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Borrowed Time + director introduction – at Hackney Picturehouse

“Hapless and socially hopeless teenager Kevin is forced into burglary to repay a self-styled ninja drug dealer after bungling a dope delivery. But targeting Philip’s ramshackle terraced home proves to have been a big mistake when Kevin finds himself looking down the barrel of a blunderbuss wielded by this latter-day Steptoe Snr. Kevin’s weary contrition somehow softens Philip’s belligerence, and the two cautiously strike up an unlikely friendship based on shared circumstances.” – from the Hackney Picturehouse website

“The unlikely bond between a teenage delinquent and a curmudgeonly old recluse is explored with a combination of wit, pathos and finely nuanced performances.... Bishop eschews easy sentimentality in Borrowed Time, creating characters that are full of contradictions and flaws. His dialogue is fresh and funny and there is an endearing strain of whimsicality in the film” – from Screen Daily

“Avoiding reliance on showy style and eschewing recourse to popular genre storytelling, Bishop has instead delivered a well-conceived, neatly executed, funny and touching film that has intelligent things to say about youth and old age. Given the chance, Borrowed Time will be a crowd-pleaser.” ★★★★ – from The List

“I've never heard an audience laugh so uproariously from start to finish as I did at the première of Borrowed Time.... Shot on 16mm film with vibrant splashes of technicolour, Borrowed Time is a visual treat. The production design is stunning.... Set on [east London’s] iconic Greenway, a path literally built above the sewers, the cinematography is replete with beautiful wide shots of the cityscape, featuring the Olympic Stadium as a faint backdrop.... Borrowed Time escapes the conventions of British social realism. It trades cynicism for comedy and pathos, and the fundamental belief that tea makes everything better. This heartwarming and hilarious urban tale will have you laughing till the last frame with a feel-good finish that beckons to the child in all of us.” ★★★★★ – from Spoonfed

The trailer is available on YouTube.

This is a special screening of the film – it will be preceded by an introduction from the writer and director Jules Bishop, and followed by a DIY taxidermy masterclass from his sister and artist Charlie Tuesday Gates, who helped create the unique taxidermy props for the film.

After an initial phase when I took prepayments from members in order to book a batch of seats together, this option is now closed. If you would like to join us for the film, you will need to book direct with the cinema. If you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number in the comments below, for group members who may want to book a neighbouring seat.

Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.

There will be arrangements for coffee/drinks in the cinema cafe-bar after the film, for anyone who would like to stay for a conversation about the film. Please let me know if you will join us, and if necessary I’ll book a space for the group in the cafe-bar.

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  • Robert

    Thanks Jane for organising the event, I had great time. Don't worry about me didn't like the film – I knew it will be “kitchen sink” stuff (saw a trailer), but in any case I wanted to come because of my private reason.
    A propos what you were guys talking about, I can let you out a secret, when you make film for cinema you always use slightly wider shots, for TV closer ones (because of size of the screen- but again good director and/or DP knows that)
    BTW, having just watched favourite BBC programme,
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03b8q6g/The_Review_Show_15_09_2013/
    I thought we could go and see The Good movie sometime… Apart from 4 titles:
    “Upstream color” (the best US movie of last 3 years)
    “Crystal Fairy” (second best),
    “Kings of the Summer” (positive and wise coming-of-age movie)
    we could try something from London Film Festival as Julie said. Julie if you have some tips let us know, and I let know if I find something interesting not “very British”.
    Cheers, Robert

    September 16, 2013

  • Jane

    Julie your ticket is held
    Under your name by the ticket checker to your right as you enter the building, past the queue to buy tickets

    September 15, 2013

  • Jane

    I'm afraid I'm delayed in bad traffic - will be another 20 minutes or so

    September 15, 2013

    • Julie M.

      Hi Jane, I'm also on my way. I should make it just on time.

      September 15, 2013

    • Julie M.

      It will likely be easier to leave the ticket at the box office: traffic's terrible. I hope they let me in!

      September 15, 2013

  • Jane

    Now here, my mobile is flat, I'm sorry - Jo-Anne, if you're here, I'm in the cafe, wearing a red and white striped silk scarf, have long brown hair

    September 15, 2013

  • Jane

    I've now booked seats H6,7,8 for Julie, Robert and me. I'll be in touch on Saturday with details about meeting up before the film.

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for digging this one out, Jane. One shouldn't miss a British indie film with a 7.4 IMDB rating: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659612/ I've booked my own seat as I need to sit close. Really looking forward to it.

    September 11, 2013

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