What with the temporary closure of the Hyde Park Picture House and the lockdown of other venues, I was really missing my regular cinema visits.
I took out a free 90 days trial of MUBI (still available via the Picture House). which I had never used before. You have to give MUBI your card details when you sign up and if you don’t unsubscribe in time you they start charging you monthly until you do. Current rates are £9.99 a month or £95.88 for a year. You might find some other free trials, for example through Amazon Prime.
MUBI is a streaming platform https://mubi.com which they say will work on any device, (computers, mobile devices iPad, iPhone, Android and smart TVs). They have an ever-changing collection of international, classic, arthouse and indie films. It’s a good chance to see films that you missed first time round, and explore ones that you’ve never even heard of before. Every day MUBI adds a new film that stays online tor 30 days, and they’ve just added a lot more from their film library too.To give a glimpse of what is on offer, here are some titles to give an idea of the range:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) feminist tale of lesbian desire Frank (2014) comedy
Persepolis (2017) animated story of girl growing up in Iranian revolution
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) dark fairy tale
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) satire
Orgy of the Dead (1965) cult classic
Army of Shadows (1969) French resistance, suspense
The White Sheik (1952) early Fellini
La Bête Humaine (1938) psychological thriller
Grand Illusion (1937) anti-war classic
Let us know in the comments if you’ve joined Mubi (or other services) and have any recommendations.
Our friends at HEART have been organising a weekly online film discussion club during the lockdown.
LOCKDOWN FILM CLUB with Gurj Kang meets on Zoom on Fridays from 7pm
We are a friendly group who discuss films that have been keeping us going through Lockdown. We have a theme each week such as comedy or rom coms and you are encourage to nominate two favourites in advance.
To give you an idea of the variety, rom com favourites included:
Bringing up Baby (1938)
Notting Hill (1999)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
ChungKing Express (1994)
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (1989)
Say Anything (1989)
Gregory’s Girl (1981)
The film club is organised by HEART, the arts, enterprise and community centre in the middle of Headingley run by the community for the community. HEART will be the venue for Hyde and Seek family friendly films and for Memory Matinees (screenings inclusive for people with dementia) as the Lockdown ends. There is no charge but members are encouraged to support HEART’s work through Just Giving. https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/heartheadingley