Posted April 20, 2012 by Beth Webb - Events Editor in Features
 
 

May Film Events


This month we’ve got a spectacular array of events for the avid cinema goer looking for a bit more from their film. There’s the trusty film festival, inflatable screens and a FilmJuice first, films by bike. Read on for movie based capers across the country this spring.

This month we’ve got
a spectacular array of events for the avid cinema goer looking for a bit more
from their film. There’s the trusty film festival, inflatable screens and a
FilmJuice first, films by bike. Read on for movie based capers across the
country this spring.

We begin in Derby with the 2012 ID Film Festival, a collection of screenings, previews, workshops
and exhibitions taking place from the 24th to the 27th of
May. This year’s theme is heroes, from the spandex clad to the everyday champ
and is evident across the whole programme with Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Friday,) to
Saturday’s Flash Gordon and a kids
screening of Clash of the Titans on
Sunday morning.

Special guests include Bryan
Blessed
and director Mike Hodges,
and a special workshop with Tyrannosaur
director Paddy Considine will no
doubt prove a festival highlight on Saturday afternoon. For hands on fanatics
and filmmakers, there’ll be an ID Fest Quiz off, casting workshop and a 24 hour
filmmaking challenge, plus you chance to submit work to be shown.

Full details of entries, the programme and ticket
information can be found at the festival homepage HERE

Faithful film venue the Barbican
will, for the month of May, host a season of creations from German art school
Bauhaus. With shorts and documentaries, the London institute will be showcasing
the product of one of the most celebrated modern art schools in the world not
only through film but discussions from experts of the field. The season starts
on the 25th with a series of animated films entitled The Radical Screen, accompanied with a
musical arrangement by Neil Brand
and talks by Bauhaus film
specialist Thomas Tode

This instalment also falls into
the Barbican’s Silent Films and Live Music series, which brings films from
across all ages of cinema and plays them against musical accompaniments from contemporary
artists. This season draws to a close with The Radical Screen, which will show
until the 27th of May.

Buy tickets and see what else is
on at the Barbican
HERE

We weren’t lying about the films on bikes thing. Bikeminded, a cycling campaign run
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and which was launched
last summer are this year launching a series of film
location cycling tours around the borough. The two and a half hour tour
will take visitors around haunts from the likes of Clockwork Orange, Withnail
and I
and L-shaped Room. You’ll
get a bit of a talk on each stop peddling you through London’s cinematic
history with a bunch of like minded folk.

The tours coincide with a short film competition
that Bikeminded is holding for 90 second submissions. For more information
about the contest and the tour click HERE.

Cult film fans flock to Covent Garden for the end of
May as Cine Excess descends for its
sixth year. Boasting a theme of “The Art and
Atrocity of Cult Adaptation “for its 2012 programme, confirmed guests include
Italian director Enzo G.
Castellari
and director/writer
Sergio Martino, whose back
catalogues include titles like Primitive
Desires
, The Heroin Busters and Creampuff. Aiming to take on as many
genres and themes as possible across the cult spectrum, the full programme has
yet to be announced, this year sees a special script to screen competition where
Horror writers can submit their work by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre writer Kim
Henkel
. When the programmes up you’ll find it right HERE.

Sci fi fans rejoice as the 11th Sci Fi London lands back in the city.
For the first week of May, Piccadilly Apollo, BAFTA and BFI Southbank will be
hosting an onslaught of premieres, all nighters and free events for science
fiction fanatics. Opening night feature Death
by Martin Gooch will see its UK premiere and is closing in on selling out.

Other premieres include Allison de Frens The Mechanical Bride, a documentary
that looks into the world of artificial companions from silicone dolls to
humanoids, William Shatner’s The
Captains
for the ultimate trekkie, and black and white time travel
adventure Shuffle.

There’s also a Sci-Fi parade where visitors can strut the
streets of London in their costume finery, Sci-Fi cabaret and a Sci-Fi pub
quiz. The festival runs from the 1st to the 7th of May
and full film listings, tickets and times can be found HERE

With a resounding nod to the summer, Peterborough is kicking
off the outdoor cinema season with a weekend of blockbusters. Nene Park Trust
is putting together its first drive in movie event for residents on the 5th
and 6th of May, with movies shown in high definition on a massive
inflatable screen. On Saturday jump up and down in your seat to Huey Lewis and
the News as Back To The Future (Main
Picture) plays on Saturday, and sing safely within the confines of your vehicle
on Sunday to Mamma Mia. Buy your
tickets HERE

Plenty to keep you going throughout the next 30 days whether
you’re up for some outdoor family fun, German avant garde or walking through
London dressed as stormtrooper.


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