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. Facebook
Culture Shock: ABC’S OF DEATH26.04.13
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. Facebook
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN03.05.13
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! Facebook
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!
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.
The TomJupiter film selection for February… a quick run-down of films that may be worth checking out.
NO 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…
HITCHCOCK 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.
I WISH 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.
MAMA 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.
The lovely ICA cinema in London is hosting a season of films that they’re calling ‘Made in Japan’. Showcasing some wonderful films, the season provides a wonderful look at the culture of the country through the eyes of some great filmmakers. I wish I could make all of the screenings!
Running from 1 – 7 Feb 2013, the lineup looks great:
Rebirth (Yokame No Semi) – 1 Feb
Hula Girls (Hura garu) – 2 Feb
Kaidan Horror Classics (Ayashiki bungo kaidan) – 2 Feb
Ninja Kids!!! (Nintama rantaro) – 2 Feb
Mai Mai Miracle (Maimai shinko to sennen no maho) – 3 Feb
Zero Focus (Zero no shoten) – 3-5 Feb
Castle under Fiery Skies (Katen no shiro) – 3 Feb
The Blossoming of Etsuko Kamiya (Kamiya Etsuko no seishun) – 5 Feb
Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (Baburu e go!: Taimu mashin wa doramu-shiki) – 6 Feb
United Red Army (Jitsuroku: Rengo Sekigun Asama-sanso e no michi) – 7 Feb
Ah, 2013. A new year, and I think a great year for cinema. The big blockbusters all look like they could deliver something a bit special, and there are plenty of quality ‘smaller’ releases that I think will punch above their weight and continue to open the joys of cinema to new audiences. I also think there is a change of tone, with films seeming a little more optimistic in their outlook – it will be interesting if this proves to be true in the stories that they deliver. Certainly, 2012 was very dark in its outlook; which may be why I didn’t enjoy many of the big blockbusters as much as I had thought I would.
Anyway, I aim to spend a little more time writing this year, on this blog and hopefully continuing to write for Cinetalk and Starburst. I’ll also be working very hard at Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse, where I have many exciting events about to launch!
I was going to write a list of the films I am most looking forward to in 2013, but there are just too many and I will undoubtedly miss a few. So here’s a guide to the films I’m looking forward to in January!
A gorgeous poster, no?
Chinatown From 4 Jan Starting the new year by looking back at a classic. BFI are releasing a lovely new digital print of Polanski’s crime classic. It’s one of those ‘must see’ movies that I’ve never seen, so I will make sure to catch a screening somewhere. I think that it’s important for cinemas to play classics, and for audiences to see films up on the screen and with cinema sound – the way they were meant to be seen!
Why am I looking forward to this film?
Gangster Squad From 10 Jan
Right, I’m going to be honest from the start; I mainly want to see this because it has Emma Stone in Film Noir mode. Beyond that, though, it looks like a lot of stylish fun and has a great cast. Lots of guns in the trailer, and it puts me in the mood to don my trilby again. I wonder if the staff at @SoaPicturehouse fancy getting dressed up for this one?
Jiro Dreams of Sushi From 11 Jan
(And a Picturehouse ‘Discover Tuesdays’ film on 15th Jan)
As my friends will tell you, I like sushi. I like it quite a lot. And here we have a wonderful documentary about Jiro Ono, an 85 year old chef and owner of a 3 michelin starred restaurant. More than a doc about the world’s healthiest fast-food, though, this is one of those smaller films that deserves to find itself in ‘best of 2013’ lists at the end of the year.
Simple posters can work wonders
Django Unchained From 18 Jan
Tarantino returns with Jamie Foxx in the title role. I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Tarantino films, but I thoroughly enjoyed Inglorious Basterds. Whether Tarantino has changed, or I have, I can’t say. I guess I’ll need to re-watch his earlier films to find out. Either way, If Django Unchained keeps the same tone then I will enjoy it very much indeed.
Seriously – not the best way to stack your tapes.
V/H/S From 18 Jan
I have managed to miss this at two – TWO – festivals last year, so, by Merlin’s beard, I’m am going to see it this year. A selection of horror shorts in the ‘found footage’ style, but apparently actually pretty good. Perhaps one more for the horror fan than everyone, but heck, give it a go anyway.
King of Pigs From 25 Jan
This one is being distributed by TomJupiter favourite, Terracotta. An animated film from South Korea. Two 30 somethings meet for the first time in fifteen years, and begin to reminisce, and begin to reveal dark secrets that they would rather stay hidden.
Trees can be deadly.
Hollow From 25 Jan
A UK indie, that I saw at Raindance a couple of years ago. Here’s my full review. Worth supporting, and a great showcase for emerging talent.
Lincoln From 25 Jan
Spielberg goes historical again, and I understand that it’s a very good, very tight film with some exceptional performances. Daniel Day-Lewis is in it. What more do you need?
Zero Dark Thirty From 25 Jan
Following Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, expectations are high for Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up. Starring Jessica Chastain, the film is about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden and his ultimate death. Now, The Hurt Locker didn’t impress me as much as everyone else, but Zero Dark Thirty is certainly a ‘must-see’ film and will undoubtedly be getting many awards.
The Underwire Festival is a showcase of short films by women, playing at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, including an event by Tom Jupiter favourite LOCO.
Highlights from this year’s festival include The Art of Science, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust – a programme of weird and wonderful biomedical shorts, made by women, followed by a discussion and drinks with scientists; LOCO presents Live Wire, a night of live and filmed comedy, featuring up and coming talents Lady Garden, Hils Barker and Lou Sanders?; Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life) and guests look forward to a time when the question “How does it feel to be a woman filmmaker?” is never asked again in Why Women Can’t Make Features, and Underwire and Sight & Sound launch their exciting new competition for women film journalists.