Re-imagined Buildings – four films in four unique spaces

Re-imagined buidlings

Take four very different buildings with an amazingly diverse history and use: A Victorian Turkish Baths, a medieval underground crypt, a former tractor shed and a previously derelict industrial building.  Then imagine these buildings being used for a pop-up series of unique film screening events shown in four regenerated, or soon to be regenerated buildings, in the Lewes district.

Screened in partnership with Lewes Depot, Film Hub South East and Lewes District Council, the artistic vision has developed as a response to each of the individual buildings heritage, location or current use. This is not cinema as we know it but a celebration and exploration of the buildings themselves too with speakers, exhibitions, art, photography and a bar/cafe.

Each film has been specially chosen to reflect the use or history of the building. The programme starts in the former Victorian Turkish Baths in Lewes on Thursday 20 October with the 'The Wedding Song", directed by Karen Albou and set in 1942, Tunisia.  This intimate film ‘conjures an irresistibly evocative atmosphere of stifling limitations… its caustic beauty is hard to shake’ Time Out (2008). Chosen to portray  the intimacy of public baths, as well as reflect the building's history, this event opens with a short talk and exhibition of the Turkish Bath’s history to date.  Tickets are £5 and are available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre.

Next in the programme is a screening of 'Exit Through the Gift Shop', an amusing look at underground art by infamous graffiti street artist Banksy, screened in a medieval underground crypt in Seaford.  Arts@theCrypt play host to this special half term event, where they welcome young people to come along to a FREE preview screening at 3pm on Tuesday 25 October (first come, first served).  The general public screening is at 6.30pm with tickets available at £5 from Seaford Tourist Information Centre.

The third event is being hosted in a former tractor shed in Peacehaven for 'Jigsaw', a 1960’s crime drama featuring a house that still exists in the coastal town. The building has been transformed into the multi award winning building, the Gateway Café at Centenary Park in Peacehaven, the screening starts at 6.30pm on Friday 11 November and tickets are available at £10 from the café.

The fourth film takes us out to sea with the 'Life of Pi' at UTC@harbourside, a building from Newhaven's industrial past has been reimagined for the education of science and technology. Screening takes place at 6.30pm on Thursday 17 November and tickets of £5/£3 are available from Newhaven Town Council.

Re-Imagined Buildings is a series of screenings that will inspire and inform local communities on the history and future of familiar buildings. A fun introduction to different films while enjoying a fresh look at the buildings people see each day.

Story published on 21 October 2016