Film Hub South East is one of the backers of a major new arts festival in Canterbury.
More than 30 films will be screened over a weekend when the University of Kent opens its doors for the International Festival of Projections from March 18 to 20. They range from early silent works by Hitchcock to John Carpenter’s cult classic The Thing and shorts by new young filmmakers.
A Field in England, Ben Wheatley’s English Civil War thriller, will be shown in an immersive outdoors setting. William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in LA will be followed by a talk by the composer of the film’s soundtrack, Jack Hues, of British new wave band Wang Chang. Other film highlights include, Innocence of Memories, Grant Gee’s 2015 collaboration with Nobel prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk; Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s 2015 The Forbidden Room; Clio Barnard’s debut feature The Arbor, about the troubled life of playwright Andrea Dunbar, best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
There’s even a pop-up drive-in cinema where members of Japanese psychedelic noise rock band Bo Ningen will perform a live soundtrack to Fritz Stolberg and Nissa Nishikawa’s experimental 16mm film From This World To That Which Is To Come. The collaboration was a sell-out when it premiered at London’s Barbican.
On a gentler musical note, a grand piano will accompany outdoor screenings of three silent films, including La Voyage dans la Lune from 1902.
Talks include a question and answer session with award-winning director Jan Dunn, after a screening of her acclaimed debut feature Gypo.
There is also a contribution called Chilham On Screen, which looks at how this Kent village has hosted numerous film and television crews since the making of Powell and Pressburger’s A Canterbury Tale in Chilham in 1944. Screen Archive South East is also showing The Canterbury Tour. Filmed around 1923, it captures everyday life in the city and includes footage of many buildings destroyed in Second World War bombing raids.
New work by young filmmakers will also be on show. The Canterbury University Film Festival (CUFF) will screen a selection of the best short films by students from the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University for the Creative Arts.
There are also workshops for would-be filmmakers led by artists from Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film (BEEF). Participants get hands-on experience of the Bolex, the 16mm clockwork camera loved by generations, from documentary makers to artists such as Andy Warhol.
The full programme of events for the International Festival of Projections can by viewed at: www.kent.ac.uk/projections