White Heat (1949)

Our long time collaborator, 16mm projectionist and film collector Chris Wibberley, writes for us about the classic gangster film, White Heat.    While White Heat, despite being an old film, was no means the first American gangster films. Although its star, James Cagney, did feature in some early pre-code films, namely as William Wellmans in The Public…

And the winner is?

Many thanks  to Simon Wardell, one of our guest bloggers for this thought provoking piece on award ceremonies. Who won the Best Picture Oscar 10 years ago? Five years ago? Who even won it last year? If you’re having difficulty answering those questions (it’s The Departed, The Artist and Spotlight, respectively) you’re not the only…

There’s more to life than books you know, but not much more

Books become films, films become books, cartoons become video games, and soundtracks become samples. Cinema begs, borrows and steals but also gives, shares and lends out. This relationship between authors and film makers is polyamorous, playfully adulterous and so open you could house a library in it. When a book becomes a film something is…

Sound Points: the film soundtrack addiction

Our musical director, Alex Feather,  shares some thoughts on his soundtrack addiction.  “He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow”                          (Ecclesiastes 1:18) I am a soundtrack addict. By confessing this now I hope others can come to terms with the fact that they too will happily listen to film music out of context. If you dream…

Best Films of 2016

Simon Wardell, of the Guardian, has kindly written his best of list for 2016. Agree or disagree, we’d love to hear what you think. Get in touch in all the usual ways. There have been plenty of good films in cinemas this year but, with one notable exception, none that seemed like classics in the…

Thank you for asking

Well, it’s been a long summer and seems as if we have been sucking on that intermission ice lolly for the longest time. You might have wondered if we’d got tangled up in the fire curtains. Some of you know that we’re working on a new project with Our Favourite Places to produce a film…

Final word from TIFF

Concluding Martin Carter’s dispatches from the frontline of festival going, here’s his final report for us: Sunday was horror day for me at TIFF. Two films that approached the genre in completely different ways; firstly Juan Carlos Medinsa’s The Limehouse Golem is an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel, Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem starring Bill…

More from our man in Toronto…

Martin Carter, who lectures on the film studies course at Sheffield Hallam University,has kindly been blogging for us from the Toronto film festival. Here is is second dispatch: Festival film-going can be exhausting; once you’ve picked your films you need to check you can get to them after factoring in waiting to get into the…

Our man in Tronno

Hello there! We’re starting the autumn season in international stylee with dispatches from the film festival frontline. Our mate Martin Carter is at the Toronto International Film Festival, seeing a plethora of juicy new titles out of the sheer goodness of his heart.  No, we’re not envious, not one little bit. Here’s his report from the first few days: Day…

It’s Only a (Home) Movie

By Christopher Wibberley If anyone can remember making home movies at all (as for the most part this has been abandoned in the last 30 years) they would probably have used Super 8mm. But ever since the early days of cinema various film gauges have been used. As well as 35mm, which became the standard,…

My Life as a Market Trader: Day One

HARRY THE HAGGLER: That’s more like it. Ten?!  Are you trying to insult me?! Me,  with a poor dying grandmother?! Ten?! BRIAN: All right. I’ll give you eleven. HARRY THE HAGGLER: Now you’re gettin’ it. Eleven?! Did I hear you right?! Eleven?! This cost me twelve. You want to ruin me?! The first thing you find…

Bowie, sing us a birthday song…

We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes Five years ago today we set out the chairs, blacked out the huge front window, rigged up borrowed screen and projector and served tea and a slice at The Sharrow Pie for our screening of Harold and Maude. The venue may be gone, but we are still…