Hail the New Puritan
Directed by Charles Atlas, a pioneer in ‘media-dance’ (i.e. choreographed dance that is created directly for camera), this brilliant and totally bonkers film Hail the New Puritan is his ode to Scottish dancer/choreographer Michael Clark. A feature length, facto-documentary, its a visually stunning art film that takes us ‘behind the scenes’ of Clark’s life – rehearsals, TV interviews, bowls of fruit, lots of spots, and getting ready for London clubs. With production design by the late, totally great artist Leigh Bowery, it’s a fantastic feast for the eyes. For the ears too, with music by The Fall (Mark E. Smith and Brix Smith appear in the film), and Glenn Branca, amongst other luminaries.
Why should you see this film?
This is a very rare chance to see this important and influential film on a cinema screen, usually relegated to small gallery screens (and even then, not very often!). Hail the New Puritan will make you want to dance… which is lucky, because Pelvis DJs will be taking over our bar that night.