Director's Cuts: S. Craig Zahler

Jackdaw Film Series: Director's Cuts | The Jackdaw pop-up cinema, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

The Jackdaw Film series presents Director's Cuts: S. Craig Zahler's Cell Block 99' + 'Bone Tomahawk'

When: Saturday 12 January, 2019
Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Where: The Jackdaw pop-up cinema, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free event - limited seats, bookings essential

The Jackdaw Film series presents Director’s Cuts, our exciting new summer film program presenting double features from the top-tier auteurs of the business.

Join us as we celebrate the universal treasures and cult icons of the film industry – the artistes of the screen with a signature style and that special touch all their own that lets the audience know right away, whose hands have sculpted the films they are watching.

Presented over two huge nights, our amazing pop-up cinema will feature comfortable lounge style seating and massive Dolby digital sound, with refreshments and full bar service available.

Launching our program on Saturday 12 January, we present Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) and Bone Tomahawk (2015) from relative newcomer S. Craig Zahler.

If there is anyone in the film industry that, in recent years, has gone from being a strange guy (novelist, heavy metal musician, horror screenwriter) to a figure to be expected and admired at the most prestigious international film festivals, that person is S. Craig Zahler,

Quickly establishing himself as the most exciting pulp-infused voice to come along since Quentin Tarantino, Zahler’s films exist somewhere between the arthouse and the grindhouse. His films are invariably bold, entertaining and incredibly violent – fun genre exercises designed to satisfy the midnight movie set while carefully eschewing many of the tropes and clichés of modern cult cinema.

We commence screenings with Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), which rides a committed, career re-defining Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent -- and undeniably entertaining -- depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare.

A rare movie that truly evokes the grindhouse '70s, because it means everything it’s doing. This is exploitation made with vicious sincerity, that wants to shock you, smack you around and shake you up, and once its star starts bringing the pain, it succeeds with honours.

Then stay up late for Bone Tomahawk (2015) S. Craig Zahler’s debut feature in which an old-timer, an invalid and a gunslinger set out across the blistering desert to rescue three innocents from a band of savage cannibals. Their mission seems beyond futile, but don’t count them out too soon: Their leader is Kurt Russell.

Yet Mr. Russell is far from the only reason to see this unexpected low-budget treat, this is a witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat.

Please note: As both films incur an R rating, nobody under the age of 18 years will be permitted