Five Minutes with Cine City Co-director Tim Brown

This May, Brighton-based film festival Cine City bring Julien Faraut's experimental film essay John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection to Brighton Festival.

Cine City will also be presenting a 35mm presentation of Malian filmmaker Souleyman Cissé’s 1987 film Yeelen (Brightness) at the Duke of York’s; and The End of Fear, Barbara Visser’s documentary about one of the most famous crimes against art ever committed.

We have a quick chat with Tim Brown, Co-Director of Cine City to find out more...

Firstly, can you introduce us to your show and tell us what it is about?

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection a film documenting the tennis legend’s performance at the 1984 French Open, when he was the world No.1. The film also serves as a treatise on film, spectatorship and the meaning of perfection.

Why would someone come and see your show?

It’s an unusual and highly distinctive film based around hours of beautiful footage shot on colour 16mm film. During the festival is likely to be the only time it will screen in Brighton, so this is a great opportunity to catch on the big screen.

What sort of person is going to love this show?

Tennis fans and fans of John McEnroe will of course enjoy the film, but also devotees of the essay film and anyone with a penchant for film as film - as opposed to digital.

What will surprise people about this show?

How close the cameraperson was allowed to get to McEnroe and the lack of security around the tournament is shocking to see now – we were living in very different times!

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