Matchbox Cineclub, enjoying some disreputable trash.
Matchbox Cineclub‘s September screening was Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s House (1977). It was part of the annual UK-wide Scalarama film festival which aims to celebrate independent cinema and DIY, pop-up cinema culture, often with a focus on what The Skinny called “the kind of disreputable trash the Scala specialised in”. We thought we’d take the opportunity to give everyone a little look behind the scenes of Matchbox Cineclub as we set up in our host venue, The Old Hairdressers.
Matchbox Cineclub #9: House poster by Julie Ritchie
We sourced and secured a licence to screen the film from Eureka Entertainment, set up an Eventbrite page to sell tickets, commissioned a poster (see left) from one of our favourite local illustrators, Julie Ritchie, and arranged to rent a screen from Glasgow’s CCA. We put together a 30-minute supporting programme of vintage Japanese TV ads from 1977 and trailers –…
Matchbox Cineclub’s July screening and the debut of our monthly residency at CCA is a very rare, 35mm outing for Long Shot (Maurice Hatton, 1978), followed by a Q&A discussion of the state of Scottish filmmaking with some special invited guests. The screening takes place at 7pm on Thursday 21st July. Matchbox’s residency continues on the third Thursday of every month at CCA.
Filmed and set at Edinburgh International Film Festival, 1977, Long Shot is a deadpan satire about the trials and tribulations of British independent filmmaking, with terrific cameos from Wim Wenders, Susannah York, Stephen Frears, Alan Bennett and John Boorman. A budding Scottish film producer (Charles Gormley) tries to get his ambitious Aberdeen-set western financed, and while he attracts some major stars and directors to the film he finds that with their support come more and more script changes.
Reviewing Long Shotin 1980, Janet Maslin said, “Maurice Hatton’s Long Shot begins as an in-joke and evolves into a film that’s fresh, cheerful and very appealing.”
This screening is by arrangement with Mithras Films. Matchbox are screening the long out-of-circulation Long Shot from a 35mm print straight from the BFI Archives.