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Searching for Sugar Man at Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

A quick glance at the title and you could mistake it for a documentary on Lord Sugar’s softer side. That or something creepy which I will not delve into. But anyway, Searching For Sugar Man –  which made its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – is quite the tale, which follows a man only known by the vague name of Rodriguez. He was a global rock star that never was – shunned in his native US before apparently shooting himself onstage because of his commercial failure.

On the other side of the Atlantic in South Africa, the apartheid was in full throttle and the state was censoring whatever they could find that could disrupt their control. But, like a miracle, Rodriguez’s Cold Fact album managed to slip into the airwaves and blossomed into the soundtrack that inspired the people of South Africa into an equal era of peace and democracy. As a result, some of his fans began to trace the man that helped liberate their country and find out if his ending was truly tragic.


I’m not normally a documentary-film kind of guy but this film will definitely encourage me to see more of its kind. Helped with the fact that the music by Rodriguez is excellent. Who wouldn’t groove along to I Wonder?

You can book tickets here.

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Note: I am not associated with Gate Cinema in any way or form. Just your average cinema-goer who loves his favourite and local cinema.

Gate Cinema
87 Notting Hill
W11 3JZ
London

Book by phone: 0871 902 5731 (10p a minute from BT landline)

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Free screening of Electrick Children at Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

Summer holidays are here (or a nearing) and….well, we’re spending it indoors. Bloody rain. But I guess there’s a silver lining: Gate Cinema is offering us broke students shelter and a free movie!

Electrick Children follows the tale of mormon virgin Rachel who finds herself pregnant after listening to a forbidden tape recording of The Nerves’ Hanging On the Telephone. Rachel flees to Las Vegas after she is unable to confront the shame and forced marriage and goes off on a search to find the man behind the song.

 

To get yourself a free ticket as well as an E4 Slacker’s Card pop down to Gate Cinema at any time with a NUS card or college/university ID. With your new clubcard, you can visit any Picturehouse cinema to watch the month’s free feature films – in this case, it is Electrick Children. You would have to be…well, not a student to miss it. That or you have bottomless funds. Or a job.

For more information and additional viewing times and dates of Electrick Children, visit the Gate Cinema website.

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The Slacker’s Club is a collaborative scheme by E4 & Picturehouse Cinemas to showcase the latest independent/ alternative film.

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Gate Cinema
87 Notting Hill
W11 3JZ
London

Book by phone: 0871 902 5731 (10p a minute from BT landline)
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Documentary Season at Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

In case you didn’t hear, Gate Cinema hit the ripe age of 101 last week so happy birthday to them. Here’s hoping for another successful 101 years!

Greetings aside, April has been quite a busy – and wet – month with the Easter holidays arriving early. So what does May have in store for Gate Cinema? Probing questions, sneak-peaks behind the scenes, peering into history and, of course, an depth look at the lives of extraordinary people – yup, Gate Cinema will be screening a fantastic variety of documentaries to unravel the mysteries and worlds of, well, see for yourself!

Revenge of the Electric Car

A quick look at the title and you might mistake it for a parody of the Transformers movies (terrible franchise by the way). Thankfully it’s not. This documentary takes a look at the companies that killed off their brand of electric cars. But now, in 2012, their cars have come back fighting. Here we look at their latest line of electric cars to take to the roads, ready to race into the hearts of motorists after years of stuttering starts in the industry.

Director Chris Paine says: “Tesla CEO Elon Musk puts his personal fortune on the line. Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice Chair, stakes the entire brand on the very technology it once tried to kill. Nissan’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, bets the farm on a car almost no one believes can happen. And my neighbor, Greg ‘Gadget’ Abbott, like thousands of other car converters around the world, sets out to prove you can do it yourself. The challenges they face are as tough as capitalism can be cagey.

“But the prize if they succeed is really for all of us: the reinvention of the car without gasoline, and potentially without fossil fuel at all.”

Book here | IMdB

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Town of Runners + Q&A with director Jerry Rothwell at Gate Cinema

With the London Marathon already across the finishing line and London 2012 warming up for the next race, Town of Runners is the perfect documentary to keep your running fix topped up. Director Jerry Rothwell heads to Ethiopia, where some of the world’s best runners are bred and born despite the poverty the usually dominate the headlines.

For three years, cameras follow the lives of aspiring runners all hoping to get a chance to get on the world stage and achieve the same success as their heroes.

Book here | IMdB

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Being Elmo

‘Elmo would like to know, who plays Elmo?!’ It’s a question that has been circling in my head since I was a little kid.

Oh hello, documentary that answers that very question!This docu is a great follow up for those who were tickled and chortled at the latest Muppets movie shown at Gate Cinema. Being Elmo follows Kevin Clash, otherwise known as the man behind Sesame Street’s favourite red muppet, Elmo. Ever since he was a teenager, Clash aspired to be a puppeteer and his dreams finally came true after joining Jim Henson’s and his legendary team.

This heart warming story won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Book here | IMdB

For a full list of films, visit the Gate Cinema website.

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All films supported by Dogwoof:

Dogwoof is the UK’s leading independent documentary film distributor, responsible for the highly successful distribution of films such as THE AGE OF STUPID, THE END OF THE LINE, BURMA VJ, RESTREPO, and most recently DREAMS OF A LIFE. Dogwoof is a great supporter of independent, innovative filmmaking that challenges audiences and brings important stories into the public eye. For further information, visit www.dogwoof.com

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Easter Films at Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

So it’s finally Easter and I’m guessing many of you are procrastinating to escape from exams and assessments, ‘revising’, finished uni like I have or well, procrastinating some more. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to take a breather from academic or work life and refresh your head.

For me, trips to the cinema is an obvious move. A good ol’ Hollywood blockbuster or mainstream British film can do the job in getting our movie fixes. However, sometimes we need to step back from the bombast and dive into the world of independent films. Gate Cinema is just one of many independent cinemas in London.  Its facade and interior feels as if you stepped back in time to watch a play, offering a refreshing feel to those used to the modern venues (and wallet busting prices) such as Vue and Odeon.

As for the films they’re showing this Easter, they’ve got a variety of genres that’ll attract film goers of all ages:

 

A Cat In Paris

The French animated  A Cat In Paris follows Dino, a mischievous  cat who leaves his house and owner, Zoé, during the night to help and carry out daring burglaries with a burglar named Nico.  Of course, Zoé begins to notice Dino’s nightly exploits and soon tails her beloved pet to unveil a shocking discovery.

Book here | IMdB

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Damsels In Distress

Don’t be fooled by the title. This comedy stars three woman hoping to help students at a local college who are on the brink of suicide and swimming in depression through dance and healthy living. Of course, not everything goes as planned as romances spring that threatens their friendship. As an added bonus, director Whit Stillman will be at Gate Cinema for a Q&A session so it’ll be definitely worth booking for!

Book here | IMdB

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This Must the Place

We turn things up to 11 with drama This Must Be the Place,  tells the story of a down-and-out rock star forced to hunt down a Nazi after an unexpected turn of events. Rock ‘n’ roll trainspotters will notice the references embedded in the film and even co-stars Bono’s (U2) daughter, Eve Hewson.

Book here | IMdB

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COMPETITION: Free tickets to see Project Nim at Gate Cinema

Notting Hill’s Gate Cinema and your local Notting Hill website, nottinghillgate.co.uk, has teamed up to offer tweeps a pair of tickets to see Project Nim:

This is the unforgettable story of Nim Chimpski, a loveable chimpanzee who was taken from his mother in the early 1970s to be used in a revolutionary and controversial scientific research project. The aim: raise a chimp as a human being and solve the nature-versus-nurture debate once and for all.

All you have to do is log onto Twitter and retweet (RT) the following:

Competition ends on 5 September.

Gate Cinema, 87 Notting Hill Gate London W10 |  nottinghillgate.co.uk launching this autumn.

Good luck!

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Watch the latest movies at Notting Hill

Originally posted on nottinghillgate.co.uk – posted on 31 July

Why pay £7-8+ to watch a summer blockbuster when you can watch it for as little as £3.50 at the Coronet Cinema in Notting Hill? The other question is ‘why didn’t anyone tell me about this in the first place?’

And if you’re into indie movies, the Gate Cinema has a lot to offer.

Here’s an excerpt:

The last installment and the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows continues its run at the Coronet

[The Electric Cinema, Porobello Road] they’re also showing sci-fi movie Super 8. This mysterious adventure takes place in Ohio, where a group of films attempt to make an amatuer zombie film using a super 8 camera.

Another acclaimed Anime coming to you [to the Gate Cinema] from Japan; Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director who brought you Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, directs Arreitty.

Read the rest on nottinghillgate.co.uk.

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