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Mon, Jan 24 at 7:00pm


  • Dir. Chris Petit
  • UK
  • 1979
  • 104 min.
  • NR
  • 4K DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Music City Mondays.

Chris Petit’s cult classic RADIO ON is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema — a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather. Stunningly photographed in monochrome by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer, RADIO ON follows as a London DJ heads east to Bristol to investigate the death of his brother — accompanied by a startling new wave soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Robert Fripp, The Rumour and Devo, and reveals an early screen performance by Sting.

"A vivid time capsule of England in the post-punk years.” —Oliver Lunn, BFI

“The miracle of RADIO ON is its timelessness. No less now than in 1979, it makes you ‘feel in touch with the modern world,’ to cite the Jonathan Richman song ‘Roadrunner,’ from which Petit plucked his title. Trouble is, modern life is rubbish.” —Graham Fuller,

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