LIGHTBOX: Artwork by Holly Davey
Black Lives Matter
Chapter stands in solidarity with all communities who continue to suffer racial inequality and discrimination. Racism has no place in Wales or elsewhere.
We recognise that silence is seen as complicity.
We understand that it is vital to acknowledge and dismantle structural racism, and that words are not enough - action is needed.
Read our full statement and helpful resources here.
CHAPTER FROM HOME
Robin Morgan & Friends: Virtual Comedy Event
Ten years ago, Robin Morgan (BBC Radio 4, Sky One, CBBC, BBC One) performed his first ever stand-up show with Drones Comedy Club at Chapter. We were due to host a gig with him this month, and then the world turned upside down! We still want to celebrate with Robin, and with you, so we’re delighted to present a virtual stand-up special event tomorrow, Friday 3 July.
Featuring some of Robin's best comedy friends Angela Barnes (BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo), Stephen Bailey (C5’s Celebs On the Farm, Comedy Central’s Takeshi’s Castle, Live At The Apollo, Celebrity Mastermind) and Leroy Brito (BBC One’s Tourist Trap, Fake Views on BBC Radio Wales).
For more information and to book, click below.
New Virtual Film Releases
There are some exciting virtual film releases this month! If you rent one of the following films and select Chapter, a percentage of the profits will go towards supporting our cinema, which will help us to plan an exciting programme of independent and international films when we're able to re-open.
Family Romance, LLC
Master filmmaker Herzog turns his incisive gaze to performance businesses in Japan - where you can hire someone to pretend to be related to you. This fascinating docu-drama focuses on Yuichi and his ‘daughter’ Mahiro and how they navigate their relationship in the artifice. Watch the trailer here. For more information and to rent the film, click the button below. *Special offer* On Fri 3 July only, use code 'FRvirtual3July' to watch the film for free. Select Chapter and enter code in the Discount Box upon checkout.
Carmine Street Guitars
For decades, Rick Kelly has been building guitars for rock royalty, using reclaimed wood from the streets - “the bones of New York”. This lovely documentary shows us how he works and how the shop and his customers fit into the ever-changing city in Greenwich Village. Watch the trailer here. For more information and to rent the film, click below.
Modern Films has re-released White Riot until this Sunday 5 July. If you missed out last month, watch it now. The film follows the Rock Against Racism movement of the 1970s, revealing both the nastiness of the rising National Front and the amazing power of music, activism and real desire for social change at a grassroots level. For more information and to rent the film, click below.
A White White Day
Retired police officer, Ingimundur, begins to suspect that his recently deceased wife was having an affair before she died and gradually his obsession with the truth begins to endanger himself and his family. Watch the trailer here. To rent the film, click below. Be one of the first 50 viewers and get 10% off when entering code 'CHAPTER-AWWD10'.
MUBI: 3 months of free film
At the end of March, we teamed up with MUBI to offer you 90 days free streaming, so you could enjoy the best of contemporary cinema from home. Since our cinema remains closed, we’re delighted that the offer remains available to those of you who missed out first time around.
There are always 30 hand-picked films to watch or download. From forgotten gems to festival-fresh cinema, from cult classics to award-winning masterpieces, including Pain & Glory, which screened at Chapter last year.
For more information and to sign-up, click below.
Film Hub Wales programme recommendations
Thanks to National Lottery funding, Film Hub Wales are supporting 16 cinemas and festivals across Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the sites are offering exciting programmes online including:
Cardiff Animation Nights are back with their third online event - watch some exciting new independent animated short films from around the world streamed live on YouTube on Thursday 23rd July at 8:15pm
Join Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival as they celebrate their 10th anniversary online. The full 75-minute programme celebrates award-winning Japanese female directors and animators. 25th July at 11am & 6pm
Next year we celebrate our 50th Birthday. To mark this momentous occasion we’re looking back through our archive at some of the incredible events, exhibitions, gigs, gatherings and people who’ve made Chapter what it is today.
This week, we’re heading back to five years ago when we were busy installing our exhibition ‘Thirteen Blackbirds Look at a Man’. With works by Fiona MacDonald, Annie Whiles and Cathie Pilkington, the show also featured ‘The Second Room’, a beautiful text contribution by Sean Ashton.
If you missed the exhibition – or want to remind yourself of some of the great cast of characters - you can find out more about the artists and their work by watching this short film that we made to accompany it here.
During lockdown we’ve also been making many of our publications available to read online and you can see the beautiful book that we produced to accompany this exhibition by clicking the link below.
Welcome back to Chapter's Creative Community!
We’ve been closed a while now and we’re really missing everyone! Whilst we're busy planning how we can safely re-open our doors for artists, customers and visitors (more on that very soon), we’re delighted to say that on 1 July we were able to welcome back our resident companies and artists!
Our residents are the heart of what we do here at Chapter and we’re so happy to be able to support them to begin to safely kick-start their businesses once more.
The last four months have been really tough on everyone and small organisations, companies and individual makers and artists have been hit particularly hard! Many have moved their activities online including music and acting workshops, professional development coaching, streamed programme content and online shops.
As the country begins to re-open again we need to support local business more than ever. You can find out more about our creative community here.
To help us reopen and reach our 50th Birthday milestone, please consider donating at easydonate.org/CHAPTER or to give £10 text CHAPTER to 70191. Thanks for your support.