The Jackdaw Film Series presents Directors Cuts: John Carpenter

Saturday 13 January, 7pm - 11.30pm | Links Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

When: Saturday 13 January
Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Where: The Jackdaw pop-up cinema, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free event - limited seats, bookings essential

The Jackdaw Film series presents Directors Cuts, our exciting summer film program presenting double features from the top-tier auteurs of the business. Join us as we celebrate the universal treasures and cult icons of the film industry – the artistes of the screen with a signature style and that special touch all their own that lets the audience know right away whose hands have sculpted the films they're watching. Presented over two huge nights, our amazing pop-up cinema will feature comfortable lounge style seating and massive Dolby digital sound, with refreshments and full bar service available.

Launching our program on Saturday 13 January, we present Escape from New York (1981) and The Thing (1982) from John Carpenter. Carpenter's dark sci-fi/horror movies were crucial influences on many of today's leading directors, and have become pop-culture cornerstones with a rabid cult following. The films of this underrated visionary conjure up worlds of excitement and fear characterized by his mastery of the craft of cinema.

We commence screenings with Escape from New York (1981), one of the best dystopian science fiction movies ever made. This terrific and imaginative action movie argues that our world will eventually crumble – and it won’t be worth saving. There is no hero in this film – there is only Snake Plissken, the nihilistic, resourceful, and brutally effective criminal forced to journey against his will into the penitentiary that used to be New York City to rescue the President of the United States. Although Carpenter displays his usual eye for action and atmospheric menace throughout, he chooses to rest the film on Kurt Russell‘s shoulders and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

Escape from New York (1981) Trailer

Then stay up late for The Thing (1982).Gratuitous in its gore and relentless in its mounting mental fatigue, this Carpenter fan favourite is an enduring and influential masterpiece of unflinching bodily invasion and cinematic terror.Its deceivingly simple premise: an unthawed alien stalks an Antarctic research station with insatiable bloodlust – but its shape-shifting abilities mean it could be anyone. This pageant in paranoia is led once again by Kurt Russell as PJ MacReady, who tears through tropes of whodunnit-horror with inky black comedy.

The Thing (1982) Trailer