Pop-culture fanatics go full tilt by hosting the first-ever KeanuCon, in honour of Keanu Reeves

His own directorial debut will be screened alongside classics like Bill & Ted, Constantine, and Speed 

In 2014, the internet exploded when a small neo-noir American thriller hit global screens. We’re talking about John Wick, of course, which most critics say single-handedly changed the way modern action ‘shoot-em-ups’ were crafted. It also put 54-year-old Keanu Reeves—arguably one of the most bankable names in Hollywood back in the ’90s—on billboards again.

Now as the hype for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits a crescendo, Matchbox Cineclub, an independent exhibitor that specialises in this actor-focused festival format (think back to Cage-a-Rama) is hosting a two-day festival called KeanuCon. The idea is simple: “To celebrate the most triumphant Wyld Stallyn himself and trace his career from babe to baba yaga.”

Many films will be screened on April 27 and April 28 at the event, held in Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow:

One Step Away (Robert Fortier, 1985)
Permanent Record (Marisa Silver, 1988)
My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)
Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)
The Matrix (Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, 1999)
John Wick (Chad Stahelski, David Leitch, 2014)
Man of Tai Chi (Keanu Reeves, 2013)
Constantine (Francis Lawrence, 2005)
Challenge Death with Dice Roll Cafe
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek, 1989)
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Peter Hewitt, 1991)
Wyld Stallyns live
Destination Wedding (Victor Levin, 2019)

There’s more good news: fans of the cult-classic “Bill & Ted” duo Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have a surprise. The duo recently announced production on the franchise’s long-in-the-works third movie, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” will begin in New Orleans this summer. 


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