Sound and Vision: Pop Stars on Film

From the relatively early days of cinema, popular music figures have made forays into acting. Sound and Vision: Pop Stars On Film offers an overview of some of the most influential performances from a diverse range of cultural icons.

Co-curated by Dr. Kirsty Fairclough, University of Salford and Jason Wood Creative Director: Film and Culture at HOME.

Thanks:

Barry Adamson, Omar Ahmed, Mark Cousins, Fraser Elliott, Jennifer Hall, Rachel Hayward, Steve Jenkins, Bob Stanley, Andy Starke, Peter Strickland, Andy Willis.

In partnership with MUBI.

In this season

Pop Stars on Film – The Jukebox edit

Jason Wood, Creative Director: Film and Culture at HOME shares an insight into the films that got away in our Pop Stars on Film season.

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Previously in this season

King Creole

In 1958 Presley released the third and arguably best film of his career. Set in New Orleans, Presley plays 19-year-old Danny Fisher (a role originally…

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Videodrome

Cronenberg’s potent and prescient sci-fi thriller remains one of the director’s greatest achievements.

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Precious

Precious is a pregnant teenager who gets a chance at a new future when she changes schools. Portraying the dramatic highs and lows of life…

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Purple Rain

Winner of Grammy and Academy Awards for its pulsating score, Purple Rain marks the electrifying movie debut of Prince as the Kid, a Minneapolis club…

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Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Cher, Sandy Dennis, and Karen Black sparkle in Robert Altman’s acclaimed film version of Ed Graczyk’s play.

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

A captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima starring David Bowie in probably his finest role.

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Purple Rain + Introduction

Join us for the season launch of Pop Stars in Film. We begin with a purple themed evening via an introduction to Purple Rain and…

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Desperately Seeking Susan + post-screening discussion

Following the screening on Sun 21 Jul, 13:00 there will be a post-screening discussion with Sarah Perks, Professor of Visual Art at Manchester Metropolitan University…

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The Small World of Sammy Lee

The vibrant, down and dirty Soho of the 1960s lives on in British classic The Small World of Sammy Lee, featuring Bowie-inspiring actor and singer…

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Purple Rain DJ set

Join us for the season launch of Pop Stars in Film with a purple themed evening as we celebrate Prince in Purple Rain with a…

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Hairspray

With Hairspray, John Waters leapt flamboyantly from the underground and found a wider audience, but this is still a camp cult classic.

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The Harder They Come

A cult classic with an astute take on politics and the dog eat dog nature of the entertainment industry. Described as “Jamaica’s very first feature…

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Relaxed Screening (Autism Friendly): Hairspray

John Waters directs an eclectic cast of musicians (including Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono), actors and drag queens in 1960s Baltimore, where dance-loving teenager Tracy…

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Desperately Seeking Susan

Madonna burst onto the big screen in her first major role as Susan, the free-spirited New Yorker who lights up the life of timid, repressed…

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Performance

Mick Jagger is extremely convincing as a washed up singer (“old rubber lips”) whose seclusion is rudely disturbed by the 60s London crime underworld.

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The Small World of Sammy Lee (12) + Introduction & DJ Set

This 20:20 screening of The Small World of Sammy Lee on Fri 26 Jul will be introduced by Bob Stanley of St Etienne. Then join…

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Absolute Beginners

Julien Temple’s flawed but hugely ambitious and entertaining attempt to bring the novel by Colin MacInnes to the screen is ripe for revisiting. Starring David…

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Bring The Family/ Hairspray

With Hairspray, John Waters leapt flamboyantly from the underground and found a wider audience, but this is still a camp cult classic.

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Juice

Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain), and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) are four Harlem friends who spend their days skipping school, getting in…

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Set It Off

Queen Latifah stars in a gritty crime thriller combining explosive action and social commentary in a story about four women bank robbers from a housing…

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One Hour Intro/ Believe: Rethinking Cher as Film Star

Cher has not only had a five-decade long music career, but also an impressive film career. This talk led by Dr Kirsty Fairclough, Associate Dean…

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Performance + Q&A

We will be joined by producer Sandy Lieberson and author of Performance: 50th Anniversary Book, Jay Glennie, for a Q&A following this screening.

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Juice + Introduction

This screening will be introduced by Jason Wood Creative Director: Film and Culture at HOME.

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Out of Sight

Having already established herself as an actress, Jennifer Lopez stars in arguably her most accomplished role as Karen Sisco, a US marshal who is forced…

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