Tonight, patrons of the Hackney Picturehouse will witness the return of a truly out-there film event, Crispin Glover’s Big Slide Show. Once famous as George McFly in ‘Back to the Future’, Glover has recently become better known as a filmmaker, artist and all-round travelling oddball, touring his show – which includes a series of drily hilarious slides followed by the eye-popping, controversy-baiting, consciousness-expanding feature ‘It is Fine! Everything is Fine’ – to venues around the world. Anyone who attended Glover’s last London appearance will attest that the film is remarkable, if divisive: the tale of a frustrated cerebral palsy sufferer who sleeps with – and occasionally murders – a series of beautiful women, it provoked a heated, in some cases downright furious response from the audience.
We spoke to Glover in advance of the show, and asked him what his response would be if it all kicked off in Hackney. ‘All audiences have their own mood,’ he told us. ‘There can be very aggressive questioning in the Q&A afterwards, and there can be intellectual and thoughtful conversation.’ Does he think London audiences are particularly receptive to this kind of bold, experimental filmmaking? ‘When I show my films outside the US I generally notice a less aggressive Q&A session, but not always,’ Glover admitted. ‘If someone does become belligerent I let them yell as much as they want. In some cases the audience may start to turn on that person, to vocally disagree. I see this as positive, it means people are having strong, thoughtful reactions to the film. I always urge the audience to let the questioner speak, and I always try to answer them thoroughly.’
You can find out more about Crispin Glover’s Big Slide Show on his official website and buy tickets for tonight’s event at picturehouses.co.uk. And check out loads more exciting film happenings – including festivals, pop-ups and special screenings – with our film events roundup.