Projectile 2008, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, May 23rd - 26th: the line up

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Projectile 2008, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, May 23rd - 26th: the line up

With nearly 3 months to go, this is on the provisional side, but here's the line up for Projectile 2008. As always, free accommodation will be available, so get those cheap train tickets booked! See you in May.

PROJECTILE 2008: The Fourth Annual Festival of Anarchist Film, Culture
and Politics, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Friday May 23rd - Monday May 26th 2008

Irrepressible, unstoppable, the Projectile Anarchist Film Festival
returns for its 4th year. Films, discussions, practical workshops,
panel debates, Q and As, music, poetry and art installations will be
squeezed like veritable sardines into the four days. We'll also be having a wee chat via a live webcast with one Noam Chomsky...

Friday 23rd May

You can call into the Star and Shadow from 5.30pm to buy your ticket,
have a drink or something to eat (veggie food and the bar will be
available throughout Projectile).

Projectile 2008 however, really begins at 7.30pm with a live web link
to the world's favourite libertarian socialist, Noam Chomsky,
including a Q and A on anarchism. Famous initially in the field of
linguistics, Chomsky has become the leading theorist of American power
and foreign policy.

The webcast will take place in Room 001 in the Newcastle Business School and School of Law Building, City Campus East at the University of Northumbria (though check our website closer to the time for confirmation of venue). The session is free to anyone purchasing a weekend or day pass to Projectile. For others, we are asking for £5 to cover the room/equipment hire.

After the Chomsky webcast we return to the cinema for an acoustic set
and late bar, headlined by founder member of the Roaring Jacks, Alistair Hulett. In an eclectic career, the Glasgow based Hulett has drawn on our radical history, from the Peasant’s Revolt to the Poll Tax Riots.

Saturday 24th May

Day two of Projectile opens with the documentary Ethel MacDonald: an
anarchist's story. This looks at the remarkable life of the
Motherwell born MacDonald who made English language broadcasts from
Barcelona at the height of the Spanish Revolution. Later she became
the 'anarchist pimpernel' assisting libertarians to flee Franco's
repression. After the screening of An Anarchist's Story, there will
be an opportunity to question the filmmaker, Mark Littlewood.

Other Saturday highlights include: an outdoor Parkour (Free Running)
workshop; a roundtable discussion on current struggles and a talk on
the Paris Commune. Films include The Free Voice of Labour: the Jewish anarchists. Day two of Projectile ends with local and national bands gigging till late (line up to be

Sunday 25th May

Highlights of day three include a second roundtable discussion, this
time on class and community struggle with contributions from groups
such as Glasgow Praxis and Haringey Solidarity Group. The session will try to learn some lessons and consider what class politics might look like in a local setting.

On day three we'll also be hearing from Chris Reeves of Platform
Films, makers of The Miners Campaign Tapes; Not in My Name and Proud Arabs
and Texas Oilmen.

Sunday films include Jean Vigo's classic Zero de Conduite, the once
banned surreal rebellion against institutional repression, and Les
Lip: L'Imagination Au Pouvoir. Finally, from 8.00pm we'll be hosting
a night of DJs, Ska and your own Autonomix Collective.

Monday 26th May

As a bonus, this year's Projectile coincides with the Bank Holiday,
allowing an extra day of films and workshops. This all begins at 11
am with Porto Marghera: the last firebrands - an account of the
struggle for workers autonomy (operaismo) in Italy during the 1970s.
Other films include Camcorder Guerillas Health and Solidarity : Scotland and the Zapatistas - introduced by Mike Valance. There will also be a
discussion on prisons and punishment, along with spaces for ad hoc
meetings put on by those attending Projectile.

Costs and Accommodation

Full Weekend Passes for Projectile cost £25 (or £10 unwaged/low
waged), though no-one will be turned away. Day passes and ‘per film’ options are also available (see website for detail)

As in previous years, free accommodation is available for those
travelling from outside of the area (bring a sleeping bag and let us
know beforehand).

Keep in Touch

The full Programme will be available soon at - where you can also sign up for regular Projectile updates. You can contact us at