Five interesting film screenings to look out for this week, including different perspectives on wars past and present, live scored film commissions, affairs of the heart, and a classic feline horror.
OVER GADEN UNDER VANDET (ABOVE THE STREET BELOW THE WATER)
Monday 3 November 2014 · 7:45pm @ Gustav Adolfs Church, LIVERPOOL
Whilst we’re lucky to be enjoying so many spectacular sci-fi and horror screenings of late, its nice actually to watch on a film that focuses simply on the details of human relationships (see Locke for perhaps the most formal and minimal example of this). It seems to me that the Danish have good form when it comes to representing the fallout from domestic and community tensions – films like Festen and The Hunt detail brilliantly the emotional turmoil and changed perceptions brought on by revelations. In addition to all that, I recommend this screening as much for the setting: the glorious gem that is the Scandanavian church in Liverpool. They’ve just started their 14-15 season of Nordic films – check out their website.
FIRST WORLD WAR ON FILM FROM THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM COLLECTION
Tuesday 4 November 2014 · 6:30pm @ Manchester Central Library, MANCHESTER – FREE
THE FIRST WORLD WAR: LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND
Thursday 6 November 2014 · 4:30pm @ Manchester Central Library, MANCHESTER – FREE
Two free screenings at Manchester Central Library make up the first of this week’s perspectives on war. These events provide a historical look at the conflict through archive film. The North West Film Archive – screening here in their new home at Manchester Central Library – is a fantastic organisation that carefully preserve and curate film heritage. The films being shown here are valuable documents that show the impact of the conflict on the North West. Considering the debate around the populism and spectacle of WW1 memorial events – the ceramic poppies installation at Tower of London being a recent example, counterpoint here – the question of how we remember conflict is extremely contentious. In this context then, archive film has an important role to play, providing us with at least an historical – if not totally objective – lens through which to view the past.
VIDEO JAM & SLIP DISCS present SPACES 2
Saturday 8 November 2014 · 7:00pm @ The Vaults, LONDON
The Video Jam team have been going for a couple of years now and becoming increasingly ambitious in their events, and like true Manchester exports, they’re never afraid to shout about it. Whilst live music and film is not exactly the cutting edge experiment that events like this sometimes purport (it is as old as film itself), its great to see someone trying to consistently work with the format. They are evolving as a result – VideoJam’s usual almost cabaret style gigs can be a little last minute and a bit hit and miss depending on the collaborations involved, but the SPACES project has been carefully put together over time and features new commissions from some very interesting film-makers (including Film Material Soup‘s Mary Stark and James Snazell) and cracking musicians. The impressive roster is also boosted by a performace from Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head. I think this will be the event where the VideoJam find their true form.
WAR MATTERS / THE LAB
Sunday 9 November 2014 · 10:20am @ Bolivar Hall, LONDON
November is set to be busy month for the the Radical Film Network, with the upcoming Liverpool Radical Film Festival. This week’s event to check out is from the London Socialist Film Co-op, who are screening two documentaries exploring different aspects of war. The first chronicles 10 years of the anti-war movement through the actions of the late Brian Haw, who famously set up camp in Parliament Square. The second film is a UK Premier – THE LAB reveals the disturbing the relationship of conflict to technological innovation and capitalism. The event is followed by a discussion with filmamkers, campaigners and academics.
WONDER REELS: CAT PEOPLE (1942)
Sunday 9 November 2014 · 4:00pm @ The Cinema Museum, LONDON
To my great shame i’ve not yet been to The Cinema Museum, nor a Finders Keepers event, and I’ve never seen the original Cat People – now here is a chance to do all three! Jacques Tourneur’s 1942 low-budget horror classic is screening on 35mm, preceded by a DJ set from Doug Shipton of Finders Keepers playing his favourite soundtracks. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Sam Meech is an artist, cinema fan and founder of Screening Film. He is interested in the different forms cinema can take and how it relates to communities and creativity. He started Screening Film as a way to make it all visible. He enjoys documentaries, 80s horror, the films of Michael Haneke, and without fail also cries every time he watches School of Rock.
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