On Wednesday, May 2nd, We conclude our science fiction cinema series at Mother’s Velvet Lounge with The Spierig Brothers’ 2014 mind bender, Predestination, based on the Robert Heinlein short story, “All You Zombies”, and starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook.
The Bartender (Ethan Hawke) is a Temporal Agent, assigned to track down a time traveling criminal known as The Fizzle Bomber who is journeying into the past and committing acts of catastrophic terrorism, thereby tearing at the very fabric of time. Key to his mission is a loner named John (Sarah Snook) who writes romantic advice columns for true confession magazines under the pen name, “The Unwed Mother”. In exchange for a bottle of “Old Underwear” whiskey John offers to tell his story, which begins with the preamble, “When I was a little girl…”
What follows is a thought provoking narrative that, like the mythical Ouroboros, swallows its tail and it becomes difficult to think about time in a linear way. The Australian Spierig Brothers have remained very faithful to Heinlein’s short story (which, by the way has nothing to do with zombies), and for good reason. A story written in 1958 that explores transsexualism and runs it up against the perpetually confounding temporal paradox is worthy of our attention, and highlights a number of the paradoxes within Heinlein’s own storied and controversial career as a writer. Indeed they have even kept Heinlein’s time line with 1993 being the year when time travel was invented. This 2014 film depicts an alternate history implying that temporal agents are around us all the time and manipulating both our pasts and our futures.
But while you’ll come for the brain twisting plot, you’ll stay for the captivating performance of Australian actress, Sarah Snook in the role of John… and Jane, the woman he once was. Snook is a singularly watchable performer and it’s surprising that she isn’t more of a household name.
The excitement begins at 7:00 when you will enjoy one of the best dinners in town, followed by the screening at 7:30. Hope to see you there!
Mother’s is located at 212 SW Stark.