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Screening Highlights – 10/11: The Film That Buys the Cinema

This week’s picks are from Becky Innes (@msbeckyinnes), Programmer and Trustee for the Cambridge Film Trust (www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk) who is also currently researching a PhD in rural community cinema at the Film, TV and Media Studies Department of the University of East Anglia  in partnership with Creative Arts East’s Village Screen rural cinema network in Norfolk.

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As an advocate and lover of non-theatrical cinema (screenings that, through necessity or choice, take place outside the traditional space of a conventional cinema auditorium) I’m lucky that my work gives me so many opportunities to experience the pleasures of communal cinema-going in the most unusual and wonderful spaces.  Just this week I’ve enjoyed a sneak preview of THE IMITATION GAME  in the evocative Teleprinter Hall at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes – the film’s main location and the place where Alan Turing worked his code-cracking magic – as well as a smaller-scale but no less special screening of local history films in an old village hall in a tiny hamlet outside Cromer in Norfolk (a unique event which about half of the village turned out for on a bleak and squally night!)   This range and variety is reflected in this week’s listings, which are truly spoiling us with a tempting range of cinematic delights.  Here’s a few that caught  my eye…

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TO HELL WITH CULTURE
Monday 10 November 8:30pm @ Hyde Park Picture House, LEEDS

The fabulous Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds – the venue where I used to feel beyond cool watching movies and – imagine! – smoking fags when I was a teenager –  is 100 years old this week.  Why not celebrate the centenary of this important community venue by catching this special screening and discussion event about locally-born cultural polymath Herbert Read, part of the equally fabulous Leeds Film Fest?

 

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THE FIRST WORLD WAR – LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND
11 November · 2:45pm @ Bolton Museum and Archives, BOLTON

I’m currently researching how locally-relevant screen heritage events can have surprisingly deep and emotional resonance with modern day viewers, and wish I could make this timely WWI commemoration event organised by the North West Film Archive – and it’s FREE!

 

 

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KENNINGTON BIOSCOPE present FRITZ LANG’S ‘DESTINY’
12 November ·  7.30pm @ The Cinema Museum, LONDON

I’ve never seen the influential Fritz Lang rarity DESTINY, but having heard wondrous things about these regular Kennington Bioscope events I know that this will be worth a punt – particularly as it features a no doubt sublime live accompaniment by the great Stephen Horne.

 

 

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THE FILM THAT BUYS THE CINEMA @ Liverpool Radical Film Festival
13 November · 7:00pm @ The Well, LIVERPOOL

Having missed it at the London Film Festival I’m desperate to see what sounds like a truly inspiring illustration of the power of community cinema.

 

 

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MINI-CINEMA – SITA SINGS THE BLUES @ Liverpool Radical Film Festival
16 November ·  12noon @ Fredericks, Liverpool

As one third of the programming team for the Cambridge Family Film Festival (the other two thirds being my 8 and 10 year old kids), I’m always going to be interested in an event which describes itself thus: “Children and Big Children Welcome.”   Innovative family-friendly programming is hard to come by so this event – also part of the impressive Liverpool Radical Film Fest – sounds intriguing.

 

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