Filmspot CMPCA Pop Up Cinema: A Matter of Life and Death


St Michael’s Church Hall, St Michael’s Place, Brighton
Friday 2 December, doors open 7pm, for screening at 7.30pm

Powell and Pressburger’s classic romantic melodrama, ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ (1946) is a grandiose, audacious fantasy – but is drenched in cosy British charm. Starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring and Roger Livesey, and captured in Jack Cardiff’s signature rich cinematography, this screening will be a real treat.

David Niven plays Peter Carter, an RAF pilot who bails out of his plane over the Channel. By a clerical error on the part of the angel (Marius Goring) due to escort him to heaven, Peter survives long enough to meet and fall in love with a young US woman (Kim Hunter), with whom he had been in radio contact in his fateful, fatal flight. As his life hangs in the balance, Peter appears before a celestial court to plea for another shot at life.

Tickets: £9 including a festive drink and seasonal snack

Advance booking essential (we usually sell out at this venue!): online, by telephone (01273 328683) or email

Sing Russian! in Brighton and London this December


at Unitarian Church, Brighton: Saturday 10 December, 7.30pm (to book, click here)


Pushkin House, London: Friday 16 December, 7.30pm (to book, click here)

So the legend goes that when the Mongols approached Kitezh Grad, its citizens were not even trying to defend themselves as they fully trusted into God’s protection. They prayed together until, in front of the astonished invaders, the whole town submerged under the waters of Lake Svetloyar until nothing was seen, but the cross on the golden dome of the cathedral. It said that only those who are pure in their heart and soul will find their way to Kitezh Grad.

A programme of arias and ensembles from Russian operas, based on Russian fairy tales and folklore, will be performed by OperaCoast soloists. This performance is a highlight of the Sing Russian course, run annually by OperaCoast and designed to enable non-Russian speaking professional singers to perform Russian repertoire in the original language.

The Filmspot team are animating ‘stage sets’, from digitised ink and wash illustrations by Filmspot co-director, Rachel Cunningham. These will be projected during the two live performances in Brighton and London, to accompany the professional singers.