Last night the wonderful medieval God's House Tower was packed with audience members, Ukulele Jammers to kick off this year's festival. The Southampton Ukulele Jam treated guests to music before and after the screening of their documentary, directed by filmmaker Amy Lupin. Amy was joined by jam lead Colin McAllister after the film to answer questions about the project from the audience.
Through-out Southampton Film Week 2017 you will find an abundance of interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking documentaries. You an also see and enjoy some short documentaries screening as part of SFW: Shorts 2017 in the new short documentary category.
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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (15)
- Monday 13th November - 8.15pm God's House Tower
Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel with Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune and became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.
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School Life (12A)
- Tuesday 14th November - 6.15pm Harbour Lights Picturehouse
This hilarious and yet poignant documentary about two prep-school teachers on the brink of retirement, with a combined 90 years of chalkboard experience behind them, is pure magic. In almost half a century they’ve shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms. School Life reflects a unique kind of fondness that existed between tutor and ward in years gone by, and a genuine love of all that makes childhood so precious.
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Fire in the Blood
- Tuesday 14th November - 7.30pm University of Southampton
An intricate tale of 'medicine, monopoly and malice', FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the
story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked
access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. A film by Dylan Mohan Gray, narrated by William Hurt.
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- Wednesday 15th November - 8pm The Phoenix Film Society, Union Films
You do NOT have to be a ballet fan to be fascinated by the real story of a talented young boy losing his childhood, family, and attachment to his profession.
Dancer is a documentary about Sergei Polunin.
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The Race IS On
- Thursday 16th November - 7pm University of Southampton
A very special preview of The Race is On, a documentary feature that exposes how serious the climate change threat is, but also how near we are to ensuring we avoid its most dangerous consequences. Featuring contributions from world leading experts on the science, policy, economics and community aspects of climate change, this film is intended to generate urgent discussions on how we can act to avoid disaster.
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Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press
- Sunday 19th November - 7pm Red Hot Press
What better way to draw Southampton Film Week to a close than with a return to the exquisite Red Hot Press where you can feast upon the delightful Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press in The Machine that Made Us and soak up the sounds of Straight to Cake as they entertain you with an eclectic mix of film favourites ranging from Thus Spake Zarathustra to Singing in the Rain! In this BAFTA-nominated documentary Stephen Fry investigates the story of the most important machine ever invented. The printing press was the world’s first mass-production machine. Its invention in the 1450s changed the world as dramatically as splitting the atom or sending men into space, sparking a cultural revolution which shaped the modern age. It is the machine that made us who we are today.
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