Volume 95, Issue 63

Thursday, January 24, 2002
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London Underground

London's most famous Office

Form Moby Dick to Harlequin romance

The world of alternative cinema

Art outside the clique

Boneyard Man: still searching for wider acceptance

Lizards, Trixie and original fashion

The world of alternative cinema

By Matt Pearson
Gazette Staff

Although it takes them longer to arrive in the city, many foreign films eventually find their way to London's silver screens.

There are two separate film series in London – the Museum International Movie Series and the art/alternative series at Rainbow Cinemas in the Galleria Mall.

The museum began offering the film series at the beginning of 1999, partly as a response to the closing of the New Yorker alternative movie house, which still stands empty at the corner of Richmond and York streets.

The series, which features films from the Toronto International Film Festival, is part of a circuit that visits over 40 cities and towns in Ontario. A circuit has also developed in British Columbia and series organizer April Voth expects there will eventually be one in every province.

"We've been a big secret in the city," Voth said, adding she has a range of duties, including managing volunteers, publicizing the screenings, introducing the films and securing a venue. The upcoming series will be shown at the Capitol Theatre on Dundas Street.

Although the series is a fundraiser for the museum and, annually, it raises approximately $20,000, Voth said the primary goal of the series is to reach out to the London community.

"[The series] is bringing a different level of sophistication to movie-viewing in London."

The series – which began earlier this month and continues through May 5 – offers two Sunday screenings of each film.

Meanwhile, at Rainbow Cinemas, there are art/alternative screenings every Wednesday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.. The current series features eight films, including Mulholland Drive, Amelie, Kandahar and The Man Who Wasn't There.

"The response has been extremely positive," said Rainbow Cinemas general manager, Katrina Leray Chapman. She added interest may increase now that the film award season is in full swing.

"[This] series has films most likely to be nominated [for Oscars]," she said. "That's really going to boost business."

Repeated requests from the public helped drive the concept of showing alternative films. "We had a lot of people asking what kind of films we were going to play and they were asking us to fill that need [for alternative films]. I think it's really important – a lot of these films need to be seen."

Although Voth said she was disappointed the museums' current series partially overlaps the Rainbow Cinemas series, she is still excited about the selections, which include The War Bride, The Princess and the Warrior, Last Wedding, as well as Amelie, Kandahar and The Man Who Wasn't There.

Be Kind, Rewind – If you would like to stay in, but still want to enjoy alternative or foreign films, try FLIXX (551 Richmond St., 439-3549). The store, which opened in 1992, has over 6,000 films to choose from, making it one of the city's best stops for cult, classic or foreign films.

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