British Council Urban Futures Programme

British Council has launched the arts program “Urban Futures” since early 2018 which aims to foster greater inclusion and innovation in cities through the arts.  In Taiwan, we support cross-art institutions and practitioners to explore how art can make our cities more open, dynamic, inclusive and fit for the future.  Our program themes focus on "Art & Social Activism", "Art, Science & Digital Innovation", "Art & Disability" and "Art & Ageing". 

In May 2019, as part of the "Art and Social Activism" initiative, we proudly support Urban Nomad Film Festival to feature 5 UK films including "Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records", "Jimi Hendrix 1973", "Dennis and Lois", "Under the wire" and "Maiden".

Jimi Hendrix 1973 (with UK director John Head Q&A sessions)

Screening time:
19 May 17:45 + UK Director Q&A
20 May 19:45 + UK Director Q&A

Location: WONDERFUL THEATER (7F, No. 116 Hanzhong St, Wanhua District, Taipei)

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John Head, Joe Boyd, Gary Weis / 1973 / US / 102min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles

This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix’s untimely death. At the time it was an example of how a visual biography should be done, departing from the raw-concert-footage documentaries of the late 1960s to a more contemporary style of biography, in which the story of a life is related through a mix of old film clips and new commentary. Watching it now, we see many of rock n’ roll’s greatest legends –– Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, Pete Townsend, and Little Richard.

We’ve seen them on film many times, but there is a freshness to see them in their prime and speaking at length, in situ of the era that defined them, or conversely, the era they helped define. Watching this film now is a fascinating return to the disoriented drug hangover at the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s. The glory and mad musical energy of that time is captured here, as well as the difficulty of putting a label on an era that had barely passed. Though by 1973, the ’60s were certainly over, and reflection was becoming possible. It is at this moment the this film gives us the story of one of its greatest musicians, Jimi Hendrix, told straight from the mist of the purple haze.

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Screening time:
19 May 22:05
22 May 19:55

Location: WONDERFUL THEATER (7F, No. 116 Hanzhong St, Wanhua District, Taipei)

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Nicolas Jack Davies / 2018 / UK / 85min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles

A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture told through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, Trojan Records. Through archive footage, interviews and dramatic recreations, the film tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60’s and early 70’s Britain and how that period of immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture.

A cast of legendary artists tell the tale, including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more. The story begins in 1960s Jamaica with the birth of the rude boy, the emergence of sound-system culture and the rise of a distinctive Jamaican sound ska. From Kingston to London, it traces the emergence of rocksteady, reggae, and dub, showing how these sounds infected both British culture and the world.

Dennis and Lois

Screening time:
21 May 20:00
26 May 21:40

Location: WONDERFUL THEATER (7F, No. 116 Hanzhong St, Wanhua District, Taipei)

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Chris Cassidy / 2019 / US, UK / 87min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles

There are bands, there are fans, and then there’s Dennis and Lois. Over the last 40 years, they have seen more than 10,000 shows, traveling thousands of miles and visiting three venues on a typical night. It all started at CBGBs in the mid-70’s, when this New York couple befriended an up-and-coming band called The Ramones. They first helped them sell merch at gigs, quickly became close friends, and eventually followed them on world tour. They helped numerous other bands in the US and then in the UK, especially Manchester, which became their second home. The Happy Mondays named a song after them and SPIN Magazine published a comic strip celebrating their “War Stories from the Road.” Dennis and Lois are considered by many to be “Rock n Roll Royalty.” Theirs is a touching story of a couple who found a lifetime of true love through rock ‘n roll.

The documentary features The Stone Roses, The Vaccines, A Place to Bury Strangers, Doves, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Happy Mondays, Badly Drawn Boy and many others.

Under the wire

Screening time:
18 May 13:00
25 May 18:20

Location: WONDERFUL THEATER (7F, No. 116 Hanzhong St, Wanhua District, Taipei)

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Chris Martin / 2018 / UK / 95min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles

In February of 2012, war correspondent Marie Colvin illegally crossed the border into Syria with her photographer, Paul Conroy. Ignoring the government’s refusal to allow foreign journalists into the country, the two were among the first to attempt to cover the story of civilians trapped in the besieged city of Homs, where they found a ravaged war zone that only one of them would ultimately survive. Grippingly recounting their moment-by-moment journey into Homs, Under the Wire is a chilling tribute to the bravery that led Colvin and Conroy to their final mission together, documenting the massacre of hundreds of Syrian civilians by their own government. Narrated by a top-flight photojournalist, with supplemental interviews from top correspondents and editors at important British newspapers, the film is also an unusually candid glimpse into the motivation of journalists in war zones: what drives them, the power of bringing the truth to light, and why they risk their lives to tell it.

Maiden

Screening time:
19 May 15:55
24 May 18:10

Location: WONDERFUL THEATER (7F, No. 116 Hanzhong St, Wanhua District, Taipei)

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Alex Holmes / 2019 / UK / 97min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles

Maiden is the incredible story of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Up until then, the world of sailing was purely a men’s club. Many predicted this all-girl boat would give up within weeks of a grueling race that was set to last nine months and pass through the most treacherous waters on earth. Maiden is both the film’s title and also the name of the female crewed boat that entered that race. It was skippered by 24-year-old Tracy Edwards, who began sailing as a cook on charter boats, the only job allowed to her as a woman. Tracy’s dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home to buy a second-hand boat.

Director Alex Holmes tells her story like the high stakes thriller it truly was. Since the film’s world premier at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, it has garnered four star reviews throughout the UK media because it is truly a gripping and heartfelt tale, and wonderful feminist parable to boot!

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