A brand new monthly night of much-loved and rarely screened gems, presented by Heavenly Films.
Past events:
MAY 2ND 2013 @ Hackney Picturehouse
CULTURE, ALIENATION, BOREDOM AND DESPAIR, a documentary about the early history of the Manic Street Preachers, was originally planned as a 20-minute DVD extra to accompany the remastered and expanded edition of Generation Terrorists. Heavenly Films and Hackney Picturehouse are proud to screen the rarely seen full-length 76-minute version, made by acclaimed filmmaker Kieran Evans (KELLY + VICTOR, FINISTERRE) and long-time Manics collaborator Robin Turner.
Twenty years on from its release, Generation Terrorists remains the blueprint for the Manics’ career. Planned as a magnum opus that would sell 16 million copies and lead to the band’s dissolution, their debut album – much like the band back then – was wildly ambitious, confused, exciting and unique. It remains the truest distillation of their ever-present us-against-the-world strategy.
Generation Terrorists represents a period of wide-eyed optimism in the Manics’ career, and this is clearly reflected in the warmth of the conversations captured in the film. CULTURE, ALIENATION, BOREDOM AND DESPAIR sees the Manics and key players such as Martin Hall (the band’s long-time manager), Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Steve Brown (Generation Terrorists’ producer) and James Brown (ex-NME) talk candidly about the band’s early career, their debut album and the circumstances that helped spawn it. These conversations are framed by a rich archive of video and print material, to which the filmmakers were granted access by the band.
There will be a special DJ set celebrating the Manic Street Preachers in the Hackney Attic after the film. The Attic’s capacity is 150, so the first 150 people to show their ticket to CULTURE, ALIENATION, BOREDOM AND DESPAIR at the cinema will receive a free wristband to gain entry.
APRIL 4TH 2013 @ Hackney Picturehouse
Heavenly Films presents FINISTERRE 10TH ANNIVERSARY 
The opening programmed celebrated the 10th anniversary of Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans' FINISTERRE, which premiered at the onedotfestival in April 2003. Conceived with and scored by St Etienne, this hour long documentary about a day in the life of London has gone on to become a cult classic, but is rarely screened in the city it chronicles. Preceded by a Q&A with all three members of St Etienne (Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sara Cracknell). A second Q&A with both directors, hosted by Travis Elborough, followed the film. The evening kicked off with four shorts by Paul Kelly, including the premiere of BANKSY IN LONDON, a three minute snapshot of the artist's early work. The night concluded with a St Etienne DJ set in the bar until midnight.