With special appearances from Spice Girl’s Melanie C, Plan B, Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal and more music acts
War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, has launched its inaugural War Child Film Festival in partnership with Everyman Cinemas.
The unique two-week event combines cinematic previews and premieres with live events, Q&As, panel discussions and performances; all to raise money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
The eclectic programme will include special events curated by bands, radio stations, record labels, and cultural publications as well as live performances, DJs and more.
Taking place in venues across London from 25 September to 6 October there’s something to suit every music and film fan.
Tickets are on sale now www.ourscreen.com/warchildfilmfestival with prices starting at £5.
Highlights include a screening of Spice Girl’s movie, Spice World, with a special appearance from Melanie C, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film.
Plan B will also make an appearance at an intimate screening of his comeback single ‘In The Name Of Man’, which will be accompanied by the ‘Making Of…’ Commentary.
Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal will discuss their film Alt.Russia with director Charlie Targett-Adams, looking at alternative creative culture when the band recently played ten dates across Russia.
Other highlights include Purple Rain, providing an opportunity to watch the legend Prince’s acting debut in the distinguished Oval Space. Scream For Me Sarajevo shows Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson with his band Skunkworks performing in the Bosnian Capital at the height of the siege.
The festival will also host special events such as DJ sets and parties curated by the acts and cultural publications. Including artistic collective Last Night In Paris, who will be performing live at Everyman Screen on the Green.
For those who want to keep their finger firmly on the pulse. The screening of the UK Music Video Awards Nominations showcase at the Ham Yard Theatre combines exclusivity and eloquence in equal measure.
The festival will culminate in a screening of Floating Points’ ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’. Together with a closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge at the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.
War Child has a rich heritage in innovative musical partnerships and has been harnessing the power of music to change lives since 1995 with the launch of the HELP Album.
Rob Williams, Chief Executive at War Child UK said: “We are delighted to have such a fantastic line up for War Child Film Festival and I would like to thank all the artists and musicians involved.
“Children are at the heart of everything we do. All the money raised will help us reach even more children who are forced to live with the brutality of war- from supporting Syrian children to access education to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and working in juvenile justice in Afghanistan.
“This year’s War Child Film Festival is a great way for the public to get involved in raising awareness and helping us continue our life-changing work.”
100% of the profits from the tickets sold will fund War Child’s crucial work providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
War Child works in seven countries including Yemen where the conflict has had devastating consequences for children there. There are shortages of food, medicines and vital supplies and more than 2.2 million children are malnourished.
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Tuesday 26th September, 8pm
|Curzon, Soho||Scream For Me Sarajevo|
Scream For Me Sarajevo is an award winning documentary which showcases the legendary concert by Iron Maiden singer, Bruce Dickinson performing in 1994 with his band Skunkworks in the Bosnian Capital at the height of the siege.
The film tells the story of the music scene in Sarajevo during 1992-95, in the midst of the Bosnian War, and how people risked their lives to perform in an attempt to divert people from the grueling life in an embattled city.
The film will be shown for the first time in the UK at War Child Film Festival.
More about the film here
Wednesday 27th September, 7.30pm
|Oval Space London||War Child x Oval Space Cinema presents Purple Rain|
War Child and Oval Space Cinema present a screening of Prince’s cult classic ‘Purple Rain’ as part of the War Child Film Festival 2017. Taking advantage of the venues incredible sound system to showcase Prince’s unique sound, this will be a very special evening – dancing is encouraged!
The film was first released back in 1984 and stars Prince making his acting debut. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the last to receive the award. Oval space has very kindly donated the venue FOC to War Child. Ticket sales will support the charities vital work protecting children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
Followed by a very special DJ set from Dave Okumu.
Thursday 28th September, 8pm
|Everyman Screen on the Green||Placebo: Alt.Russia + Q&A|
Placebo: Alt Russia is a unique award winning documentary following the journey of alternative rock band, Placebo, performing in ten cities across Russia. In a time when the country was at the forefront of the world’s current affairs.
The documentary offers a revealing insight into the alternative cultures in Russia’s major cities and the forces that seek to obstruct them. The band met artists, architects, animators, and musicians on a quest to find out about Russia’s alternative creative scenes. From Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea, Placebo: Alt Russia captures the power and raw emotion of the bands live concerts.
For the first time, the screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with Placebo bassist Stefan Olsdal and Director Charlie Targett-Adams
The film has won the following rosettes:
Doc’N Roll Film Festival, London – Best Documentary Award
IAFOR Documentary Film Awards – Grand Prize Best Documentary
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival – Best International Documentary
Watch trailer here.
Friday 29th September, 8pm
|Ham Yard Theatre||UK Music Video Awards Nominations Showcase|
The UK Music Video Awards is the biggest night of the year for everyone in the business of making music videos, and they will come from all over the world to attend the 10th annual ceremony next month, at the legendary Roundhouse in London. But before that, the UKMVAs are delighted to present a selection of music videos here at the War Child Film Festival. It’s a tour through some of the most exciting music videos in the past year, taking in a variety of music and visual styles, and an eclectic range of creative brilliance and technical ingenuity. They also have one thing in common: they are all nominated for the UK Music Video Awards 2017.
More information here.
Saturday 30th October, 8pm
|Muswell Hill||‘Spice World’ with Intro and Q&A with Melanie C|
War Child Film Festival in partnership with elevenfiftyfive are bringing back the Spice Girls movie Spice World to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its original release.
Nineties pop fans will have a chance to reminisce at this special screening as Sporty Spice, Melanie C will be introducing the film and taking part in an exclusive Q&A.
Purchase your tickets now and don’t miss out on the chance to spice up your life!
Monday 2nd October, 8pm
|Everyman Screen on The Green||Plan B ‘In The Name of Man’ Video+ Making Of + Q&A with Plan B|
A screening of the lead single ‘In The Name Of Man’ from Plan B’s forthcoming album will be shown at this year’s event along with a ‘Making of…’ commentary accompanying the video.
Plan B collaborated with Flabbergast Theatre to create a moving and compelling video that uses puppets to form a visual story of mass upheaval, conflict and man-made disaster. His new music video draws parallels to the life changing work War Child delivers to children affected by conflict.
Plan B is supporting War Child Film Festival and taking part in a Q&A.
Watch the video here.
Wednesday 4th October 2017 9pm
|Everyman Screen on the Green||Last Night in Paris: ‘Cinema Soiree’|
War Child proudly presents an evening with Art Collective, Last Night In Paris. The D.I.Y. collective will be screening exciting new video material, followed by a live performance and a signature LNIP Cinema Soiree.
More about Last Night In Paris here.
|CLF Art Café, Bussey Building||Floating Points: Reflections – Mojave Desert followed by the War Child Film Festival closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge|
Floating Points originator Sam Shepherd took the band to the Mojave Desert in August 2016 to rehearse and record ahead of their US tour. This film, Reflections (30 min dir Anna Diaz Ortuño), documents the time they spent and the music they were inspired to write there – showcasing the distinctive sonic tapestry they were able to capture in the most unusual of recording spaces. ‘While we were out playing and exploring the area around us – the sound reflecting from the rocks, the sound of the wind between them, complete stillness at night and packs of roaming coyotes in the distance, it became apparent that we could use this as its own unique recording environment.’ Sam Shepherd.
The screening of Reflections will be followed by the War Child Film Festival closing party in collaboration with party aficionados ‘Dance for Refuge’ who aim to raise awareness and funds for those in need by galvanising London DJs, dancers and music heads.
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