Duke Fest Zero - Truly a film festival like no other from the Duke Mitchell Film Club

London has plenty of film festivals, often it feels like at least ten are going on at once. But Duke Fest, run by the champion of film oddities known as the Duke Mitchell, is truly a festival like no other.

The first of it's kind from the fringe film club, Duke Fest starts from June 29th at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, and promises: '4-nights of the most entertaining, enjoyable and downright strangest films and events we could think of.'

It has to be said, it's hard to think of anther film festival or club where you could catch My Name is Jonah, a film which promises the chance to meet the most mysterious icon ever to emerge from New York, a man who is at one a martial artist, an adventurer, a vigilante and an internet icon with a sideline in outrageous holiday cards. Or Strangers in Paradise, which boasts a time-travelling cryogenically frozen hypnotist trying to escape the evil Nazis by fleeing to the 1980s. 

On top of that, Duke Fest promises 'premieres, special guests, a mystery trailer reel, a live translation by someone who doesn’t speak the film’s language and much much more.' 


Sunday 29 June
9.00PM | My Name Is Jonah | European Premiere | The Prince Charles Cinema

Monday 30 June
7.00PM | Mix-it-Up Night | Free Entry | The Phoenix Artists Club
7.30PM | Stockholm Nights w/live translation
8.45PM | The Great VHS Experiment 2: Japanese Edition
10.00PM | Night Of The Trailers Presents: The Duck Video Mix. World Premiere! 

Tuesday 1 July
7.00PM | Music Night | Free Entry | The Phoenix Artists Club
7.30PM | Bonus Event: Night Of The Trailers: Found Footage Battle Royale Audition
8.00PM | Death Waltz Presents: A Musical Horror Trip
9:15PM | Music Video Found Footage

Wednesday 2 July
9.00PM | Strangers In Paradise & Mystery 35MM Trailer Reel  | 30th Anniversary The Prince Charles Cinema


Owen Van Spall

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