The Dead – Special Screening and Meal

On the feast of the Epiphany, we invite you to join us for a sumptuous screening of John Huston’s classic adaption of the James Joyce masterpiece, complete with a Joycean meal of Goose, Blancmange, toasted almonds and sherry.

Anjelica Huston is top-billed as Gretta Conroy, the niece by marriage of turn-of-century Irish spinsters Kate Morkan (Helena Carroll) and Julia Morkan (Cathleen Delany). At the home of these two curious ladies, Gretta is prodded into remembering her longdead lover.

She tearfully reveals to her husband (Donal McCann) that the deceased boy may well have died on her behalf. The Dead is a subtle fable of a supposition about humanity: that despite all our surface trappings of tradition, pleasant company, intellectualism, and comforts, in reality all that is truly important is totally out of our control. Our loves, our creative ability, and even life itself, must finally pass.

During an interval in the film, food will be served to the accompaniment of music from the film’s period.

Doors 7.15pm | Unreserved Seating

The Buster Keaton Pictureshow -The General + Live Score by Haiku Salut

Out to Lunch is delighted to present a live cinema event celebrating the life and work of comedy legend, Buster Keaton.

Keaton’s recently restored comedy masterpiece, The General, will be accompanied by a live original score by all-women trio, Haiku Salut.

Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales in England. The trio consists of multi-instrumentalists Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood and Louise Croft. Between them, Haiku Salut play accordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, trombone, guitar, ukulele, drums, malletkat, synth and melodica..

With a mix of rock, folk and electronica intertwined with a captivating stage show of pulsing lamps we will revive the magic of the ‘Picture Show’ for an evening of comedic and visual spectacle.

Doors 7.15pm | Unreserved Seating

 This screening is part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide celebration of comedy on screen led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to   #bficomedy

SOLD OUT Rudeboy Screening + Don Letts DJ Set

A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.

Combining archive footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the label by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60s and early 70s Britain, as immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture.

A cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more bring the sounds, stars and stories to life.

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.

From DJing at The Roxy to filming promos for The Clash and Public Image Limited, Don is credited with bringing punk and reggae audiences together for the first time.

Renowned for his Reggae DJ sets and much loved weekly BBC 6Music Radio show, Don was the founder member of Big Audio Dynamite. His film direction credits include Clash on BroadwayPunk in London and Westway to the World (The Story of The Clash).

Don currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called Culture Clash Radio and still DJs nationally and internationally.

Doors 7.15pm | Unreserved Seating

SOLD OUT – Stories from the She Punks

Stories from the She Punks is a documentary that features the stories of women musicians from the punk-inspired bands of the 70s.

Loud, fearless and (un)typical girls: Gina Birch (The Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (The Chefs), musicians and punk icons turned directors, serve up a fascinating documentary built on new interviews with the women who played instruments in punk bands in the 1970s.

Stories from the She Punks reflects all the anarchy, the excitement of the new sounds upsetting British music, and their DIY approach to learning and playing their instruments.

We meet Shanne Bradley who was taught to play bass on top of a 68 bus by the Damned’s Captain Sensible, and Dolly Mixture, who pretended they were at each other’s houses doing their homework, while in reality playing a gig at Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Gina Birch from the Raincoats describes the thrill of buying her first bass guitar after seeing the Slits play and struggling to teach herself to play. These women describe an alternative to the alternative world of punk all too often remembered from a male perspective.

She Punk legends and filmmakers Gina Birch and Helen Reddington will be on hand after the film for a Q and A, talking about the making of the film and offering unique insight into the giddy madness of the punk years.

Doors 7.15 | Unreserved Seating

This Is Spinal Tap ‘35’

 Incredibly, 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the greatest rockumentary, the greatest mockumentary and probably the greatest comedy movie ever made.

This is Spinal Tap charts the rise and fall and fall of David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls aka Spinal Tap. Directed with a cinema verite style by filmmaker Marti Di Bergi (Rob Reiner),

This is Spinal Tap follows the band on their comeback Smell the Glove tour, and the growing trials and tribulations that surround the band.

Classic situations abound, from the infamous “Stonehenge” set piece to “Jazz Odyssey”, each scene in Spinal Tap has become seared into popular culture, and irrevocably changed the way we see the world of rock music, film-making and comedy.

Mostly though, it’s very, very funny. Join Out to Lunch for a very special anniversary screening of Spinal Tap followed by our Spinal Tap Karaoke. Do you know your Big Bottom from your Sex Farm, this is your chance to demonstrate the Majesty of Rock.

Tonight we’re gonna rock you tonight!

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Raymond Watson – Unlocking: Yard side/Garden side – Launch of Sonic Art

The artist said, ‘The sound recorded on this LP was created with items from The Crumlin Road Prison Belfast and memories that still echo loud and clear.  ‘The Crum’ as it is known, was a Belfast prison where prisoners involved in the political conflict were held on remand.  I was one of those prisoners.  From the closed confines of a small prison cell, external sounds – keys, grills, locks, footsteps, voices, silence and noises often provided a visual picture of what was happening beyond the locked door – the origin of this ‘sound sculpture’ – hopefully the vision that you will have as a listener will be generated by you, your own confined space and your interaction with this sonic experience. 
‘This sonic art grew from an immersive audio visual installation that I created in 2016 and that I first exhibited in February 2017.  The exhibition displayed hundreds of the keys for ‘the Crum’ and an audio track created with those same keys. 
‘Items used to sculpt the sonic image are hundreds of the actual Crumlin Road Prison keys and their brass and aluminium ID (identification) tags, a steel prison food tray, an original ‘prison made’ grappling hook (surreptitiously constructed by prisoners intending to escape), locks, grills, echoing memories and my own words.  Additional instrumental music was created by my daughters Toraigh and Dara, on flute and harp, and the nature that blooms in the Glens.’

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Rescheduled from Sunday 6th January.

Being Frank explores the extraordinary secret life of artist Chris Sievey, best known as his alter ego Frank Sidebottom, the maverick Northern comedian in a fake head.

Frank Sidebottom, his greatest creation, became a star – a manic, insane, mercurial star burning brightly from within a papier mâché head – a star who obscures his own creator.  But who really knew Chris Sievey, the fractured genius underneath the mask?

Chris Sievey was a musician, songwriter, artist, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and wayward genius who created an alter ego that he grew to resent.

Director Steve Sullivan pieces together Sievey’s split personality through an extensive archive of personal notebooks, movies, art and music, alongside insights from his closest confidants, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble, and more.

What he uncovers is an intimate portrait of a sensitive, tortured outsider artist, forever on the outside looking in.

Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating

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