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Film Picks: Scum Cinema, Perspectives Film Festival, Israel Film Festival, Alliance Francaise & Digital Fashion Week


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HALLOWEEN MADNESS DOUBLE BILL

The Scum Cinema group, fans of all things bizarre, will next week screen two works that tick the right two checkboxes: obscurity and weirdness.

The first of two works unlocked from the Scum vaults is Basket Case (R21, 1982, 90 minutes, right). It has nudity, gore and a story about a murderous mutant that lives in a basket - what more could you want for Halloween?

The second part of the double-bill, part of the first ScumScope festival is Without Warning (NC16, 1980, 90 minutes). This teenagers- in-peril wilderness drama stars recognisable names Martin Landau and Jack Palance. All of them have their hands full when aliens attack.

WHERE: Screening Room, The Arts House MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Oct 23, 7.45pm ADMISSION: Free, but with a $10 refundable deposit to ensure attendance INFO: scumcinema.com

John Lui


PERSPECTIVES FILM FESTIVAL 2015

This festival, now in its eighth year, continues its themes of personal and social liberation. The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (M18, 1994, above), will be screened tomorrow. The comedy-drama about two drag queens and a transsexual on the road was part of a 1990s wave that opened a new chapter in Australian cinema, particularly in the eyes of non-Australians.

The animation masterclass and post-screening question-and-answer by Watership Down director Martin Rosen reported in Life! on Wednesday has been cancelled. Go to perspectivesfilmfestival.com for refund details.

WHERE: National Museum of Singapore MRT: Bras Basah/ Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Till Oct 18 ADMISSION: $12 for single screenings, $48 for a festival pass to all seven films INFO: perspectivefilmfestival.com

John Lui


23RD ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL

Part-military comedy, part-buddy drama, Zero Motivation (M18, 2014, 97 minutes, above) follows two women army conscripts who are posted to a remote base. Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) spend their days complaining about the pointlessness of their adminstrative jobs and plotting a way out.

In this acclaimed debut feature of writer-director Tayla Lavie, the military-themed absurdism of Catch 22 (1970) meets female coming-of-age movie. Zero is among the six women-centred films at this year's edition of the festival. Its film-maker will be here to speak after the screening of the movie on Thursday at 7.15 pm.

WHERE: Golden Village VivoCity MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Oct 21 to 27 ADMISSION: $9 INFO: gv.com.sg

John Lui


CINEMA HAUTE COUTURE

In partnership with Digital Fashion Week, Alliance Francaise presents a double-bill of movies about stylish clothes and people. Film director Fabien Constant will be attending a Q&A session after the screening of his documentary, Mademoiselle C (2013), on Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of industry bible Vogue Paris. The fashionably late folks can catch the cult satire Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966, above) after a reception at 9pm.

WHERE: Alliance Francaise Theatre MRT: Newton WHEN: Oct 28, 7pm for Mademoiselle C and 9.30pm for Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? ADMISSION: $15 (member) and $18 from www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg for one film, $25 (member) and $30 for both films. All tickets include access to the buffet and drinks during the 30-minute break at 9pm

Boon Chan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2015, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe