadly wordplay, gritty production and cinematic kung fu snatches will transport you as you listen to this benchmark record like never before on The Castle's immersive cinema sound system.
Ticket price includes Pitchblack Playback eye mask for extra darkness (yours to keep).
Latecomers will not be permitted. Please do not book with people outside of your household and remember your face covering. Thanks!
Experience the gold standard of jazz classics in new depths at our socially distanced listening session in the dark on The Castle's immersive surround sound system. The full 5.1 mix will reveal new details and let you experience the record like never before. Ticket price includes Pitchblack Playback eye mask for extra darkness (yours to keep).
NO FACE COVERING = NO ENTRY. LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.