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PPH end of year round-up part 3 | Events, acknowledgements and hopes

It was a year of new departures for Permanent Plastic Helmet, as we got into the events game.

Our first of three events at London’s Clapham Picturehouse – a 35mm screening of Spike Lee’s classic Do The Right Thing on July 5 – drew a large crowd, who wolfed down the free pizza before falling under the spell of the New Yorker’s incendiary 1989 masterpiece. Incidentally, in case you didn’t know, the blog’s name comes from a line spoken by Samuel L. Jackson’s character Senor Love Daddy in this film.

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Oh, and Spike Lee liked the poster so much that he asked for a bunch of copies to be sent to him:

Our second, a super-rare theatrical screening of Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest on September 27, was a complete sell-out. Before the film (and after the now customary pizza), a patient crowd politely waited for me to carry out one of the most protracted prize raffles in history.

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In December, for our third and final screening of 2012, scores of people braved the cold (and presumably turned their backs on Christmas parties) for our 20th anniversary showing of Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump on December 6. Following an hour of classic 90s hip hop and R&B in the bar, I took a leaf out of Gloria (Rosie Perez)’ book, and ran a ‘things that begin with the letter ‘Q’ quiz. Here’s a nice shot of folks in the bar beforehand:

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I’d like to thank the team at Clapham Picturehouse (in particular Clare Binns, Kate Coventry and Dan Hawkins) for being so supportive of the events and super helpful in running them. Thanks to Yves Salmon for photographing the second event. And a massive, massive thank-you also to the outrageously talented Piccia Neri, who was responsible for poster artwork for all the events.

We’re going to continue with our programme of events in 2013, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements. We’ve got some crackers lined up.

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It’s been an interesting year on the blog. I’m delighted that the readership has increased (incidentally, December 2012 has been the best ever month for hits on the blog), but I’ve found myself with less time to work on it, such has been my workload elsewhere this year. (I’ve started freelancing for Sight & Sound, Little White Lies and Grolsch Film Works, among others). I also got married!

Consequently, huge credit must go to the team of contributors, who have furnished the blog with some really intelligent, incisive work over the last twelve months.

These contributors are (each name is hyperlinked to their Twitter account, so you can follow them): Guillaume Gendron, Ed Wall, Cathy Landicho, Basia Lewandowska Cummings, Sophia Satchell-Baeza, Sophie Monks Kaufman, Fintan McDonagh, Dylan Cave, John McKnight, Michael Mand, Joseph Walsh and Tom Cottey.

I’d also like to thank each and each every person who read, recommended, RTd, or Facebook ‘liked’ PPH, or simply stumbled across the blog searching for actual plastic helmets (this happened more than I’d care to admit).

Thanks also to all the distribution companies and PRs who have been kind enough to keep inviting us to screenings and sending us DVDs. Couldn’t do it without ya.

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Finally, here are some things from the blog this year that I’m particularly proud of/enjoyed:

My opinion of Prometheus as expressed through the facial expressions of Eddie Murphy – review

The Expendables 2 – review | Ed Wall

Shame and Gender  – feature | Cathy Landicho

Music Video Week – David Wilson – interview

Music Video Week – Sound and Vision: A Potted History of an Artform – feature

Moebius: Human After All – feature | Guillaume Gendron

Ira Sachs – interview

Killer Joe – review

Cyrobra or: The Three Ages of Tormented Man | Sophie Monks Kaufman

In the next year, I hope to streamline and simplify both content and design, and introduce a whole bunch of new contributors and regular features.

Watch this space in 2013

Thank you for reading.

A

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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.

Beats Rhymes and Life: Midnight Marauders homage

Soda Pictures, the company behind the imminent DVD release of ace hip-hop doc Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (which we’re screening at London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse on Thursday 27 September at 20:30) have created a special homage to the ‘Midnight Marauders’ album cover featuring faces of famous UK artists and DJs who are Tribe fans such as Zane Lowe, Roots Manuva, Reggie Yates and more (plus bonus face Childish Gambino aka comedian Donald Glover). It’s pretty cool, and it looks like this:

Re: the screening, you can, and absolutely should, buy tickets here, and you can bet we’ll be making an event out of it, with drinks and music in the bar, food, and a prize giveaway. Before you scamper off to tell all of your friends, be sure to watch the trailer: