Norwich Film Festival is very pleased to announce that we’ll be kicking off this year’s monthly screenings on May 12th, with Being John Malkovich – the cult-favourite directorial debut of Academy Award winning director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, 2009, Her, 2013).
Jonze began his career with a series of now-iconic music video collaborations—Fat Boy Slim’s Praise You, Weezer’s Buddy Holly and The Beastie Boy’s Sabotage to name just a few—before making a successful move to cinema with Being John Malkovich in 1999. The film follows unemployed puppeteer Craig Swartz (John Cusack) who, whilst trying to save a fraught relationship with his pet-obsessed wife (played by Cameron Diaz), stumbles across a hidden portal leading directly into the exciting mind of Hollywood legend, John Malkovich (played expertly by himself). Malkovich, unsurprisingly, is not a willing puppet and as the portal to his mind becomes a growing enterprise, a series of increasingly peculiar conflicts arise into the lives of all involved.
With his beginnings in the weird and wonderful world of MTV in mind, it’s no surprise to find Jonze’s first feature film (written by the ever-brilliant Charlie Kaufman) packed with the same magical realism and absurd humour that made him the go-to director for so many indie musicians of the 1990s. Less predictable are the striking performances of Jonze’s cast and the touching poignancy of the story they tell. Very few directors can push the creative boundaries so far, and still come out with such a deeply engaging and human narrative at the end of it.
Being John Malkovich truly is a one of a kind. Don’t miss out on our screening, May 12th , The Birdcage, Norwich. Tickets £3 on the door. Please keep in mind tickets are limited to 40 people, so arrive early to avoid disappointment!