Film: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)
  • The House, Plymouth University

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This film, notorious for its on-screen cruelty and power, put Peter Greenaway firmly in the public eye. With astonishing visual formality, costumes by Jean- Paul Gaultier and a score by regular collaborator Michael Nyman, the film is a visual as well as emotional experience.

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secret romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this modern fable.

Date: Friday 5 May
Time: 20:00
Venue: The House
Ticket information: £6/£4.20. Free to Plymouth University students via SPiA

Director: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren
Running time: 120 minutes 
Cert: 18

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Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words

Building on the success of the city’s Plymouth International Book Festival, the Plymouth Festival of Words takes place between Wednesday 3- Sunday 5 May 2017, celebrating literature and ‘words’ through a diverse range of art forms. In addition to opening Plymouth History Month, Plymouth Festival of Words includes rich programme of writers, poets, film-makers and performance artists to Plymouth as well as the Society for Storytelling's annual gathering.

The Plymouth Festival of Words has been organised through a partnership between Literature Works, the literature development agency for the South West, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives, Wonderzoo and is supported by Arts Council England.

More information on the Plymouth Festival of Words.

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