Britain’s only international comedy film festival, the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival will open with award-winning British director Ben Hopkins’ new film “Lost in Karastan”.
Organisers said the four-day fest, which runs Jan. 22-25, will feature more premières, director Q&As and live events than ever before as well as appearances from special guests such as “Lost in Karastan” star Matthew McFadyen (“Ripper Street”, “Spooks”).
World premières include “Superbob”, which stars Brett Goldstein (“Derek”), Catherine Tate (“Doctor Who”) and Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”), and “MLE” starring Sarah Warren, Mike Figgis (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Paul Haggis (“Crash”) — both films are nominated for the annual LOCO Discovery Awards, celebrating exciting new British comedy talent.
LOCO premières include new international comedies: “Farewell To The Moon”, Dutch director Dick Tuinder’s dark comedy set during the Netherlands’ summer of love, “Totally Talking”, the debut movie from director Tomáš Pavlíček with echoes of the Czech New Wave and cult vampire comedy “Summer of Blood” from US director Onur Tukel.
Organisers said the key theme of the festival is comedy and social class and it has partnered with activist network 38 Degrees on the “The Comedy of Class Season” at Picturehouse Cinemas, presenting classic and contemporary films such as “Kind Hearts and Coronets”, “Somers Town” and “Gosford Park”, which is screening complete with its own murder mystery themed party.
In partnership with Arts Emergency, LOCO also presents “Social Class: The Gameshow”, which will balance comedy and games with serious discussion and facts. Special guests to be announced.
Further highlights of LOCO 2015 include a “Live Drawing Show” with Lisa Gornick; “Hits and Giggles”, a celebration the extraordinary range of comedy in music videos, curated by Pulse Films; screenings of rare British silent films with live accompaniment by The Lucky Dog Picturehouse; LOCO’s BFI IMAX début with screenings in tribute to Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins; LOCO Local, bringing comedy films to the London boroughs. Aspiring comedy film-makers should also look out for the “Kickstart Your Comedy Career” course, with two days of industry insights, previews and networking events.
LOCO Director Denise Hicks said: “LOCO is the UK’s only international comedy film festival, celebrating the world’s most original comedy films. This year we have more new British films, more film-maker interviews and training, and a season of live events and screenings around social class and comedy, creating debate just three months before the election. Peter Ustinov once said that ‘comedy is just a funny way of being serious’, and this year’s programme shows the extraordinary range of genres and themes that comedy can cover.”