Venue: Hackney Picturehouse

Duration: 144 mins

Additional information:

£9.60 – £10.60

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Almost undistributed on its 1977 release, Opening Night has since proven to be one of the great films about the trials and trepidations of performance. Gena Rowlands plays Broadway star Myrtle Gordon who is that performing in a play about a woman who is unable to admit she is ageing. After she witnesses the accidental death of an adoring fan, she begins to confront her own personal demons, triggering performance anxiety in the run up to the opening night of her new play. Opening Night blurs and questions the line between reality and performance more so than any other Cassavetes film. The nervous energy of Gena Rowlands performance and Cassavetes’ direction is most apparent in the improvised live-onstage scenarios through the film.

The screening will be introduced by Matthew Thrift, a film writer and actor. Matthew contributes to Little White Lies, The Guardian and is editor of UK film blog, Cinephile.

Co-curated and presented by Look at Me film club

 Join us for projections. music, drinks and chat in the Hackney Picturehouse middle floor bar from 8pm

Co-curated and presented by Look at Me film club

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