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Golden wins the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014

Short film prize POSTER 1000pxOn saturday night, We held the second LUC short Film prize sponsored by the heroic Aspect Consultants. from 1800 entries we got down to 8 brilliant finalists, who were all evaluated by an elite judging panel consisting of:

Mike McCahill – Film critic for The Scotsman, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, Moviemail and The Daily Complainer

Anton Bitel – Freelance film critic and genre fanatic who writes for Sight & Sound,, Little White Lies and Grolsch FilmWorks

John Knight – The Mayor of leamington Spa (yes really, the mayor. Honest)

Ben Walshe – Journalist and filmmaker who also helped with the shortlisting

Hank Starrs – Is a Writer/Producer who has completed 16 Short films and a couple of features, including BLOODED and ANYONE CAN PLAY GUITAR. Currently Producing ELSTREE 1976 (was also in LUC’s favourite band)

Nic Pillai – Film Lecturer and writer – His book Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and the Dissonant Image will be published by I. B. Tauris in 2015.

Plus our generous sponsors:

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Barbara Weed – on behalf of Action 21

Bev Walshe – Science Fiction Author Ariadne Turner

Rob Nichols – From Undervale Limited

Oh – and we let the collective hive mind of the LUC Festival committee have a collective single vote (just to keep them happy)

Golden (written and directed by Simon Ball) was announced as the winner at Leamington Spa’s grand royal pump rooms on saturday night. Securing this year’s very special trophy and the £1000 prize. Congratulations to all involved in the film

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#LUCFEST Day 3 – Friday night is music night

Tonight at the Zephyr Lounge, we’ve got a great line up of film and music. First up we’ve got the brilliant documentary “Mistaken For Strangers” featuring The National supported by some great shorts. Then following the movie we’ve got live music in the shape of Lewis J Smith & Charlotte, followed by The Swaps.

Tickets are £5 on the door from 7pm, or in advance from

If you just want to come for the music, from 9pm entry will be £3.

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Hey everyone, here is a shiny new PDF with details of all of the events, features and short films that will be happening as part of the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014 which kicks off on Wednesday. It is in the caring, sharing pdf format so you can download it for you own browsing, printing and sharing requirements. Please be aware that this is bound to be full of typographical errors and terrible grammatical issues – we’ve already had the proof-reader taken out and shot as a precautionary measure.




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#LUCFEST Short Film Selection Programme and Finalists

After a whole bunch of venue related shenanigans and much argumentative short-listing here are the details regarding when the short films selected for this years festival will be playing – as well as the eight films that will be competing for the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014 on 11th October at the Royal Pump Rooms. The full electronic programme with pictures and stuff is coming this weekend – as long as our antique computing equipment can hold it together for one final push…

Screening with Cult Movie Double Bill on 8th October from 7pm:

10ml I.V. submitted by Andrew Gillman
Double Act submitted by Ding Shiwei
Timothy submitted by Marc Martínez Jordán

Screening with Birdemic plus The Rosenberg Appeal on 9th October from 8pm:

The Low Road, Baby submitted by Mark Roeder
Banana Skins submitted by Matt McCooey
Skeleton Key  submitted by Meredith Nolan
Pins  submitted by Kimberly Brown

Screening with Mistaken For Strangers plus The Swaps on 10th October from 7pm:

Dad In Mum  submitted by FABRICE BRACQ
im.promp.tu  submitted by Michael Slobodian
Stifle  submitted by John Hennessy
Das Katzenjammertal  submitted by Ara Jo
Love in the City  submitted by Emanuele Michetti
The Man From Arctica  submitted by Nils J. Nesse
Travis  submitted by Stephen French

Screening with the Emerald IT LUC Video Game Prize plus King Of Kong on 11th October from 12pm:

BZz  submitted by Luca Fattore
Schrödinger’s Bed  submitted by Michael Murnau
Providence  submitted by Sam Amos
Free Will  submitted by Quentin Pointillart
A Perfect Day submitted by Oguzhan Kaya
Enlightenment  submitted by Marat Narimanov

Screening with The Double on 11th October from 5pm:

Provisoire  submitted by Anthony Cajan
Jump  submitted by Robert Dawes
TRIP Paulista  submitted by Marcia Beatriz Granero
Amateurs  submitted by Yoo In-cheol
Lost Cubert  submitted by Jakob Schmidt

Finalists for the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014 – screening on 11th October from 8pm:

Old Dog, New Tricks  submitted by Oscar Udbye
Richie  submitted by Andy Salamonczyk
Golden  submitted by Simon Ball
Studies on Hysteria  submitted by Felix Ruple
Hybris  submitted by Arjan Brentjes
Happy Memories  submitted by Jack Fields
Renewing Mikael  submitted by Joonas Makkonen
La Fille aux Feuilles  submitted by Marina Rosset

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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…

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30 tickets left for the #LUCFEST opening night

Cthulhu POSTER 1000pxWe are kicking off the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival in style on the evening of Tuesday 7th October at LAMP.

A very special screening of the HPLHS silent movie version of the classic Call Of Cthulhu will be accompanied by a live score specially composed for the occasion by Florence Ellis and performed by an all star line-up of local musical heroes. Accompanying this special event will be a selection of brilliant short films competing for the Aspect Consultant LUC Short Film Prize 2014.

If you want to be sure of your seat at this exciting event, please get your tickets as soon as possible – there are just 30 left as this is being typed. You can get them online at – where you can also purchase tickets for other events for the festival…

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Watch the festival trailer and reward our announcer

Check out the slightly shoddy trailer that has just been set upon the internet by the mouth breathers in the LUC IT Department. Once again our dependable announcer has been woken from his slumber to star in another dodgy video to inform you of the exciting events occurring at the forthcoming #LUCFEST 2014.

To motivate and reward him this time we will be providing incentives for all of you to view and share this promotional item as widely as possible. Said rewards will be triggered after a certain amount of views of the trailer – full details are contained within – it could even lead us to have to #FreeTheLUCAnnouncer (!)

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LUC NEEDS YOU! Volunteer for #LUCFEST 2014

There is an ancient proverb scrawled in what may well be blood across the wall in the LUC HR division:

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day – but give someone a lanyard and you can get them to do all sorts of stuff”

The Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014 is looking for volunteers to get involved with this year’s events and activities. We are after people to get involved in two particular ways:

1. Helping out at events during the festival – this will involve setting up, manning doors, herding people, doing a bit of general PR and helping to tidy up afterwards.

2. Spreading the word – working with the blue sky thinkers in our elite marketing department, we need to spread the word around as much as possible about the festival, both online as well as through more traditional methods: putting up posters, handing out flyers, telling all of your friends and colleagues at work or in the pub, interpretive dance and semaphore. We are especially keen to get representatives at all the local seats of learning – so if you are a student let us know.

volunteer badge picIn addition to the local fame, boosted karma and wildly increased sexual magnetism that are by products of volunteering with LUC, you will also get the following:

– Free entry to our screening of The Double and Short Film Prize events on the last night of the festival.

– A pint at some point

– Yes, you get a badge and lanyard to show the world how important you are.

If this all sound up your civic-minded, lanyard-desiring street then please pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch once the HR dept have ascertained how you can best be deployed. Please don’t despair if you don’t hear back from us – it won’t be personal, we will just have already filled all the available positions.


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The art of the LUC Festival 2014

In the coming days, residents and visitors to Leamington Spa will start to see the amazing poster work of local artist and designer Christine Cuddihy spring up all over the place. You can check out a gallery of all ten official posters and even download your own copies by clicking your mouse exactly here.

Over at Christine’s site ( you can check out more of her diverse work, including some fantastic stuff like this:


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Check Out The Full Programme For The Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014

Here is the schedule of events for the second Leamington Underground Cinema Festival. The entertainment runs from 7th to 11th October at various venues around the town. Tickets for all events cost £5 or less (including any booking fees) and are available to purchase right now from – buy early to avoid disappointment.