Late summer season

Hello Filmspotters!

A quick update, as it’s been a while! We’ve been keeping busy here at Filmspot HQ – planning for our upcoming late summer season, which is all happening over the next couple of weeks. Listings of all our upcoming screenings follows at the end of this post.

On 22 August, we’re continuing with our series of screenings at Isfield Village Hall, with Wes Anderson’s delightful ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. Here’s the trailer:

Due to this upcoming screening, and being at the height of the school holiday period, we have been thinking about camping in films! Here are some of our favourites:

Nuts in May [1975]

Ah, Nuts in May – I’m sure we have mentioned this elsewhere on the blog, but this is certainly a favourite here at Filmspot HQ. Surely everybody knows of someone (or a couple) as irritating and odd as Keith and Candice Marie? Before any camping trip, it’s always worth warming up with a couple of verses of the Zoo Song. Mike Leigh has a lot to answer for…

Blair Witch Project [1999]

It’s difficult to fathom now, after seeing so many copy-cat ‘found footage’ horror films and spoofs, but this was once a startlingly good, and frightening, film. Definitely not one to revisit before a woodland camping trip!

Stand By Me [1986]

This classic 80s coming of age film perfectly captures the atmosphere of almost never-ending summer holidays – very like the Italian thriller, ‘Io non ho Paura’ (not about camping, but also definitely worth a watch).

 

Familia Rodante [2004]

This is sort of the Argentinian version of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. This film makes you wonder how you would get on with 12 members of your family, travelling 1000km in a beaten-up camper van?

Sightseers [2012]

Ben Wheatley’s ingenious comedy horror definitely channels ‘Nuts in May’ – but somehow he takes the ‘irritating know-all happy campers’ characters to the next level.

…so now you’re in the mood for a camping trip? Possibly not! Well, why not join us as Isfield VIllage Hall on Saturday instead, for a very good movie? Tickets for Moonrise Kingdom cost £6 each on the door, with the event starting 6.45pm for 7.30 film start. Drinks and nibbles are being provided by Isfield Village Hall.

Our other upcoming Late Summer screenings and events:

5 September: JAWS in the Isfield ICE Field (with animation workshops taking place throughout the day)

10 September: DAS CABINET DES DR CALIGARI with LIVE SCORE from Partial Facsimile at Fabrica Brighton

Full details are on our website.

We hope to see you soon!

 

What we’re looking forward to!

Well, it’s exciting times for Filmspot at the moment. We’re putting the finishing touches to our 2012 events programme and will be announcing lots of upcoming events in our next blog, so watch this space.

In the meantime, though – we promised our most anticipated films for 2012, so…

The Muppets

After our Muppet-fest in Eastbourne in December, you’d think we would have had our fill of Muppets, but of course the fact is: you can never have your fill of Muppets! The new film has already taken America by a storm – and I’m sure the wait will be worth it when the film is finally released over here next week. It’s time to start the music…

Moonrise Kingdom

We’re big Wes Anderson fans here at Filmspot, so a new Anderson film is always good news – and from the trailer this looks like no exception. how could it possibly go wrong, from the Francois Hardy music, most of Anderson’s usual collaborators (although there is the notable absence of any members from the Wilson family), Ed Norton as a scout leader (an excellent piece of casting!) and bird costumes! Fabulous stuff.

The Woman in Black

The 1989 TV adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic ghost story is one of our Hallowe’en favourites, and I would be tempted to suggest that a remake isn’t really necessary, but this looks like it has been rather intelligently done. It’s the latest title to be released by the re-vamped Hammer Productions, and this has the potential to be a match made in heaven (if you’ll excuse the turn of phrase..). There are certainly a couple of spine tingling moments in the trailer alone. It’s always a pleasure to have a good old fashioned ghost story back in the cinema – a nice antidote to The Human Centipede and other such ghastly creations….

La Fee (The Fairy)

Last year, one of the Filmspot team’s most charming discoveries was Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s ‘Rumba’ – a delightful mixture of dance, (near) silent comedy and whimsy. This looks set to continue in a similar vein – with Tati-esque slapstick and endearing set pieces. It has had a couple of festival screenings over here – and we’re hoping it’ll get a more general release date for the UK soon!

The Pirates: In an Adventure with Scientists

Hot on the heals of ‘Arthur Christmas’, Aardman are back in familiar stop-motion territory with The Pirates. Looking at the trailer, it seems they haven’t skimped on detail (we are particularly impressed by the Blue Peter badge making an appearance on one of the pirate’s hats!).

I’m sure there are plenty of others to look out for – what are your most anticipated films of 2012?

Check back on this blog soon for some important announcements for our upcoming season of events.