Here are HeyUGuys we are spoiled for choice; living and working in London is a film-lover’s dream. There are endless premieres, numerous festivals, a mass of multiplexes, burgeoning arthouse and niche cinemas and it never, ever stops.
Thankfully the capital-centric focus for film has been broken down, though there is still much work to do, and today we are highlighting a London-based festival, to do what we can to spread the good word.
Now in its fourth year the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival hits town in a number of days, opening on the 22nd of January. Their theme this year is social class and we asked LOCO’s Joanna Hawkins to choose her highlights from the four day film-fest.
You can find out all the info and booking details here, and there is a trailer for the festival below which whets the appetite.
FESTIVAL THEME: Social Class season
Picturehouse cinemas across London
Denise Hicks, Co-founder and director of LOCO London Comedy Film Festival says: “Social class is the theme of LOCO 2015 because comedy unites people of all backgrounds, gives a voice to those often unheard and satirises the hypocrisy of the entitled and the privileged.”
Highlights of the LOCO 2015 social class season include the 25th anniversary screening of Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet, screenings of the classic Ealing comedy capers and our special event Social Class: The Gameshow, featuring comedians and writers including Suzanne Moore, Viv Groskop and Helen Zaltzman. Shane Meadows’ Somers Town studies the social environment in multicultural London and the much-loved Four Weddings and a Funeral and Gosford Park satirise past and contemporary middle class society.
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EVENT: Social Class: The Gameshow
A live event featuring some of our favourite comedians and writers
Three teams of writers and comedians test their knowledge of British manners, scandals and social divides in our satirical game show, with rounds including Mock The Weak, Dole In The Wall and Come Die With Me. Join the debate and win prizes in the audience rounds. Featuring Suzanne Moore, Viv Groskop, Chris Coltrane, Helen Zaltzman and A.L. Kennedy.
Celebrating comedy heroes Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins
For the first time in its four-year history, LOCO presents screenings at the BFI IMAX, in tribute to comedy heroes Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins. Robin Williams lights up the screen with an astonishing comic performance as the Genie in the Disney classic Aladdin, and proves spellbinding in Terry Gilliams’ New York Fairytale The Fisher King.
Bob Hoskins is superb as Eddie Valiant, the down-at-heel private detective who plays straight man to a cast of cartoon characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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FILM: London premiere of The Infinite Man
+ Q&A with Hugh Sullivan and guests
LOCO presents Londoners with the first opportunity to catch the smartest, funniest time travel movie of 2014, which also happens to be a romantic comedy; the highly original and critically acclaimed, The Infinite Man. Lovelorn scientist Dean bends every law of the universe to create the perfect anniversary weekend: an exact repeat of their happiest times. When his girlfriend’s ex lover arrives things start to get tricky.
After it’s world premiere at SXSW receiving rave reviews (with an impressive 92% on Rotten Tomatoes), The Infinite Man gets its London premiere as part of LOCO 15.
LOCO Jr 2015 introduces children to comedy cinema and inspires young creative minds with our annual screening for families, An Introduction to Silent Comedy, which takes a look at slapstick techniques, how music affects what makes us laugh, and introduces some of the greatest names in British and Hollywood silent film, featuring live magic from award-winning member of the Magic Circle, Oliver Tabor.
Classic family cinema screenings include Ealing caper Hue and Cry and LOCO’s BFI IMAX début with screenings of Aladdin and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?