TEENAGE RAMPAGE: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ON FILM

Aqua Books presents: TEENAGE RAMPAGE: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ON FILM  Curated and Hosted by Aqua Books Film Writer-in-Residence Kier-La Janisse
SATURDAYS in JANUARY – FREE ADMISSION!
DJ + BAR: 3:30pm SCREENING: 4:00pm

Each film is paired with a DJ and a reading from JD pulp fiction (and in some cases, non-fiction).

Saturday January 9th
DJ Mod Marty – 3:30pm | Screening 4pm
SCUM (1977, dir. Alan Clarke)
(original BBC version)

TRAILER

The son of a bricklayer who also spent some time as a laborer before studying acting and directing in Canada, Alan Clarke (who died in 1990) got his start at the BBC in the 1960s. By 1977, he had directed his explosive and controversial television feature, Scum, starring Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) as a survivor at a corrupt and brutal juvenile prison. Harrowing, claustrophobic, and deeply tragic, Scum was banned by the BBC for graphic brutality (and, quite likely, criticism of the justice system), leading Clarke to remake it with Winstone and the same script as a 1979 theatrical release. The version screening here is the original BBC version.

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Saturday January 16th
DJ Travis Cole – 3:30pm | Screening 4pm
OUT OF THE BLUE (1980, dir. Dennis Hopper)

TRAILER

Dennis Hopper has spoken openly about his substance abuse problems, and many regard his survival as miraculous, since throughout the 1960s and 1970s he seemed to be competing for a gold medal in the pharmaceutical Olympics. In this intense, improvisational film, Hopper’s first directorial effort in 11 years, he lays out the consequences of such behavior–in particular, its devastating effect on children. Starring Linda Manz as punkish teenager Cebe Barnes, the film follows her anomic life wandering the streets of Vancouver, occasionally showing up at school and generally evincing a serious attitude problem. She eventually gets picked up by the police and is questioned by the kindly Dr. Brean (Raymond Burr). But her angst isn’t without justification. Her alcoholic father, Don (Hopper), has just been released from prison after serving a five-year hitch for having killed some children by crashing his semi into a school bus. Her waitress mother, Kathy (Sharon Farrell), is a junkie who’s sleeping with both her boss and Don’s best friend, Charlie (Don Gordon). The girl hopes that her parents’ reunion will bring some kind of order to all of their lives. The film is a fascinating slice of dysfunctional life, including a couple of memorably disturbing scenes. Manz and Hopper are excellent, and the film includes some lovely shots of Vancouver.

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Saturday January 23rd
DJ Mod Marty – 3:30pm | Screening 4pm
BLOODY KIDS (1979, dir. Stephen Frears)
(not available on North American DVD!)

Two restless teens (Derrick O’Connor and Gary Holton) from the South End of London go on a Saturday-night spree. When girls and booze lose their appeal, the boys add murder to their itinerary. A surreal, high-energy film about life and death on the streets, the film has some intelligent social criticism, but its ultra-violent subject matter and unusual visual style caused controversy. The most noteworthy aspect of Bloody Kids may well be its treatment upon release. Considered too bloody for British theatrical exposure, the film went directly to television — an intriguing reversal of the American procedure. Bloody Kids was director Stephen Frears’ second feature.

(See an article on BLOODY KIDS’ star Gary Holton HERE)

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Saturday January 30th
DJ RCA – 3:30pm | Screening 4pm
CHRISTIANE F. (1981, dir. Uli Edel)
(original subtitled version – not available on North American DVD!)

TRAILER

Based on a true story about a bored 14-year-old girl who seeks excitement in the seamy drug scene of ’70s Berlin, Christiane F. is one of the most shocking and controversial films of our time. This visually adventurous, gripping story is enhanced by David Bowie’s soundtrack, including a live performance and such Bowie classics as Station to Station, Heroes, Boys Keep Swinging and others. Startling in its honesty, Christiane F. is a powerful, unforgettable look at youth and innocence seduced, and then imprisoned, by modern life’s compelling dark side.The shocking story of an alienated 14-year-old girl who, along with her boyfriend, becomes addicted to heroin and involved in prostitution to support their habit in the German metropolis of Berlin. Based on a true story, this gripping tale features a live performance by David Bowie, who also performs the theme song as well as many of his classic hits. An early effort from the director of Last Exit to Brooklyn and The Baader-Meinhof Complex.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, founder of Spectacular Optical Publications and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited (with Paul Corupe) and published the anthology books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She edited the book Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (forthcoming), and is currently co-authoring (with Amy Searles) the book ‘Unhealthy and Aberrant’: Depictions of Horror Fandom in Film and Television and co-curating (with Clint Enns) an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr., as well as writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. She was a producer on Mike Malloy’s Eurocrime: the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s and Sean Hogan’s We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea and her first film as director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is due out from Severin Films in 2020.

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