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David Byrne's American Utopia + Haim 'Summer Girl' - 35mm (12)

10-13 July

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Imagine if you could be front row, onstage even, for one of the most electrifying performances of David Byrne’s career. This must be the place.

‘Do we get stupider as we grow up?’ In his wildly popular Broadway show American Utopia, David Byrne reflects on human connections, life and how on earth we work through it. He joins the dots with his music and it all starts making sense. Spike Lee here transforms the production into immersive, dynamic cinema that radiates with astounding performances, inventive contemporary dance and political urgency.

American Utopia flows like an iridescent dream vision. Work by James Baldwin, Janelle Monáe and Kurt Schwitters is highlighted among exhilarating renditions of Byrne’s solo work, as well as Talking Heads classics. According to the multi-hyphenate, we love looking at humans more than anything else. Anti-fascist and anti-racist, Byrne illuminates our responsibility to care for one another as he and his co-performers burn down the house.

We are thrilled to be able to play Paul Thomas Anderson’s music video for ‘Summer Girl’ by Haim, on 35mm, before the main feature.

Please note: this film contains strobe lighting.

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  • Director Spike Lee
  • Running Time 1h45m
  • Certificate 12
  • Year of Production 2020
  • Content warning Contains strobe lighting

Technical Difficulties

Please be advised that we are unable to offer lift access for any performances taking place in Cinema 1 at the moment due to technical issues.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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