Midnight Express


Notte Bianca midnight screening of the cult classic MIDNIGHT EXPRESS at St James Cavalier. FREE ENTRANCE preceded by an 11 p.m. Discussion on Valletta as a filming location. For more info call on 99052482.

 

Midnight Express Directed by Alan Parker ( The Wall, Birdy, Evita)

Filmed on location in Valletta and Rabat it stars Joseph Zammit Cordina and Charles Thake.

 

Based on a true story. The year is 1970 where on October 6,while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy's only hope for survival is to catch the Midnight Express.

 

Time: 1st October at 11:00pm

 

Location: St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.