Tyneside Cinema is gearing up to welcome Hollywood actor Crispin Glover for an event focusing on another of his creative talents.
The actor, known for his quirky roles in such films as Back To The Future (playing George McFly, father of Michael J Fox’s Marty), Charlie’s Angels (Thin Man) and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (The Knave of Hearts), will be in Newcastle on May 6 for a special one-off performance and screening.
Glover is also a film-maker and an author and his evening event will begin with a special performance of his Big Slide Show, a one-hour dramatic narration of eight of his illustrated books which will be projected behind him on the big screen.
To follow will be a screening of his surreal dark comedy What Is It?, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and is the award-winning second part of a film trilogy, which he wrote, directed and stars in. Glover will also take part in a question and answer session then audiences will be able to buy his books as well as get them signed.
The night promises a unique opportunity for film buffs to hear first hand from someone who has appeared in over 30 films, while as a director he has won the prestigious Maverick Award from the 2005 Method Fest - the California-based film festival - which was presented by famous director Werner Herzog.
What Is It?, with a cast of mostly Down’s syndrome actors, has won the award for best narrative film at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Describing the film, and giving some insight into his quirky side, Glover says it is “the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how to get home while being tormented by a hubristic racist inner psyche”.
His role in it is as a “dueling Demi-God Auteur”. Fellow American, the actor, singer and artist Fairuza Balk of The Return To Oz fame, lends her voice to one of the film’s snails while the soundtrack is a mix of Wagner, Bartok, country artist Johnny Revel and tracks from the late Church of Satan high priest Anton LaVey.
Tickets for Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show, which is strictly for over-18s and will begin at 7pm and run until late, cost £18 and are available from the cinema box office, by calling 0845 217 9909 or visiting www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/crispinglover