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Painfully Funny: The Films of Elaine May presented by the Badlands Collective ( 21-23 September)


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Female writer-director Elaine May gets given her due courtesy of film programmers The Badlands Collective in a four-film season running in late September.

A key figure in the New Hollywood movement that emerged in the 1970s, but arguably overlooked today, Elaine May subverted the romantic comedy with A New Leaf (1971) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972), and then put Peter Falk and John Cassavetes together to explosive effect in the thriller Mikey and Nicky (1976) before helming the flop Ishtar (1987). The latter film never recovered from its toxic pre-release publicity and remains the last film she has directed. 

Believing that this director needs re-appraisal and celebration post-Ishtar, The Badlands Collective will present Elaine May's four features together at the ICA on rarely screened 35mm prints:

Friday 21 September, 6:30pm

A New Leaf

Saturday 22 September, 6:30pm

The Heartbreak Kid

Sunday 23 September, 4pm

Mikey and Nicky

Sunday 23 September, 6:30pm

Ishtar