Heads up! There’s been a change to the running order! Tonight’s screening of Robocop has been replaced with some Dr Who nonsense. Somebody must be having a birthday or something…

“Let me get this straight. A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space?”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Cineclub presents a double-bill featuring two incarnations of the errant Timelord. The evening begins with the show’s very first episode, ‘An Unearthly Child’, where we’re introduced to a Doctor far-removed from more recent regenerations.

The second story is a bone fide classic – the Douglas Adams’ penned ‘City of Death’. Starring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor, you can expect long scarves, a violent butler and maybe a jelly baby or two!

Come and join the celebration in the Media Centre cinema – luckily it’s bigger on the inside. The screening will be introduced by John Paul Green – who’s definitely bigger on the outside!

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 2th November 2013

Screening: Chungking Express (20th Nov, 5pm)

Chungking ExpressThis week’s film takes us to south-east Asia and to a darling of the independent world cinema scene, Wong Kar-Wai (In The Mood For Love, Happy Together2046, etc). This is a director who has been nominated for the Palme D’or at Cannes no less than 4 times! However, it is to his early work that CineClub turns its attention this week.

Chungking Express (1994) details the love, loss and isolation of two cops in the culturally diverse city of Hong Kong. Carefully blending genres, Wong Kar-Wai uses elements from comedy, romance and action to set the scene of Hong Kong during its cultural shift from  British rule to independence under Chinese government.

This is the film that really brought the director much critical attention. He won the Best Director award at the 1995 Hong Kong Film Awards  as well as the Golden Horse award.

Check out the trailer below

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 20th November 2013

Screening: Memento (13th November, 5pm)

Christopher Nolan is increasingly hailed as Hollywood’s saviour of the ailing franchise (Batman and Superman), so it’s easy to forget that his breakthrough feature was a challenging ‘art-house’ noir made for $5 million and released by a novice distributor after no other company would touch it.Memento poster

But Memento (2000, US, d. Christopher Nolan) has, in some ways, become the ultimate ‘puzzle narrative’ and since one of the defining  features of this trend is the desire, the need to see the film again to REALLY understand it, here is your chance to revisit it. This is a film where the DVD edition had a hidden special option to play the film in chronological order just in case viewers were still confused.

Memento earned Christopher and Jonathan Nolan a Best Writing Oscar nomination as well as a Best Film Editing nomination for Dody Dorn. It also went on to win a brace of screenwriting awards (AFI Awards, Boston Society, London Critics Circle, etc).

Guy Pearce plays a man, suffering from short-term memory loss, who uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 13th November 2013

Lithuanian Poetic Documentary – Nov 7th and 14th

In case you were unaware of this event, our friends at the wonderfully intimate Side Cinema (Newcastle) are hosting a series of screenings highlighting some of the best films from the Lithuanian documentary film tradition. Here’s a taster of their intriguing offering:

“Two screenings bring together 7 of the best from Lithuania’s documentary film tradition. In the Soviet era, poetic documentary became a response to socialist realism and its ubiquitous, mandatory expressions of love for the ‘Great Homeland’. Filmmakers turned to an exploration of little things, social marginalia, the daily experience of an inner life. Long shots, minimal dialogue, even the abandonment of narrative, experiment became part of the struggle for cultural identity and has continued since independence. An unmissable opportunity to see these key Lithuanian films, made between 1965 and 1994, recently restored and digitised.

Thursday 14 November explores the Soviet Era: The Old Man and the Land (Robertas Verba, 1965, 20min); The Dreams of the Centenarians (Robertas Verba, 1969, 20min); Time Passes Through the City(Almantas Grikevičius, 1966, 20min); A Trip Across Misty Meadows (Henrikas Šablevičius, 1973, 10min). 7.30pm, £5/£4 concessions. Buy Tickets

Thursday 21 November explores post-independence documentaries: Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus (Arūnas Matelis, 1990, 10min);Earth of the Blind (Audrius Stonys, 1992, 24min);The Black Box (Algimantas Maceina, 1994, 38min). 7.30pm, £5/£4 concessions. Buy Tickets

All screenings in Lithuanian with English subtitles. More information from the Lithuanian Documentary Event FB page. Tickets can also be bought at Side Gallery.

This restoration and presentation of these films forms part of a cultural initiative organised to represent the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The project initiator and curator was NGO Meno Avilys. It was brought to Side Cinema by Newcastle Lithuanian Forum.”

For more info be sure to check out their site (regularly of course!):


Screening: The Great Hip Hop Hoax (5th November, 5pm)

Get rich or try lying

In a change to the advertised programme, and to coincide with the visit of the director, Jeanie Finlay, to give a masterclass, CineClub this week offers the award-winning feature documentary The Great Hip Hop Hoax. If you’d like to attend the masterclass then it takes place at 1pm in the Media Centre Cinema.The Great Hip Hop Hoax poster

Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. What no-one knew was the pair were really students from Scotland, with fake American accents and made up identities.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (88 minutes) is a film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. The American dream, told by people who’d never even been to America.

In case you can’t make it to the screening the film was aired on BBC4 as part of the Storyville series and, at the time of writing, was available on iPlayer here.

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 6th of November 2013