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Hackney Picturehouse presents the first UK retrospective of the highly admired New York-based production company Borderline Films. The trio of friends that make up Borderline – Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond – are among the most innovative auteurs and respected independent filmmakers, and their films, such as the highly acclaimed MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, have won numerous awards.
We launch the retrospective with SIMON KILLER just as it gets its UK home release. In addition to three feature films we have included Sean Durkin's first British drama series for Channel 4, Southcliffe, which we will be screening back to back in its entirety.
Presenting each film screening will be the filmmakers themselves, who are flying in from New York especially for these screenings and post-screening Q&As.
Friday 30 August, 6.45
SIMON KILLER (18) plus Q&A with director Antonio Campos
Antonio Campos, producer of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and director of cult hit AFTERSCHOOL, helms this intense, unsettling character study centred on recent American college graduate Simon (Brady Corbet, MYSTERIOUS SKIN).
Fleeing the fallout of a bad break-up, Simon spends a holiday in Paris and falls into an oddly tender relationship with troubled prostitute Victoria (Mati Diop, 35 SHOTS OF RUM). But there is something not quite right about this apparently sympathetic, lost young man.
Possessed of a striking visual style all its own, powered by a fantastic soundtrack and built around a compelling performance from rising star Corbet, SIMON KILLER is a haunting and memorable film from an exciting new talent in American art-house filmmaking.
Saturday 31 August, 6.45
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (15) plus Q&A with director Sean Durkin
A palette of coniferous greens and dewy greys sets a suitably existential tone in first-time director Durkin's striking psychological drama.
In the woods of upstate New York we meet a young woman – distressed, clothes dirt-smeared, hair limp. For two years, she has been living in an isolated commune led by the charismatic Patrick (John Hawkes). But as this dream existence becomes a nightmare, she flees to find a payphone, where she calls her estranged sister (Sarah Paulson) – the only person she can turn to for help.
A pattern of disturbing flashbacks and distorted self-reflection emerges as Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) proceeds to piece together her fragmented psyche in the sanctuary of her sister’s home. But it’s not long before her volatile and erratic behaviour causes old scars to reopen.
Sunday 1 September, 3.30
A special In Conversation with director Sean Durkin, writer Tony Grisoni, Warp Films producer Derrin Schlesinger and Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 Sophie Gardiner (TBC).
All four episodes of Southcliffe, with a 30-minute break between episodes 2 and 3 during which customers will be able to redeem free tea/coffee and cake with each ticket.
A sudden, inexplicable spate of shootings rips through the market town of Southcliffe. The lives of those left behind are torn apart. In this haunting four-part drama, a journalist reporting on the tragedy finds himself back in the small town he grew up in, looking for answers from the shattered community while trying to reconcile dark events from his own past.
A Warp Films Production screening at Hackney Picturehouse.
Monday 2 September, 6.30
AFTERSCHOOL (18) plus Q&A with director Antonio Campos
Robert is a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school who accidentally captures on camera the tragic death of two classmates. Their lives become memorialised as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process. But the video assignment results in an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers.