Filmgoers of the world unite!

Woman standing with film programme in front of mural.

Cinema with a global social commitment gets under way next week with a five day festival of films about labour issues and the class struggle. The second London Labour Film Festival will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden and features eleven films including several premiers. Organised by film producer Anna Burton, she spoke to Fitzrovia News about …

Venezuelan Film Festival at Bolivar Hall

The Embassy of Venezuela in Grafton Way is hosting a film festival which will feature a free showing on almost every Tuesday of 2014. Dubbed The Boliwood Film Festival (after Simon Bolivar) it is organised by the embassy to promote Venezuelan cinema to a wider audience.  The festival will be launched this coming Tuesday 21 …

Civil rights and eco-activism at London Socialist Film Co-op

By Angela Lovely The American civil rights movement and eco-activism in Surrey will be featured at December's London Socialist Film Co-op screening at the Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way.  Sing Your Song (Dir: Susanne Rostock, USA 2011 [12A], 103 mins) documents the life of singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to …

Film about London elm trees wins award from GLA and Forestry Commission

http://youtu.be/Yz5yKxvu0go By News Reporters Forty years ago Dutch elm disease swept through Britain killing millions of trees. Now a conservation charity which helped bring elm trees back to the streets of Fitzrovia has won an award for its short film about London elms. The Conservation Foundation has won the 2013 Creative Award for its short film The …

Paul Willetts and the making of The Look of Love

By Clive Jennings Many local residents and workers were surprised last year to spot Steve Coogan sporting an extravagant blond bouffant “combover” hairstyle as he strutted round the streets of Soho with Anna Friel on his arm. They were portraying Paul Raymond and his wife Jean for the filming of “The Look of Love” the …

Argentine Film Festival special event in Charlotte Street

By News Reporters The second Argentine Film Festival kicks of next week and includes a private film showing of ‘Ways of Wine’ at the Charlotte Street Hotel screening room. Gaucho Restaurants are offering an exclusive combination of film, wine and dinner on 17 April to celebrate Malbec World Day.  ‘Ways of Wine’ is the story of Charlie Arturaola, …

Parents of Amy Winehouse proud of Camden’s young film makers

Camden Youth Action! Film Showcase 4 April 2013 By News Reporters Young people took the spotlight last Thursday for an unforgettable evening of music, film, and live performances at the Camden Centre. Organised by local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action, the Camden Youth Action! Showcase brought together young film makers, music producers, and performers, to …

Camera-shy film makers use construction site to shoot drama

By News Reporters Film crews have been making use of what looks like a bomb site in the middle of Fitzrovia. The hoarding at Riding House Street and Nassau Street had been the setting a couple of weeks ago now another scene is being filmed inside the development site known as Fitzroy Place. The developers …

The Lost Cyclist and the Greatest Cyclist

London Cycling Book Club; and Hammersmith Cyclists Film Show By Linus Rees Historian and award-winning writer David V. Herlihy will be a guest at the London Cycling Bookclub at their meeting tonight (Wednesday 14 December) upstairs at the King and Queen pub in Foley Street, Fitzrovia, where he will talk about and sign copies of his …

Film preview: Incendies; The First Grader

By Angela Lovely Nothing appeals to me at my nearest cinema (Odeon Tottenham Court Road) this weekend, but venturing a little further south into Soho the Curzon has a number of attractive screenings from Friday. First to grab my interest is Incendies by director Denis Villeneuve. The first opportunity for British viewers to see this …