Sunday, 20 March 2011

MovieBar - 4th April 2011 Line-up...

8pm Monday 4th April 2011

So my plan to choose a theme each month (and present a variety of films on that theme in the style of This American Life) lasted a whole two months. This month there is no theme, other than the fact that the films all feature humans. Therefore the quiz will be on...monkeys. Why not? Monkeys are cool.

The quiz starts at 8 and will be followed shortly afterwards by the following eclectic selection of awesome films...

The line-up…

Adam and Eve

The product of a Brighton Filmmakers Coalition challenge, Victoria Cameron-Mowat’s film is a visually stunning re-imagining of Adam and Eve in a contemporary setting.

Cinematographer Leo Mumford will be coming along to talk about the film.

The Badje – Shiva & Ain’t Alone

Brighton-based indie/rock band The Badje present two music videos that perfectly capture their psychedelic style and influences.

Director (and lead guitarist) Carlos Boellinger will be along to talk about the videos.

Sheep Films Shorts

Dave Packer returns to MovieBar with three short sketches combining classic slapstick comedy with eye-popping visual effects.

Dave will be coming along to talk about the films.

Karma Magnet

Martin Kemp directs his brother Gary in this suspense-drama about the luckiest man in the world who wants to kill himself for the good of humanity.

Writer Phill Barron will be coming along to talk about the film.

The Traffic Patrol Tapes

Double-act Warren Dudley and Roger O’Hara star in the debut episode of their new web-series about two policemen with an unorthodox approach to law enforcement.

Warren and Roger will be coming along to talk about the film.

Freshwater Clive

Matt Manning's short sketch pushes surrealism to the limit and is a fitting record of the anarchic comedy style of its late filmmaker.

Editor Ross Boyask will be along to talk about the film. 

If you have any questions about the event or have a film you would like us to consider for screening please e-mail

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Moviebar March 2011 Postscript

Thanks to all the cool people who made it along on Monday, another great night of movies, beer and banter. And an even bigger thanks for sitting through the scene picked for our quiz from The (not-Steven-Spielberg’s-one) War of the Worlds. Count yourselves lucky you didn’t have to sit through all 3 hours of it. To find out more about that wonderful movie, or for any other feedback, you can email us at

The War of the Worlds was in honour of Moviebar screening some slightly longer films than usual this month and the evening kicked off with The Ghoul Lord, a comedy based around a group of roleplaying geeks who have trouble separating reality from fantasy. Director James Atkins was there to talk about his experiences of working in New York with American actors on the project.

The Ghoul Lord Trailer...

You can see more at James’ You Tube Channel.

Then there was The Ascension Agency, a 30-minute psychological thriller about a security guard whose life is falling apart and the shadowy organisation that promise him help. Filmmakers Daniel Birt and Ged Cleugh discussed how they achieved such a polished look and their hopes for turning it into a feature.

The Ascension Agency Trailer...

Dan and Ged at Moviebar

Steven Dorrington’s Toothless then introduced us to a rather down on her luck Toothfairy who barely scrapes by on her meagre wage, turning to drink while looking after her ailing Mother in this tragi-comic mockumentary. The cinematographer Emma Bailey was there to talk about getting the naturalistic look for the film.

Toothless Trailer...

Emma at Moviebar

See more at Steven’s Vimeo Channel and Emma also helps run the Brighton Filmmakers Coalition.

The evening ended with Nathan D’Arcy Roberts’ Charlie Chaplin starring Nick Bartlett as an intimidating drug dealer who has much weirder merchandise he tries to trade. Nick talked about the short and about his role in the recently released Brit flick Zebra Crossing.

There’s a clip of Charlie Chaplin amongst several other short films from the Brain Wash short film night in London...

So that’s how it went down. Thanks again for everyone’s continued support and the next one’s on Monday 4th April, see you there!