The 15th Southampton Film Week launches on Friday, bringing a whole range of cinematic treats to the city

The 15th Southampton Film Week launches on Friday, bringing a whole range of cinematic treats to the city

by Sally Churchward.

Returning to the city for the 15th time, Friday (November 11)  marks the beginning of 2022 Southampton Film Week.

The annual event celebrates films and the work of filmmakers from across the globe.

Southampton Film Week was launched in 2008 as part of an initiative by community filmmaking charity City Eye to foster a greater appreciation of film and moving image within Southampton and the wider area. Now in its fifteenth year, Southampton Film Week has helped to establish a culture within the city that explores a truly diverse range of film.

Interwoven with a programme of features and shorts, the festival also incudes artists’ moving image work, screenings with live music, and heritage film, as well as a wide variety of training, workshops and seminars.

Southampton Film Week 2022 runs from Friday, November 11 to November 21 (so it’s a director’s cut rather than a regular, seven-day week theatrical release).

It launches on Friday with a free event at Turner Sims, with a concert and digital image performance from concert pianist Larkhall and his computer system Otto.This is followed on Saturday 12 with a free creative coding taster session with Larkhall.

Documentary film A Bunch of Amateurs, a heartwarming film about the members of Britain’s oldest film club attempting to prevent its demise, will be shown on November 14 at Solent University.

One of the highlights of the week will be the screening of 1924 Buster Keaton film Sherlock Jr at O2 Guildhall Southampton, with live accompaniment from Richard Hills at the Compton pipe organ.

Hitchcock’s The Lodger will be screened with a live score,  and there will be screenings of a wide range of films including Sing 2, The Secret of NIMH, Queen of Glory and My Mexican Bretzel.

Solent CGFX Festival, on November 18, will be a day of multiple events, with industry speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

The programme of events also includes a film quiz, a dive into local archives and much more. 

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