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When LOCO went Gothic: Half-term horror for all ages

Date posted: 26.02.2014

You might think that laughter and fear are strange bedfellows, but last week the funny people at LOCO proved otherwise. They teamed up with The Lost Pictureshow for three days of screenings, workshops and events - supported by Film Hub London and part of the BFI Gothic season.

Each day started with a Spooky Slapstick workshop for children aged 8-12, who were then joined by their parents for a family screening before things got really scary with films for adults in the evening.

See the full programme

Slapstick gets spooky    

From 18-20 February, LOCO ran a spine-chilling version of their celebrated School of Slapstick - teaching participants the tricks and techniques of silent comedy, with a supernatural twist. 

At the workshop on 18 February they teamed up with the Afasic Youth Project, an organisation for young people aged 11-19 who are affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication impairments.

The sessions on 19 and 20 February were open to all and LOCO teamed up with Hackney Ark and Hackney Key, to encourage local young people with disability and special education needs (SEN) to take part.

With Film London's support LOCO were able to offer any children with learning difficulties, deafness, or hearing or speech impairments free places to these workshops.

The results of the workshop were collated into a film, which participants watched on the big screen after the family film.

Fear-filled family favourites

After the workshops, participants and their parents or carers (as well as anyone else who wanted to join!) headed to the specially-built pop-up cinema for some family favourites. The programme was:

  • Frankenweenie Tim Burton's Oscar-nominated animation is a deliciously unwholesome family treat
  • Panorman Packed with good laughs, this spooky animation is a family favourite
  • Monster House Made by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, this hit animation rekindles the joy of his early '80s hits - a joy for kids and adults alike

Find out about LOCO's School of Slapstick

Things get a bit dark... but still funny

As night descended, so did adult film fans in search of the lighter end of Gothic. And they were not disappointed. A diverse programme showing the best in fear-filled funnies:  

  • Evil Dead 2 Properly funny, properly scary, this is one sequel that won't be forgotten
  • Beetlejuice Tim Burton's smart, satirical and wickedly funny this comedy classic was the first great Tim Burton movie
  • Little Shop of Horrors Possibly the only comedy horror sci-fi musical ever made, this incomparable cult classic has one of the best soundtracks around

Film Hub London

Led by Film London, Film Hub London is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN). It supports specialised film exhibition in the capital, aiming to increase the opportunities to engage with cinema in all its diversity and raising the profile of London's cinema sector.                    

Keep an eye out over the next few months for more spine-tingling gothic offers supported by Film Hub London, including a Thriller Weekender, presented by The New Black.

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