The Cosford Cinema is pleased to present THE NEW KITCHEN SINK examining the continuing legacy of British Social Realist cinema with two contemporary films: THE SELFISH GIANT and EVERYDAY.
Kitchen Sink Realism described a British cultural movement emerging in the late 1950s and early 1960s reflected in theater, art, literature, and film. Dedicated to a style of social realism, these works explored the domestic situations of working-class Britons examining family and work in the midst of social problems and political controversies. Perhaps one of British Cinema’s greatest and longest lasting traditions, the Kitchen Sink remains popular today and can be seen in the terrific examples of Clio Barnard’s THE SELFISH GIANT and Michael Winterbottom’s EVERYDAY.
THE SELFISH GIANT – January 3-5, 2014
Directed by Clio Barnard.
UK. 91minutes. Digital Projection.
2013. Color. English.
THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer – the Selfish Giant. They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.
“THE SELFISH GIANT earns all of its emotion the honest way. If it’s at times painful to watch, in the end it gives back much more than it takes. It’s generous and steadfast, like true friendship itself.”
EVERYDAY – January 10-12, 2014
Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
UK. 106minutes. Digital Projection.
2013. Color. English.
EVERYDAY tells the story of four children separated from their father, and a wife separated from her husband. While the father serves a five-year prison sentence, the mother raises their four children on her own. Filmed over a period of five years, EVERYDAY uses the repetitions and rhythms of everyday life to explore how a family can survive a prolonged period apart. The film unfolds in a series of visits: first the family visiting the father in prison, later the father visiting the family at home. With each visit the distance between the children and their father becomes harder to bridge. Focusing on the small subtle changes as people grow up and grow old whilst being apart, EVERYDAY is a story of survival and love, a celebration of the small pleasures of everyday life.
4 STARS “An almost unbearably moving film. Another great success for the endlessly creative and productive Winterbottom.”
Tickets are now available for THE SELFISH GIANT and EVERYDAY. Make sure you see both as part of THE NEW KITCHEN SINK