London’s outsider film scene is one of the best in the world, with screenings in pubs and galleries, on boats and national monuments, even, occasionally, in cinemas. But since the repurposing of the Roxy Bar & Screen last year we’ve been without a venue strictly dedicated to the bizarre, the berserk, the underground and the unbelievably cool.
Step forward Hollywood Spring. This hidden factory space tucked away behind Mare St in Hackney crashed onto the scene last month with a 16mm screening of ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ (we were there, it was amazing), and this coming weekend they’re opening their doors again for two days of docs about some of music’s wildest oddballs. On Friday night, check out the glorious ‘Let’s Get Lost’, a look at the life of crooner, pinup and massive drug addict Chet Baker. There’ll be live jazz after the film, and all the proceeds go to community charity project Addaction. Then on Saturday, take a trip with film club veterans FilmBar 70 as they present a double bill of head spinning space-funk-jazz-electronica courtesy of Sun Ra’s filmic freakout ‘Space is the Place’ and radiophonic doc ‘Delia Derbyshire: The Delian Mode’. Don’t blame us if your head explodes.