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Ben Wheatley, Kevin Brownlow, Kieran Evans, Mark Gatiss, Mike Leigh, Mt Desolation, Neil Brand, Talvin Singh, The Riverside, Woodbridge

Film Nights at The Riverside in 2016


From January 2016 I shall be hosting a monthly film-related event at The Riverside in Woodbridge. These events will take place once a month and throughout the year.

So far I can confirm the following special events have been discussed, with specific dates still to be finalised:

An Evening with Mike Leigh – Celebrated British director Mike Leigh will be visiting the cinema and introducing a screening of one of his films. Following the screening, Mike and I will be on stage to talk about his career and show clips from his films. Once the interview is over there will be a chance for the audience to ask Mike questions.

An Evening with Mark Gatiss – Actor, comedian and writer Mark Gatiss shot to fame as one of the comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen and has since gone on to acclaim as the writer of Sherlock (he also stars as Mycroft in the BBC series), writer and star of many a Dr Who episode as well as appearing in many BBC Radio plays and regularly on the stage in the West End. I will be interviewing Mark on stage before questions are thrown open to the audience. Mark will also be introducing a screening of a film that has a special resonance to him.

Neil Brand and the Sound of Cinema – Neil will be returning to The Riverside towards the end of 2016 where he and I will be looking at music in mystery, suspense and horror films. Neil will be performing some music live on stage, there’ll be some light-hearted chat between us about how music has evolved from the silent horror films to that of today, as well as plenty of clips to enjoy.

Kevin Brownlow and Hollywood – Legendary film historian and Oscar winner, Kevin Brownlow, will be visiting the cinema to discuss with me his life in cinema and particularly his 1980 Thames TV series, Hollywood. Kevin will regale the audience with stories of his interviews with some of the biggest names in film history. There will be clips from the Hollywood series of some of Kevin’s interviews and he will be introducing a film of his choosing that is important to him.

Mt. Desolation 1916 – The band Mt. Desolation were formed in 2010 by Keane members, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley. The band released their first album the same year which featured members of Noah and the Whale, The Killers, Mumford and Sons, The Staves and The Long Winters. The band will be performing a live score to a as yet undecided film from 1916.

An Indian Film Night with Talvin Singh – Talvin has worked with the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Bjork and Massive Attack to name but a few and was the winner of the coveted, Mercury Music prize in 1999. We are hoping to screen an Indian film of Talvin’s choice to which he will perform a live score.

An Evening with Kieran Evans – Kieran’s groundbreaking debut film Kelly + Victor (2012) won a BAFTA last year for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer and, deservedly so. He has also directed a number of music related films on such artists as the Manic Street Preachers, more recently the Dexy’s Midnight Runners film, Nowhere is Home and on TV this weekend, David Gilmour: Wider Horizons. Kieran will be introducing a film of his choice before we then chat on stage about his career. Following the interview there will be a chance for the audience to ask him questions.

An Evening with Ben Wheatley – Ben started his career as a short film maker and animator, uploading his films online. Then, after a period of writing comedies for Channel 4 and the BBC, he directed his first film, Down Terrace in 2009. From there he has gone from strength-to-strength with movies such as Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England and has two films scheduled for release in 2016; the disturbing adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston and the Scorsese producer, Free Fire, starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy. Ben will be visiting The Riverside to introduce a screening of one of his films and then we will be discussing his career on stage. Following the interview there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask him questions.

Other guests that I still hope to be able to persuade to attend for future evenings in 2016 include Ken Loach, Richard Curtis, Richard Aoyade, Carol Morley, Sarah Gavron and actor, Tom Hiddleston.

More detailed information regarding each event will appear on the cinema’s website and, needless to say, I will be promoting them on here too.

Thanks for reading and I hope some of you will be able to come along and enjoy the events!



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