Cigarette Burns & the East End Film Festival 2013

The annual East End Film Festival returns to the capital this month and Cigarette Burns are pleased to be a part of the Secret Societies Screening on June 29th. We’ll be showing the giallo The Perfume of a Lady in Black at the Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street alongside films chosen by Titan Press, Electric Sheep Magazine and Strange Attractor Press.

CB’s own Josh Saco has summed up the screening perfectly; Perfume is one of those fantastic films, that you hold for a particular moment. Like that bottle of wine you have saved. But when the EEFF present a Masonic Lodge as a screening room, you now it’s time to open that bottle.’.

Mimsy Farmer loses her mind like only she can, in all her gorgeous madness, as the world plots against her. Will she win? Will she lose? Will she be the unwitting victim? Like Polanski’s Rosemary, she becomes increasingly tangled in a world of wrong, with no escape…

Event details and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.

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This month with Cigarette Burns

So the season of the witch is upon us, and normally Cigarette Burns attempts to shy away from the the rather obvious calling that this month brings. But not this year. This year we’re embracing October, and making the most out of the 31 days.

Albeit, with a focus on the final third of the month.

First, continuing in the spirit of our first Halloween spectacular, when we screened a distinctly non Halloweeny film, Heathers, we’re rolling up to the Rio in Dalston with none other than he epic 80s breakdance film – Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

I know what you’re thinking, how is this Halloweeny? It’s not. And that’s the point. All month the world will be over run with Horror films. It’s a bit like New Years Eve. Professionals don’t need New Years Eve as an excuse to get drunk, they are professionals, and do it all the time. So Cigarette Burns doesn’t need Halloween to screen Horror films, we know how to do that already, this is one for the party people.

So we’ll see you at the Rio Cinema on 20th October, more details here

Earlier this year, we were approached by the lovely folks at the Leicester Square Theatre and asked if we would like to take part in their inaugural Halloween festival, the 13th Hour Horror Festival, a selection of theatre, comedy, spoken word, film and more to help us all along through this lovely month. Well, far be it from us to turn down a wonderful offering, and so we came up with two contributions. The first of which is….

Psycho v Psycho

Now Gus Van Sant’s version of Psycho has received almost nothing but disdain, and abuse, personally, I’ve always felt that was incredibly unfair. Van Sant was at the height of his career when he decided to film Psycho. Having just finished Good Will Hunting to a fair amount of acclaim, the world, as they say, was his oyster. He could do no wrong. So he thought he test that theory…. He went back to his arthouse roots and decided to subvert the master, question his authority. What exactly made a film great? Was it the actors? The script? The director? What?

Van Sant did the unthinkable and remade Psycho. Line for line, and shot for shot.

Or did he?

Never before have the two films been presented to an audience side by side in a direct comparison. So that’s exactly what Cigarette burns is doing.

We have 4 small screens suspended above the audience showing GVS’s version and one main screen showing Hitchcock’s classic Psycho. The audio will be Hitchcock, but the fun will be for you to decipher exactly what GVS was doing. Was he mad? Or was he playing Hollywood at their own game? Having sat through test runs of this truly mind melting experiment, I can tell you that watching them simultaneously is fascinating and hypnotic, your eyes flitting between the two screens and picking out the most minute differences.

Prepare to see Psycho as you’ve never seen it before.

Pyscho v Psycho is for one night only, 25th October, more details here

Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, we have decided that those carpeted floors are not enough for us, we shall now tread upon the boards, as Cigarette Burns presents The Hallowe’en Sessions –

Taking advantage of the Leicester Square Theatre’s actual purpose, you know, it being a theatre and all, it seemed obvious that a play would be best suited for this environment. But CB being CB, a normal play just won’t do. Let’s roll out the Amicus style anthology. But perhaps something genuinely dark and unsettling, the sort of thing that makes one worry late at night when they are walking up the stairs and the light switch is just out of reach.

Enter Kim Newman‘s Dr. Myra Lark, played by none other than Sarah Douglas, as she tries to find out exactly what is troubling her five inmates, we slowly realise, all is not as it seems.

Directed by Sean Hogan, of Devil’s Business fame, written by a formidable sextet, including Kim Newman (Anno Dracula, Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles), Stephen Volk (The Awakening, Gothic, Ghost Watch), Anne Billson (Suckers, Stiff Lips) Paul McAuley (Fairyland, the Quiet War trilogy), Maura McHugh (Jennifer Wilde, Roisin Dubh) and director Sean Hogan (The Devil’s Business, Little Deaths), and starring  Sarah Douglas (Superman 2, Conan the Destroyer), Pollyanna McIntosh (Exam, The Woman), Billy Clarke (The Devil’s Business, Hunger), Daniel Brocklebank (The Hole, Little Deaths), Holly Lucas (Little Deaths, Holby City), Joshua Mayes-Cooper(Doctors, Outpost 11) and Grace Ker (‘Madame Edwarda’).

The Hallowe’en Sessions runs from 29th October to the 3rd November, with special Q&A sessions on both the 2nd and 3rd. More details here and tickets here

October will be a busy month for everybody, but we hope to see you at some, or even all of the above.

Scala Forever Calendar

We are closing in, about a week away from one of the most talked about film events in London – Scala Forever.
Everyone is sitting down and pouring over their posters and marking off what they want to see… but for some of us, it’s nice to just have a list we can scroll through.

The below is accurate as of today. Events may still be added, so don’t blame me if you miss something.

Since this is the Cigarette Burns blog, I see no reason why I shouldn’t highlight my own events, but encourage you to go to as many as you can, there are some serious gems in here and several films that you really won’t see anywhere else.


Saturday 13 August 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Opening Night KING KONG

Sunday 14 August 2PM Riverside Studios
Marx Brothers Double A DAY AT THE RACES/A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Sunday 14 August 4PM The Ritzy
A-Z of Cinema: G is for Grindhouse FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!/DEATH PROOF

Sunday 14 August 7.30PM Roxy Bar and Screen
John Waters Double FEMALE TROUBLE/DESPERATE LIVING

Sunday 14 August 7.30PM Dulwich Park
The Nomad presents THE GOONIES

Sunday 14 August 8.30PM Prince Charles Cinema
DR STRANGELOVE

Monday 15 August 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Second Run DVD’s Czech Double MORGIANA/VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

Tuesday 16 August 7.30PM Shortwave Cinema
Peccadillo Pictures’ German Boys Double TAXI ZUM KLO/WESTLER

Friday 19 August 7PM Opera Holland Park
The Nomad presents SOME LIKE IT HOT

Friday 19 August 8PM Three Mills
The Floating Cinema presents FANTASTIC MR. FOX

Saturday 20 August 8.30PM The Portobello Pop Up Cinema
THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES

Saturday 20 August 11PM – 6AM Roxy Bar and Screen
Filmbar70’s Zombie All-Nighter ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS/DAWN OF THE DEAD/RETURN OF THE BLIND DEAD/I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE/NIGHTMARE CITY

Sunday 21 August 2PM Riverside Studios
EXTERMINATING ANGEL/LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD

Sunday 21 August 6PM Riverside Studios
Graham Green Double OUR MAN IN HAVANA/THE THIRD MAN

Sunday 21 August 7PM Roxy Bar & Screen
Danny Leigh introduces AFTER HOURS/SECONDS

Monday 22 August 6.25PM Riverside Studios
Almodovar Double WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?/BROKEN EMBRACES

Monday 22 August 7.30PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Passengerfilms presents Backwoods Horror EDEN LAKE/THIS IS MY LAND

Tuesday 23 August 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Filmbar70’s Russ Meyer Double MONDO TOPLESS/BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

Wednesday 24 August 6.20PM BFI Southbank
The Flipside presents FRENCH DRESSING

Wednesday 24 August 7PM Kings Cross Social Club
Duke Mitchell Film Club’s 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY


Wednesday 24 August 8PM Prince Charles Cinema
Cigarette Burns Cinema’s The Dead Will Rise Double
THE BEYOND/DEAD & BURIED

Thursday 25 August 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Shameless Films presents THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN/DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING

Thursday 25 August 8.30PM Prince Charles Cinema
THE GENERAL with live accompaniment from Costas Fotopoulos

25-29 August Empire Leicester Square: Film4 Frightfest
Friday 26 August 10.35AM, Sunday 28 August 9.15PM Empire Leicester Square
THE MAN WHO SAW FRANKENSTEIN CRY

Sunday 28 August 1.30PM Rio Cinema
GLEN OR GLENDA?/UN CHANT D’AMOUR/KENNETH ANGER’S MAGICK LANTERN CYCLE

Sunday 28 August 4PM The Ritzy
A-Z of Cinema: H is for Hitchcock ROPE/FRENZY

Sunday 28 August 6.30PM Riverside Studios
Jeanne Moreau Double LIFT TO THE SCAFFOLD/JULES ET JIM

Sunday 28 August 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Filmbar70’s Western Double THE GREAT SILENCE/ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

Monday 29 August 6.25PM Prince Charles Cinema
THE TERMINATOR/DUEL

Friday 26 August – Sunday 4 September Barbican: London International Animation Festival
Monday 29 August 8.45PM Barbican
GEORGE THE HEDGEHOG plus Q&A co-director Wojtek Wawczyzk

Tuesday 30 August 6PM Ryan’s Bar, Stoke Newington
Atomic Bark! presents TOBY DAMMIT/BABA YAGA

Wednesday 31 August 7PM Roxy
Filmbar70’s Brit Psych-Fi Double THE FINAL PROGRAMME/ZARDOZ

Thursday 1 September 7.30PM Curzon Soho bar
Curzon and Faber and Faber’s Film Quiz TEN ROUNDS WITH DE NIRO: SCALA CINEMA SPECIAL

Friday 2 September 6.30PM Richmond Park
The Nomad presents THE AFRICAN QUEEN

Saturday 3 September 3PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Scala Forever presents I WANT TO START A FILM CLUB!

Sunday 4 September 3PM Roxy Bar and Screen
The Classic Horror Campaign Double BLACK SUNDAY/HORROR HOSPITAL

Sunday 4 September 7PM Rich Mix
Land In Focus presents PACKAGE DEALS: FINLAND

Sunday 4 September 7.30PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Filmbar70’s Wild World Double TETSUO: THE IRON MAN/SANTA SANGRE

7 – 18 September ICA: A Feast for Open Eyes: Jack Smith
Wednesday 7 September 8PM ICA Theatre
FLAMING CREATURES with intro by Chris Dercon and Q&A Jonas Mekas and Dominic Johnson

Thursday 8 September 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Duke Mitchell Film Club presents THE FLESH EATERS

Thursday 8 September 8.30PM BFI Southbank
The Flipside presents NEIL INNES NIGHT plus Q&A Neil Innes

Friday 9 September 6.30PM Fulham Palace
The Nomad presents DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Saturday 10 September 11PM – 6AM Roxy Bar and Screen
Filmbar70’s All-Night of the Bloody Pint All-nighter RE-ANIMATOR/SLUGS: THE MOVIE/BASKET CASE/PHANTASM/HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP

Sunday 11 September 2PM Phoenix Cinema
Phoenix Cinema and Contemporary Films present Music Doc Double TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON/JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY

Sunday 11 September 3PM – 11PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Filmbar70’s Eastern Action All-Dayer A BETTER TOMORROW/EASTERN CONDORS/TIGER CAGE II/THE CAT

Sunday 11 September 4PM The Ritzy
A-Z of Cinema: I is for Isolation REPULSION/THE SHINING

Tuesday 13 September 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
R.W. Fassbinder Double ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL/THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

Wednesday 14 September 7.30PM Shortwave Cinema
Peccadillo Pictures’ Naughty Girls Double HEAVENLY CREATURES/EL NINO PEZ (THE FISH CHILD)

Thursday 15 September 7.30PM – 1AM The Book Club
Amy Grimehouse presents RUSS MEYER NIGHT

Friday 16 September 7.30PM Fulham Palace
The Nomad presents THE OMEN

Saturday 17 September 2PM – 8PM, The Cinema Museum
SCALA DAY: Screenings, discussions and reminicences

Sunday 18 September 3PM Tricycle Cinema
THEATRE OF BLOOD/VIRIDIANA

Sunday 18 September 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Little Joe Magazine presents Sexy Sci Fi Double LIQUID SKY/CAFE FLESH

Tuesday 20 September 6.30PM. Film at 8.30PM. The Horse Hospital
Electric Sheep and Strange Attractor present THUNDERCRACK!

Tuesday 20 September 8PM Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Close-Up presents DEKALOG I & II

Wednesday 21 September 7PM Roxy and Screen
Herzog/Kinski Double AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD/WOYZECK


Saturday 24 September 11.30PM Rio Cinema
Cigarette Burns Cinema presents The Female Convict Pinky Violence All-Night Triple: SCORPION/JAILHOUSE 41/BEAST STABLE

Sunday 25 September 3PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Arrow Video and Filmbar70’s Argento Triple DEEP RED/TENEBRAE/OPERA

Tuesday 27 September 8PM Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Close-Up presents DEKALOG III & IV

Wednesday 28 September 7PM Roxy Bar and Screen
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP introduced by Tilda Swinton (tbc)

Wednesday 28 September 7PM Kings Cross Social Club
Duke Mitchell Film Club presents TURKISH GRINDHOUSE: DEATH WARRIOR

Wednesday 28 September 8.30PM, ICA
Thursday 29 September 8.45PM, ICA
ICA and ICO present BALLAD OF NARAYAMA

Saturday 1 October 7.30PM Whirled Cinema
Barney Platts-Mills Double BRONCO BULLFROG/PRIVATE ROAD

Saturday 1 October 11PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Midnight Movies and Reel Music present I Could Have Danced All-Nighter BUGSY MALONE/ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL/CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC/THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Sunday 2 October 8PM Roxy Bar and Screen
Closing Night A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Get booking kids!!!

End of an era

So Ed has officially passed the torch. It has to be said that as torch passing ceremonies go, last night was a belter, complete with cake, provided by the lovely red and black enigma that is Lil Claire.

(Sadly this terrible phone photo does it no justice at all)

Ed put together a wonderful collections of personal shorts. I’ve had a fair few requests about them and so decided I’ll post them here.

Jonny Bower, Ed & Varrick Zed’s
Fiend of the Fell

And the epic that is
Eraser Ed
Directed by Jonny Bower and starring the magical Ed Zed

Next month is all lined up and ready to go, but I’ll post the trailer and poster up in a day or so.
In the meantime enjoy these films.

Random News bits

In the past few years, few bits of film news has excited me as much as this piece in Variety did yesterday. Vincent Cassel is going to be starring in a film adaptation of Matthew Lewis’s singularly brilliant proto gothic novel, The Monk.
I Make no secret of the fact that I love tales of the fallen, and The Monk is right at the top of the list.
Cassel being cast as Ambrosio is perfect and genius, I cannot think of anyone better to play the monk who the whole of Europe travels to, no one this side of heaven is as holy as he. And no one this side of a Greek tragedy falls as far into a dark pit of depravity.
I have been saying for years that someone needs to pick this up and make.
To my shame I have yet to see the previous adaptations, but I’ll put my money on this one being the definitive screen adaptation.
Oh exciting!!!!

In other news, The Crazies is just around the corner, yes, another remake, but one that looks set to be pretty damn good.

And finally!
I have a new piece up on the Quietus, I suppose it is in defence of Peter Jackson for all the shit he’s getting for The Lovely Bones, which I feel is unwarranted and not really well considered, anyway, you can read that here.

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all on the 1st!!!