Sell-out for Blue Velvet at the Empire

We were a rather excited about screening Blue Velvet – with a prelude of some fantastic artists’ shorts in combination with the beautiful surroundings of the Empire, Middlesbrough’s opulent Victorian palace of varieties, it was the perfect environment for a dark and diverse cinematic experience.

This special screening recreated for one night only the experience of old fashioned movie magic: when an admission ticket to the local picture palace guaranteed you a cartoon, a funny ‘short subject’, a supporting film and a feature presentation all for the cost of admission.

Blue Velvet (1986)is arguably Lynch’s most iconic film, described by critics as a seminal and disturbing masterpiece that changed cinema forever. Supporting the main feature was a programme of specially selected shorts from a variety of artist-filmmakers including David Shrigley's 'The Door', Tom Rubnitz's 'Undercover me!', Bryan Ferguson's 'The Misbehaviour of Polly Papercut' and Shezad Dawood's 'A Mystery Play'. 

Blue Velvet at the Empire: An Art Cinema Special Event

Friday 6 February 2015 // The Empire, Middlesbrough