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The Cameo Presents: We Love The Eighties!

The Cameo presents We Love the Eighties! featuring nine days of Eighties cult classics, from Footloose to Whitnail & I.

There must be times when people walk past the Cameo, turn to their friends and say ‘That place is stuck in the 1980s’. To that, we offer you a high five and say ‘You’re absolutely right, my friend! Now take a chill pill, coif your hair to an acceptable volume and come on in!’.

This May, we’re spinning an eighties cult classic every day, from comedy to horror, fantasy to drama, thriller to science fiction. There’s something for everyone in these nine films over nine days…


Tuesday 15 May

Airplane
Airplane!

Airplane!

Surely this can’t be the greatest spoof ever made? It is…and don’t call me Shirley. Airplane! lampoons every cliché of the genre with a majestically deadpan Leslie Nielsen at the heart of this supremely silly disaster movie takedown.

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Wednesday 16 May

The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal

We’ll never know how many children of the 80’s suffered untold psychological damage as a result of exposure to The Dark Crystal and the dreaded ‘Skeksis’. The creature design by Brian Froud will be familiar to fans of Henson’s more celebrated Labyrinth, but (directing alongside Frank ‘Yoda’ Oz) the Muppets legends travelled a long way from Sesame Street with this new age fantasy adventure.

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Thursday 17 May

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture was such an inauspicious start to the Trek movie franchise that even hardcore Trekkie’s call it ‘The Motionless Picture’ due to its glacial pacing. But Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan picks up the pace and then some, as Starfleet Captain James Tiberius Kirk faces up to an old nemesis with the rousing emotional intensity that only William Shatner can deliver. Eagle-eyed viewers will spot a Vulcan Kirstie Alley in her acting debut!

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Friday 18 May

Scarface
Scarface

Scarface

Brian De Palma’s ultraviolent gangster epic may be guilty of crimes against interior decor but Scarface remains a powerhouse of heightened drama and mobster excess. It makes total sense that Oliver Stone was battling cocaine addiction when he wrote the script, updating the 1932 original starring James Cagney to 80’s Miami. Al Pacino’s outrageous intensity is a sight to behold, none more so than when he invites us to say hello to his little friend…

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Saturday 19 May

Footloose
Footloose

Footloose

Try to picture a dead end town where rock music and dancing have been banned but you’re Kevin Bacon and all you want to do is DANCE. You’re just not going to stand for this Orwellian madness, are you? Step into the vacuous but utterly pleasurable world of 1984’s Footloose.

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Sunday 20 May

My Beautiful Launderette
My Beautiful Launderette

My Beautiful Laundrette (35mm)

Stephen Frear’s 1985 drama about a gay Pakistani running a laundrette in South London was made for Channel 4, elevated to the big screen and subsequently earned an Oscar nomination for Hanif Kureishi’s screenplay. Gordon Warnecke stars, alongside a fresh-faced Daniel Day-Lewis, in what holds up as a vital snapshot of life in Thatcher’s Britain.

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Monday 21 May

Highlander
Highlander

Highlander

 Amongst the high quota of absurd action movies the 1980’s deemed acceptable for cinema exhibition, Highlander hiked up its kilt and strode to the barren summit. With mangled accents, beheadings aplenty and ropey special effects (all set to a Queen soundtrack) this is a uniquely singular brand of trash.

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Tuesday 22 May

Whitnail and I
Withnail and I

Withnail & I

Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical cult classic follows two drug-addled actors adrift in the late sixties who accidentally go on holiday. Beneath the plethora of memorable (expletive-laden) dialogue, this is a profound and melancholic look at the squalid underbelly of the sixties counterculture.

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Wednesday 23 May

Child's Play
Child's Play

Child’s Play (35mm)

Chucky wants to play with YOU. Tom Holland followed Fright Night with an updating of the demon doll horror, utilising recent advances in special effects technology to give pint-sized Chucky the frightening edge needed to increase the threat-levels posed by a plastic toy. Now go on, give him a cuddle.

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Thursday 24 May

Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

There are tears at the salon in this titan of sisterhood that brings our season to a close in the year of 1989. Big hair abounds as we delve into the lives, loves and losses of Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley Maclaine, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want Dolly Parton to style your hair while Shirley Maclaine administers hard-won nuggets of wisdom…

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