SAT JUN 3, 2023 7:00 PM


$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction and Q&A with filmmaker Boots Riley. Moderated by film critic Amy Nicholson.

Rare 35mm print of BRITANNIA HOSPITAL courtesy of the BFI National Archive

‘Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair – Year 2’

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BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, 1982, Lindsay Anderson, 116 Minutes, Kino Lorber, UK

From Lindsay Anderson, this savage satire stars the great Malcolm McDowell in his final role as Mick Travis. Welcome to BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, an esteemed English institution marking its gala anniversary with a visit by the Queen Mother herself. But when investigative reporter Mick (McDowell) arrives to cover the celebration, he finds the hospital under siege by striking workers, ruthless unions, violent demonstrators, racist aristocrats, an African cannibal dictator and sinister human experiments financed by the Japanese. Can Mick survive one very strange day in these unhealthy halls or is the entire British Empire in critical condition? Alan Bates, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, Mark Hamill and Joan Plowright lead an eclectic all-star cast in this biting black comedy that features original music by Alan Price.

FORMAT: 35mm

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, 2018, Boots Riley, 112 Minutes, Outsider, USA

Boots Riley’s visionary debut is set in an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, California, where telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green’s career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.