Next week we’ll be back at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills for the culmination of our Animates season and so we thought we’d best let you know what we have in store from October all the way up to the end of the year. And boy oh boy do we have a lot coming up!
Staying at The Mills for a moment, voting is currently open for this year’s Audience Choice film night which takes place next month. Last year, Emily Atef’s low-budget and little seen Molly’s Way beat off a crop of higher profile films to show that there is an appetite in West Yorkshire for overlooked independent cinema. This year your choices are Palestinian protest doc 5 Broken Cameras, Singapore tales of solitude in Be With Me, New York cop classic The French Connection, and Yorkshire cause-and-effect drama Wetherby.
Then in November we’ll be screening Doug Liman’s 1996 cult classic Swingers. Last November we showed nineties pop culture hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – then the biggest independent film of the decade. Much like that film, Swingers was a small film that connected with audiences to the point of propelling the re-emerging swing scene from the underground to the national stage. The film follows a group of wannabe actors in L.A. as they sluggishly pursue their dream of making it big, in between numerous parties and bar crawls.
Back in August we assisted Gallery at Munro House in programming a screening of John Carpenter’s cult classic sci-fi flick They Live. The event was a great success, a sell out, and Gallery have asked us to return to curate a series of screenings to complement their upcoming exhibitions.
First up in our new Cine164 strand is Jim Jarmusch’s collection of monochrome vignettes, Coffee and Cigarettes. Consisting of eleven short films shot between 1986 and 2003, each scene features celebrities, playing skewed versions of themselves, discussing a variety of subjects while indulging in a cup-o-joe and a smoke. Featuring The White Stripes and their Tesla coil, Cate Blanchett meeting her estranged yet familiar-looking cousin, and Bill Murray chatting with the Wu Tang Clan about herbal tea, the film will screen alongside the galleries upcoming How Do You Take Yours? exhibition – a look at traditional brewing apparatus throughout the years. Tickets for the screening are available now and we’ll have a full preview for the event up shortly.
We’re also working on securing licenses for films to be screened alongside the inaugural MA exhibition of Leeds College of Art ‘Creative Practice’ postgraduate students in November and the 25th Shot Up North SUN Awards in early December. We’ll have a full preview for the screenings and a the overall strand once the licenses have been secured.
Starting next month, Minicine presents a series of family friendly Saturday matinées at The Orangery in Wakefield. The aim of this collaboration is to provide families the opportunity to enjoy film together, via a programme of films that offers something for both children and adults alike.
Filled with imagination and a touch of fantasy, the programme will feature screenings of The Iron Giant, Fairytale: A True Story, The Neverending Story, Chicken Run, and Home Alone.
Tickets for all our Orangery screenings are available now through our online ticket office and we’ll have a full preview for this series of films up shortly.
And finally, we’ll be finishing off the year with the Minicine Free-For-All, a free evening of short films, baked treats and a quiz. Don’t worry, we promise the quiz will be easier than last year’s. The evening will hopefully offer an opportunity for audience members, both regular and new to come together to break cake, enjoy some short films and to discover what we’re all about. The evening will also offer us the chance to tell you all about our plans for 2015.
See you at a screening soon!