CINECITY 2018 – 16th edition
With over 9,000 total admissions, 2018 was CINECITY’s biggest and best year yet. Over the course of 17 days, we presented 67 events in 10 venues across the South East.
The festival launched with a preview screening of Yorgos Lanthimos’ award-winning THE FAVOURITE, starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Our Closing Gala was Boots Riley’s audacious anti-capitalist satire SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and we rounded off the festival with a very special anniversary screening of Derek Jarman’s BLUE, featuring live accompaniment from performance poet Black Sifichi and long-time Jarman collaborator Simon Fisher Turner.
We were pleased to welcome back to the festival Carol Morley for a Q&A following a preview screening of her latest film OUT OF BLUE, plus CINECITY favourite Ben Wheatley joined us for a post-screening chat with Graham Duff after HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEAD.
We partnered with ACCA once again to present exciting opportunities to see classic film scored live on stage – highlight this year included Asian Dub Foundation’s classic score for ’90s classic LA HAINE plus amiina’s new score for FANTÔMAS.
Reaching out to regional audiences outside of Brighton, we returned to Towner Cinema in Eastbourne and Depot in Lewes and – for the first time – worked with a new partner venue, the Connaught Theatre in Worthing.
Nadine Labaki’s stunning, criticallly-acclaimed CAPERNAUM walked away with the Audience Award, supported by MUBI, with Brighton-based filmmaker Rehana Rose following a close second with her documentary DEAD GOOD.