26th July 2016: Terence Sawyers presents About Film; The Producers and Fraser Allan

Come along to the next About Film night at the Brass Monkey on Drummond Street, Tuesday 26th July, from 18:30 until 21:30. We will watch a film and then discuss it afterwards…

The Producers

About Film is a monthly film night, we show a film and then have a group discussion afterwards. Everyone is invited to participate and no prior knowledge is required. It is not necessary to ‘book’ a place as the event will be open to all, but committing to coming will give us a heads-up about numbers.

The Film: The Producers (1968)

This Mel Brooks’ film won him the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, making him one of a small number of EGOT winners (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards). A satirical look at ‘Show Biz’, the eponymous producers raise money for a Broadway musical that is designed to be a flop.
Dividing audiences and critics when released, The Producers has subsequently gained classic status being regularly included in lists of ‘Top’ or ‘Must See’ films. For many at the time, a film where two Jews swindle investors via a musical that pokes fun at Nazis was a bit much. Offering a blend of language based humour and slapstick- wackiness, we are going to have a great time watching this film together.

The Discussion

Our evenings discussion will be led by About Film regular Fraser Allan. The topics he will be covering include: the impact that context has on our enjoyment of any given film, and, breaking down how the interplay between grotesque, awkward and frantic styles all work together to build comedy. About Film is a discussion based groups and having a variety of opinions and perspectives is a really key part of that. Expect more guest speakers in the future.

The venue: Brass Monkey, Drummond Street

The Brass Monkey is a venue that loves cinema, with film posters adorning the walls and a cinema room in the back. There is no entrance fee and the bar is well supplied with liquor, hot drinks and snacks (including sandwiches). There is no wheelchair access, sorry. If anyone has any concerns about access or facilities don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can give some advice. The cinema room has a small number of hardback chairs but is mostly filled with large sofas, ideal for lounging. You can bring along your own snacks, but no hot food.

I hope to see you there.

Terence Sawyers