Carefree Vacant Property, 6th Sept.

Posted On July 23, 2010

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A documentary film followed by a question an danswer session with the film maker.
In the Documentary Carefree vacant property (Leegstand zonder zorgen ) 7
Dutch tenants of the 2 largest anti-squat agencies, Camelot property
management and Ad Hoc property management, are followed to investigate the
consequences of living in a house without tenancy rights. Who uses the
services of anti-squat agencies? How do politicians, housing experts,
lawyers and other people involved in vacant property management judge this
rising phenomenon?

Temporary tenants/guardians, who are often unable to find a home on the
housing market, are placed in empty buildings to prevent squatting and
disrepair. By becoming guardians, tenants find themselves in a position
where they have almost no rights. For instance, the special type of
‘’licence agreement’’ stipulated can be ended without any reason at two
weeks notice, the domestic peace is not respected, people may not throw
parties and may not talk to the press without prior permission.  More than
30 rules violate the European Convention of Human Rights.

The documentary makes visible this hidden reality and tries to stir up the
debate around what are better ways of dealing with empty properties.

In The Netherlands the documentary has stirred a big public debate in
parliament and in the media.

Anti-squat agencies are rapidly spreading in Europe and are already active
in The Netherlands England, Belgium France Germany and Ireland.

The Cove, Monday July 12th

Posted On July 7, 2010

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In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a shocking secret that a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep hidden from the world. In Taiji, Japan, former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.” One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast. But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it. Film starts at 7.30pm.

Feminism Awareness Night, 26th July

Posted On July 2, 2010

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Showing: The Price of Pleasure features voices from this hugely profitable industry, candidly discussing the role pornography has played in shaping sexual imaginations and relationships. It provides a holistic understanding and debunks common myths. Plus, a short documentary, “Why Women?” and a discussion.

Pogo Cinema returns.

Posted On April 30, 2010

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There will be a new season of films at Pogo on Monday nights hosted by the same folk who did the film nights at Pogo some time ago! First up (Monday May 10th at 7.30pm) will be the new film about fox hunting from the League Against Cruel Sports called A MINORITY PASTIME. So keep your eyes upon this blog or look out for the reappearance of the monthly Pogo news sheets to find out what else we have in store for you.

All change!!

Posted On February 6, 2010

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We’ve changed the exhibition round at Pogo.

The new stuff we have up is a bunch of prints from Billy. You can check out more of Billy’s work at

This weeks film for free….

Posted On January 31, 2010

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This weeks we’ll be showing Turtles can Fly.

Here’s something that someone else wrote about it cause I haven’t seen it yet:

“Turtles can Fly is the first movie to be filmed on location in Iraq, following the fall of Saddam. It concerns itself with events immediately before American and British forces invaded, largely from the perspective of Kurdish refugees scratching out a living on the Iraq-Turkish border. Its particular subject is children, orphans who have been forced to grow up too quickly as a consequence of the regime’s suppression of the Kurds. At an age where kids in the UK would still be at school, these children make their money from collecting deactivated mines, which they can then sell and thereby survive. If this sounds like dangerous work, the number of young workers missing limbs only confirms this to be the case.” – Mike Baker, DVD Times

It starts at 7.30pm.

Don’t be late.

Bring tissues.

And another one….

So, this week we are showing the film ‘In Prison My Whole Life’.

William Francome follows the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal who remains on death-row, finding new evidence  to spread doubt on his sentence, and interviewing many famous names whilst discussing America’s complex socio-political climate regarding race and the penal system. Phew. Sounds like a heavy one, but well worth seeing. You’ll get to see the social critique of Angela Davies, Mos Def, Noam Chomsky and Snoop Dogg.

What else were you going to do with your Monday evening huh?

ps. its at 7.30pm.

Free film showing tonight…

Tonight we’re showing the documentary ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’. If you missed the controversy the first time round, then come to the cafe this evening and have a look-see.

Last Spooky Monday this October…

All right. My reign of terror has nearly ended. Tomorrow is the last Spooky Monday and next week we go back to the same ol’.

This week its going to be British Classics. In the seventies Britain was winning at horror films, and I’m not even including Hammer in this. British cinema is one of the only reasons that exists for me to be patriotic, so this Monday we’re gonna show two of the bestists…

First up is The Comeback (1978 Pete Walker). It hard enough breaking the music business as it is right, without the ghost of your dead wife trying to interfere. This film’s got a real-life pop star in it too, Jack Jones, but I’m too young to remember him anyway.

Then we’re gonna show Theatre of Blood (1973 Douglas Hickox). Vincent Price gets pretty annoyed when his last performance is slated by critics, and returns from the dead to punish them in awesome Shakespearian manner. Well, Vincent Price’s character anyway. Although, he should bear this in mind. It would be awesome if Vincent Price came back from the dead.

Like last time there will be free popcorn. I’ll make sure we don’t run out this time. BYOB.

The Comeback

theatre of blood

Spooky Mondays with a continental feel…

Alright, so last weeks films made us giggle. This weeks are slightly more scary, but only slightly depending on how hard you are…

First up is Switchblade Romance (2003, Alexandre Aja). It all goes a bit bocky when a girl joins her friend to visit her parents. Those type of situations can be awkward enough (where’s the bathroom? do you flush in the night? etc) without a brutal killer in overalls coming to visit. Yikes!

And then that delight is followed by Martyrs (2008, Pascual Laugier) where one girl’s loyalty to her lifelong friend is kind of put to the test when she makes a somewhat unexpectedly harsh visit to the family she suspects abused her when she was young. And what’s with the scary, naked girl who follows her around all the time?

I don’t know, its all a bit of a mystery that can only be solved by coming to Pogo on Monday and watching the films on our super state of the art screen/sheet.

There will be popcorn there, and you can bring beers if so inclined.



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