13 February 2014

American Psycho 1

Our current exhibition, Time & Motion, attempts to redefine our idea of working life using artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office.

We asked our followers, blog readers, visitors and Facebook friends to select their favourite films which feature working life from the categories Life at the Top, Average Joe and Life on the Breadline and we’re very excited to announce the winners.

Screening tonight at 6.30pm is the winner of the Life at the Top vote, American Psycho. Based on Brett Easton Ellis’ darkly satirical novel, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman. Obsessed with style, success and fashion, he is the typical 80’s banker but behind close doors he is a violent serial killer who murders without any reasoning or provocation. ‘The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide’ in this violent critique of the excesses of Capitalism in 1980’s America.

The winner of the Average Joe selection is David Fincher’s Fight Club, which will be screening on 12 February at 6.30pm. Edward Norton is depressed, suffering from intense insomnia and struggling to cope with his life as a small cog in a international corporation. He begins to visit support groups for sufferers of various diseases and conditions, none of which he has, in an attempt to improve his life. One day he meets the charming Tyler Durden who changes his life forever. Writing in Rolling Stone Magazine, Peter Travers describes the film as ‘It's about being young, male and powerless against the pacifying drug of consumerism. It's about solitude, despair and bottled-up rage... It's about daring to imagine the disenfranchised reducing the world to rubble and starting over.’

Completing the series is the winner of the Life on the Breadline category, Withnail & I which will be screening on 26 Februaary at 6.30pm. ‘The film boasts a once-in-a-lifetime combination of perfect performances from Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant as the loafing actors heading for a terrible bucolic weekend, Ralph Brown as drug-dealing Danny and Richard Griffiths as predatory Uncle Monty.’ Withnail & I is the story of two unemployed, and unemployable, actors in danger of becoming relics and struggling to survive.

Tickets for all three films are available now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.