2012 has been a fantastic year for Minicine. We’ve seen record numbers of sellouts at our Minicine at the Mills screenings in Armley Mills Palace Picturehouse, we moved into Dock Street Market for a while with our Films From The Bakery series, we recently announced our Screen Easy strand of 20s and 30s movies at The Maven, and our overall programme of films was deemed good enough to win the British Federation of Film Societies Best Programming award back in September.
But the year is not over yet; we’ve still got our final screening of the year this Thursday at Armley Mills Industrial Museum. We will be showing Vittorio De Sica’s highly influential Italian neorealist masterpiece, Bicycle Thieves (or The Bicycle Thief if you’re American), which tells the story of Antonio and Bruno, father and son, searching for their lost bike without which Antonio will lose his job and his family will slip into poverty.
Back in November we asked people to vote for the film they would most like to see round out the year and Bicycle Thieves was the clear winner with 59% of the vote.
As well as the feature presentation we’ll be screening some of our most popular short films from the past twelve months and, as always, there will be tea, coffee and homemade cake provide. We’ll even have FREE hot chocolate for you!
And then we move into 2013 which we hope we be even more successful than this year has been. We’ve been busy sourcing a variety of films to you and we’re very pleased with the programme so far. Here are details of the first quarter as they stand:
We begin the year with a Palace Picturehouse screening of Park Chan-wook’s JSA: Joint Security Area (2000). In the last decade Park has emerged as one of the very best Korean filmmakers around, garnering critical acclaim for his dark works of art such as Oldboy, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Thirst.
JSA, one of Park’s first films, plays out like a political who-dun-it on the North Korean-South Korean Border. When a murder occurs at a remote border post UN dilplomats are flown in to determine what transpired but those involved on both sides aren’t talking and as it turns out that’s not the only thing they have in common.
February sees us double up on screenings as we return to The Maven for our second Screen Easy event. This time we’ll be showing Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (1938).
Starring silverscreen icons Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, this screwball caper tells the tale of a paleontologist trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum only to have his plans disrupted by a eccentric young woman and her pet leopard, Baby. The film was initially considered a flop upon release but has grown in reputation since then and was the most requested film when we originally announced plans for the Screen Easy strand.
Then we have Billy the Kid (2007), a documentary directed by Jennifer Venditti.
Billy isn’t like most other kids, in his own words, “I’m not black, I’m not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that’s all”. Venditti’s debut film offers an itimate portrait into the world, and mind, of a thoughtful and tender young man dealing with memories of a painful childhood, the feelings of a first love and more. For fans of our previous offerings of small town USA movies, including LiTTLEROCK and Lay Down Tracks this is a must.
And finally March, where we’ll be screening a film that we unfortunately had to cancel last September…
Dansa als Esperits (Dance to the Spirits) finally gets it’s screening at Armley Mills’ Palace Picturhouse. This documentary looks at the use of traditional African medicine among the people of a Cameroon village. Without being condescending, invasive or exploitative, the film showcases insightful and enlightening examples of the culture within this Cameroon tribe.
Roll on 2013!