Category Archives: Events

PPH presents Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai | Here’s the poster!

Now just a shade over two weeks away, our screening of Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai at the Clapham Picturehouse is starting to cause some serious flutters of excitement. Join us on Thursday 21 March for the big event.

You can – and absolutely should – book tickets by following this link. Our last few events (including a 35mm summer screening of Do The Right Thing, and ATCQ doc Beats Rhymes and Life) have been very busy indeed, so book now to avoid disappointment!

If you’re on Facebook, you can also use our event page to tell us you’re coming. Spread the word!

Here’s a running order:

7.30 Join us in the bar for drinks, free pizza and snacks, soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop and soul

8.50 Introduction and prize giveaway

9.05 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai starts

To further whet your appetite, we’re delighted to unveil the event poster, designed by the ridiculously talented Piccia Neri.

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Screening Announcement | PPH presents Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

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For the fourth instalment of our ongoing Permanent Plastic Helmet presents… series of events, we are delighted to announce a 35mm screening of Jim Jarmusch’s extraordinary, unclassifiable classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the SamuraiThe time and place? 20:50 on Thursday 21 March 2013 at south London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse.

This surreal tale stars Forest Whitaker as a perma-cool, self-taught samurai hitman who finds himself targeted for death by the mafia. Blessed with stunning cinematography from Robby Müller (Paris, Texas) and a brilliant original score from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (who also cameos), it’s an intoxicating, unique and strangely moving fusion of gangsta, gangster and ninja worlds

Come to the bar before the screening for drinks and free food, all soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop and soul. Before the film commences, there will be a free prize draw and an introduction by PPH editor and film critic (Sight & Sound, Little White Lies) Ashley Clark.

You can, and absolutely should, buy tickets here. To get yourself in the mood, watch the trailer below:

PPH presents White Men Can’t Jump | TONIGHT!

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“You can put a cat in the oven, but that don’t make it a biscuit”  Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes)

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I’ve never really understood what that means, but tonight, at the Clapham Picturehouse, I’m going to get another chance to find out. And you’re invited too.

In the third edition of Permanent Plastic Helmet presents (following Do The Right Thing and Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest), we’re delighted to be putting on a 20th anniversary screening of Ron Shelton’s classic comedy White Men Can’t Jump.

To get you in the mood, you can remind yourself of how amazing the film is by watching the trailer, or (and I highly recommend this) by reading this fascinating oral history of the film’s making over at the top sports & culture website Grantland.

We’re kicking off in the bar at 7.30, with drinks, music, pizza and snacks, then the film (preceded by a brief intro from yours truly, and a raffle draw) at 8.30.

You can buy tickets here, or rock up on the door. Prices are £9, £8 members, £7 concessions. See you there!

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PPH presents White Men Can’t Jump | Here’s the poster!

Now just a shade over two weeks away, our screening of Ron Shelton’s classic comedy White Men Can’t Jump at the Clapham Picturehouse is starting to cause some serious excitement around these parts. Join us on Thursday December 6 for the big event.

You can – and absolutely should – book tickets by following this link. Our last event (a screening of Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest) was a complete sell-out, so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you’re on Facebook, you can also use our event page to tell us you’re coming. Spread the word!

Here’s a running order:

7.30 Join us in the bar for drinks, free pizza and snacks, soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop and soul

8.30 Introduction and prize giveaway

8.45 White Men Can’t Jump starts

To further whet your appetite, we’re delighted to unveil the event poster, designed by the incredibly talented Piccia Neri.

Screening Announcement: White Men Can’t Jump @ Clapham Picturehouse, Thursday 6 Dec, 20:30

Following hot on the heels of sold-out showings of Do The Right Thing and Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, PPH presents... returns for its third outing with a special 20th anniversary screening of Ron Shelton’s classic basketball comedy White Men Can’t JumpThe time and place? 20:30 on Thursday 6 December at south London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse.

One of the funniest films of the 90’s – and one of the greatest sports movies full stop – White Men Can’t Jump features career-best performances from Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as competing street b-ball hustlers pushing each other to the limit in the scorching L.A. sun. With ace support from Rosie Perez, and bags of zinging dialogue, it’s a dazzling tale of hoops, race, relationships… and foods that begin with the letter ‘Q’!

The screening will be preceded by food and drink soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop and soul in the bar, plus a raffle with some great prizes on offer. You can, and absolutely should, buy tickets. To get yourself in the mood, watch the trailer below:

PPH presents Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest | How it went down

On Thursday 27 September, Permanent Plastic Helmet held our second screening event at London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse. Following July’s packed screening of Spike Lee’s classic Do The Right Thing, we kept the vibe nice and retro with a rare showing of Michael Rapaport’s superb hip-hop doc Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (courtesy of top UK indie distributor Soda Pictures).

Here’s a photographic record of how the sold-out event went down. (All photography ©Yves Salmon)

The Clapham Picturehouse, Venn St., London

Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed and Phife Dawg next to some thug in a penguin suit

Top billing

Looking after our guests with free pizza and snacks

Ticketholders begin to gather in the bar. The classic 90s hip-hop playlist gets underway

Board illustrated by Clapham Picturehouse’s Ben Collison with Jo Calderwood

The expectant crowds assemble

Ashley Clark (aka PPH, aka the person writing all of this) checks that his mic is on. It isn’t.

The crowd (almost all of whom are awake) listen intently…

The flattering low-angle shot can only mean one thing… it’s raffle time! We had CD’s, DVDs, champagne, and a Picturehouse membership up for grabs.

The sold-out crowd continues to enjoy themselves.

The film plays…

…and everyone goes home happy, though not before heading back to the…

Drinks and more drinks

Thanks to everybody who came to what was a fantastic event with a great buzz about it. We’re busy planning our next event and you’ll be the first to know when it’s confirmed.

PPH presents: Beats Rhymes and Life | Here’s the poster!

Now only two weeks away, our screening of Michael Rapaport’s cracking hip hop doc Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest at the Clapham Picturehouse is starting to cause some serious excitement around these parts. Join us on Thursday September 27 for the big event.

You can – and how will you live with yourself if you don’t? – book tickets by following this link. Our last event (a screening of Do The Right Thing) was a sell-out so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you’re on Facebook, you can also use our event page to tell us you’re coming. Spread the word!

Here’s a running order:

7.30 Join us in the bar for food and drink, soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop

8.30 Intro and prize giveaway

8.45 Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest starts

10.15 More drinks in the bar!

To whet your appetite further, here’s the lovely event poster; a joint effort between Soda Pictures and designer Piccia Neri.