The Screen at Contemporary - SLOW. FAST. STRANGE: Night on Earth

a driver of a taxi leans over the seat to light the cigarette of her passenger behind
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The Screen at Contemporary presents SLOW. FAST. STRANGE.  A collection of films where the soundtrack is the main character.

Music and film have long been entwined.  Each affects the other profoundly. They can blend harmoniously; they can contort each other., In symbiosis, they leave us seeing music and hearing image. Curated in collaboration with our friends at Running Circle Records, we have selected films with some of the best scores, and paired them with further listening recommendations. 



Across one night, we jump between five taxis in New York, Rome, Paris, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, encountering their bizarre passengers. Love, death, dreams and desires, and existential angst all play out in the confines of these in sequences that range from devastating to hilarious. This gem from  the legendary Jim Jarmusch epitomises the vitality of the early 90's independent film scene in the US. Since he is a musician as well as filmmaker, music is core to Jarmusch’s cinematic practice. His long-time collaborator and kindred spirit Tom Waits created the soundtrack for Night on Earth. The result is a visceral fusion of musical and cinematic genius. 

Running Circle is a Sneinton Market based record shop, originally founded in 2017 as an independent record label by musicians & DJs Guohan Zeng and Tom Towle. The duo have been curating ambitious music releases and supporting artists in the early stages of their career, from Nottingham and further afield including Kinkajous, Pete Beardsworth & Yazmin Lacey. They’ve also programmed events across the city and regularly broadcast on internet radio stations Balami [Peckham] and Radio Al Hara [Palestine].


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