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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.


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.


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:


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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Holy Motors

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.


PPH presents White Men Can’t Jump | TONIGHT!


“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!


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: