The Imbalance of Things: the Cinematic Imagination of Nic Roeg

The Balance of Things: the Cinematic Imagination of Nic Roeg

Cinema Rediscovered 2019

Season

Please note: this season finished in July 2019

"Film remains completely mystical and mysterious to me" - Nic Roeg (1928 - 2018)

There is an argument that the development of film was suppressed by the coming of sound. Films got bogged down in words and plot which the camera was there only really to capture. Something of the uniqueness, magic and mystery of visual storytelling was diminished.

There were directors such as Powell and Pressburger, Orson Welles and Robert Bresson who hinted at what that unique film language could be and created transformative cinematic experiences. Nic Roeg perhaps more than most, in that cinematically explosive body of work from Performance (1970) to Eureka (1983), stretched and folded the art of visual storytelling into exhilarating new shapes demonstrating that the art of filmmaking was not just about character and plot but about space, time and everything in between. His re-invention of cinematic time and space has had a profound effect and influence on a new generation of filmmakers which will be explored during the festival with guests including Creative Director at HOME and Professor of Film at Manchester Metropolitan University Jason Wood and Writer / Curator Karen Alexander.


Previous screenings in this season

Eureka

 Classified 18  Nic Roeg
Eureka
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Three decades after being overlooked by critics, Eureka returns to reclaim a place among both the front ranks of Nic Roeg's work and as one of the most extraordinary studio films of the 1980s.

The Man Who Fell To Earth

 Classified 18  Nic Roeg
The Man Who Fell To Earth
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
The fatalistic story of a crash-landed alien outsider and aid mission gone disastrously wrong, Nic Roeg's idiosyncratic exploration of the sci-fi genre has stood the test of time. Now gorgeously restored, this stranger than science fiction tale can be enjoyed by audiences all over again.

Don't Look Now

 Classified 15  Nic Roeg
Don't Look Now
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
If ever evidence was to be presented for filmmaking as a unique art form then Nic Roeg's masterpiece Don't Look Now, a film about love and grief wrapped up in a psychological thriller, could be used to mount the case.

Performance + Q&A

 Classified 18  Nic Roeg
Performance
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Nic Roeg’s first feature film co-directed with art world bohemian Donald Cammell produced an era-defining portrait of swinging 60s decadence meets brutal east end underworld.

Bad Timing

 Classified 18  PS   Nic Roeg
Bad Timing
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Nic Roeg's masterful, unflinching and deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

Walkabout

 Classified 12A  Nic Roeg
Walkabout
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Nicolas Roeg’s classic plunged two white children (teenager Jenny Agutter and Roeg’s six-year-old son Luc) into the harsh environment of the Australian outback.