Festival kicks off Saturday with Zero Effect, Unlock Sherlock & Desert Island Films

LUC commences our biggest festival so far with two great events on Saturday 7th November at North Hall.

At 4.30 the festival kicks off with a screening of the brilliant, cult detective movie Zero Effect starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller. The film will be preceded by Unlock Sherlock, an exploration of the history of Sherlock Holmes on film with our panel led by Nic Pillai and featuring Mike McCahill.

Tickets are a bargain £5 either on the door or in advance from wegottickets.com

Desert island films POSTER 1000PXLater at 8pm we have an exciting new event, Desert Island Films. Our panel of critics, bloggers and academics will discuss and defend their choice of essential viewing. Films as diverse as Magnolia, Dracula 200 and Showgirls will all be getting the treatment in what promises to be an informative and entertaining evening.

Tickets for Desert Island Films are also a suspiciously reasonable five quid and will be available on the door, or to be sure of your seat grab them in advance from wegottickets.

North Hall is located in Spencer Yard, we will have LUC staff lurking around the place to point you in the right direction, but here is a quick map to help you find your way (or open on Google maps).

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LUC Festival opens with ZERO EFFECT & ‘Unlock Sherlock’

The third Leamington Underground Cinema Festival opens on Saturday 7th November with a screening of cult detective mystery Zero Effect. Bill tumblr_mq08is5IT61qd3nk9o1_1280Pullman stars as the enigmatic and brilliant Darryl Zero, the world’s greatest and most secretive detective, who is investigating a particularly complicated case of blackmail and murder.

Before the the film we have a special treat in the form of ‘Unlock Sherlock’ a talk and panel discussion of the history of the great detective in film. Speakers will include Nic Pillai and Mike McCahill amongst others.

The programme will also include some short films selected in competition for the LUC Short Film Prize 2015.

This event is taking place at North Hall, Spencer Yard and tickets are just £5. Doors will open at 4pm and activities will commence at 4.30 pm.

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: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/288032

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Aspiring Arts Journalist? Don’t miss our free #LUCFEST workshop with film critic Mike McCahill

We’re delighted to be hosting this exclusive workshop for aspiring writers at LAMP during the LUC Festival – unfortunately any veteran readers of the now passed-into-legend paper-jam web site will know that such guidance and advice has come far too late for me.

How to become an arts journalist*   *(at a time when nobody wants the arts, or journalists)

Ever wanted to get into arts journalism, but wondered how you might go about it? Writer and broadcaster Mike McCahill discusses his career as a film critic – both in print for the Guardian and Telegraph and online for MovieMail – and dispenses useful practical tips for aspirant scribes in what’s guaranteed to be a lively and informative event.

Mike will be in discussion with Dr Nic Pillai – a lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. His book Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and the Dissonant Image will be published by I. B. Tauris in 2015.


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