Waterside Arts Centre in Sale is showing a trio of film this spring dating back to 1977. Entitled Northern Noir, the season includes the Turning Point, Saturday Night Fever and Airport ’77. The films were made 40 years ago, during a period of cultural transformation around the world, which included the arrival of Concorde, the rise of punk, British street parties and protest strikes. Film screenings include pre-film discussions about the factors surrounding the films’ narratives, messages and memories of the era.

The Turning Point
Bringing ballet to the big screen decades before Billy Elliot or Black Swan,  The Turning Point collected a Golden Globe in 1978 and features the footwork of Latvian superstar dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as well as issues relating to feminism and family.
Thu 23 Mar, 8pm (pre-screening talk from 7.15pm), £8, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta’s Tony Manero and Karen Lynn Gorney’s Stephanie Mangano team up for one of cinema’s most iconic snapshots, but its 20-million selling disco soundtrack is only part of the story. It’s this dancefloor escapism that subdues the dourness of their daily drudgery and mirrors the era’s difficulties.
Thu 6 Apr, 8pm (pre-screening talk from 7.15pm), £8, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

Airport ’77
Given the concorde’s debut the same year, this is an apt reminder of our vulnerability in the air, as well as a reminder that affordable airborne travel for all is only a recent phenomenon. Jack Lemmon et al are submerged in the Bermuda Triangle after a botched robbery of a 747’s valuable cargo.
Thu 27 Apr, 8pm (pre-screening talk from 7.15pm), £8, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

Thu 23 Mar - Thu 27 Apr
Ian Pennington
Published on:
Sun 19 Mar 2017