Tyneside Cinema Blog

Reel Recommendations: Dreams of Documentary and the Documentaries that Dream

23 June 2022
David Spittle

The quiet and unglamourous rhythms of daily life suddenly attain a dream-like significance: birds silhouetted in a tree at evening, the play of light on a river’s surface, a man listening intently by an open window.

In her extraordinary debut feature, Faya Dayi, Mexican-Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir conjures a vision that rests between documentary and dream. Following the hypnotic cross-currents of the mythic and spiritual in everyday life, the film drifts through the Ethiopian city of Harar to explore the mystic rituals surrounding the khat plant, a euphoric stimulant that connects ancient traditions to the contemporary economics of a lucrative export. Neither a film about drug culture or a nostalgic ode to her hometown, Faya Dayi instead provides the rare insight of a documentary that transcends its form, conjuring a deeply felt work of investigation as ambient poetry.

Reel Recommendations: Vampyr

16 May 2022
David Spittle

Out from under the hypnotic shadows of Carl Dreyer's foray into the fanged - less a Vampire film and more a haunting metaphysical study lingering in the half-light of someone else's dream - we are launching another voyage for Reel Recommendations. Join us as we recommend five films to explore alongside Dreyer's misunderstood classic, Vampyr: a profoundly spiritual film that continues to mesmerize and unsettle audiences today... Vampyr is currently screening at Tyneside Cinema - click here to book tickets.

REEL RECOMMENDATIONS: COMPARTMENT NO. 6

5 April 2022
David Spittle

From 1896 to 2022, we are following the tracks to suggest 5 train-related films to accompany the release of Compartment No. 6 (dir. Juho Kuosmanen). Kuosmanen previously directed the warm-hearted comedy The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) and in Compartment No. 6 once again demonstrates a compassionately humanist vision in which unfolding relationships are realised with kind and observational subtlety. Over the imagined tannoy of cinema history, what departures, links and arrivals should be made to map the luminous rails of film?

Melting Pot – Limehouse Boxing Academy

4 April 2022
Alex Ayre

Tyneside Cinema worked with a group of teenage boxers from London's East End to produce a documentary that chronicled the history of boxing and immigration in their area. This project, which was five years in the making, was helmed by Lead Filmmaker Alex Ayre from our Learning team, who tells us about the challenges and rewards of such an ambitious endeavour.

Introducing Japanese Cinema: PART 2

11 March 2022
Andrew Simpson

Part II of this guide to Japanese cinema presents a watchlist of personal favourites - Symbol, Tampopo, United Red Army and The Shape of the Night have, in very different ways, provided some of the greatest cinema experiences of my life – as well as what I hope will offer a bit of a counterpoint to David’s excellent list from a couple of weeks ago. We hope you watch as many of these astonishing films as you can, and don’t miss the chance to see the likes of Drive My Car or The Hunter’s Diary on 35mm at Tyneside Cinema in the coming weeks.

To book tickets for films in our Japanese season, click here!

Introducing Japanese Cinema: PART 1

25 February 2022
David Spittle

Sit down, relax and enjoy a slow perusal of the followings lists; an attempt to bring a slow-cinema vibe to the innately ‘fast’ read. Perhaps another side to the ‘list’, beyond the tyranny of canon-formation or a kind of box-ticking athletics of viewing-time, such collections can also become cherished maps (or divisive provocations of taste) to return to, contest, follow, or diverge from…either way, we hope you enjoy our current season of Japanese Cinema!

THE ARTIST FILM ACADEMY

22 February 2022
Taryn Edmonds

Back in October 2021, we were joined by 12 enthusiastic young people, keen to learn new skills and make their own short films. This was the start of the Artist Film Academy, one of our annual free academies run by the Learning & Participation Team for young people between 15-19 years old, and our first in-person learning activity since the start of the pandemic!

The Mirror of Cinema: Autobiography & Autofiction in film – Part 2

15 February 2022
Patrick Newton

In celebration of the release of The Souvenir Part II, and director Joanna Hogg's visit to Tyneside Cinema last week, we shine a spotlight on filmmakers who ingeniously drew upon their own experience to inform their astonishing work, deftly blurring the line between candid autobiography and absorbing fiction.

The Mirror of Cinema: Autobiography & Autofiction in film - Part 2 delves into Paolo Sorrentino's evocative time-capsule, The Hand of God, Lana Wachowski's mind-bending The Matrix: Resurrections and of course, Joanna Hogg's exquisite latest work, The Souvenir Part II.

Independent Miss Craigie: the life and career of one of the first British female filmmakers

10 February 2022
Lizzie Thynne

Jill Craigie (1911 – 99) was better known in later life as the wife of Michael Foot, the Labour leader who contested Margaret Thatcher’s bid for a second term in 1983. Yet, she had a remarkable earlier career as one of the few women to break into film directing in the 1940s. A new documentary by Lizzie Thynne, Independent Miss Craigie, uncovers her struggles to get her radical films produced and distributed, highlighting the obstacles she encountered and the opportunities she seized to use the cinema to campaign for a ‘Better Britain’ after World War 2.  

Independent Miss Craigie comes to Tyneside Cinema Sat 12 February and we are delighted to welcome director Lizzie Thynne for a live Q&A following the screening - to find out more click here!

The Mirror of Cinema: Autobiography & Autofiction in film – Part 1

8 February 2022
David Spittle

In celebration of the release of The Souvenir Part II, and director Joanna Hogg's visit to Tyneside Cinema, we shine a spotlight on filmmakers who ingeniously drew upon their own experience to inform their astonishing work, deftly blurring the line between candid autobiography and absorbing fiction.

The Mirror of Cinema: Autobiography & Autofiction in film - Part 1 takes a look at the bewildering world of Canadian visionary Guy Maddin’s ‘Me Trilogy’.

Reel Recommendations: Cow

13 January 2022
David Spittle

Any Andrea Arnold film is an occasion for celebration, from her astonishing debut Red Road (2006) and the lyrical grit of Fish Tank (2009) through to her unique adaptation of Wuthering Heights (2011) and the expansive vision of American Honey (2016), she has carved out one of the most exciting filmographies in recent British filmmaking. On hearing of her latest bovine venture, Reel Recommendations felt it a duty, nay honour, to suggest some further cinematic trips of animalistic relevance. Interestingly, Arnold began her career with short films that also turned to monosyllabic animal titles (Dog in 2001 and Wasp, 2003) after beginning with the equally apt Milk (1998). Cow is Arnold’s first documentary and through its plunging mud, clamping machinery and open skies a sensorial and empathetic portrait of life emerges: the life of a cow. These following film recommendations similarly approach animal intelligence and emotion, or our relationship with animals and, in the space of wordless observation, a more fundamental eloquence.



TITANE – THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY

21 December 2021
Bobby Charlton

In celebration of the release of Julia Ducournau's Palme d'Or winning Titane, Tyneside Cinema's own Bobby Charlton delves into the history of the New French Extremity, an often overlooked movement in horror cinema with which Ducournau's film shares many affinities, introducing Tyneside Cinema goers to some twisted standouts that are not to be missed...

Tyneside Cinema at BFI London Film Festival

17 December 2021
Andrew Simpson, Patrick Newton & Tanya Charteris-Black

The London Film Festival is the UK’s largest film festival, showcasing the best new independent films from around the world each October. Screening many of the works that will be winning major awards over the next few months, as well as presenting an exclusive selection of films from the festival to audiences in Newcastle at Tyneside Cinema, our programming team attended the LFF in order to find out which films will be an essential watch for our audience over the next few months. Andrew, Patrick, and Tanya have selected fifteen films from the festival below that are not to be missed.

Reel Recommendations: Lamb & The Lost Daughter

8 December 2021
David Spittle

With two new films to look forward to, and after the success of Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman (an exquisite dream of time and maternity suspended in the forests of childhood play), we wanted to take this opportunity to honour the cinematic imagination of motherhood. There are many famous examples of mothers and/or maternity in the history of cinema: from the pioneering mother of cinema itself, Alice Guy Blanché (1873 – 1963), thought to be the first woman to ever direct a film; and onwards, ranging from the sequined subtlety of ABBA to Abbas Kiarostami, we will voyage through familial film in pursuit of the Cinematic Mother. To get you prepared for Lamb and the Lost Daughter, Reel Recommendations is going to suggest five other vital films that address the role(s) of motherhood. But first, an extra Christmas helping of contextual Cinematernity…

Reel Recommendations: Bull

22 November 2021
David Spittle

As part of a new, ongoing series for the Tyneside Cinema website, we're taking inspiration from one of our favourite new releases each month to bring you five handpicked film recommendations. An introduction to the tone and key themes of an exciting new cinematic work, use this as a primer for your upcoming cinema trip, or if you’ve already seen the film in question, use Reel Recommendations as inspiration for your own mini film festival.

Choriza May Visits Tyneside Cinema

19 November 2021
Patrick

Rupaul's Drag Race Uk's Choriza May, popped in to use our beautiful Classic cinema screen as the backdrop for her Pedro Almodóvar inspired photoshoot. Being huge Almodóvar fans ourselves and also keen on Drag Race, we took the opportunity to have a chat with the spiciest drag queen in Newcastle.

Northumbrian Eggs

29 July 2021
Esther Doyle

Our sous chef for the Tyneside Bar Cafe kitchen has designed a brilliant new menu with a focus on locally sourced, organic produce with an aim to give back to our North East community. We chatted with Andy, who is also a part of our Tyneside Bar Cafe team, about his lockdown story and his involvement with Northumbrian Free Range Eggs, who supply our fantastic fresh eggs.

YMCA Urban Mushrooms

13 July 2021
Emily Wright

Our sous chef for the Tyneside Bar Cafe kitchen has designed a brilliant new menu with a focus on locally sourced, organic produce with an aim to give back to our North East community. We met up with the lovely guys who supply our wonderful mushrooms and had a chat to find out all about their company - the fabulous YMCA Urban Mushrooms!

Lockdown Viewing: Private Life

9 February 2021
Andrew Simpson

Fans of warm, funny, grown up drama shouldn't miss Tamara Jenkin's wonderful 2018 film Private Life, about a New York couple desperately trying for a baby...

Lockdown viewing: Kaili Blues

9 February 2021
Andrew Simpson

If you caught the brilliant Chinese noir Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Tyneside Cinema last year, why not watch director Bi Gan's impressive debut feature, available on Amazon Prime now...

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