Endless Summer…

Hi Filmspotters –

I hope you’re all having as enjoyable a summer as we are here at Filmspot HQ. We’ve just completed our the first leg of our summer screenings, and we’re now looking forward to a quick regroup before our August events kick off!

We ran our first Deaf Community Cinema Night, in support of the Brighton Deaf Diaspora on 21 June. We screened the short film, ‘Retreat’ by deaf filmmaker, Ted Evans, followed by a screening of ‘Gravity’ – both films featured subtitles for the hard of hearing. We feel it was a great success, with some great feedback from attendees, including:

Nice valance with deaf film andHollywood – next time I way to watch a long deaf film!”

“I enjoyed very much and [am] looking for more!”

“An excellent idea to create a community event”

Both films were very popular, but judging from the positive response we got regarding Ted Evans riveting film, I think we will be on the look out for more works by deaf filmmakers in the future.

Nadia Nadarajah from the Deaf Diaspora group gave an introduction to the event.

Nadia Nadarajah from the Deaf Diaspora group gave an introduction to the event.

Everybody in the audience really responded well to Ted Evans atmospheric short film, 'Retreat'

Everybody in the audience really responded well to Ted Evans atmospheric short film, ‘Retreat’

 

Last Saturday evening, we tagged our latest CMPCA Pop Up Cinema Club event, with a screening of Ealing’s wonderfully dark Kind Hearts and Coronets. Again, the feedback from the event was great, including many people who admitted to never having seen the film before!

The audience settling in to watch 'Kind Hearts and Coronets'

The audience settling in to watch ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’

In honour of last weekend’s new Ealing comedy fans, we thought we would give you Filmspot’s top 5 Ealing Comedies, to get your collection started! Here goes…

5. Whisky Galore! [1949]
Alexander Mackendrick’s wonderfully subversive comedy based on the true story of the SS Politician which was wrecked in near the Hebrides.  Boats from the nearby islands soon set upon the wreck, rescuing some 7,000 cases of Scotch from a watery end! This was filmed in the same year as Kind Hearts and includes the same rather dark, biting humour.

4. Hue and Cry [1947]
The first of the post-war Ealing Comedies, Hue and Cry takes its inspiration from the children’s story, Emil and the Detectives. The story follows a group of East End children who foil a gang of robbers, and director Charles Crichton uses the chaos of the bombed streets of London after the Blitz for fascinating backdrops.

3. The Ladykillers [1955]
Perhaps the best known of the Ealing comedies (unfortunately in part to the completely unnecessary and baffling 2004 remake), The Ladykillers boasts a brilliant cast, led by the ever-charismatic Alec Guinness, and a splendidly twisted sense of humour.

2. The Man in The White Suit [1951]
Mackendrick’s deliciously cynical The Man in The White Suit appears simple on the surface, but the film gives real pause for thought. Alec Guinness is at his understated best as an idealistic young inventor who creates an indestructible, dirt-repelling fabric the threatens to overturn the entire textiles industry. Mackendrick said of the film, “Each character in the story was intended as a caricature of a separate political attitude, covering the entire range from Communist, through official Trades Unionism, Romantic Individualism, Liberalism, Enlightened and Unenlightened Capitalism to Strong-arm Reaction. Even the central character was intended as a comic picture of Disinterested Science.”

1. Kind Hearts and Coronets
Of course, Kind Hearts had to feature – this black comedy started a run of what we now see as the ‘classic’ Ealing Comedies. Remembered for Alec Guinness’s incredible performance as all eight doomed members of the D’Ascoyne family, it is Dennis Price, who plays Louis Mazzini – the murderous, yet extremely elegant lead character, who holds the film together. 

If we haven’t convinced you yet, here is the wonderful John Landis, singing its praises as only he can!

 

….We’ll be back in a week to give you full details of our August screenings!

Seaford 150: A great success!

Welcome to the weekend, Filmspotters. We are looking forward to our inaugural screening in support of the Deaf Diaspora tomorrow, details about the screening follow towards the end of this blog post.

Thank you to all of you who came out to enjoy the celebrations of 150 years of the Seaford to Brighton branch line. We were in Bishopstone station, working with the Seaford Community Cinema to show a selection of films made by pupils from the Harbour Primary School, Newhaven, along with some archive films of local, national and international significance, all based on the theme of the railway. We were kept busy with a range of visitors, of all ages, who all found something of interest in the film reel.

The station itself is a real architectural gem - and it was great to see so many people enjoying this fascinating building.

The station itself is a real architectural gem – and it was great to see so many people enjoying this fascinating building.

 

 

 

 

Here's a panoramic of some of our visitors enjoying the film reel.

Here’s a panoramic of some of our visitors enjoying the film reel.

 

…and here is the special visitor, down specially for the occasion!

…and here is the special visitor, down specially for the occasion!

 

…everybody gave our visitor a warm welcome, it felt just like we were in 'The Railway Children'!

…everybody gave our visitor a warm welcome, it felt just like we were in ‘The Railway Children’!

 

Our thanks and congratulations to the Sussex Community Rail Partnership who worked so hard and made the day a great success. Also, we would like to thank our new friends at Seaford Community Cinema. It was great to work with them, and we can’t wait to go to some of their screenings next season!

Our Inaugural Deaf Community Cinema Screening

We are very excited about our screening tomorrow: Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm) at Claremont Hall (WI), Brooklyn Road, Seaford

We will be screening a short film entitled Retreat by deaf film director, Ted Evans, followed by Alfonso Cuaron’s exhilarating sic-fi survival story, Gravity, shown with audio descriptive subtitles for the hard of hearing.

Here’s the teaser for the very atmospheric Retreat:

There are still tickets available: Tickets cost £6 adults, £4 children (12+); £18 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children aged 12+.

Advance booking essential, from Nadia Nadarajah: deafdiaspora@gmail.com

….Kind Hearts and Coronets at the CMPCA Pop Up Cinema Club

And finally, a reminder about our upcoming screening of the deliciously dark Ealing Comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets, which we are looking forward to presenting on Saturday 28 June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm). 

Tickets cost £5 in advance (£6 on the door), and an be booked by contacting  info@lja.uk.com or 01273 328683.

Look out next week for some of Filmspot’s favourite Ealing moments!