"When I first watched ‘Down By Law’ a couple of years ago (I’d been saving it for a special occasion, as you would a pricey bottle of wine - or a packet of biscuits in the cupboard in case someone pops round), I was gobsmacked at how fresh and funny the performances are, given that this is its 30-year anniversary. It’s a triumph of casting relative non-actors with a Beat sensibility, experts in other creative fields; who are awkward and real and lovable. It felt a little like opening a time capsule, only to discover the contents bang up-to-date and relevant to today. The poetic is out in the open in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, but in Down By Law it saturates the picture, a strange you-couldn’t-make-it-up fable, fairytale even, of three unlikely pals conspiring to break themselves out of the New Orleans clink. Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller’s crispy black and white photography is jaw-dropping, finding an unlikely beauty – with elegant tracking shots – in littered city streets, dilapidated buildings and the Louisiana swamp. If you haven’t seen Down By Law, see it today."
-Damian Spandley, Director of Programme at Curzon