The Connection

dir. Shirley Clarke, 1961, 110mins

The Connection

Beanbag Cinema, 6pm


A bold and striking first feature from one of America’s greatest filmmakers, The Connection is Shirley Clarke’s exploration of the relationship between jazz and addiction, and the cinematic verité. Adapted from Jack Gelber’s play of the same name, musicians waiting for their dealer to arrive have struck a deal with a documentary maker – they’ll allow him to film them if he pays for their gear. Featuring dynamic performances throughout (Freddie Redd on piano, Jackie McLean on saxophone) the film uses a single-shot technique to render the camera invisible while posing questions about voyeurism, ethical filmmaking, attitudes to drug use and the tough reality of life for working musicians.

Supported by Film Hub NI (part of the BFI Film Audience Network)