August is trying hard to give us a semblance of summer, the Film Club’s schedule is humming on target. This Friday, August 12, 2011, we will be screening LOCAL HERO (1983). It was written and directed by Scot Bill Forsyth. He has had a colorful, but not too successful of a career; nine films in 24 years. Critics love his movies, but he does not seem to be able to charm the political and financial factions he needs to keep making more films. Two films he made while in Hollywood were HOUSEKEEPING (1987), and BEING HUMAN (1994). After three years he left Hollywood, and had a difficult time finding backers for future projects.
After the movie came out, many people went in search of the village with the phone booth. Since it didn’t exist, they were always disappointed. The village where the movie was filmed finally decided to put up a phone booth for the sake of the visitors.
The film’s soundtrack scored by Mark Knopfler sold better than the movie itself. He was the leader of the band DIRE STRAITS, and his music has been featured in 62 films, like THE COLOR OF MONEY (1986), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987), DESPERADO (1995), TWISTER (1996).
The Cinematographer was Chris Menges who has lensed 56 films since 1966, movies like THE KILLING FIELDS (1984), MICHAEL COLLINS (1996), NORTH COUNTRY (2005), NOTES ON A SCANDEL (2006), STOP LOSS (2008), and THE READER (2008).
LOCAL HERO (1983)
Directed by Bill Forsyth @ 111 minutes.
The film stars Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, and Fulton Mackay.
Synopsis: An American oil company sends a representative to Scotland to try and purchase an entire village so that it can build a refinery there–but things take an unexpected turn.
The film was nominated for seven BAFTAs, and won Best Direction.
Roger Ebert wrote,”Here is a small film to treasure, a loving, funny, understated portrait of a small Scottish town and its encounter with a giant oil company.”
James Berardnelli of REEL VIEWS wrote, “Local Hero is a fragment of cinematic whimsy – a genial dramatic comedy that defies both our expectations and those of the characters.”
So be sure to join us on Friday, August 12, 2011, for the showing of Bill Forsyth’s sly comedy, LOCAL HERO (1983). It will be screening at our meeting hall located at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Arrive a little early and enjoy some fellowship and a terrific meal prepared by the Phantom Director and Farishta. It will be served at 6:15 p.m. LOCAL HERO will screen at 7:15 p.m. and it runs 111 minutes, so it will be over by 9:30 p.m. Look for our large Club banner hanging out front. See you at the movies!