This month we’ll be converting the canalside garden at Edible Eastside into an al fresco cinema for the night, serving hot dogs and beer and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s.
Repo Man was Alex Cox’s first feature. Given that it stirs together subversive humour, nuclear meltdown, hardcore punk, and tricks of the car repossession trade, it’s still hard to believe that a Hollywood studio allowed it to happen. Happily they did, and folks are still reciting chunks of the script thirty years later. Emilio Estevez is the repo man of the title, a ‘white suburban punk’ taken under the wing of grizzled veteran Harry Dean Stanton. One of their targets, a Chevy Malibu, turns out to have some mysterious cargo… A wonderfully skewed, grungy Brit perspective on US culture at the peak of Reaganmania, the movie is lit up by a frenetic soundtrack which includes Circle Jerks, Black Flag and a theme tune sung by Iggy Pop.
Doors open at 8:30, and the film will start when it gets dark, around 9:30. Edible Eastside will be serving food throughout, and the screening area will be perched right next to the Grand Union Canal. Mind you don’t tip back on your chair!
This event is part of Digbeth First Friday, which sees all manner of special events springing up across Digbeth on the first Friday of every month.
To book your ticket go to this website: