We had a fantastic time at Newhaven Fort on 16 May, celebrating 70 years since the Dam Busters raid. We’re now looking forward to 15 June, our next event, where we shall show the fascinating and beautiful ‘Great White Silence‘, but more on that later – first off, here are the pictures from our ‘Dam Busters 70′ event! Thanks to everyone who came along…
Our thanks to Ed, who gave an evocative and exciting introduction to the film, just prior to the screening.
We’re now looking to the future, where we go even further back in time! on 15 June, we are screening ‘The Great White Silence’ – the fascinating eye witness account of Captain Scott‘s doomed Terra Nova expedition. The film was beautifully captured by photographer Herbert Ponting, whose remarkable eye for composition gives the film some truly breathtaking scenes. The antarctic seems to be an icy wonderland, as beautiful as it is treacherous. There is footage of Scott and his team preparing for the long walk to the pole. Although he didn’t join the team on the push to the South Pole, Ponting also filmed the team manhauling the sledge and cooking and sleeping in their tent, just as they were to do for real on the way to and from the Pole. Recently fully restored by the BFI, this version includes a haunting new score by composer Simon Fisher Turner, and is colour tinted, from the original notes by Ponting, to convey different lighting effects.
I’ve posted it before, but here’s the trailer:
Doors open 7.00 pm (film starts 7.30 pm). Tickets are £6.00 (£5.00 concessions) and are available from Newhaven Fort on 01273 517622.
A breath-taking film, in atmospheric surroundings, this promises to be a memorable evening. Hope to see you there!
A big thank you to all of you who came out to the Western Lawns in Eastbourne to support the Magnificent Motors drive-in on Bank Holiday Saturday last week. We helped facilitate the screening of The Italian Job, which was run by the Eastbourne Borough Council Events Team. It was great to see you all – including some of the classic cars that came and really added to the atmosphere. We have another great event coming up this week, do see the end of this post for details!
Here are a few photographs from the evening:
Don’t forget we have our FREE screening of The Dam Busters at Newhaven Fort this week – it’s on Thursday, as part of Museums at Night. Doors open at 6.30pm, with the programme starting at 7.30pm, and we are expecting a crowd, so do make sure you book your ticket in advance. To book, contact Newhaven Fort on 01273 517622.
A classic British war film, The Dam Busters stars MIchael Redgrave as Barnes Willis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb. The first section of the film focuses on the background of Willis’s work on the bomb, and solving the problem of how to attack the Ruhr Valley dams from the air. The second section of the film focuses on the ‘Dam Busters’ raid itself, with some riveting flight sequences featuring specially modified Lancaster Bombers. Here’s a great clip from the film with an unusual bit of problem solving:
We hope to see you all at Newhaven Fort!
Team Filmspot had a brilliant time last weekend at the International Lawn Tennis Centre in Eastbourne. Thank you to all who came along – we hope you enjoyed the events!
We kicked off our weekend with a walk on the noir side, with Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard.
On Saturday afternoon, we all had a great time, bringing a bit of technicolor fun to the Tennis Centre, with ‘Singin’ in the Rain’! (all photographs of our ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ event are by our wonderful roving photographer, Lukas Rohulan!)
It was great fun, it was lovely to meet so many film fans of all ages. We look forward to coming back, soon!
For all of you in Eastbourne who are looking for some more cinematic shenanigans, we have helped facilitate a drive in screening of ‘The Italian Job’ on Saturday 4th May, on Eastbourne seafront. Details can be found on the Eastbourne Borough Council website here
For our next full Filmspot event, we are returning to Newhaven Fort for a screening of ‘Dam Busters’ on 16 May. This is a free screening as part of Museums at Night, and it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the famous raid. More details on that soon!
Hope you’ve all had a splendid Easter! We have been getting ourselves ready for next weekend when Filmspot goes to Hollywood, without even leaving Eastbourne!
We have two fantastic Hollywood themed films over the weekend, on Friday 5th April at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) we are screening Sunset Boulevard, and on Saturday 6th April at 4pm (doors 3.30pm), we’re showing Singin’ in the Rain. In my last blog, we explored some great Gene Kelly moments, in honour of Singin’ in the Rain, so this time we’re looking at some of the classic Billy Wilder moments…
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Probably Wilder’s best-known film, Some Like It Hot stars Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and George Raft. Lemmon and Curtis play two jazz musicians who accidently witness the Valentine’s Day Massacre. Struggling to find work, they disguise themselves as women and join a women’s band, headed by Marilyn Monroe. The American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy of all time.
The Apartment (1960)
Starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, this charming drama-comedy focuses on a lonely office worker, C C Baxter (Lemmon), who allows his four managers to use his apartment for their extramarital liaisons. The initial idea for the film came from Noel Coward’s play ‘Brief Encounter’, and also from the real life Hollywood scandal when producer Walter Wanger shot agent Jennings Lang after discovering Lang was having an affair with his wife. Released after the success of ‘Some Like it Hot’, it was widely thought of as a comedy when it came out, but it has a very melancholic, dramatic air.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Very different in tone from the above two films, this Noir masterpiece shows the life of an alcoholic, particularly focussing on a weekend-long binge. While less bleak than the autobiographical novel by Charles Jackson on which it is based, this is a rare depiction of the grim realities of alcoholism, rather than the usual Hollywood tactic of using drunken-ness for laughs. The film rightly swept the board at the Academy Awards, winning best picture, director, actor (for the lead, Ray Milland) and screenplay in 1946.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Co-written by Wilder and the great Raymond Chandler, based on a novella of the same name by James M Cain, Double Indemnity is regarded as one of the classics of Film Noir. Featuring hardboiled dialogue, and a cruel femme fatale, this film was actually created before the term ‘Film Noir’ was even coined! Barbara Stanwyck plays a provocative housewife, who schemes a complicated insurance scam, in which she entangled Walter Neff (played by Fred MacMurray), a successful but greedy insurance salesman.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Starring Kirk Douglas, Ace in the Hole is Wilder’s scathing examination of the press, and its ‘victims’. Douglas plays a disgraced reporter who is desperate to regain work on a national newspaper. He senses an opportunity to get back onto front page national news when a man gets trapped in a cave, while gathering ancient Indian artefacts. He gets involved in the rescue mission, trying to prolong it in order to get the biggest story possible from the situation, turning the rescue mission into a ‘circus’. Unsurprisingly, given its theme, the film was poorly received by the press on release, but it really is classic Wilder material, with his typical biting outlook.
On Friday, however, we are showing one of Wilder’s greatest, and possibly darkest, works, Sunset Boulevard. We hope to see you at the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, for the film start at 7.30pm.
Maybe it’s the cold weather that just seems to be going on and on without end, but everyone around these parts seems to be suffering from the doldrums! Well, I have the antidote, and that is… a good dose of Gene Kelly film clips to cheer you all up!
I could have included the original ‘sitting dance’ clip, which is just superb, but Volkswagon gave it a fresh twist, in their Jetta ad.
From an early film, ‘Cover Girl‘, Gene Kelly appears to have been served… by himself.
Somehow we always manage to fit the Muppets in somewhere. Here is Gene Kelly in a peculiarly moving performance, with our favourite fuzzyfilm stars!
…well, all that’s just for a warm up! Ready for more toe-tapping? We can’t wait for our screening of the wonderful *Singin in the Rain* at Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Centre on 6th April. It’s part of our ‘Golden Age of Hollywood‘ weekend, and we’ll also be showing the wonderfully dark *Sunset Boulevard* on Friday 5th April.
We hope to see you all there!
Yes, unfortunately we have had to postpone our upcoming screening of ‘The Great White Silence‘ at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, due to unforeseen circumstances. This was originally planned for Saturday 9 March, but will now happen on Saturday 5 October. If you already hold a ticket, these will still be valid for the new date – but if you would like to discuss the screening, or cannot make 5th October, do please contact Salisbury Museum directly on 01722 332151.
On a completely different note, we are looking for volunteer ushers/ usherettes/ performers for our upcoming Hollywood themed weekend at Eastbourne Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, where we will be showing:
5th April – SUNSET BOULEVARD: 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm)
6th April – SINGIN IN THE RAIN: 4.00pm (doors 3.30pm)
See my previous post for full details and trailers for each of the films.
We are looking for ‘vintage’ ushers and usherettes for both events. For Sunset Boulevard, we are recruiting performers to take the part of 1950s paparazzi, to create a buzz on our ‘red carpet’, at the entrance to the screening. For Singin’ in the Rain, Filmspot are looking for a number of dancers or performers to dress up in yellow macs, wielding brollies (the suspicious need not apply!). We will provide costumes.
We can offer travel expenses and food – and the chance to dress up and be the envy of all your friends! We are going to be filming at the event, and can provide any performers who take part with copies of videos, for their portfolios.
Email Rachel Hunter, Co-Director of Filmspot, for details: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07525 357393.
ALSO! We are looking for donations of any unwanted or broken umbrellas for a large-scale installation at the Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Centre
Any donations are gratefully received – please contact Rachel Hunter (email@example.com or 07525 357393).
We are really pleased to be presenting our upcoming season of films for 2013. There is one final addition to the programme, which we are in the process of confirming, so do check back in the next week or two for details of that, but in the meantime, get out the diary and start marking up dates! We’re looking forward to seeing you all at events around the South East soon!
The Great White Silence (1924) [U]
at Salisbury Museum, Saturday 9th March, 2.30pm (doors 2.00pm)
I posted about this remarkable film a couple of weeks ago, so for further information, please look back to my last post. Last time, I included the trailer, but for those of you who can’t wait for the event, here’s a few Q&As about the film from the BFI:
Tickets: £6 Members of Salisbury Museum, £8 Non-Members
From: 01722 332151
The Golden Age of Hollywood Weekend
at Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April
Filmspot are delighted to be partnering up with Eastbourne Borough Council Events to present two very different films about Hollywood, with theatrical touches, music, period trailers and themed snacks.
Sunset Boulevard (1950) [PG]
Friday 5th April, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of American cinema, Billy Wilder‘s classic noir is 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.
Tickets: £6.50 adults, £4.00 children
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) [U]
Saturday 6th April, 4.00pm (doors 3.30pm)
Gene Kelly’s comedy-musical is a lighthearted look at Hollywood’s transition from silent film to ‘talkies’. Starring Kelly alongside the undisputed talents of Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, the films boasts instantly recognisable tunes, fun and awe-inspiring dance routines and charming comic performances. A sure-fire hit for the entire family! dance routines and charming comic performances.
Tickets: £6.50 adults, £4.00 children, £18.00 family (two adults, two)
Filmspot at Newhaven Fort
Filmspot are delighted to be working with Newhaven Fort again in 2013 for three exciting film screening events. Expect theatrical touches, installations, as well as period trailers and newsreels to set the scene. Themed refreshments will be available, including a licenced café.
The Dam Busters (1955) [U]
at Newhaven Fort, Thursday 16th May, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the RAF Squadron 617’s raid on the Ruhr Valley dams, Filmspot are pleased to be presenting a special screening of The Dam Busters at Newhaven Fort, as part of Museums at Night.
Based on true events as featured in the book ‘Enemy Coast Ahead’ by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the film focuses on scientist Barnes Willis’s (played by Michael Redgrave) work on the ‘bouncing bomb’ during WWII, as well as on the mission itself. The breathtaking footage of aircraft required that five Lancaster Bombers were rebuilt, with the aircraft expenses making up a tenth of the film’s overall budget. With its ‘docu-drama’ tone, stellar cast and memorable music, The Dam Busters is regarded as one of the finest British war films.
Tickets for The Dam Busters are free but must be booked in advance.
Call Newhaven Fort for bookings on 01273 517622
The Great White Silence (1924) [U]
At Newhaven Fort, Saturday 15th June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
We are taking Captain Scott and company on the road – for those of you who cannot quite get to Salisbury on 9 March, we are presenting The Great White Silence in the atmospheric setting of Newhaven Fort.
Tickets: Adults: £6.00; Children: £4.00.
Call Newhaven Fort for bookings on 01273 517622
As I mentioned above, we have one more very special screening to be confirmed for our Spring/ Summer season, more news on that to follow, but in the meantime get booking your tickets – we hope to see you all soon!