The Iron Lady & Graduate Decline Cinema Bibliotheque Screening Write Up

Last night we were extremely fortunate to attend a double screening of our work as part of an exciting short film programme. The fantastic LAMP venue, situated by the river in the heart of the immensely beautiful town of Leamington Spa, played host to the inaugural Cinema Bibliotheque event. A series of eclectic shorts from comedies to documentaries, from art pieces to dramas played across triple projectors to an eager audience intimately seated at cabaret style tables. For those who were not able to attend, we thought we’d give you a quick run down of how the evening unfolded.

Upon arrival we were humbled to discover we were one of only two filmmakers with more than one piece selected for screening. We were even more flattered to learn the first film of the night would be our project The Iron Lady, and that we could introduce it with a few remarks beforehand. The film, originally developed for the Film4 Scene Stealers competition to remake the company’s most famous films for their 30th Anniversary, was our pastiche of the Oscar winning Margaret Thatcher biopic. It was the first time it had been screened to audiences since the death of the former Prime Minister, so we were interested to see how it would be received. We needn’t have worried; it played to an enthusiastic crowd, who laughed from the opening appearance of Old Thatcher to the missile strewn conclusion. It is always rewarding to hear audiences respond positively to your work and it was extremely gratifying to be witness that at first hand.

From there the programme continued, with a series of other comedy shorts, a documentary about the live music scene in Leamington, an experimental art video and a fine special effects infused music video from Entanglement Productions. One of the major highlights of the evening was seeing work by friends of ours on the big (or three big) screens; Lauren Hatchard’s wonderful Happy Birthday, Dear Universe and exceedingly talented Coventry based filmmaker Brian Harley’s A Dream I Had, his follow up to his stunning Eventide. Our friendship with both filmmakers began when their work was screened at the same ArtsFest event as our short The Interviewee in 2011, so it was great to have all three of us on the same bill once again. This is particularly true with the outstanding quality of both films. Had they not already been talents to watch, they certainly would be now. You heard it here first!

Regrettably due to the vagaries of the British transportation system we had to dash before the screening of our second film of the evening, Graduate Decline. A satirical short about UK higher education, we would have been intrigued to see how the film, depicting graduates begging on the streets for money and even fighting each other to the death in the cut-throat job market, played in the room. But as it is we are delighted to have had the opportunity to screen both films.

A huge thank you to Pip Burley for organising the screening and selecting our work as part of the lineup, to all those at LAMP for making the venue and the evening so special, and to all those who came to support the programme. For those who couldn’t get down to Leamington to see the films, fear not! Watch them film below, or else on our dedicated films pages: