Hidden Door

Interview: KinoKlub

KinoKlub is Edinburgh’s surrealist pop-up cinema collective formed by Morvern Cunningham and Malgorzata Bugaj. They are committed to showcasing the best in surreal and experimental film.

What is your starting point for curating a film programme? How do you find your ideas?

In our “normal” lives, we both have jobs linked with cinema and film exhibition, so we need to watch an insane number of films. Those which tick the box of “weird and wonderful” make it to our next programme.

What are your key creative motivations as a film company?

We are committed to showcasing some of the best in surreal and experimental film from all eras and across the globe. Our screenings are unique, one-off events which explore different spaces around Edinburgh. We tend to never screen in the same spaces, and have so far screened in a variety of institutes, a dissection room, the basement of a charity shop, an erotic boutique and other spaces. We always seek diverse collaboration with a variety of film-related organizations.

Which film directors/cinematographers inspire you most?

We love Eastern European surreal animation – directors such as Jan Svankmajer, Jiri Barta, Ladislas Starevich, Zbigniew Rybczynski or Jan Lenica. We are also interested in avant-garde (we showed films of Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger at our two previous screenings for the Hidden Door) and experimental cinema.

How and why did you begin your involvement with the film industry?

Both of us began our film careers at Filmhouse and Edinburgh Film Festival around 10 years ago. We always talked about putting on our own screenings of experimental surreal film, and started KinoKlub a couple of years after first discussing it. Morvern also conducted a number of film exhibition events including Future Shorts in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and VHS Trash Fest, as well as other one-off’s. She most recently completed a community cinema project that worked with groups around Scotland called Grow Your Own Cinema. Gosia has lectured in cinema at the University of Edinburgh and Stirling University. She also writes about film.

What are you most looking forward to about being at Leith Theatre?

We always enjoy engaging with new, unusual spaces full of surprises and unexpected creative possibilities. It will also be great to be part of the regeneration of a community space that has lain empty and disused for such a long time. The atmosphere will really compliment our screening! We hope that the Leith Theatre will continue to be used for exciting artistic purposes in the future.