LIFF28 has enjoyed an opening weekend filled with very special events, including four fully-booked performances of Vertical Cinema’s UK Premiere, a live Skype Q&A with the great filmmaker Kevin Smith which ran for a full 80 minutes (almost as long as his film Tusk itself, which had its UK Premiere just before) and a unique and wonderful variety of films receiving hundreds of 5 star ratings in the count towards LIFF28’s Audience Award for Best Film. Fanomenon Anime Day 2014 brought the festival’s first winning short film with Wind (Robert Lobel, Germany) for the Silver Melies Fantastic Short Film Cometition. There’s a remarkable selection of special events coming up at LIFF28 next weekend, including:
Alan Moore, one of the greatest graphic novelists of all time, will attend LIFF28 with Show Pieces, his new film collaboration with director Mitch Jenkins. From the creator of ground-breaking works including Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, and V For Vendetta, the three-part Show Pieces is Alan Moore’s first endeavour written specifically for the screen and made with his ongoing creative involvement. Show Pieces was brought to life by award winning photographer-turned director Mitch Jenkins and is set within a nightmarish alternative version of the creators’ native Northampton.
Friday 14 November, 6.00pm – Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall
For LIFF28 we welcome a new partnership with Shameless Screen Entertainment who are sponsoring NOTD XIV and the new Dead Short competition. There will be lots of Shameless goodies and giveaways throughout the night as well as trailers from their extensive catalogue. The film marathon kicks off with ABCs of Death 2 followed by Housebound from New Zealand and WolfCop, a homage to 80s monster horror. There’ll also be a rare opportunity to see the classic melt movie Street Trash in 35mm plus the UK premiere of a surprise film. Actor and director Dominic Brunt will also be joining the night as a special celebrity host.
Friday 14 November, 9.00pm until sunrise @ Hyde Park Picture House
Relive some of the greatest music films of all time in the unique atmosphere of Leeds Town Hall, which LIFF28 is giving a makeover to celebrate the full, glorious concert film experience with Once in a Lifetime. The Victoria Hall’s normal stall seating will be replaced with deck chairs especially for the occasion, to create a relaxed and celebratory atmosphere, and there will be beer by Northern Monk Brewery and street food available. We will celebrate the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s with Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, Beastie Boys’ Awesome; I… Shot That!, 1991: The Year Punk Broke and The Who’s The Kids Are Alright.
Saturday 15 November, 12 noon @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555 gets the epic mid-festival party underway at Leeds Town Hall, with DJs taking over for the rest of the night until 4am, playing great electro and indie anthems accompanied by anime favourites on the giant screen in front of a huge dancefloor and plenty of bars. The line-up of anime favourites includes Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Paprika, and episodes from the Space Dandy TV series, courtesy of Anime Ltd.
Steered by legendary anime creator Leiji Matsumoto, Interstella 5555 takes the story told in the videos for One More Time and others tracks from the Discovery album and cranks them out into a full length Animated House Musical, with a story of intergalactic kidnapping, evil space ninjas, and, of course, music and its players. (*Running time only for Interstella 5555)
Saturday 15 November, 8.30pm until late at Leeds Town Hall