VELVET GOLDMINE: Wednesday, July 17th at 9:15pm
Set in the glittery Britain of the early 1970’s, director Todd Haynes‘ sumptuous 1998 glam rock fantasia VELVET GOLDMINE epitomizes the sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll of the era, “an orgiastic celebration of high-camp fakery and gender-fluid sexuality, full of decadent dandies, dazzling fabrics and daring fabrications.” (BFI.org). The film follows Bowie-esque glam rock superstar Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Myers), whose alter-ego, Maxwell Demon, predicts his own death on stage. Shortly after he announces his prediction, he fakes his own death and is exposed as a fraud. A decade later, in 1984, a reporter and former fan named Arthur (Christian Bale), tracks down the former rocker to do an article on his life and downfall. Arthur interviews the man who discovered Slade, and one of his peers (Ewan McGregor), to understand Slade’s motivations. With Toni Colette and Eddie Izzard.