Katell Quillévéré's family-based drama follows Suzanne, a teenage mother who falls for a gangster
In Paul Verhoeven's controversial erotic melodrama, Elizabeth Berkley is a dancer who heads to Las Vegas in pursuit of stardom.
A critical and box office bomb on its release in 1995, Showgirls is easily the most divisive film in the career of director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall). In the decades since, this kitschy Vegas picaresque, which follows gutsy dancer Nomi (Saved By The Bell’s Elizabeth Berkley) from cheap strip joint to the glitzy spectacle of the Stardust Casino’s ‘Goddess’ revue, has been re-appraised as a self-consciously sleazy survey of exploitation both on screen and stage. Best viewed alongside Basic Instinct, another erotic genre workout from Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas, Showgirls is an extreme, and often extremely entertaining film that matches seedy expectations with near-grotesque levels of flesh, sex and scene-chewing, all the while exhibiting the familiar scathing, satirical wit that turned Verhoeven’s sci-fi bloodbaths into subversive classics.
BIFA-nominated films including the Film4-backed 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event. The
Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year¿s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director a
A summary of the critics and film professionals who voted for the top 50 Horror films of the 21st Century
As voted for by a panel of horror experts and friends of Film4 & FrightFest