Mark Kermode takes book tour to Liverpool Playhouse

Posted on 1 September 2010
By Oliver Logan
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Leading film critic Mark Kermode brings his It’s Only a Movie book tour to Liverpool Playhouse this autumn.

The Culture Shows foremost film critic will take to the Playhouse stage, in a late addition to the theatre’s autumn schedule, to recount the real life tales that inspired his latest book It’s Only a Movie on Tuesday 16 November.

It’s Only a Movie draws on his experiences interviewing some of the biggest names in the business during his career.

During the hour-long show Mark will recount what led him to become a film critic, pondering questions such as: What happens when you spend most of your childhood in a cinema? Does it mean movies become more real than ‘real life’?

Interspersing this with recollections about some real life scenes that he remembers with cinematic clarity: getting shot while interviewing Werner Herzog in Hollywood, being handbagged by Helen Mirren at the BAFTAs, being thrown out of the Cannes Film Festival for heckling in very bad French.

If you grew up believing that Planet of the Apes told you all you needed to know about politics, that Slade in Flame was a savage exposé of the pop world, and that The Exorcist revealed the meaning of life, then you probably spent far too many of your formative years at the cinema.

Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words, Kermode gives a hilarious account of a life obsessed with film that will appeal to anyone who’s ever wondered: ‘Who would play me in the film of my life?’

With sardonic wit and wry good humour, Mark will bring his compelling cinematic memoir to life as he recounts the real events that inspired the book.

Mark will be signing copies of his book It’s Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive after the show.

Ticket prices: £10
Box Office: 0151 709 4776
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