The Pet Shop Boys 1988 film ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ is coming back to the silver screen, thirty years after its release.

by Christopher Smith

The Regent Street Cinema in London will be screening The Pet Shop Boys often forgotten 1988 film ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ on December 14th. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Jack Bond.

The Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here

The first feature-length film starring the Pet Shop Boys, ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an extraordinary odyssey from the coast to London encountering the likes of Barbara Windsor, Gareth Hunt and Joss Ackland on a journey that is in turns brightly comic and darkly sinister.

Inventively directed by Jack Bond (‘An Artist’s Eye’, ‘Anti-Clock’), the only filmmaker ever invited to collaborate on a documentary with Salvador Dali, ‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ is a mordantly funny prime slice of pop surrealism and a deeply English take on the road movie. The film is chock full of songs from the group’s classic first two albums including the hits “West End Girls” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, together with their 1987 Christmas number one, Elvis Presley‘s “Always On My Mind”, which features Ackland as a passenger in a car with Tennant and Lowe.

Hardly ever screened and, to date, never issued on DVD, this is a rare chance to catch this unique late eighties cinematic gem from synth-pop’s most intelligent, enduring and much-loved performers. As the critic Anthony Nield has observed “what other film offers up muscle men, mud wrestlers, thigh-flashing nuns and the fleeting glimpse of Neil Tennant in a tasselled gold lame suit?” Miss this screening at your peril!

For more information about the screening check out The Regent Street Cinema website.

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