Bad Timing, Ganja & Hess, Daddy
2015 starts off strong with a couple of exciting home entertainment releases: Bill Gunn’s original take on sex, religion and African American identity, Ganja & Hess, and Nicolas Roeg’s controversial, unjustly overlooked Bad Timing, while Greek enfant terrible Yorgos Lanthimos’s debut feature Kinetta also sees its long-awaited release on DVD.
Arriving in UK cinemas this month is Bennet Miller’s Foxcatcher, arguably one of the most thrilling American movies of the year, while British documentarian Nick Bromfield returns with Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
In features, we have an exclusive interview with Peter Whitehead on his collaboration with French sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle in Daddy. We also look back at a recent rare screening for two oddities from Underground cinema stalwarts the Kuchar brothers, while John Bleasdale explores the nature of the modern director’s cut. Plus, novelist Lucy Ribchester picks her filmic alter ego.
And there is more to look forward to on the big screen in 2015. We are particularly excited about the theatrical releases of thoughtful chiller It Follows, James Ward’s convoluted SF tale Coherence and Peter Strickland’s superbly accomplished The Duke of Burgundy in February, followed by Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, Damián Szifrón’s hilarious Wild Tales, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring, Lisandro Alonso’s hallucinatory 19th-century meta-Western Jauja and the Nordic werewolf fantasy When Animals Dream later this spring.■