‘Sunset Boulevard’: change of date

Hello again Filmspotters!

A quick post today, to let you all know that due to circumstances out of our control, we have had to change the date of our upcoming ‘Sunset Boulevard’ screening. It will now take place on Saturday 29 March – the same time (7 for 7.30pm), same place (St Michael’s Community Hall, Brighton). The menu has also changed – we shall now be offering delicious pizzas to pre-order (including a vegetarian option).

As mentioned in our previous post, advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 advance from info@lja.uk.com or 01273 328683, or £6 on the door. The homemade pizzas are available to be booked in advance only, priced £3.50 – please indicate if you would like to purchase this when booking tickets.

Hopefully, as it is now on Saturday, more of you will be able to come along!

As a reward for your patience, here’s the full trailer for the film:

The rest of our programme is  coming together, and plans include a new initiative for a deaf group where we shall be showing last year’s blockbuster ‘Gravity’, with audio described subtitles at a Seaford venue; a day of community films to celebrate 150 years of the Seaford – Brighton train line; a weekend of World War I films for Newhaven Fort in August; and our second visit to Salisbury Museum where we shall screen films inspired by their Cecil Beaton exhibition. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!


Filmspot 2014: We’re back!

Happy New Year, Filmspotters – we’re back in the saddle after a winter break.

We’re still confirming much of our programme for 2014, but we are very pleased to be able to announced our first screening of the year – ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at St Michael’s Church Community Hall, Brighton, 21 March, 7.30pm (for 7pm). This screening will launch the Filmspot CMPCA Pop Up Cinema Club. It is planned that we will present four films a year, giving audiences the opportunity to see classics not often shown on the big screen, as well as rare or undiscovered gems.

Billy Wilder’s classic noir, Sunset Boulevardis a scathing satire of the movie industry. William Holden portrays an unsuccessful screenwriter who is sucked into a web of sleaze and insanity by a deluded, faded silent movie star, played by tour-de-force, Gloria Swanson. With caustic, bitter wit this story exposes the corruptive, devastating decline of the old Hollywood legends, after the coming of sound. Highly regarded on its release, with eleven Academy Award nominations and winning three Oscars, it is now seen a one of the greatest films of American cinema.

Here’s a clip of the inimitable Gloria Swanson, to give you are taster:

Space at this event is strictly limited, so advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 advance from info@lja.uk.com or 01273 328683, or £6 on the door. Special snack boxes of quiche and salad, including a vegetarian option, are available to be booked in advance only, priced £3.50 – please indicate if you would like to purchase this when booking tickets.

As well as our new Pop-Up Cinema Club with the CMPCA, we are looking forward to to other exciting new partnerships for 2014. We will be publishing details of these shortly – as well as our upcoming plans for screenings at Newhaven Fort and Salisbury Museums.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon, as wish you a (belated) happy New Year!


A great success in Alfriston, and Ghostbusting at Newhaven Fort

We had a fantastic time in Alfriston just over a week ago, with the inaugural ‘Deckchair Cinema’ screening at The Coach House Gallery. For full report and pictures, see later in this post – but first of all, in celebration of Hallowe’en, here are the details of this Saturday’s spooky screening of ‘Ghostbusters‘ at Newhaven Fort!

Saturday 2 November, 2pm: Newhaven Fort GHOSTBUSTERS (1984, PG)

A special screening of classic supernatural comedy for Halloween. Featuring hapless heroes (played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) setting up their ghost-removal service in New York, ‘Ghostbusters’ was the highest grossing comedy film of the 1980s. A brilliantly sharp script, spooky special effects and a heavy dose of nostalgia, this promises to be a great fun event!

Advance tickets will available from Newhaven Fort, priced at £6.00 adults and £4.00 for children. Call 01273 517622 to book. Please note: This screening will be great fun for older children, but does contain some spooky ghosts, which might scare younger visitors!

Here’s, the trailer:

We hope to see you there!

…here’s the report on Deckchair Cinema at The Coach House Gallery

On Sunday 20 October, we, with The Coach House, presented a special screening of German film ‘Goodbye Lenin’…

The Coach House looked very welcoming to all the visitors, on a slightly soggy evening - perfect for settling down to a good film!

The Coach House looked very welcoming to all the visitors, on a slightly soggy evening – perfect for settling down to a good film!

There were delicious German-themed canapés for guests, provided by Chestnuts Tea Rooms.

There were delicious German-themed canapés for guests, provided by Chestnuts Tea Rooms.

The Director of The Coach House Gallery gave an interesting talk just prior to the film

The Director of The Coach House Gallery gave an interesting talk just prior to the film

...and then the screening got underway to a FULL HOUSE!

…and then the screening got underway to a FULL HOUSE!

 


German cinema

This week we’ve been thinking about German cinema, in advance of our first ‘deckchair cinema’ screening of Goodbye Lenin! next Sunday (20th October) at the Coach House Gallery, Alfriston. Full details of the event follow at the end of this post. We are anticipating a busy evening, so be sure to purchase your ticket soon!

We’ve been batting around our favourite German films here at Filmspot HQ, and have come up with a few suggestions for those of you who fancy having a warm-up for our German-themed evening. Here’s five of our favourites:

1. Nosferatu (1922)

Germany was pivotal in the early development of cinema – and many of the silent ‘classics’ are from here – The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Dr Mabuse – The Gambler, Pandora’s Box – just to name a few. We could have picked any of those, as they are all wonderful early films, however, F.W. Murnau‘s version of Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ story (with names altered for copyright reasons) is so iconic and bizarre that we had to include it. Max Schrek’s otherworldly depiction of the ghastly Count Orlok is particularly remarkable and haunting, as are the eerie early special effects, using stop motion animation. Werner Herzog‘s 1979 remake is also worthy of mention (a rare thing for a re-make) however, he is highlighted below for another of his wonderful films. Both the 1922 and 1979 films are included in the BFI Southbank’s current ‘Gothic’ season – screening later this month – so this Halloween is a fantastic time to revisit this masterpiece of gothic cinema.

2. Metropolis (1927)

Another German Expressionist masterpiece very well worth revisiting. Re-released by the BFI in 2010 in the closet cut to that which was presented at the 1927 premiere, Metropolis is regarded as the first feature-length sci-fi film. Set in a dystopian future, director Fritz Lang uses the film to explore class in modern society. Visually, the film is stunning and used pioneering special effects. Lang himself said that ‘The film was born from my first view of skyscrapers in New York in October 1924′.

3. Wings of Desire (1987)

Set in West Germany, Wim Wender’s film is about German trench-coated, invisable angels, who listen to the thoughts of Berlin’s human inhabitants and try to comfort those in need. One angel, Daniel, wishes to become human after falling in love with Marion, a beautiful trapeze artist. Ravishingly shot in black and white, this heartbreakingly romantic fantasy is totally captivating.

4. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Werner Herzog is certainly one of the most intriguing and colourful figures in contemporary cinema – and his hugely prolific output is a testament to both his genius and eccentricity. Based on the life of  real-life Peruvian rubber baron, Carlos Fitzcarrald, the production famously involved moving a 320ton steamship over a hill, without the use of special effects. Klaus Kinski, who took the title role, also caused enormous tension on set, meaning that the existence of this film at all is an achievement in itself!

5. Run Lola Run (1988)

Tom Tykwer’s film about a woman (Lola) who has 20 minutes to get 100,000 marks to her boyfriend, a small-time crook, before he is boss, Ronnie, will arrive and kill him. The film plays out three different scenarios, each effecting the characters Lola encounters on each of her runs in different ways. Very much influenced by Polish Director, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Tykwer directed Kieślowski’s planned film Heaven (another Filmspot favourite) after his death. Exhilarating and gutsy, this is unpretentious, passionate filmmaking at its best.

Now, back to news of our Goodbye Lenin! screening next Sunday 20 October! Here are the details:

6.00pm (for 6.30pm start)
THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY and FILMSPOT, in association with the SEAFORD GERMAN TWINNING ASSOCIATION
present a DECKCHAIR CINEMA screening of
GOODBYE LENIN [2003]
In original German, with English subtitles
 
TICKETS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE: £7 each, including a drink and German canapes.  To book, please email deckchaircinema@rocketmail.com with your name and number or call 01323 871402
We can’t wait, and hope to see you all there!
 

 


A great weekend in Salisbury – and launching a new community cinema in Alfriston

Phew – We’re just back from a fantastic time in Salisbury, where we ran a screening of ‘The Great White Silence‘ at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum on Saturday. More on that below, but first of all, we want to let you all know about our next event. We are very excited to be working with The Coach House Gallery in Alfriston to launch Deckchair Cinema – a new venture bringing art house and world cinema to Alfriston.

Our inaugural Deckchair Cinema event will be on Saturday 20 October, 6pm (for a 6.30pm start). We are presenting GOODBYE LENIN [2003], in association with and supporting the Seaford Twinning Association and the German Conversation Group. We will be showing the film in original German, with English subtitles.

This heart-warming tragicomedy, set in 1989, tells the story of a son who lovingly dupes his socialist mother, recently awoken from a coma, into believing that  Lenin really did win after all!
 
 Location: The Coach House, High St. Alfriston BN26 5TD. Parking: Willows Car Park: Free from 6pm
Here’s a clip, to whet your appetite!
TICKETS: £7 each, levied against licensing and including, a seat, a drink and German canapes – non language speakers also welcomed. Advance booking is recommended - please email deckchaircinema@rocketmail.com with your name and number or call 01323 871402
Back to Salisbury!

We had a great time in this picturesque city, and received some great feedback from the audience, including:
‘Very moving, thank you’
‘Excellent – loved the soundtrack’
‘Superb. My eight year old son and 76 year old father were equally entranced’

Thank you to all of you who came along – and also to those of you who noted down some suggestions for future screenings.

Here are some photos:

The beautiful venue: the Lecture Theatre (to the left of the photograph) at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

The beautiful venue: the Lecture Theatre (to the left of the photograph) at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

The audience arriving

The audience arriving

Here's Mr Filmspot's projectionist's eye view of the audience during the event, from the balcony!

Here’s Mr Filmspot’s projectionist’s eye view of the audience during the event, from the balcony!

We are looking forward to being back in Wiltshire again soon!


ANNOUNCING: AUTUMN!

…. we’re back!

We hope you’ve all had a great Summer, Filmspotters. We did, and we’ve been making some great plans for the upcoming Autumn season. We have five screenings of four different titles coming up over the next couple of months, so hopefully there’s something for everyone. Here’s the programme:

Saturday 5 October, 2.30pm: Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (1924, E)
We screened this fascinating film to a sell-out audience at Newhaven Fort earlier this year, and this is the first of two autumn screenings. Tickets are £6 for museum members, £8 for non-members, and must be booked in advance by contacting the Museum on 01722 332151.

Here’s the trailer:

Sunday 20 October, 6pm (for 6.30pm start): The Coach House Gallery, Alfriston
GOODBYE LENIN! (2003, 15)
This heart-warming tragicomedy, set in 1989, tells the story of a son who lovingly dupes his socialist mother, recently awoken from a coma, into believing that  Lenin really did win after all! Here’s a taster:

This is a Deckchair Cinema screening, run by Filmspot and the Coach House Gallery, in association with, and in support of, the Seaford Twinning Association and the German Conversation Group. Deckchair Cinema is a new joint initiative, launching with this event in October. We will be bringing world cinema and art house films to The Coach House Gallery in Alfriston. Contact deckchaircinema@rocketmail.com for updates specifically about this exciting new venture.

Saturday 2 November, 2pm: Newhaven Fort
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984, PG)

A special screening of classic supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters, for Halloween. Featuring hapless heroes (played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) setting up their ghost-removal service in New York. A brilliantly sharp script, spooky special effects and a heavy dose of nostalgia, this promises to be a great fun event! Here’s a clip:

Advance tickets will available from Newhaven Fort from October, priced at £6.00 adults and £4.00 for children
Please note: This screening will be great fun for older children, but does contain some spooky ghosts, which might scare younger visitors!

Friday 22 November, 6.15 for 6.45pm: St Michael’s Church, Brighton
THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE
Our second Autumn screening of this inspiring documentary film – and our first event in the community hall at St Michael’s Church, Brighton. Tickets are £5 in advance, from info@lja.uk.com or 01273 328683 – or £6 on the door.

Sunday 24 November, TIME AND VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED
LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT (1967)
This is planned as a fund-raising screening for the Alfriston-Veules les Roses Twinning association. Jacque Demy’s fun, breezy musical follows two sisters, Delphine (Catherine Deneuve) who teaches ballet, and Solange (Francoise Dorléac) who teaches music, over the course of a weekend when the fair is coming to town. Here’s the trailer:

Further details for this screening will be announced here as they become available,

Finally, if you have been following our @filmspotter twitter account, you may be aware that we have mentioned Home Cinema Day, which is TODAY! Here’s the details of the event, there is still time to join in this national event – invite a couple of friends over and enjoy a movie together! We’ve watched the fabulous ‘Girl Walk// All Day’ with some friends interested in dance… and we’re now off to take a vote on what our next title will be! If you do watch a movie tonight, be sure to tweet about it, with the hashtag #HCD2013.

Hope to see you all soon!

 

 

 


Top Gun at Airbourne in Eastbourne

Hi Filmspotters! Sorry we have been a little quiet – we’ve had a summer break, and we are now gathering everything together for our Autumn season. There will be an announcement on here in the next week with the first news of our upcoming season, and we look forward to seeing you all at events throughout the South soon.

This is just a quick post to let you all know that if you’re feeling ready for some early Filmspotting, we have again supported Eastbourne Borough Council in organising an outdoor screening. This year, there will be a free screening of Top Gun [12], this Saturday, 17 August, at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm). Full details are on their website: http://www.visiteastbourne.com/airbourne/airbourneattractions.aspx

Here’s the trailer!

See you all soon!

 


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