Oxide Ghosts: Brass Eye comes to Blackpool

Community cinema Pop-up Picturehouse is offering a very different kind of Christmas special this year. 2017 is the 20th anniversary of controversial Channel 4 show Brass Eye; a unique style of satire made up of television news parodies. As fans of the show, Pop-up Picturehouse are pleased to host a celebratory screening of Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes including a Q&A with director Michael Cumming, which has been selling out in independent cinemas across the UK.

Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, director Michael Cumming’s film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective. Part documentary, part artwork – the film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.

Michael Cumming is a director and filmmaker, successfully working at the cutting edge since the ’90s. A graduate of the Royal College of Art Film School and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate, Dr Cumming’s back catalogue also contains such gems as Jo Brand’s improvised comedy drama ‘Going Forward’, cult classic ‘Snuff Box’, political pranks and polemics on ‘The Mark Thomas Product’ and Matt Berry’s BAFTA winning sitcom, ‘Toast Of London’.

Michael will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag. Celebrating twenty years since Brass Eye’s transmission in 1997, this film & Q&A sessions are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

You can join Pop-up Picturehouse on Monday 18 December at Blackpool Central Library; they promise to stimulate the part of the brain called ‘Shatner’s Bassoon‘.

Screening details
Oxide Ghosts (2017)
7:30pm Monday 18 December 2018
Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, FY1 1PX

Director: Michael Cumming.
Featuring: Chris Morris.
Duration: Film 60mins, Q&A 40 mins
Event 100mins approx.
Language: English
Cert: Uncertified, suggested 18
Doors open 7:00pm, screening starts at 7:30pm, Q&A at 8:45pm.
Cash bar provided.

Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased online or you can buy them in person from:

  • Blackpool Central Library: Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 1PX (see opening times) or
  • Charabanc: 1 Olympia Buildings, Coronation Street, Blackpool, FY1 4NY. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm.


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