Before THE KING’S SPEECH went on to great box office and awards success, it opened CINECITY 2010. Other festival previews and premieres included Richard Ayoade’s comical coming-of-ager, SUBMARINE, NEVER LET ME GO, LE QUATTRO VOLTE and BIUTIFUL. Xavier Beauvois’ OF GODS AND MEN won the CINECITY Audience Award.
The Duke of York’s Picturehouse celebrated its100th birthday in 2010, the UK’s oldest purpose built cinema. CINECITY worked with the Dukes throughout the year to present a programme of special events and a community history project collecting memories, photographs and ephemera relating to this very special century of cinema. To round off the centenary year we presented a selection of screenings and special events during the festival: Brighton & Hove’s own film pioneers from over a century ago, Smith & Williamson were celebrated with a special screening with live music; a new programme of archive treasures highlighted the magical world of silent colour; and we screened new films from Gustav Deutsh and Peter Tscherkassky- who both presented films in person at CINECITY 2007 – exploring elements of early cinema.
Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kotting exhibited their plans for a pedalo-powered psychogeographic perambulation, SWANDOWN at the Regency Town House.
DREAMING IN COLOUR celebrated film-makers’ use of colour to explore the fantastic, poetic and dreamlike and complemented the exhibition ‘Capturing Colour: Film, Invention and Wonder’ at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery curated by CINECITY Co-Director Frank Gray.
Highlights of the programme included a powerfully moving live performance / remix of Derek Jarman’s BLUE by Simon Fisher Turner with narration from Black Sifichi on World Aids Day, December 1st.
The Printed Festival ProgrammeOpen in Viewer
In the Press
Little White Lies Nov 2010 issue
"One hundred years ago, on this day, the Duke's opened for business. Its doors have remained open ever since, officially making it the oldest purpose-built, continuously functional cinema in the UK. "