Portobello Pop Up Cinema Opens 14 July
14.07.10
It’s always a treat to find underground film in unexpected places. Like the Westway underpass for instance… Portobello Pop Up Cinema is a newly established, non profit Microplex (as opposed to Multiplex) cinema and arts venue situated in the Westway underpass on the Portobello Road / Acklam Road junction – an area steeped in a long and iconic history of creative subculture. Admission to the cinema ...
Essential Experiments at the BFI

02.05.10
Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, image courtesy of the BFI Dates: 13 & 27 May | Location: BFI Southbank, London The BFI has launched a new monthly film strand, in association with Kingston University, showcasing classics and contemporary works essential to understanding the development of film as an art form. In April they kicked off the strand with a The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and ...
The State of Things: Mark Cosgrove

28.04.10
Mark Cosgrove, image courtesy of Watershed APEngine talks to Mark Cosgrove, Head of Programme at Watershed Media Centre and Creative Director of Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol, about connecting audiences with artist’s film. Before Watershed you worked at Cornerhouse in Manchester, didn’t you? And before that I was Plymouth Art Centre – also a cinema within an arts venue. Three places with what used to be called ‘arthouse’ ...
Lessons from Lars von Trier by Daniel Fawcett

27.04.10
The Five Obstructions, Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth “This is therapy, not a film competition with yourself. You’ve made the best film, I assume the best was the first. We are using it to go back in time, to see where we can go and examine it.” Lars von Trier, The Five Obstructions Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT1_1 = { params : ...
Raya Martin talks to George Clark

23.04.10
Indepencia, Raya Martin Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin has established himself in recent years with a complex body of work that employs a reflective use of media in order to explore the colonial past and fraught national history of the Philippines. His sixth feature film Independencia,  premiered in Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, is the second part of a proposed trilogy following his ...
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

16.04.10
Apichatpong Weerasethakul Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a singular and distinctive artist and filmmaker. All his films and artworks are set in his native Thailand. Often non-linear and with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressing personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he is active in promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the ...
An exclamation: Sergei Paradjanov by Ajay Hothi

22.02.10
The Colour of Pomegranates, Sergei Paradjanov Paradjanov! Flamboyant non-conformist! Anarchic filmmaker; a thorn in the side and a spit in the face of Soviet Russia! Three times imprisoned, who spent five years in a labour camp! Who was lobbied on behalf of by Tarkovsky, Yves Saint Laurent, Francoise Sagan, Godard, Truffaut, Fellini, Bertolucci, Marcello Mastroianni, Antonioni and John Updike! Paradjanov’s Soviet Union is an exclamated sense of ...