ASFF selects new films heading for UK screens. Featuring new works from Danny Boyle and Peter Strickland, and tales of love, loss and family.
In Fabric (Curzon Artificial Eye)
One of Britain’s most precious filmmaking voices, Peter Strickland returns with a typically idiosyncratic tale of the unexpected. Secrets & Lies star Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays Sheila, a single mother who comes into possession of a red dress that, literally, wreaks havoc. Full of Strickland’s verbal jousting, dark humour and unconventional visuals, not to mention disconcerting music from Cavern of Anti-Matter, it’s every bit as deliciously off-kilter as his earlier works Berbarian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy.
The so-called “godfather of mumblecore,” Andrew Bujalski, delivers one of his more likeable and accessible films – a comedy set in a Hooters-style restaurant called Double Whammies. Regina Hall plays Lisa, the general manager, who must deal with customers, staff and other issues across the course of a day in charge. Featuring James LeGros and Haley Lu Richardson, it’s a wryly amusing tale of female solidarity that treats all its characters that dignity and respect.
With the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing fast approaching, expect plenty of coverage, tributes and references to one giant leap for mankind being made. Todd Douglas’ documentary takes newly-discovered 70mm footage and over 11,000 hours of audio recordings to vividly relive NASA’s daring mission. Seen from the perspective of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as Mission Control and the onlookers gathered for this momentous event, it’s a fine way to kick off the celebrations.
Danny Boyle directs, Richard Curtis writes and The Beatles star – well, sort of – in this rom-com about a world where the Fab Four get wiped from our collective consciousness. Himesh Patel plays Jack Malik, a struggling Suffolk singer-songwriter who wakes up after a bike accident to discover he’s the only one to even know who John, Paul, George and Ringo are. Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran, playing himself, co-star in this likeable tale of love and loss.
The self-proclaimed “Feminist Surrealist”, London-born, LA-based artist Penny Slinger takes centre stage in this documentary by Richard Kovitch. A faithful career re-evaluation, the film features interviews with the artist, collaborators and friends, including Antony Penrose, whose father Roland was a patron of Slinger’s. Alongside the documentary, Slinger’s exhibition Tantric Transformations can also be seen at the Richard Saltoun Gallery in London’s Mayfair, which runs from 29 June to 24 August.
All films released by 28 June.
1. Still from In Fabric.