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Special screenings

NEXT week the Showroom Cinema will host three special screenings of new films from promising up-and-coming filmmaking talent.

First up on Tuesday is dark British comedy Treacle Jr, selected as Sight & Sound magazine’s Film of the Month. It tells the story of family man Tom (Tom Fisher), who sets out from home one day and does not return. In search of peace and anonymity, Tom heads to London where his tranquility is ruined by eccentric but well-meaning Irishman Aidan (Aidan Gillen), and Tom finds himself embroiled in Aidan’s tempestuous relationship with his girlfriend Linda (Riann Steele).

The film scooped the Hitchcock D’Or award at Dinard Film Festival 2010 and Aidan Gillen won Best Actor at Milan Film Festival 2011, as well as receiving a nomination for his performance at the British Independent Film Awards.

Director Jamie Thraves will attend the screening on Tuesday at 6.15pm and take part in a Q&A for his film which will have a week’s run at the Showroom from Friday, August 26.

The Showroom’s week of special screenings continues with The Taqwacores on Wednesday It’s a powerful and original story of self-discovery and punk Islam in the USA following naïve college kid Yusef (Bobby Naderi) who acquires new-found friends who combine their Muslim faith with reckless hedonism.

Director Eyad Zahra and actor Dominic Rains will be there for a Q&A. The Taqwacores will screen at the Showroom for a week from August 12.

The Interrupters also opens on that Friday with a special discussion session on the topic, Gang Affiliation or Your Community, preceding the first screening of the film. The discussion session at 6pm in Showroom 5 is free to anybody with a ticket to the 8pm screening of The Interrupters.

The Interrupters won the Special Jury Award at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

It documents a year on the streets of Chicago where a group of reformed offenders, the “interrupters, ” intervene in potentially violent situations to diffuse tension.

Poetry in motion

A SHEFFIELD-based film-maker has been shortlisted for Grierson 2011: The British Documentary Awards.

We are Poets, which follows a group of multi-ethic teenagers from Leeds Young Authors to a major Poetry Slam in Washington DC, is co-directed by Alex Ramseyer Bache from Woodseats and Daniel Lucchesi, a fellow student at Leeds Metropolitan University.

It is among eight films in the CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary category which will go through to the next round of judging in September when a shortlist of four for each category will be decided.

The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on November 1.

It previously won the Youth Jury prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June.

Documentary dates

FOLLOWING the successful staging of the first Sheffield Doc/Fest in the summer this year, it has been announced that the 19th documentary festival will be held from June 13-17, 2012.

Organisers report that this year’s event attracted 2,310 delegates and more than 11,000 members of the public to see 116 films, take part in 85 sessions, meet 221 decision-makers and hear 371 speakers from around the world.