High Times

Your hands are looking at you funny. Gods and Devils are dancing at the periphery of your vision. The colours don't sound right and you're not sure if you'll ever be sure of anything again. You're not in Kansas anymore, but you might, perhaps, have partaken of a pick-me-up from Alice's sweet stash of psychoactive cinema. Dive into the depths of delerium. Soar angelic on the immaculate high. Try to keep it together. Now THAT'S a good cup of coffee.

Naked Lunch (1991)

Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Roy Scheider

William S. Burroughs' 1959 free-form, underground classic is brought to the screen weaving elements of the author's life with the fictional material.... Read more

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gar...

Helmsman Terry Gilliam, with a script co-written by Alex Cox, conjures up this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 cult novel, which defined the c... Read more

Trainspotting (1995)

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Kel...

A gritty, graphically painful and, at times, blackly funny look at a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Scotland focusing on one young man as he re... Read more

Saving Grace (1999)

Director: Nigel Cole
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes, Tcheky Karyo

On discovering she is left penniless after her husband's death, Grace turns for comfort to the one thing she loves - her greenhouse. But even Grace's... Read more

Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Director: Shane Meadows
Starring: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Stuart Wolfenden, Neil Bell

An impressive British thriller from director Shane Meadows who leaves behind the cheerful, Northern working class protagonists of his previous films (... Read more

Christiane F (1981)

Director: Ulrich Edel
Starring: Natja Brunckhorst, Thomas Haustein, David Bowie

Powerful story of an alienated teen who falls into the degrading drug and prostitution scene of Berlin's Zoo station. Featuring the music of, and an a... Read more

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn

As powerful an anti-drug statement as it is a drama, director Aronofsky's ('Pi') visually hypnotic film graphically tracks the downward spiral of four... Read more

Scarfies (1999)

Director: Robert Sarkies
Starring: Willa O'Neill, Neill Rea, Ashleigh Seagar

When five Otago University students (Scarfies) start squatting in an old abandoned house they discover a locked room with a large quantity of "weed".... Read more

Timothy Leary's Last Trip (1996)

Director: A J Catoline, O B Babbs
Starring: Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, The Merry Pranksters

This behind-the-scenes look at Dr. Timothy Leary, pioneer in psychology and consciousness raising of the 60's, documents the life of the man who led a... Read more

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Shawn Andrews, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Jason London

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater... Read more