Cinema: Visions of Time: The Films of Nicolas Roeg

“A film is a magical and mysterious combination of reality, art, science and the supernatural – as well as a gateway to the nature of time, and perhaps even the first clue in solving the puzzle of what we’re doing in this world” - Nicolas Roeg.

By Linnea Pettersson
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019, 10:45
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Following the re-release of ‘Don’t Look Now’, join the Showroom for a season of films showcasing the work of the legendary British director Nicolas Roeg, and revisit or discover the films of this unique cinematic visionary. Bold, challenging and provocative, Roeg’s films spanned from fantasy to horror to science fiction, pushing these genres into new and distinctive territory.

‘Walkabout’

Nicolas Roeg’s first solo credit as a director is a one-of-a-kind survival film that is equal parts hypnotic and harrowing. Two white children are stranded in the harsh environment of the Australian outback. Lost in the wilderness, their only chance of survival is with the help of a young Indigenous man that they meet. The development of the characters and their relationships, and the contrast of the modern and the natural, is expertly woven through Roeg’s cinematography and unorthodox approach to editing.

‘Bad Timing’

Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden entangled in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty. When their all-consuming passion takes a life-threatening turn, Inspector Netusil is assigned to piece together the sordid details.

Acclaimed for its innovative editing and stirring musical score—featuring Tom Waits, the Who, and Billie Holiday— ‘Bad Timing’ is a masterful foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

‘Performance’

A deliriously experimental thriller about a hunted gangster taking refuge with a reclusive rock star. Amid swinging sixties London, Chas Devlin is a ‘performer’ - a psychotic East End gangster with a talent for violence and intimidation. By contrast, Turner (Mick Jagger), is a washed-up junkie and reclusive rock superstar.

‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

David Bowie is Thomas Jerome Newton in this beautiful 4K restoration of Roeg’s classic sci-fi film. Bowie is captivating as Newton, a highly intelligent alien who finds himself trapped on our planet. As earthly vices of sex, money and alcohol take hold, the US Government closes in.

‘Eureka’

Twenty years after uncovering an unimaginable bounty of gold in the Klondike, prospector Jack McCann, now settled in the Caribbean, finds both his wealth and soul at stake amongst a sinister web of nefarious influences, spiritual malaise and criminal elements. Eureka’ is as powerfully acted, formally audacious, thematically layered and emotionally complex as any of Roeg’s work.