This weeks picks are from Laura Robertson, co-founder and editor of The Double Negative online arts and culture magazie. She is also a curator, and part time tutor of Critical and Professional Practice, Fine Art BA Hons, Liverpool John Moores University.
STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN – 6pm, Mon 6th Oct @Cornerhouse, MANCHESTER
“The mainstream media didn’t tell the truth about the miners’ strike when it happened. And the same lies are still being told.” So said Ken Loach about the UK’s longest ever strike. Owen Gower’s timely documentary not only explores a key historical conflict from 1984, but has lots to say on contemporary protest, surveillance and trade unionism. Expect to be joined by Mark Lacey (producer) and Cath Booth (Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners) for a post-screening Q&A.
#LUCFEST 2014: HOW TO BECOME AN ARTS JOURNALIST… – 6pm, Thur 9th Oct @ Royal Pump Rooms, ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA
Budding arts journos sign up here: writer, broadcaster and film critic Mike McCahill shares important writing and career tips, including his experiences working for the Guardian, Telegraph and MovieMail. Joined by Dr Nic Pillai (lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick), expect an honest and lively evening of expertise.
SATORI SCREEN PRESENTS GODZILLA/MOTHRA KAIJU EIGA DOUBLE CREATURE FEATURE – 8pm, Fri 10th Oct @ QUAD, DERBY
He’s still the King of the Monsters… if you like your films to feature giant creatures rising from the deep and smashing up cities with wild abandon, forget Pacific Rim and all other poor imitations. Godzilla is still the leader in ridiculous, special effects-laden fun. Grappling Mothra, the Japanese military and atomic testing, join Satori Screen as they quite rightly celebrate their 2nd birthday with a double bill of Godzilla madness.
TRANSITION – 6pm, Sat 11th Oct @ The Cinema Museum, LONDON
Tim Brunsden and Andy McCann’s award-winning documentary tells the story of transsexual and trucker Vikki-Marie Gaynor, who not only had to deal with changing gender, but also sexual discrimination. Gaynor sued her trucking firm in 2010 when she was forced out of her job for dressing as a woman, and was awarded £20,000 in compensation. Screened as part of this year’s Transgender Film Festival, London, expect an experimental take on Gaynor’s struggle and subsequent victory.
CARY COMES HOME – NORTH BY NORTHWEST EVENING GALA SCREENING – 6:30pm, Sun 12th Oct @ Bristol Hippodrome,
An absolute classic, and arguably Cary Grant’s most stylish performance ever, Hitchcock’s face-paced, thrilling and often hilarious case of mistaken identity sees ad exec Roger Thornhill pursued by spies who think he is a top secret agent. Probably most well-known for its brilliantly inventive (and terrifying) crop-duster scene, expect snappy dialogue, romance and cross-county pursuit from the master of suspense.