THE LIGHTS will be going down on the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival in the coming week.
The third annual festival of film will be bringing a barrage of cult cinematic entertainment to venues across the town from Saturday (November 7) to November 14.
The festival kicks off at North Hall in Spencer Yard at 4.30pm on Saturday with a screening of the cult detective film Zero Effect starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller.
The film will be preceeded by a panel discussion of Sherlock Holmes and cinema. Warwick School educated Guardian film critic Mike McCahill will join Warwick University film academics Paul Cuff, Michael Pigott and Nicolas Pillai in sharing their expertise.
And from 8pm the same day film fans will be forced to make the hardest choice in Desert Island Films.
The discussion will pit film journalists, bloggers and academics against each other as they argue over questions of value and pleasure at the movies before choosing just one to take with them to their island in the sun.
Each contributor will defend a beloved but neglected or reviled film before the discussion is opened out to the audience.
The festival will continue with screenings every day throughout the following week.
A new Live Soundtracks Event at the Pump Rooms on the Sunday will feature four different acts providing live music to accompany short films.
And the following day a special Masochist Film Club presentation of the often described as brilliantly awful Hard Ticket To Hawaii can be seen at The Townhouse.
The Drawing Board plays host to an already sold-out screening of the vampire comedy What We Do in The Shadows on the Tuesday, with award-winning animation World Of Tomorrow – preceeded by cult classic Southland Tales – at the Spa Centre Cinema on the Wednesday.
On Thursday, the documentary American Movie screens at St Patrick’s Irish Club, which will also see the award of the first LUC 48 hour film prize – which sees local filmmakers challenged to make a complete short film during just a weekend.
And a spooky screening of classic horror Evil Dead 2 – outdoors in Foundry Wood on Friday 13 – has also already sold out.
The final day of the festival will see the third LUC Short Film Prize presented at the Spa Centre Cinema – after a film quiz and screening of award-winning drama Wildlike.
Tickets for all events cost no more than £7 and can be bought in advance. Visit www.leamingtonundergroundcinema.co.uk for further details.