Chomet’s film: Illusionist or hypnotist?

MANCHESTER Mouth’s movie magician Tony Boffey explains why Sylvain Chomet’s new animated film ‘The Illusionist’ may not enchant audiences.

Chomet’s new stunningly hand-drawn animated film is possibly not as immediately satisfying as his previous effort, the madcap Belleville Rendevous.

In that film you were distracted from the fact that there was a lack of emotional punch by the wildly over the top globetrotting Tour De France/mafia infused plot, terrific set pieces, hilariously eccentric character designs and delightful visual gags in every frame. The Illusionist moves at a different pace altogether.

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Not so controversial

Manchester Mouth’s movie expert Tony Boffey claims that Chris Morris’s new film ‘Four Lions’ is not as taboo as it is made out to be.

Speaking at the UK Premiere of Four Lions at the Bradford International Film Festival, Morris said that trying to break taboos is “one of the most boring things you can do. If that’s what you’re interested in, you might as well give up now”.

The creative force behind ‘The Day Today’, ‘Brass Eye’, ‘Jam’ and the BAFTA winning short film ‘My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117’ also claimed: “Nothing I’ve done I would classify as controversial.” Despite his debut feature being a slapstick comedy about a group of incompetent suicide bombers, I can see his point.

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Student pleased by nomination

A UNIVERSITY of Salford student who produced a film which was nominated for a national award has claimed that she is over the moon.

Sanna Karvonen, a MA Fiction Film Production student from the Greater Manchester university, produced the 11-minute movie ‘Made To Order’ which was nominated for a Royal Television Society (RTS) student award.

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Euro film festival kicks off

A VARIETY of European movies will be shown in Manchester as part of a special event.

Between 27 April and 2 May 2010 Kinofilm Manchester European Short Film Festival is hosting a line-up that offers an ambitious and wide-ranging week of new motion picture and filmmaking events.

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Bollywood special this weekend

ABOVE AND BEYOND: Vohra's films playfully explore love, life and competition in the 'urban chaos' that is Bombay.

A LOCAL independent cinema has announced that it will be playing host to special Bollywood screenings this weekend, 10-11 April 2010.

Manchester’s Cornerhouse, on Oxford Road in the city centre, will be showing two of Paromita Vohra’s cutting-edge documentaries as part of its Bollywood and Beyond programme.

‘Q2P’ (2006) and ‘Morality TV and the loving Jehad’ (2007) are both Vohra’s playful takes on how men and women love, live and compete in the ‘urban chaos’ of Bombay. Both documentaries last less than an hour each.

Q2P takes an ironic look at how men and women live and compete for the use of public toilets in Bombay, considering the infrastructure of India’s capital city, how it’s 17million inhabitants survive, and the politics and rights for Indian women.

Similarly, Morality TV and the Loving Jehad examines a 2005 police operation where officers swooped down on lovers in a park and began to beat them up, taking along photographers and news cameramen with a promise of an exclusive.

As the images of the operation played repeatedly on all Indian news channels, Meerut saw some of the couples run away out of fear and shame. The film examines a town’s complex dynamics – the fear of love, the constant scrutiny and control of women’s mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, caste and feudal equations.

This not to be missed double-bill is the first of three screenings that are part of Cornerhouse’s collaboration with Between Kismet and Karma, a UK-wide project showcasing creative responses to conflict by South Asian women artists.

Featuring five experimental films that explore the interplay between gender and conflict in it’s widest sense this season gives a fascinating insight into South Asian culture from a female perspective.

The season continues on Sunday 25 April 2010 with award-winning film ‘Khamosh Pani’ – an moving exploration of the lives of two generations of Pakistani women.

Finally, on Wednesday 5 May 2010 there is a double-bill of documentaries from Bangladeshi filmmaker Yasmine Kabir, providing a lyrical look at the Bangladeshi liberation war and Chittagong’s ship-breaking graveyard.

Bollywood and Beyond is Cornerhouse’s rolling monthly programme of films which celebrate Indian Cinema.

It offers a unique opportunity to learn about South Asia’s multi-faceted culture and long history in filmmaking. Spanning classic, new, fresh and noteworthy Bollywood films, this is an opportunity to enter a world that’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

You can book tickets by visiting the website or by calling the cinema’s Box Office on 0161 200 1500 between noon and 8pm.

Hispanic arts fest hits Manchester

OLÉ: Cornerhouse is hosting its Spanish and Latin American art and films season from 6 to 27 March 2010

MARNCHESTER’S Cornerhouse is hosting its Spanish and Latin American art and films season throughout March.

¡Viva! Film Festival, which runs from 6 to 27 March 2010, offers a snapshot of the best of Hispanic cinema from the past twelve months, featuring 18 new films and three short programmes.

In Gallery One Mexican artist Carlos Amorales will be showing two of his most recent works ‘PsicofoniaIs’ and ‘Discarded Spider’.

This year Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art and film, will be introducing to some of the top Spanish movies including Catalan gem ‘Little Indi’, a coming of age fable about a teenage bird lover who is forced to confront the harshest side of life to help his mother.

EVENTS: ¡Viva! will feature 18 new films, an exhibition by a Mexican artist, lectures, and networking opportunities

As well as this the festival will feature a host of  cross-country and cross-genre collaborations, including opening film ‘Solo Quiero Caminar’ (Just Walking), a revenge thriller and Spanish/Mexican co-production.

Also amongst ¡Viva!’s impressive collection of art and film is a Hispano Mancunian feast – a live accompaniment by Manchester-based band Die Kunst to the mesmerising short films of Segundo de Chomónx: ‘Le Scarabée d’or’ (1907), ‘Excursión Incoherente’ (1909) and ‘Metempsycose’ (1907).

Alongside all this there will be an introduction to Spanish cinema held on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at 6pm. It will include an ovierview of ¡Viva! 2010 which will highlight prominent directors, actors, producers, and the festivals must see films. It will cost £3.50 or £3 to concessions.

Carmen Herrero will also be exploring the representation of crime in recent Spanish and Latin American films in a lecture. It will discuss how crime films can be used to comment on socio-political events and gender issues as well as raising questions of citizenship and national identity. This talk takes place on Monday 8 March 2010 at 6pm. It will also cost £3.50.

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Filmmaker talks at Salford for LGBT Month

FUNNY: Summerskill is speaking about her film Queens Evidence at Salford Uni

PERFORMER Clare Summerskill will visit University of Salford as part of LGBT History Month.

Stand-up comedienne, actress, writer and singer-songwriter, Summerskill is appearing at the university to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month on 16 February 2010 and to talk about her film ‘Queens Evidence’.

The movie looks at the relationship between the police and the LGBT community over the last 60 to 70 years.

It was made in response to the low reporting levels of the newly introduced hate crimes law, by older LGBT people.

As a writer Summerskill has worked for many years in theatre and for radio and has just had her first book published. ‘We’re the Girls’ is a collection of her comedy monologues, favourite song lyrics and a few short stories.

She has her own professional theatre company, ARTEMIS Theatre Company and also performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs.

Summerskill, who has been described as “one of the funniest women in the country”, is the twin of Ben Summerskill OBE, chief executive of Stonewall.

LGBT History Month takes place every year in February to celebrate the lives, achievements and histories of LGBT people in the UK. This year’s patron is Welsh rugby star Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas – the first international rugby union player to come out as a gay man.

“We are delighted that Clare can be with us to talk about her film,” Vice-Chancellor Prof Martin Hall, the university’s patron of LGBT History Month, said.

“As a university we are committed to supporting our LGBT colleagues and students. And given our commitment and promise of continued support it is fitting that our university is hosting this important event – at a time when we are seeing a rising level of homophobia in schools and colleges.”

The event – which has been organised by the university’s LGBT Research Network – will be held at the Old Fire Station, Council Chamber, from 5:30pm until 9:00pm.

To find out more contact, Ben Light on 0161 295 5443 or or Steve Pugh on 0161 295 2375 or

To book your place, please contact Deborah Woodman on 0161 2952801 or email: