As the global coronavirus pandemic is keeping everybody locked inside for the foreseeable future with no end in sight and boredom rife, art director Kim Sion has decided to launch an Instagram series titled ‘Sion’s Cinema’ and her first guest to kick things off is Jarvis Cocker who, coincidentally, happens to be her partner.
In the series, a different guest will take over the director’s Instagram page to list their five favourite films which they would recommend people need to see while they are currently spending time home.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 23rd, more than 342,410 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 14,762 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
Before the former Pulp man proceeded to start his list, he noted: “My Significant Other had the great idea of asking friends to recommend five favourite films to help while away the hours whilst we’re all stuck indoors. Guess who got asked to go first?” Cocker adds: “I’ll bet you’ve seen some (if not all) of them before – but never under these circumstances. Stay safe.”
The first film on the list is set in Cocker’s Yorkshire homeland and is the Ken Loach 1969 classic Kes, which no doubt takes him back to his childhood and simpler times.”I guess this is an obvious one but wouldn’t we all like to fly free like a kestrel with its jesses off at the moment?” wrote Cocker.
Adding Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory next, with the singer stating: “It’s pretty difficult to be in a bad mood whilst watching this film. Gene Wilder’s first appearance is a moment of pure movie magic.”
Another film which received love from Cocker was 1992’s Batman Returns which starred Micheal Keaton alongside Danny DeVito and Cocker drew comparisons between this film and modern-day America. “The Penguin’s Gotham City is frighteningly similar to Tr*mp’s America. Listen out for a v good version of ‘U Can’t Touch This’ at an arty party.”
The penultimate recommendation is one twinged with sadness as it is 1971’s Glastonbury Fayre, a film which Cocker was of course due to take in with his new project JARV IS this summer before the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I was so looking forward to playing at Glastonbury’s 50th birthday this year. This Nic Roeg film from 1971 can help us get over the disappointment of the cancellation,” wrote Cocker.
If you like Jarvis are also gutted about Glastonbury being cancelled this year then this film is available on Amazon Prime and is the next best thing.
See the full list, below.
Jarvis Cocker’s top 5 self-isolation films:
- Kes – Ken Loach, 1969.
- Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – Mel Stuart, 1971.
- Batman Returns – Tim Burton, 1992.
- Glastonbury Fayre – Nicolas Roeg, 1972.
- The Leopard – Luchino Visconti, 1963.
Cocker’s final choice is Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (1963) which tells the story of an aristocrat living in a time of social unrest and uncertainty in 1860s Sicily.
Cocker poignantly picks out one line from the film which seems scarily accurate for right now: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change – thus says Burt Lancaster towards the end of Visconti’s masterpiece. Wise words.”
You can see Cocker’s original post on social media, below.