LIGHT HOUSE FEBRUARY 2008 LISTINGS
Fri 1 – Tues 5 Feb 6pm & 8.15pm, Wed 6 Feb 2pm, 6pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 7 Feb 6pm & 8.15pm
Charlie Wilson’s War (15)
Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts star in this true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces in the 1980s to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, with consequences that reverberate throughout the world today. Dir. Mike Nicholls, US, 1hr42. http://www.charliewilsonswar.net/
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language
Fri 1 – Tues 5 Feb 5.45pm & 8pm, Wed 6 Feb 2.15pm, 5.45pm & 8pm
The Wedding (15)
A satirical comedy drama that moves from the peace and order of a wedding ceremony to chaos at the reception, helped along by too much cheap vodka. With fights, vomiting, laughing, crying and horrible things happening in the toilets, what should be the happiest day of their lives turns into a nightmare exposing dirty secrets and murky morals in the process. Dir. Wojciech Smarzowski, 1hr45, Polish with subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains one use of very strong language and moderate sex
Fri 8 - Tues 12 Feb 5.30pm & 8.10pm, Wed 13 Feb 2.15pm, 5.30pm & 8.10pm, Thu 14 Feb 5.30pm & 8.10pm
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (15)
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, this gripping portrayal of life in Communist Romania is set in Bucharest in the mid-1980s with Nicolae Ceausescu and his dictatorship in power. The story spans 24 hours in the life of student Marinca (Anamaria Marinca) as she tries to arrange an illegal abortion for her room-mate (Laura Vasiliu) on the black market. Dir. Cristian Mungiu, Rom, 1hr53, Romanian with subtitles. www.4months3weeksand2days.com
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language and abortion theme
Fri 8 – Tues 12 Feb 5.35pm & 8pm, Wed 13 Feb 2pm, 5.35pm & 8pm, Thurs 14 Feb 5.20pm, Fri 15 – Tues 19 Feb 7.30pm, Wed 20 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm, Thurs 21 Feb 7.30pm
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (18)
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical. Johnny Depp stars as the murderous barber with Helena Bonham Carter as his accomplice, Mrs Lovett. Dir. Tim Burton, US/UK, 1hr56. www.sweeneytoddmovie.com
BBFC Advice: Contains strong bloody violence
Thurs 14 Feb 8pm
Valentine Special: Manhattan (12A)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with Woody Allen’s classic love letter to New York. Sumptuously photographed in black and white with a Gershwin score, Manhattan is a perfect combination of romance, drama and comedy exploring the embattled life and loves of a successful New York comedy writer (Woody Allen). Also starring Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep. Dir. Woody Allen, US, 1hr36, 1979.
Join us in Lock Works before the screening for a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and chocolates. Cost: £6 / £4.50 Conc.
Fri 15 – Tues 19 Feb 7.45pm, Wed 20 Feb 2.15pm & 7.45pm & Thurs 21 Feb 7.45pm
In the Valley Of Elah (15)
From the director of Crash, this powerful mystery/drama stars Tommy Lee Jones as war veteran Hank Deerfield who is searching, with the help of a homicide cop (Charlize Theron) for his son, a soldier recently returned from Iraq who has mysteriously gone missing. Also starring Susan Sarandon. Dir. Paul Haggis, US, 2hrs1. http://wip.warnerbros.com/inthevalleyofelah
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language, moderate grisly images and nudity
Sat 16 Feb, 2pm
Film Club: Easy Rider (18)
Directed by Dennis Hopper this film tells the tale of Wyatt & Billy who, after a big score on a drug deal, take off from LA on their motorcycles in search of the American Dream running into George Hanson on the way, a drunk, southern lawyer played by Jack Nicholson. During their travels the men learn that they are not welcome in a Middle America frightened of their long hair, bikes and freedom.
Cost: £5.50 non members, £4.50 students, £3 members.
For more info contact Kimberly on e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 22 – Tues 26 Feb 7.45pm, Wed 27 Feb 2pm & 7.45pm, Thurs 28 Feb 7.45pm
No Country for Old Men (15)
A tense and enthralling thriller from the Coen brothers, adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed novel. Set in a rugged, parched West Texas in 1980 where cattle rustlers have been replaced by drug smugglers, the story begins when Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds a truck surrounded by dead men containing a load of heroin and two million dollars. Taking the money for himself Llewelyn sets off a violent chain of events that not even the law can contain. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson and Kelly Macdonald. Dir. Ethan & Joel Coen, US, 2hrs2. www.nocountry
BBFC Advice: Contains strong bloody violence
Fri 22 - Tues 26 Feb 7.30pm, Wed 27 Feb 2.15pm & 7.30pm, Thurs 28 Feb 7.30pm
Don’t Touch the Axe (PG)
A lavish and insightful re-telling of Balzac’s novella La Duchesse de Langeais telling the story of the tumultuous affair between a Restoration-era Parisian socialite (Jeanne Balibar) and a traumatised French general (Guillaume Depardieu) that leads to scandal and humiliation. Directed by 79-year-old French new-wave master Jacques Rivette. Fr/It, 2hrs18, French with subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains mild sex references
Fri 29 Feb – Tues 4 Mar 5.30pm & 8.10pm – Wed 5 Mar 2.15pm, 5.30pm & 8.10pm & Thurs 6 Mar 5.30pm & 8.10pm
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (12A)
The remarkable story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the charismatic editor of French Elle, who suffers a stroke at the age of 43 leaving him completely paralysed except for his left eye. While the physical challenges leave him with little hope for the future, Bauby begins to explore his life's passions and imagination and, through blinking, a painstaking method of communication, he shares his experiences with the world and writes the memoir that this film
is based on. A deeply moving piece of filmmaking that deservedly won Julian Schnabel the Golden Globe 2008 for Best Director. Dir. Julian Schnabel, Fr/US, 1hr52, French with subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains sexualised nudity and one use of moderate language
Fri 29 Feb – Tues 4 Mar 5.40pm & 8.05pm, Wed 5 Mar 2pm, 5.40pm & 8.05pm, Thurs 6 Mar 5.40pm & 8.05pm
The Savages (15)
An irreverent look at family, love and mortality as seen through the lens of one of modern life’s most challenging experiences: when adult siblings find themselves plucked from their everyday, self-centred lives to care for an elderly parent. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as the bickering siblings and Philip Bosco as their sickly estranged father.
Dir. Tamara Jenkins, US, 1hr54. www.foxsearchlight.com/thesavages
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language and sex references
Until Wed 12 Mar
Still Life Killing Time By Edmund Clark
Taken over the course of nearly two years, Still Life Killing Time applies large format still life photography to the context of a unique prison community, E Wing at Kingston Prison in Portsmouth. For eight years this was Britain’s only wing dedicated to holding elderly lifers: murderers, rapists, paedophiles and other violent criminals aged from their late 50s to over 80 years old.
The work is not meant to be simply a reportage of the conditions in a particular prison. The images use elements of metaphor, abstraction and documentary to explore the experience of long term incarceration and the passage of time, and to touch on how ageing and physical decline impact on the order of a custodial environment.
The claustrophobia of these close up, deliberate and regular compositions are intended to reflect both the nature of the place and the experience of working in E Wing. The recurring motifs - bars, squares, boxes, grids - show the segmentation and ordering of time and space that is fundamental to prison life, while the details of the inmates’ possessions, notice-boards, tables and bedsides suggest their state of mind and how they adapt to long term incarceration and getting old in an institution. There is stillness, emptiness, beauty - and humour.
Longer life expectancy and stricter sentencing policy mean more inmates will spend their last years inside. Intended as a staging post for older inmates on their way to open conditions, E Wing has become the end of the line for those prisoners unable or unwilling to earn parole, and unlikely to be released, they continue to kill time.
Thurs 7 Feb
Rhonda Wilson, Creative Director of Rhubarb-Rhubarb, the UK’s International Festival of the Image, is taking a scaled-down version of the portfolio review on the road. Rhonda is on the lookout for fresh, new photographic work of all types and will be joined by Kathryn Kliszat, Light House Exhibitions Coordinator who will also be reviewing. The aim of the tour is to offer advice to photographers from the West Midlands who wish to make their work more visible and develop their folio.
The sessions are 30 minutes duration throughout the day. For booking and enquiries contact Sean McGarry: e: email@example.com or t: 0121 773 7889 or visit http://www.rhubarb-rhubarb.net/
The Balcony Gallery will open again in Spring 2008 featuring exhibitions by new photographers. We accept proposals from student, graduate and emerging photographers, so if you are serious about your work and need to build up your exhibiting experience, or if you are looking to put on your first solo/group show since graduating, contact Exhibitions Coordinator Kathryn Kliszat for more info on t: 01902 716055 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerging photographers should also keep an eye on our website from March as we’ll be publishing a FAQ page with helpful hints and guidance about applying to galleries.
Thurs 7 Feb, 7-9pm
Screen Forum: Tomb Raider Ascension
This evening’s forum will showcase West Midland’s based filmmaker Stephen Reynolds’ latest 60 minute feature, Tomb Raider Ascension. Shot in 7 days with a budget of £10,000, Stephen directs Anna Tyrie in his own spin on the Tomb Raider franchise. This is an opportunity to see low budget filmmaking at its most action packed and to hear from the filmmakers themselves about getting productions off the ground, finding finance and getting films distributed. The Q&A panel will include: Stephen Reynolds, (writer, producer, director, editor), Anna Tyrie (Lara Croft), Phil Mountford (music) and Nat Higginbottom (co-producer, crew chief and head of Aquila TV). Cost: free. To reserve a place contact Alice on
Mon 11 Feb, 8.30/9pm
Film & TV Quiz
Put your film knowledge to the test with our monthly quiz. Assemble teams at 8.30pm for 9pm start. Cost: £4 per team (up to 4 members).
Wed 20, Thurs 21 & Fri 22 Feb, 6pm
British Animation Awards Public Choice
A series of three screenings with the chance to vote for your favourite animations in the British Animation Awards 2008. The animated shorts will include a mix of short films, music videos and animated commercials. A rare opportunity to see the fantastic range of animation made over the past two years on the big screen. Voting forms will be available at the start of each screening. Cost: £3. www.britishanimationawards.com
Thurs 21 Feb, 7.30-10.30pm
Live at Lock Works...Featuring Dan Whitehouse & Special Guests
Four local artists perform (without amplification) in the cosy surroundings of Lock Works café bar. The Line up:
- Jimm Zombie www.myspace.com/jmmzmb
- Rick Williams
- Dan Whitehouse www.dan-whitehouse.com
- Naomi Phoenix www.myspace.com/naomiphoenix
Sat 23 Feb, 12-5pm
LGBT Wolverhampton Health and Well-Being Show
LGBT Connect Wolverhampton present seminars, a programme of films and events for adults and children. Stroll around 40 exhibitors in the atrium and find out about holistic therapy, community living, safety, sport and leisure. Cost: Free. All Welcome. For more details go to www.lgbtconnect.org.uk or call t: 01902 711818.
Thurs 28 Feb, 7.30pm
The Poetry Train
The concept of local published author and poet Tony Stringfellow, The Poetry Train will pull into the station in Lock Works quarterly featuring recitals and music from local poets, musicians and performance artists. This evening there will be a unique opportunity for aspiring poets to develop, perform and hone their talents, with a goal to feature their work in the quarterly show. Cost: £1. For more info visit www.myspace.com/rockinpoet or contact Tony on e: email@example.com
FREE ANIMATION TECHNIQUES TRAINING
Are you interested in developing your animation skills and techniques?
Are you over 19, unemployed and residing in Birmingham, the Black Country, Herefordshire or Worcestershire?
We are now recruiting for...
Start date 10 March
3 days per week - Mon, Fri, Sat, 10am-4pm (3 wks)
Introduction to Flash Animation
This course is intended as an introduction to web based animations for learners with no prior experience of animation. Students will be introduced to the main features of the Adobe Flash interface. Students will be encouraged to explore their own designs and create a short animation for the web. Accredited to National Open College Network.
Requirements: Creative skills, computer literacy & an interest in animation.
Eligibility: To be eligible for this course, applicants must be aged 19+, residing in Birmingham, the Black Country, Herefordshire or Worcestershire and be unemployed.
For further details and/or to apply contact Training Coordinator Kelly Jeffs on t: 01902 716055, e: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.light-house.co.uk/training