FREE film night: Straw Dogs (1971) upstairs at the Temple Bar

Come and join me at a FREE film night upstairs at the Temple Bar on Western Road, Brighton.

Doors open at 19:00. Arrive early to enjoy a Screen Shack shake, tuck into some popcorn and bag a beanbag! The film will commence at 20:00.

Based on Gordon M. Williams's novel The Siege Of Trencher's Farm, and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, STRAW DOGS marked Peckinpah's first directorial step outside the Western genre and into a contemporary (and uniquely British) setting. The director had already pushed the movie-making envelope with The Wild Bunch in 1969, provoking furious debate over the prevalence of on-screen violence. Two years later Peckinpah added further fuel to the fire with STRAW DOGS, an unflinching and uncompromising study of primal, barbaric brutality that is generally regarded as one of the strongest statements about violence ever put on screen.

Quiet American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his British-born wife Amy (Susan George) relocate to Amy's rural English hometown in an attempt to flee the violent social unrest brewing in the US. When David hires some locals, including a former boyfriend of Amy's, to repair his barn, the couple find themselves being subtly harassed and bullied by the workmen. The more the pacifist David ignores the problem, the more the harassment intensifies, leading to terrifying consequences as he ultimately finds himself forced to defend his home and his life, discovering a frighteningly vicious side to himself as events escalate towards a bloody climax.

Boasting outstanding performances from the two leads (particularly Hoffman), a brilliant support cast, and Jerry Fielding's superb Oscar-nominated score, STRAW DOGS, in the thirty-two years since its original release, has lost none of its intense, visceral power to thrill and shock in equal measure. Undisputedly a director ahead of his time, Sam Peckinpah's uncompromising approach often saw him being reviled and vilified in some quarters while being hailed in others. Nonetheless, in STRAW DOGS he displays a cinematic artistry very few filmmakers have touched upon before or since.

You can purchase optional annual membership for only £10 and you will receive discounts on bar drinks and Screen Shack shakes and snacks. For further details please email: [masked] or speak to me on the night.

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  • Hayley

    Check out the trailer here:

    October 1, 2013

  • Dell K.

    Some one on this site told me that this film night had been cancelled. Is this correct?

    September 29, 2013

    • Hayley

      Hey Dell, no definitely not! I am definitely showing Straw Dogs this Thursday at the Temple Bar. There is no Screen Shack next Thursday (10th) as I am away but there is on 17th, 24th and 31st. Hope to see you there on Thurs! :)

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • Dell K.

    Some one on this site told me that this film night had been cancelled. Is this correct?

    September 29, 2013

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