Film Hub South East member Carmen, who is spearheading the Depot Cinema in Lewis, went to This Way Up in Manchester in December 2015 with a Travel and Training Bursary. Here are her thoughts on the event…
THIS WAY UP conference
2-3 December 2015
HOME cinema Manchester
“THIS WAY UP is an excellent 2-day conference organised by Film Hub North and Film Hub Scotland aimed at all working in the film exhibition sector. Calling itself the ‘film exhibition innovation conference’, this year promised to enlighten, provoke and challenge, connect and share.
The idea originated from the need for the sector to explore how it can remain interesting to an audience that is continually confronted with better equipment (UHD TVs!) and films made by colonisers Amazon and Netflix. The hubs have managed to create a space where decision makers and programmers can brainstorm about new models and opportunities as well as discuss the changing environment. This environment started its dramatic change of course some years back when it opened it’s doors to live theatre and opera etc but equally film has found different platforms via pop-up screenings in all sorts of places, from museums to the outdoors.
Anna Higgs, Executive Producer of successful films like Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, gave the first keynote speech and was pleading for a more lenient approach to theatrical windows. She underpinned by demonstrating the financial success of A Field in England that was distributed at the same on every platform and was still a box office hit. The attitude being that rather than fighting the audience wishes, to try and work with it.
I attended a panel discussion about gender equality in film – this time not addressing the lack of female filmmakers but the representation of women on film. The main topic of conversation was the Bechdel test* and whether it should become a standardised classification for films. The drawbacks of the test were highlighted, the main ones being that a positive rating does not tell you anything about the quality of the film nor that it is feminist or even that it conveys an understanding about women. Furthermore there are films were women play the lead role but because of the test’s reductive premise, don’t pass the test (Madame Bovary, Ex Machina). Equally there are examples where women play a minor role but still passes passes the test because of some ‘normal’ interaction with another woman (Steve Jobs).
So whether the Bechdel test is the answer is still very much up for discussion but it is important to have that discussion and I will certainly raise this when the Depot is up and running.
* This is first mentioned in a comic strip by US writer Alison Bechdel in which she asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. I learned about an interesting spin-off of this concept where a similar test asks the following question about a film: ‘are non-white people talking to each other about anything else but crime?’. Food for thought.”
CINECITY and Brighton Royal Pavilion present four days of films for the LOVE season from the BFI.
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion was conceived as a ‘pleasure palace’ for the Prince Regent and thus makes a sumptuous and fitting backdrop for a season of films about love. This four-day pop-up event in the Music Room screens titles chosen to reflect the location. 26-29 November, 2015.
Tickets includes a glass of white wine on arrival served in the Banqueting Room. Screenings start 30 minutes after published event times.
Thurs 26 Nov, 6pm
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. With: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. US 1958. 123 mins.
Fri 27 Nov, 6pm
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (PG)
Dir: David Lean. With: Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness. US-UK 1965. 200 mins.
Sat 28 Nov, 6pm
MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (15)
Dir: Stephen Frears. With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Shirley Anne Field. UK 1985. 93 mins.
Sat 28 Nov, 8.15pm
Dir. Sally Potter. With: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, John Wood. UK 1993. 93 mins.
Sun 29 Nov, 6pm
LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN(U)
Dir: Max Ophüls. With: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Art Smith. USA 1948. 87 mins.
Sun 29 Nov, 8.15pm
Dir: David Lean. With: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard. UK 1945. 83 mins
Tickets are available to purchase through the Brighton Pavilion website brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion
£19 Full price
There are also a limited number of free tickets available for CINECITY Festival pass holders.
Not long to go until the Oska Bright Film Festival (9th – 11th November) takes over the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange for three days of screenings. Expect comedy, horror, animations, music videos and a whole lot more at the most out there film festival on the planet!
The festival ends with an awards ceremony where award-givers include the BFI, Adult Swim, Warner Brothers and Andrea Arnold.
Oska Bright is the original international festival of films made by people with learning disabilities. It is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.
Festival Passes (£15), Day Tickets (£4) and Group Tickets (£30 for up to 10 people) available.
BFI LOVE is a major new project that will re-kindle audience passions for film and television’s most enduring love stories. Truly an affair to remember, the UK-wide season includes over 1,000 screenings at 100s of cinemas, special one-off events, new and rare releases on DVD and BFI Player, education events and innovative interactive content across online and social media.
We have now released all the BFI LOVE Screening dates in the South East Region:
As part of the BFI’s Britain on Film season, we are supporting an exciting screening of George Hoellering’s 1951 film Murder in the Cathedral. The film will be screened in the atmospheric surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral as part of Canterbury Festival 2015.
Preceding the film will be a short documentary Message from Canterbury made in the midst of World War II. This 20 minute work shows beautiful historic footage of Canterbury’s streets, surrounding countryside and citizens. Archbishop Temple’s sermon still resonates powerfully today.
A huge screen and individual headphones for each member of the audience will make this a technical premiere in the Cathedral’s Nave.
More information here.
Picturehouse Central was an impressive venue for our first Distributor Slate Day, which was produced in collaboration with Film Hub London. In fact, this event was the first of its kind for the independent film sector, bringing first class distributors to present a strong selection of specialised, British and independent film to Film Hub members, who came from around the country.
With 16 distributors presenting the best new and future releases, we were enticed with an impressive array of film. BFI Distribution brought two restored pieces of classic cinema with Dr Zhivago and Le Mépris as well as some wonderful archive film to complement the release of Suffragette in October. We saw some innovative and challenging titles from distributors including Curzon Artificial Eye, Peccadillo and Dartmouth Films and tasted an array of stimulating new feature documentaries from Dogwoof. With Tangerine from Metronome and The Lobster from Picturehouse Entertainment, our exhibitors could sample unconventional filmmaking at its best. Along with all this, we were offered crowd-pleasers too with The Lady in The Van from Sony and the charming animation The Big Knights from ICO… a palette to satisfy everyone’s tastes!
It was fantastic to see such a range of films being presented that could offer a wide spectrum of work for the differing tastes and needs of our exhibitors. We have already had really positive feedback from the event, which appears to satisfy a strong need within the independent exhibition sector. We hope that events such as these will forge new and strong relationships between distributors and exhibitors to then improve access to non-mainstream titles for communities around the country.
Enormous thanks goes to Film London for their hard work in making the event happen.
De La Warr Pavillion launches the Musical Matinee Club, a season of relaxed film screenings of classic musicals that are irresistible to sing along to. The season has been supported by Film Hub South East through the 2014 Programme Awards.
Relaxed screenings are specifically designed to welcome people who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including with those living with dementia, and disabilities. Auditorium lights will be partially up throughout, there’s a relaxed attitude to noise, (voluntary and involuntary), audience members are free to move around and leave the auditorium whenever they like.
Some screenings will involve playful, live action from Suzy Harvey , a professional actor, with many years’ experience of working with people living with dementia care providers.
More information here.
We have exciting news that this year’s Audience Development Scheme is now open for applications.
This is a members-only opportunity and you can apply for three different strands of funding:
Strand 1: Projects up to £1,000
Strand 2: Projects from £1,000 – £3,000
Strand 3: Projects over £3,000
We are looking for proposals for innovative screening projects of that relate to:
• FAN’s core values: REACH, BREADTH, DEPTH, CAPABILITY and SUSTAINABILITY
• The BFI’s focus areas: MARKETING, YOUNG PEOPLE, DIVERSITY and SCREEN HERITAGE
• FHSE’s aims & objectives
• Specialised cinema
We are operating monthly deadlines of the 15th of each month until early 2016.
More details can be found here:
Celebrating Film in Sussex
Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham are screening an exciting collection of films that have been made in Sussex, along with a programme of talks. Shoreham in particular has a rich history of film-making dating back to its earliest days, so why not come along and experience some of the most iconic films to have been filmed and produced in our beautiful county.
This programme has been supported by Film Hub South East
Friday 14th August: Quadrophenia (7.30pm)
Sat 15th Aug: Matinee Film: Pictures Of Lily (2pm)
Fri 21st Aug: Woman In Gold
- When: 14-16 January 2015
- Where: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE
- Price: £200 + VAT. Bursaries available, information included in the Cultivate application form
Exhibitors! Want to inspire the next generation of cinema-goers? Learn how to develop & deliver film education programmes at the third edition of the UK-wide training course, Cultivate. Applications close 31 October.