Vertigo at The Harris -  December 2015

They Eat Culture and The Harris Museum & Art Gallery presented an evening of film noir. Audience members experienced Hitchcock’s classic starring Kim Novak and James Stewart in the wonderful pillared and vaulted cafe at the centre of the Neo-Classical museum.

A pre-show soundtrack was provided by a live performance by Preston’s Polypores – a new project from musical polymath Stephen J Buckley, Polypores’ music explores a world of forgotten suspense movies and half-remembered childhood public information films: dark and unsettling, the ideal launch into an evening of mystery. Further noir-ish sounds were on-hand from Preston’s Concrete Tapes, vintage soundtracks & moody jazz to kick start the evening, served up with complementary canapés and wine.

The Big LOVE Tea Dance led by Live Cinema UK  happened last November 2015 across the country, with a live cinema experience complete with dancing, music and food to transport audiences back to 1945, before a screening of the timeless classic Brief Encounter (1945), released in November on a newly restored digital print.

They Eat Culture were delighted to be a part of this national cinema event for the very special 70th anniversary screening. The event included high afternoon tea buffet consisting of cakes, sandwiches, tea and wine. Participants were encouraged to wear their best vintage outfits, for the following dance lesson prior to the film screening.

The audience settled down on LOVE branded cushions with storm Abigail whistling round the building to add to the atmosphere for the main Hitchcock feature.

More information to follow on the other interventions in the Harris as part of the Love season.

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