Hungry Corpse scoops first ever LUC Short Film Prize

LUC FEST TROPHY FULLIn all the chaos, confusion and hungover relief at the end of the LUC Festival last Sunday, our PR department neglected to let the world know who actually won (the offending staff have been shipped off to our desolate Siberian branch office to have a good long think about their future conduct).

LUC is happy to announce that marvellously stylish animated tale The Hungry Corpse, directed by Gergely Wootsch was voted best film by our shadowy elite judging panel. The film wins the £1000 prize, plus more importantly gets the first ever LUC Short Film Prize trophy (pictured).

For those who didn’t make our gala, final evening, you can find out more about this film right here – and watch the trailer below…


Festival: Done

Wow – organising a film festival is a surreal experience. Everyone in the bunker is spent. There will be  a proper review of the week soon, but in the meantime huge thanks to our team of elite operatives and hope you all enjoyed it. Here is a snap of the fantastic finale.


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LUC Festival: Last Day – 2 Great Events

Well somehow we’ve made it through to the last day of the LUC Festival – everyone in the bunker is ready for a spot of R&R at The Cask & Bottle –  but first there is the matter of our exciting conclusion to proceedings at Leamington’s concrete emporium of fun, The Spa Centre.

LUCFEST SON COMPLETE 1000pxFirst at 5pm we are really excited to be showing Sound Of Noise, a fantastic comedy/crime/thriller about a bunch of anarchist drummers wreaking havok and the tone-deaf detective on their trail. Check the trailer – it is ace. Plus there will be a marvellous bundle of shorts to warm you up for the feature. Tickets are £5 on the door, although the first person to turn up with a metronome gets in for free.


LUCFEST SFP COMPLETE 1000pxThen at 8pm the first LUC Festival concludes with the award of the first LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE. We will be screening the ten finalists, drawn from the 85 shorts screened this week (which in turn were drawn from over 700 submitted films).

Just to keep things lively we’ll also be throwing in a marvellous quiz with glamorous host Frankie Griffiths keeping order. Tickets for this event are also £5. What a bargain!

Hopefully we’ll be wrapped up by 10pm, when we will be repairing to the pub and very much hope you can join us.


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LUCFEST continues with It’s Such A Beautiful Day

LUCFEST ISABD COMPLETE 1000pxNow that the dust has settled from last night’s fantastic screening/q&a/band action at LAMP last night – the LUC film programming team still can’t quite believe that we have secured It’s Such A Beautiful Day for an exclusive screening today.

For the uninitiated this is the masterpiece by genius animator Don Hertzfeldt, which has won at least 90 awards already (according to our statistics sub-committee). Funny, moving and poignant, I can’t recommend this film highly enough – check out the amazing reviews that it has attracted so far.

Prior to this fantastic film, LUC is screening an hour of animated entries to the LUC Short Film Prize. This programme includes musical werewolves, woollen astronomy and terrible attempts at free running. However please note this event is not suitable for kids.

All this fun is taking place at Arts Trail Studios on Livery street (aka Regent Court) and entry is completely free! Check the LUC festival map for details.

The shorts will start at 5pm, then It’s Such A Beautiful Day will screen after a short intermission and is one hour long. Seats will be limited so please come early to avoid disappointment. No one likes disappointment. Apart from Morrissey.

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Tonight at LAMP: Anyone Can Play Guitar

LUCFEST ACPG COMPLETE 1000pxBrace yourselves for a fantastic evening of film and music at LAMP from 7:30 pm. First up we’ve got seven fantastic short films all competing for the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE, there is cosplay, there are zombie puppets, there is even a vengeful space crab.

The main feature tonight is the ace documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar, the inside story of the Oxford music scene, featuring bands such as Ride, Radiohead, Supergrass and Foals. This is followed by an exclusive Q&A with director Jon Spira, conducted by LAMPS’s very own Pip Burley.

AND THATS NOT ALL! Rounding off the night will be the band Not Right playing some covers from the era featured in the film.

Thats a lot of entertainment for the ticket price of just £5 – there are still some tickets left so get down to LAMP early to avoid disappointment.


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LINT The Movie: Tonight at Arts Trail

LUCFEST LINT COMPLETE 1000pxThe LUC Festival relentlessly rumbles on, like a runaway train full of ace films. Tonight we will be desperately jumping to safety at the Arts Trail Studios for an exclusive and entirely free screening of LINT The Movie.

Based on his own book by ace author Steve Aylett, LINT tells the tale of cult author and forgotten man of sci-fi, Jeff Lint. The film includes contributions from a whole host of luminaries such as Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Alan Moore and Robin Ince.

Covering such incidents as Lint’s ill-fated, sexually-charged episode of Star Trek, his elaborate theories on the Kennedy assassination and his insanely disturbing kids cartoon Catty and The Major – Lint The Movie is a thoroughly entertaining exploration of this most troubling and enigmatic of figures.

Prior to the feature tonight we will be screening another batch of fantastic underground shorts that were submitted to the LUC short film prize. Topics covered in this evening’s eclectic selection include the nature of memory, magic phone boxes, mysterious forests, whimsical suicide discussions and dangerous cardboard pets. I hope you have all been keeping up with Benn Veasey’s fantastic blog of the shorts programme so far.

Also joining in tonight will be Comics etc with a selection of their wares, come down early for a browse, to grab a drink and grab a seat for another night of LUC action. If you need directions to Arts Trail, check our handy festival map – or the address is 6 Livery Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NP.


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LUCFEST JERKBEAST COMPLETE 1000pxThe atmosphere in the LUC bunker is electric (as well as quite murky) following two opening nights that exceeded even the blindly optimistic fools in the PR department’s expectations. Thanks to LAMP and Altoria for hosting two standing-room-only nights of cool and original cinematic entertainment. If you haven’t come across it already, check out the blog of Benn Veasey, who is heroically reviewing as much of the festival as may be humanly possible.

Tonight, LUC in conjunction with the Zephyr Lounge present a programme of some fantastically dark, edgy and comedic Underground short films followed by an exclusive screening of the most punk rock movie ever made (or that is ever likely to be made), Jerkbeast.

This is the story of the worst band in history, featuring the most fucked-up people in the world. That may sound like an exaggeration, but really it isn’t – experience it yourself this evening in the comfort of luxury sofa seating (if you get down early enough).

Best of all – THIS EVENT IS FREE ENTRY! – that’s a lot of entertainment for no pounds, even in this economy.

Tonights shorts programme will begin at 7.30 and contains some ace films so come down early and have a few beers before it all, quite literally, kicks off. We will be selling exclusive LUC Posters at bargain prices and tickets for this weekends events.



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Tonight! Altoria! Underground Shorts!

Following last night’s barn-storming, sweat-producing, mid-way screen-adjusting opening salvo – the LUC festival moves on to Altoria for another evening of cool short films.

LUCFEST ALTORIA COMPLETE 1000pxThe 90 minute programme contains such varied treats as marriage counselling, armed robbery, saucy internet chat rooms, clowns, rabbits and the end of the world. So something for everyone.

All of the films shown tonight were submitted for the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2013 which will be awarded to one lucky filmmaker on Sunday 29th September at the Spa Centre Cinema.

Following the shorts tonight there will also be some film music action and thanks to our hosts at Altoria – the whole thing is entirely free. LUC Festival Operatives will be on hand selling tickets for our week-end events as well as providing the opportunity to get your hands on some cool LUC posters for just a couple of quid.

If you couldn’t make it along last night – or were forced to peer in through the door due to the fantastic turn out – here is a marvellous review from Ben Veasey of the first night.

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LUC Festival Begins Tonight!

LucFestivalPosterOne 1000pxRight, this is getting serious.

The LUC Festival Operatives have all been briefed, issued with cyanide capsules and deployed into the field. The PR department have been give a crate of red bull and locked in our social media dungeon. Meanwhile the logistics department have as one curled into a foetal position and started asking for their mum.

It can mean only one thing: the first Leamington Underground Cinema Festival is almost upon us.

Kicking off tonight, LUC presents a week of cinematic entertainment and diversion, six months in the making. We can’t wait to unleash the six cool features and 85 (!) fantastic short films across the town of Leamington Spa at a variety of generous, well appointed venues.

Speaking of tonight, we are opening our first festival with a real treat, The Secret Society Of Fine Arts, a unique, compelling and visually stunning tale of art and terrorism – screening COMPLETELY FOR FREE at Leamington’s slightly secret, and very arty Live Arts and Music Project aka LAMP.

Prior to the feature we will be screening a selection of art/experimental shorts from the selection for the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2013. These short films kick off at 7.30pm sharp, there will be a short intermission to take full advantage of LAMP’s fine selection of beverages before the main feature screening. Join us earlier for a drink and the chance to buy tickets for some of the other festival events. Oh and there will be popcorn too.

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Festival Spotlight no.8: LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2013

LUCFEST SFP COMPLETE 1000pxThe huge, operatic finale of the first Leamington Underground Cinema will be the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2013, live at the Spa Centre cinema at 8pm on Sunday 29th September.

We will be screening the ten finalists, drawn from the 85 shorts being screened during the festival – which in turn were selected from the hundreds and hundreds that were submitted.

At the climax, one will be winning the first ever LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE TROPHY, plus £1000! Crikey. The judging panel for the prize is made up of filmmakers, critics as well as the sponsors of this years festival.

But that’s not all. In the fine tradition of previous LUC events we are also throwing in a fantastic film quiz, the likes of which is rarely seen outside of institutions surrounded by barbed wire and men with guns.

LUC are unspeakably grateful to the sponsors of this years prize:

Staak Ltd
The Clarendon Leamington
The Cask and Bottle

…all fine upstanding bastions of the local community, I hope you will all consider them above all competitors when it comes to parting with your hard earned cash.

Tickets for this fantastic event are just five quid – they will be available on the night, but are also available online if you want to be sure of your seat. In years to come you’ll be able to say you were there at the start.

This all kicks of at 8 sharp, the doors to the cinema will be open at 7.50 – why not dive down to the spa centre for a  drink first? The bar will be open from 6pm.

Following the conclusion of the festival we will all be adjourning to the newly opened Cask & Bottle for what I believe the young people call an after-party. See you there.