14/07/13 | Atomic Cinema: Velvet Goldmine

Another free screening of a great film by Todd Haynes! Starring Christian Bale as the eager journalist Arthur Stuart, Ewan McGregor as the Iggy Pop-like Curt Wild, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the Bowie-esque Brian Slade, with Toni Colette and Eddie Izzard in supporting roles.

1971: Glamrock explodes all over the world and challanges the seriousness within the flowerpower generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rockstar, inspires numerous teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. In the end Slade destroys himself. Unable to escape the role he created for himself, he plots his own murder. When his fans discovers that the murder is a fake, his star falls and he is forgotten about. 1984: Arthur, a journalist working for a New York newspaper, gets assigned the story about the fake murder of Brian Slade. When Arthur was young and grew up in Manchester, he was more than a fan of Slade. Reluctantly he accepts the assignment and starts to investigate what happened his old glamrock hero.