The Screen at Contemporary - SLOW. FAST. STRANGE: King Creole

Elvis standing with a guitar in a bar
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The Screen at Contemporary presents SLOW. FAST. STRANGE.  A collection of films where the soundtrack is the main character.

Music and film have long been entwined.  Each affects the other profoundly. They can blend harmoniously; they can contort each other., In symbiosis, they leave us seeing music and hearing image. Curated in collaboration with our friends at Running Circle Records, we have selected films with some of the best scores, and paired them with further listening recommendations. 



Elvis Presley plays Danny Fisher, a young man denied his diploma for fighting at school. With his opportunities limited, he gets pulled into the criminal underworld of New Orleans, where his singing talents get him noticed.

Elvis famously didn’t enjoy the films he was contractually obliged to make, dismissing them as  kitsch "teeny-bopper" fodder. King Creole packs a different punch; the opening song alone captures a rawness from Elvis he had never shown on screen before. King Creole sounds fantastic and has a grit that is lacking in other Elvis pictures, but it cannot be ignored that Elvis and stars like him are indebted to largely uncredited Black musicians who created the iconic sounds of jazz and rock and roll.

Running Circle is a Sneinton Market based record shop, originally founded in 2017 as an independent record label by musicians & DJs Guohan Zeng and Tom Towle. The duo have been curating ambitious music releases and supporting artists in the early stages of their career, from Nottingham and further afield including Kinkajous, Pete Beardsworth & Yazmin Lacey. They’ve also programmed events across the city and regularly broadcast on internet radio stations Balami [Peckham] and Radio Al Hara [Palestine].


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