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New Cinema Takes Over a Gallery Space in Peckham

Date posted: 16.04.2014

Peckham gallery Arcadia_Missa will be filled with film this spring, thanks to Cinema6, an initiative supported by Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme. The six-week screening programme kicks off at nearby Peckham Plex on 24 April with Born in Flames, billed as a "classic of an under populated genre of cinema: Marxist, Feminist, lesbian Sci-Fi".

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Establishing a home for alternative cinema

A pilot project aiming to test the feasibility of a permanent home for alternative and community film in the area, Cinema6 aspires to not only find an audience for an increased breadth of film, but to reach out to a dedicated community of contributors and programmers who will be able to continue the initiative beyond the pilot.

Watch for free

The first screening at Arcadia_Missa is a free introduction to the 'Watching Community/Watching Communally' season of Sunday double bills developed by programming collective Screen Shadows.

The season starts on 27 April with Dimitri Kirsanoff's 38-minute film MĂ©nilmontant, plus live accompaniment from Circuit Breaker, followed by Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success.  

Drawing on a century of film history, the strand seeks to explore cinema's changing relationship to the communities it serves and depicts.

The six week programme

Other events include:

  • Parminder Vir introducing her film Algeria: Women at War
  • An evening of new artists moving image works by 18 local artists 
  • Food for thought: short films on food and community action, organised by community organisation The HOurBank.  

The full six weeks will include programming by 19plus, Transition Town Peckham and Full Unemployment Cinema.

Southwark Youth Council has chosen films for local young people to be shown during May half term and Superlative TV will premier their short documentary following the rehearsals and performance of the Peckham Chamber Orchestra. 

Apart from the initial free screenings, all further screenings will cost £3.00

The partners

  • Cinema6 is being hosted by Arcadia Missa, a gallery, studios and publishers
  • Screen Shadows is a loose group of film programmers who find new paths through the history of the moving image, using a common theme to bring together seasons of disparate films. Watching Community has been devised by John Bloomfield and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe
  • Algeria: Women at War has been programmed by writer and film curator Basia Lewandowska Cummings and is part of series of screenings looking at translation in film.  
  • The HOurBank is a timebank in Southwark helping people to exchange their skills with one another - 
  • 19plus is a collective of practising artists and learning diverse adults 

About the Community Screen Scheme

The Community Screen Scheme is a Film Hub London initiative encouraging Members to develop community programming initiatives which aim to reach new or underserved audiences in their local area.

Committed to expanding the film culture offer across the whole of London and growing film audiences, Film Hub London is part of the UK-wide BFI Film Audience Network.

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