Another week, another change to the running order (see this link). We won’t be screening The Ninth Gate as advertised due to another clash with the presenter. Instead, we have brought forwards Terry Gilliam’s Oscar-nominated time travelling epic, Twelve Monkeys. Unlike last week, we hope to be back in our regular haunt of the cinema (MC207).
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict (played by Bruce Willis, acting against type) is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
From the creative mind of Monty Python member, Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,The Brothers’ Grimm) comes a discombobulating tale of temporality. Often voted one of the greatest time travel pictures of all time, this film features an academy award nominated performance from Brad Pitt as psychotic Jeffrey Goines.
Gilliam’s quest for filmic perfection is legendary and even inspired a wonderful ‘making of’ documentary that appeared on some of the DVD releases of the film called The Hamster Factor (available on YouTube), that was best described as an attempt to make a film with an European sensibility within the Hollywood system. Twelve Monkeys was also the first time that Gilliam had been given final cut approval on one of his now films.
Bring your thinking caps and time travel rule book for the post-film discussion (wait, have we already had that?).
Check out the trailer below:
As ever, it’s all FREE and open to everyone
When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 21st of November