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Matchbox Cineclub presents The Three Worlds of Nick

27-28 March


GSFF 2021 Online

The Three Worlds of Nick streams live at 20.30 on Saturday 27 March, then is available to view on demand until the hub closes at midnight on Sunday 28 March.

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40 years ago, in January 1981, cult Canadian auteur John Paizs debuted his seminal short Springtime in Greenland. His seventh, it was the opening salvo of an intended trilogy paving the way for Paizs’ crowning achievement, his 1985 feature debut Crime Wave. The loosely connected sequence, completed with Oak, Ivy and other Dead Elms (1982) and The International Style (1984) stars writer/director Paizs himself as Nick, the mute protagonist, always deadpan if not strictly impassive, the inscrutable centre of a highly stylised world, inspired equally by Disney and Devo.

Made on a shoestring, with a non-professional skeleton cast and crew, John Paizs’ rarely seen trilogy is a masterclass in no-budget invention, made with a wit and poise that seems to anticipate the work of Roy Andersson and the compromised sincerity of Blue Velvet-era David Lynch. 

Curated by Matchbox Cineclub

Springtime in Greenland

​Meet Nick. He's silent, aloof and straining against suburban values, in a story about the sophomoric inhabitants of a fictional utopia

Oak, Ivy and other Dead Elms

Nick sets off for college, where he becomes involved in an attempt to restore the campus hangout, and in a dirty and hard-fought student election

The International Style

Super-secret agent Nick attempts to liberate a top-secret microchip from the clutches of multimillionaire Quinton Frost

  • Duration 1h40m
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