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!

 

 

 

The Great White Silence at Newhaven Fort

We had a great time, and a fantastic turn out, at Newhaven Fort on Saturday evening, with our special screening of The Great White Silence. We had some interesting discussions with many members of the audience after the event – we were so pleased that everybody found the film so engaging!

Here are some photographs…

We projected a stock footage video of Antarctica at the entrance of Newhaven Fort

We projected a stock footage video of Antarctica at the entrance of Newhaven Fort

Here are some of our visitors arriving at the Fort.

Here are some of our visitors arriving at the Fort.

Here's a family group arriving at the Romney Hut, for the Screening

Here’s a family group arriving at the Romney Hut, for the Screening

The audience start taking to their seats!

The audience start taking to their seats!

...and here's an 'audience eye view' of the film underway! We nearly had a full house, with only a couple of tickets to spare, and a few house seats at the back!

…and here’s an ‘audience eye view’ of the film underway! We nearly had a full house, with only a couple of tickets to spare, and a few house seats at the back!

 

This weekend, on 22 June, there will be a special screening of one of Team Filmspot’s favourite films, A Canterbury Tale in Veules Les Roses, France, to mark their twinning with the picturesque Sussex village, Alfriston. We have helped to organise the film and licencing for this event, which we hope will be a success. Sadly we can’t make it over ourselves, but we look forward to posting about it soon. In the Autumn, we will present a French film, as suggested by the film club in Veules Les Roses – more news about this will appear over the summer.

We’re also looking forward to screening The Great White Silenceat Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum (in honour of Salisbury0born Herbert Ponting, the Director of the film) in October – more details will appear on here and the Filmspot website later in the Summer.

Our next event at Newhaven Fort will be in the Autumn, when there will be all sorts of ghoulish fun for our screening of Ghostbusters on 2 November.

Dam Busters and Explorers at Newhaven Fort

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…

...Filmspot have arrived at The Fort!

…Filmspot have arrived at The Fort!

Newhaven Fort's resident 17 Squadron expert, created some fantastic artwork for the screening, including this great poster!...

Newhaven Fort’s resident 617 Squadron expert, created some fantastic artwork for the screening, including this great poster!…

...and this very accurate cut out of the rather unfortunately named dog!

…and this very accurate cut out of the rather unfortunately named dog!

Our thanks to Ed, who gave an evocative and exciting introduction to the film, just prior to the screening.

We had a full house - and even had to bring in more seats!

We had a full house – and even had to bring in more seats! Photo: Lukas Rohulan

 

It was a great way to mark a very special anniversary - it was wonderful to see so many people at the Fort for this special 'Museums at Night' occasion.

It was a great way to mark a very special anniversary – it was wonderful to see so many people at the Fort for this special ‘Museums at Night’ occasion. Photo: Lukas Rohulan

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!

Call for performers and unwanted brollies – and ‘Great White Silence’ postponed

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.

If you live in East Sussex, our screening at Newhaven Fort will go ahead as planned, on 15 June.

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: rachel@filmspot.org.uk 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 (rachel@filmspot.org.uk or 07525 357393).

 

 

‘The Great White Silence’ and other chilly cinematic delights…

SNOW! You are probably sick of hearing about the stuff by now, but that has never stopped us Filmspotters from pulling on our wellies, hats and gloves… although in reality, this weather does just make us yearn for blankets and a good, cosy film to watch.

By coincidence, though, we are pleased to announce that our first Filmspot screening for 2013 will be the very appropriate ‘Great White Silence’ [1924], at Salisbury Museum on Saturday 9th March at 2.30pm

Newly restored by the BFI and a winner of awards, The Great White Silence is a deeply moving account of Scott’s sea journey south from New Zealand and, once his team reaches Antarctica, their preparations for the long walk.

Scott chose to take Salisbury-born Herbert Ponting to record the journey. Thanks to Ponting’s superb eye, a century later we have an astonishing visual account of his tragic quest. After Scott’s death Ponting began a lecture tour which he eventually built into a silent film (now with a new haunting score performed by the contemporary string ensemble, The Elysian Quartet) with intertitles, as well as his own stills, maps, portraits and paintings, to create a narrative of the terrible events. He even filmed some novel sequences using models and stop-motion photography to show the various journeys of the polar teams. The final film was tinted and toned to express lighting effects. Although he did not travel beyond the final base camp, Ponting had the foresight to film Scott, Edward Wilson, ‘Taff’ Evans and Henry Bowers (interestingly, the same men, with Lawrence Oates, were to form the – as yet unselected – polar 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. It really is a compelling and beautiful film. Here is the trailer, to whet your appetite.

Please contact Salisbury Museum to book your tickets (£6 for members; £8 for non-members) on 01722 332151. The Museum has a webpage about the event here

For those Filmspotters in the East Sussex area, we will be running a screening of ‘The Great White Silence’ at Newhaven Fort in June, and will announce final details in the coming weeks.

Inspired by Captain Scott and our upcoming visit to Salisbury, as well as the ‘winter wonderland’, which is now rapidly melting outside, we have been thinking about some of our favourite films featuring snow. So, without further ado, here you are:

1. Fargo [1996]

Joel and Ethan Coen‘s quirky crime comedy uses its snow bound ‘Minnesota nice’ setting to great effect – and particularly revel in the contract of white and red, and ‘niceness’ and ‘nastiness’. The film boasts a fantastic cast, featuring many of the Coen’s regular collaborators, including Frances McDormand, William H Macy and Steve Buscemi – and of course the unforgettably sing-song accents: ‘Yah, you betcha!’

2. The Gold Rush [1925]

This wonderful silent comedy is the film that Chaplin himself said he wanted to be remembered for – and indeed, this film features many of Chaplin’s most memorable scenes, including he often parodied ‘bread roll dance’. The film follows the exploits of The Tramp as he travels to take part in the Klondike gold rush.

3. Touching The Void [2003]

Kevin McDonald’s gripping documentary follows the story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who successfully climbed to the summit of previously unclimbed Siula Grande in Peru. After a disastrous accident, leaving his partner hanging by a rope over a cliff, Yates, who felt sure Simpson was dead, cut the rope. Consisting of re-enactment footage, together with interviews with the mountaineers.

4. Ikiru [1952]

Admittedly the trailer above doesn’t exactly scream SNOW at you, but snow features in the most pivotal scene of this wonderful, moving film. In this humble Filmspotter’s opinion, this is Akira Kurosawa’s best film, with a touching performance by the underrated Takashi Shimura. The story follows a middle-aged bureaucrat who, on learning he has less than a year to live, attempts to come to terms with his impending death and sets about discovering the secret to happiness.

5. Bambi

I know that this, like Ikiru, isn’t entirely focussed on snow, but the clip above of Bambi on ice is the Disney studio demonstrating why they were at the top of the animation tree for so long.

Hope to see some of you in Salisbury in March – keep cosy!