Director: Todd Haynes Run Time: 124 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1998
Starring: Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Saturday introduction by musician Nathan Larson (from the bands Shudder to Think and Swiz) who contributed to the “Velvet Goldmine” sound-track.
Nitehawk and Noisey present June’s MUSIC DRIVEN FILM “Velvet Goldmine” where the wild and glittery 1970s glam rock scene in London gets retold as a journalist writes a “what ever happen to” story.
Todd Hayne’s Velvet Goldmine centers around the over-the-top career and faux-murder-fall of 1970s glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Myers) as told through the 1984 journalist investigation by Arthur (Christian Bale). Post-Beatles, pre-punk, and loosely based on Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Slade is the bisexual icon of London glam rock responsible for the shocking behavior and style of glam masses…and he’s had enough of himself. After faking his own death on stage, Slade slides into obscurity only to be rediscovered when Arthur revisits his influence. The film interweaves the characters past-and-present in a non-linear style, reflecting various aspects of Slade’s career and personal life. It goes without saying that Velvet Goldmine is highly stylised with a killer soundtrack.