Event report: Lotte Reiniger Fairytales at Eastbourne Redoubt

The Filmspot team had a great time in May at Eastbourne Redoubt‘s ‘Museums at Night event’.

Cinderella silhouette animation

Drop in screenings for Lotte Reiniger’s fairytales took place throughout the evening

Three Little Pigs shadow puppets

Visitors had the chance to try their hand at shadow puppetry, using cut outs for ‘Three Little Pigs’ or ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

There were some interesting approaches to manipulating the puppets, including the many-legged wolf, who became known as ‘Octowolf’…

…we were surprised at how many alternative versions of the fairytales were performed. There were many wolf-eating pigs – and ninja grannies!

….there were some interesting pairings, too, including a surprise waltz between he wolf and the wood cutter!

Rachel and Rob, Co-Directors of Filmspot, with some of their creations.

We were so pleased that so many people joined us for this fantastic evening – and we thank everybody for their entertaining shadow puppetry performances. I’m sure Lotte Reiniger would have been proud of all of you!

…keen Filmspotters will be excited to learn about our next two upcoming Filmspot events.

We are very pleased to be working with the CMP Festival for the third year. This year, we will present two films at St Nicholas’s Church, Brighton.

7th July, doors 6pm (film 6.30pm): A Tale of Two Cities [1958]
This year, to celebrate Charles Dickens bicentenary, the CMP Festival will present ‘A Dickens of a Day’ – an entire day of Dickens-themed fun, including our Filmspot screening of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

Directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Dirk Bogarde, this adaptation Dickens’ novel is one of the most faithful to its source text. Made in 1958, it was shot in black and white because the Director felt that the book ‘was written in black and white’. Set during the French Revolution, a disillusioned lawyer, Sidney Carton (Bogarde), finds his life is turned upside down when he chooses to make a sacrifice for the woman he loves.
Crepes and galettes will be on sale prior to the film, by The French Revolution. Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions)

15th July, doors – and life drawing from 6pm (film 6.30pm): Les Enfants du Paradis [1945]
We are delighted to be presenting a very special screening together with DRAW, the Brighton Life Drawing Sessions, headed up by Jake Spicer.

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Marcel Carne’s classic melodrama is set in the teeming theatrical world of Paris of the 1830s. The three main characters are all based on historical figures – the brilliant, moonstruck mime artist Baptiste Debureau, the womanising actor Frederick Lemaitre and the murderous dandy Lacenaire. Each falls in love with, and is briefly loved by, Garance, a beautiful actress who leaves them when her freedom is threatened by their attempts to possess her. Filmed in German-occupied France, the feature is in two parts, because the Vichy government restricted film length to 90 minutes or less.

To complement the screening, DRAW will invite the audience to participate in 30 minute themed drawing sessions prior to the feature and during the interval (materials provided). Models in theatrical costume will create beautiful tableaux inspired by the film. DRAW aim to provide unique, dynamic and exciting opportunities for people to learn to draw – from the complete beginner to the professional artist. For full details, see The Draw Brighton website.

Crepes and galettes will be on sale prior to the film, and during the interval, by The French Revolution. Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions)

For full details of the CMP Festival, please see the CMP website
For tickets, contact the Brighton Dome Box Office: 01273 709709 or visit the Brighton Ticket Shop

The Great War Weekend at Eastbourne Redoubt

As regular readers of this blog will be well aware, we have a screening of ‘A Very Long Engagement‘ at Eastbourne Redoubt next week. It’s to complement the museum’s ‘Great War Weekend’.

When deciding on the right film to screen at this event, the Filmspot team came up with a surprisingly diverse list of ideas, so we thought we’d share some of the other titles from our original shortlist with you here.

1. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 

Directed by Lewis Milestone, All Quiet on the Western Front is rightly seen as one of the greatest anti-war films of all time. It is based on the novel of the same name by ErichMaria Remarque, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres John wary and Ben Alexander. The film focuses on a group of German friends, who patriotically join the army, only to have their outlooks completely changed by the horrors of life in the trenches.

2. . Porco Rosso (1992) 

An unusual WWI-related film this charming film by animation legend Hayao Miazaki ,from the Japanese Studio Ghibli, is about a former WWI pilot who is turned into a pig. The art direction and animation is as stunning as you would expect from the studio responsible for Spirited Away, Spirited Away and Totoro.

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

David Lean‘s classic film about T.E. Lawrence, and his exploits in Arabia during WW1, stands the test of time, and remains one of the best-loved films of the 1960s. Peter O’Toole got his major break into feature films portraying the titular role, and this is often cited as his best performance.

4. Wings (1927) 

This silent film won the first ever ‘Best Picture’ Oscar. With a renewed interest in silent films, partly fuelled by the success and popularity of ‘The Artist’, it is a great time to revisit some of the classics of the silent era. Wings contains some incredible footage of airborne stunts – especially when seen by a modern audience, used to the smoke and mirrors of CGI effects.

5. Oh, what a lovely war! (1969)

This musical, directed by Richard Attenborough, really is a ‘who’s who’ of British acting talent in the late 60s. The cast includes Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, members of the Redgrave family, Maggie Smith and Ian Holm, just to name a few! The film somehow manages to portray the horrors of war, between a range of catchy ditties. A very surreal, but strangely moving feature.

So, all that remains is for me to mention once again… We will be kicking off our 2012 season with ‘A Very Long Engagement’, at Eastbourne Redoubt on 21st April at 8pm. We shall screen the film in original French with English subtitles.

See http://www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk/Events.htm for full details, and contact Eastbourne Redoubt for tickets on 01323 410300.

We look forward to seeing you all there!