Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Kill Your Darlings director to discuss film in London

Kill Your Darlings
American filmmaker John Krokidas will discuss Kill Your Darlings, his 2013 movie about the birth of the Beat movement in 1940s New York, at an event on London on 30 August.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as the aspiring Allen Ginsberg heading to New York’s Columbia University in 1943, where he encounters the likes of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

The movie follows Ginsberg as he explores experiment verse, drugs, drink and his homosexuality. The focal point of the drama is Ginsberg’s relationship with classmate Lucien Carr, a talented but manipulative iconoclast.

The film stars co-stars Dane DeHanan as Lucien Carr and Ben Foster as Burroughs.

The screening and Q&A has been organised by Guerilla Zoo with the University of East London. The event takes place in the main lecure theatre of the university’s Docklands campus.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Doc'n Roll doc fest prepares to rock Hackney

London: The Modern Babylon
A crowd-funding project has been launched to support the launch of the Doc’n Roll Festival, a DIY project devoted to exhibiting compelling music documentaries. The festival takes place at the Hackney Picturehouse from 26-29 September.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise £3,000 and offer the chance to buy advance tickets for screenings and gigs. The festival aims to provide an alternative to mainstream film festivals, by bringing together a community of music and film fans, to celebrate music films and the subcultures exposed by them.

The aim of the crowd-funding campaign is to raise awareness of the festival, prior to tickets going on sale at the Picturehouse box office. It also offers potential backers the opportunity to get their hands on combined screening and gig tickets, all-inclusive VIP passes and festival sponsorship. More about the campaign can be found on the Kickstarter page along with a new trailer for the festival.

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The Punk Syndrome
The festival includes screenings of The Punk Syndrome, which tells the tale of Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day. The group’s four members all suffer from learning difficulties but that doesn’t stop them trying to conquer the world with their music.

A Life In The Death of Joe Meek (2014) which chronicles the rise, fall and resurrection of Britain’s first independent pop record producer, Joe Meek. The film features contributors including Jimmy Page, Alex Kapranos, the Super Furry Animals and the B-52s. It shows how Meek worked with hundreds of artists and ultimately helped define the new, exciting sounds of the post-war market. This premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Every Everything: the music, life & times of Grant Hart (2013), an unfiltered look in to the former Hüsker Dü co-songwriter/singer/drummer’s career and family life.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (2013) is the story of avant-garde record Stones Throw Records, home to leftfield producers like Madlib and J Dilla. The film features exclusive interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli and Mike D (The Beastie Boys).

There will also be a retrospective of the career of Julien Temple, who has chronicled music in Britain via films such as London: The Modern Babylon, Joe Strummer: The Future in Unwritten and Oil City Confidential – all of which will be screened. Temple will present his new film on Wilko Johnson and discuss his upcoming Kings biopic.

Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq to open Cambridge Film Festival

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
The Cambridge Film Festival, the UK's third longest-running film festival returns for its 34th edition between 28 August and 7 September 2014. The festival takes place at the Arts Picturehouse and other venues. The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and funded by BFI Film Forever.

The festival opens with Guillaume Nicloux’s The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. When best-selling and famously reclusive French novelist Michel Houellebecq disappeared during a book tour in 2011, the rumours of his whereabouts led to endless speculation, including a kidnapping. Partly based on real events and starring the controversial, award-winning novelist as himself, playfully blurring the line between fiction and documentary. Guilaume Nicloux will the film.

Guests attending the festival including writer/director Rowan Joffe and novelist SJ Watson who will present Before I Go to Sleep, an amnesiac thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Skip Kite will present his tribute to Tony Benn, the late Labour politician and anti-war campaigner who passed away in March. Tony Benn: Will and Testament features interviews in which Benn shares his hopes, dreams and fears for the next generation.

Historian, polymath and alumnus of Trinity College Cambridge Andrew Sinclair brought together Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole to film Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood (1972). The film will be screened digitally to mark the Dylan Thomas centenary year, as well as screenings of Sinclair’s Dylan on Dylan and Andy Goddard’s Set Fire to the Stars, which stars Elijah Wood in depiction Thomas’s first American tour in 1950.

Key films
Filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth won Best Director and Best Editor prizes at Sundance for their fictional day in the life of Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave. The film features appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone and Cave’s bandmate Warren Ellis.

Sylvian Chomet, who made the French animation Belleville Rendezvous, has moced into live action features with Attila Marcel. The film is about Paul, a lifelong mute and piano prodigy delivers a narrative full of musical interludes and modern farce.

20,000 Days on Earth
Pawel Pawlikowski will present is award winning Polish drama Ida, a poetic exploration of the limits of faith is exquisitely composed and shot in black & white.

SXSW and Edinburgh International Film Festival hit I Believe in Uniforns is first-time feature filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff’s sensitively observed coming-of-age tale about a fantasy-prone teen.

Kelly Reichart’s Night Moves is a paranoia thriller about radical environmentalists starring, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars creates a world where characters chase celebrity, each other and the ghosts of their pasts in Hollywood. The film’s cast is led by Julianne Moore, who won Best Actress at Cannes for her performance.

Marking one of his final roles, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, a big screen adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller.

Director Hans Petter Moland’s reunites with his favoured star Stellan Skarsgard for In Order of Disappearance, a darkly comic revenge drama of a father avenging the murder of his son.

Family events
The Cambridge Family Film Festival offers a mixture of favourite film and television characters presented in a family-friendly environment at an affordable price. Broad themes ‘Superheroes’ incudes a Sing-a-long Frozen special and screenings plus ‘Slapstick’ presents School of Slapstick film-making workshops, encouraging young audiences to create, shoot and star in their own short silent comedy film as well as classic screenings.

Not So Silent Movies returns for a programme of classic silent comedy shorts presented by film musician and writer Neil Brand. A screening of Tim Burton’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005) marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl classic’s novel.

There will also be restored prints of Childrens Film Foundation classics The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) (Powell and Pressburger’s last film) and Harley Cokeliss’s The Glitterball (1977) return to the big screen.

German cinema
The festival offers a selection of contemporary German films, celebrating the best of established and emerging German filmmakers, with the support of the Goethe-Institut London and German Films. The programme includes Stations of the Cross, Dietrich Brüggemann’s story of religion, devotion and radical faith Berlin, which won the Silver Bear for Best Script at this year’s Berlinale.

Edgar Reitz received rave reviews after presenting Home from Home in Venice last year. The film, a prequel to his epic Heimat TV series, jumps back 100 years to look at the Simons family of the 18th Century.

Other films on show are Jakob Lass’s Love Steaks, Jan Ole Gerster’s Oh Boy and Philip Gröning’s The Policeman’s Wife.

The festival marks Deutsche Kinemathek's 50th anniversary with a spotlight on the early silent films of Gerhard Lamprecht, the Kinemathek's founder digital restorations and new scores for In the Slums of Berlin (1925), Children of No Importance (1926), People to Each Other (1926) and Under the Lantern (1928), which tell tales of people on the margins of society.

Catalan cinema
The 2014 festival presents its third annual showcase of films from Catalonia as it argues for full independence from Spain. Sergio Caballero’s comically surreal fantasy The Distance is set in an alternate future/universe where people communicate via telepathy and possess telekinetic powers.

Citing the 2011 closing of Catalan institution El Bulli as his inspiration, Roger Gual’s romantic comedy Tasting Menu tells the stories of a group of diners enjoying a final meal in one of the world’s best restaurants. Other titles include upcoming filmmakers Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font (Othello), Jesus Monllao (Son of Cain), plus the award-winning second feature from director Mar Coll, We All Want What’s Best for Her

Eye on Films
Continuing on the success of last year’s collaboration with Eye on Films, an exciting initiative to promote the work of emerging talent, this year’s programme includes Tamar Van Den Dop’s Berlinale Generation contender, Supernova, which will be released by new film discovery VOD platform FilmDoo, and theatrically through Matchbox Films, in partnership with the festival. 

Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s first feature Noor, a docudrama about a teenage runaway taken under the wing of Pakistan’s transgender community, was well received at last year’s festival. This year they will present their follow up, Ninjen, stemming from a Japanese fairytale.

A strong documentary strand includes the extraordinary The Case Against the 8, a behind-the-scenes inside look into the high profile case to overrun California’s controversial ban on same-sex marriage.

Finding Fela
Alex Gibney’s documentary Finding Fela looks at the life and work of Nigerian musical legend Fela Kuti. Jesse Moss’s Sundance The Overnighters is a modern-day ‘love thy neighbour’ parable in North Dakota’s oil fields which won the Sundance Jury Prize. Watermark sees filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier working with photographer Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscape) to present diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water.

Thirty years on from the Miner’s Strike, Still the Enemy Within provides an insight into the dispute from those who lived through it.

The life and work of pioneering erotic filmmaker Peter De Rome, who passed away recently is celebrated in Peter De Rome: Godfather of Gay Porn.

Maverick independent American documentarian Lionel Rogosin who pioneered political cinema, non-fiction partisan filmmaking and docu-fiction is the focus of a mini-retrospective.

Classic cinema
The festival will present a trio of classic 3D movies, including Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), The Mad Magician (1954) and House of Wax. (1953). It will also celebrate the comic genius of Peter Sellers with screenings of three long-lost short films, the ‘Hector Dimwittie Trilogy’, more than half a century after they were made, Dearth of a Salesman, Insomnia is Good for You and Cold Comfort (1957).

Championing independent cinema, Scalarama’s annual celebration returns with a special presentation of Jorg Buttgereit’s audacious cult horror Nekromantic (1987).

Short film
The Short Fusion shorts programme returns with an impressive selection of shorts including Charlie Says by Lewis Arnold, starring Conner Chapman in the film that convinced Clio Barnard to cast Conner in The Selfish Giant and Toby Froud’s Lessons Learned, a puppet animation short made in association with Heather Henson.

Outdoor cinema
Known for its innovative use of Cambridge’s attractive locations, the 2014 Festival edition is bookended by exciting outdoor events at Grantchester Meadows (23-24 August), pool-side screenings at Jesus Green Lido (14 September) and a special 3-day weekend event at Bletchley Park (19-21 September) – including special screenings from the BFI’s blockbuster Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.

The Grantchester Meadows outdoor cinema weekend presents a programme of films for all ages, on the banks of the River Cam. Presented by the Cambridge Film Trust in association with Independent Cinema Milton Keynes, Station X at Bletchley Park is a curated season of immersive screenings and themed workshops exploring science fiction war narratives, totalitarian dystopias and the fear of the power of science set against the historic backdrop of the world-class heritage site.

Cambridge Film Festival will also be announcing a new partnership with MUBI, the online cinema and will be the online extension of the festival, screening a selection of films that bring the festival magic to the rest of the UK.