A successful start to our 2014 season – and June screenings

Hi Filmspotters,

We have been a little bit quiet the past couple of months, because we have been working on a new website, and booking in some great events for our upcoming season!

Firstly, let’s have a quick look back at 2014 so far…

Launch of the Filmspot CMPCA Pop Up Cinema Club

During March, we launched our pop-up cinema club with the CMPCA in Brighton, with a sell-out screening of Billy Wilder’s fantastic Sunset Boulevard in St Michael’s Church Hall, Brighton. 

he audience settling in for 'Sunset Boulevard' at St Michael's Church Hall

The audience settling in for ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at St Michael’s Church Hall

The film received a great reception from the audience, and the CMPCA did a fantastic job catering for everybody who came along to the screening, with delicious pizzas and salads! There was a very festive atmosphere, and we are now looking forward to our next event with this friendly, lively community group, in June (details follow below).

Museums at Night: Newhaven Fort

We took part in a fun evening at Newhaven Fort earlier in May, to promote our upcoming WWI Commemorative Weekend. In August we shall be screening Wings and All Quiet on the Western Front at the Fort. Details will follow in a future blog post. For the Museums at Night event, we screened trailers for the two films in the entrance to the Fort, and were on hand to talk to visitors about the events we have run at the Fort over the past five years.

Steve from Newhaven Fort, at our trailer screening for Museums at Night.

Steve from Newhaven Fort, at our trailer screening for Museums at Night.

Elderflower Fields Festival

Over the bank holiday weekend, Filmspot had a great time at Elderflower Field Festival, in Ashdown Forest. We screened two films at this family festival: The Croods and Project Wild Thing. The screenings were very popular – with over 100 people settling down in the cinema tent!

Audience in the cinema tent at Elderflower Fields

Audience in the cinema tent at Elderflower Fields

Upcoming screenings…

We have three exciting events coming up in June.

On Saturday 7 June we are working in association with Sussex Community Rail Partnership and Seaford Cinema to take part in the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Seaford to Brighton train line. We will be at Bishopstone Station 10am – 4pm.

Filmspot will be presenting local and well-known travel-related film in the atmospheric Art Deco Grade II Listed station building. Films will include charming advertisements created by children from Newhaven Harbour Primary School. As part of the celebrations, there will be events running at various locations along the Seaford to Brighton line. See the Sussex Community Rail Partnership website for details.

On Saturday 21 June, we are delighted to be working with the Sussex Deaf Community for this inaugural Deaf Community Cinema Night in Seaford. It will start at 7.30pm at Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Road, Seaford.

For this event, we are presenting ‘Retreat’, the riveting short film by deaf filmmaker, Ted Evans, followed by a screening of award-winning sci-fi blockbuster, ‘Gravity’. Both films will be presented for the deaf and hard of hearing, with subtitles – however the event is open to all.

Tickets cost £6 adults; £4 children (12+); £18 family tickets (2 adults, 2 children aged 12+).

To book, please contact Nadia Nadarajah at deafdiaspora@gmail.com

On Saturday 28 June, we are continuing our series of screenings for the Filmspot CMPCA Pop Up Cinema Club, with a screening of one of the most acclaimed, and darkest, of the iconic Ealing Comedies, ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’. The event is at St Michael’s Hall, Brighton, Doors open at 7 for 7.30pm start.

Set in 1900, Louis Mazzini (Denis Price) is a descendant of the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family. His mother was disowned by the family for marrying an Italian singer. After his mother’s death, Louis hatches a plan to murder all the D’Ascoynes standing between him and the cherished family dukedom. The film features an astonishing turn by Alec Guinness, who portrays eight different members of the D’Ascoyne family.

Tickets cost £5 in advance, by emailing info@lja.uk.com or telephoning 01273 328683.

We will be posting up features about all three events throughout the month, so be sure to check back on the blog soon!

‘Sunset Boulevard’: change of date

Hello again Filmspotters!

A quick post today, to let you all know that due to circumstances out of our control, we have had to change the date of our upcoming ‘Sunset Boulevard’ screening. It will now take place on Saturday 29 March – the same time (7 for 7.30pm), same place (St Michael’s Community Hall, Brighton). The menu has also changed – we shall now be offering delicious pizzas to pre-order (including a vegetarian option).

As mentioned in our previous post, advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 advance from info@lja.uk.com or 01273 328683, or £6 on the door. The homemade pizzas are available to be booked in advance only, priced £3.50 – please indicate if you would like to purchase this when booking tickets.

Hopefully, as it is now on Saturday, more of you will be able to come along!

As a reward for your patience, here’s the full trailer for the film:

The rest of our programme is  coming together, and plans include a new initiative for a deaf group where we shall be showing last year’s blockbuster ‘Gravity’, with audio described subtitles at a Seaford venue; a day of community films to celebrate 150 years of the Seaford – Brighton train line; a weekend of World War I films for Newhaven Fort in August; and our second visit to Salisbury Museum where we shall screen films inspired by their Cecil Beaton exhibition. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!

Filmspot 2014: We’re back!

Happy New Year, Filmspotters – we’re back in the saddle after a winter break.

We’re still confirming much of our programme for 2014, but we are very pleased to be able to announced our first screening of the year – ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at St Michael’s Church Community Hall, Brighton, 21 March, 7.30pm (for 7pm). This screening will launch the Filmspot CMPCA Pop Up Cinema Club. It is planned that we will present four films a year, giving audiences the opportunity to see classics not often shown on the big screen, as well as rare or undiscovered gems.

Billy Wilder’s classic noir, Sunset Boulevardis a scathing satire of the movie industry. William Holden portrays an unsuccessful screenwriter who is sucked into a web of sleaze and insanity by a deluded, faded silent movie star, played by tour-de-force, Gloria Swanson. With caustic, bitter wit this story exposes the corruptive, devastating decline of the old Hollywood legends, after the coming of sound. Highly regarded on its release, with eleven Academy Award nominations and winning three Oscars, it is now seen a one of the greatest films of American cinema.

Here’s a clip of the inimitable Gloria Swanson, to give you are taster:

Space at this event is strictly limited, so advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 advance from info@lja.uk.com or 01273 328683, or £6 on the door. Special snack boxes of quiche and salad, including a vegetarian option, are available to be booked in advance only, priced £3.50 – please indicate if you would like to purchase this when booking tickets.

As well as our new Pop-Up Cinema Club with the CMPCA, we are looking forward to to other exciting new partnerships for 2014. We will be publishing details of these shortly – as well as our upcoming plans for screenings at Newhaven Fort and Salisbury Museums.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon, as wish you a (belated) happy New Year!

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).

 

 

Announcing our Spring/ Summer Season!

We are really pleased to be presenting our upcoming season of films for 2013. There is one final addition to the programme, which we are in the process of confirming, so do check back in the next week or two for details of that, but in the meantime, get out the diary and start marking up dates! We’re looking forward to seeing you all at events around the South East soon!

The Great White Silence (1924) [U]

at Salisbury Museum, Saturday 9th March, 2.30pm (doors 2.00pm)

I posted about this remarkable film a couple of weeks ago, so for further information, please look back to my last post. Last time, I included the trailer, but for those of you who can’t wait for the event, here’s a few Q&As about the film from the BFI:

Tickets: £6 Members of Salisbury Museum, £8 Non-Members

From: 01722 332151

 

The Golden Age of Hollywood Weekend

at Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April

Filmspot are delighted to be partnering up with Eastbourne Borough Council Events to present two very different films about Hollywood, with theatrical touches, music, period trailers and themed snacks.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) [PG]

Friday 5th April, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm)

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of American cinema, Billy Wilder‘s classic noir is a scathing satire of the movie industry. William Holden portrays an unsuccessful screenwriter who is sucked into a web of sleaze and insanity by a deluded, faded silent movie star, played by tour-de-force, Gloria Swanson.

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £4.00 children

From: http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/What%27s_On/show.asp?showID=2670

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) [U]

Saturday 6th April, 4.00pm (doors 3.30pm)

Gene Kelly’s comedy-musical is a lighthearted look at Hollywood’s transition from silent film to ‘talkies’. Starring Kelly alongside the undisputed talents of Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, the films boasts instantly recognisable tunes, fun and awe-inspiring dance routines and charming comic performances. A sure-fire hit for the entire family! dance routines and charming comic performances.

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £4.00 children, £18.00 family (two adults, two)

From: http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/What%27s_On/show.asp?showID=2671

Filmspot at Newhaven Fort

Filmspot are delighted to be working with Newhaven Fort again in 2013 for three exciting film screening events. Expect theatrical touches, installations, as well as period trailers and newsreels to set the scene. Themed refreshments will be available, including a licenced café.

The Dam Busters (1955) [U]

at Newhaven Fort, Thursday 16th May, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the RAF Squadron 617’s raid on the Ruhr Valley dams, Filmspot are pleased to be presenting a special screening of The Dam Busters at Newhaven Fort, as part of Museums at Night.

Based on true events as featured in the book Enemy Coast Ahead by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the film focuses on scientist Barnes Willis’s (played by Michael Redgrave) work on the ‘bouncing bomb’ during WWII, as well as on the mission itself. The breathtaking footage of aircraft required that five Lancaster Bombers were rebuilt, with the aircraft expenses making up a tenth of the film’s overall budget. With its ‘docu-drama’ tone, stellar cast and memorable music, The Dam Busters is regarded as one of the finest British war films.

Tickets for The Dam Busters are free but must be booked in advance.

Call Newhaven Fort for bookings on 01273 517622 

The Great White Silence (1924) [U]

At Newhaven Fort, Saturday 15th June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

We are taking Captain Scott and company on the road – for those of you who cannot quite get to Salisbury on 9 March, we are presenting The Great White Silence in the atmospheric setting of Newhaven Fort.

Tickets: Adults: £6.00; Children: £4.00.

Call Newhaven Fort for bookings on 01273 517622

 

As I mentioned above, we have one more very special screening to be confirmed for our Spring/ Summer season, more news on that to follow, but in the meantime get booking your tickets – we hope to see you all soon!