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BILLY THE KID AND THE GREEN BAIZE VAMPIRE

BILLY THE KID AND THE GREEN BAIZE VAMPIRE

  • Directed by Alan Clarke
  • Starring Phil Daniels, Alun Armstrong, Bruce Payne, Louise Gold, Eve Ferret, Don Henderson
  • 1985 | 93mins | UK | (15)

Rarely screened cult musical is one of the boldest and strangest films ever to emerge from the UK, a unique collaboration between director Alan Clarke, writer Trevor Preston and composer George Fenton.


Up-and-coming snooker player, Billy Kid (Phil Daniels) is manipulated by his debt-ridden manager, T.O. (Bruce Payne) into a high-stakes grudge match with The Vampire - world champion Maxwell Randall (Alun Armstrong) – the loser agreeing never to play the professional game again. With a rousing musical score performed in surreal theatrical settings, the drama builds to a truly nail-biting snooker game climax. Part gangster parody, part rock opera, part social commentary, critic Peter Wollen described it as “arguably [Alan Clarke’s] best film” and Anne Billson proposed it was one of the “most undervalued and underseen” films of the 1980s.


LOST VAMPIRES is proud to present a special 35mm screening of this one-of-a-kind cult classic together with a live Q&A featuring lead actor Phil Daniels (schedule permitting).


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