Director's Cuts: Jim Jarmusch

Jackdaw Film Series: Directors Cuts | The Jackdaw pop-up cinema, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

The Jackdaw Film Series presents Director's Cuts: Jim Jarmusch's  'Mystery Train' & 'Down by Law'

When: Saturday 19 January, 2019
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 Director's 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 features comfortable lounge style seating and massive Dolby digital sound, with refreshments and full bar service available.

Concluding our Jackdaw program on Saturday 19 January, we feature Mystery Train (1989) and Down by Law (1986) from Indie American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

The Ohio-born director, screenwriter, sometimes actor, producer, editor and composer has become synonymous over the years with “urban cool”, making films that are artfully and intricately assembled works of poetry.

Rock stars and pop icons often populate Jarmusch’s films, telling sketch-like ballads of alienation, unlucky outsiders, charming losers, and trite tricksters, moving amongst neo-noir variations, road movie misfires, and droll day-to-day observances.

We commence screenings with Mystery Train (1989). A personal favourite amongst many of Jim Jarmusch’s diehard adherents, the musical pedigree alone in this marvellous 1989 anthology film, an exuberant love letter to Memphis and its melodies, astounds. Mystery Train is an anecdotal delicacy with lovable, pitiable, and sympathetic characters that somehow feels like a lucid, lively dream, one that’s listless, lovely and neon-lit.

Then stay up late for Down by Law (1986). Incidental encounters and tough luck reluctantly come together in the writer-director’s deeply distinctive third feature, and arguably his showpiece. Existing in its own even tempered and hermetically sealed cosmology, joyfully non-commercial and fancy free from the liens of box-office revenue, this is a funny film of unexpected affections, reluctant friendship, and fluky kindred spirits.