Film Feels: Obsession
June - July 2019

In Summer 2019 Film Feels explored all things Obsession.

Those of us who are obsessive about cinema know full well that the medium allows us to delve into our deepest desires and obsessions; the joy and community to be found in pursuing your passion, as well as the cautionary tales that obsessive behaviour can bring.

Film Feels: Obsession was an opportunity to explore cinematic obsessions- from auteurs to oddballs, imitation to identity theft, Stalkers to Stans - across genres, icons and subtext, giving UK audiences enhanced experiences and critically engaged programming.

Cinemas, festivals and arts producers were invited to present programmes, events and screenings as part of the season.

Season highlights from around the UK

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Africa 3.0

Aya Distribution toured Africa 3.0, a package of films exploring obsession in African cinema, to UK venues. Films included Bakoso: Afrobeats de Cuba (Dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi), Cairo Station (Dir. Youssef Chahine) and Foreign Body (Dir. Raja Amari)

Read more about the tour on Aya Distribution website
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Live Scores and events at Sheffield Docfest

Docfest presented premieres of Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl with live performance from Kate Nash, and Romantic Comedy with live score from director Liz Sankey's band: Summercamp. Plus the UK premiere of Jawline (Dir. Liza Mandelup, 2019)

Read about events on the Docfest website
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Queens Film Theatre

Queens Film Theatre in Belfast presented a month of Obsession-themed events and screenings including a live score to Jaws from Ulster String Quartet and a Young Programmers takeover screening of All About Eve in partnership with Cinemagic Festival

Read about the season on QFT website
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Reclaim the Frame: Women and Obsession

Birds Eye View presented a UK tour of Dance With a Stranger (Dir. Mike Newell, 1985) and Smooth Talk (Dir. Joyce Chopra, 1985) exploring the impact of obsessive desire on women. Screenings were enhanced by Q&As and poetry workshops with Bea Manzini

Read about the RTF event in Manchester
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WESFEST

Screen Argyll presented WESFEST, a season of Wes Anderson Films celebrating the obsessive director's obsession with oddballs and quirky passions. Highlights included a screening of the Life Aquatic at the Scottish Submarine Centre

Read about the season on Screen Argyll's site

Funding

Major Programmes support was open to all FAN members across the UK, who wanted to take part in the season, via tiered funding programmes.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) up to £15,000.
Support for ambitious projects, extended seasons and events.  This funding opportunity closed on 26 April, due to high demand. 

Screening Support (up to £500)
Support for smaller-scale activity taking place between 1 June - 9 August.  This fund closed on 5 July 2019 .

Films that were available book

The season was supported by a core booking menu of related titles, available to book for film screenings taking place through June and July 2019.  Click the link below or download the PDF at the bottom of the page for more detail about the films.

Find out more and contact us

If you'd like to know more about Major Programmes or Film Feels get in touch at:  filmfeels@filmhubmidlands.org

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