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This Week in Film: Hidden Treasures

This week’s picks have been chosen by Woody, director at Minicine in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He doesn’t feel Rob Reiner gets the recognition he deserves, but that’s another story. Whether we’re talking about the films themselves, their content or the venues in which they’ll be screened, this selection is full of enriching cinema experiences.



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TRASH

12/06/2015 – 07:00 pm
Hamworthy Library, Blandford Road, Hamworthy, Poole, BH15 4BG

When three boys from the slums of Rio de Janiero discover a cash filled wallet in the local trash dump they soon draw the attention of a brutal police force in a city rife with corruption. On the run, Rafael, Gardo and Rat seek the help of a local priest and an NGO-worker while they plan their next move to discover the secrets of the wallets contents.

With an impressive supportive cast including Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, TRASH is a mix of Danny Boyle’s MILLIONS and Joe Wright’s HANNA by way of CITY OF GOD. Directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Richard Curtis this BAFTA nominated British production was overlooked upon its initial release back in January but proves to be much more than a Four Weddings and a Favela affair.

Hosted by Hamworthy Film Nights, the venue offers a relaxed atmosphere, a bring your own bottle and popcorn policy, and plenty of room for a post-screening chat. What more could you want on a Friday night?



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I’m With You

12/06/2015 – 07:30 pm
Moston Small Cinema, Teddington Road, Moston, Manchester M40 0DJ

If you haven’t heard of A Small Cinema before, it is a project investgating the ecology of cinemas and converting disused spaces into screening venues. You really should check it out. Now. Go on, google it. The rest of us can wait…

Back? Impressive, right? Right. That being the case you should definitely consider heading along to Moston Small Cinema this week. Once a miners washroom, the cinema now offers an intimate viewing experience, one perfect for the premiere of I’M WITH YOU, a short film produced by Manchester production company Sic Infit Productions.

Inspired by the real life events of a father recording various life lessons for his daughter, this touching film joins Emily as she approaches a series of defining milestones, guided by her loving dad, via DVD, who passed away five years earlier. Personal and tender, this has ‘big things/small packages’ written all over it.



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REEL HEROES AT SEA

13/06/2015 – 03:00 pm
Liverpool Small Cinema, 57 – 59 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6DE

Speaking of A Small Cinema, their latest endeavour is Liverpool Small Cinema which this week hosts a special presentation of REEL HEROES AT SEA, a short documentary about Alan Mahon and his fellow sea-faring projectionists who at one time were responsible for screening films to travelling passengers aboard the RMS Mauretania.

Narrated by cult British filmmaker Alex Cox (SID AND NANCY), the film describes the history of the cinema at sea, preserving the heritage of this important role of the people who connected the audience and the filmmakers to the silver screen.

Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?



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WE ARE MANY

14/06/2015 – 05:45 pm
CUBE MICROPLEX – Dove Street South, Lower Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8JD

When WE ARE MANY screened in Leeds recently, it was met with gasps, laughs and several rounds of applause before the credits finally rolled, offering a fantastic communal experience and epitomising what it is that makes cinema so special. This week it comes to Bristol’s wonderful Cube Microplex.

With contributions from leading political figures and protestors the film begins with the aftermath of 9/11 and how, while the U.S. and British governments were piecing together a campaign in favour of invading Iraq, many were preparing to campaign against it. The film focuses on the Stop The War protests of February 15th 2003 which saw marches take place in more than 700 cities around the world including London, which witnessed over 1.5 million people take to the streets and let their opinion be known.

The invasion may have happened, but the effects of the 2003 demonstrations have been long-reaching as is showcased when they are picked out as a key trigger point leading to the 2010 Arab Spring. Although a British production, this is very much an International film that spans the globe and showcases a desire for peace shared by the billions of individuals inhabiting it.

At the time of this writing, Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction have still not been found.



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What We Do in the Shadows

14/06/2015 – 07:30 pm
New Picture House – 3rd Floor, Yorkshire House, South Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1JT

Just when you thought the mockumentary was on its last legs, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS comes along and pumps it full of new blood into the genre with its wickedly funny and often moving take on Eastern European vampires flatsharing in downtown New Zealand.

Clearly a passion project for co-directors Taika Waititi (EAGLE VS. SHARK) and Jermaine Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS), the nightly routine of Viago, Vladislav, Deacon and Petyr is disrupted when newly turned Nick begins boasting about his new lifestyle to anyone who’ll listen. On the plus side, they will discover the joys of social networking and nightclubs with more than three people in them. It’s swings and roundabouts with capes and waistcoats.

Unlike most recent Vampire incarnations (here’s looking at you TRUE BLOOD, HEMLOCK GROVE, TWILIGHT SAGA) these guys don’t suck. I mean, they do. But they don’t. Oh, you know what I mean!

Still unsure that comedy vampires are your fang? Sorry… fing? Rest assured Dewsbury’s New Picture House will be. Another passion project, the venue was built by a group of friends who’d grown tired of the town not having its own cinema. With just the right atmosphere and personality it’s guaranteed to make you fall in love with any film.


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At Minicine we’re all about film and food. We also champion short films as much as we can, so BRISTOLIAN MEDITERRANEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL at the Cube Microplex is our kind of event and should be yours too.

We also like to showcase women filmmakers whenever we can so if in or about London this weekend, do yourslf a favour and check out ME AND ME DAD plus Q&A with director Katrine Boorman at Curzon Bloombury.


I hope find something in this week’s selection that peaks your interest and pushes you toward a cinema this week. And if not, seriously, just take a punt – you never know when you’re going to strike gold.

Oh, and when you get a minute, check out Rob Reiner’s oeuvre circa 1984-1992. Now that’s a treasure trove.

You can find Woody on Twitter @useforglue and check out what Minicine have coming up @MinicineYorks.


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