Summerhall Programme February 2022
- Katie Goh, author of The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disasters, presents a season of speculative disaster movies alongside other sensational screenings in Summerhall Cinema;
- Live music from Dry Cleaning, Roddy Woomble and more
- Exhibitions by David Williams, Iain Patterson, Abigail Simmonds and Radosław Liweń and James Sinfield continue.
Summerhall dives into 2022 with a packed cinema programme featuring a curated season of speculative disaster movies from author Katie Goh, foreign language hits from Screen Horizons as well as modern and cult classics. Alongside this, the Dissection Room returns after a brief hiatus with gigs from Dry Cleaning, Roddy Woomble, the Transatlantic Ensemble’s ever-popular Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours gig and more. Our four outstanding visual arts exhibitions continue through to Sunday 20 March.
Katie Goh, author of The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disasters, presents a selection of speculative disaster movies at Summerhall Cinema from 10-25 February. This includes films such as the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, 1972’s post-apocalyptic environmental sci-fi Silent Running, Hayao Miyazaki’s second film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Lars von Trier’s extraordinary Melancholia and many more. These films speak to the present moment, but also perhaps the post-apocalyptic ways we might live in the future if we continue down a social, political and ecological road of disaster.
Summerhall Cinema presents both modern and cult classics, including The Safdie Brothers’ Good Time and Oscar award winning Moonlight. In a bloody Valentine’s Day double feature, Joan Crawford goes berserk with an axe in horror classic Strait-Jacket, and “glorious retro fantasy-horror” The Love Witch takes the romantically-inclined down a dark, psychedelic path. Screen Horizons presents a selection of foreign-language films from across the globe including Josep, which was named best animated film in the César awards; Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’ Academy Award winning Z; the tender Love Affair(s) / Les Choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait; and Hello World! / Bonjour le monde, which is made with papier-mâché puppets animated in stop motion and hand-crafted sculptures set in beautifully painted backgrounds.
Live in the Dissection Room and back by popular demand, the Transatlantic Ensemble performs Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours; post-punk poets Dry Cleaning play on Friday 18 February supported by electronic trio PVA; Pokey Lafarge performs his latest album crafted during the pandemic; and Roddy Woomble – considered one of Scotland’s finest songwriters, and frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild – will bless the Dissection Room with his warm baritone voice. Rescheduled from 2021, second generation folk musician Sam Amidon brings a personal approach to his music and performance for his self-titled seventh album.
Summerhall’s first four exhibitions of 2022 bring warmth and energy to a chilly Edinburgh winter. Abigail Simmonds’ sparkling Space Becomes Time sees the upstairs Meadows Galleries filled with life buoys, corrugated sheeting, table tennis balls and many other carefully chosen objects painstakingly covered in sequins. While in the War Memorial and Sciennes Galleries, James Sinfield and Radosław Liweń’s Remote Control delves into the anthropocene, exploring the many ways in which we as humans impact the environment around us. In the Corner Gallery, Photographer David Williams’ Cedar Tree – Tofuku-ji Zen Temple, Kyoto and flow…(extracts) both from the project series, one taste: (n)ever-changing (2003-2009) reflect on notions of time, space and self within the context of Buddhist temples and wider aspects of Japanese life. In the newly reopened Lab Gallery Iain Patterson’s Balance explores the possibilities of improvisation in abstract painting and drawing. All exhibitions will close on Sunday 20 March.