Norwich Radical Film Festival Launches

With the first Norwich Radical Film Festival scheduled for August 2015, the campaign to build a vibrant and varied platform for alternative radical politics began in earnest last month, with the first in what will be a monthly series of screenings.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone was screened to a full-house at Take 5’s Crypt in Norwich – and was brilliantly prefaced by festival Events Organiser and Spanish horror academic Irene Cuder (who you may recognise from our documentary film Witches and Bitches last year). The full introduction can be seen in the film below. If you like what you see, the next screening will be of Waltz with Bashir, on November 18th, 7pm at the Assembly House in Norwich. 

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Norwich Radical Film Festival Organising meeting #1 – 01/08/2015

The following are the minutes of the first Norwich Radical Film Festival organising meeting. 16 people showed up, and we had some extremely promising discussions. In the words of one of those attending “if we pull this off it could be huge”, which also makes it sound like we’re planning a heist, so that gives us added cool points. If you’re interested in getting in on the plan, the next meeting will be held on Saturday 22nd August 2015 at 3pm in the Playhouse’s Playroom – for more information email jbrindelli@gmail.com.

Organising meeting #1 – 01/08/2015

In attendance: Katy Q, Marion, Andrew, Jan, Silvia, John, Katy D, Jan 2, Ann, Nigel, Thom, Andrew, Tom, Franco, David, Jack

  1. Aims of the festival
    – We aim to give a platform to film-makers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds to tell the stories they feel need telling. That can be in the form of politically oriented documentaries, or more art-house, abstract, or entertaining fiction. It will not only seek to screen films already deemed important in terms of their content, but to give new talent a chance to take up the fight for themselves.
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A CINEMA WORTH FIGHTING FOR UPDATE

A big announcement for us on the Norwich Radical site this week: a summary of the important parts is below, but to check out the full article click this linked text…

Hopefully you lot can do better than this…

Across the country, film festivals presenting amateurs an opportunity to shine have taken their locality by storm, from Liverpool to Bristol to Tolpuddle. As a son of Norwich, I don’t know why my city should be any different. Continue reading

A cinema worth fighting for: Let’s build a Norwich Radical Film Festival

So our film, Witches and Bitches has been shortlisted at the annual Small Axe Radical Film Festival at Tolpuddle this weekend, meaning for a second year in a row, Hollywood Hegemony will be represented at their screenings. That’s the good news. The bad news, is that for a second year in a row, I will be unable to attend thanks to work commitments. Now I know what you’re all thinking, “poor Jack, he must be devastated, we should probably buy him presents to cheer him up,” but the truth is you needn’t bother… well, maybe you can bother with the presents – but don’t worry about me. You see I feel it’s where I’m supposed to be.

Who doesn't love being crushed by the machine?

Who doesn’t love being crushed by the machine?

Sure, making films is good for a laugh – but really, serving people over-priced coffee and renewing their car insurance is my passion. My calling. Nothing gets me going in the morning like the smell of weak macchiato and the intoxicating click of a thousand computer-mice applying no claims discount to the thankless swinish multitude. No really… really… Continue reading

Even Darkness Must Pass

After Thursday’s results confirmed a majority Conservative government for the next five years, we could all use a little Samwise in our lives. We are living through dark times – but even against seemingly hopeless odds, we can crawl our way back into the light. Stay strong for each other, folks – there’s still some good in the world, and it’s worth fighting for. -JB

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Get excited, get involved

Hollywood Hegemony is approaching its fourth anniversary, and with the status of the project growing day by day, the time is finally right to try and expand. For the past three years, we have produced films and penned articles which have been viewed by thousands of people across the world (seriously, about a half of our readership comes from overseas); we’ve been featured at film festivals, local screenings, and on one occasion a national newspaper.

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Over the first quarter of 2015, we have received more hits than we did in the entirety of last year – thanks in no small part to the contributions of exciting new writers to the project; but if we want to do more than simply tread water, we must work even harder to provide new writers and film-makers with an exciting platform to showcase their talent, and to supply readers with intriguing and insightful content to keep them glued to our page. In May, we will begin an expansion of our operations, as well as a restructuring of our editorial and technological apparatus.

That means expanding our editorial team from one to three, that means bringing in a website designer to revitalise and improve our page, and ultimately that means bringing in new writers, to work to regular schedules to increase Hollywood Hegemony’s reach and profile far beyond the hobby blog that it began as. That means we need you to help us take the project to the next level. As of today, Hollywood Hegemony will be taking submissions for all of the positions mentioned above.

Expect more details to follow regarding the application process – but for now, please contact Jack Brindelli with any queries at jbrindelli@gmail.com.

“The Stones Cry Out” Norwich Palestinian Solidarity Campaign AGM Screening

SCREENING EVENT: “THE STONES CRY OUT”
Wednesday 18th February, 7.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich
The Norwich Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be showing this much acclaimed film on Wednesday. All are welcome to attend the film show, whether or not they are members of PSC.

Filmmaker Yasmine Perni  brings us the voices of Palestinian Christians and covers the period from  the Nakba of 1948 until today. This is its first showing in Norwich and an opportunity not to be missed. Continue reading