Brighton Film Festival 2015

13 - 29 November 2015

The Festival

Bringing a real sense of discovery and highlighting the new talents that help keep cinema fresh and inventive, CINECITY 2015 has a clear focus on first features. In a particularly strong line-up, the many notable debuts are marked throughout the programme including Laszlo Nemes’ astonishing Son of Saul, winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes.

Appropriately for our 13th edition, a strong coming-of- age theme runs right through this year’s selection with many titles featuring a young protagonist at their heart, navigating their way in the world.

Highlighted by the screenings of The Forbidden Room, Hitchcock / Truffaut, Eisenstein in Guanajuato and many others, cinema itself is a recurring theme. Documentary and essay films, dramas and artists’ cinema, illustrated talks and live AV performance, all explore aspects of cinema’s past, present and future. Look out for the artists’ films such as Phoenix Tapes and The Exquisite Corpus
screening at the Duke of York’s; films re-purposing and re-imagining cinema where they should ideally be seen, on the big screen.

CINECITY has a long-standing interest in the idea of an invisible or imaginary cinema and this year renowned musician, composer and director (and CINECITY patron) Barry Adamson has created a trailer for the festival, a series of imagined ‘micro- movies’. Prompted by the forthcoming release of high profile titles such as Terence Davies’ Sunset Song and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise – both based on acclaimed novels and with long and complicated paths to the screen – we have produced an updated version of ‘Not Showing at this Cinema’, our programme of unrealised British Cinema, which will be available at venues throughout the festival.

Legendary BBC arts strand Arena is celebrated with a free exhibition at the University of Brighton Gallery. Marking its 40th anniversary, Arena: Night and Day is a 24 hour visual journey that follows the pattern of day and night and is drawn exclusively from Arena’s rich and varied archive of over 600 films featuring the most significant cultural figures of our time. Arena: Night and Day will run for free at the University of Brighton from Saturday 21 November.

To complement the celebration of Arena, we have made a selection of the very best, latest arts documentaries including Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog and Innocence of Memories directed by Grant Gee.

To mark the end of the festival, CINECITY join the BFI’s UK–wide LOVE season as the Music Room of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is transformed into a picture palace to celebrate love on the big screen.

Download the full PDF programme here


CINECITY is presented in partnership with Picturehouse Brighton, Screen Archive South east and the University of Brighton.

We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, British Film Institute and the University of Brighton.

CINECITY: Tim Brown, Frank Gray, Nicky Beaumont, Sara Duffy, Tracey Gue.

Digital Marketing: Emma Green; Volunteer Co-ordinator: Catherine O’Sullivan; New Features Copy Writer: Neil Mitchell

Programme Design: 6970 Design

PR: Midnight Communications; Clare Wilford Film Press & PR, Debbie Plenty

Patrons: Barry Adamson, Nick Cave, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, John Hillcoat, Henry Normal, Ben Wheatley.


CINECITY would like to thank all our funders and sponsors, the film-makers and distributors, venues and volunteers who have made this year’s festival possible.