In collaboration with Screen Seven (Leeds, UK), Lee Broughton has programmed and will introduce a mini-season of contemporary Westerns.
'Straight to Hell' (Alex Cox, UK / Spain, 1987) will play at Screen Seven on 14th August 2014 at 8pm.
'The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada' (Tommy Lee Jones, USA / France, 2005) will play at Screen Seven on 21st August 2014 at 8pm.
The screenings are kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Further information can be found here: http://www.sevenleeds.co.uk
What is a contemporary Western? The Western is perhaps the quintessential film genre. Ever present throughout the history of cinema, its pervasive nature means that even those who don't choose to watch Westerns regularly are fully familiar with the genre's core iconography and key narrative concerns. While the production of Westerns went into decline during the 1970s, a succession of skilled directors (Sam Peckinpah, Don Siegel, the Coen Brothers, et al) have been able to successfully place recognizable elements of the genre within films that have a modern day setting. This short season showcases two classic examples of this trend.