Scalarama 2016: three screenings at Fabrica Brighton

  • Thursday 1 September: Scalarama Brighton Launch Night ‘Forbidden Zone’ plus DJ night
  • Monday 5 September: Animal Farm plus Vivien Halas and Jez Stewart in conversation
  • Tuesday 6 September: Rubber

We are delighted to be presenting three events in partnership with Fabrica as part of Scalarama Brighton 2016.

To kick off this year’s screenings, we are inviting you to step into the Forbidden Zone, a bizarro world of frog butlers, topless princesses, machine-gun toting teachers, a lascivious dwarf king and his jealous wife, and the Devil himself (played by a terribly dapper Danny Elfman).
You’ve never seen anything like it…!

A favourite from the midnight movie circuit, in the vein of Rocky Horror and Hedwig, The Forbidden Zone is a demented tribute to the hot jazz and dark glamour of a lost age, filtered through the mind of a maniac. The film’s bonkers storyline, eclectic cast, animated sequences, light-hearted deviancy and memorable Cab Calloway-inspired musical numbers certainly make for a compelling experience. The film will be followed by a theatrical DJ set and pay bar til late. Go weird or go home!

Thank you to Longman Brewery, Propercorn and Lick for their support of this event

Thursday 1 September, Doors 7pm, film 7.30pm
Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions – 60+/ unemployed/ students), and are available through eventbrite or in person at Fabrica Gallery.

Animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor set up Halas & Batchelor Cartoons 75 years ago. The studio occupies a unique place in British cinema and, throughout its history, it always strove to pioneer new styles and techniques from paper cut-out figures to computer animation. The impact of the creative partnership of Halas & Batchelor is enormous, and the studio went on to create more than 2,000 films over 50 years.

Vivien Halas, is the daughter of Halas and Batchelor, and director of the Halas & Batchelor Collection, which is now housed at the BFI National Archive. She has written and lectured extensively about her parents’ lives and work.

Jez Stewart is a curator at the BFI National Archive, responsible for the animation collection. He has worked closely with Vivien on the accession of the Halas & Batchelor, as well as overseeing the acquisition of the Bob Godfrey films collection.

In this event, presented by Fabrica and Filmspot, Vivien and Jez will talk about the importance of the studio and introduce their best-known work, the adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, which is regarded as the first British feature length animation. An outstanding achievement for John Halas and Joy Batchelor, this landmark adaptation brilliantly conveys the horror and humour of George Orwell’s scathing satire.

Monday 5 September, Doors 7pm, film 7.30pm
Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions – 60+/ unemployed/ students), and are available through eventbrite or in person at Fabrica Gallery.

Fabrica and Filmspot present Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist satire is easily the most compelling film about a killer tyre with telekinetic powers that you are ever likely to see.

The film is the story of Robert, an abandoned, inanimate tyre in the desert that suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. At first content to prey on discarded objects and small desert creatures, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path.

Leaving a swath of destruction behind, Robert becomes a chaotic force and truly a movie villain for the ages. Beautifully shot, Dupieux takes the leftfield premise to the next level, by breaking the fourth wall. The director, AKA DJ Mr. Oizo, is also responsible for the mesmerizing, soundtrack, which adds to the film’s unexpected interest.

A wacky film starring a sentient tyre or an intelligent commentary about our voyeuristic culture – you decide!

Tuesday 6 September, Doors 7pm, film 7.30pm
Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions – 60+/ unemployed/ students), and are available through eventbrite or in person at Fabrica Gallery.


Filmspot CMPCA Pop up Cinema Club: Night of the Hunter

at St Michael’s Church Hall

St Michael’s Place, Brighton, BN1 3FU

Saturday 22 October, doors 7pm, 7.30pm film


We are delighted to continue our series of classic cinema screenings with the CMPCA in Brighton, with the opportunity to see Charles Laughton’s chilling film noir on the big screen. Night of the Hunter draws on the true story of murderer Henry Powers, who was hung for his crimes in 1932.

The film is boldly different from anything out of Hollywood during the 1950s, and it is now regarded as a masterpiece, with Cahiers du Cinema ranking it as the second greatest film of all time in 2008.

Tickets cost £8, including a glass of wine. Advanced booking is essential, due to limited space at the venue.

To purchase tickets, email or telephone 01273 328683 (payment must be made in advance of the screening by cheque or cash).

Here’s the trailer: