This week on Fandor: Clive Barker, Club Kids, Bette Davis, Rip Torn and More.
This week, Fandor is full to the brim with new releases – forty-seven new titles in all! Among them:
- The first two film efforts of undisputed horror king Clive Barker (1970s art film adaptations of classic stories that, to be honest, hold up really, really well)
- Death and the Compass and Straight to Hell by independent visionary Alex Cox
- And a weekend full of Seattle storytelling by new FIXer Bret Fetzer, whose spare and spectacular My Last Year with the Nuns features longtime Emerald City raconteur Matt Smith recounting tales of a 1960s Capitol Hill childhood, and actor and photographer turned filmmaker Lynn Shelton, whose felicitous first feature We Go Way Back will be available for streaming on Fandor beginning September 26.
That’s just a fraction of the movie goodness that awaits your watching this weekend, though, and we’ve truly got something for everyone. Take a look at some of the other newest titles we have to offer — you may be surprised at what jumps out at you! There’s never a bad time to try something new. Whether you’re taking a chance on one of these new titles or making some progress with your existing queue this weekend, we wish you happy watching:
Another Man’s Poison (1951)
dir. Irving Rapper
British suspense meets those Bette Davis eyes! Watch Davis chew the scenery (opposite her then-husband Gary Merrill) as a popular suspense writer whose life starts to look a lot like one of her plots.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
dir. Tony Richardson
A British domestic drama about the real meaning of family, a raw and poignant coming of age tale in which age, class, race, gender and sexuality collide in the life of one young woman (Rita Tushingham).
Black Is… Black Ain’t (1995)
dir. Marlon Riggs
Two decades after the release of Marlon Riggs’ final film, the discussions of Black identity collected in his coast-to-coast travels and presented here remain as essential and as complex as ever. We now have six of Riggs’ films available for streaming on Fandor.
Edie and Thea (2009)
dir. Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir
The true story of a lesbian couple and a love that began in the closet, endured through the tests of time, history and societal pressures and was finally recognized in legal marriage (though not un the United States) forty years later. Spoiler alert: Love wins!
The Great Museum (2014)
dir. Johannes Holzhausen
In some ways, a museum is a lot like a movie, in that there’s a whole lot happening behind the scenes to create a seamless, magical experience. Get unprecedentedly familiar with the priceless works and dedicated personnel that create the magic in a reverent look behind the scenes of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Fun fact: Filmmaker Jem Cohen also made a film set in this gorgeous cultural institution. Check out this awesome video essay that compares the two!
dir. Richard Pearce
The harsh expanse of Wyoming’s early twentieth-century frontier sets the stage for this big-hearted, as-yet unsung drama based on the memoir Letters of a Woman Homesteader and featuring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell.
It Happened Here (1965)
dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo
This haunting vision of London subjected to an alternate outcome of WWII was begun when the filmmakers were only in their teens but created a lasting influence with its direct cinema approach to historical drama.
Jojo Baby (2013)
dir. Dana Buning and Mark Danforth
Clive Barker produced this portrait of the titular Chicago “club kid”, doll-maker, puppeteer and entertainer whose studio workspace is like nothing you have ever seen. Get to the know the larger-than-life persona of Jojo Baby and the creative vision of the person inside the performance.
dir. Philip Noyce
Pictured in this week’s featured image, a historical drama (considered one of the best films to come out of the Land Down Under) that combines real newsreel footage with acted scenes to tell the story of both two rival brothers and the rapid changes that overtook Australia in the post-WWII years.
Redemption Trail (2013)
dir. Britta Sjogren
An unlikely bond forms between two very different women (Lily Rabe and Lisa Gay Hamilton), a grieving schoolteacher and a reclusive revolutionary who share a common need to heal from past trauma.
These Birds Walk (2013)
dir. Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq
A documentary about at-risk youth in the streets of Karachi, Pakistan, and those who are working to make their futures a little less bleak, filmed with an impressionistic and compassionate eye.
dir. Joseph Anthony
Set in rural Mississippi and adapted from a short story by William Faulkner, featuring Robert Duvall in his breakout role as a taciturn sawmill operator who takes in and falls in love with a spurned pregnant woman who turns up one day on the mill property.
dir. Candida Brady
Jeremy Irons travels around the globe to see how our garbage impacts the environment, finding egregious damage and delivering a powerful immediate warning about the state of the planet we call home.
dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo
An extremely historically accurate rendering of 1600s Surrey, England, that used, among other tricks, ancient breeds of livestock and armor loaned from the Tower of London to cine-magically travel back in time.