Filmmaker Brian Henry Martin introduces the 4K restoration of Midnight Cowboy, his favourite film, in celebration of the Oscar-winning classic’s 50th anniversary. This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with Brian and BAFTA-award winning soundtrack composer and DJ, David Holmes.
One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late 1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the Motion Picture Association of America termed its “homosexual frame of reference,” Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and fifty years on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.
Part of Belfast International Arts Festival 2019.