Culture Diary w/c 21-01-13

Monday – Fear And Desire 9pm @ FACT

Fear And Desire, about soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, has never been an easy film to get hold of. Primarily because Stanley Kubrick’s debut feature wasn’t what you would call a personal favourite of his. Describing it as “a bumbling, amateur film exercise… boring and pretentious”, it is nevertheless based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Howard Sackler. Full preview.

Tuesday – The Joy Formidable @ The Kazimier 8pm £12.50

BBC Radio 6 favourites, The Joy Formidable, shot to the attention of indie fans a year or so ago with the release of debut, The Big Roar. A year on sees the Welsh three piece bolster their position with the release of follow up, Wolf’s Law. Regular listeners of the Lauren Laverne show will no doubt have been given an introduction already, but they also feature on our latest playlist.

Born Gold 8pm @ Elevator Bar £3

Having performed with the likes of Grimes and Purity Ring, Canada’s Born Gold are decent tips for one of those bands who, come the end of the year, will be the owners of an enhanced profile and a new-found army of intercontinental fans. Not easy to pigeon-hole (a good thing, surely), the experimental electronica merchants represent something of a steal at £3 in the intimate surrounds of Elevator Bar.

Wednesday – Frankenstein 6.30pm @ FACT

Gothic horror, parable on life and a classic of its genre, James Whale’s Frankenstein is screened this week as part of FACT’s Winter Sparks programme. Full preview.

Thursday – By The Sea 8pm @ Leaf £3

“They make me think of Mick Head if he was fronting Voyager 1 era Verve. Possibly.” So said The NME’s Matt Wilkinson of the Wirral’s By The Sea, and we guess he kind of wasn’t too far off. With support from Filter Distortion and a Bill Ryder-Jones DJ set to boot, the week’s turning out to be a good ‘un for low cost, high quality gigs.

Friday – Gummo 6.30pm @ Metal FREE

Harmony Korine’s (Trash Humpers, Spring Breakers) directorial debut, Gummo is about a town and its residents devastated by a tornado. In parts honest, thought provoking, harrowing and nihilistic, to reserve a free seat for Gummo, email

Order of Nothing record release party 7pm @ Drop the Dumbells

Commissioned for Wolstenhome Creative Space’s Inhospitable Landscape exhibition last year, Order of Nothing is the latest release from Sun Drums. Dark and evocative industrial electronica exploring “themes of alienation, hostility and dystopia”, the piece is just shy of 11 minutes long and is officially released this week. The release will be accompanied by performances by Kepla and Hive DJs, with the lucky first 100 getting a free copy.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Curators Tour: E. Chambré Hardman (pictured) 12.30pm & 3pm @ Open Eye Gallery FREE 

Julia García Hernández, Curator of the Landscapes exhibition, and guest speaker, Open Eye Ex-Director Peter Hagerty, talk about Open Eye’s significant connection to E. Chambré Hardman. Hagerty organised a major retrospective of the photographer’s work in the 80′s, basically saving a neglected photographic archive that was on the verge of being destroyed. Expect expert insight into Hardman’s stunning contribution to the British landscape. Call 0151 236 6768 for information.

Saturday – Traced and water-based monotypes with Kate McCrickard 10am @ the Bluecoat £65/£55

Last week saw us run our How to … Print article, with the help and insight of the Bluecoat’s Emma Gregory. If it struck a chord, this Saturday (with fortuitous timing), offers an opportunity to explore traced and painted monotypes, using the Bluecoat’s etching press and water based intaglio inks in a session led by Paris-based artist and writer Kate McCrickard.

Sunday – Knife in the Water 6pm @ FACT

1962′s Knife in the Water might have been Polanski’s debut feature, but for many – including fans and critics alike – it remains his best. Employing themes of sexual undercurrents Polanski would continue to explore throughout his career, Knife in the Water takes as its starting point a young couple’s weekend retreat and develops into something much more dark and disturbing.

Posted on 21/01/2013 by thedoublenegative