5 picks from me this week. Expect discussion, inspiration, humour, fantasy, revolution and opera.
CINEME SHORTS – Talk & Q&A With Animator SAM MORRISON plus ‘THE ROCKET SCIENCE TRILOGY
Tuesday 25 November 2014 · 8:00pm @ The Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar, BRISTOL
Animators are a different breed. Truly. It takes a special kind of person to make animations – someone who can combine the idiosyncracies of imagination with the patience and persistence of Sisyphus. Very few people have it. Here is a chance to meet an animator face to face and find out how they create and inhabit their strange world.
DOCHOUSE presents – MAIDAN – Special Preview + Discussion
Wednesday 26 November 2014 · 6:30pm @ ICA, LONDON
It’s hard to believe its already one year since the uprising in Ukraine that saw the country move away from Russia and closer to Europe as the reverberations are still being played out globally on a day by day basis. Maidan chronicles that turning point for the country through the events in Kiev, in another screening from Dochouse’s consistently amazing programme.
WONDER WOMEN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE AMERICAN SUPERHEROINE
Saturday 29 November 2014 · 7:00pm @ Glasgow Women’s Library, GLASGOW
We have grown used to the annual summer season of superhero sequels as the Marvel machine grows more powerful, but how many of those comic book icons are women, or even feature women? Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s documentary looks at the role of females leads in paraellel to the changing gender roles in society, from a pre-war Wonder Woman, through to Sigourney Weaver’s Lt Ripley and beyond. The documentary features some great interviews, mapping the evolution of the superheroine rolemodels aginst the backdrop of women’s liberation, the division of labour, and punk rock. The screening is followed by a panel discussion from some fantastic Glasgow literary heroines.
FUTURE PRESTON TOURS presents: TRON
Saturday 29 November 2014 – 6pm – Tour starts Preston Bus Station, Screening at 53 Degrees, PRESTON
Preston’s They Eat Culture seem to have been enjoying BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder programme by creating their own sci-fi adventures around screenings. This week it’s TRON, so expect glow sticks and UV. The 80s gave us a number of films in which our main protagonists delved into the matrix, or at least the arcade (The Last Starfighter, D.A.R.Y.L, War Games), and each experimented with elements of computer animation, but none wholly inhabited that space like Tron did, nor did they create such a huge visual impact.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA The Phantom Of The Opera + live score from Minima
Sunday 30 November 2014 · 3:00pm @ The Electric Cinema, BIRMINGHAM
“It’s a pentangle, a five-pointed star. It’s used in witchcraft. Lon Chaney Jr. at Universal Studios said that’s the mark of the Wolf Man.” – so said David Kessler in that hospitable pub on the Yorkshire moors in American Werewolf in London. John Landis’s filmic reference stuck with me since I was a child (yeah, blame my parents), building this image of Chaney as a legend of the horror genre, which of course he was. “The Man of a thousand faces” played many roles, but perhaps his most famous is as the disfigured Phantom. Birmingham’s Electric Cinema screen this 1925 classic with electrifying post-rock live score from Minima. Not a Michael Ball in sight.
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. As a child he also believed himself to be a werewolf, though his older borthers insisted he was closer to the Phantom of the Opera.
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