In advance of the release of Dark Shadows, the Light House Cinema will be taking a nostalgic look at the early work of Tim Burton with two Double Bills – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure/Beetlejuice and a Johnny Depp Double Bill – Edward Scissorhands/Ed Wood.
The world of Tim Burton is as colourful as it is dark and as eccentric as it is accessible. We hope you’ll join us over the bank holiday weekend for some escapism at its most aesthetically pleasing.
PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE – Sunday, 6th May – 6.30pm
Burton’s first feature length film and certainly his most under-seen, although Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is a children’s film, it is as strange and unsettling as any of Burton’s later work. Oddly likeable man-child Pee Wee Herman’s cross-country adventure is hugely imaginative, wonderful to look at and full of the quirk and stylistic nuances that would become Tim Burton’s trademark.
BEETLEJUICE – Sunday 6th May – 8.30pm
Burton’s first bona fide Hollywood hit, starring Michael Keaton as the most vile, uncontrollable “bio-exorcist” you could ever have the misfortunate of being haunted by. With a career-best turn from Michael Keaton, ably supported by Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. Beetlejuice deals with tragedy and despair in that ghoulish but light-hearted way that only Tim Burton can pull off.
*Audiences member are permitted to “shake shake shake senora” where appropriate.
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS – Monday 7th May – 6.30pm
The first film in one of the great actor/director partnerships of all time, here Burton convinces teen idol Johnny Depp to cover up his face, mess up his hair and dress up in S&M gear to bring us a story about a gentle man, made by a lonely inventor, who died before he could give him real hands. Edward Scissorhands is one the most beloved of Tim Burton’s films and balances his two loves, 1960’s pastiche and gothic aesthetic quite comfortably.
ED WOOD – Monday May 7th – 8.30pm
After years of taking inspiration from 1950’s B-movies, Tim Burton decided to pay direct homage to one of the most notorious figures from the annals of cult film, Ed Wood, bad director extraordinaire whose Plan 9 From Outer Space is commonly referred to as “the worst film ever made”. Far from making Ed Wood the butt of a joke, Tim Burton and his star Johnny Depp lovingly create a character whose ambition, passion and vision knows no bounds, except unfortunately his own lack of talent.