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Artist's Choice Screening: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

"This cinema programme is designed to complement and extend on the shonky qualities of the exhibition within moving image; the works I have chosen often employ stop-frame animation, odd stylistic clashes and amateurish performances that charge the films with real charm and magic." John Walter

Co-written by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee Wee's Big Adventure marks the debut of director Tim Burton, who stamps the entire film with his quirky trademark style. The premise: Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent boy sporting a moulded Princeton cut, blush, lipstick, and a shrunken grey flannel suit, lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home until someone nabs his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. He then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love, not to mention more than a little adventure. Along the way, he makes friends with various oddball characters, visits the Alamo, endures various hallucinatory nightmares, and has a supernatural run-in with a spectral trucker. The score by Danny Elfman is terrific - as is the case in nearly every film Burton has directed - and the script is fresh and inventive. In all, Pee Wee's Big Adventure is a delightful film, enjoyable for children as well as adults.

Dir: Tim Burton

USA 1985 / 1h30m / U