THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES film screening + Q&A.

Koryo Tours and Kitchen Sink Collective present 
THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES film screening + Q&A. 

For the full experience book your North Korean inspired meal, available for £5 prepared by the Russet’s finest chef.
Please RSVP by the 29th June if you want to book a plate:

July 1st 2014 DOORS: 7pm, screening 7:30
The Russet – Hackney Downs E8 2BT

Dir: Daniel Gordon, DPRK/ UK, 2002, 80mins

‘The greatest sports story never told’ -Ron Gluckman, Asian Wall Street Journal, Jan 2002

In 1966, North Korea provided the greatest shock in World Cup history… Almost 40 years later two English filmmakers travelled to Pyongyang to try and find the surviving members of that team. The Game of Their Lives tells the remarkable story of how complete unknowns came to beat tournament favourites Italy in 1966, and provides a rare glimpse of life in modern day North Korea.

Join us for this special screening followed by a Q&A session with Vicky Mohieddeen, a video producer/ producer of creative projects at Koryo Tours and the co-ordinator of the international submissions for the Pyongyang Film Festival.
Find out about documentary-making in North Korea, the local DPRK film industry and how you can attend the Pyongyang International Film Festival.

Running Fence

(dir. David & Albert Maysles – USA, 1978, 58 mns)

Screens on Wednesday November 14th 2012 7.30pm.
Introduced and concluded (on tape) by Al Maysles.

Kitchen Sink Cinema goes epic with a film that may be less known but not less relevant. Thanks to a little excursion to New York recently, we were able to visit the living legend Albert Maysles who is keen to present one of his Christo films, Running Fence.  It’s an honor for us to be granted a screening and having it introduced and followed by Albert himself especially for you, our dedicated Kitchen Sink Cinema audience. Even though on tape, it’s a personal salute from him to all of us. A must-see. All welcome.

Join us for drinks at 7pm. The screening starts at 7.30 pm: entry is free as usual, donations very welcome. Hope to see you there!

A celebration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s vision; first a four-year struggle, then 24 1/2 miles of white  nylon fabric, rising from the Pacific and stretching like a white sail across California.

Runing Fence depicts the long struggle by the artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, to build a 24 mile fence of white fabric over the hills of California disappearing into the Pacific. Cost: 3 million dollars. The idea at first must seem the limit of absurdity for the fence was taken down as planned at the end of two weeks and now exists solely on film. There is a struggle between the artists and the state bureaucracy, who want to prevent the fence being erected, even though the ranchers whose land it crosses want it. Opposition seems insurmountable.

The fence finally unfurled brings the community together in celebration of its beauty. After four years of work, Christo sees the vision realized. “See how it describes the wind.”

And see an excerpt here!


By far the finest film I have seen about an artist and his work. Technically brilliant, beautifully paced, with  not an image wasted or held too long, the film somehow makes it possible for the viewer to become involved at a deep and personal level with the whole mad, marvelous epic. RUNNING FENCE is never didactic; it neither explains nor describes, and this is its great strength. On its own terms the film is as novel, as surprising, as hilarious, and in the end as beautiful as the work of art with which it deals.
Calvin Tomkins, the NEW YORKER

Running Fence picks up where Gimme Shelter left off.  Gimme Shelter, the Maysles Brothers (with Charlotte Zwerin) Altamont film, dealt with the breakdown of community, the exhaustion of the youth culture of the 60’s; Runing Fence, their new movie, in a sense deals with the survival of community, the way in which people discover the meaning of integrity and integration through a creative act.
— Robert Taylor, THE BOSTON GLOBE


Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival (1978)
1978 Academy Award Nominee




screened on Tuesday March 27th 2012

We were painting our studio and decided to do an impromptu screening of a wonderful film we discovered at this year’s Play-Doc Festival in Galicia. Here is what Variety Magazine had to say about it:

A fine example of a filmmaker’s engagement with his material, documaker Hermes Paralluelo’s debut feature, “Yatasto,” communes with an extended family that survives by recycling refuse on the fringes of the northern Argentine city of Cordoba. (…) Paralluelo, with his script and lensing partner Ezequiel Salinas, builds the film on sustained sequences in which his camera sits on the cart, gazing at the boys (or whomever is driving it), producing magnificent reverse tracking shots through Cordoba’s streets and boulevards. These aren’t merely elegant pieces of documentary filmmaking, but glimpses into what cinema seldom grasps: the real lives of the poor.

And see the gorgeous trailer here!

dir. Hermes Paralluelo
Argentina, 2011, 98′

Bebo, Ricardo and Pata live on the outskirts of the Argentine city of Córdoba, collecting cardboard for recycling in their battered horse-drawn cart. Hermes Paralluelo’s thoughtful documentary charts the boys’ day-to-day adventures as they go about their business, argue with their extended family, and share their dreams and aspirations. Many of the conversations are captured as the boys ride on the horse and cart through the city’s streets, the horse’s pattering offering a musical accompaniment to the ensuing action and a visual contrast to the reverse tracking shots through more affluent neighbourhoods that contrast with their sparse homes in Villa Urquiza. Ricardo cares nothing of school and dreams of being a jockey; his conscientious sister Dámaris wants to be a policewoman in the hope that she might be able to put a stop to their father’s drinking; and his grandmother Chinina reinforces the importance of hard work. The dialogue is often humorous and Paralluelo’s camera – always keeping a respectful distance – engagingly observes these tenacious teenagers at work and at play. (Maria Delgado)

The story so far…

We’ve hosted some dozens of screenings at our cinema at StudioStrike in Clapham and plans are afoot to bring our mobile cinema to new audiences in the community in 2012.

Many thanks are due to Christie for awarding us a projector, also to Harkness Screens for the fantastic screen and to StudioStrike for welcoming us into their artist studios above Clapham’s Bread & Roses pub.

In between dips in the river we hosted our first mobile cinema event, “Cinema in the Field”, at the Quadrangle Film Festival in September. Do keep an eye on their website for next year’s festival details.  We hope to camp out and collaborate with them once again in 2012. So hope to see you around the campfire there in September 2012.

This year we’ve discovered that the Kitchen Sink Cinema provides a great meeting place for film lovers & filmmakers; a cozy place to compare notes and express the highs and lows of the independent filmmakers’ arena. So do join us again in 2012 for more screenings and lively conversations!

Blue Meridian / Matyas Matyas


Screened on Tuesday 18th January 2012

To start off the new year, we screened Blue Meridian, Belgian director Sofie Benoot’s visually gorgeous journey down the Mississippi river. You can read an interview with Sofie Benoot and watch the trailer for Blue Meridian at IndieWire. In addition to that, we screened a rather amusing short animation-documentary from Romania, Mátyas Mátyás by Felméri Cecília. Both Sofie and Cecília joined us for a Q&A via Skype after the screening.

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975


Screened on Tuesday 6th December 2011  at 7PM

We showed a film that’s been taking festivals by storm this year: THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE (dir. Göran Hugo Olsson).

A film made from recently found footage shot by Swedish filmmakers and journalists between 1967 and 1975 both in Sweden and the U.S, it’s a fascinating film that provides insight into how the rest of the world looked at America at that time. The producer Tobias Janson joined us for a Q&A via Skype.

Including appearances by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, Angela Davis

Obsessive Shorts


Screened on Tuesday 4th October 2011  at 7PM

This evening was all about obsessions, convulsion… and the Royal blood.

For the first time, we screened a fiction work – a bold picture BY THE GRACE OF GOD, plus Q&A with director Ralitza Petrova.

Alongside there were 3 shorts, including provocative EVA- WORKING TITLE, and the hilarious KISS BILL plus a beautiful mini-short filmed on a mobile phone, SPLITSCREEN: A LOVE STORY.

Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears / A Miracle in West-Brom


Screened on Tuesday 27th September 2011  at 7PM

We were showing two films with some Indian snacks in the studio beforehand! We began with Billy Dosanjh’s short film A MIRACLE IN WEST BROM, followed by Simon Chambers’ EVERY GOOD MARRIAGE BEGINS WITH TEARS.

Q&A’s with both directors were amazing.

Nomadäk TX + 2 Shorts


Screened on Tuesday 20th September 2011 at 7:30PM

What you can cook with some wood, ice, stone and two amazing musicians?

The answer is a travelogue that brings you from the Sahara to Lapland. A diverse group of ethnic minorities share the same passion – music – and two amazingly talented musicians from Basque country, bring them together.

This resulted in the award-winning feature documentary NOMADÄK TX (89′, 2006) by Pablo Iraburu, Harkaitz Martinez de San Vicente and Igor Otxoa.

We also showed the short animation doc: I AM THE WALRUS (Josh Raskin, USA, 5′, 2008): In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack and the short animation ERNESTO (6’53”, 20911, UK, Corinne Ladeinde): Seven Year old Ernesto feels left out when he realises he is the only kid in school with a full set of milk teeth. When his efforts to fit in fail, Ernesto resorts to drastic measures to get rid of them, but his teeth have other plans..

Dreaming Workshop / The Edge of Dreaming

Workshop on Sunday 11th of September 2011 at 1:30PM

Amy was  giving a workshop on Dreams.

This workshop gave the audience a profound engagement with her latest film The Edge of Dreaming.

It was an engaging workshop about articulating a creative response, opening up a place for people to bring ones’ own experiences to the film and to build on their interpretation.

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