Month: October 2016
In order to schedule our next season of events we have been watching lots of films and reading the reviews for many, many more. And this got us thinking about the role of the film critic – and how important he or she really is…
When Philip French died last year, every film critic you’ve ever heard of wrote emotional pieces lauding his work and claiming that he had elevated the film critic’s profession to an art form.
Mark Kermode wrote: “His reviews were mini history lessons, carefully situating films within a century of cinema, encouraging the reader to dig deeper and discover more. Even when criticising a film, Philip did so with compassion. His writing was witty, but never flippant.”
French wrote for the observer from 1963 until his retirement in 2013 and has been described as “an inspiration to an entire generation of film critics”.
But where are today’s professional film critics? Just four years ago Godfrey Cheshire wrote in the New York Times that the art of Film Criticism was a dying one. That there are fewer and fewer professional critics. In fact Germany claimed to have just eight. Eight!
Cheshire writes: “I think that criticism is crucial to the conversation between filmgoers and all filmmakers who are trying to do serious, culturally important work, which is to say a small percentage of those in Hollywood but a very large percentage of those who make documentaries and independent films.”
Inspired, Pop Up Docs are seeking out the next generation of film critics to review our next screening:
BABIES has two screenings (11am and 2.30pm) at New Oriel Hall on Thurs 27th October. We’d love for anyone aged 0-18 to have a go at a film review, either through a drawing (a scene from the film or just a picture inspired by the film) or a 250wd paragraph. The very best reviews will be featured on the Pop Up Docs website and shared with the child’s school.
All entries to be submitted by 7th Nov to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further help and information on being a Pop Up Docs film critic – download our guidelines: pop-up-docs-young-film-critics
It’s exciting times at Pop Up Docs and so we felt we had to share some of our news…
Earlier in the year Pop Up Docs was awarded funding from the BFI Neighbourhood Touring Cinema Fund with the intention of helping us to grow, and to help grow other community cinemas in the Bath area. We have also begun a partnership with Bath Artist Studios and gained two new members of the team: Jon Newey as Development Executive and Scarlett Mosnier as Project Manager. Its lovely to have them on board!
We’ve got quite a few events lined up for the coming season, including a collaboration with Bath Film Fest on what is being heralded as by far the best documentary of 2016, CAMERAPERSON (with Skype Q&A with the director). Pop Up Docs subscribers can get priority tickets (ahead of the general release later this week) by visiting Bath Box Office and using the code BFFRIENDS2016.
There is also a chance to fully immerse yourself in US Presidential Election by watching the rarely screened 1993 film THE WAR ROOM (following Bill Clinton’s first Presidential campaign) and watching coverage of the election itself as the results come in! Tickets not yet on sale but watch this space…
But our next event is more of a family affair for half term: one that is aimed at 0-100 year olds. A film for everyone: BABIES will have both a morning and an afternoon screening at New Oriel Hall so you have no excuse to miss it! Grab your tickets now!
POP UP DOCS presents BABIES
POP UP DOCS presents THE WAR ROOM
A night of live election coverage and a screening following Bill Clinton’s 1993 election campaign. 7pm (screening 8pm),Tues 8th Nov @ Venue TBC
POP UP DOCS presents CAMERAPERSON
Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over the decades around the world in the award-winning CAMERAPERSON (preview screening) 7pm, Thurs 10th Nov @Chapel Arts
Pop Up Docs and Bath Film Festival bring you THE film of 2016!
You may not know her name, but you’ll be familiar with Kirsten Johnson’s work – she was cinematographer for CitizenFour and This Film Is Not Yet Rated, as well as working with Michael Moore on Fahrenheit 9/11. This new documentary is her choice of footage she has shot over the years, and is a hugely compelling film. We see what she witnessed in Bosnia, Iraq and other war zones, and also observe her mother, afflicted with Alzheimer’s, and her two young children, who are fascinated by the cine camera. It is a rare glimpse of the documentarian behind the lens, giving us a sense of how hard it is to maintain a balance between objectivity and involvement.
Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Kirsten Johnson
7pm on Thursday 10th November at Chapel Arts Centre, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR
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POP UP DOCS presents: THE WAR ROOM
DINNER AND A MOVIE! FREE BURGER INCLUDED IN TICKET PRICE
US election night special: Join Hilary and Donald for a screening of THE WAR ROOM, burgers and live streaming from exit polls all the way through to the 2016 US presidential election results, for those who can stay awake.
The War Room is a US documentary about Bill Clinton’s campaign for President of the United States during the 1992 presidential election.
The film follows James Carville and George Stephanopoulos at first during the New Hampshire Primary, and then mostly in Little Rock, Arkansas, at Clinton Campaign Headquarters. The film covers key events, such as the Clinton Campaign’s attack on “Read my lips: no new taxes”, the Gennifer Flowers scandal, the New Hampshire primary upset, and others as they played out inside of the Clinton 1992 Campaign.
7pm on Tuesday 8th November at Molloy’s, 1 Barton Street, Bath BA1 1HQ
Doors open and burgers available from 7pm, film starts 8pm. The venue will be open until the US election results are announced in the early hours.
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Half-term special, bring the whole family: 0-100 year olds!
Two screenings: 11am and 2.30pm, Thurs 27 Oct, New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RA
Dir. Thomas Balmes – 2010 – 82min
Described as a “wildlife film with human babies”, the film’s producers intend for its audience to shout, speak, comment and laugh throughout.
Babies criss-crosses the globe to observe and record the first two years in the lives of four infants and their families. Ponijao is the youngest of nine children and lives in a village in Namibia. Bayarjargal’s family lives in Mongolia. Hattie is a San Francisco couple’s first child, and Mari is the first child of a couple living in Tokyo.
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