Cineclub returns and look what we’ve done…

Welcome back to CineClub. Didn’t the summer just fly by? I trust many of you saw some brilliant films? Well, it’s time to see what gems we have in store for the period between now and Christmas. And I need to inform you that we only have a half a season scheduled thus far.

“What?!? But films start back up on Wednesday” I hear you cry. We’ve decided to let the returning cinéastes and the new students take the time to nominate some films that they’d like to see running at CineClub. We do have a backup plan if we fail to get enough suggestions, so rest assured that films will roll.  You can send us your suggestions in many ways: either leave a comment on this site, email us, Facebook us or Tweet us (details here). You can even tell us to our faces – imagine that!

All that we ask in return for a nomination is that you do a brief introduction to the film, and guide the discussion afterwards. Also, if you’d like to write for CineClub and offer your thoughts on what you’ve seen or witnessed then drop me (Rob) an email and I’d be happy to publish your work.

Anyway, enough of the background, this is what is currently planned:

  • 26th September:  Cowboys and Aliens (Jon Favreau, 2011)
  • 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: Entre Les Murs/ The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008)
  • 31st October: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982)

As ever, screenings take place in the Cinema (MC207) at 5pm on Wednesdays. Free of charge

Cineclub 2012… Part 2!

We’ve got a new season of films coming up and we’re looking for suggestions. If you want to add your suggestions to the mix then you can create an account and leave some comments below. Alternatively, you can reach us via the Facebook and Twitter pages (see the side column on the main page for details)

Scala Beyond

In a recent episode of BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme Francine Stock discussed the Scala Beyond initiative which seeks to bring together a number of film clubs, film festivals and various pop-up cinemas as part of a six week season of films that will celebrate all manner of cinema exhibition that contributes to the vibrant UK independent scene. This follows on from last year’s London-based Scala Forever season which saw 32 exhibitors screen more than 65 films in celebration of the famous Scala Cinema in King’s Cross.

Scala Beyond will take place from 18th of August and run up until the the 29th of September, co-ordinating with regional hubs in cities including Manchester, Brighton, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Birmingham in order to showcase the the vibrancy of film-going culture outside of London. The aim is to bring film communities into this nationwide event.

The aims of celebrating film and fostering a community of interested people who want to share their love of cinema is central part of what the The Cine Club is all about, and no doubt it’s a passion that is shared by cinéastes up and down the country.

Scala Beyond are teaming up with the charitable organisation, Film Club, who help young people discuss and review a range of diverse films with the aim of nurturing their social and intellectual development, as well as feeding their imagination. Film Club is a network championed by head teachers and key players within the education sector which has resulted in the establishment of over 7000 clubs reaching 220,000 children each week. It was cofounded by Beeban Kidron (director of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit) who believes film plays a uniquely powerful medium in promoting better understandings of the world, increased communication skills as well as raising aspirations. Check out her TED talk below:

Scala Beyond is looking for cinema lovers to take part in a wide-ranging season of films, enabling the discovery of all manner of local screenings and programmes. In order to facilitate this they’re open to as many independent exhibitors taking part as possible. There is only one requirement: the programmers must think carefully about what motivates their decisions to screen films which they then must reveal at the event and also via what they call the ‘Declaration‘.

For the Scala Beyond team, cinema is not just about putting a film on and selling tickets – it’s about everything that goes into making the screening: the audience, the venue, the programming and the extras like introductions, guest speakers, shorts, trailers, handouts, Q&A’s, discussions, music and decoration to name just a few elements. What makes your screenings special? This is what we want to celebrate and shout about.

They are keen for potential exhibitors to talk about what inspires their screenings. They want to know why these screenings are special and what makes people passionate about film. This is the ‘Declaration‘ – it could be written text, a video, a poem, a drawing – anything expressive that tells the Scala Beyond team why the screening is important enough to show to others. They’ve created a manifesto (.pdf) for the entire season – check out the video below – but they are keen to hear from potential exhibitors.

How to get involved

There is an information pack available here (.pdf) but the salient points are listed below:

  1. Screen at least 1 film in the 6 week period that best represents you or your organisation, paying attention to what makes this screening special
  2. Complete this submission form from the Scala Beyond website once you’ve decided on your event.
  3. You’ll be contacted at a later date for confirmation of your entry and to ask for your Declaration. The cut-off date is the 30th of June as selected highlights will be included on a printed flyer. A regional partner of the Scala Beyond team will assist with local publicity

Then what?

From mid July the website will list all the hundred of screenings and events taking place across the country. Users will be able to filter the results so they can see what is happening in their local area, enabling people to discover a huge range of different screenings and events. There’s also going to be some localised press and marketing taking place across the regions

If you think that CineClub should be taking part and you are interested in managing the event submission then drop me a line either in the comments or via the ‘Contact Us’ page.

That’s all folks

Now that the academic year is drawing to a close and the students are finding lots of new and exciting things to occupy their time, CineClub is taking a little break over the summer. Typically, this means that this website tends to get a little quiet to reflect the lack of scheduled films.

But that doesn’t mean that our love of film has dissipated – no, no, no. There will be plenty of film viewing taking place over the summer, and I may attempt to populate the site with some of my more pithy reviews from Flixster. I must warn you, dear readers, they are not lengthy, extensive or detailed. I prefer the short-form Twitter-style review format.

The site is open to contributions from staff/students/cineastes who’d like to try their hand at producing a little bit of copy. You can find my contact details here if you are interested. I’m afraid we cannot offer any financial reimbursement but we can offer you kudos.

Normal service will resume in September

The CineClub Schedule for Feb-May 2012

This might seem a little backwards in coming forwards in that we already announced the first movie of the new season (Fight Club incidentally) before we announced the full schedule, but that’s because the first selection was mine and already signed off by the ‘power-that-be’. Anyway, it is yet another pleasure of mine to be able to reveal the new line-up for the this semester:

  • 1st February:  Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
  • 8th February: Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, 1990)
  • 15th February: Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990)
  • 22nd February:  LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] History Month Special Event: The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Colodenko, 2010)
  • 29th February: Little Big Man (Arthur Penn, 1970)
  • 7th March: Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven, 1990)
  • 14th March: The Graduate (Mike Nicols, 1967) Germinal (Claude Berri, 1993)
  • 21st March: There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  • 28th March: Zombie Flesh Eaters (Lucio Fulci, 1979)
  • 25th April: Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008) The Graduate (Mike Nicols, 1967)
  • 2nd May: V for Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005) Das Experiment (Oliver Hirshbiegel, 2001)
  • 9th May: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)

As ever, screenings take place in the Media Centre cinema (room enough for 200+ people) and they are free to friends of the university. We’ll also be running a new feature on the site: after every film we are going to get people to write a short review. Hopefully, it’ll give  people the chance to get their name up in lights, or at the very least, a nice byline on the blog.

Let me know what your thoughts are on the schedule either in the comments or over on the Facebook page.

What’s CineClub got lined up for 2012?

This is the burning question at CineClub right now! The moment prior to the announcement of an up-coming schedule is always tense – who is going to see their film choice selected for the semester? What will make the cut and what will fail to impress the selection committee (wait, there’s a committee)? Whose film choices get the chance to praised for being the epitome of good taste and whose will get torn to shreds?

Currently Billy is taking suggestions from the regular attendees and we’d love to hear what you’d like to see screened at our cinema. We’d love to hear more suggestions from students. Even if you’ve never been before but want to try out the delights of CineClub we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us in the comments field, over on Twitter, Facebook or via email.

You’ll find a playlist of the suggestions right below this text. Enjoy

Happy New Year!

All the best to you, good readers. Did you enjoy any wonderful filmic treats during the festive period? Catch a classic movie on TV? Get bought a shiny information circle (aka DVD/Blu-Ray)? Pay a visit to the local picture house? If so, we’d love to hear what you got up to.

I guess I also need to apologise for not posting in the final week of last term. For the final CineClub session of 2011 all in attendance were invited to bring along a clip of their favourite filmic funny scenes. There were some classic Mel Brooks sequences selected as well as a few odd choices (Justin, we are looking at you!). My selections are featured below – feel free to tell us about your favourite funny scenes or even post links to them below the line

Blades of Glory – “I don’t wanna close my eyes”

No screening next week

Due to the public sector industrial action next week we’re afraid the university is shutting all the buildings so we’ll be skipping a week. The next screening will be Anton Corbijn’s critically acclaimed Control (2007).

See you then. Keep smiling!

Revised schedule

This is a quick heads up and follow on from the last post in which I suggested that there may be a few changes to the running order for the remainder of this season. Well, it’s happened. Given that we pulled The Devil’s Backbone forward and a few films have been dropped, we’ve taken last ditch measures to ensure your cinematic needs are still met.

EDIT: Updated 19/11/11 by Rob

The current arrangements for the rest of the screenings look like this:

  • 23rd November: Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
  • 30th November: Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954) The building is closed due to strike action
  • 7th December: Control(Anton Corbijn, 2007)
  • 14th December: Comic Christmas (Festive-fun-for-all! Bring-along-a-clip of a self-contained comedy scene [5 mins max] from a favourite film)

Withnail and I
We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now! (Withnail)

Next week sees CineClub screen the former favourite of students throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, Withnail and I – just when the director Bruce Robinson has decided to emerge out of his self-imposed retirement with The Rum Diary, in which Johnny Depp takes on the guide of Hunter S. Thompson for the second time. Both films are linked by a preponderance for alcohol, so Withnail and I should prepare you well for any trips you may take the picture houses this week. Frequently quoted, the film even has its own drinking game although I can’t be held responsible for any accidents that may occur after participation…

Sansho the Bailiff
“I have seen ‘Sansho’ only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better; I have not dared watch it again, reluctant to ruin the spell, but also because the human heart was not designed to weather such an ordeal.” (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)

There may not be many staff at this screening given that there’s likely to be a strike on, but those that do make it will witness a piece of cinematic excellence in Sanshu the Bailiff. This was the third film in as many years that won Mizoguchi a major prize, namely the Silver Lion, at the Venice film festival – a feat that is quite simply unheard-of. Regarded as one of the greats of Japanese cinema (with Ozu and Kurosawa), Mizoguchi’s film is renowned for its compositional majesty – framing and movement are elegiac here, in a tale that is partly-autobigraphical despite focussing on a 500 year old folk tale.


Due to the phenomenal success of last year’s music themed ‘bring-alog-your-clips’ compilation episode we decided to give it another go.  This time time we are encourage attendees to bring along their favourite cinematic comedy moments. If you can make them Christmas-related, then that will be regarded as ‘comedic ingenuity’ but it can be anything you like, providing it’s under 5 minutes in length

Q&A and Film Screening with producer Nadine Marsh-Edwards

Our good friends over in Culture Lab at Newcastle University are hosting an afternoon with the filmmaker Nadine Marsh-Edwards. She is a leading film and TV producer and has collaborated with some of British cinema’s best-known directors on a number of films. Her work ranges across feature film, documentary and television drama. She was BAFTA-nominated for her work with Gurinder Chadra, Bhaji on the Beach (1993). In addition to her production work, Nadine actively promotes the UK film industry thorough her involvement with organisations including the Arts Council and the British Screen Advisory Panel.

Lecturer in Film, Melanie Bell, will be hosting a Q&A discussion. Nadine will discuss her work as a founding member of Sankofa, one of a number of UK film and video collectives in the 1980s which produced innovative, independent work engaging with the politics of representation, questions of identity and black British histories. Reflecting on the current intersection of culture and politics, Nadine will also talk about what ‘representation’ and diversity means today.

This event is free but ticketed: please apply through the Centre’s website (

Friday 18th November 2011

Time: Doors open 4.15pm for 4.30pm start

Location: Culture Lab, Newcastle University main campus (Space 4/5)

The discussion will finish at 6pm, after which Nadine will introduce a screening of Looking for Langston (1989, d. Isaac Julien)

‘neither documentary nor narrative … this striking bold mood piece is a meditation on the gay black American poet Langston Hughes and the repressed lives of similar artists, as lived beyond the public gaze’ (screenonline).

Run time 46minutes.

Organised by the Research Centre for Film and Digital Media, Newcastle University, this talk is one of a number of events on the theme of ‘Identities’ to mark the Centre’s launch.