SOME films are meant to be seen in the cinema with a big picture and fantastic sound – so it’s a shame that The Who’s Tommy has been absent from the big screen for nearly 30 years.
Copyright wrangles and technical issues have at last been sorted out by the intervention of the British Film Institute and cinemagoers can finally see, hear and feel the story of the amazing Pinball Wizard.
Feckenham’s village cinema, The FeckenOdeon, is amongst the first to screen the film – which has been digitally restored and will be shown in its original five track Quintaphonic sound.
Tommy started life as an album released in 1969.
It tells the story of a boy who becomes deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father.
Through his mastery of pinball, he is cured, elevated to prophet status and then turned on by his followers.
It was a major international sensation and resulted in a series of live performances at major stadiums and theatres the world over.
This film followed in 1975.
It was directed by the flamboyant and controversial Ken Russell who predictably went way over the top and turned it into a visual and aural feast.
The music is as fresh as it ever was and who could fail to enjoy Tina Turner, Elton John and Eric Clapton in their prime.
Jack Nicholson, Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Paul Nicholas and Robert Powell join the regular Who lineup with Roger Daltrey powering through the lead role.
Tommy is showing Friday, August 1 at 8pm at The FeckenOdeon Cinema at Feckenham Village Hall.
Tickets at £5 fromThe Village Shop and The Rose & Crown in Feckenham and can also be booked by phone on 0333 666 3366.
To book online or for more information, visit feckenodeon.co.uk.