Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2003, CINECITY came back for its 2nd edition and more than doubled in size.
As well as the Duke of York’s, venues included both the Odeon and UGC (now Cineworld) cinemas, Cinematheque, Gardner Arts Centre, Sallis Benney Theatre, The Old Market Hove, Joogleberry Playhouse (now Latest Music Bar) Hanbury Ballroom and Pavilion Theatre.
The festival opened with a preview of Mike Leigh’s VERA DRAKE, winner of the Golden Lion at that year’s Venice Film Festival. Other previews and premieres included THE EDUKATORS, RIDING GIANTS, DIG!, SOMERSAULT and THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER BLACKPOOL LIGHTS. TEKNOLUST, a film from Lynne Hershman Leeson and starring Tilda Swinton became the first ever digital screening at the Duke of York’s.
At the core of the programme musician and author Nick Cave curated a selection of features and documentaries featuring Berlin and its unique screen presence including a screening of all 151/2 hours of Fassbender’s BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. Nick subsequently became a patron of the festival.
The 25th anniversary of cult classic QUADROPHENIA was marked with a screening at the Duke of York’s with members of the original cast and crew present including director Franc Roddam and cinematographer Brian Tufano. Following the screening an escort of a dozen or so vespas guided a coach through the city to a champagne reception, appropriately, at the Grand Hotel.
2004 was the centenary of Graham Greene’s birth and CINECITY hosted a travelling exhibition from Austria on THE THIRD MAN at the Fringe Basement and a day dedicated to two cities in ‘Greeneland’ – Vienna and Brighton – as part of these celebrations.