CINECITY returned to the city’s cinema screens with a packed programme highlighting the best in international cinema and a global mix of previews and premieres, treasures from the archive and classic reissues, the latest adventures with the digital moving image, film-maker and education events and much more.
We opened with Michael Winterbottom’s hotly anticipated A COCK AND BULL STORY featuring a great cast headed by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Other standout features screening months before release included THE PROPOSITION followed by Q&A with director John Hillcoat and Nick Cave and George Clooney’s 50’s political thriller GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. Previews of big screen docs included Werner Herzog’s GRIZZLY MAN, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON and THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, charting the Enron scandal. The 1st See Brighton Documentary Film Festival at the Sussex Arts Club also ran under the CINECITY umbrella.
CINECITY created its first ever Pop-Up cinema – ‘The Basement Screenings’ at The Fringe Basement – dedicated to Artists’ Cinema. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Grant Gee, Matt Hulse and Ben Rivers all presented their work in person. The week of screenings were complemented by a symposium at the University of Brighton.
At the core of the programme we continued to explore celluloid cities around the world. We presented a special programme focusing on the Cuban capital, Havana with a selection of classics, rarely screened gems and UK premieres. We also welcomed back FRIGHTFEST with a late night horror triple bill at the Duke of York’s beginning with a preview of DISTRICT 13. Other special events included Brighton: Crime Town – in the old cells of the Brighton Police Station, Professor Steve Chibnall of De Montfort University presented a history of Brighton on film.