August Folk East – Kinodrome

Eastfolk Kinodrome film programme for 2019. For Eastfolk Chronicle.

What is the Kinodrome? For those who don’t know, it’s a pop-up cinema, housed in a dark green vintage army catering tent, showing films for all ages from 10 in the morning till 10 at night from Thursday to Sunday of FolkEast. It’s called after the Carrebar Kinodrome in Kessingland, a wooden cinema that was demolished in the ’70s. Kinodrome 2019 will kick off every morning as usual with very popular cartoon films for children, followed by an almost continuous programme of archive and contemporary films. We specialise in films by and about the 
people of Suffolk, and East Anglia in general. Wherever possible we get the film-makers to introduce their work, so you will have the chance to get into conversation with them.
Highlight of the programme will be two showings on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the new feature film Stanley’s War, introduced by the director Tim Curtis, if available. It’s about World War 1, based on archive material, and set around Ramsholt, with some scenes shot here at Glemham Hall. Other archive films include Victorian Winter Song about farming through the seasons, by Paul Hiney; North Sea, a semi-documentary/drama from 1938 by Harry Watt, about fishermen lost at sea; It’s a Man’s World, a training film for Lowestoft fishing apprentices; and General Repair, a fascinating film for the mechanically minded showing an LMS railway engine being stripped down and rebuilt; plus other celluloid treasures.
Among the contemporary films we will show:
* An affectionate retrospective of the work of the late Ron Fuller – much loved Laxfield toy-maker – to include Paul Fitzgerald’s For the Love of It shortie and an extract from the legendary Ride of Life film;
* A selection of Paul’s other For The Love of It films about Suffolk characters;
* The I Made This première at 4pm on Sunday, of animation made by children during FolkEast;
* Dean Parkin’s Suffolk Heart – 9 short films including Pearls from the Grit
* A film about the Suffolk dance animateur Scilla Dyke, whose work in the ’80s led to the creation of Dance East and the Dance House in Ipswich, by Mel Horwood for the Laban Guild. 
* Blue from Heaven, an animation of poems and paintings by Stevie Smith, voiced by Glenda Jackson, by Suzie Hanna Chair of Animation Education at NUA. 
* A programme of environmental films made by Forkbeard Fantasy/Tim Britton (famed for their performances at the Suffolk and Norfolk Fairs in 70s/80s), including Night of the Gnat filmed in Norfolk and featuring lighting by our very own John Marshall Potter, and their more recent animated films which have been touring festivals to great claim all over the world – The Carbon Weevils, the story of our hopefully fading love of fossil fuels, The Drip about the natural water cycle, with a look at the dark side, including plastics, and The Leak – a hilarious fantasy about what happens when you leave the tap dripping…
* We are delighted also to be showing “Protest!” by Suffolk Artlink’s Jumpstart group. 
*The Lower Depths by Mike Ellis, based on a Gorky short story and set in Lowestoft with music by local band Murphy’s Lore
* Two films by NUA student Simon Nunn – Eyes of Mine, about Norfolk variety performer Johnny Modge Chancellor, and The Inland Sea, about the ambiguous emotions aroused by domestic abuse (nominated for best narrative at Hong Kong film festival).
* Three short quirky student films from the BFI Film Academy for Norfolk and Suffolk; Picnic Panic, The Corridor, and Blessed, and from the alumni group, Walk of Shame by Maisie Buck.
* A new film by environmental artist film-maker Jayne Ivimey – Because I am Part of This – about how the erosion of the cliffs of Happisburgh has affected the life of a cliff top resident
* Currently in production, and we hope to be ready in time is The Dark Heart of Dunwich, a puppet film for the Suffolk Record Office Land and Shore project, by Debra Hyatt and Meg Amsden, with original music by Mim Barnes/Tin River.
* Last but not least (not from East Anglia, but with a folk subject), we have The Hooden Horse by James Frost, filmed at Whitstable May Day Parade, from the inside of the horse!
Come in out of the weather – rain, sun, or wind – and relax with some classy movies. We look forward to meeting you in the Kinodrome!

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