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Day of the Dead takes Shoreditch by storm

Date posted: 04.11.2013

This weekend Londoners in search of a thrill headed to Rich Mix for the Day of the Dead weekender - two days of screenings, face painting and performance. The first London event organised as part of BFI Film Audience Network, it is a taste of things to come from Film Hub London, led by Film London. 

Kicking off with a late night showing of Guillermo del Torro's contemporary classic The Devil's Backbone, the weekend celebrated Mexican gothic in all its glory.

Faces painted, the audience at the Day of the Dead Weekender get ready for a screening © Alastair Johnstone

Decked out in papier mâché skeletons, oversized puppets and paper streamers, on Saturday the cinema was packed with people ready to get their faces painted before settling down to a screening of Mexican zombie classic, The Black Pit of Dr M (Misterios de Ultratumba).

After the screening, the G-Bop Orchestra and Voodoo Love Orchestra, provided the soundtrack to an evening of dancing offering a twist on traditional Day of the Dead dance. There were theatre performances with Mandinga Arts Project and Critical Masquerade and DJs Cal Jader (Movimientos) played back to back with Oscar Arroyo (Chilango) to keep the dancing going until the early hours.

The audience at the Day of the Dead Weekender get dancing with some oversized puppets. © Alastair Johnstone

About the Weekender

Supported by Film London through the BFI Film Audience Network as one of the first activities of the fledgling Film Hub London, this event was organised by De Skalon Public Relations in partnership with Movimentos.

The Day of the Dead weekender was part of the nationwide BFI blockbuster project, GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film. Other gothic events supported by Film Hub London include:

  • The Haunted Childhood All Nighter presented by De Skalon PR in partnership with The Lost Picture Show, brings spine-chilling international horror to an eerie London location.
  • In January the Schools’ Gothic programme developed by Picturehouse Education will centre on Gothic titles La Belle et La Bete (1946), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Woman in Black (2012) and Wuthering Heights (2011) producing interactive introductions and comprehensive resource packs for each. 
  • Over Valentine’s weekend The New Black’s Thriller Weekender will bring Flash Mobs, haunting Double-bills, midnight screenings and seminars to the Stratford Cultural Quarter. 
  • The London Comedy Film Festival’s LOCO Go Gothic presents Gothic comedy alongside LOCO School of Slapstick workshops for kids during the February 2014 half term.

Find out more about the BFI Gothic season

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