The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Jack Bond
The first feature-length film starring the Pet Shop Boys, It Couldn’t Happen Here finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an extraordinary odyssey from the coast to London encountering the likes of Barbara Windsor, Gareth Hunt and Joss Ackland on a journey that is in turns brightly comic and darkly sinister.
Inventively directed by Jack Bond (An Artist’s Eye, Anti-Clock), the only filmmaker ever invited to collaborate on a documentary with Salvador Dali, It Couldn’t Happen Here is a mordantly funny prime slice of pop surrealism and a deeply English take on the road movie. The film is chock full of songs from the group’s classic first two albums, including the hits “West End Girls: and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”
Hardly ever screened and, to date, never issued on DVD, this is a rare chance to catch this unique late eighties cinematic gem from synth-pop’s most intelligent, enduring and much-loved performers. As the critic Anthony Nield has observed: ‘What other film offers up muscle men, mud wrestlers, thigh-flashing nuns and the fleeting glimpse of Neil Tennant in a tasselled gold lame suit?’ Miss this screening at your peril.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 86 mins
- Jack Bond
- Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Joss Ackland