Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will start a new series of monthly film screenings at The Pavilion from August to December. The theme for this month's screenings is "Entertainment Legends" with a focus on musical icons.
It's good to see DIFF organising film screenings leading up to the festival in December, and I really hope they continue after the festival. But I do question the choice of venue to screen these films. The Pavilion has a small theatre with beanbag seating that fits 60 people. Why not screen these films in a proper cinema theatre? We've got plenty of cinemas with good sound systems that can accommodate more people.
Whilst I try to figure out the answers, here's the line up for August. Spread the word.
Monday, 27th August - Nowhere Boy (2009)
Nowhere Boy tells the story of Lennon’s (Aaron Johnson) teenage years from 1955–1960 and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood – his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), and his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff).
In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatles Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster) and George Harrison (Sam Bell), and the development of their friendship and musical partnership.
Tuesday, 28th August - Marley (2012)
Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.
Wednesday, 29th August - The Festival Express (2003)
In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world’s greatest rock icons. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts.
The film combines live footage shot during the 1970 concerts, as well as aboard the train itself, interspersed with present-day interviews with tour participants sharing their often humorous recollections of the events.
Dates: 27th-29th August at 7.30pm
Venue: The Pavilion Downtown, Dubai Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (location map)
Phone: +971 4 4477025