An ongoing project exploring populist global cinema. Since 2012 the programme has included a Vietnamese hip-hop movie, Jamaican boxing drama, Korean girlpop horror, Congolese thriller, Hungarian cartoon and Filipino slum musical.
In the UK, the only ‘populist’ or ‘mass audience’ films we get to see are either home-grown (eg, The Inbetweeners Movie) or from Hollywood. The MONDO POP project explores and uncovers some of the great popular films produced in the rest of the world.
Global Picture Palace
A collaboration with the Stephen Lawrence Centre, supported by Flipside Film Festival and funded by Lewisham Arts Service.
On August Bank Holiday 2012 we launched our festival of popular world cinema at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. The weekend party featured action-adventure from India, hip-hop dance from Vietnam, teen boxing drama from Jamaica and a wild thriller from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Working with Phoenix was a pleasure. His knowledge and passion for film is infectious, and his ability to train others and develop their skills is of a high standard. I look forward to working with Phoenix again in the future.” Doreen Thompson-Addo, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Some months later, we developed an ongoing season of films at Enclave Gallery and Shambala Music Festival, where audiences have thrilled to a Bollywood CGI superhero, Korean girlpop horror, a Filipino slum musical and a Hungarian stoner cartoon.
- Read an early manifesto written for Deptford High Street.
- Read about the development of this project in my article for Frames Cinema Journal