Home Manchester is screening a season of films from directors who have only directed one feature film. The season has been selected by Jason Wood, Artistic Director: Film, featuring eight movies which were released between 1955 and 1990.
So what’s being screened during the One-Film Wonders season at Home?
The Honeymoon Killers (18) + intro
Saturday 3 March, 18:10
Dir Leonard Kastle/US 1970/104 mins
Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco
Based on a shocking true story and shot in frills free documentary-style black and white by the confident and inspired Leonard Kastle – in a sole only foray into filmmaking – The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love. A film about subterfuge and our addiction to affection, the film was brilliantly remade by Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein as Deep Crimson.
Event/ This screening will be introduced by Jason Wood, HOME’s Artistic Director: Film
Pink Narcissus (18)
Monday 5 March, 18:30
Dir James Bidgood/US 1971/65 mins
Don Brooks, Bobby Kendall, Charles Ludlam
James Bidgood’s cult classic was painstakingly created over six years and imagines a young hustler’s journey from innocence to depravity, and features some of the sexiest ‘trade’ of the 60s, as well as multiple cameos by legendary playwright Charles Ludlam.
Phase IV (PG)
Saturday 10 March, 18:10
Dir Saul Bass/GB US 1974/84 mins
Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick
A film that has slowly acquired cult status, graphic designer Saul Bass’s sole film as director is a relatively early eco-parable with sci-fi horror elements in which an unspecified cosmic event has caused plagues of ants to behave erratically. A scientific team are charged with investigating…
Johnny Got His Gun (12)
Wednesday 14 March, 18:10
Dir Dalton Trumbo/US 1971/111 mins
Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, Johnny Got His Gun focuses on a horrifically wounded American soldier who against the wishes of the military wants his body put on show so as to communicate the true horror of war.
Quick Change (15)
Saturday 17 March, 18:30
Dir Bill Murray/US 1990/88 mins
Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid
Murray stars as a burnt-out New Yorker, who conspires with a number of cohorts to pull off the ingenious robbery of a New York bank. A very underrated heist caper that has parallels with some of the classic Ealing comedies.
Melancholia (15) + intro
Monday 19 March, 20:40
Dir Andi Engel/GB DE 1989/88 mins/German and English with partial Eng ST
Jeroen Krabbé, Susannah York, Ulrich Wildgruber
Film industry veteran Andi Engel’s directorial debut is a story of commitment and principle, focusing on a disillusioned political activist. It won Engel, somewhat ironically, the London Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer Award. It was to be Engel’s sole feature.
Event/ This screening will be introduced by Jason Wood, HOME’s Artistic Director: Film. Screening from a 35mm print.
Night of the Hunter (12A)
Saturday 24 March, 18:20
Dir Charles Laughton/US 1955/93 mins
Lillian Gish, Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters
Described as ‘genuinely unsettling’ by Home Manchester’s artistic director of film Jason Wood, Night of the Hunter stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a travelling preacher whose nefarious motives for marrying fragile widow Shelley Winters are uncovered by her terrified young children. This ethereal, expressionistic American classic is perhaps cinema’s most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil. “British actor Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter is the title that perhaps most universally comes to mind when considering great sole features” adds Wood.
Return to Oz (PG)
Sunday 25 March, 11:00
Dir Walter Murch/GB US 1985/110 mins
Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh
An affectionate homage to the 1939 classic directed by legendary editor and sound designer Walter Murch, Return to Oz finds Dorothy back in Oz where the yellow brick road is reduced to rubble and the Emerald City now lays in ruins.
When does One-Film Wonders run at Home Manchester?
The One-Film Wonders season runs at Home from Saturday 3 until Sunday 25 March 2018.