PASSENGERFILMS is a not-for-profit film society, founded and run by PhD students from Royal Holloway, University of London.  We bring hot topics from cultural geography to London’s film-going public.

We have previously been picked as Time Out’s Choice for “Other Cinema”, and were the national winners in 2012 and 2013 in the “Best Film Education Programme” category by the British Federation of Film Societies. See university news page on the award.

Cinema? Geography?

As Sir Peter Hall (UCL) remarked, “We’ve long had books about places by geographers, and books about films and TV by critics — but they’ve remained in hermetically sealed compartments, separated by an impassable gorge.” Cultural geography is not well known as a discipline, but has a strong impact on contemporary discussions about film, landscape, place, and politics. PASSENGERFILMS presents multi-disciplinary research on the constructed and contested spaces of human life, through cinema, talks, and Q&As offering novel interpretations of classic, cult and obscure films. We bring together conversations that have been happening inside and outside of the academy and within geography and film communities. Our screenings also provide an innovative platform for academics to contextualise and disseminate their research.

Drawing from Diverse Practices

PASSENGERFILMS aims to show the diversity and relevance of geographical approaches. We avoid the pedagogical model of a single speaker talking to what is often considered a “civilian” audience.  Instead, we invite several speakers who tackle the theme from a variety of angles. .

Expanded Audiences

Our audience is as eclectic as our films and collaborators. We run events in a number of venues, but most often hold screenings in informal settings, with drinks breaks to allow people to circulate, meet, and discuss.

Collaborative Spirit

We have collaborated with individuals, academic institutions, and social enterprises, to create both one-off events and themed seasons. For the 2012-13 year, we are inviting guest curators to plan PASSENGERFILMS events and will work with them to develop screening programmes.

If you are interested in curating an event or season with PASSENGERFILMS, or for more information, please contact us.

PASSENGERFILMS is on Facebook and Twitter (@passengerfilms) and can be contacted at passengerfilmsinfo(at)gmail.com.

You can download an information document with a sample of our 2012 screenings here.

4 Responses to “About”

  1. richard@THE-HIFF February 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Collaborate with our Nostalgia Theme this year @ THE-HIFF

  2. jodie July 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi, I’m trying to contact Passenger Films about a potential collaboration, but can’t find a contact email address, could you please email me?


  3. Igor Outkine January 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    My name is Igor Outkine.
    I would like to propose to you my live improvised music accompaniment on my “magic” midi accordion ( one-man orchestra) for a silent film.
    It could be one of films I have played for already or any other film of your choice.

    Described by Martin Scorsese as “one of the truly great films of the silent era”.
    The sold out screening of this film with my music accompaniment was organised by The Brockley Jack Film Club in London 4th December 2010.
    Link with info: http://brockleyjackfilmclub.co.uk/2010/11/01/1920s-soho-is-coming-to-nunhead-piccadilly-with-igor-outkine/
    Promo video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj2SQU_fYLA
    Review of the evening:
    We had a sumptuous, sizzling night of music and cocktails at the screening of the fabulous Piccadilly. Igor worked magic with his accordion and managed to interpret every nuance of the film, at times it almost felt like dialogue. Despite the freezing conditions outside, a number of brave audience members sported glamorous 1920s style clothes which complimented the candlelit ballroom of the Ivy House. Our only regret is that we couldn’t have accommodated more of you. We’d love to do something similar next year and will keep you posted.

    “The General”
    I have played an improvised score for a silent film “The General” (Director: Clyde Bruckman , Buster Keaton) at the Cristal Palace Pictures 14th April 2011 .
    Organizer’s comment:
    “Last night’s double bill of Laurel and Hardy and The General was quite simply one of the best film experiences I have enjoyed. Not just during the two years of Crystal Palace Pictures, but ever!”
    Aside from two truly great films – true genius at work in both cases – the night was made by the musical talents of Igor Outkine whose accordion helped bring Buster Keaton to life. We have definitely found a regular feature for future seasons) Mark, organizer

    I have also played for a silent short films triple bill of
    “The Champion” (Charlie Chaplin) – 33 minutes, “The Boat” (Buster Keaton) – 20 mins & Two “Tars” Laurel & Hardy) – 21 mins
    It was done at the Hither Green Hall Cinema.
    “Igor Outkine was amazing” Hither Green Hall Cinema http://www.facebook.com/HGHCinema?sk=wall&filter=2

    I also did “Battleship Potyemkin” a few years ago. I was part of 8 piece band . I would be happy to do it as a solo. I am Russian by the way.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Igor Outkine

    +44(0)203 539 3393
    +44(0)796 831 6295

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