Feast Film Nights — Downtown 81 , Sat 24 October

Downtown 81
Star­ring the legendary Amer­ic­an paint­er, graf­fiti artist, poet and musi­cian Jean-Michel Basqui­at (1960–1988), Down­town 81 is both a post-mod­ern­ist fairytale and a vivid depic­tion of the down­town New York art and music scene in the early 1980s. The film chron­icles a day in the life of a 19 year-old starving artist (Basqui­at) who must raise money to reclaim the apart­ment from which he has been evicted. Hop­ing to sell a paint­ing to earn the rent, he wanders the down­town streets, paint­ing in hand, encoun­ter­ing paint­ers, mod­els, junkies, graf­fiti artists, rap­pers and rock­ers whose lives and per­form­ances provide a slice of life from one of the most excit­ing peri­ods in Amer­ic­an cul­ture.

A vir­tu­al “lost” film, shot in 1981 but not com­pleted and released until two dec­ades later, Down­town 81 not only cap­tures one of the twen­ti­eth century’s most inter­est­ing and lively artists in Basqui­at, but also fea­tures music from many of lead­ing music­al artists of the era includ­ing Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tuxedo­moon, The Plastics, James White and the Blacks, The Lounge Liz­ards, and DNA.

Dj’s Ken Jones & Pete W top and tail the fea­ture with related down­town selec­tions.

This is the digit­ally remastered release in all it’s widescreen glory.



8.00pm Dj Ken Jones (Effra Sound)
9.00pm Film screen­ing
10.15pm DJ Pete W (Soul Night)
Tick­ets £5 on the door, Licensed bar & snacks

The Por­tico Gal­lery
23a Knight’s Hill
West Nor­wood
SE27 0HS

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