CineClub September 2015


hugo 2011 posterWelcome back to CineClub at the University of Sunderland. The first film for the new semester is Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), starting in Fresher’s Week. The film won multiple Oscars at the 2012 Academy Awards, mainly for its spectacular audio palette and visual effects.

If you’d like to attend then please feel free to make your way to the Cinema in the Media Centre (room mc207). The event starts at 4:30pm.

CineClub is a community driven organisation and students are central to picking the films,  promoting them, as well as guiding discussion around their choices. It’s a relaxed and informal environment for cinema lovers to share their passion and meet new people from diverse backgrounds. Screenings are free.

“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.”
― Slavoj Žižek

New year, new films

Stay tuned for a new announcement regarding the films planned for the first part of the new semester. There’s a target date of Wednesday 17th of September.

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!):

CineClub taster event: today at 1:30pm

Quick heads up! We have a CineClub taster event planned for 1:30pm today in the cinema. All new cinema-lovers are welcome. It’d also be great if any of the CineClub regulars could pop in to introduce themselves (if you are around the Uni and not too bust, of course!).CineClub-taster-19-9-13

Here’s a taster of things to come


Thought you got the better of us? Thought it was over? Huh? Huh? Thought that summer had finished us off, did you? We’re like the Fast and the Furious franchise – no, not full of cars and impossible tricks – we’re gonna keep coming back whether you like us or not! Like Jason Voorhees leaping out of the shadows in the Friday the 13th movies, CineClub is back from the dead and we’re unstoppable and we’re coming for you. And by that I meant we’re coming to the Cinema in the Media Centre.

[“Er….?”:  Editor]

Sorry about that – it’s been a while since I posted last. Sometimes I suffer from a bit of cabin fever and act like a bit of a psycho. Something’s gotta give, right?

Let’s get to the point! Word has it that a few films have been agreed by the secretive CineClub authorities. Not all the films have been chosen yet – that depends on the community. If you want to get involved then come along to Cineclub (every Wednesday of term at 5pm in MC207). We have a number of blank weeks in the schedule that need filling so get your thinking hats on!

Without further ado, here’s the immediate schedule of films:

What is CineClub?

It’s an informal weekly get-together of staff and students who like watching interesting films. The films are suggested by regular participants, so if you don’t like what’s on offer….

  1. come along and join the discussion afterwards to argue why and
  2. suggest something better for later in the semester.

You don’t have to be a Film or Media student to come along. We’ve even been known to let Sociologists in…

The screenings take place in the state-of-the-art (OK – maybe not 3-D yet…) cinema, which is in room MC207 of the Media Centre.  You get to see great films in a great setting ABSOLUTELY FREE. And talk about them. And go to the pub afterwards. Which is nice.

To get a flavour of the filmic gems that have been on before, check out our Previous Schedules. There’s a little bit of everything at CineClub

Out of the darkness…

… crept the light … splashing upon the screen … it can mean only one thing….


Cineclub is back. We are compiling a series of films for your delectation so watch this space. In the mean time, we are running a CineClub taster this Thursday afternoon from 1:30pm. Feel free to join us.

A new semester means a new schedule of films

Welcome back to CineClub after the winter break.

We don’t have a finalised list of films for you just yet as we are still awaiting suggestions from the CineClub community as to what they want to see. If you’d like to pick a film and you are prepared to introduce it to the audience, then drop us a comment here or via Facebook/Twitter.

However, some folk have been in touch already so we’ve got a list of potential films which include:

  • Almost Famous
  • Never Let Me Go
  • The Thing
  • Code Unknown
  • Carrie
  • Corman’s World

Almost_famous_poster1We’ve decided that we were so close to screening Almost Famous last time around (twice!) only to find the film fates were against us – but not this time! No, we will screen the film  next week. This is the blurb we wrote last time:

Once again we are visiting a cinematic vision of the 1970s, although this one focusses more on the music industry. Almost Famous is based upon the experiences of director Cameron Crowe when he worked as a journalist at Rolling Stone magazine during the 1970s. It charts the ‘coming of age’ of a William Miller, a 15-year-old aspirational journalist who sets out on the road with the (fictional) rock band, Stillwater, as they embark on a tour.

It’s a humorous, sincere and touching film – praised by critics upon its release, yet it struggled to recoup its investment at the box office. It features a number of recognisable stars  including Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (twice in two weeks!). This film sites either side of Cameron’s Tom Cruise vehicles (Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky) and is well worth your time. It’s also got a great soundtrack (if you’ve got Spotify you can stream extracts from it below).

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 30th January 2013

Tonight’s screening of Oldboy…

… has been booted out of the cinema due to the installation of some new teleconferencing hardware. Apparently Lord David Puttnam needs this new tech installed so that he can speak to us about films and related material from the comfort of his converted garage.

You can find us in the same building, but in the much less comfortable room: MC219

Usual time of 5pm

Beijing Independent Film Festival UK Tour Hits Newcastle

If you love international film then stick Friday the 9th of November in your diary as an exciting Chinese independent film festival is taking place in Newcastle. It’s part of the Beijing Independent Film Festival and will showcase the latest works from Chinese indie filmmakers. You can find details of the programme and a description of the films here (.pdf).

There’s 4 films on offer:

  • Shattered (2011, dir. Xu Tong)
  • The Next Life (2011, dir. Fan Jiang)
  • Beijing Besieged by Waste (2011, dir. Wang Jiuliang)
  • The Cold Winter (2011, dir. Zheng Kuo)

There’s also going to be a Q&A session with the director Zheng Kuo after the screening of his film The Cold Winter (via Skype), and Dr Luke Robinson from Nottingham University will give the opening speech, introducing the festival.

3 out of the 4 documentaries being screened will be premiers so if you want to to be amongst the first people to see these then you can register for FREE tickets by clicking through this link.

The event is suppoted by the Research Centre in Film & Digital Media, Newcastle University, and Li Xianting Film Fund, Beijing.

Stop the press! Ch-ch-ch-changes abound…

For a number of reasons (mainly involving calendar clashes) there’s been some last minute changes to the CineClub schedule. Next week’s film will not be Cowboys and Aliens after all (a collective sigh of relief all round then – Ed.), and has been shelved in favour of a Bond classic, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969, UK, Peter Hunt). We’ve also listened to some suggestions from the students and completed the full programme of events, which are listed below and found in the Current Schedule tab on the homepage. Check out what we have in store this season:

  • 26th September: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Peter R Hunt, 1969)
  • 3rd October: Los Cronocrímenes/ Timecrimes (Nacho Vigalondo, 2007)
  • 10th October: Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, 1995)
  • 17th October: Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
  • 24th October: Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
  • 31st October: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982)
  • 7th November: Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
  • 14th November: Oldboy (Park Chan-Wook, 2003)
  • 21st November: The Swimmer (Frank Perry, 1968)
  • 28th November: Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gillian, 1995)
  • 5th December: V For Vendetta (James McTeague, 2005)
  • 12th December: Special Christmas Event – to be announced…