I reported this on Anime UK News and I figure it should go up here to support the indie labels that were hit by the recent riots because indie film labels like Third Window Films (Villain, Love Exposure, Cold Fish), Terracotta Distribution (Breathless, Big Tits Zombie) and anime distributor Beez (Durarara!!) lost stock during the riots due to the fire at the Sony warehouse site which they were using as a storage facility for their DVD stock.
In an effort to support these indie labels a free Asian cinema All-Dayer has been organisd in order to raise awareness of their films. The screenings has been scheduled to take place at Bloomsbury Lanes’ cinema, Bedford Way, London on Saturday the 3rd of September. So far two films have been confirmed.
From 3pm: Fish Story (Third Window Films)
Based on a novel by Kotaro Isaka, ‘Fish Story’ weaves together several seemingly separate storylines taking place at different points in time over a 37-year span to explain how a little-known punk rock song can save the world.
From 5:30pm: Red Light Revolution (Terracotta Distribution)
China’s first sex shop comedy follows an unemployed Beijinger who risks it all to open an adult store, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighbourhood.
Organisers put out the following statement:
A day of free Asian film screenings is scheduled to hit the Bloomsbury Lanes in Tavistock Square on Saturday 3 September. Eccentric tales of punk music saving the world (Fish Story), as well as China’s first sex shop comedy (Red Light Revolution) are amongst the films scheduled, with more to be announced shortly.
The event is being organised by Japan Underground, a club night and promoter of Asian entertainment, to raise awareness and support for the independent Asian film companies that lost their stock when the Sony DADC centre was burnt down in the England riots on 8 August.
Confirmed to be showing films at the event are Third Window Films, who recently released the critically acclaimed Japanese thriller Confessions on DVD and currently have the award winning drama Villain in cinemas, and Terracotta Distribution, the company behind London’s Terracotta Film Festival and films as diverse as Big Tits Zombie 3D and “Film of the Year” (Sight & Sound) Breathless.
“Business is tough enough in the current climate, it would be an utter shame if the Sony DADC incident resulted in these independent companies ceasing to trade. They have so many fantastic and quirky titles that appeal to all kinds of film fans. I hope this free event will encourage those that would not usually try Asian cinema to give it a go, as well as allowing existing fans to show their support to the companies behind the films,” says Japan Underground’s director Tom Smith.
For further information visit http://japanunderground.wordpress.com/ – Japan Underground’s club night will follow the screenings in the venue’s Kingpin Suite, showcasing Japanese music and live artists until the early hours.