Der Fan: OBSESSION! FANDOM! THIRST!

Matchbox Cineclub team with Sad Girl Cinema to present a rare screening of a cult German horror and a panel discussion on obsession, fandom and thirst

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We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Sad Girl Cinema to present a rare screening of the cult ’80s German horror Der Fan (Eckhart Schmidt, 1982) followed by an expert panel on obsession, thirst and fandom.

Claire Biddles (Sad Girl Cinema) chairs the panel, to which we also welcome Bethany Rose Lamont (Sad Girl Cinema), Liz Murphy (artist) and Jamie Dunn (The Skinny).

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Der Fan follows teenage Simone’s obsession with singer R. When they finally meet, R is everything Simone needs him to be, taking her into his arms and fulfilling her dreams. But R’s intentions are not as pure and loving as Simone’s. The shocking consequences make Der Fan an undeniable cult gem, as well as an analytical exploration of obsession gone too far.

The panel will discuss their own thoughts on how ‘thirst’ and obsession can drive and impact cultural consumption, in regards to sexuality, professionalism and creative output. How do we consume culture in relation to our own sexual desire and obsessions, and how do we express our desire in response, through creative work and cultural criticism? How do we maintain boundaries with regards to our obsessions? Is ‘thirst’ the new normal for cultural consumers and creators? And what do we even mean by ‘thirst’?


Der Fan screens at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, on Sunday 21/07. Tickets are on sale via our online shop here. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale, based on your circumstances. There are three tiers: Free/£2, £4/£6 and £8. (register for a free ticket via tickets@matchboxcineclub.com). Read our guide on what to pay: bit.ly/slidingscaleguide

NB The film is in German and will be captioned in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the The National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at http://www.filmfeels.co.uk.

Turkish Star Wars 2K

Matchbox Cineclub present the world premiere of Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam in 2K restoration

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Join us on Star Wars Day 2018, at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, for the world premiere of a brand-new 2K digital scan of Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) – best known as Turkish Star Wars! Numbers are limited – the event is free-but-ticketed and first come, first served. Grab ’em while you can from CCA, here.

Notorious for the ways in which director Çetin İnanç edited footage from Star Wars into his own film, along with music from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam is the holy grail of remakesploitation cinema.

For many years, the film circulated only in low-resolution bootleg copies, but in 2016 film historian Ed Glaser (Deja View) discovered a 35mm print of the film. Now a digital scan has been made so that the world can finally see the film the way it was intended – and with all-new English subtitles!

Read more about Turkish Star Wars and remakesploitation here.

Read about Ed’s discovery of the new print here.

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Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam screens Friday May 4th 2018 at CCA Glasgow | Free-but-ticketed

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NB This event runs simultaneously with Remakesploitation‘s screening in London’s Cinema Museum.