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July Film Events

Now fully submerged in the depths of Summer, the blockbuster season is truly underway.

Now fully submerged
in the depths of Summer, the blockbuster season is truly underway.
you’re not tempted by the fruits of the big studios this month however there is
a great selection of events to make the movie theatres as an exciting place to
be as the great outdoors.

Unless you’ve been living down in the bat cave for the last
seven years you’ll be aware that July 20th sees Dark Knight Rises descend upon multiplexes nationwide for what is
hotly tipped to be the movie of 2012. BFI
celebrates the exemplary work of the Batman trilogy’s father
figure and long standing auteur Christopher Nolan with a season of his greatest
triumphs. Memento, Following and Insomnia join the obvious Batman and Inception (Main Picture) offerings from the 1st through to the 22nd of
July as the British director bids farewell to his Dark Knight. Find show times HERE

Probably the most community based area in this fair capital,
East London has it’s very own film festival to best illustrate it’s strong
identity and off centre personality. Remembering the loss of one it’s most
notorious icons, the festival opens with a documentary on the life and
influences of Amy Winehouse. Showing
rare concert footage against interviews and archived performances, Maurice Linnane’s film is one of 35
films that will enjoy a UK premiere over the week long events, which stretches
over a host of East End venues. With themes to include Resistance &
Revolution and Art & Anarchy, expect defiant cinema at its finest in the
shape of documentaries, dramas and short,
punctuated with events for everyone, from making models with Aardman to an Indian Music Night at the
Rich Mix cinema. For the full
programme and booking information head to the festival homepage HERE

Self confessed geeks get yourselves down to this year’s
London Film and Comic Con on the 6th of July for an orgy of science
fiction treats. The festival has outdone itself this year with guest spots
including Hayden Panettiere and Gillian Anderson to get those
heartbeats quickening and stars of The
Walking Dead
, Firefly and Star Trek will be popping up all over
the place. Auctions, talks and photo ops make up the main festival, with
Cosplay, comic, artist and video game zones filling the Olympia Grand Hall for
the weekend. Find out more HERE

If you’re in Birmingham for the first few days of July and
have an unsung passion for B movies, the BE Festival are holding an evening
celebrating the cliché of the low budget blockbuster wannabe with a showcase of
the best of the genre. Book your tickets, and find out more about the venue MAC

If you’re caring for a small one on the morning of 15th
July and fancy taking them to see something that doesn’t involve
princesses or talking woodland animals, the University of Hertfordshire is
showing Ponyo as part of its family
film club. Miyazaki’s aquatic tale features the voices of Liam Neeson and Tina Fey,
and will be followed by a clay workshop where infants can make their own Ponyo
with magical air drying clay no less. Places are limited so book up HERE

Soho Shorts
infamous Rushes festival returns this month for its 14th year from
the 11th to the 20th of July. This non profit event mixes
international and commercial shorts as one of the country’s most recognised
short festivals. Expect animation, factual and live action offerings from 22
countries this year, all of which will be shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts with the awards night held at the Soho Curzon. For a look at the films in
the competition see the festival site HERE

Beth Webb - Events Editor

I aim to bring you a round up of the best film events in the UK, no matter where you are or what your preference. For live coverage of events across London, follow @FilmJuice

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