Forthcoming: THE KRAYS and THE END, with directors Medak and Collins in attendance. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles:

11/11 @ 8:00pm / Series: What's Up, Docs?

(director Nicola Collins in person!)

shown with
The Krays
(director Peter Medak in person!)

The End - 8:00pm
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” - Aristotle

If you grow up in a rough neighborhood, you learn how to survive quickly. In the East End of London after World War II, survival for some kids led to extremely harrowing lives, as detailed in The End>’s subjects’ own words: Pretty Boy Roy Shaw got into “unlicensed” boxing when he learned he was blessed with the power of punch; Danny Woollard beat up a man who owed him money -- he became a professional enforcer; Victor Dark was a bank robber. And even the filmmaker’s father, Les Falco, describes his own life amongst the riff-raff. First-time filmmaker Nicola Collins explores the gritty complexity of these infamous criminals’ histories, as they recall how they shaped their war-torn environment into a violent underworld. In fitting black-and-white portraits, the men do not leave anything grey, revealing their extraordinary CVs and their code of honor without shame or apologies. Film noir is too cute of a description -- The End is bare-knuckle reality. Director Nicola Collins will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Nicola Collins, 2008, digital presentation, 81 min.

The Krays - 10:00pm

In the true story of Swingin’ London mobsters The Kray Brothers, Hungarian ex-pat director Peter Medak (The Ruling Class) and artist-playwright Philip Ridley (The Reflecting Skin) found the perfect source material to apply their skewed vision of the universe as a menacing and magical playground ripe with potent symbols and mental illness. Twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray (played by real-life brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, who also led the New Romantic group Spandau Ballet) were shatteringly violent leaders of the ‘60s London underworld, who lived like rock stars and who remain British folk heroes. Medak brings his unique, overheated arthouse style to the proceedings, setting aside the typical shoot-'em-up cliches in favor of highlighting the brothers' psychosexual nuttiness, and their reliance on their doting, tough-as-iron mother (Billie Whitelaw). Unforgettable and insane monologues, dark humor and arresting visuals all make The Krays a truly unique gangster picture. Director Peter Medak will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Peter Medak, 1990, 35mm, 119 min.