‘Whiplash’ – drumming obsession and ‘Walking on Sunshine’ Q&A

The Bigger Picture Film Club – Thursday 19 November
Meet fictional and real men who have dedicated their lives to drumming. FILM and Q&A at the East Dulwich Tavern.
FILM – WHIPLASH (2014) cert 15

whiplashDirected by Damien Chazelle with Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Melissa Benoist

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a talented, dedicated 19-year-old drummer at the fictional Schaffer Conservatory of Music in New York City. Fletcher, his ruthless teacher, uses any means possible to push students to achieve more than is expected of them.

Andrew is desperate to win the approval of Fletcher. He yearns to be one of the “greats” but regards his teacher as the only arbiter whose opinion he can trust. Fletcher is endlessly cruel and sarcastic – and has a tremendous knack for vicious, expletive-filled put-downs.
Whiplash (1)Andrew takes on Fletcher’s affectations the more time he spends with him. He even prepared to ditch his long-suffering girlfriend (Melissa Benoist), because she will get in the way of his career.

As in all such Oedipal tales, the only way the student can emerge as a musician in his own right is by destroying the father figure.

Whiplash is dynamic, provocative and moving – and in which the emotional tempo never stops rising – Independent.
A film with impact – The Guardian
whiplash film 2014Multi award winning including 3 Oscars
Watch the trailer here.

Q & A with AL COOPER, drummer of Katrina and the Waves (‘Walking on Sunshine’, ‘Love Shine a Light’, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1997) has been a professional drummer all his working life.

ca. 1986 --- The members of the music group Katrina and the Waves around a drum set. --- Image by © Fabio Nosotti/CORBIS

1986 The members of the music group Katrina and the Waves around a drum set

Free raffle prizes kindly donated by Rye Books, 45 Upland Road, SE22 and Push Studios, 17 Blackwater Street. Tickets are also available at these locations.

7pm– bar/themed snacks
8pm film

Come and eat, drink and socialise before the film – and after.
The EDT chef creates specially themed snacks!

All tickets £7 from WeGotTickets or on the door
More info: The Bigger Picture @ EDT
Upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane,
East Dulwich, SE22


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About Ingrid

Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee. I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 7 years old to degree level. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, a local primary school) and am now the e-learning project developer. I commission articles rather than write them and am mainly in charge of the Gallery related articles.
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