Film Festival

We’re going to fill Room 41 with mattresses and beanbags, close all the curtains, and feed our guests free popcorn all weekend as we show the weirdest, rarest and best in geek cinema from across the globe. See you there!


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.


13.30 - 14.45
The Nine Worlds Film Festival Shorts Showcase: Part One

The first session of screenings for our officially selected shorts, submitted from all over the world. This session features dystopias, robots, paranoia, bad hair days and badly run geek conventions – oh my!

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 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.


1000 – 1115
The Nine Worlds Film Festival Shorts Showcase: Part Two

The second session of screenings for our officially selected shorts, submitted from all over the world. This session is the one with the sex, violence and juicy stuff – exploding heads, sexbots, phone sex, Freddie off of Angel saying naughty swears and a couple of board games.

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 – 20.45
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.

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.

22:30 - 23.30: 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.

00:00 – 02:00
Midnight Movie: Army Of Frankensteins (Dir. Ryan Bellgardt 108mins)

After being kidnapped by a mad scientist and his boy genius assistant, a young man accidentally ruptures space and time, manifesting multiple Frankensteins from parallel universes. They are all thrust back to the time of the 19th century, directly into the heart of a bloody battle between the North and the South. History will never be the same.
tbc, but as ever, we promise sex, violence and crummy fx; all done in the best possible taste


1000 – 1115
The Nine Worlds Film Festival Shorts Showcase: Part Three

The final session of screenings for our officially selected shorts, submitted from all over the world. This session is full of nice things, child-friendly things and people generally being nice to each other – featuring playgrounds, aliens, fantasy kingdoms and a couple of secrets of the universe.

1145 – 1300
Morning 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!

1330 - 1500
Film Screening: SOS: Save Our Skins (Dir. Kent Sobey, 84m mins)

SOS: Save Our Skins is the story of two men, Ben and Stephen, who wake up one morning to find that the human race has disappeared. As they explore the seemingly empty world before them, Ben (lazy,deceitful,stupid) and Stephen (well-meaning,hardworking, stupid) at first celebrate the freedom of being the only two humans left on Earth. But this joy turns to boredom and bickering, and then outright fear as they begin to find other forms of life wandering about the desolate planet- and not all of it friendly.

1700 – 1815
Evening Of The Trailers
- join us to see 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.

1845 – 2000 - join us at the bar!


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