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Arthouse Cinema Screening: Revolution – A New Art for a New World




Cinegalleria, Dean Clough, Halifax

10 November, 7.30pm


A fascinating documentary that looks into the art that was created from the energy of the Russian Revolution. With great clips from the films of Eisenstein and an insightful commentary this is a captivating journey into the work of the great artists against the political turmoil leading to the social realism during Stalin’s reign.



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Posted in General by / November 3rd, 2016 / No Comments »

Arthouse Cinema Screening: Tharlo




Kala Sangam, Bradford, 2 November, 7.30pm


Tharlo is a shepherd in rural Tibet, who is required by the local police chief to acquire an ID. This seemingly simple request is Tharlo’s introduction to the modern world and it sets in motion a whole range of problems for the shepherd. How will he cope? Winner of prizes for cinematography, script and acting, Tharlo offers a rare glimpse into life in the disputed Chinese territory of Tibet.


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Posted in General by / October 31st, 2016 / No Comments »

Day School: The Western from Outside the US





This follow-up to our earlier Day School on the American Western looks at how filmmakers outside the US, especially in Europe and Latin America, have used the genre to explore their own concerns. The day will include a complete screening of A Bullet For the General (Quién sabe?, Italy 1966). Damiano Damiani’s film is set in revolutionary Mexico and stars Gian Maria Volonte.

Tutor: Roy Stafford, Fee for the day: £14 (Concessions £9)

Tea and coffee will be provided and there are places nearby to buy lunch, although people are welcome to bring their own lunches.




Posted in General by / October 20th, 2016 / No Comments »

Comic Roots @ Halifax Comedy Festival



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Comic Roots – Lunchtime Film Shorts & Talk 


24, 25 & 26 October


Take a look back at the history of film comedy, from Buster Keaton to Tommy Cooper in this triple bill of films from the archive. Starting with the master of sight comedy, Buster Keaton in the 1922 film Cops with Keaton at the height of his comedic powers.

Then we move on to the 1947 flick from Jacques Tati, School for Postmen, showing the skill and humour of life in a rural post office. These two films are both under 20 minutes long, perfectly formed for laughs. Finally The Plank starring Tommy Cooper and Eric Sykes. This film is clowning at its finest, with the pair attempting to get a plank of wood across town, but the plank has other ideas.

These three films are perfect examples of the development of comedy and are perfect for anyone of any age who wants to learn more about comedy. For more information and to book tickets click here.


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Posted in General by / September 19th, 2016 / No Comments »

BFI Film Academy Bradford – Deadline Extended




Deadline for Applications 29 September 11am


We are delighted to be running the BFI Film Academy in Bradford again this October. The first year in 2015/16 was a great success with the Bradford academy being singled out for special mention and giving extraordinary opportunities to young people from the City and district.

We hope that you will be able to pass on details of the 2016/17 Film Academy to give great opportunities to young people to learn filmmaking skills, meet industry specialists and potentially go on to the residential course at the National Film and Television School.

The British Film Institute (BFI) is the leading film body in the UK supporting and investing in the next generation of talented young filmmakers. The course is open to 16-19 year olds (not currently studying on a university course) in the UK. We are keen to make the course fully accessible believing that talent is everywhere but often opportunity is not – the joining fee is only £25 and there are bursaries available to cover costs such as this fee, travel and childcare. 

For more details and how to apply check the Reel Solutions website



Posted in General by / September 19th, 2016 / No Comments »

BFI Film Academy Returns to Bradford




BFI and Reel Solutions to offer filmmaking courses to 16-19 year olds


There’s never been a better time to be a young filmmaker in Yorkshire keen on working in the region’s growing film industry. Teenagers from Yorkshire are being invited to sign up to the British Film Institute’s pioneering Film Academy which returns to Bradford again this autumn after a hugely successful first year in 2015. Delivered by Reel Solutions, along with key local partners including University of Bradford, Bradford College and National Media Museum, the BFI Film Academy starts on Saturday 8 October 2016 and will run on weekends and throughout the half-term holiday in October.

The course gives young people who are passionate about film the opportunity to develop practical film skills, commercial and cultural knowledge and ambition to forge a career in film whatever their background. Participants also have the opportunity to work towards gaining an NCFE in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, a qualification designed specifically by the British Film Institute and therefore recognised by the industry. The Academy includes masterclasses by leading film professionals covering key areas of the film industry such as producing, camera work, storytelling, casting, sound recording, editing, film exhibition and distribution.

Zoe Naylor from Reel Solutions says:

“We’re so pleased to be delivering another BFI Film Academy in Bradford and giving local teenagers the opportunity to do something that will support their careers in film. We believe in the next generation, their enthusiasm, their talent and their ambitions and feel hugely privileged to be able to help support and play a role in enabling their dreams by giving them the opportunity to engage with filmmaking processes and professionals from the UK film and TV industry. The Academies have seen some great results with alumni already securing jobs in film.”

Molly McGregor from Yorkshire, and a 2015 BFI Film Academy alumni, is already forging a successful career in film and recommends the Academy to other young people interested in a career in film:

“It helped greatly in cementing my understanding of how the film industry works and gave me confidence in my knowledge and my abilities. The Academy led to me gaining a place at the NFTVS residential and then a job at the Film Fund office – so I’m hugely grateful for the experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to start out in film!”

Molly secured a job as a runner at the British Film Institute’s Film Fund before getting her current role as Assistant to the Producer on Clio Barnard’s new film Dark River which was filming in the Yorkshire Dales and around Skipton earlier this summer, just one of the few dramas shooting in the region this year.

Others include: the 8-part TV drama about the early life of Queen Victoria, Victoria, which screens on ITV on Sunday 28 August 2016 and was filmed in new film studios, The Yorkshire Studios, at Church Fenton; the new screen adaptation of Swallows and Amazons (currently showing in cinemas); and multi BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright’s Brontes adaptation filming near Bradford. Future job prospects for staying in Yorkshire and contributing to its growing film, TV and gaming industries have never looked brighter.

The BFI Film Academy only costs £25 (bursaries are available for young people who might struggle to find the fee), and will provide up to 20 places for 16-19-year-olds not currently studying at university.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill says:

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the BFI able to make a contribution to opening doors and offering opportunities for the next talented generation. We know how important it if for us to do this, to nurture and support the gifted and talented, wherever they are in the UK, because the future of our industry depends on them. The Academy has established itself as a gold standard training and development programme providing a spectacular springboard to careers in film and allied industries. This would not be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and all our partners, and the many individuals from the industry who enthusiastically share their experience and offer guidance to students.”

Applications to the BFI Film Academy Bradford are now open and close on Monday 19 September 11am. Details of how to apply can be found on either the Reel Solutions  or the British Film Institute’s website. There is also a flyer that can be downloaded here.


Notes to editors

For further media information and additional images, please call Zoe Naylor on 07977 458 213 or email

The BFI’s trailer for the BFI Film Academies around the UK, which features many of last year’s alumni from Bradford can be found here

About Reel Solutions:
Reel Solutions is a cultural agency, predominantly working in film. They deliver a range of projects as well as providing guidance and support to local, national and international cultural businesses, film agencies and festivals in the UK and Europe. Clients include the BFI, Into Film, the Independent Cinema Office, the National Media Museum and Cambridge Film Festival. Reel Solutions has run its own projects such as the annual Fantastique film festival in Derby and specialised cinema programmes at Dean Clough, Halifax and the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford.

About the BFI
The BFI is investing £26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19-year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI’s aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Introducing audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

The BFI is now a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.



Posted in General by / September 7th, 2016 / No Comments »

Deck Chairs and Documentaries – Film Comes To Orange Box




Orange Box young people’s centre in Halifax will be launching its first ever film season this September with deck chairs and documentaries.

Starting on 8th September and running every Thursday evening until Christmas, Orange Box will be showing a selection of little known documentaries which audiences can enjoy sitting in deck chairs. With tickets from as little as £2 for under 18s and £4 for adults, the films have been picked in response to The BFI Film Audience Network’s ground-breaking initiative to give audiences the opportunity to see a diverse range of films in a cinema setting.

Orange Box Centre Manager Tom Kendall, who has programmed the season, said, “This will be an affordable film experience like no other where the audience can sit back in deck chairs and revel in the fact that the documentaries they will be watching are not available everywhere. Audiences can also enjoy pizza and popcorn from the Orange Box Café while watching the films.”

The season will begin celebrating Orange Box’s 3rd birthday with The Divide, and continues with ground breaking documentary Power in Our Hands and Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button. The rest of the season includes showings of The Imposter; a double bill of NG83 and David Vaughan Black on Canvas; hard-hitting The Act of Killing; and two films picked by 5 – 19 year olds for the Into Film Festival, as well as director’s talks.

Tom Kendall said, “We have chosen lesser known documentaries because we wanted to offer something different for cinema audiences away from the mainstream and art house offerings. Some of the films are more community based with the aim to start discussion groups and a programming group, which will create a community cinema where the audience pick the films.”

For further information email Suzanne Wynne or call 01422 433200.

Download the programme here.



Posted in General by / August 25th, 2016 / No Comments »

ICO Archive Screening Days Review


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A review by Bill Lawrence


Having been a part of the ICO’s first Archive Screening Day in December 2014, I was delighted to see that the format had been brought back. Cinema does behave like the most contemporary of artistic forms with titles released rapidly reaching their sell-by date and disappearing from cinemas. It is a culture constantly heading forward with little heed for its past. Unlike other arts that regularly celebrate the works of artists, composers, playwrights and writers from past decades and centuries, film is persistently looking for the new. Even as the youngest of these arts it still has over 100 years of incredible activity to look back on and celebrate, so the pairing of the ICO Archive Screening Day and Bristol Watershed’s Cinema Rediscovered (see separate article) are, in themselves, to be celebrated and supported.




The day started with a keynote talk from Robin Baker Head Curator, BFI National Archive looking at the activity of restoration and releases from the Archive. With a little gem from the early 1970s Heinz campaign for baked beans it demonstrated how long anti-EEC/EU has seeped into popular culture. This demonstrated the diversity of the archive and Robin outlined the range through films, TV programmes, scripts, notes and designs.

The archive has to balance the needs of preservation and access against limited funds. Some of the recent BFI archive projects were outlined: Visions of Change, Evolution of TV Documentary; Battles of Coronel and Falklands; The Hitchcock 9. Also some of the extraordinary locations for such events, including Blackmail with the audiences seated on Kiev’s famous Odessa steps.

Unlocking film heritage had been able to use lottery funds for Britain on Film, Victorians in cinema and Film and TV advertising. Future projects include: Black Star; India on Film for the 70th year of independence 2017; and Railways on Film.

He argued that ‘silent’ cinema and such special events can create a greater wonder and sense of the glamour of cinema and it

He left the audience with a couple of questions what should we digitise next? and what role should 35mm play in cinemas in the future – should there be 35mm projection throughout UK; the joy of film is 35mm an attraction c.f. vinyl. How do we bring real film back to the cinema?

Robin complemented his talk with a screening of a short film shot by Jack Cardiff in early Technicolor of the ruins of Palmyra

Finally Robin encouraged us all to contribute to the BFI Consultation on its next strategic plan which closes 8 September.


The Proud Valley


It was good to see this restored 1940 classic. Introduced by Graham Fulton from Park Circus, gave the opportunity to outline some of the classics they are about to release: from the Universal Dracula to Taxi Driver.

The Proud Valley opens in the Welsh Valleys with a black stoker hoping onto a steam train. A summation of many of the days themes. Beautiful black and white photography, looked great on screen and sparkled. The life of Welsh miners in a small village and the community that relies on the pit for its survival. With the wonderful Paul Robeson at its core it is always watchable, even if the acting of some is less than adequate, but what grips is the life underground, wonderful sets create a strong sense of place and drama with one moment of shock. An enjoyable classic that still has much to say about communities and sacrifice.


Cinema Ritrovato


Guy Borlee returned after his visit in 2014, to talk about the Il Cinema Ritrovato now in its 30th year of celebrating the history of cinema from classics to screenings from carbon-rod projection. A major international success the festival is highly regarded by those regular attenders from all over the world.

Guy introduced screenings of some of their recent restoration short films made for film pioneer Charles Urban, in the two colour system Kinemacolor, a short film about bonnets in the Netherlands and then the short feature Rhapsodia Satanica, a reworking of the faust tale with an elderly woman trading her soul for the return of youth. Using a wide range of early colouring techniques, it was a continually evolving visual treat with a tremendously ugly devil.


Black Britain


An interesting collection of material held in the Media Archive for Central England from regional news programmes on ATV and Central Television. Ultimately, a study of how the media in Birmingham reacted to ‘immigrant’ communities in clips from television broadcasts 1960 – 1987. Some of the excerpts display the classic colonialist attitudes of broadcasters of the time which can make for discomforting viewing although they do of course, very much reflect the realities of the context in which they were made.  The final programme when released by the ICO next year however, will be contextualised both on screen and with programme notes and speakers will be available to introduce screenings. It will be interesting to receive more background particularly in relation to the one Asian and one black presenter who were featured.


Losing Ground


The final film of the day was my highlight and contextualised with an excellent introduction from Karen Alexander. Directed by Kathleen Collins in 1982, who sadly died 6 years later, Losing Ground is a film with two compelling leads Seret Scott and Bill Gunn, the former and academic the latter, her partner, a free-wheeling artist. There are many great sequences and some wonderful dialogue but the path of Sarah from intense academic to movie actress is wonderful. Collins was clearly a great talent that would have left a fascinating body of work if she hadn’t died so young.

I hope there are many more Archive Screening Days to come. In many ways more rewarding than the ICO’s quarterly screening days of new features, because of the opportunity to see film from the history of cinema and see the evolution of the art from silent to independent 1980s filmmaking. Leaves a lot to consider and the certainly convinces that there is more to cinema than the latest release.



Posted in General by / August 12th, 2016 / No Comments »

Call for Submissions: Film London Artists Moving Image Network




Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network is seeking applications for the next round of FLAMIN Productions, our commissioning scheme for single screen works that are ambitious in premise and duration.
Successful applicants will be awarded £30,000 each in production funding, as well as a development programme with ongoing support and professional mentoring. Applicants must be London based with a track record of making moving image work, for an art world audience, that been shown widely.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24 October




Posted in General by / August 8th, 2016 / No Comments »

Mayhem Film Festival Early Bird Passes and Call for Short Film Entries


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Broadway, Nottingham on 13-16 October 2016


Early Bird Passes Available Now.

Early Bird passes give you access to the full festival. The passes are available for a limited period of time and cost just £60 for four days of exciting previews, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world.

Submissions for the Scary Shorts strand.

Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the Scary Shorts remains the most loved and one of the most popular screenings in the festival’s schedule.

There is no fee for submissions, and they are accepting local, national and international entries and you can submit your film for free until midnight on Friday 19 August.


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Posted in General by / August 3rd, 2016 / No Comments »
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