Punchdrunk and the BFI present the classic horror film ‘EYES WITHOUT A FACE’, to be screened on the set of The Drowned Man.
The 1959 gothic horror Eyes Without A Face will be screened on the set of Punchdrunk and National Theatre Co-Production of The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable.
A 16mm print of cult 1959 French horror film Eyes Without A Face will be screened twice on the 26th January on the set of Punchdrunk and National Theatre co-production The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. Punchdrunk and the BFI have partnered up for these special screenings as part of the BFI’s nationwide Gothic project.
The classic horror film will be shown inside the 36 seat working cinema created by Punchdrunk as part of the extraordinary set of The Drowned Man which spans four floors. In performances of The Drowned Man, which is set in 1962, the old fashioned Hollywood cinema is already billed as showing the film Eyes Without A Face.
Directed by Georges Franju, Eyes Without A Face is the story of a brilliant, obsessive doctor who goes to horrifying lengths to attempt radical plastic surgery on his daughter after a car accident leaves her disfigured. Described as ‘the most horrid horror film you could fear to see’ by the Financial Times it is now recognised as a major influence on the gothic genre but caused great controversy when it was released. Seven people fainted during the film’s first showing at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1960.
The gothic world of Temple Studios is the perfect setting for the film screening. Inspired by Georg Büchner’s fractured masterpiece Woyzeck, The Drowned Man explores the darkness of the Hollywood dream.
Amidst the fading glamour of 1960s Los Angeles, stands Temple Studios – a crumbling monument to the golden age of film, seducing wide-eyed dreamers with the promise of wealth and fame. Here, movie stars mingle with hungry young upstarts, while beyond the gates lies a forgotten hinterland where the many rejected by the studio system scratch out a living.
Due to popular demand performances of The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable have been extended until 23rd February 2014. Tickets for the new booking period are now on sale at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or 020 7452 3000.
Punchdrunk is the internationally acclaimed theatre company whose previous award-winning productions include Faust, The Masque of the Red Death, Tunnel 228, The Duchess of Malfi, Sleep No More (all co-directed by Punchdrunk Artistic Director Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle), It Felt Like A Kiss and The Crash of the Elysium (directed by Felix Barrett).Their current New York show Sleep No More won a 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and a Special Citation For Design And Choreography at the 2010-11 Obie Awards.
LISTINGS: EYES WITHOUT A FACE
Eyes Without A Face
Screenings: Sunday 26 January 2014, 11.15am (doors open 11am) & 1.30pm (doors open 1.15pm)
Location: Temple Studios, 31 London Street, W2 1DJ.
Tickets: £15, or £50 for film & show package
This screening will be shown on a 16mm projector. Some seats may have restricted viewing.
Suitable for ages 18+
Audiences who also book for the show will need to exit and re-enter the space.
Running time 1 hour 30 minutes
Screenings start 15 minutes after doors open.
LISTINGS: THE DROWNED MAN: A HOLLYWOOD FABLE
Punchdrunk and the National Theatre present
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable
Directed by Felix Barrett & Maxine Doyle
Designed by Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan & Beatrice Minns
Choreography by Maxine Doyle
Lighting Design by Mike Gunning
Sound Design by Stephen Dobbie
Costume Design by Jack Galloway
Box Office: www.nationaltheatre.org.ukor 0207 452 3000
This is a promenade production. Comfortable footwear recommended.
Suitable for ages 16+
Friday 10th January 2014