Less Enfants du Paradis, more Lotte Reiniger!


Unfortunately due to unforeseen licensing issues, we are unable to screen ‘Les Enfants du Paradis‘ at the CMP Festival at St Nicholas Church, Brighton, this Sunday 15 July.

The good news is… we have an even more magical event to take its place!

Filmspot will revisit the fairy tales of animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger with a stunning programme of four short films: Snow White and Rose Red, The Magic Horse, Thumbelina and Sleeping Beauty. All the films were created in 1954, and feature charming music and narration, as well as Reiniger’s exquisitely detailed silhouette puppets.

We are delighted that Jake Spicer and DRAW will be providing three 20 minute theatrically costumed drawing sessions throughout the evening. Drawing is optional, but I think most people will find it hard to resist picking up a pencil in the atmospheric setting of St Nicholas Church.

Just to get you all warmed up, here’s a clip of Jake at TEDx in Brighton, talking about his passion for life drawing:


For further information about DRAW, see their website: http://www.draw-brighton.co.uk/

There will also be delicious galettes and crepes from The French Revolution, as well as a bar.

Doors to the event open at 6pm, with the first short film starting at 6.30pm (we expect the event to finish by approximately 8.30pm).

Tickets may be booked from www.brightonticketshop.com, by telephoning 01273 709709 or be purchased on the door – although we are expecting this to be a really popular event, so we’d recommend advance booking.

This promise to be a fun evening for all ages – we hope to see you all there!

A Successful evening at the CMP Festival – and tennis films!

Team Filmspot are having a day off watching the Wimbledon final after all the excitement of yesterday at the CMP Festival! Last night’s screening of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ at St Nicholas Church was a great success, with many people commenting that they really enjoyed the film.

A Tale of Two Cities at the CMP Festival

The audience settling in to watch A Tale of Two Cities at the CMP Festival

Were already looking forward to our upcoming theatrical drawing session based on characters from ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’ next Sunday (15th July). We have worked with Jake Spicer and DRAW: Brighton Life Drawing Sessions.

So, back to our day off – while waiting for the roof to close on centre court, we were chatting about tennis in films, so here, inspired by Wimbledon, are a few tennis related film suggestions:

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot [1953]

M. Hulot’s Holiday (tennis clip)

Any excuse to feature Jacques Tati on this blog! His unorthodox but highly successful tennis serve would certainly give Federer a run for his money…

Royal Tenenbaums [2001]

Surely inside every great tennis player, there is a Richie Tenenbaum waiting to get out? Luke Wilson’s tennis prodigy is a tortured soul – as is evident from this clip of his on-court meltdown…

School for Scoundrels [1960]

“Oh I say, smashing cricket stroke!”

Strangers on a Train [1951]

Strangers on a Train (tennis clip)

Amateur tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) plays a match ‘with murder’. A film about the danger of humouring people, one of the most unsettling scenes is this one – the crowd all watching the ball travelling backwards and forward on the court, but Robert Walker’s eyes do not leave Granger…

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead [1990]

The best game of tennis ever played, even if there are no racquets or balls involved…

So there you have it for another year… in the time it’s taken for me to finish this blog Federer has beaten Murray, and is World No. 1! Well done Roger!

Screenings at the CMP Festival 2011

We’re working with CMP Festival again this year. We’re presenting two films as part of their programme, at St Nick’s in Brighton: Animal Farm and The Prince and the Showgirl. Details will go live next weekend, but for now, here are the trailers to whet your appetite!

The Prince and the Showgirl, featuring the ever voluptuous Marilyn and former Brighton resident (oh, and screen icon!), Laurence Olivier:

Animal Farm by the British pioneers of animation, Halas & Batchelor:

We’re working on further screenings later in the year. If you have any special requests or suggestions for Filmspot events in the future, do get in touch.