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FEAST Film Nights presents DOWNTOWN 81 (24 October, Portico Gallery)

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015
Time: 8.00pm Dj Ken Jones (Effra Sound) | 9.00pm Film screening | 10.15pm DJ Pete W (Soul Night)
Tick­ets: £5 on the door | Licensed bar and snacks available

See FEAST Film Nights site for more details.

The Portico Gallery | 23a Knight’s Hill
West Norwood | London SE27 0HS

DOWNTOWN 81 starsthe legendary American painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), and isa post-punk and early hip hop inflected tour of the downtown New York art and music scene in the early 1980s.

The film chronicles a day in the life of a 19 year-old starving artist (Basquiat) who must raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. Hoping to sell a painting to earn the rent, he wanders the downtown streets, painting in hand, encountering painters, models, junkies, graffiti artists, rappers and rockers whose lives and performances provide a slice of life from one of the most exciting periods in American culture.

A virtual “lost” film, shot in 1981 but not completed and released until two decades later, Downtown 81  offers not only a glimpse fast-vanishing grittier side of New York, but also music from many of leading musical artists of the era including Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tuxedomoon, The Plastics, James White and the Blacks, The Lounge Lizards, and DNA.

Dj’s Ken Jones (Effra Sound) & Pete W (Soul Night) will perform before and after the movie to a setof a spe­cially cur­ated images from 80’s Manhattan/New York.