Monday 15th May // Altered States (1980) +TALK: Getting High on Cinema

Altered StatesOriginal poster design // Matt Marquis
Prints // shop

Research scientist and psychology professor Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) combines his experiments in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful hallucinogenic drugs, convinced that it may help him unlock different states of consciousness.

The initial experiments are a success, but as Jessup continues his work he begins to experience physiological changes, and as he spends more time in sensory deprivation his grip on reality begins to slip away…

Ken Russell, USA 1980, 18, 102mins

“It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring – into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight”
Time

“A fiendishly constructed visual and verbal roller coaster, a movie deliberately intended to overwhelm its audiences with sensual excess”
Roger Ebert

The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Andrea Rinke, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Kingston University London, who will discuss the film within the wider context of the ‘Drug Experience Film’ mini-genre.

Where: The Institute of Light, 376 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3SB
When: Monday 15th May 2017 // doors 7pm, talk 7:30pm, film 8pm
Tickets: £5 via The Space Merchants
Event page: Join us on Facebook

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