Taxi Tehran (2015) - Jafar Panahi

Jafar Pahani's new film "Taxi Tehran" is showing at The Cube Microplex, Bristol. Next Week. Tuesday's screening (Ticket Tout Tuesday) 24th November 2015, at 8pm is only £3! too. 
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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


  • When Thu 19 Nov 2015
  • Time 10:30
  • Where Curzon Community Cinema, 46-48 Old Church Road, Clevedon, N. Somerset, BS216NN

This saddening and eye-opening documentary is a portrait of Aaron Swartz – a brilliantly gifted thinker and internet information freedom activist who challenged the power of corporate interests and the state before ending his life at the age of 26 after being charged with fraud for downloading millions of journal articles from a subscription-only online service. Unapologetically partial, the film combines home movie footage of Swartz in his youth with interviews with his friends and family, and experts such as World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee who question the motives of the prosecutors and a pursuit of Swartz that many feel was unwarranted or at best grossly disproportionate.


Director: Brian Knappenberger


Country of productionUSA

GenreCrime, Documentary - General


Film duration105 mins


This film looks an amazing portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education for all girls worldwide

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."
– Malala

The film is currently showing at Cineworld in Hengrove, Bristol.

go?: Thursday 19/11/2015 14:30

Power of ‘Cinema’ to transform ‘the everyday’

Power of ‘Cinema’ to transform ‘the everyday’

In film, a great director (& crew) can turn a usually normal scene and transform it into something completely different, something ‘cinematic’.

PROJECT: Style Brief

Think of an everyday activity i.e. Walking the dog, Meeting the parents of your partner, Eating chocolate, catching the bus...

Think how you could use the language and dynamics of ‘cinema’ to transform this scene. This could be to evoke drama/ adventure, enhance tension, be sensual, question ‘norms’, make a social/ political statement....

The project is a vehicle to experiment with and develop your Film Production Skills. The film will form part of your portfolio for Film Production Skills Module. FMAP4501 Assessment One.  Showcasing your Pre Production, Camera, Lighting, Sound Design and Editing Skills.

Consider: Mise en scene, Cinematography, Sound Design, Acting style. Mood, Genre, Style.

Sound design plays a key part in David Lynch’s surreal often unnerving debut film, Eraserhead. See DVD from around 13m50s or Ch.3 'Meet the Family'.

Big Shave (1967, USA, Dir. Martin Scorsese)

The Big Shave (1967) is well known for being the short that launched Martin Scorsese's career. Four decades later, it still stands as a powerful allegory of the Vietnam War and a study of aural and visual interaction, the gruesome bloody close-ups contrasting with the ironic use of upbeat rock music.’ BFI

‘Many film critics have interpreted the young man's process of self-mutilation as a metaphor for the self-destructive involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, prompted by the film's alternative title, Viet 67.’ Wiki

More early Scorsese shorts

Big Shave - IMDB


In this scene from Lynne Ramsey’s Ratcatcher. James a young boy from an impoverished family in 1970’s Glasgow, attempts to escape the streets around his tenement home that are piled with rubbish because of a dustmen's strike.

The end of this scene (from 4.30) is particularly poetic.

Great article about British Cinema

Review of Ratcatcher

DelicatessenDirectors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Great editing and sound design in this fun surreal Trailer for 'Delicatessen' introducing the characters living in an apartment block above a butchers.

This is the official trailer of Jafar Panahi's 2006 award-winning film "Offside". Deals with reality of women's life in Iran's patriarchal society. A group of women each attempted to get in the stadium to watch the live Iran-Bahrain World Cup qualifying match in Tehran but got busted and detained in a cordoned area at the back of the stadium.

One Giant Leap

This album released in 2002 still holds relevant to our society today. Watch Part 2 here: 1 Giant Leap is the self-titled debut album by UK duo Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman under the name 1 Giant Leap.
This album released in 2002 still holds relevant to our society today. Watch Part 1 here : 1 Giant Leap is the self-titled debut album by UK duo Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman under the name 1 Giant Leap.

A Boy and His Dog - Dir. Jonna McIver (2014) - Explore this incredible, heartwarming bond even further in their new book, Haatchi and Little B - in stores July 8! Last year we made this film as part of our documentary filmmaking course at the University of Hertfordshire. We managed to find this special family and document an incredible few months of their lives.

This film won Screentest: The National Student Film Festival 2014, to watch other films from the competition see playlist below.

Two Cars, One Night (2003) Dir. Taika Waititi

Two Cars, One Night is a short film, 11 minutes in length, written and directed by Taika Waititi.[1]

Released in 2004, the film is about two boys and a girl meeting in the carpark of a rural pub in Te Kaha, New Zealand. What at first seems to be a relationship based on rivalry soon develops into a potential friendship.

The idea was later developed into the amazing feature Boy in 2010.

Trailer for feature film, Boy (2010) "Boy is released on March 25 in New Zealand. The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand Thriller is changing kids lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson."

Old Joy (2006) Dir. Kelly Reichardt

Old Joy contains all the themes that Kelly Reichardt would subsequently make her signature: isolation, disconnection, and what it is to exist on the margins of contemporary American society.

Reichardt's films adopt a meditative pace, rejecting an emphasis on plot in favour of a focus on character and the passing of time. Old Joy is a beautiful, contemplative film.

The story of two old friends, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. OLD JOY is the critically-acclaimed film The New York Times calls, "A MUST SEE!" Starring Will Oldham and Daniel London, the film features a soundtrack by Yo La Tengo.

La Jetée (1962) Dir. Chris Marker

La Jetée (French pronunciation: [la ʒəte, ʒte], "The Jetty") is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. It is 28 mins long, black and white. It won the Prix Jean Vigo for short film.

The 1995 science fiction film 12 Monkeys was inspired by, and borrows several concepts directly from, La Jetée.

Special People (2008) Dir. Justin Edgar

104 films are a film production company set up by Director Justin Edgar and Producer Alex Usborne in 2004 to make original feature films for a global audience and create a paradigm shift in the representation of disabled and disadvantaged talent in front of and behind the camera.

Justin Edgar

Justin Edgar made a series of award winning shorts using the architecture and character of Birmingham which led to his first feature Large for Film Four in 2001 aged just 28. The film sold internationally to over 20 territories and sold 30,000 DVDs.

His second feature film Special People premiered at the Edinburgh film festival in 2007 competing for the Michael Powell award and coming second in the audience award. The film went on to win audience awards at the Moscow, Calgary and Berlin Britspotting Film Festivals. It was critically acclaimed and the Guardian hailed it as a “Milestone in mainstream cinema” for its use of disabled cast. Writing in the Evening Standard, Derek Malcolm described the film as “An excellent piece of filmmaking”.

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The Tree of Life (2011) Dir. Terrence Malick

The Cinematography in this film is beautiful!

'The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth'.