The Jameson Cult Film Club Screening of ‘Moon’ at the Royal Institute (March 17th 2010)
On St Patrick’s Day Jameson Cult Film Club (JCFC) will be screening the excellent ‘Moon‘ in an aptly, and equally excellent, location, The Royal Institution London. Moon was one of my favourite movies of the past few years, and certainly one of the best sci-fi movies of the past decade. Duncan Jones manged to honour the great dark sci-fi fantasies of the 70s and 80s without parodying them. And most importantly he captured that essence that space isn’t a warm friendly colourful place, but a dark dangerous, inhospitable environment where men may not be suited to tread. Few films have captured space dystopia in recent years, especially in the wake of the glossy, fluffy Star Wars prequels. Moon takes us back to likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Silent Running (1972), Alien (1979), and Outland (1981), and in short I loved it.
The choice of movie for this year’s JCFC screening was left to readers of Empire magazine based around the theme of Sci-Fi. Readers would have a choice of either Moon (2009), Donnie Darko (2001), or The War of the Worlds (1953). All good movies, and while I’d have been pretty darn excited to see The War of the Worlds given some JCFC pampering, I’m more than thrilled to be revisiting Moon in such an awesome screening location. After seeing Alien and Poltergeist outdoors at London’s grand Somerset House last summer (as part of Film4’s summer screen) I’ve become a bit of a fan of alternative screenings, they really add a new dimension to movie watching. With only one day to go Deadly Movies had a quick chat with JCFC about the screening and about the movie, carried out by the phenomena of ‘twitterview’ (a short sharp interview where answers and questions must be delivered in 140 characters or less):
DM: In a nutshell what is the Jameson Cult Film Club (JCFC)?
JCFC: JCFC is all about enjoying Cult Films in venues that allows us to bring the films to life, as well as a platform to talk to cult film fans.
DM: Tell us a little about the unique venue this year and what guests can expect.
JCFC: The Royal Institution is ‘the’ perfect setting for screening sci-fi given its inherent link to science. Expect Moon-sized surprises…!
DM: Empire readers decided this year’s film, the outstanding ‘Moon’ by Duncan Jones, are you guys excited by the outcome of the poll?
JCFC: All 3 films were great choices. Most exciting was the level of fan participation in choosing Moon – a superb film, truly worthy of a BAFTA.
DM: Playing devils advocate here; If ‘Moon’ hadn’t won would you have personally favoured ‘War of the Worlds’ (1953) or ‘Donnie Darko’ (2001)?!
JCFC: We would’ve been happy to show either as they both offer something different. Good news is that we have the 2010 season to look fwd to & plan.
DM: Getting back to ‘Moon’ there’s a real public appetite for the movie, what do you think is so appealing about it?
JCFC: Cult film inspires fans to rally to a film, which in combination with Duncan Jones and Sam Rockwell’s outstanding performance, made Moon extra appealing.
DM: Can we expect some ‘Moon’ specific treats on the night?
JCFC: You can expect many, that’s for sure. Suffice to say we are so excited about what’s in store we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.
DM: If you could personally arrange a huge public screening of ANY movie at ANY venue what and where would it be? No restrictions!
JCFC: Any film in this list would do. As far as venue, only way to outdo The Royal Institute would b the Intl Space Station.
DM: What for you is the ULTIMATE cult movie?
JCFC: We couldn’t pick one. Maybe Blade Runner? Rocky Horror Picture Show? Surely there’s an argument 4 many others, it’s all about the debate.