This week I’m choosing 5 great film events for cinephiles, plus i’m invoking my privilidge and adding a 6th, namely my own screening (just this once!).
Monday 8 December 2014 · 6:15pm
OPEN BETHLEHEM + DIRECTOR Q&A
ArtHouse, Crouch End, Tottenham Lane, London N8 9BT
As someone who occasionally makes short documentaries, it’s interesting to consider at what point your original ideas about the film are cast aside to let the real story emerge, and to what extent do you go with it. This is a chance to see what became an epic documentary as director Leila Sansour, originally intending to capture the demise of her hometown, was drawn into a seven year campaign to save the city. OPEN BETHLEHEM is touring UK with director Q&As – find a screening near you.
Tue 9 December 2014 · 7:00pm
Crap Film Club presents…PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
The Book Club, 100 – 106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
Ed Wood’s most infamous awful movie, a tale of extra-terrestrial grave robbers, whose production was funded by Baptists. Featuring the original Vampira, the late Bela Lugosi in his ‘last role’, wobbling cardboard gravestones, and lines such as “future events such as these will affect you in the future”. Watch this and if you’ve never seen it, heck out Tim Burton’s brilliant biopic ‘Ed Wood’.
Wed 10 December 2014 · 8:30pm
TARKOVSKY’S STALKER – 35mm SCREENING
QUAD, Market Square, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS
Enter ‘the Zone’ with your guide the Stalker – a wasteland where the normal laws of physics no longer apply – to encounter “the Room”, said to grant the wishes of anyone who steps inside. Screening on 35mm here for the purist of cinephiles, amazingly production on Stalker was almost abandoned after improperly developed footage left a years worth of filming unusable. Though Tarvovsky was left despondent and the Soviet film boards wanted to shut it down, he proposed a two-part film, and re-shot the scenes with a new cinematographer, creating a completely different film from the one orginally shot.
Sun 14 December 2014 · 4:00pm
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)
Ipswich Film Theatre, The Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, IP1 1DH
It seems to me that silent film is the new 3D – screenings are popping up everywhere. This one is presented by Suffolk Silents, and features swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks in this new digital restoration.
Sun 14 December 2014 · 8:00pm
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
Cube Microplex, Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JD
Robert Mitchum is the most charming killer you’ll ever meet: tall, handsome, a preacher, with ‘love’ and ‘hate’ tattooed across his knuckles. Setting his sights on $10,000 and the two children who might know where it’s hidden Mitchum gives one of his greatest ever performances. A frightening film – if you’re headed to watch it at the Cube, beware of charming strangers.
***Bonus screening recommendation***
Thur 11th December 2014 – 7:00pm
ARTISTS AND ARCHIVE: THE GREAT FLOOD – plus NOAH’S ARK feat. Nathan Jones
Manchester Museum – Living Worlds Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL
Finally, a plug for my own event, featuring two flood-related films made by artists working with archives, screened beneath the skeleton of a whale in the amazing Living Worlds gallery at Manchester Museum. The first is a short made with the North West Film Archive, retelling the ultimate story of preservation, NOAH’S ARK, featuring a live poetic narration from Nathan Jones of Mercy. The main event is Bill Morrison’s THE GREAT FLOOD, a film that uses amazing images from the aftermath of the 1927 Mississppi River flood, put together by the creator of The Miners Hymns. Water, water everywhere…
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.
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