Sheffield Students Union and local production company Temperance Pictures are hosting a premiere screening of a new and experimental documystery, Johnson Pepperwood from Bosun Town, at Film Unit on Wednesday 12 th December at 19:30. Written and directed by Jim Dethick, and produced by his brother Joseph, the film follows an unnamed principle character, a con artist, who is dragged and manipulated into a dangerous and unhealthy position with a gang of vicious crooks. Forced into a near-impossible task of tracking down a mysterious and elusive figure who goes by the name of Johnson Pepperwood, they become lost in a nightmare of voices, visions and words. This is the fictionalised story of a nervous collapse, exploring issues of the corruption and loss of self, death, and then a magical and infinite re-birth. Stylistically blending vintage and found Standard and Super 8mm footage, with still photographs and slide projections, the film goes on an exciting and often blackly comic worldwide journey spanning several generations and continents. The soundtrack features all original music by local artists Vivid Bit Technology (who can be regularly seen at the synth-driven Op-Tronica nights at various locations around the city), Max Hall (Evil Hoodoo Records) and the Dethick Brothers. The score is wildly eclectic, including everything from ambient electronica to bottleneck slide, new wave rock to fairground pipe organs. The Dethick Brothers have made been making films in and around Sheffield for over a decade, and in recent years have collaborated with the British Film Institute and Creative England on several original shorts, which went on to screen at major UK festivals. Johnson Pepperwood from Bosun Town is their tenth film, and second feature.
About Film Unit
Film Unit is the award winning independent cinema located in the Sheffield Students' Union. Founded in 1949, we are a group of cinema lovers who desire to provide entertainment, to be not for profit, and to promote film as an art form.
We screen a selection of films on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during term time, with the cheapest ticket price in Yorkshire. We specially curate our programme with blockbusters, independent, foreign, family and classic cinema, to ensure we provide something for everyone. For us, cinema should be for everyone, so all our standard screenings are open to the public, our matinee screenings are Hard of Hearing friendly with subtitles and this semester we are hosting a special Autism-friendly screening of Lego Batman. We're hosting two very special free screenings of I, Daniel Blake in association with Unite the Union and on April Fools' Day, we're holding a hilarious Fools Festival of British Comedy Cinema. We are volunteer-run so if you'd like to get involved, please get in touch. www.filmunit.org.uk
Once again many thanks to all our staff, volunteers and of course, our audience!
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