Mar 14, 2013 · 6:30 PM
This is a joint event with Oxford Arts Group Meetup.
Meet in the bar upstairs from 6pm and we can go to a pub (or the albion beatnik for tea/coffee) afterwards.
Call:[masked] to find the group on the night
How will we react when the automatons take over?
This is the fascinating, perhaps ominous, premise of Jake Schreier’s directorial debut, which won him major awards at both Sundance and Sitges festivals last year. Set in the near future, the question arises as we follow tetchy, long-widowed retiree Frank Weld (the venerable Frank Langella) whose concerned, grown-up kids – harried business-type Hunter and hippie-dippy Madison – insist that a robot provides the homecare that they can’t, or perhaps won’t.
However, Frank has a guilty secret: as an ex-burglar he yearns to get back into a trade that he’s become a bit too frail to handle, and soon realises that a robot accomplice, conveniently devoid of conventional moral qualms, could be very useful. An unlikely bond between man and machine is formed.
Underpinning the great performances is a script by another talented newcomer, Christopher D. Ford, while Schreier’s assured direction avoids Hollywood stereotypes to create a gem of a movie that never quite goes where you think it’s headed.
Further Information: Phoenix Picturehouse: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/