Splendid Cinema: Train to Busan 16 March!

It’s a Korean zombie movie set on a train. Zombies! On a train!!
In Korea!!!

Train to Busan

16 March, 2017: Train to Busan/Busanhaeng (KR, Yeon Sang-ho, 2016) 15 cert. 118 min

“Cult Film Thursdays” is proud to present the South Korean blockbuster, Train to Busan. A zombie-virus breaks out in South Korean on board the titular train; and the few survivors try their best to out run the zombie epidemic.

Here’s the trailer:

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

Splendid Cinema returns this Thursday!

Splendid Cinema is back for our 2017 season. We’re kicking things off with the remarkable Turkish film, Mustang.




Remarkable directorial debut! Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.



Mustang (FR, DE, TR, QA, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015) 15 cert. 97 min.
9 February, 2017
Tickets £5 on the door; doors open at 7:15 for a 7:30 start
Worcester Arts Workshop
21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH



Cultural Cinema Exhibition 2017 [#CulturalCinema]

[OK, this is very expensive, but I think it looks like an excellent programme. We (the University of Worcester) have no affiliation with this group; I’m just posting it here for information. MJK]

  • Do you know and love film, but want to have the practical skills and detailed knowledge that will make you a truly expert programmer?
  • Do you want to start a film club, run a community cinema or deliver a festival?
  • Do you want your CV to jump to the top of the pile when applying for film jobs?
  • Do you work in film and want to develop the skills necessary to deliver exciting and innovative programmes?
  • Do you want to know how you can deliver specialist programmes or bring minority groups into your cinema?


Fri 10 Mar 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017
TBC, London

Creative Skillset - BFI - Lottery

Cultural Cinema Exhibition is essential training for anyone who wants to take their film career to the next level. Click here to apply before Tuesday 14 February.

In the decade-plus history of the course, its alumni have achieved top jobs at the British Film Institute, Picturehouse, Curzon Cinemas, Soda Pictures, Watershed, the Barbican and film festivals around the world.

Whether you currently work in cinema or festival programming, film curation, artist moving image, film education or specialist film, film marketing or audience development, or you want to in the future, this course is comprehensive and practical and will immeasurably boost your skills and knowledge.

You will learn:

  • A complete toolkit for understanding audiences, including increasing access for young people, children, LGBT, disabled and ethnically diverse audiences
  • How the film industry works, from key figures, including producers, sales agents, programmers, exhibitors, digital distributors and more
  • How to market a film from press campaigns to copy, from social media to offline
  • A full knowledge of the technical aspects of film so you can keep the magic of the big screen alive
  • How you can create and build audiences for archive film, artist moving image, international cinema, event cinema and alternative content
  • The key details of practical programming: negotiating, securing rights and understanding release windows

Who is this course for?

    • Professionals with 1-3 years’ experience who are forging a career in the cultural cinema sector, including programming, education, marketing and audience development
    • Any film industry professionals who currently work in management, programming, education, marketing, administration or fundraising at independent cinemas, film festivals, film societies and pop-ups
    • People who currently work in exhibition who want to build an audience for cultural cinema at their venue
    • People who run, or who have a strong desire to run, grass roots film societies and venues

Click here to apply.

How is the course taught?

This is an intensive course taught over a week. It comprises talks from a wide range of film industry experts, practical exercises, tutorials and networking. You will also have the chance to see a variety of upcoming cultural cinema films, and workshop these releases.

When will the course run?

Exact dates and location are currently TBC but the course is provisionally set for 10-17 March 2017.

Click here to apply.

The price of the course includes a pass for the ICO Screening Days at BFI Southbank (11-13 March 2017).

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded directly by industry through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), as well as by the National Lottery via the BFI.

Journalism opportunity for film students

Film writers wanted for online culture magazine Coney’s Loft

Coney’s Loft is an online culture magazine based in Liverpool.

We are looking for editorial assistants to write articles about TV and film. Experience is preferred but not essential, as we can support less experienced students by guiding them on more list based articles and offering feedback on their submissions.

A good knowledge of film is desirable.

To be considered, please email – phil@coneysloft.com and elliot@coneysloft.com by Friday 20 January.

Job Opportunities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Exciting opportunity! Join the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest for the 2017 Festival as part of the Films, Marketing, and Production teams. They are currently hiring for Doc/Player Coordinator, Publications Coordinator, Production Coordinator, and Venue Coordinators. Applications close starting 5 January: http://bit.ly/DocFestJobs


Splendid Cinema presents Taxi Tehran (IR, Jafar Panahi, 2015) 12 cert. 89 min.


8 December, 2016: Taxi Tehran (IR, Jafar Panahi, 2015) 12 cert. 89 min.

Winner of the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival. In this quasi-documentary, Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, so he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, Seminar

Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, came to talk to students on FLMS2250 – Film Cultures on 29 November, 2016.


It was a fascinating discussion about what makes a film a “festival film”. We also discussed how these films offer audiences a different kind of film experience to mainstream cinema. Festival films are more challenging, often rejecting mainstream cinema’s focus on action and straightforward narrative storytelling.


A special thank you to Rebekah; it was a really fascinating discussion. For more information about Rebekah and her company, The Film Festival Doctor, please check out her website.