Off-The-Wall Film Series: 24 Hour Party People (2002)

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Off-the-Wall Film Series: 24 Hour Party People (2002)
Procreation, Pharmaceuticals, and Backbeat-Driven Blues-Based Music
Friday, August 17, 2012
8:45pm @ Central Library

City Market watering hole Harry’s Country Club has joined forces with the Library to bring rock ‘n’ roll movies to the summer Off-the-Wall film series.

Those attending the Friday night screenings will receive a coupon good for 25% off food and drink purchases of $10 or more at Harry’s at 112 Missouri Avenue. The coupon is good any day an Off-the-Wall screening is scheduled and can be used before or after the show.

Entitled Procreation, Pharmaceuticals, and Backbeat-Driven/Blues-Based Music (think about it), this series dishes comedy, a dash of drama, and a whole lot of toe-tapping, head-bobbing (if not head-banging) music.

The Library’s summer film series of rock ‘n’ roll movies continues with director Michael Winterbottom’s re-creation of the late ‘70s punk scene in Britain. Steve Coogan stars as scrambling music promoter Tony Wilson, who founded Factory Records and championed such Manchester bands as Joy Division, Happy Mondays, and New Order.

Watch our Off-the-Wall trailer:

Films are screened outside on the Rooftop Terrace. Filmgoers are welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs. In cases of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.

The lineup:

Friday, May 18: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001: R) – John Cameron Mitchell shines as the star, writer, and director of this outrageous musical about a punky rocker dealing with a botched sex-change operation.

Friday, June 15: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010: PG-13) – To win the hand of beauty Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), baby-faced rocker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must do musical battle with Ramona’s ex-lovers.

Friday, July 20: Across the Universe (2007: PG-13) – Visionary director Julie Taymor delivers the saga of Jude and Lucy, young lovers whose lives unfold to a fantastic collection of Beatles tunes.

Friday, August 17: 24 Hour Party People (2002: R) – Steve Coogan plays Tony Wilson, the punk rock impresario who in the ‘70s pushed the careers of Joy Division and James and the Happy Mondays.

Friday, September 21: The Runaways (2010: R) – Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart), Sherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), and their teen girl band The Runaways deal with sudden rock stardom and Machiavellian manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon).

Please note that most titles are recommended for adults only.