I know, it’s been a while.
So the one thing that Stas (short for Anastasia – i.e. Mrs Hare) missed on moving to Herefordshire from Hackney was going to the movies on a regular basis. Oh, I’d better qualify this, just in case any old friends from the city are idly reading this blog, that it goes without saying that she of course misses them too.
For, dear friends, there was a time when we would go to the local independent cinema, the Rio, every Monday night for tickets were cut price then. We weren’t the only ones, all our mates would be there too, and we’d all watch the latest foreign releases and cult classics before diving into the pub around the corner and giving our opinions on whatever we’d just seen. These films would transport you to places you’d never been - the Tokyo of Tampopo with its chaotic tangle of telephone wires of the Amazon of Fitzcaraldo with its tangle of strangling vines. Truly these films were a wonder. Yes, moving to Herefordshire was good for the soul in so many ways but, as I say, we missed our nights at the picture palace and on occasion felt like we were living in a cultural desert. Luckily, every year there would be the flash flood of films shown by Borderlines Film Festival and we would feast on as many as we could fit in with everything else that we were doing. Even though Hereford is better served for film than it has been with the opening of the new cinema, Borderlines is still something of an annual treat and we are busy biro-ing stars in the brochure by the films we want to see this year.
All of which is a very long way of getting round to saying that I am therefore exceedingly pleased that the Wild Hare Club is fully part of this year’s Borderlines and to be hosting a very special show on Saturday 27th February at Lyde Court featuring The Incredibly Strange Film Band performing a selection of the funkiest film and TV themes cherry-picked from the 1960s to the present day.
The Incredibly Strange Film Band, which formed in 1993 but perform rarely, will be taking to the stage with an impressive eleven-piece line-up including horn section. Expect to dance from the get-go to a pacey set of tunes from the pens of such great writers and composers as Henry Mancini, John Barry, Laurie Johnson and Quincy Jones. For added delight, Marilyn Monroe will be making a guest appearance - every bit as glamorous and funny as you’d expect - and DJ Jus Jay will be spinning gems from the box labelled OST.
Not only will your evening be brilliantly sound-tracked but the 17th century tithe barn at Lyde Court provides a magnificent, cinematic setting. As ever with the Wild Hare Club it’s the audience that make each show an event and for this party, you can add to the glamour by donning red carpet attire and have your portrait taken by the ‘Vanity Hare’ photographer who will be on-hand to snap you in all your finery.
Tickets are £25 each and are available from The Courtyard box office 01432 340555 now.
From the Hollywodd Hills to the Black Mountains, yours ever, Richard MC of the WHC
p.s. This is likely to be the last blog on here because I am in the process of having an all-singing, all-dancing (naturally) website built www.wildhareclub.com See you there…..