Category - Cultural Programming

London International Documentary Festival 2017


Now in it’s tenth year, the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) presents its strongest and most diverse line up to date, investigating areas of personal and global politics from the 23rd Nov – 26th Nov.

From Romanian migrants who sculpt from damp sand full-size labrador dogs on the pavements of London, to a new interpretation of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ that explores complex ideas of creativity and ritual; from a young woman who explores her sexuality and autonomy through body-performances like something from Grotowski’s Poor Theatre to a portrait of a motorway rest-stop cafe; from an eclectic mix of international shorts to the humanitarian crises of refugees fleeing across the mediterranean as far as Calais, the LIDF presents again an eclectic mix of long and short films from around the globe that is bound to stimulate debate, reflection and action.

As ever themes emerge without asking, a reflection of the concerns of the moment. This year the subject of forced migration and refugees has come to the fore. The LIDF dedicates its Sunday screenings to explore this subject alongside contributors from the UN News and Media, Al Jazeera, Action UK and International Alert.

“This year’s films come from over 45 countries, directed by very established to first-time filmmakers. It’s a provocative and inspiring lineup of films presented in timely strands that are designed to spark debate. Unlike other film festivals, the LIDF doesn’t stop when the film finishes. Our films have been carefully selected, not only on their quality and content – although that is crucial – but also because of the themes they refer to. We want to reach out to a diverse audience  – those interested in the ideas we’re exploring – as well as to those that are passionate about film.”
Patrick Hazard, Festival Director, LIDF

Conclusion – Discuss & Debate


Conclusion: Debate

It was 7 years ago at the mural of African leaders which surrounded the basement of this African restaurant, then known as Open The Gate in Stoke Newington that accommodated our first vibrant audience, knowledgeable panelists and energetic performers (music and poetry) for heated debates and open discussions.

We have now relaunched and continue to maintain that same energy!

Join us in our second show, with a panel of experts and performances where we’ll be discussing:

  1. Gentrification
  2. Religion
  3. Gang Culture
  4. Current Affairs

‘Finding Wee Paddy’ Documentary Screening

After a successfully funded Kickstarter Campaign and Premiere in Belfast back in October, Squeaky Pedal are proud to host the London premiere of ‘Finding Wee Paddy’ at The Archivist. After a two long film project telling the incredible true story of the discovery of a lost soldier’s grave in Shanghai.

On the 24th October 1937, 25-year-old Rifleman Patrick McGowan of Londonderry was killed by fire from a Japanese aircraft whilst out on patrol with the Royal Ulster Rifles in Shanghai. His death sent shockwaves around the globe, causing a political outcry as the world teetered on the brink of international conflict.

This documentary tells two incredible stories. That of Patrick McGowan who escaped a troubled upbringing only to be tragically killed by a Japanese force testing the crumbling British Empire’s resolve in the Far East. We will explain why Patrick was sent to Shanghai, and how his death not only plunged Anglo-Japanese relations to a new low, but also created one last flowering of solidarity and comradeship between the remaining great powers before the carnage of the Second World War and the huge commitment Sara made to her Uncle, and the journey she went on to find him.

I’m Never Going To Agree! – Truth x Cuban Documentary Shorts

“I’m Never Going To Agree!” screams one filmmaker to another, slamming the door on the way out, and then avoiding conversation with their co-directorial team for the next 24 hours.

It’s summertime 2017 and 23 documentary filmmakers from all over the world have descended upon the renowned EICTV Film School in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. They’re there to test the fetishised notion of a picture-postcard country marooned in time and explore their subjective perspectives on the complexities of the contemporary Cuban experience. And fueled by rum-enhanced everything, daily electrical storms that have the capacity to contort the mind, and mosquitos the size of baby pigeons, tensions are understandably running high.

With just one month in which to develop, pitch, shoot, and edit ideas. And with relationships with local Cuban producers, camera operators, sound recordists, editors, and translators to marry into the sweaty silverscreen jamboree, this screening evening of short Cuban docs shot on location in Havana is as much about the intersectionality of hastily-formed relationships on the other side of the world as it is about the didactic exposition of a Cuban reality.

So come join for the creative treatment of planned-economied Caribbean actuality, and stay for the canal side rum-based drinks at the incredible Archivist Gallery.

+ Photography Exhibit // Pop-Up Bar // Free Entry

Designer Courses: Leather Workshop Weekend

Explore the world of hand-made leather goods on this enjoyable introductory weekend. Katherine Pogson, designer and author of How to Work with Leather, demonstrates some classic leather-working techniques to make stylish contemporary products. Projects include wallets, cuffs, card and phone cases, belts, key fobs and more.  Choose from a selection of accessible patterns and master simple construction, decoration and hand-finishing methods for a truly professional finish.

Linocut Workshops with Jane Smith. 5th & 12th Nov


Giving basic outline of how a linocut is done, including cutting the block, rolling the ink, inking the block and taking some impressions and making a limited or unlimited edition series or simple one-offs. You’ll have a chance to try cutting and printing your own images with various types of lino, and Jane have some pre-cut blocks for those who don’t fancy using the cutting tools!

We will make some simple single-colour images, and if there is time we may be able to do two colour ones. Lino, cutting tools, rollers, inks, a burnishing tool and teaspoons (for pressing) and paper will be supplied, although if anyone has their own tools they are welcome to bring them too!

She’ll bring some of my own work to demonstrate the multitude of amazing effects that can be created with Lino. There will be no need for a press and you will be surprised at how much can be achieved with a humble teaspoon. (All Jane’s prints have been taken with a burnishing tool and a teaspoon at her studio desk! You can do a lot without a press.) It is also possible to use all kinds of paper, not just special printmaking paper.

Everyone will be welcome to take their work away, of course!

Virtual Reality Pop Up

Immerse yourself

Reality Bytes is London’s latest Virtual Reality Pop Up located in Hackney. Be among the first to step into another world. Swim with whales, journey within the human body, battle zombies, climb mountains, paint in 3D, or fly through outer space. Reality Bytes gives you the chance to experience the ultimate in gaming and immersion.

Every 30-minute booking receives a free bottle of watermelon juice by What A Melon. Free drinks are only for bookings of 30 minutes.

Next Sessions: 25th June and 2nd July

Shakespeare / Shoreditch: Film Screening

22nd May – 7.30pm


Shoreditch, 1580: rough, edgy, unsparing, and fun. Shoreditch, 1600: expensive, emptying, with its reputation for entertainment on the wane. Sound familiar?

‘Shoreditch: Shakespeare’s Hidden London’ is a feature-length documentary uncovering Shakespeare’s early career in Shoreditch and exploring how the area has been shaped by gentrification then and now. Featuring interviews with Peter Tatchell, Museum of London archaeologists, actors and critics galore.

The film will be introduced with a short talk by Robert Stagg (Lecturer in English at St Anne’s College, Oxford) and followed by a Q&A / panel discussion with Baroness Kingsmill (Labour peer, lawyer, businesswoman) and Sarah Dustagheer (Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent; author of ‘Shakespeare in London’), and (of course) drinks.

Documentary written and presented by Robert Stagg; made/edited by Ju Shardlow (TimeOut), Jordan Klaja (London Film School) and Joanna Beaufoy (Haigo, Paris), and with original music by Eduardo Andrade.

“Till I’m Tired Of Dreaming” By Natalie Katsou

Sunday 13th November at ​6pm


Part 1:

Natalie Katsou will be reading her poems from ‘Enchanter’, ‘Cochlea’ and ‘Nymfalidae’

in Greek and in English

Special guests: Anastasia Revi (Artistic Director Theatre Lab Company),

Chris Rolls (Theatre Director) and

Ruth Fainlight (Poet)


Part 2:

Performance of the 3 short monologues “Under”

with Matthew Wade

Live music by Kester Hynds (cello) and Andrei Ionescu (guitar)​

English translation by Yiannis Goumas


PYRAMID Editions Launch Party

Join PYRAMID EDITIONS as they officially launch their first four books from 2015 – 2016

With readings from:
Sophie Essex, OBJECTS OF DESIRE (Dec. 2015)
SJ Fowler, TRACTOGRAPHY (March, 2016)
Alison Graham, TIN CAN WHITE GOWN (June, 2016)
Andrew Wells, JIMMY WALKS UNBENDED (Oct. 2016)

As well as an opportunity to buy any and all remaining EPOCH I books.

BYOB / free entry / music
We’ll be providing some alcohol and meringues, but you’re encouraged to bring your own drinks of course!

Get ready!

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