A Successful evening at the CMP Festival – and tennis films!

Team Filmspot are having a day off watching the Wimbledon final after all the excitement of yesterday at the CMP Festival! Last night’s screening of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ at St Nicholas Church was a great success, with many people commenting that they really enjoyed the film.

A Tale of Two Cities at the CMP Festival

The audience settling in to watch A Tale of Two Cities at the CMP Festival

Were already looking forward to our upcoming theatrical drawing session based on characters from ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’ next Sunday (15th July). We have worked with Jake Spicer and DRAW: Brighton Life Drawing Sessions.

So, back to our day off – while waiting for the roof to close on centre court, we were chatting about tennis in films, so here, inspired by Wimbledon, are a few tennis related film suggestions:

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot [1953]

M. Hulot’s Holiday (tennis clip)

Any excuse to feature Jacques Tati on this blog! His unorthodox but highly successful tennis serve would certainly give Federer a run for his money…

Royal Tenenbaums [2001]

Surely inside every great tennis player, there is a Richie Tenenbaum waiting to get out? Luke Wilson’s tennis prodigy is a tortured soul – as is evident from this clip of his on-court meltdown…

School for Scoundrels [1960]

“Oh I say, smashing cricket stroke!”

Strangers on a Train [1951]

Strangers on a Train (tennis clip)

Amateur tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) plays a match ‘with murder’. A film about the danger of humouring people, one of the most unsettling scenes is this one – the crowd all watching the ball travelling backwards and forward on the court, but Robert Walker’s eyes do not leave Granger…

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead [1990]

The best game of tennis ever played, even if there are no racquets or balls involved…

So there you have it for another year… in the time it’s taken for me to finish this blog Federer has beaten Murray, and is World No. 1! Well done Roger!

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.