Fancy a summer of film and festivals?
We are looking to recruit a production assistant to join our small team.
To aid in all aspects of organising our festival tour this summer.
- event planning
- social media/marketing
- running the venue at the festivals
You would be available to work part-time starting as soon as possible until the end of our tour in August, based primarily at our office in Dalston, East London. Ideally, you would also be available to come to both Glastonbury and Shambala to assist with running the venue at both the festivals. You may have some experience working in film/arts events, but enthusiasm, intelligence and initiative are the most important characteristics for this role. It would also help if your idea of fun is wading in mud, taking great cinema to the people!
We run not-for-profit and on a shoe-string budget so this is an unpaid volunteer position. However, we will keep you well fed, cover all travel expenses and you’ll get free entry to the festivals. If you’re interested in film, arts or events, this is a great opportunity to get hands-on involvement in a project from planning right through to production, working with a small, dedicated, collaborative and friendly team on a production that gets an amazing reception wherever it goes. And, of course, you’d be spending the summer at two of the best festivals in the country…
Email email@example.com by Monday 27th May. Please include:
- CV or summary of experience
- details of your availability
- brief statement outlining your interest in the project
We are pleased to announce that we are returning to the biggest, baddest festival of them all this summer… Glastonbury.
You’ll be able to find us in The Common, in the late night area next to Shangri-la.
We’ll be cooking up an array of cinematic delights from Central and South America, and bringing back our lavish cocktail lounge, featuring the finest (and strongest) Mojitos this side of Havana. The programme is staying under wraps until the festival, but if you want a sneak peak in advance, sign up to our newsletter.
Want to tell us what you’d like to see? Let us know on our Facebook page.
After 4 years of touring Glastonbury, Shambala and Bestival, The Lost Picture Show take their first foray outside of muddy fields to bring a special programme of film and music to Land Of Kings festival on the lush Dalston Roof Park.
Ease into the evening with cocktails on the roof and a sunset selection of dreamy film soundtracks.
Once darkness falls and the projector beam flickers into life, there’ll be cutting-edge short film and music videos from London Short Film Festival, an exclusive performance by Fanfarlo, performing a brass, strings and woodwind live accompaniment to Choni the Circle Maker. The psychedelic whirl of Orchestra Elastique will soundtrack a forgotten classic and, to top it all off, the opportunity to sing your heart out in the wonderfully ridiculous Film Soundtrack Karaoke, courtesy of The Sound Of Film.
This is not definitely not your average night at the pictures!
Tell us what you think on our Facebook page…
PROGRAMME OF THE NIGHT
- Film soundtracks “sunset set” from The Sound Of Film
- London Short Film Festival shorts and music videos
- Fanfarlo live musical rescore of ‘Choni the Circle Maker’ (dir. Adam B. Daniels)
Cabalistic symbolism and with nods to the silent film aesthetic, this stark staging of a Semitic folk tale explores human relationships with higher beings.
- London Short Film Festival shorts and music videos
- Orchestra Elastique live musical score of Victorian sci-fi and Maya Deren’s surreal expression.
An ever-different expansive live improv freakout – ranging from subtle dreams to explosive psychedelia, their performances elasticate mind, senses and spacetime.
- London Short Film Festival shorts and music videos
- Film soundtrack karaoke! Hosted by The Sound Of Film
Belt out your guiltiest pleasures from film soundtracks from 80’s hi-fi to cult classics with a backdrop of iconic film clips to set you in the scene.
On the first day of Christmas my cinema gave to meeeee… twelve overlooked and twistedly festive films!
As the winter nights draw in, we’re pulling the curtains to and curling up with some winter home viewing. Here’s our esoteric winter collection – an antidote to the It’s a Wonderful Life-fest that will be invading our holidays.
Chosen by the merry band of revellers that is the Lost Picture Show crew, this collection is our own alternative list of winter warmers – and we’re spiking the punch with killer Santas, dysfunctional love stories, schizophrenic visions and cinematic greatness.
Got any winter favourites of your own? Tell us what you like to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s night on our Facebook page.
|The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
A miraculous masterpiece of cinema, featuring one of its greatest ever performances by Falconetti as the saint in her last days before execution.
“A stunning new restoration is just out on Blu-ray from Eureka’s Masters of Cinema with a book containing essays about the film from the likes of Andre Bazin, Chris Marker and Luis Buñuel. Top of my film geek Christmas list.”- Muffin, Film programmer
The tag line says it all: Five strangers. Four secrets. Three schemes. Two best friends. And one neighborhood hangout where the world still makes sense. The tobacconists as community centre!
“You should really stumble across this film on a late on a Thursday evening – its charm keeping you on the sofa just beyond bedtime. Possibly the most beautiful end credit sequence I’ve ever seen. Try not to be put off by the bizarrely inappropriate DVD sleeve!” – Steph, Production manager
|Return to Oz (1985)
Dorothy escapes from a psychiatric hospital and is called back to Oz. Darker and more deranged than the original, and directed by Walter Murch, editor of Apocalypse Now.
“This film was my absolute favourite from when I was a child, it has the perfect balance of terrifying and fantastical. It’s weirdly a sort of psychological thriller but for kids, with amazing costumes and wonderful characters.”- Lora, Fabric maestro
An unlikely love story emerges from the wreckage of life in this twisted comedy from the man who practically invented indie cool, Hal Hartley.
“Pregnant girl meets boy with a hand grenade…”- Neil, Electrician and unbelievably handy man
|Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
This gruesome Christmas slasher horror features a killing spree from a crazed orphan dressed as Santa. The film inspired parents to picket and spawned 4 sequels.
“A Santa-clad rampage that really does make a judgement on who has been naughty and who has been nice”- Jon, Film programmer and cocktail master
A hard-knock life laid bare saw this gritty, nihilistic and darkly humorous film wander through London and straight into awards for Best Actor and Best Director at Cannes. A lesser-known jem from Brit-film godfather Mike Leigh.
“Perfect for this moment in time, because of its bleak Thatcher winter; ranting anti-hero and Werewolf / Jekyll and Hyde critique of misogyny”- Angus, Build crew
|Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)
The journey of a German village from 1919-1982.
“For those wanting to escape Christmas entirely I recommend ‘Heimat’, Edgar Reitz’s majestic chronicle of twentieth century German history told through the eyes of a Hundsruck family. At fifteen hours it’s the perfect excuse for not having to shop or cook!”- Phil, Bar manager
A 16-year-old assassin sets off across Europe.
“Fantastic soundtrack from the Chemical Brothers. Real fairy tale feel to parts of it, with classic baddies, great for the winter season.”- Juliet, Bar manager and set-dresser
|The Third Man (1949)
A noir thriller on the shady streets of Vienna that won an Oscar, a BAFTA and at Cannes.
“For managing to be cheerful, sinister, light hearted and shocking all at the same time. And best theme song of all time. Fact.”- Pat, Programming assistant
“A pensive, intellectual and somewhat unsettling movie about what happens when you put two under-paid and over-qualified engineers in a spare garage for too long. They create a piece of technology that confounds even their own genius. Go out to make a cuppa whilst watching this, and you’ll completely lose the plot. The screenplay’s so tight you enter each scene half way through the conversation, so the complete and utter brilliance of this film is trying to work out what the hell they’ve been building in there.”- Lydia, Creative producer
|Take Shelter (2011)
“A suburban American man battles a rapid descent into paranoid schizophrenia, visualised by a starkly metaphoric incomming storm. He must decide whether he needs to protect his family from it or from him. Very powerful contrasts between the two storms, the real and the incorporeal, and a profound ending leaves you with much to think about.”- Will, Build crew
Three decades old, but maybe even more relevant now than it was on release, this dark dark comedy follows US TV anchor Howard Beale after he announces that he’s “Mad as hell and not going to take it any more” and plans to commit suicide live on air.
“Manages to pull off the trick of being a film that has something important to say – a cutting diatribe on the way alternative culture is subsumed and exploited by commercial interests – and simultaeously to be very very funny. Merry f**king Christmas!”- Jim, Director
What do you think of our selection? Let us know here.
Quadrangle Film Festival / The Quadrangle, Shoreham, Kent / 14-15 September 2012
Our last festival of the season, and possibly one of the most glorious weekends of film viewing/discussing/snarffling ever to be, Quadrangle is a tiny documentary festival (allocating just 150 weekend-long tickets) – set in a spectacularly bucolic location in the barns, stables, granary and meadows of Quadrangle Trust farm. It even has its own little river. The people were wonderful, the film and events programme small but perfectly-formed, and the atmosphere (from being awoken by a chiming bell in the mornings, to eating banquet-style all together by candlelight) made it a simply magical festival, long to be remembered and certain to be re-attended.
We saw some awe-inspiring and thought-provoking films and talks, including:
- Salaam Cinema (with Q&A from director Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
- Kim Loginotto‘s talk on how she works (imperative to see ALL of her films now)
- Enjoy Poverty
- Facing the Music
- London: The Modern Babylon
The full film programme:
We were there just to provide a bit of sumptuousness to the Cinema in the Field, operated by our new-found friends and collaborators the Kitchen Sink Collective, (programming a happy hour audience choice of classic docs as well as their own stuff), and to shake up some decadent cocktails in the Field Bar. Oh, but there were many many Mojitos and Bloody Marys ’round the campfire! This was our last outing to the fields for the season, but we’ll be up to our tricks over the Autumn and Winter. So, see you soon!
Bestival / Isle of Wight / 6-9th September 2012
Bestival was a whirlwind of animalistic costumes, joyous dancing, human rivers flowing to the brilliant main stage acts, and days of glorious Summer sunshine. Our first year at this island escape fest, we were overwhelmed by the response to our lush haven and feral film programme. We were especially delighted to be working in partnership with Branchage (in a takeover the Lost Picture Show for sets of comedy, music and live scores), Midnight Movies and The Sound of Film to bring some wild revelry to the fields.
With all that was going on, we’re glad we didn’t miss:
- Stevie Wonder!
- The resplendent Sigur Ros
- Waking up with lindy hop grooving dance sessions in the amazing spiegeltent
- Continuous merriment in the Knees Up tent, especially the outstanding Ida Barr
- Early morning transcendental meditation in the ampitheatre with David Lynch Foundation
Lots more pictures in our Bestival gallery on Facebook: http://bit.ly/BestivalPix
THURSDAY: THE HUMAN ANOMOLY
An opening day of films featuring all that is twisted and strange about us humans from freaks and geeks to the filthiest people alive, with a peppering of animalistic transformations and a hint of the urge to massacre.
- 18:30 Freaks
- 20:00 Brazil
- 22:30 Pink Flamingos
- 00:15 The Fly
FRIDAY: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
From outer space and out of the closet, we’ve got creeping creatures to haunt and delight. 11:00 Good Morning Bestival film
- a documentary made at last year’s festival.
- 12:25 London Short Film Festival: Music Shorts
An Afternoon with Branchage
- 13:15 The Memory Band perform folk film soundtrack songs – a selection of music from classic British films, including Far From The Madding Crowd, The Wicker Man, Barry Lyndon and The Innocents.
- 14:00 Kate Hutchison live radio show
- 15:30 Pleb Talks: Wildlife & Cinema theme – The world’s first, only, and who knows, perhaps last ‘comedy think tank.’
- 17:45 This is the Kit live soundtrack of Here’s a Health to Barley Mow – A BFI-curated National Archive programme of short films from 1912 onwards, accompanied by a live soundtrack by Bristol and Paris based folk outfit
- 19:15 The Muppet Show – two classic episodes featuring John Cleese and Julie Andrews
- 20:30 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Courtesy of Eureka!
- 22:00 Barbarella
- 00.00 Midnight Movies present: All-Night Creature Features (Predator & The Thing) and interactive mayhem
SATURDAY: ANIMAL INSTINCT
Frisky felines, imaginary pets, toothy tyrants and even a bit of monkey madness. Beasties friendly and fierce take the screen, along with some very special guests.
- 11:00 Harvey
- 14.00 Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop
With an introduction and Q&A from Graham Jones, author of the book ‘Last Shop Standing (Whatever Happened to Record Shops?)’
Branchage Late Night Double Bill: Live Soundtracks
- 00:45 The Birds
- 02:30 Fritz the Cat
SUNDAY: ROADKILL CAFÉ
Classic films for anyone who has been left along the wayside with escaped leopards, human experiments and psychedelic journeys.
- 11:00 Bringing Up Baby
- 13.00 Soul Power – A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Courtesy of Eureka!
- 15:00 The Private Life of Plants: The Social Struggle – the one with the creeping vines taking over everything.
- 16.00 Audience Vote Monster Showdown:King Kong v Godzilla (amphibian triumphs over primate!)
- 18:00 The Island of Lost Souls
- 17:30 The Black Cat
- 21.00 Akira – the original genre-defining anime. courtesy of Manga.
- 23.30 The Sound of Film presents: Movie Theme Karaoke – it was epic!
- 01:00 Holy Mountain
Shambala Festival / Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire / 23-26 August 2012
Last month we returned from the ever-marvelous Shambala Festival. We had an amazing time in our third year at this pitch-perfect, magical fest. We had a brilliant staff of costumed ushers and usherettes serving decadent cocktails while we screened a programme of the choicest cuts of world cinema from morning until the wee small hours of the morning to more than 4,000 glorious Shambalans.
Families poured in each morning for light-hearted favourites and workshops in 16mm film and foley sound effects, relaxed to afternoons of stunning world cinema and came to see the weird and wild with our late night features until 5am. Truly lovely was to see a huge crowd of 200 people stay for the duration of Bollywood epic Lagaan – cheering, booing, dancing and clapping all the way.
Our festival highlights of the weekend:
- Being treated to life-affirming nosh by our festival neighbors The Barn Bacon Company and the Tea Stop Bus
- Relaxing in the buff in The Shambala Springs saunas and hot tubs overlooking the lake
- Having beat box champions crash our crew party on the last night and put a whole new spin on Fantastic Mr. Fox. Any time!
- Lost Picture Shorts (16:00)
Pushing the boundaries of cinema from rare early experiments to the latest mind-bending work:
Chaplin’s Easy Street
London Short Film Festival films:
Golden Tree / Dir. Ninian Doff
Staring Out of the Window / Ninian Doff
Gentlemen in Squalor/ Dir. Alex Sufit
Girls and Boys / Dir. Clive Shaw
Young Souls / Dir. Dean Chalkley
I Don’t Have A Lot to Say / Dir. Tony Johnson
Ladies’ Skirts Nailed to a Fence / Bamforth
The Countryman and the Cinematograph / RW Paul
The Big Swallow / Williamson
Voyage à travers l’impossible / Melies
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / USA (22:30)
Shambala’s Facebook followers chose Johnny Depp’s psychedelic odyssey as film they’d most like to see this year. Impeccable taste, Shambalistas!
- Man-Eater Mountain / Japan (00:45)
The most tripped-out Japanese legend we’ve ever seen put to animation. A frightened village, a demon orgy, a final twist. Thanks to Jasper at Zipangu Fest.
- Tropical Malady /Thailand (01:15)
Shape-shifting shamans, a fractured love story, a hypnotic journey deep into Thailand’s jungle. A singular, visionary film unlike anything else. Courtesy of Second Run DVD.
- My Neighbour Totoro / Japan (10:30)
A captivating and fantastical adventure – two girls discover magical creatures in the forests of Japan. Animation master Miyazaki’s finest.
- Around the World in 80 Days (12:00)
Phileas Fogg in the original wondrous race around the globe – by land, sea, air… and any means necessary!
- Gigi / France (15:30)
Vincente Minnelli’s love story musical set in turn-of-the-century Paris bursts with lush vitality, winning 9 Oscars.
- Together / Sweden (17:45)
A 70s hippy commune is plunged into disarray by not-so-free free love and a children’s revolt, in this bittersweet comedy
- Cinema Paradiso / Italy (19:45)
A captivating, romantic story about the love of cinema, this Italian masterpiece won Cannes, BAFTAs and Oscars galore
- The Cabinet of Living Cinema present: Strike! / Russia (22:45)
Eisenstein’s masterpiece is brought bang up to date with a brand-new soundtrack performed live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema, originally commissioned for the Bread and Roses Film Festival.
- Apocalypse Now / Vietnam (03:30)
Journeying through the swirling madness of ‘Nam to mankind’s heart of darkness, this gargantuan cinematic classic remains an unforgettable experience
- The Thing / Antarctica (03:15)
Isolated in the snowy Antarctic wastelands, a group of research scientists come face-to-face with… The Thing! The ultimate paranoia movie.
- Up (10:30)
Never too late to travel the world, with a little help from a thousand helium balloons. Up, up and away!
- Curzon CineKids present: 16mm animation workshop (12:00)
Ever wanted to make a film? Get inspired by artist filmmaker Len Lye and draw, scratch and doodle directly onto celluloid and make a masterpiece! All ages welcome.
- Curzon CineKids present: Photo-sensitive images workshop (14:00, outside)
Create “cameraless” pictures, or photograms, inspired by the work of the Dada and Surrealist artists. Drop in, all ages.
- The White Balloon (14:00)
A heartfelt childrens’ tale of innocence and goldfish from Iran’s masterful filmmaker Jafar Panahi.
- A Voyage Through Animation : Live Score by The Cabinet of Living Cinema (16:00)
The colourful history of Man Ray, Lotte Reiniger and Jan Svankmajer, orchestrated live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.
- Fitzcarraldo / Peru (07:30)
Werner Herzog follows a lunatic visionary’s quest, constructing an opera house in the Amazonian jungle. Quite mad, and totally stunning.
- Like Water for Chocolate / Mexico (20:30)
A mouth-watering Mexican epic of love, revolution and the transformative power of food
- Metropolis / Germany (22:30)
The iconic film of German expressionism, Fritz Lang’s masterpiece is a stunningly-stylised vision of a dystopian future in a glorious new reconstructed and restored version courtesy of Eureka Entertainment.
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch / East Germany (00:30)
The definitive transgender, glam rock, follow-the-bouncing-wig sing-a-long.
- The Killer / Hong Kong (03:00)
110 minutes of non-stop chop-socky, automatic weapons abuse, slow-motion shootouts and explosions. Makes The Raid look like a childrens’ picnic.
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial / USA (10:30)
Bicycles at the ready! Re-discover Spielberg’s family classic of friendship, courage, adventure and phoning home.
- Curzon CineKids present: Make Some Noise! (12:30)
Learn the secrets of movie sound effects with Adam Mendez, foley-master of Fantastic Mr Fox and Slumdog Millionaire. Ages 6+
- Lagaan / India (14:00)
A Bollywood musical epic of love, colonialism and cricket. One of only three Indian films ever nominated for an Oscar.
- Shambala Workshops Red Carpet Premiere (18:15)
World premiere of the 16mm films, sounds and images you made. Come see your masterpiece on the big screen!
- Whirlygig Cinema presents: Making Tracks Open Mic (16:45)
Shambalians perform live soundtracks to new short films.
- Frankenstein (Hungary) (18:45)
It’s alive! Boris Karloff is the iconic re-animated monster in this classic horror of scientific obsession.
- Audience Choice: Americana (22:00)
Tie between Chaplin’s Modern Times and Singin’ In The Rain… so we showed both!
- Delicatessen / France (01:15)
Cannibalism never looked so good.
– thanks to Shambala for having us back year after year. big big love –
For the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down the days until Shambala Festival with a daily dose sneaking a peek at our programme – updated here daily. For an exclusive look at our full film and events programme before the festival, sign up to our mailing at the top of this page.
1. Being part of the nationwide Scala Beyond season
Film fanatics from across the UK are coming together to celebrate the amazing thing that is coming together to see films. Our programmes at Shambala and Bestival are part of this energetic season, and we’re pleased as punch to be taking Shambalans around the world in 30 films starting from 8pm tomorrow.
2. London Short Film Festival music shorts
Musically leaning brilliance in this choice selection, featuring Ninian Doff, Alex Sufit ,Clive Shaw , Dean Chalkley and Tony Johnson. What’s not to love in these bite-size festival spirited shorts? Here’s a taster:
3. Foley Magic from Curzon CineKids
We’ll be welcoming foley recordist Adam Mendez (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Slumdog Millionaire) to assist the always brilliant Curzon Cinekids in a workshop to get you shaking, runging, rattling and rolling to create film sounds.
4. Live Scores from The Cabinet of Living Cinema
Live film score outfit The Cabinet of Living Cinema will be bringing their multi-talented music and sound effects to bring Eisenstein’s masterliece Strike! to vivid new life.
5. Being on Stage at Shambala!
We’ve teamed up with Whirlygig Cinema to bring you Making Tracks Open Mic, a chance for Shambalans at the festival to play a live score for the short film on stage in The Lost Picture Show. You can sign up all the way through Saturday at the festival by stopping in, or get in touch with us now and see the films in advance. Check out the details here.
We’ve got a glamorous bar serving decadent cocktails (and tea, coffee, cakes and popcorn) served by our charming usherettes. Fresh line juice, muddled with mint and sugar, add a double shot of run and top it up with a bit of fizz and more fresh mint…Mojito is our favorite.
What’s your favorite cocktail from anywhere in the world?
8. Curzon CineKids Drawing/Scratching on film workshop
Inspired by artist filmmaker Len Lye, we invite you to get down and dirty with paints and celluloid, all loveingly stitched together to create a new festival masterpiece. See what Shambalans made last year in this brilliant workshop:
9. Tropical Malady
Love, desire, reality, myth and shape shifting jungle spirits collide in this visionary film from Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Courtesy of those standout distributors with an amazing catalogue of award-winning world cinema Second Run DVD.
10. Man-Eater Mountain
This is twisted kamishibai animation mayhem by Naoyuki Niiya blew our minds when we first saw it at Flatpack Festival last year. Thanks to Jasper at Zipangu Fest for helping us get this singular film.
We’ve teamed up with Whirlygig Cinema to give Shambalans the chance to perform a live score to a film in The Lost Picture Show at Shambala Festival this year. Pick from a selection of 8 amazing short films by up-and-coming filmmakers, and we take down the volume so you can bring your own sonic interpretation to the visuals. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or aspiring musician, interpretive sound artist or just someone who wants to try out creating some live sound effects, we are open to ideas!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest, ask questions and see all the films.
Any instrument, any style, rehearsed or improv - just choose your film and we’ll give you the mic.
Here are just two of the eight films up for grabs:
Last Thursday was the programme launch of the landmark Scala Beyond season, which will bring together film screenings from independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups, festivals and anyone who wants to show and watch some great films across the country. Their glorious Scala tribute-designed programme is up on the website now, fully searchable, making it easy to find a screening just about anywhere every day through the end of September, so no excuses!
We’re talking part too with our programmes at Bestival (weird, wild and wonderful films to twist your melon and a raucous Branchage takeover) and Shambala Festival (around the world for the best in global cinema history). We’re also involved in the I Want To Start A Pop-Up Cinema event in September. And our programmer Muffin Hix was in the recent Guardian article on Scala Beyond, talking about the joy of putting on films and importance of sticking together.
The Scala Beyond manifesto is a call to arms – a rousing spark to inspire, connect, support and engage anyone and everyone in this season celebrating all forms of cinema. It’s a declaration that is not just about this season but a whole way of working and approaching cinema.
A taste of what’s to come: