Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in Britain loves him. His handlers begin to use his popularity for projects like increasing the consumption of apples after a bumper crop as an aid to farmers. The handlers decide that Steven should support God and Country next.
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner (Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones), a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
Made on Merseyside discovers how American rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound. Featuring revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg and unique archive, the incredible story of The Beatles' previous band formations and why it took so long for them to achieve success makes riveting viewing.
Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true. A new British film, scripted by Emma Thomson, will be shown in the preview.
Based on real events, the dramatic thriller "Gareth Jones" chronicles a British investigative journalist as he travels deep into the Soviet Union to uncover an international conspiracy, covering up an artificially aroused famine in the Ukraine. His life-or-death journey inspires George Orwell's "Animal Farm". The director of the film is Agnieszka Holland. We show it in the preview.
James RM Hunt je několikrát oceněný filmový producent, režisér a producent snímků s archivní stopáží. Ve filmové branži se pohybuje již více než 23 let. Za poslední roky má na kontě produkci několika celovečerních dramat (Sufražetka, Stan a Ollie) i mnoho celosvětově uváděných dokumentů. Významně se podílel také na My Generation, který osobně uvede společně se svými oblíbenými kusy Alfie a Tonite Let's All Make Love In London. Lahůdkou bude obsáhlá beseda.
For Alfie, the only real life is sex life. Only then, can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to "the top". Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. This movie shows how much of the "swinging 60s" quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative.
Shot by movie maestro Peter Whitehead, this film features rare full length performances from the classic late 60's Pink Floyd line-up at Sound Techniques London & material from the legendary '14 hour Technicolor Dream' extravaganza in April '67 at Alexandra Palace.
The cultural revolution that occurred in the 1960s England is explored in this documentary.
Jamie McGregor (Barry Evans) is a virginal sixth-former in a Swinging Sixties new town, delivering groceries for the local supermarket. However he is more interested in matters sexual and sets out to lose his virginity by attempting to seduce the local girls – Linda, Paula, Caroline, and his dream girl, Mary. He ultimately succeeds in bedding the sexually aggressive Audrey, only to learn too late that sex isn't as important as he initially believed.
Del, a young apprentice, and his 15-year-old girlfriend Irene have no money and nowhere to go. Angry and frustrated, they turn to Bronco Bullfrog – fresh out of borstal and living an independent lifestyle – for a taste of fun and freedom. Powerful and authentic, this movie is fascinating record of the then-emerging suedehead subculture.
A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. Then he meets a mysterious beauty, and also notices something frightfully suspicious on one of his photographs of her taken in a park. The fact that he may have photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.
Two young women from England's northern counties; the plain Brenda and the flamboyant Yvonne, arrive in London to find fame and fortune. Misdirected and separated, they strike out on their own. With both of them competing with the other, they soon learn that they have to team up to take on their adversaries in order to succeed.
Young, attractive and vivacious, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) is firmly decided to become rich and famous as well. To succeed, she does not hesitate to take bold steps. After a while, she literally strikes gold: she meets Robert Gold (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a well-known television journalist, who not only introduces her into new social and professional circles.
This drama by Lindsay Anderson represents a typical product of the times when it was created –the restless and revolutionary sixties. Almost each shot makes us feel the huge rage of the young generation which can be damped down only by breaking the values of the British middle class of that time. The cast is dominated by Malcolm McDowell (the bastard from Kubrick´s Clockwork Orange)
Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music. A early version of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" plays behind some arty nightclub scenes - for example.The best part is footage of the riot that interrupted the Stones' 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert.
The festival pass entitles you to visit all festival screenings plus you get a discount on accompanying events. Buy your festival pass in Accreditation section. Tickets for individual screenings are available for 100 CZK.
Following the last festival theme of “The Troubles”, this year’s edition will focus on Swinging London and Swinging Sixties.
The terms cover the decade of the 1960s in Great Britain that had a significant socio-cultural impact on the following years. In those days, the loosening grip of conservatism and the arrival of sexual revolution encouraged people in pursuing delights.
The 1960s liberalization and the blossoming of consumer society prepared the ground for a youth-driven cultural revolution. Young people identified with pop music, they shopped in newly opened boutiques and often consumed drugs and practiced free love. London became a place of endless fun. No one cared about your social class, what mattered the most was your style. Many young people railed against traditions and authorities. These and many other aspects of the 1960s zeitgeist, both positive and negative, will be explored through the critics’ and audience selection of the most popular swinging films.
LATEST BRITISH FILMS
As usual, there will also be some special screenings of the latest British films, prepremieres of the films that go on general release but also some utterly unique screenings.