Spanish City goes Japanese for Film Festival

Film fans will find out how well versed they are in cinema knowledge when a festival is launched this weekend

Piano virtuoso Jonathan Middleton on Whitley Bay beach at the 2012 Whitley Bay Film Festival
Piano virtuoso Jonathan Middleton on Whitley Bay beach at the 2012 Whitley Bay Film Festival

A quiz night combining Japanese haiku poetry and film titles will be staged at the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay tomorrow.

Movie buffs will have to guess the names of films from three-line haiku poems of 17 syllables projected on to the inside of the dome.

The event is part of the Whitley Bay Film Festival, which opens at the Dome tonight with two films – Casablanca and O Brother Where Art Thou.

The haiku event will run from 6pm-7pm at the Dome tomorrow to mark the launch of author Mick Haining’s new book One Hundred Film Haiku, which is published by Cullercoats-based Iron Press at £5.

Each haiku describes a film.

Entry is £5, but visitors will be given a free copy of the book signed by the author.

“The Japanese have perfected the art of reducing potentially large trees to much smaller images of the original,” said Peter Mortimer, who runs Iron Press. “Mick Haining has taken the pruning shears to some iconic films, done a bit of bending and twisting and the result is Bonsai cinema.

“Mick is a film fan and what he has done is quite ingenious.”

On Saturday the festival includes a screening at the Dome of the 2009 film Skellig, based on the children’s novel by Tyneside author David Almond, who will be present. On August 22 the Italian film Life is Beautiful will be screened at Di Meos Deleval Ices cafe.

The 40th anniversary of the film That’ll Be the Day will be marked on August 26 with a showing at the Dome, attended by special guest, writer Ray Connolly.

Showing on August 29 at Whitley Bay Football Club is Kes, with special guest actor David Bradley.

Vertigo and Shutter Island are two films playing at St Mary’s Lighthouse, while Whitley Bay’s seafront Rendezvous cafe will feature the film Amelie.

The festival will end with a movie cruise on DFDS to Amsterdam.


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