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At Kino London, we’re all about hookin’ ya’ll up to make films together. Nothing brings us more joy than to see a challenge film birthed into the world, nurtured with the love of total strangers. We love playing short-film cupid, shooting our little arrows of collaborative spirit into your collective filmmaking butts. And it’s a passion shared by filmmaking social network, Shooting People, which is why they’re bringing their monthly filmmakers’ meet-up, Shooters in the Pub, to Kino #65.

While Kino is always a great place to meet like-minded filmmakers to work with, Shooters in the Pub adds an extra social element to the night, with the bar staying open later so you can stick around and get yourself involved with the latest projects in London’s short film community. The screening will start slightly earlier to allow more shmoozing time after, so be sure to get in early.

Show us this flyer on the door for £3 entry to the screening


As always, filmmakers register in advance to screen their short at each event, sight unseen. We don’t watch ANYTHING in advance, we simply ask that you book your film in with us beforehand and present it yourself on the night. There are no themes, no pre-selection and no restrictions, other than:

– films must be under 6 minutes
– films must be on DVD
– films must include the Kino logo + screening number (65) at the end, just for our screening
– the filmmaker must present the film in person.

Screening slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to screen your short drop us a line ASAP at
We’ll need your name, the title and duration of your film, along with your contact details.


If you’ve never made a short, are stuck for an idea, or just want to work with new people, the Kino Challenge is a great way to get those filmmaking juices flowing.

Kino’s Open-Mic Short Film Night (#65)
Wednesday 13th August
7 Torrens Street
Angel Islington

Nearest tube: Angel
Doors at 7:30pm, films start 8pm
£4 entry, £3 with flyer (save some paper and get it on your phone)
Networking in the bar area from 7:30pm (FREE)
Free Popcorn

Belle & the Bond

Every life has its rules.

One of mine is: if ever invited to a screening on Goldfinger Avenue one must attend.

And so it was that a group of lucky Kino-goers travelled to the world-famous Pinewood Studios in leafy Buckinghamshire, for the opening of their Digital Motion Picture Centre, on the aforementioned Bond-Baddie-Drive. We were there as guests of Sony CineAlta Europe & Sony Pro Europe, who were showing off the gorgeous-looking Belle.


Directed by Amma Asante, Belle (as you probably know if you’re familiar with London Underground posters) tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-raced daughter of a Royal Navy officer brought up by the then Lord Chief Justice of England in Hampstead’s Kenwood House. We had our own taste of high society at Pinewood via the delicious nibbles laid on before our night at the movies (a big thank you to Luke & everyone at Marlin PR for hosting us).

Having heard Asante interviewed prior to seeing the film, I was intrigued by the eloquence, passion and intelligence with which she spoke of her film’s inspiration: a 1779 painting of the eponymous Belle alongside her adoptive cousin, Elizabeth.

Sadly, this Kino-er must admit to finding the film itself less than inspiring. Somehow Belle felt a little flat. Take the use of Kenwood House as an example; a sumptuous location which here seemed almost two-dimensional: an empty English Heritage site rather than the active stately home of the Mansfield family.

That said, we were there to look at the pictures. And what pictures. Shot on Sony’s F65 camera, Belle is the first true 4K feature film. For those who don’t know what that means, fear not. Essentially, it means there’s more information up on the screen. More colours, more contrast, more detail. Sadly, on this occasion, not quite enough drama.

Beautiful yet strangely un-cinematic, Belle is a moving tale with timeless relevance, anchored by some stellar performances and rich cinematography from Ben Smithard. But for me, it would have benefited from having Sean Connery tied to a table with a laser aimed between his legs.

But perhaps that’s just another one of my rules.