Thursday, 7 November 2013

Bill Cunningham New York (film)

The second of Eastbourne Film Society's November duo of films about older people is the independent American film, Bill Cunningham New York.

The man himself is a New York Times fashion photographer who has two columns in the newspaper, On The Street and Evening Hours. Bill has obsessively chronicled and photographed fashion trends in New York all his life and is now iconic in the business, so much so that names like Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller appear in the film. Bill himself is as far from fashionable as perhaps it is possible to get. Appearing even smaller than he is as he is hunched with age, his preferred mode of transport is his trusty bicycle and he is frequently dismissive of the people and culture to which he has dedicated his life.

Director Richard Press spent two years following Bill Cunningham around with just a minimal crew and small handheld cameras, similar to the way in which his subject works, and ended up creating a poignant portrait of a very enigmatic man.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 20th Nov, times tbc
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm to 7pm daily)

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