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VAULT Festival / Bechdel Test Fest / Michael Winterbottom: Wonderland at The Vaults

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Time 15:00
Date 18/03/18
Price £13.5

Featuring a witty script and clever direction, Wonderland follows three generations of one working-class family in the 90s as their separate paths cross each other.

Loosely circling the interlocking lives of lonely Londoners, the characters of Wonderland gradually interlace as they pace the same lamp-lit streets and navigate their own brand of crisis. Sisters Nadia (Gina McKee), Molly (Molly Parker) and Debbie (Shirley Henderson) have individual stories to tell and different lives to lead. From fishing for love via Lonely Heart ads, being a proud single mum, or handling the mid-life crisis of a fretting husband whilst heavily pregnant, there’s a simple chaos throughout that’s knowing, compassionate and eventually unites these typically unique London women.

With what might be the most apt theme tune ever, legendary composer Michael Nyman’s score has been described by composer Melissa Parmenter as ‘ insane’ and ‘the best score ever’ as it elevates the optimism, faith and humanity found in the whistle of any Londoner.

Shot on 16mm Wonderland is often remarked as Michael Winterbottom’s greatest work. It breathes refreshing, fag-breath life into those otherwise sanitised brush strokes of The Big Smoke, especially those that appear eerily whitewashed, upper-class and manspread with cockney gangsters or stiff upper-lipped gentlemen. Winterbottom gives Londoners a spit-polished reflection of their home and everyone a piece of British cinema at its best.