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Event Spotlight: Violent cult cinema meets medical research

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Event Spotlight: Violent cult cinema meets medical research

Here’s one for the philanthropic Eventfindas out there: violent cult cinema meets medical research.

It may sound like an unlikely combination but it’s exactly what Pulse will be serving up by the bagful with their charity screening of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs at Tower Cinemas in Newcastle on May 31.

Pulse raises funds for Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) through regular charity events aimed at the young and young at heart and supports young medical researchers through grants and scholarships.

In the past Pulse have presented special screenings of blockbusters like The Avengers and The Hangover Part II but as Pulse member Nicholas Williams tells Eventfinda, this time around the group wanted to give Newcastle movie-buffs something a little more unique.

“What we’re putting on is something that Newcastle hasn’t seen much of lately, a double header feature.

“Nowadays you’ve got marathons, you’ve got special screenings of new films or very old films but we’re bringing back cult cinema to the public,” says Williams.

“These two films have an amazing amount of penetration across a wide range of demographics but they hold a special place for people who are in their twenties and thirties who grew up hearing about these films. They may not have been able to see them in the cinema for the first time but they may have discovered them through DVD or through VHS as they were growing up and we want to give them a chance to experience two of the greatest cult films of the ‘90s on the big screen - as they were meant to be seen.”

Despite the two films being especially loved by the youth of the ‘90s, Williams says Tarantino can win over just about anyone.

“[Tarantino’s] popular with a lot of different people from different ages. When I was in Melbourne a few month ago I was in Cinema Nova having a chat to a couple of senior citizens... Their two favourite films were The Good the Bad and the Ugly – these are two women in their 80s – and Kill Bill Part I and Part II, they specified both films together because that’s how they’re meant to be watched.

“That’s what I like about Tarantino – he doesn’t write for a specific genre audience, he writes what he wants to write and then people can connect with different themes and also narratives in those films.”

Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs will screen for one night only at Tower Cinemas on King Street, Newcastle from 6pm on May 31.

Tickets are $25 and are available through the HMRI website.

Due to the films’ ‘R’ rating the event is strictly over 18s only.

- Amelia Parrott