Strike a Light set up a You Tube channel for its’ work recently and the first post for us was a film we made a few years back with filmmaker Si Mitchell of The Mono Grande (a film production company). We wanted to find ways to celebrate the positives of aging and compiled interviews and events with older people in Brighton and Hove.
The film is just under 15 mins long and It’s called Hope Springs Eternal View it by clicking on the film title.
The film continues to receive positive responses. The fim was previously screened at the wonderful event White Night 2011 in Brighton as part of a wider event organised by Strike a Light also called ‘Hope Springs Eternal’.It was shown again in December at Fabrica gallery as part of the ‘Relativity’ event.
The White Night programme for events in Brighton had the theme Utopia and Strike a Light’s event took place at Pavilion Gardens, Brighton and around 1,000 people attended.
You can see the White Night programme here: http://www.whitenightnuitblanche.com/brighton/events/hope-springs-eternal/
‘Taking part in the ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ film was an interesting experience. I so hope that such a film will help to inspire similar events’.
Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery hosts two free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton this week – Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, part of our The Boys on the Plaque project.
These events are now live on the Heritage Open Days website. All details for this event which is open to all below:
Fabrica –The Boys on the Plaque
During this special drop-in event, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to inspire new ways of considering our communities’ experience of the war. This free event will include creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories relating to the war and the stories we were left with.
Visitors are invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of The Boys on the Plaque, as well as discovering the wider story of Brighton & Hove during WWI. A free afternoon tea, music and a warm welcome to people of all ages will be provided!
The Boys on the Plaque event is a free drop in activity and all are welcome even if only for 10 minutes. Free refreshments will be available at the event.To attend this free event, you can book here:http://botphod.event This event will also form the jumping off point for a series of monthly Free activities called Conversation Cafes which will look at aspects and reminiscences about the First World War including talks and trips to the Keep and the Rare Books Archive in Brighton.
WWI Walking Tour Brighton with Historian Dr Geoffrey Mead
Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique, one-off Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic Lanes, exploring the history and changing social and architectural landscape of this area of the city in relation to the period of time around WWI.
Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour uses the WWI heritage project The Boys on the Plaque as a starting point. The tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Booking Contact: Clare Hankinson
All welcome. Accessible toilets on site. Accessible parking space (1) in front of building. This a walking tour so the tour will visit sites around the Lanes part of Brighton.
Strike a Light is happy to confirm that Oscillator DJs will be playing a back to back jump up DJ set for our Knees up for Nepal gig on Friday 19th June. Greekboy will also be spinning top tunes to make you groove late into the night. All this and three bands too!
Check out our event film here: https://vimeo.com/127500967
You can buy advance tickets for Friday 19th June’s Knees up for Nepal benefit gig through The Latest music bar booking line: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319606
A short promo film to highlight the Nepalese earthquake and promote the Knees up for Nepal fundraising gig at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Friday 19th June. The interview is with two Nepalese members of the Sussex Nepalese Society and features music from bands Oscillator and Fat 45 who will be performing on the night, alongside The Gyratory Allstars.
The event will help support the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee in the region.
Thanks to filmmaker Si Mitchell for donating his time. Si Mitchell is an award winning print journalist and founder member of the Guerillavision Collective, Si’s first documentary (Big Rattle in Seattle), shot among the teargas, blood and the tears of the 1999 Seattle barricade of the WTO was selected to open the San Francisco Doc Festival in 2000 and was broadcast worldwide.
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)
Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.
Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.
“Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert
Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.
Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!
This will have a special World War 1 related theme – linking in with the centenary commemorations which are happening nationally in the UK between 2014-18.
The date for your diary is Thursday 11th September 1-5pm 2014.
We will be curating this daytime event, and following it up with a related evening film.
The event will host creative workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.
This event in September will also be part of the national Heritage Open Days events.
We are currently planning this year’s theme, so please check our web pages over the summer for updates on what exciting things we are planning to have at our next event.
Aimed at all, and especially older people. Visitors can relax, and encounter visual art in entrancing, fun, creative way.
Harveys Brewery car park, Corner of North Court and Harveys Way, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2JW
This event is part of the wider Ale and Hearty event, celebrating lost breweries and brewing in the Lewes area. As part of this we are hosting the beautifully restored Vintage Mobile Cinema and showcasing a specially made short film in the Harveys Brewery car park, Lewes for the Ale and Hearty project on Sat 14th and Sun 15th September 10am-4pm as part of Heritage Open Days this year.
The film will be around 17.5 mins long and eulogises about bygone days of hop picking, brewing and local sussex traditions with vintage footage taken from local sources including the Screen Archive South East. The Vintage Mobile Cinema is a 24 seater mobile cinema open to all. We’re really looking forward to it!
Come and see our secret cinema and some interesting archive footage over the weekend and enjoy the luxury of the red carpet treatment! This is a short event. we will be showing the film three times an hour each day for a six hour period so it is accessible for little people who are easily bored. The cinema itself is a thing of beauty and of interest to everyone.
Please note this is an event takes place outside in a working brewery car park so parents must be responsible for their children. All safety precautions necessary have been taken. Event suitable for ages: 5 to 18.
- Saturday 14th September: 1000-1600
- Sunday 15th September: 1000-1600
Unfortunately due to the age of the Vintage Mobile Cinema there is no accessible provision for this event. We do apologise for this. The nearest municipal access toilet is on Market Lane, Lewes BN7 2NT Disabled parking is available in the Harveys Way car park, Lewes BN7 2JW which is next to the Harveys brewery venue. This is an NCP car park.
Max 24 people per tour/event. The Vintage Mobile Cinema is the only surviving unit from a fleet of seven Ministry of Technology mobile cinemas built in 1967. The 22-seat cinema has been meticulously restored to its former glory, and now features state-of-the-art surround sound, HD digital projection and a comfortable climate controlled environment for the audience.
Walking to this event, walk along Cliffe High Street, past the Harveys Brewery shop on your left, then take the little ‘twitten’ or alley way North Couth just after also on the left (with Bills restaurant on your right). Through North Court, walk to the end. To the right there is a municipal car park, to your left is the back entry delivery park for Harveys Brewery for deliveries – the Vintage Mobile Cinema is in there.
Absolutely NO parking available in Harveys Brewery car park. Pay parking is available in the next door NCP car park on Harveys Way. Details here: http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/phoenix_causeway/bn7/lewes/
Thursday 14 June, 11-4pm
A free drop in event at Fabrica, celebrating the them of laughter. An exploration of the joys that bind, shared laughter and experience through generations which work across the age divide. Creative workshops, exhibition, talks and free cafe. Aimed at the whole community, especially older people, visitors are invited to encounter art in a relaxed and exciting way.
In collaboration with Strike a Light. In conjunction with Cinecity.
Film screening The Artist
Thursday 14 June, 6-8.30pm
A cosy evening showing of The Artist with cushions, wine, nibbles and cocoa – all for £1.
A homage to the silent era of movie, The Artist is a black and white (mostly) silent film. Jean Dujardin stars as George Valentin a world famous silent movie star, who’s life takes a dramatic turn with the onset of talking pictures. Co-starring Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller a young talented dancer.
In collaboration with Strike a light. In conjunction with Cinecity.