The Sillitoe Season continues: two major new events
June’s ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ event at the Nottingham Contemporary was a massive success: one great movie, two great bands and a proper Nottingham night out. Now we have two more dates for your diary and they’re going to be just as memorable:
Sunday 16th September 2012, Broadway Cinema Nottingham:
‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ + ‘Mimic’, introduced by William Ivory
Join us for a screening of Tony Richardson’s classic adaptation of Alan’s anti-establishment novella, starring Tom Courtenay (in a career-making performance), Michael Redgrave, James Bolam and John Thaw. This year marks the 50th anniversary of film’s release, and with the Olympics having captured the country’s imagination for over the last month or so, what better time to consider an alternative evaluation of competitive sport?
The programme also features the national big-screen premiere of Sam Derby-Cooper’s short film ‘Mimic’, based on one of Alan’s most psychologically complex short stories (from the collection ‘Men, Women and Children’). Alan mentored the filmmakers during production and personally sanctioned the film’s distribution.
With comparatively few adaptations out there (of the fifty plus books Alan published, the adaptation ratio works out at four feature films, one short film and one TV drama), this is a great opportunity to see some excellent work on the silver screen. The event is introduced by local legend William Ivory, writer of ‘Common as Muck’, ‘Night Flight’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’.
This is a one-off screening at 1pm. Visit the Broadway’s website here for more information and online booking.
Saturday 27th October 2012, Nottingham Contemporary:
Alan Sillitoe Day 2012
Nottingham’s first Alan Sillitoe Day was held at the Council House in 2010 and attracted an amazing response. The city’s second Alan Sillitoe Day is being hosted by the Nottingham Contemporary. Clear the entire day, because the line-up is awesome.
We’re incredibly excited to be launching the Sillitoe Trail mobile phone app commissioned by the BBC and the Arts Council as part of this year’s ground-breaking online arts project, The Space (go here for a panoply of Sillitoe-related material on The Space website). Additionally, Nottingham based publishers Five Leaves will be launching their re-press of Alan’s critically acclaimed novel ‘The Open Door’.
There will also be talks, videos and artwork exploring the themes and landscape’s of Alan Sillitoe’s Nottingham, with contributions from Billy Ivory, Michael Eaton, Al Needham, Ann Featherstone, Derrick Buttress, David Sillitoe, James Walker, Paul Fillingham, Pete Davis, Neil Fulwood and others.
This is a day-long event, from 11am – 5pm; the price is £15 (including a limited edition book) and tickets can be booked online (go here) or from the Nottingham Contemporary Shop. And why not stay with us for …
Nottingham Contemporary’s Cafe/Bar will be hosting an evening of spoken word with attitude from Andrew ‘MulletProofPoet’ Graves, John Marriott, Sarah Shrugs, beatboxer Motormouf, as well as music from Sleaford Mods and local legends Gaffa. 8pm till midnight, entry free but a suggested donation of £3 to the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Fund will be encouraged on the door (although anyone joining us from the daytime events won’t be muscled for the three quid, honest!)