Videodrome 7th October // Spa Centre / £4

After a self imposed hiatus for spiritual, mental and evil commercial reasons, LUC is back to bring some well deserved cult, offbeat and non-mainstream movie action to the culturally starved masses of Leamington Spa.

We are planning a series of ace film screenings at the Spa Centre Cinema over the next few months – starting with  David Cronenberg’s 1983 masterpiece, Videodrome.

We’ve set the ticket price at just £4 because:
– We want to get a really good crowd in so that we can get more screenings lined up (there might even be some trailers at the first screening – you never know)
– These screenings are being run as a completely transparent non-profit exercise – any surplus will be put back into the venue and licence costs for the next screening, LUC is going to publish the numbers afterwards and everything.
– We want to make enjoying some big screen, non-mainstream, cult movies an event and an experience.

So please grab some tickets asap for this screening of a truly brilliant and thoughtful horror/sci-fi/S&M/thriller/conspiracy flick. You can grab then as usual online via http://www.wegottickets.com/leamingtonundergroundcinema or from Underboard on Court Street (open everyday from noon).

There is a Facebook event page lurking at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2176542142559134/
Please invite all of your friends, mortal enemies, one-night-stands, work colleagues, pets, support staff, creditors, debtors, dance partners and pen pals.

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One Week Until Elstree 1976

Next Saturday, Leamington Spa will be getting distinctly star wars-ey – with the first ‘Spa Wars’ event during the day, followed by our screening of ace doc, Elstree 1976, in the evening.

Both events take place at the big, gothic All Saints church located at the bottom of the parade.

Doors for the screening are at 7.30pm and the film action starts at 8.00pm, Following the screening there will be a Q&A featuring producer Hank Starrs and cast member of Elstree 1976 (and coincidentally Star Wars), John Chapman, all conducted by Leamington’s very own Nic Pillai.

Tickets are £10 from: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/407159

If you are a poor tax-dodging student however, it is just £5!:  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/422938

Some examples of the critical praise for this cool film, which has a very respectable 80% on Rotten Tomatoes:

“Elstree 1976 is a must-see for Star Wars fanatics, and coming shortly after the much-hyped franchise adrenaline shot that is The Force Awakens, it’s almost shocking to hear firsthand accounts of the first film’s way-under-the-radar status.”

“In telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.”

“A deadpan documentary with notes of wistful irony …”

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Elstree 1976 – Spa Wars Screening

ELSTREE 1976 POSTER 1 1000pxLeamington Underground Cinema is delighted to present a screening of ace documentary Elstree 1976 following the Spa Wars event on Saturday 2nd December.
This screening will take place in the epic and gothic All Saints Church aka that big building at the bottom of The Parade opposite Viallis.
After the film there will be a Q&A with producer Hank Starrs (who with director Jon Spira is now working on sequel Elstree 1979 about The Empire Strikes Back) and some Star Wars cast members.
Tickets are £10 and will be on sale from Friday 9th June. ,there will be a licensed bar to keep you fully refreshed, doors open at 7.30pm and the age limit is 12.
For more info on the whole day of Spa Wars events please check out the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/192980474554893
“In 1976, during the hottest summer on record, Star Wars was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become, many couldn’t even remember the title.
 
Yet for the bit-part actors and extras, their faces hidden in masks and helmets, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to colour their lives even four decades later.
 
ELSTREE 1976 is a portrait of a cross-section of these people; from the man inside the most iconic villain in film history to the guy whose character was completely cut from the final film. It tells the stories of their lives and explores the eccentric community they have formed, traveling the world, signing autographs for fans.”

LUC Briefing 010: Cities

“As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.”
– Albert Camus

“I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”
– Noel Coward

“But cities aren’t like people; they live on and on, even though their reason for being where they are has gone downriver and out to sea.”
-John Updike

The next LUC Briefing will be on the subject of: War

i. The Lost City Of Demille

From the Independent:

‘When the shoot was complete, rather than dismantle and remove the set, the director ordered it to be knocked down, buried and abandoned to the elements. Mr Cardozo showed Mr Brosnan a passage from DeMille’s posthumously published autobiography: “If, 1,000 years from now, archaeologists happen to dig beneath the sands of Guadalupe, I hope they will not rush into print with the amazing news that Egyptian civilisation … extended all the way to the Pacific coast of North America.”’

ARTICLE: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/the-lost-city-of-cecil-b-demille-the-film-about-unearthing-a-1923-movie-set-that-took-30-years-to-a6787021.html

ii. Shanghai tower climb

If you are slightly nervy about heights and risky behaviour then you might want to give this extreme urban exploration video filmed in and above the chinese mega city a swerve – or use it as some kind of exposure therapy. Don’t try this at home (if you live on a crane half a mile in the air).

iii. Babeldom

“The city will soon be built faster than a man can travel”

iv. Metropolis II

Metropolis II is a kinetic sculpture by Chris Burden – it took four years to build. When it was finished the manager of the local Toys R Us cried bitter, bitter tears.

v. Neo Tokyo

From the Akira Wiki:

“Neo-Tokyo is situated on an enormous, man-made island in Tokyo Bay. The city was built sometime after the end of the Third World War, and is described as a booming, industrial city with the atmosphere of a collapsing one.

As of 2019, the population is 21,451,800 and the total area of the city is 410.32 km2. This would make Neo-Tokyo the most densely-populated city in the world after the original city. Neo-Tokyo is situated right next to the ruins of old Tokyo, which seems mostly derelict.”

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LINK: http://akira.wikia.com/wiki/Neo-Tokyo

vi. 20 Great Films Where One Of The Main Characters Is A City

From the Taste Of Cinema web site:

“The films listed rely on the narrative space and its geographical and sociological specifications. The plots of these films are formed by numerous references to the spatial and temporal phase in which the story is taking place.”

LINK: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/20-great-films-where-one-of-the-main-characters-is-a-city/#ixzz4fY6CG03B

vii. Wadjda – the film that had to be directed via walkie talkie

From a BFI article listing ten great films about Women and The City:

“Wadjda is set in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia – a city where women are not permitted to walk un-chaperoned or uncovered in the streets. These restrictions meant that the film’s director, Haifaa Al-Mansour, had to resort to instructing her cast and crew via walkie-talkie, from inside a van. All 10-year-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants is a bicycle; getting one is a race against time, as she won’t be able to ride it when she grows into a woman.

Wadjda is one of the first feature films ever to be shot in Saudi Arabia, and it’s also the first film ever to be made by a Saudi woman. The film – both the conditions of its making and its story – demonstrates the reality that cities aren’t always open to everyone, but that this situation might one day change.”

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LINK: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-films-about-women-city

viii. Vancouver never plays itself

Vancouver can double for just about anywhere as demonstrated by this excellent short film from Every Frame A Painting:

“One of the best ways to disguise Vancouver is to film at night in shallow focus. This is to avoid pulling a ‘Rumble in The Bronx’ where they pointed the camera north and you could clearly see the mountains”