Events

17 June

F.O.X, Amethysts, In My Disguise, Blood Talk and Iris

18:00 - 23:00

Green Room

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Washing Machine proudly presents
DESPERATE JOURNALIST
TUNDRA
KEITH TOTP
TROPIC OF XHAO
ABBIE BROOM

Desperate Journalist are two boys and two girls who live in North London. They consist of Jo Bevan (vocals), Simon Drowner (bass), Rob Hardy (guitar) and Caz Hellbent (drums). Lured together by fate and a fierce sense of what makes alternative music actually really bloody alternative they started their journey at the local Negative Creep grunge club night in Finsbury Park on February 23rd 2013 and have barely looked back since.

Their second album, Grow Up, will be released in March 2017, backed by a UK and German tour. The first single, “Hollow” was released in October 2016. It was reviewed well by Stereogum, and has seen radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music, and was picked out as Song of the Day by KEXP. The second single, “Resolution”, about New Year’s Eve parties, was released on January 1, 2017, and has been played by Radio X and made “Lamacq Livener” on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 Music show.

“This is the sound of glamour huddled around a gas fire smoking a butt rollie and dreaming out of the window, looking into the stars. The beautiful and spellbinding sound of a band desperate to prove something…what they do prove is that groups with guitars this great aren’t two-a-penny anymore.” – Jeremy Allen, The Quietus

The ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist building on the sublimely tetchy moodswings of their self-titled debut and the intense interim ‘Good Luck’ EP by adding a fresh sonic sheen to their old school indie stroppings. This means that they sound meatier and bolder yet are still infused with a keen pop sensibility which ensures that ‘Grow Up’ contains at least five possible singles.

Such is intense life with Desperate Journalist, one of the most potent, important DIY bands lurking on the UK underground scene right now. The campaign for ‘Grow Up’ kicked off with the Kamio headline and the release of the heroically muscular ‘Hollow’ single, and if both ‘Hollow’ and the follow-up ‘Resolution’ capture a band working ever harder, faster, stronger then fittingly the ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist coming of age with aplomb.

“Powerful guitar pop that hits like the Smiths amped up to Savages’ intensity level.” – Stereogum

Support from local surf-grunge heroes TUNDRA, the utterly singular KEITH TOTP, psychedelic wonders TROPIC OF XHAO and the long-awaited live return of ABBIE BROOM.

6-11pm
£5
£4 advance: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/391077
14+ (under-14s welcome with parent/carer)
Fully licensed bar – No I.D., No Alcohol

Last train back to Ipswich/Stowmarked/Norwich leaves BSE 11.27pm.

10 September

BELLE (2013 UK 12 104 MIN) (FILM)

06:00 - 10:00

Main Hall

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Doors and bar open 5.00p.m. Film starts at 5.30p.m. Our Society uses the ‘sign off’ ‘For films you have loved…and films you will love’. We trust that this film is in the former category, allowing us all to see again this classic film from 1965. This British-Italian epic romantic drama is set in Russia in the early years of the 1900s and leading up to and including the Russian Civil War of 1917-22. This ‘Debut’ slot falls to David Lean who did, of course, base his film on the book by Boris Pasternak, banned for decades in the Soviet Union. Omar Sharif plays the part of Yuri Zhivago to the full, ably supported by Julie Christie (Lara Antipova). With many famous actors in the supporting cast we are allowed to turn our thoughts once more to the historic events in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Russia. A truly visual feast to be fully engaged with using our Big Screen! Initially received coolly by the critics, the film won later plaudits, winning five Oscars at the 38 th Academy Awards, only to lose four more to the Sound of Music! So come with us to Russia once more, with love…

01 October

GINGER & ROSA (2012 UK 12 90 MIN.)

06:00 - 10:00

Main Hall

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Written and directed by Sally Potter, this drama film centres on the lifelong friendship between two women who meet while their mothers are giving birth to their siblings. This emotionally charged story investigates troubled relationships in an atmosphere of personal chaos and loss. Starring Elle Fanning as Ginger and Alice Englert as Rosa, we are taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride as they seek stability and happiness in 1960s London. The film will be preceded by a short film. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

22 October

PRIEST (1994 UK 15 98 MIN.)

06:00 - 10:00

Main Hall

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Nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs (losing to Shallow Grave), this was the debut of director Antonia Bird. This challenging film takes us through the personal agonies of a Catholic priest who when faced with deciding how to help people finds the only way to do so may be to reveal information given in the confessional, the secrecy of which is a binding tenet of the Catholic faith. Set in inner city Liverpool, the young priest is astounded when the true nature of his colleague’s relationship with their housekeeper is revealed. So what does he do? What would you do? The film caused great offence to many when it was released over an Easter weekend. We are also screening a short film before the main feature. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

12 November

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994 AUSTRALIA 15 103 MIN.)

06:00 - 10:00

Main Hall

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Nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs (losing to Shallow Grave), this was the debut of director Antonia Bird. This challenging film takes us through the personal agonies of a Catholic priest who when faced with deciding how to help people finds the only way to do so may be to reveal information given in the confessional, the secrecy of which is a binding tenet of the Catholic faith. Set in inner city Liverpool, the young priest is astounded when the true nature of his colleague’s relationship with their housekeeper is revealed. So what does he do? What would you do? The film caused great offence to many when it was released over an Easter weekend. We are also screening a short film before the main feature. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

12 November

THE CRYING GAME (1992 UK 18 112 MIN.)

06:00 - 10:00

Main Hall

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Written and directed by Neil Jordan, this important film allows us an insight into the minds of people involved in the dark days of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. With complex themes of sexuality, race, gender and perhaps, above all, nationality, we are invited to consider the behaviour of a people at war with each other as well as themselves. Members of the IRA capture an English soldier (note how he has to be described as ‘English’) and use him as a bargaining chip. Into this dark and charged atmosphere transgender issues arrive, making the plot even more complex. Stars Stephen Rea as Fergus and Forest Whitaker as Jody. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

01 January

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (1999 SPAIN 15 101 MIN.)

06:00 - 10:00

Main Hall

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Written and directed by Neil Jordan, this important film allows us an insight into the minds of people involved in the dark days of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. With complex themes of sexuality, race, gender and perhaps, above all, nationality, we are invited to consider the behaviour of a people at war with each other as well as themselves. Members of the IRA capture an English soldier (note how he has to be described as ‘English’) and use him as a bargaining chip. Into this dark and charged atmosphere transgender issues arrive, making the plot even more complex. Stars Stephen Rea as Fergus and Forest Whitaker as Jody. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.