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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1963)

    What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1963)

    Another of the great directors, Martin Scorsese learned his craft through making shorts. This film, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This, was made while he was an NYU film student in 1963. His early films were well received, including The Big Shave, a dark satire on the Vietnam War… and this short, which tells the story of a man who becomes obsessed with a picture on his wall. Student Film Month In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: Boy and Bicycle (dir. Ridley Scott, 1965)

    Boy and Bicycle (dir. Ridley Scott, 1965)

    In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In Transit competition, we’re launching Student Film Month at Cannes in a Van. Every day throughout February, we’ll publish a student film from somewhere in the student film-sphere. It might be a student classic like this 1965 long-short Boy and Bicycle from a young Ridley Scott… an award-winning masterpiece… or even a film directed by you. We’ll be publishing a wealth of moving images from the infamous to the obscure, each [...]

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  • Damp Spirits, a Christmas film (dir. Mr Kaplin)

    Damp Spirits, a Christmas film (dir. Mr Kaplin)

    The Christmas holidays are here and while we’re enjoying some of the luxuries of seasonal cheer, we’re more than aware that there are many who are battling to keep their homes. We’re trying to do our bit by giving all proceeds from our next Screen Social to Shelter’s Christmas Emergency Appeal. We also came across this cute little short which sums up the spirit of Christmas from animator Mr Kaplin, who’s also giving any Vimeo tips received to Shelter’s appeal. Perhaps [...]

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  • ATLAS – Eat Me

    ATLAS – Eat Me

    As The Van d’Or Awards approach ever-faster,  we at Cannes in a Van look forward to seeing and hearing the extraordinary vocal talents of the marvellous ATLAS, who will be performing live on the night of September 19th. “The melodies that haunt the music of ATLAS come to their creator after dark. While you’re asleep, her violent lullabies are voiced over reverberating bass and electronic enchantments. So watch, and listen closely. These dramatic visions – projected dreams and potent nightmares [...]

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  • Save the Gorilla on Kickstarter

    Save the Gorilla on Kickstarter

    The amazing, unimaginable, simply mythical Gorilla Film Magazine is back, but it needs your help to survive in the wild. Please watch this video and show your support for Gorilla’s Kickstarter campaign. You may be able to help print another essential 1000 copies of the magazine and in turn save the entire publishing industry from the jaws of an untimely death. The future of Gorillas is in YOUR hands.

    If that’s not enough, you can come down to Screen Social at The Book Club on Wed 14th August and show your support in person… from 7pm.

    We thank you.

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  • The Anchor (dir. Luke Daniels)

    The Anchor (dir. Luke Daniels)

    A favourite from the 2011 Van d’Or Awards, director Luke Daniels‘ perfectly-formed (in our opinion) poignant short film features the stirling acting talents of one Liam Bewley who is currently appearing in a Marmite viral near you (and an excellent ‘yeast-extract welfare officer’ he makes too). Co-written by both Bewley and Daniels, the film won the Van d’Or for Best Screenplay and tells the tale of a one man and his relationship with a bar stool. The Anchor is touching, clever [...]

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  • Whirlygig Cinema Returns to East London on 3rd July

    Whirlygig Cinema Returns to East London on 3rd July

    Whirlygig Cinema’s SPOTLIGHTS is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.
    At each event, three emerging filmmakers are given just half an hour each to showcase and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they all take part in a Q&A, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

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  • Launch of the National Youth Film Festival

    Launch of the National Youth Film Festival

    Schools and youth groups invited to take part in free film screenings as part of £26 million investment in film education 21 October – 8 November 2013 sees the first National Youth Film Festival – a nationwide programme of free film screenings and related activities for children aged five to 19. Building on the success of National Schools Film Week which ran until 2012, the festival will be an annual celebration of film and cinema, enabling young people right across the UK to [...]

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  • Hinode (dir. Tetsuka Niiyama)

    Hinode (dir. Tetsuka Niiyama)

    This beautiful piece of motion design was a recent submission for our monthly film night Screen Social.

    “This is a CG movie that depicts saltation and growth of life in the sea using jewelry as the motif for illustrating the theme “Jewels of Sea.” It creates mystifying and attractive scenery by the ores resembling creatures of sea and its transforming refraction and reflection of light that are affected by the organic moves.”

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  • Daniel Day Lewis is Spielberg’s ‘Obama’

    Daniel Day Lewis is Spielberg’s ‘Obama’

    Once in a while something comes along which just works. The Queen and James Bond, Magnum PI in Murder She Wrote (okay I’m struggling) and now pre-Cannes, Spielberg does funny. The prosthetics really are good. See you in Cannes Steve!

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  • Project Kronos (dir. Hasraf Dulull)

    Project Kronos (dir. Hasraf Dulull)

    From the guy who brought us dogs and cats at war in his epic motion graphic short Fubar Redux, comes this intriguing documentary treatment of a futuristic journey through space research, Project Kronos. With a huge amount of work behind this new film, Hasraf Dulull seems set to direct an effects-heavy feature, perhaps expanding on his take on interstellar space travel. We hope to welcome Hasraf back for a screening at a future Screen Social.

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  • Brazzaville Teen-Ager (dir. Michael Cera)

    Brazzaville Teen-Ager (dir. Michael Cera)

    We came across this great short from actor Michael Cera. With shadows of Spike Jonze’s surreal story-telling and a ‘Lynchian’ approach to cinematography, this film engages and amuses in equal measure. It’s 20 minutes well spent… then spend another watching Mum Says.

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