brighton’s cinecity film festival is back in november

CineCity is Brighton’s annual film festival, back for its 17th edition running from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th November, bringing a programme that’s packed full of world cinema, festival previews, live cinema and archive gems. Oh, how we love it! In a nutshell, there’s something for every level of film lover. Bringing the biggest celebration of cinema to the South, the partnership with the University of Brighton will see events take place across six venues in Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne and Worthing.

Here are a few events in the programme that caught our eye…

Opening night showing of The Lighthouse
If psychological thrillers are your thing, then Robert Eggers’ latest film, The Lighthouse, is one for you. Willem Dafoe is joined by Robert Pattinson to portray the story of two lighthouse keepers experiencing a slow spiral into madness during a four-week stint on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th century. Who could blame them? A great way to open the festival and one we’re sure will sell out fast after rave reviews, so get in there quick!
Friday 8th November, 9.00pm 
Duke of Yorks, Preston Road, Brighton BN1 4NA

A Dog Called Money
Documentaries can be an incredible way of gaining insight into someone else’s world and in this case, musician PJ Harvey lets award-winning war photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy explore the creative inspiration behind her ninth album. As they head out on the road, they look at the ways music unites communities in areas of conflict and deprivation. The film follows her on a journey that will soon become the inspiration for her album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, also documenting her involvement in the five-week installation at Somerset House that she was part of, where members of the public were invited to observe the album’s recording behind one-way glass. Intrigued? Us, too…
Monday 11th November, 8.00pm
ACCA, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QF

Talent Mixer
With so much talent being showcased during CineCity, it’s the perfect time to be inspired to develop new ideas and work on new productions. The BFI Network and Film Hub South East Talent Mixer is the perfect way to do just that, as it’s open to writers, animators, directors and producers. Pop down, meet other local film talent and find out about the latest funding and development opportunities so you can turn your idea into reality. BFI talent executive Tom Wightman will be there and there will be a talk from Jo Suncombe, British Council’s film programme manager on the night, too.
Thursday 14th November, 6.00pm; free
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

Rocks (featured image)
Any film about female friendship gets our BOTI vote and Rocks is set to be a standout portrayal of teenage life, from the director of Suffragette and Brick Lane, two films we loved. Living a life not dissimilar to the other teenagers around her, things suddenly take a turn when ‘Rocks’ returns home to find her mum has abandoned her and her little brother. Olushola, who was nicknamed ‘Rocks’ after sticking up for her best friend when faced by bullies, takes charge of her new se- up, so that the local authorities don’t find out. We think there may be tears at this one…
Friday 15th November, 6.30pm
Duke of Yorks, Preston Road, Brighton BN1 4NA

Tickets are now on sale, so take your pick and bag the best shows before they sell out!