Countdown to Nine Worlds Geekfest: Film Festival

We are now only weeks away from Nine Worlds 2014 and with such amazing feedback on last years event it was a near given that it would be back for it’s 2nd year. This time the organisers have amped up the tracks and as we countdown closer to the event we spoke to various track leaders to hear about what is going on at Nine Worlds Geekfest. This time it is the fine folks behind the Film Festival / Track.

The film festival was a fan favourite last year so what is in store this year?

The Film Festival, headed by Andrew Clarke, provides a fun and chilled respite from the hectic schedule of the con, providing screenings, quizzes, talks and workshops, all revolving around genre film-making.

In 2013 the film track boasted both Kirkioke – karaoke but in the style of William Shatner – and Kazooioke – karaoke but with kazoos. There was a film-making competition, workshops with fan-film makers, midnight screenings and special curated sessions from some of London’s leading film clubs such as Cigarette Burns Cinema, Night of the Trailers and The Duke Mitchell Film Club – and all in an area covered in mattresses and bean bags to make the room as comfortable as possible.

“In 2014, the Film Festival will introduce further unique content, bringing even more of the film community of England together for the guests of Nine Worlds, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge of genre film,” said Andrew Clarke.

And free popcorn.

Sounds great right? Well we managed to get some words from track organiser Andrew Clarke to find out more.

Geek Syndicate:  The film track had some crazy stuff going on last year. Tell us how it went and what did you learn from it?

Andrew Clarke: Ha! I prefer the term ‘cognitively free’ thank you! 🙂 The track was a huge success last year, with full rooms for many sessions of some fairly unique content. A lot of it was guesswork for our first year, but I made all my decisions based on the ideas of ‘discovery’ and ‘sharing’ – the cornerstones of all great geek activity.

As an example we did a film quiz that involved as little knowledge of film as possible, preferring rounds like Kirkioke (karaoke, but in the style of William Shatner). Instead of a boring quizmaster talking to his class, everyone was performing themselves, and the atmosphere was great. Also we gave out around 100 prizes, which maybe helped.

We screened some of the best fanfilms around and brought in the film-makers themselves for a workshop on how to make films at this level so as to share real practical expertise with our attendees.

I brought in some of the best London film clubs to screen some incredible but, importantly, unknown genre classics. While I love Rocky Horror, everyone has seen it, and I wanted this Film Fest to be full of discoveries. The Duke Mitchell and Cigarette Burns Cinema came through with aces for us like The Three Headed Monster (ninjas vs magic ginseng roots) and Strangers In Paradise (mind-controlling time-travelling Nazis musical from the 80s).

I guess ‘lazing about’ might be the other cornerstone of all good geek activity, so I made sure to clear out all the chairs and fill the room with mattresses and beanbags. The Film Festival room became the unofficial chill-out room for the Convention.

Pretty much, It went pretty well!

GS: This seems like it will be just as crazy so what have you got planned?

AC: Firstly, free popcorn for every screening.

The film quiz will return with Kirkioke, Kazooioke, some all new rounds and, if anyone lets me, the Human Centipede Drinking Game.

We’ll have the incredible interactive film/theatre event ‘Choose Your Own Documentary’ where, using remote controls, the audience gets to decide what actually happens. It is based on the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books and tells the -true- story of how the host found a secret diary in a Choose Your Own Adventure book he bought off E-Bay, and decided to try and track the writer of the diary down, so he could give the book back. The show is just back from Tribeca and about to scoot off to Edinburgh and we are amazingly lucky to have them.

I am incredibly excited to have a session called ‘Queer Eye For The Dead Guy’, which is about the secret queer history of horror movies. The talk will range from The Bride Of Frankenstein to Vampire Lezploitation, which I believe covers Everything That Is Good In Movies. Hosting will be Michael Blyth of The BFI, and we’ll be following it up with a screening of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

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Following that up will be a great panel about The Bechdel Test, which aims to be an awesome talk about what’s bad, what’s good and what’s getting better about women in movies. This will be chaired by the Wotever Film Festivals Tara G And will be followed up by the awesome but already sadly forgotten movie Hanna.

We’ll have all-night film parties, midnight movies, screenings of the best submitted shorts, and hopefully a UK premiere or two.

We’re going to be busy, but that’s OK, because the mattresses and beanbags are back too.

 

GS: The Duke Mitchell Film Club looks like a lot of fun. How hard has been to get all of that organised and why should be attend the sessions?

AC: The Duke Mitchell, and their sister organisation, Night Of The Trailers, are true gems of the London film scene. You know those films and trailers that suddenly go viral – some unknown film suddenly everyone hails as a cult classic, or a so-bad-it’s-good ‘classic’? Someone has to go to the coalface of world cinema and dig them up, and these guys are it. They’ll bid on unmarked Japanese VHSs on E-Bay just for the thrill of finding out what’s on them. They’ll search through 1000s of Hungarian crime films in the hope of finding a lost gem (they did: and they made the trailer themselves as the film did not have one).

What is especially wonderful about them is that there is no irony here. The movies vary greatly in quality of course, but every film shown is shown out of genuine love for it, and that’s so much more joyful than watching stuff ironically, right?

I invited them to Nine Worlds last year and they found such a welcoming and open-minded crowd that they leapt at the chance to return again (also they ruled at Rock Club). Really, it was the incredible atmosphere at Nine Worlds that made them so eager to come back. All I had to do was ask them. it was easy!

This time they bring us an all-night movie party that they promise won’t stop until the last person falls. The content is entirely a secret but it will involve an hour of music from the incredible DeathWaltzRecords.

If you want to see the funniest, weirdest, most joyful and most wonderfully unlikely films, shorts, trailers and music videos in the world – with a guarantee you will see films, even whole genres, you never knew existed – The Duke Mitchell and Night Of The Trailers is the place to be.

GS: Why do you think Nine Worlds has become so popular in such a short space of time?

AC: The organisers of Nine Worlds made the convention they wanted to be at, and worked really hard to make the most inclusive, open, reactive and safe environment for everyone to share their geekiness without worrying about anything else, and such an environment is still so sadly lacking in far too much of our modern culture. That lovely atmosphere, combined with the AMAZING organisational effort from the whole team that made the Convention just WORK, is why I was so excited to be involved again.

I, of course, cannot speak for anyone else. I am going to assume it is all down to my free popcorn.

GS: Finally what are you looking forward to the most at Nine Worlds?

AC: I’m looking forwards to the atmosphere, the friendliness, and for the sense of discovery. I saw so many strange and wonderful things last year and learnt so much about so much I did not even know existed that it is those things I do not even realise I am looking forward to that I am most excited about. Bring on the 8th August!

Thank you Andrew

Now in case you wanted to know what Andrew is talking about check out the below trailer and then see the schedule underneath.

 

FILM FESTIVAL TIMETABLE

Thursday
Welcome Games and Vids – with the Fanfic track
7pm – 10pm
Join us for a relaxed evening of games and fanvids. We’ll be kickstarting the socialising and inspiring stories by setting up games of Slash: Romance Without Boundaries, Dixit and LeCardo. We’ll also be showing some favourite fanvids.

Midnight Movie: The Final Programme (1973 Robert Fuest)
Midnight til late
Imagine Doctor Who mixed with James Bond mixed with Dorian Grey and made by film-makers who tripped and got the script pages mixed up. Imagine A Clockwork Orange made by the people behind the Diana Rigg Avengers. Based on a novel by Alan Moore’s spiritual godfather, and featuring secret agents, drugs, violence, several ends of the world, ginger lesbian vampires and more, The Last Programme is all kinds of wonderful.

Friday
1515- 1630
Whedon Vs Tropes – a look at genre rules and genre disruption through cult classic ‘The Cabin In The Woods’ (in association with the Whedon Track)
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods emerged from development hell and right into cult movie status. In this talk, Ed Boff has a look at the film’s place in the creators’ canons, why it works so well as a horror deconstruction, and how it reflects the state of the genre.
“Ed Boff is a self-taught critic and columnist with FilmJuice.com and Sci-Fi-London.”

1845 – 2000
Choose Your Own Documentary – a forgotten diary falls out of an old book. What would you do?

Join Nathan Penlington and a team of filmmakers as they embark on an epic and emotional quest to find the author of the diary and unravel the mystery of its pages. A true story of obsession, childhood sweethearts, friendship, loss and adventure. But there is a twist. You, the audience, decide Nathan’s fate by using remote controls. With over 1,500 paths and multiple endings, his destiny is in your hands. Choose wisely.

Nathan Penlington is a magician, comedian and writer who makes shows, books and other things about his various obsessions, including Choose Your Own Adventure Books, Uri Geller and Richard Brautigan. Choose Your Own Documentary has played Edinburgh, Tribeca and The West End, to huge acclaim.

21:30 – ???
The Duke Mitchell All-Nighter – they won’t stop til the last person falls!

After a hugely successful Geekfest appearance in 2013, the greatest film club in London asked to take over the film festival for an entire night, and we agreed! Shorts, trailers, ads, cartoons, quizzes, prizes, music from Deathwaltz records, and much, much more: The Duke promise to keep you up all night with incredible cinema you will never have seen before. They even made a trailer for us!

The Duke Mitchell Film Club has been running in London for over six years, sharing their love for discovering and screening incredible, rare and forgotten films from all over the world.

Saturday
1000 – 1115
The Nine Worlds Film Festival Shorts Showcase, Part One
A session showing the very best SFF shorts submitted to us from around the world. You can still submit to the festival here!

1145 – 1300
Queer Eye For The Dead Guy – the secret queer history of the horror genre

In collaboration with the Queer Track, Micheal Blyth presents a revisionist history of horror through a queer lens. Lavishly illustrated throughout with clips and images, he’ll explore everything from the glorious camp excesses of 1930s monster movies to the homoerotic romps of the 1980s and beyond. Looking at the horror films as Aids metaphor, interrogating the unsettling demonisation of the transgendered body in the genre, and, of course, taking in a spot of vampiric lezploitation along the way, we’ll see how this often reviled genre has allowed filmmakers to explore radical ideas and taboos, and revel in the queerest of polymorphous desires and perversions. The discussion will be followed by a screening of “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2”.

Michael Blyth is a film programmer for both the BFI London Film Festival and the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. He also contributes to various print and online publications, specialising in queer cinema and the horror genre.

1330 – 1500
Screening – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) Dir. Jack Sholder

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world. Contains violence, towel whippings, exploding budgies and a nice ginger lady – all the good stuff.

1700 – 1815
The Bechdel Film Test: Pros, Cons and Beyond Analysis – a look at the perennially controversial test

The Bechdel Test asks if a film has two women characters in it that talk to each other about something other than a man. It represents an absolute minimum standard for portrayals of women in film, and it is a test that is failed by a majority of films. Formulated back in 1985, it remains a controversial and often misunderstood test to this day and, as such, it remains vital and relevant.

In collaboration with the Geek Feminism Track, Tara B of the Wotever Festival facilitates a panel discussion about the good and bad of the Bechdel test – the academic and activist, the tests that followed, and the cascade of amazing progressive film making that’s still forthcoming. The panel discussion will be followed by a screening of ‘Hanna’ – a film that passes both the Bechdel and Mako Mori tests.

1845 – 20.00
Screening: Hanna (2011) Dir. Joe Wright

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. Some kids dream of falling in love with vampires. Others dream of being kickass special agent killers. This is the film for the latter.

20.00 – 21.00: the Film Festival Film Quiz
The very worst things about quizzes is having to know stuff, so we promise that this film quiz will require as little knowledge of films as possible. We may even mark down correct answers. Rounds will include Kirkioke (Karaoke in the style of Wiliam Shatner) and Kazooioke (karaoke with kazoos) and as many other silly things as we can think of. Prizes for everyone, GUARANTEED.

21:00 – 22:30
The Duke Mitchell Film Club – shorts, trailers and surprises with The Duke Mitchell Boys

Bringing the very best in films, shorts, B-Movie trailers, exploitation soundtracks and more to your Saturday night, the best film club in London share with us the obscure and incredible cinematic finds they have discovered over the last year.

00:00 – 02:00
Midnight Movie
tbc, but as ever, we promise sex, violence and crummy fx; all done in the best possible taste

Sunday
1000 – 1115
The Nine Worlds Film Festival Shorts Showcase Part Two
A session showing the very best SFF shorts submitted to us from around the world. You can still submit to the festival here!

1145 – 1300
Morning Of The Trailers – the strangest, rarest and most awesome trailers

You know how some weird, forgotten films go viral all of a sudden? Well: someone has to go and find them in the first place, digging away at the coalface of world cinema to find the gems. Night Of The Trailers are those people: bidding on random unmarked VHSs on Ebay, just to see what is on them. In this session, they will share some of the incredible library of trailers they have amassed. You are guaranteed to see things you have never seen, and quite possibly things you never should.

Night Of The Trailers are one of London’s leading film clubs, putting on unique nights at venues including the Prince Charles Cinema and the Roxy Bar & Screen.

1330 – 1445
Second Chance To See
Miss a film this weekend? The audience chooses which one we will screen.

1700 – 1815
Evening Of The Trailers – The Duck Video Mix – the strangest, rarest and most awesome trailers.
One year in the making, Night Of The Trailers presents: The Duck Video Mix, a 60-minute trip into the outer reaches of your imagination. This audio visual assault is made up of some of the strangest footage you’ll ever see, expect: music videos, weird clips, found footage, adverts and strangely only one incredible trailer, all cut together into a non-stop blistering mixtape. Your eyes and ears are going to take a beating if you make it all the way through this one. Get ready as we’ll be playing this mix very loud!

1845 – 2000 – join us at the bar!

SOURCE: Nine Worlds

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