That’s it – it’s officially over, we’ve had our week of summer and being outside, but quite inevitably the rain has returned and is looking set to take over the rest of the weekend.
But luckily making indoor plans is among one of our personal specialities, and you’re not going to guess what they involve….
(…film. The answer is film. Because of course it is.)
The IFI’s first Chinese Language Film Festival kicked off last night with the 2015 massively critically acclaimed, The Assassin. The festival is specifically celebrating the work of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and his 30 year collaborating screenwriter, Chu T’ien-wen. The pair are around for the duration of the festival, participating in multiple Q&As and hosting a masterclass on Saturday.
Even if Chinese films aren’t your forté, we highly recommend making some time for these events. Hsiao-Hsien and T’ien-wen are quite an eccentric pair and watching them interact with one another is thoroughly engaging and entertaining in itself.
Not everyone has the luxury of sleeping in on the weekends, with some additional free time to see all of the latest releases. Some feel they shouldn’t be deprived of such new and upcoming cinema, and equally so, nor should they be deprived of the opportunity to see one of best action films of recent years in black and chrome. Light House is here to relieve that deprivation, and we applaud them for doing so.
No worries if you don’t have a child as an excuse to watch this on the big screen as there’s a later showing on at 5.40pm that day too!
Everyone has a little bit of a gambler within them. IFI is hosting a mystery matinee screening at 3pm this Sunday, which means you put forward your money, and head into the screen without a notion of what you’re about to watch. On certain days, this could be someone’s worst nightmare, but it could also be wonderful.
So you feelin’ lucky, punk?
This one has the easiest selling point because it’s free. You can register for a place to their remaining screenings here, but availability will be on a first come, first served basis. A highly curated short programme of films of varying genres; they have something to please all tastes. Even if you end up not enjoying it, ah who cares, at least you didn’t spend any of your hard-earned money on it!
Playing as part of their Sigourney Fever season, for the last time this month, the Light House are showing a double bill of Ghostbusters 1&2. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to commit to seeing them both, as you can purchase tickets for each one separately.
It’ll be a long while before this will be shown on the big screen again, so we suggest you take advantage of the opportunity!
Now go forth, and embrace your inner hermit.