An evening with Alex Cox 26.10.12
We are thrilled to have Alex Cox as our special guest at the next Premiere Talent Series film night. In these screenings we show films that have influenced, or have been made by, locally born people involved in the production of film, and follow the screenings with a Q&A in the bar afterwards.
A champion of independent cinema, Alex is a highly respected screenwriter and Director of many films including Repo Man (1984), Sid and Nancy (1986) and Straight to Hell (1987) – ‘big studio’ projects starring household name actors, including Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez (pictured, in Repo Man), Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Ed Harris, Grace Jones, Courtney Love, Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer.
In 1987 his $6,000,000 film Walker, starring Ed Harris and Peter Boyle, failed at the box office. Making parallels with modern day US intervention in Nicaragua, the film was deemed by its distributors Universal Pictures to be ‘too political’ and as a consequence they failed to market the film.
In 1996, Cox was hired to write and direct an adaptation of the Hunter S Thompson novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As a result of creative differences, he was fired from the project and the script was rewritten by Terry Gilliam. Cox successfully sued the studio citing the derivative nature of Gilliam’s script; however, Gilliam argued that as both scripts were based on the original book, then similarities were inevitable.
Back in the UK he went on to direct and act in comedy drama Three Businessmen (1998), based around the character Bennie Reyes, played by Miguel Sandoval, a visitor to Liverpool who ventures across the world with Cox’s character Frank King in search of a meal; and Revengers Tragedy (2002), based on the 1606 Jacobean revenge tragedy purported to be written by Thomas Middleton and adapted for the screen in a modern day context by Liverpool writer Frank Cottrell Boyce. The film starred Christopher Eccleston, Eddie Izzard and Derek Jacobi.
Working on low budgets he has films in Liverpool, Tokyo, Rotterdam and the home of Spaghetti Westerns, Almeria, Spain as well as across the USA.
Born in Bebington, Wirral in 1954, he now lives in the USA, teaching script writing and film production at the University of Colorado, as well as writing for many publications including The Guardian and The New York Times.
He clearly loves large expanses of sand so we hope he will feel at home in Hoylake.
This very special event will begin with a screening of one of Alex’s main influences, the Sergio Leone classic For a Few Dollars More, starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, followed by a Q&A and clips from some of his films.
There is a licensed bar, pajama creche and fresh home made food available.
What more could you ask for from your local community cinema?
“Looking forward to revisiting my native turf and to supporting a Wirralian community cinema… This is quality on a shoestring, and surely what cinema should be about.”
– Alex Cox