To mark a decade of the festival, we were delighted to present a range of film screenings and special events in more than 10 venues across the city.
Once again we gave audiences first sight of highly-anticipated, award-winning titles ahead of release and showcased many others brought to Brighton from around the world for one-off screenings. The festival opened with a darkly comic edge screening SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS as the opening Gala followed by Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS the night after. The festival closed on a very different note with Pablo Larrain’s feel good drama NO about Chile’s fight for democracy starring Gael Garcia Bernal.
Since 2003 CINECITY has presented screenings and special events that have taken place outside of the cinema; from old police cells and hotels, swimming pools and former chapels of rest to coach trips, garden sheds and people’s living rooms. 2012 was characterised by 3 ‘pop-up’ spaces: The Pavilion, Brighton’s royal pleasure palace became a picturehouse for one night only with Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON screening in the sumptuous music room. We returned to The Basement – home to our first ever pop-up cinema in 2005 – for a weekend of new music films and documentaries and The University of Brighton Gallery was transformed into The Artists’ Cinema and Cinema Bookshop.
A love of cinema, cinephilia, involves more than just watching films; it embraces a wider culture of cinema, whether it is reading, writing, discussing or blogging. As a special project for our 10th edition, we opened a pop-up Cinema Bookshop, stocking a wide range of new and used film-books. The space also hosted a display of material relating to a decade of CINECITY.
In the first ever CINECITY back in 2003, we marked the 80th year of Brighton’s own Jeff Keen, one of the great figures of the British post-war avant-garde. Winter 2012, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery devoted a major exhibition, SHOOT THE WRX, to the “Peckinpah of the South Downs”. CINECITY joined in this celebration with a retrospective of Jeff Keen works screening in cinemas and gallery spaces.
With the Jeff Keen retrospective, a decade of CINECITY to look back on and the new cinema screens opening in the Komedia, there was a sense of the past, present and future co-mingling throughout the festival programme. CINECITY have always championed the directorial debut and in 2012 we presented around twenty first features. Our emphasis on debuts highlighted cinema’s constant re-invention and the importance of new beginnings: the future of cinema continues to burn brightly.