- Wed 17 Mar 2021
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Rating: R18
- This is an New Plymouth Film Society screening for New Plymouth Film Society members.
- Film Society application forms are available through the New Plymouth Film Society website, or you can sign up for membership prior to any screening at the Gallery.
- PRICING 2021
- $100 - Full Year Membership (rolling membership)
- $50 Half Year Membership
- $30 3-Film Sampler
- Film Society membership is available to everyone, entitling you to free admission to all Film Society screenings throughout the year, anywhere in New Zealand. (Censorship ratings apply to all screenings) Please note that most screenings will be open to members only. A NPFS membership gives you entry to fortnightly NPFS screenings till November 2021
- Entry to any other NZ Film Society screening around the country
- A 3-Film Sampler card, gives you partial Film Society membership entry to any three New Plymouth films.
- Your membership helps bring ‘Film Festival Films’ to Taranaki all year round. With your support, we look forward to continuing in 2021.
Los Angeles in the final 48 hours of the 20th century is the setting for this hyper-kinetic, cyberpunk brain-scrambler that proves both fascinating and prescient.
“The pre-millennial tension of Strange Days, filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s noir-tinged sci-fi thriller, may have seemed bleak when the film hit theaters in October 1995. But viewed today, the vision it presents of a culture obsessed with virtual reality and capturing every moment in digital playback feels (pardon the pun) strangely forward-thinking.
Set on New Year’s Eve, 1999, Strange Days follows Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), an ex-cop who deals in SQUID technology – discs that allow users to experience recorded moments (everything from running on the beach to armed robbery) through a virtual reality device attached to their head. After a disc depicting a graphic murder falls into Lenny’s hands, he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving dirty cops, a slain hip-hop artist and his grunge rocker ex-girlfriend (Juliette Lewis). Luckily Angela Bassett as Lenny’s badass, gun-toting limo driver pal Mace is along for the thrilling ride.
Critics were polarized on Strange Days at the time of its release.. but viewed through the lens of Bigelow’s Oscar-winning work on The Hurt Locker… Strange Days is another of the filmmaker’s sharp dissections of male violence towards women and an indictment of our culture’s voyeuristic tendencies. A box office failure that halted Bigelow’s big screen career for several years, Strange Days proved to be too raw for moviegoers still reeling from the L.A. riots and the O.J. Simpson trial… But 23 years later, Strange Days demonstrates both how far we’ve come and (sadly) how far we’ve regressed. While the techno thrash soundtrack might harken back to the ‘90s, the film’s racial and sexual politics remain freshly relevant.”
— Nick Nadel
1995 | US | 145 min | Dir. Kathryn Bigelow