Ghost Town: Coventry Industry – Thu 18 Oct

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Ghost Town: Coventry Industry (2018) | Thu 18 Oct | 60min loop throughout the day

Suggested Rating: U | Language: English

Venue: Herbert, Coventry


Ghost Town traces how Coventry’s history persists as ghostly traces in the television archive: glimpses of people, places, stories and snapshots that have been captured and preserved. Through a number of civic screenings (or hauntings) Ghost Town unleashes the city’s ghosts and brings past, present and future Coventry into dialogue in the lead up to the City Of Culture year in 2021.

We will be showing a showreel called ‘Coventry Industry’ produced by MACE in collaboration with the Ghost Town project team. This reel draws on MACE’s rich archive of local television programming to tell the story of industrial dispute in the city between the early 1960s and the early 1980s.




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Beyond The Frontlines – Sun 21 Oct

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Beyond The Frontlines (2017) | Sun 21 Oct | 8pm | 113mins

Suggested Rating: 12 | Language: English, English Subtitles, Arabic, French.

Venue: Mac, Birmingham

Screening + Panel with Director, Dr Samah Jabr, Dr Ghada Karmi – a leading Palestinian activist, academic and writer, Chaired by Dr Marwan Darweish – Coventry University.


Embark on a journey across Palestine alongside Palestinian psychiatrist (and heiress to anticolonial psychiatrist Dr. Frantz Fanon), Dr. Samah Jabr and discover the resistance and resilience of a people affected by the invisible wounds of war and occupation.
Dr Samah Jabr is a wise and thoughtful woman. She reflects on the subtle, devastating effect on Palestinian people of years of brutal occupation. Alexandra Dols’ film shares her insights with us, generous, humane and deeply disturbing.
Please watch this film.
Ken Loach.




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Island – Sun 21 Oct

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Island (2018) | Sat 21 Oct | 4pm | 90mins

Suggested Rating: 15 | Language: English

Venue: Mac, Birmingham

+ Post screening Q&A with Director Steven Eastwood, Dr Anne Locke – Palliative Care Consultant, Sharon Hudson – St Mary’s Hospice, Chaired by Dr Michele Aaron – Warwick University.


Filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight, Island is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying, portraying the transition away from personhood and observing the last days and hours of life and the moment of death.

I wanted to be witness to the moment of death, because i felt that this was taboo in our society. I wanted to ask, why is that taboo, given that death happens every day and is as natural an event as birth? – Steven Eastwood, Director of Island.





Tranny Fag – Sat 20 Oct

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Tranny Fag (2018) | Sat 20 Oct | 8pm | 76mins

Suggested Rating: 18 | Language: English

Venue: Mac, Birmingham

+ Post screening Q&A.


The screening contains strobe effects.


The rock documentary and political manifesto Tranny Fag depicts the life of Brazilian musician and spoken word artist Linn da Quebrada, a self-proclaimed ‘tranny fag’, who uses her body and music as weapons to fight machismo, transphobia, racism and conformity.

Winner of the Teddy documentary award at Berlinale 2018.






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Burning An Illusion – Sat 20 Oct

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Burning An Illusion (1981) | Sat 20 Oct | 3.00pm | 101mins

Suggested Rating: 15 | Language: English

Venue: Mac, Birmingham

Screening + Post screening Q&A with special guest and Star of the film, Cassie McFarlane, Dr Lisa Palmer (BCU), Pogus Caesar, Chaired by Roger Shannon.


Menelik Shabazz writes and directs this groundbreaking film about a young Black woman who has had enough of her job, her boyfriend and Thatcher’s Britain.


Shabazz neatly avoids trapping his main characters inside the bubbles…that suffocate most black figures in movies…nothing else quite like it has been made. – Ade Solanke, BFI Screenonline.



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Under The Wire – Sat 20 Oct

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Under The Wire (2018) | Sat 20 Oct | 12.30pm | 110mins

Suggested Rating: 15 | Language: English

Venue: Mac, Birmingham

+ Post screening Q&A + other special guests.


On 12 February 2012, two journalists entered war-ravaged Syria. One of them was celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin. The other was photographer, Paul Conroy. Their aim was to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army. Only one of them returned.

This feature length drama-documentary tells the epic story of what happened to Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy in Homs. One of the most dramatic stories yet to emerge from the Arab Spring, and the pivotal event in the tragedy of modern day Syria. A gripping account of bravery, heroism, and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming and horrific adversity.

The testimonies of those involved, woven together with never-before-seen archive footage and in the moment filming, goes deep into the intense, tragic drama of Conroy and Colvin’s journey into Homs and Conroy’s incredible escape from the city. A chilling, moment-by-moment, journey into the depths of hell.

Based on the book “Under the Wire” by Paul Conroy






No Place For A Rebel – Fri 19 Oct

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No Place For A Rebel (2017) | Fri 19 Oct | 6pm | 76mins

Suggested Rating: 15 | Language: Acholi, English, English Subtitles, Dutch

Venue: The Old Grammar School, Coventry

+ Post screening Q&A with the film Director’s – Aridne Asimakopoulos and Maartje Wegdam, Chaired by Solange Mouthaan + other special guests.


Opono grew up to become a war commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Now, he must fight for acceptance back home. The film shows Opono’s fight for his future, while struggling to come to terms with his past and to reconcile with his family. While Opono pursues a new career as a carpenter – he opens a shop and designs business cards – he attempts to reconnect with the people closest to him: his brother, his uncle and his best friend who used to be in the LRA with him. A daytrip to visit his mom painfully exposes how the scars of war also continue to divide them. One day Opono’s former comrade, LRA top commander Dominic Ongwen, is captured and taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ongwen is charged with seventy counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Questions of accountability start to dominate Opono’s thoughts. Suddenly he gets the opportunity to join the Ugandan army. Opono has to decide whether he will pick up his arms once again, this time to fight his former comrades.

No Place for a Rebel is an intimate account, a journey into Opono’s world, complicated by the trauma that comes as much from being silenced in the present as from a youth destroyed by violence. Yet above all, the film shows the courageous attempt of a human being to re-shape his fate


“The documentary No Place for a Rebel bears witness to the grim reality of former rebels who try to break the mold after their return to civil society. In a conflict we prefer to draw a clear line between victims and perpetrators so we can hold those who are responsible accountable. The reality however is much more complex. This film explores what it is to be a survivor in a place where you don’t know the codes and conventions. Where your neighbors fear you as they have suffered from your violence. Where the people who became your friends and family remain in the bush fighting.” – MAARTJE WEGDAM & ARIADNE ASIMAKOPOULOS.





Performance – Fri 19 Oct

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Performance (1970) | Fri 19 Oct | 3pm | 105mins

Suggested Rating: 12 | Language: English

Venue: Herbert, Coventry

+ Post screening with special guests.


Influenced by Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966) and the films of Alain Resnais, Performance introduced the fractured storytelling and editing style of cinematographer-turned-director Nicolas Roeg. Co-director and screenwriter Donald Cammell can be credited for the mind-bending, debauched tone, which so outraged Warner Bros that the studio shelved the film for two years. The use of colour is extraordinarily vivid, while the soundtrack incorporates Jack Nitzsche’s unnerving score alongside songs that include Jagger’s Memo from Turner.

Donald Cammell directed only three more features before his death in 1996. Sexy Beast (2000), also featuring James Fox, stands out among many films influenced by Performance.

‘Perhaps the last genuinely exotic fruit produced by the bizarre mutations of British society in the 1960s.’
Alexander Walker, Hollywood England: The British Film Industry in the Sixties, 1986

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Warner Bros.



A Northern Soul – Thu 18 Oct

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A Northern Soul (2018) | Thu 18 Oct | 8pm | 76mins

Suggested Rating: PG | Language: English

Venue: Old Grammar School, Coventry

+ Post screening Q&A with Director Sean McAllister and Chaired by Paul Long (Professor of Media & Cultural History at BCU) & other special guests.



Sean McAllister returns to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its’ UK City of Culture opening. Drawn to the fringes of town he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a dream.


“★★★★ A great work of radical empathy” – The Guardian.





What Is Democracy – Wed 17 Oct

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What Is Democracy (2018) | Wed 17 Oct | 8pm | 106mins

Suggested Rating: 12 | Language: English, English Subtitles

Venue: mac Birmingham

+ Post screening Q&A with Director Astra Taylor and Chaired by Steve Hewitt (Political Historian, Birmingham University) & other special guests + Reception @ 7:00pm.


Featuring a diverse cast, including celebrated philosophers, trauma surgeons, factory workers, refugees, and politician, What Is Democracy? connects past and present, emotion and the intellect, the personal and the political, to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.


A searing analysis of who’s really in control. – Charlie Phillips, The Guardian.