Still: John Smith's Blight
Who are they?
Proudly the “antithesis of the multiplex”, for the better part of a decade Stow Film Lounge has been touring its mobile repertory cinema through Walthamstow and beyond.
Founded by theatre ex-pats Marcus Shepherd and Nick Bertram, now respectively writer-director and film journalist, the cinema has become known for both the striking reinterpretations of classic film posters that accompany each screening and the unmistakably independent bent to its programming – their back catalogue seeing Elia Kazan and Sergei Eisenstein rubbing shoulders with Ava DuVernay and Céline Sciamma, with directors like John Maclean (Slow West) and Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man) having dropped by to join them in conversation.
What are they up to at Leytonstone Loves Film?
A fair bit!
Stow Film Lounge have curated ‘On The Streets Where We Live’, a strand taking in the geography of the borough and interrogating senses of place and the communities embedded within them.
They’ll be screening Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, cult dance flick You Got Served alongside a very special anniversary screening of the work of avant garde filmmaker John Smith created during his decade and a half in Leytonstone.
Last year they ventured into production, producing their first feature The Tricycle Thief – a thoroughly local affair, set in Waltham Forest and with an entirely local cast and crew – which will be screening with a selection of shorts, street food stalls and an after-party.
Their favourite Leytonstone memory?
Nick: "There are so many memories of the area - from walks around Hollow Ponds to live music at the What's Cookin' nights. However, for us, our favourite would be the deckchair cinema screenings in The Red Lion’s courtyard. Top picks have included Hitchcock's Vertigo, Rear Window, The Blues Brothers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Indiana Jones to name but a few!"
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