Our monthly film event, Sunday 2nd December, 4pm onwards, this time, followed by a very special Live Music Event…
4pm : One of the finest Oscar winning films of the ’60s, “Midnight Cowboy”
PLUS a very special guest from the other side of the Atlantic…
6-9pm : Josh Harty (Americana/Country)
& support from Mellow Peaches (Country Blues, Roots, Ragtime)
All that for £3 …
FILM SCREENING: 4PM
Midnight Cowboy (1969, Drama, Classic)
Director: John Schlesinger
Duration: 1hr 53mins
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver
“An impressive and enduring evocation of time and place, this is a moving low-life drama built around Oscar-winning writing and performances.”
John Fortgang, Film4
“It is ultimately a moving experience that captures the quality of a time and a place.”
Vincent Canby, New York Times
“Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic.”
Adam Smith, Empire
Joe Buck is a cowboy in New York city trying to make ends meet by selling his body uptown. When he teams up with ailing hustler/manager Ratso Rizzo they hope to strike it rich… but the streets of New York city aren’t kind or generous…
Based on a James Leo Herlihy novel, British director John Schlesinger’s first American film dramatized the small hopes, dashed dreams, and unlikely friendship of two late ’60s lost souls. Dreaming of an easy life as a fantasy cowboy stud, cheerful Texas rube Joe Buck (Jon Voight) heads to New York City to be a gigolo, but he quickly discovers that hustling isn’t what he thought it would be after he winds up paying his first trick (Sylvia Miles). He gets swindled by gimpy tubercular grifter Rico “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) but, when Joe falls in the direst of straits, Ratso takes Joe into his condemned apartment so that they can help each other survive. Things start to look up when Joe finally lands his first legit female customer (Brenda Vaccaro) at a Warhol-esque party; Ratso’s health, however, fails. Joe turns a final trick to get the money for one selfless goal: taking Ratso out of New York to his dream life in Miami.
One of the first major studio films given the newly minted X rating for its then-frank portrayal of New York decadence, Midnight Cowboy was critically praised for Schlesinger’s insight into American lives, with the intercut mosaic of Joe’s memories and Ratso’s dreams lending their characters and actions greater psychological complexity. Midnight Cowboy became one of the major financial and artistic hits of 1969, winning Oscars for Best Picture (the first for an X-rated film), Best Director, and former blacklistee Waldo Salt’s screenplay.
LIVE MUSIC : 6-9PM
A little bit country, a bit North Dakota, a little bit blues, and a bit Wisco.
Josh Harty is a messenger, a North Dakota songsmith whose lyrics fill the dark spots between the lines of our lives. “Nowhere” is his latest album and if the disc’s reception and his performance of the new material in the United Kingdom are signs, Harty is poised to go a long, long way.
It doesn’t get more Americana than Josh Harty. His father, both a preacher and the Police Chief of his boyhood small town, was also Harty’s music mentor. “I was either going to jail, or to hell,” Harty muses. That kind of humor, that hell-bound hope, is in the center of Harty’s music. Music captured on the new disc, polished in performance in America, and now ready for another UK tour in support of Nowhere.
The Atlanta Music Guide described Harty as having “fingers that seem to catch fire” …
“Josh Harty has a voice for troubled times and he works his way into the lives of his lost love characters with perfection. The emotions he brings let the songs play out in real time, the hurt and the bad days that follow are alive, the wounds raw.” theAlternateRoot.comhttp://www.joshharty.com/https://www.facebook.com/pages/Josh-Harty/335684265483
Opening the night & less than a week before their album release, purveyors of rootsy stomps and gutsy grooves, the unassuming Peaches have long immersed themselves into traditional, organic and freshly sourced American blues and roots, mixing it up with their own gumbo of exotic flavours to create a wholesome dish that aids digestion….
“Reigning from Dudley, and singing with an accent located somewhere between the North of England and deep South of America, Mellow Peaches, featuring Amit Dattani and Richard Harris, combine fast-paced instrumentals with quirky lyrics to create a lively country blues and roots atmosphere. Song themes are vast and unpredictable. 1927 depicts the relationship between two feuding neighbours: a priest and a whiskey drinking layabout. “http://www.redbrick.me/2012/10/mellow-peaches-folk-for-free/http://www.mellowpeaches.co.uk/http://www.facebook.com/mellowpeaches