The inaugural Leamington Underground Cinema Festival took place between Monday 23rd and Sunday 29th September 2013.

It was ace, congratulations if you made it along – don’t worry if you didn’t, we are doing it all again in 2014.

Here, as a form of short-term historical record are the screenings that took place…


LUCFEST SSOFA COMPLETE 1000pxThe Secret Society Of Fine Arts + Underground Shorts

Monday 23rd September 7:30pm

Leamington LAMP

The first Leamington Underground Cinema Festival kicks off in style with this stylish thriller from Zentropa Studios.

A stunning looking film, The Secret Society Of Fine Arts uses a unique technique involving the montage and manipulation of still photographs to weave an enigmatic tale where the fine line between art and terror is literally blown away. This is a visual experience like nothing you have ever experienced before.


LUCFEST ALTORIA COMPLETE 1000pxUnderground Shorts + Film Music DJs

Tuesday 24th September 8pm


Some people think popcorn. Others prefer a hotdog. Some poor, misguided, unsanitary souls even think cheesy nachos are an acceptable choice – but really, the best thing to enjoy with a film is booze.

Which means that it is very exciting to announce that as part of the LUC festival, the well appointed Altoria on Warwick Street will be providing an exclusive bar-based screening of 90 minutes of exceptionally cool short films, all submitted for the LUC Short Film Prize.

LUCFEST JERKBEAST COMPLETE 1000pxJerkbeast + Underground Shorts

Wednesday 25th September 7:30pm

Zephyr Lounge

Lovers of fine music, subtle acting and profound storytelling. You are all advised to stay away.

But if you fancy seeing the worst band in the world take centre stage in the most punk rock film ever made then you are in luck.

For one night only, the profane, filthy, legendary Jerkbeast will be playing at Leamington Spa’s very own profane, filthy, legendary Zephyr Lounge as part of the LUC Festival.

Backing up this grimy masterpiece will be a cunning selection of underground shorts to get you in the mood for the noisy, sorry tale of Steaming Wolf Penis and their especially demonic drummer.


LUCFEST LINT COMPLETE 1000pxLint The Movie + Underground Shorts

Thursday 26th September 7:30pm

Leamington Arts Trail Studios

“He was a good man. He was an intelligent man. He had two arms, two legs, a torso and a head… and who can say more than that?”

LUC is proud to present this cinematic adaptation of Steve Aylett’s cult biography Lint.

LINT The Movie features the likes of Alan Moore, Stewart Lee, Robin Ince and Aylett himself speaking about the author of such classic and ultimately annoying books as I Eat Fog, One Less Bastard and Jelly Result.


LUCFEST ACPG COMPLETE 1000pxAnyone Can Play Guitar + Filmmaker Q&A + Underground Shorts + Live Band

Friday 27th September 7:30pm

Leamington LAMP

The LUC Festival is extremely proud to present an exclusive screening of ace music documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar. Listed by NME as “One of the 20 music films you need to see” ACPG chronicles the height of the Oxford music scene as it spawned a generation of hugely successful bands including Ride, Supergrass and Radiohead.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with filmmakers Jon Spira and Hank Starrs, then the evening will be rounded off by a live performance from Not Right who will be interpreting some classics of the era covered in the film.


LUCFEST ISABD COMPLETE 1000pxIt’s Such A Beautiful Day + Underground Animated Shorts

Saturday 28th September 5pm

Leamington Arts Trails Studios

Clear your diary for the evening of Saturday 28th September. Honestly, clear it. You don’t want to miss this.

Leamington Underground Cinema is delighted (and quite surprised) to be screening Don Hertzfeldt’s masterpiece It’s Such A Beautiful Day at Leamington Arts Trail Studios.

This is the full trilogy about Bill, the stick man with the mystery ailment, edited together as one complete feature. Supporting this very special feature LUC will be screening a great selection of animations that were submitted for the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2013.

Please note: the content of this event is NOT suitable for children.


LUCFEST SON COMPLETE 1000pxSound Of Noise + Underground Shorts

Sunday 29th September 5pm

Spa Centre Cinema

Six anarchist drummers hold a city hostage with acts of musical criminality while a tone deaf detective tries to track them down.

This is a real treat – one of the most inventive, entertaining and unique films of recent years. LUC is delighted to be screening Sound Of Noise as the closing feature of our first festival just before the exciting short film awards.

It is hard to describe just how ace this film is, but don’t just take our word for it:

“Bonnie and Clyde on Drums” Indiewire

“Part quirky comedy, part existential mystery, part flash-mob musical.” The AV Club”



Sunday 29th September 8pm

Spa Centre Cinema

The huge, operatic finale of the first Leamington Underground Cinema will be the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2013.

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.

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.

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