LUC Festival 2015 Announced

Because we just haven’t learned our lesson yet, the Leamington Underground Festival 2015 will take place from the 7th to 14th November at venues around the town.

It is early days but we are looking at some very exciting events this year – including another instalment of the LUC Short Film Prize, submissions are already open for this contest which once again has a £1000 prize with a super low entry fee. Filmmakers are invited to submit their sub-15 minute masterpieces via the FilmFreeway site.

As ever the finance committee are sitting nervously in the corner try to work out how we are actually going to pay for the whole thing. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival, taking advantage of all the perks and good karma that will come your way, please get in touch via We will have some more formalised sponsorship packages available in the next couple of months, but please give us a shout if you want to get in early and have your name associated with this fine event as soon as possible.

The proper artwork will be on its way sometime soon (although the smell of what we hope is joss sticks floating out of the art dept doesn’t suggest that it is a hive of activity) – in the meantime please enjoy this functional announcement poster:

LUC FEST 2015 announcement poster


New Cthulhu Date Coming Soon

For those as gutted as we were that The Call Of Cthulhu with Live Soundtrack had to be postponed – good news!

We should soon be able to announce a new date and venue for this brilliant event. The plan is to hold it before the end of November.

Remember if you purchased an advance ticket, or bought a pass for the festival you will still get free entry to the re-scheduled date.


#LUCFEST Day 4 kicks off with video game prize

A packed last day of the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival starts with the first ever Emerald It LUC video Game Prize from midday – join us at Zephyr Lounge to find out which entry has won followed by some ace short films and a screening of the brilliant “The King Of Kong”.

And of course later on at the Pump Rooms we’ve got The Double at 5pm, followed by the finale of this years festival, The Aspect Consultants Short Film Prize at 8pm. Then we’ll be off to the pub!


Today at #LUCFEST: Arts Journalism, crazed bird attacks and live music

Arts journal 1000pxWe’ve got a great pair of events lined up for the second evening of the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival. First of at 6pm is a free workshop for all aspiring arts writers and critics. Mike McCahill will be in conversation with Dr Nic Pillai in the Pump rooms Annexe for How To Become An Arts Journalist (At a time when nobody wants the arts or journalists).

Seating will be limited for this event so please arrive on time to make sure of a space.

Then, just round the corner at Zephyr Lounge, doors open at 8pm for a very special screening of the so terribly bad, it is absolutely hilarious BIRDEMIC: Shock and Terror! This screening will be preceeded by some fantastic short films and a set from Leamington’s foremost indie/art three piece The Rosenberg Appeal.

Join us for both – there is probably no better film for you to try out your burgeoning film reviewing talents!

Tickets for Birdemic are £5 on the door, or buy in advance to avoid disappointment:

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Revised #LUCFEST Programme!

As you can imagine, the LUC Bunker has been at DEFCON 1 the last few days since we learnt that Warwick District Council had decided to close LAMP, one of our key venues, with absolutely no notice at all. Once the wailing, gunfire and general rioting had calmed down, we were able to use our covert festival organising squad to set about salvaging as much of the affected events as possible.

The unfortunate news is that, with the time available, we just weren’t able to relocate the theatrical, dramatic events planned for the opening evening – so Call of Cthulhu has been postponed to a later date.

The better news is that the other events planned for LAMP will go ahead at new venues. Our exciting, educational and above all free to attend ‘How to become an arts journalist…” event will now take place in the swanky surrounds of The Royal Pup Rooms Annexe at 6pm on Thursday 9th October. Then on Friday 10th, our musical bill of Mistaken For Strangers, followed by music headlined by the Swaps, moves just round the corner to The Zephyr Lounge.

The best news is that all other events are entirely unaffected. But here is a newly revised poster anyway…


Join us for the ultimate cult double bill: HARDWARE & DARKMAN

Hardware POSTER 1000pxJoin LUC at the spa centre cinema on Wednesday 8th October from 7pm for two darkly entertaining cult gems from 1990 – a time when visionary directors like Richard Stanley and Sam Raimi didn’t have to water down their films to make sure of a 12A rating. In addition to these two great movies, there will be a short selection of underground shorts competing for the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014 and an intermission to stretch your legs. Tickets are just £5 for this movie marathon for the discerning film fan.

HARDWARE (1990) is an amazingly stylish post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror movie. The plot involves the seemingly shutdown head of a army robot which reactivates and rebuilds itself after it is used in an art installation – violent problems ensue. An overlooked masterpiece with a belting soundtrack and cameos from Lemmy and Iggy Pop – this is not to be missed.

DARKMAN (1990) Made between Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, this twisted superhero tale contains bucketloads of Sam Raimi’s inventive camera tricks and hallucinogenic visuals. Liam Neeson has never been better than he is in the title role: an unhinged, genius scientist taking cunning revenge on the gangsters who burned him alive and left him for dead.

Check out the amazing trailers below…

Don’t Miss BIRDEMIC plus The Rosenberg Appeal at #LUCFEST

A part of the programme for this years Leamington Underground Cinema Festival – we are screening the legendary BIRDEMIC: SHOCK & TERROR on Thursday 9th October at The Zephyr Lounge. Joining the bill for the evening will be Leamington’s foremost musical trio and saviours of Art Rock, The Rosenberg Appeal, who will be playing a very special set for your aural entertainment.

There are bad films, there are terrible films, there are the sort of films that make you want to go and live in a cave with only the angry voices in your head for company… then there is BIRDEMIC: Shock and Terror.

Ostensibly your average straight-faced romantic drama monster disaster movie (with an amazingly subtle environmental subtext). Birdemic is the tale of star-crossed lovers Rod and Nathalie caught up in a terrifying plague of killer birds. This is a film so intrinsically, hilariously flawed in every possible way that it has to be seen to be believed.

MARVEL! At the special effects that look like they were done on a commodore 64
GASP! At the nail-biting action sequences involving coat hangers
SWOON! At Rod’s romantic pursuit of Nathalie – which comes across like a man with serious head injuries stalking a woman with very poor judgement
THRILL! To the infamous boardroom clapping scene that goes on for far too long.

Don’t take our word for it, check the trailer below and then grab tickets for the bargain price of 4.95 from this link right here