Sundance London Film and Music Festival @ The O2 / Day 1: Thursday 26th April 2012


Screenings from 5.30pm

@ The O2 Arena
SE10 0DX

Individual tickets to film screenings and panel discussions £11.50

Special event tickets £20

The inaugural Sundance London is finally here! Since it’s beginnings in 1978 as the Utah/US film festival through its name change to Sundance in 1985, the festival has been integral for showcasing and supporting independent filmmaking. 14 films have been selected from the 120 screened at Sundance 2012 in January, to make their UK premieres.

Thursday opens the festival with 3 documentary screenings and 3 dramatic screenings across the Cineworld screens of The O2, beginning from 5.30pm, including:

Under African Skies, documentary 5.30pm
Nobody Walks, dramatic 5.30pm
The House I Live In, documentary 6.15pm
The Queen of Versailles, documentary 6.30pm
An Oversimplification of her Beauty, dramatic 7pm
Liberal Arts, dramatic 8.30pm

Under African Skies trailer

Following the evening films, there will be An Evening with Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett who will discuss the finely hewn craft of matching music to image. Introduced and interviewed live by British screenwriter and novelist Nick Hornby, they will share their recollections of achieving great musical moments with the many filmmakers, actors and musicians they’ve collaborated with throughout their storied careers.

The bar will be open from 4pm – 8pm

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Cigarette Burns Cinema presents PIECES

On Saturday I went along to a midnight screening of PIECES (1982) at Rio Cinema, presented by Cigarette Burns Cinema. Although not literally at midnight but close enough for me (it started a bit after 11.30pm), Cigarette Burns Cinema are bringing back late night horror movie screenings for the cult film audience. It’s rare these days that cinemas will screen new releases late at night, let alone older and more obscure films.

Slightly tipsy or just slightly buzzed with the idea of watching a 35mm uncut print shipped from Europe especially for tonight, the atmosphere inside was upbeat and fun. The extreme gore and gratuitous nudity were fully appreciated by the audience, particularly the loud guy at the back with the booming laugh. Post-film drinks were accompanied by the music of a waify, suited DJ who looked like he could’ve come out of the film himself. As with every CBC event, film-goers could also browse and buy hard-to-come-by horror DVDs, soundtrack vinyl and prints courtesy of Psychotronic UK.

Aside from screening classic to obscure horror that I might never watch otherwise, what makes the Cigarette Burns Cinema events special is that they oblige to the tradition of the midnight movie – cult films with an audience who keep coming back. And I’ll be back on May 19th for The Return of the Living Dead.

Trailer by Paul Martinovic for Cigarette Burns Cinema

PS: short person tip: the auditorium of the Rio is one of my favourites because I can sit back, comfortable in the knowledge that the guy’s head in front of me won’t block off a large portion of the screen.

Mariell Amélie: Forget Me Not – Forglem Meg Ei @Notting Hill Arts Club / Wednesday 25th April 2012


18:30 – 21:00

@ Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate,
W11 3JQ

Entry: £FREE

Amélie has created a series of dream-like self-portraits for over 6 years. Her images sit on a boundary between fine art and fashion but are very much a private and personal endeavour. In her words “All my images are feelings I’ve had, feelings I cant always talk about or show in any other ways.”

These isolated performances evoke a 21st century Romanticism –
self-reflective moments of solitude made visible through choice of location, clothing and pose. Although many of the images would not be out of place in faddish glossy magazines, her self-portraits maintain a timeless quality.

She says of the on-going project, “I guess it’s the only thing in life that I’m absolutely sure I will have forever, and as long as I have that I will never feel completely lost.”


All Male Speed Dating @ Curzon Soho / Wednesday 25th April 2012


After the 6.30pm screening of Elles

@ Curzon Soho,
99 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5DY

Curzon Soho are running a speed dating night, where they invite you to meet a new selection of cine-literate and discerning clientele. This time, the speed dating is an all male event.

Simply buy a ticket for the film screening and email your booking reference to, then await your free invitation to get together after the film in our cosy basement bar.

Please apply early as places are limited.

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Kevin Macdonald presents ‘Marley’ @ ICA / Tuesday 24th Apr – Thursday 3rd May 2012


Screening times:

12 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AH‎

Entry: £6 (Tuesdays)
£10 (Wednesday – Sunday)
£8 concessions / £7 ICA Members

In the documentary Marley, Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald, asks why Bob Marley and his music connect with so many people around the world, and how his philosophy continues to resonate.

Coming out of nowhere and disproving the stereotype that all reggae musicians are laid-back and easy-going though his ambition and hard work, the music, life and philosophy of the late great Robert Nesta Marley OM was shaped and influenced by the political climate of Jamaica. His writings in turn affected the Jamaican politics of the day.

Marley’s music grew out of severe and constant economic impoverishment as well as political discontent with the government and its policies. Dreaming of Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, he was a freedom-fighter himself who became an international symbol of the dispossessed.

‘Marley’ also marks the first time ever that Bob Marley’s family has authorized the use of their own private archives of music, photographs and film.

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Magners presents Comedy In The Dark @ Udderbelly Festival – Southbank / Monday 23rd April 2012


Doors: 7pm – 8pm

@ Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd
London, SE1 8XX

Entry: £12.5 Adv Tickets

Come and spend a truly uncommon hour in the company of your favourite stand-up comedians, all performing completely in the dark. After sell- out shows in the UK and Europe, this unique show comes to E4 Udderbelly Festival for the first time.

Four great stand ups, one hour, no lights! We guarentee you’ll have never SEEN anything like it! Previous acts include Marcus Brigstocke, Kevin Bridges, Reginald D Hunter, Sarah Millican, Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi and many more. Produced by Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

Line-up 23rd April:
Mark Olver (MC)
Joe Lycett
Rob Rouse
Dan Antopolski

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Sonnet Sunday @ Shakespeare’s Globe / Sunday 22nd April 2012


Open: 10:00 – 17:00

@ Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

Free entry

To mark the beginning of the Globe to Globe Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe will be playing host to an international food market, calligraphers, music, dancers and a marathon of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets in over 20 different languages.

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Shark Reef Encounter @ Sea Life Aquarium / Sunday 22nd April 2012


@ London Aquarium, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Entry: £19.80 (adult) book

A major new feature is now open starring 16 sharks! In celebration of one of nature’s most magnificent creatures visitors can walk across the extended glass walkway, the Shark walk. Learn about sharks in the myth busting and interactive Shark Academy.

For maximum enjoyment plan your visit around feeding times click here.

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Cigarette Burns Cinema presents PIECES @ Rio Cinema / Saturday 21st April 2012


Screening 11.30pm

@ Rio Cinema,
103-107 Kingsland High St, E8

Tickets £8


Cigarette Burns Cinema film club have another treat in store for this late night event – a very rare 35mm screening of PIECES. I have it on good authority that the reels have been shipped over from Europe just for tonight!

After the screening there will be a DJ and bar until 2.30am

Here’s the 1982 trailer for PIECES…

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Hyperbounce II @ Bar A Bar / Saturday 21st April 2012


Open: 22:00 – 06:00

@ Bar a Bar, 133 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 8BT

Entry: £5 before midnight £7 after

HYPERBOUNCE™ returns to Bar a Bar, Dalston’s newest dingey basement/ party den / place to be. Squeezing all the energy from a massive warehouse party into a smaller space, this can only guarantee more vibes.

DEFUNKTO (Vinyl Set)
MILLI B2B KANI (Late Lunch)
FUCKED UP & FADED (Destroy Culture/Hyperlink)
DJ BUMP N’ GRIND (Dungeon Bounce/LDN Borough of Bass)

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