- Respected North London venue launches a brand new night of unique and hard-to-find cinema
- Hen and Chickens, Islington 9th – 11th April 2015
Featuring three London premieres, and headlining with the award-winning Pakistani-French film Noor, Flicks at the Chicks is a brand new night of international and unseen cinema, hosted at the intimate 60-seat setting at the Hen and Chickens theatre.
The programme’s highlights include multi-award winning Swedish film Hemma (Best Feature, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival; Best Actor, Peace & Love Film Festival, Sweden; Audience award, Pusan International Film Festival), which follows the lives of four outsiders from three generations, as a super-bright but socially awkward young woman learns that the grandmother she thought was dead is still living.
Also featuring in the programme is Noor, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2014 Chéries Chéris festival – France’s leading LGBT Festival. The film tells the story of Noor, who no longer belongs to the Khusras, Pakistan’s transgender community, and who wants to be a man. He takes a job in a Truck Decoration Centre and resolves to find a girl who will accept him as he is.
Representing new British cinema is The Caravan, starring Shirley Henderson (Filth, Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire), Karen Hassan (TV’s The Fall, Hunger) and featuring breakout central performances from Mark Sheals and Darren Connolly. Set against the backdrop of an out-of-season caravan park, an estranged familial relationship is thrown into stark relief when an emotionally wounded father and son are forced to address the ghosts of their past in order to be able to look ahead.
Hen and Chickens artistic director James Wren said, “We are delighted that as well our ongoing commitment to new theatre and comedy ventures, we can now add exciting and groundbreaking cinema to our slate. ‘Flicks at the Chicks’ will give a opportunity for filmmakers to premiere their work in London and give audiences a chance to catch festival award winning films that never made it theatrically to London.”
The Hen and Chickens is one of London’s most respected Fringe theatres, with a rich history of innovative comedy and new writing. Flicks at the Chicks signals the theatre’s first move to incorporating cinema into its programme, hosted in its intimate, 60-seater upstairs space.
Tuesday 7th April 2015