Bent Hamer, 90 mins, USA/Norway, 2005, 35mm. Source: Aztec International. Courtesy: Aztec International.

Matt Dillon plays Hank Chinaski, a skid row writer in downtown L.A. fashioned after Charles Bukowski in a film adapted from the autobiographical novel by the author published in 1975.

Bent Hamer, the Norwegian director of Kitchen Stories (2003) lends a similarly droll, unsentimental worldview to his wry, downbeat drama of a life lived on unconventional terms in the service of a demanding muse.

Dillon is excellent in a committed performance as the hard-living Chinaski, with solid support from Marisa Tomei, Lili Taylor and the late Adrienne Shelly as fellow fringe dwellers.

"An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon" - Film4
Dates   Fri 16 Sep 2011, 9.30pm
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