New documentary HAWKING is being screened across Picturehouse cinemas. The official description is: ‘Told in his own words and by those closest to him, HAWKING follows Professor Stephen Hawking’s journey from boyhood underachiever to PhD genius to being diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just two years to live. Despite the constant threat of death, he has risen to fame and international recognition, and continues to make scientific discoveries.’
Writing is credited to Professor Stephen Hawking, so it should be a legit as possible. It sounds like a fascinating documentary.
Following the screenings, there is a satellite Q&A with Hawking himself, and guests, from the Cambridge Film Festival!
It’s playing across Picturehouse Cinemas, and you can book here.
Cinnamon Kitchen is rolling out the red carpet this summer and welcoming guests to a weekend of fabulous film screenings and fantastic food.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema, Executive Chef Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant has teamed up with Picturehouse Cinemas to convert its terrace into London’s most exciting outdoor screen. Come rain or shine, the partially al fresco terrace makes this one cinematic pop-up the weather can’t dampen!
Popping up on Devonshire Square in the City, tables and seats can be reserved for THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL on Friday 26 July or LIFE OF PI on Saturday 27 July. More info.
Stratford-upon-Avon is currently in the grip of an Arts Festival, a celebration of theatre, music, comedy and, of course, film. The Picturehouse is getting involved in a variety of ways, but I am most excited about the three open-air screenings that we’re hosting at the Boathouse, along the river Avon (see note 1).
LIFE OF PI (May 30)
The Oscar-winning tale of a boy lost at sea on a lifeboat, with only a tiger for company. Absolutely stunning to watch, the film was a huge hit with Stratford audiences earlier this year.
YELLOW SUBMARINE (May 31)
The Beatles star in this animated adventure, in which the Fab Four take on the music hating Blue Meanies. I’ve not seen this in years, so I’m very happy indeed to get it on the big screen.
JAWS (June 01)
Spielberg at his best (see note 2), how could there not be a screening of this when water is involved?
The area will be open from about 8.30 (and there are refreshments available from The Bear pub), there will be some cover, and it’s going to be lots and lots of fun. Films will start between 9 and 9.30 depending on the light.
1) There will be swans, as the sun goes down in Stratford upon Avon. It’s gonna be romantic y’all.
2) Along with Close Encounters, and maybe Jurassic Park.
Terracotta Festival’s “Asia In London” Short-Film Competition, in association with Cathay Pacific
Terracotta Festival, in association with Cathay Pacific, present an exciting competition to win a trip to the vibrant city of Hong Kong.
Terracotta are partnering with Cathay Pacific to celebrate the launch of their 5th daily London Heathrow to Hong Kong flight. Accommodation is provided by the five star Design Hotels ™ member, The Mira Hong Kong.
To enter the competition, make and submit a short film on the theme: “Asia In London”. The film must last no more than 3 minutes in length.
Submissions are open from Tuesday 23 April and close at 12 noon 20 May.
A panel of judges including guest directors and actors attending Terracotta Festival 2013 will select the winning entry, and the winner notified by 30 May.
The winning entry will enjoy an Official World Premiere screening at Terracotta Festival and a prize presentation ceremony.
The prize consists of:
• 2 Cathay Pacific Economy class return flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong
• 3 nights stay at a Design Hotel The Mira Hong Kong including daily breakfast for two
• Winning entry to have an Official World Premiere screening at Terracotta Festival 2013
The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over. Full terms and conditions apply.
Following our refurbishment work, the Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse is launching a new strand – Friday Late shows. A bit of an experiment, as we don’t have a history of cult late films, I really hope that these shows work. There will be some give-aways and fancy dress fun to go with them!
Here are our planned events. Click on the title for the booking link, or the Facebook tab to join our event page:
The cinema re-opens with shows of The Place Beyond The Pines, so the obvious first choice of a late show would be a Ryan Gosling film. I won’t lie, I didn’t really enjoy Drive. However, I know that I’m in the minority with this opinion, and that many, many people love the film. We’re having some twitter-fun in the lead up to this screening, so keep an eye on #GoslingonAvon on Twitter.
Culture Shock: ABC’S OF DEATH 26.04.13
I’m really excited to see this one. It’s an anthology of 26 films from 26 horror directors, taking us through an alphabet of death. I’ve no doubt that some of the films are likely to be pretty awful, but then I also expect some of them to be truly amazing. I’ve been gradually running through the ABC’s on the Culture Shock Facebook page.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN 03.05.13
This would be the late show I’m most excited about playing! I’m quite the Star Trek fan, and yet I’ve never seen this film on the big screen! Everything about this film screams out to be watched in a cinema – the score, the effects, the acting… I really cannot wait.
This is one of the classic Trek films that stands out, and can be watched – and enjoyed – by anyone.
Expect a few more Star Trek posts over the coming weeks as I get my geek on…
And be sure to join us in the bar first!
More to come..?
If these three shows work, then undoubtedly there will be more cult late shows playing at the cinema, and I will make sure that they are interesting films, and that everyone has a fun night out!
I am a huge fan of the work that Terracotta and their partners do in bringing Asian cinema to the UK. Each year they host a film festival in Central London, which always includes some absolute ‘must-see’ films and events and are, frankly, great fun.
This year, the festival is expanding from the usual long weekend to a full ten days, and will run from 6 – 15 June.
There are four strands to the festival:
CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA
Showcasing the best current films, with Q&A’s, workshops and other great events.
IN MEMORY OF: Leslie Cheung & Anita Mui
Two prolific and well respected Hong Kong actors, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, passed away unexpectedly, and in tragic circumstances, in 2003. Ten years later, their impression on film lovers around the world is still very strong. Terracotta Festival would like to take this opportunity to present some highlights of their screen legacy.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Indonesia
Taking place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), this section will showcase the exciting breadth of genres, directors and subject matters from this country.
Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter
Great fun last year! A diverse selection of horror from the Far East – where some of the best in modern horror is born/created/escapes.
TomJupiter will keep you up-to-date on the festival, and I hope to see you there!
A slightly belated guide to the TomJupiter ‘films to look out for’ this March.
From March 1st
Why? Because it’s the new film from Park Chan-wook, who has brought us several amazing films, including the hugely popular (and exceptionally good) Oldboy.
In fact everything about the film should be amazing, from the cast (which is headed up by Mia Wasikowska) to the soundtrack by Clint Mansell. Expect a full review soon!
Robot and Frank
From Friday 8th
Frank Langella plays Frank, an ageing jewel thief, who gets a robot companion as a present from his son.
Frank and the robot then work together to plan a heist.
This basically sounds like the perfect film, no?
From Friday 15th
A small budget british film that has gathered some excellent reviews. Shell and her father live out on their own in the Scottish wilderness.
From what I hear the location work and atmosphere of the film are exceptional.
From Friday 27th
Danny Boyle’s new film. 28 Days Later and Sunshine are both counted amongst my favourite films, and I have a feeling that Trance may well join them.
The trailer makes the film look like a tense thriller, with different levels of ‘what is real’ all with a stellar cast and directed by Mr. Boyle.
I’m really hoping for something special!
Frank Langella, star of many great movies – and my favourite incarnation of Dracula – is going to be at Clapham Picturehouse after a special preview screening of ROBOT & FRANK, which is one of the films I’m most looking forward to at the moment.
It’s taking place on 27th Feb, and tickets can be booked online.
NOCTURNA, International Fantastic Film Festival of Madrid, is a brand new Fantastic film festival, which will take place in Madrid from 3 – 9 June, 2013.
They are looking for horror, sic-fi and fantasy films to screen this year. If you’re interested email them with the info. (If you make it to the festival, make sure to let the TomJupiter team know!)
The TomJupiter film selection for February… a quick run-down of films that may be worth checking out.
Released 8 Feb / Picturehouse Discover Tuesdays on 12 Feb
A Chilean film, set during the late 1980′s, NO follows the story of the television Yes/No campaign that ultimately led to the downfall of Pinochet’s regime. Starring Gael García Bernal, I have heard only good things about this film. Expect a full review to follow soon…
Released 8 Feb
Anyone who loves films and cinema will be interested in this, surely? A dramatic portrayal of the trials and troubles behind the creation of PYSCHO. Focusing on the relationship between Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Helen Mirren), the film may not go into as much behind the scenes stuff on the film as I would like, but is still sure to be fascinating and entertaining.
Released 8 Feb
The more I read about this one, the more I want to see it. The tale of young Koichi dealing with the devastation of his family being split by his parents’ divorce.
SIDE BY SIDE
Released 15 Feb
I’ve actually not heard much about this one, but the subject is interesting to me; a discussion of the future of cinema in the new digital age.
As a cinema manager working in these exciting times, I am very interested in hearing thoughts from others in the industry on the positives and negatives of digital cinema.
Released 22 Feb
Look at the poster. Look at the two names on the poster. Guillermo Del Toro. Jessica Chastain.
TO THE WONDER
Released 22 Feb
Terrence Malick’s new film is sure to gather a great deal of discussion. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem.
Likely to be hard work, but worth it.