Filum Night – Monday 18th March
When: Monday 18th March, 19:30 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, Warwick Street, Digbeth
Stuck for something to do on Monday night? Never fear, Filum Night is here!
As ever, your host and landlord John will be on hand with free ‘tay n buns’ (that’s tea and cream cakes to the uninitiated!) and his wicked sense of humour.
Next week’s filum is:
Rocky Road to Dublin (1968)
Rocky Road to Dublin was the last film shown at the 1968 Cannes festival which was shutdown in solidarity with the student revolts in Paris. The students adopted Rocky Road and screened it in the vast amphitheatres of the Sorbonne, which was still besieged by riot police.
Lennon’s theme was what do you do with a revolution once you’ve won. Lennon found that you give it straight back to the Bourgeoisie. At the centre of the film is the iron grip the Catholic Church held on Ireland after British occupation.
We see the young and hip Fr. Michael Cleary singing Chatanooga Shoeshine Boy to a maternity ward. We then see him extolling the virtues of celibacy and sex within marriage, this long before it was known that he had fathered 2 children by his housekeeper.
The film couldn’t be banned in Ireland (the censors comment to the director was: “Since there is no sex in the film, Peter, there is nothing I can do against you.”) It was only picked up by one Dublin cinema for a short run. The church’s iron grip on the country was thus shown when no other cinema dared show the film.