Posts Tagged ‘film’


Win tickets to the movie My Week With Marilyn

Monday, January 9th, 2012

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark, just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe.

During filming, Marilyn Monroe was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller.

When Arthur Miller left England, the coast was clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Nearly 40 years on, his diary account of this time, The Prince, the Showgirl and Me (sadly out of print, rare and super expensive) was published, but one week was missing from the story. Clark’s account of that week was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn.

Based on Clark’s book, and  directed by Simon Curtis, the movie My Week With Marilyn premiers in Dutch cinemas on January 26th, 2012. Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne,  Julia Ormond, Kenneth Brannagh, Emma Watson, Toby Jones, Dougray Scott, Dominic Cooper, Zoë Wanamaker, Judi Dench and a host of other familiar faces, My Week With Marilyn has received rave reviews; it promises to be a real treat.

See it FREE with ABC!

We have five pairs of tickets to see My Week With Marilyn to give away, thanks to the fine people at Paradiso Films! To enter the draw, just send an email to hayley@abc.nl by Monday January 23rd, 2012

Please include your contact details in the mail, which store you would like to collect the tickets in, and put “My Week With Marilyn tickets” in the subject line.

Win free Miranda July cinema tickets and DVDs!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The Future is an absurd comedy about the dilemma of being thirty-something. It was born as a 2007 performance piece by award-winning writer, performer and director Miranda July, who has now adapted it for the big screen. July is the author of several books, including the bestselling short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You.

In The Future, Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason’s (Hamish Linklater) relationship is on the rocks. But when they decide to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

We have 10 DVD’s of Miranda July’s first film, Me You And Everyone You Know to give away, plus 5 pairs of tickets to see The Future.

To enter the draw to win, just e-mail your contact details to hayley@abc.nl before August 31st 2011. Tell us which prize you prefer – DVD or cinema tickets. Please click ‘more’ for full details of how to enter.

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Win Free Tickets to the European premier of Force of Nature: The David Suzike Movie at the Strawberry Earth Film Festival

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Summer’s here! That means tennis! Music festivals! Beach reads! Sun!  Strawberries! And movies!

The Strawberry Earth Film Festival combines a few of our favorite summery things and combines them into one fabulous weekend long event taking place this June.

Each year this festival screens the very best films and documentaries about our planet. It also plays host to inspirational speakers on environmental issues.

Taking place just ahead of World Environment Day, on June 3rd & 4th, Strawberry Earth will screen movies like The Solar Taxi, and Un Monde Pour Soi (A World Of One’s Own) in Amsterdam. The Strawberry Earth Film Festival is also the venue for the European premier of Force of Nature: The David Suzike Movie.

But it’s not just about movies; the festival is a platform for creative and green organisations devoted to art, design, fashion, food and innovation. You can visit the Etsy craft shop,  see Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio’s photos from the amazing book Hungry Planet,  pose a question to De Daktokters - the men behind ABC Amsterdam’s green roof - or find out how you can design and print your own 3D designs out of biodegradable plastic with the Ultimaker.

Oh and a very, very good book store will also be there from 6pm to 10pm in the foyer with the greenest and most ecologically sound books from their huge selection, including:

There’s also a children’s programme, ‘Of je worst lust?!’, and the great food debate ‘Food For Change: Eat your heart out!’. Don’t feel like eating popcorn? No worries drop by Jan Robben’s stall for delicious strawberries!

Check the festival website for the complete program. Tickets go on sale May 16th. Every year Strawberry Earth uses a portion of the money raised during the festival to make the cinema venues more eco-friendly.

Strawberry Earth: for creative people who care about the planet.

Free movie tickets!

We have two pairs of tickets to the June 4th European premier of Force of Nature: The David Suzike Movie to give away. To enter the draw, just send your name and phone number to hayley@abc.nl before 3pm on Monday May 23rd.

Spike Lee report!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Spike Lee was at ABC Amsterdam on Monday, December 13th 2010, to sign a new book about his most successful film: Spike Lee: Do The Right Thing.

The line to see Mr Lee snaked all the way from the second floor down to the ground floor.  We figured y’all would appreciate not having to wait in the cold this time! Such a long line of excited people was amazing to see. It looked like there were hundreds of people waiting to get their book signed, but it was probably more like 150 to 200 though.

Spike was professional, friendly, but aloof.  When he approached the table we’d set up for him, there was a beautiful vase of flowers. Without looking, he waved his hand and said,  “Lose the flowers!”  Later he spoke to one particular black woman for a while.  Afterwards, in an interview she said that he had asked her:  “Where are all the black people?”  This surprised ABCer Maria: “But then I remembered how different this is in New York.  There his public would have been predominantly blacks and minorities.”

Mr Lee took time to to talk to as many people as possible. He was good-humored, gracious and patient, answering each fan’s questions, whether they were about politics, sports or film. He connected with lots of fans in the short time he was here, and really listened to what people wanted to tell him. He cracked jokes with our staff with a cheeky wink and was generally a pleasure to host.

As well as signing his book, he broke our usual author event rules: when someone approached him and said they couldn’t afford to buy the book, he went ahead and signed their posters, t-shirts, books, DVDs, lots and lots of sneakers, and even a baseball jacket, which created a fabulous atmosphere. If you need cheering up today, just have a look through our photos from the event and look at all the smiling faces.

Mr Lee  brought his own music  with him: legendary soul singer/composer Donny Hathaway and the new Michael Jackson album. His iPod was huge, battered and running out of juice. (So now your blogmistress has had the geeky thrill of knowing her USB cable has been attached to a megastar’s iPod!) He got a little annoyed when ABCer Jilles stopped the Donny Hathaway album in the middle of the Christmas song.

The next morning he gave a lecture at a hastily organized special screening of Do the Right Thing , put together by Dimmy Littlejohn from Patta (a sneaker store at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal). Because that’s the kind of guy Mr Lee is.

Here’s a selection of photos from the event. There are lots more on our flickr stream. There’s a short video too, on zie.nl.

ABC Meets: Spike Lee

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Spike Lee will visit ABC Amsterdam on Monday December 13th to sign his new book.

Spike Lee is an American film director, writer, producer and actor in films such as She’s Gotta Have It, Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues, and the Hurricane Katrina documentary When The Levees Broke. Recurring themes in his overtly political work are race, poverty, crime and media, and how these play out in the urban environment. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.

Lee’s 1989 film Do The Right Thing is perhaps his best known work. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay, was deemed “culturally significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, as well as gaining cult status and perpetual popularity (it reached a pehenomenal rating of 98% on RottenTomatoes.com.) with critics and the public. It has also been credited as being the film that brought Barack and Michelle Obama together on their first date.

Now a new book has been published to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film’s release. Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing is an insider’s look at the film, with behind-the-scenes visuals and interviews and a look at the way the film impacted on popular culture.


Spike Lee will be at the Stadsschouwberg in Amsterdam as a guest of The John Adams Institute and Binger Film Lab on December 14th, to talk about his work, politics, race, identity and inspiration. This event is sold-out.

Spike Lee at ABC Amsterdam

However, the evening before, on Monday December 13th, Mr Lee will be at The American Book Center Amsterdam to sign Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing. Come along and get your copy of the book signed, from 6-8pm.

All you need to attend this event is a copy of the book. We’d appreciate it if you’d  sign up for the event though.  It’s not compulsory but it really helps us to make these events run smoothly.  And the more smoothly our events run, the more big names we can bring to Amsterdam for you! As an added bonus, we can keep you all informed of any changes to the event. (And we promise only to use your e-mail address for good. We won’t spam you or sell your details to someone else.) You can reserve your copy of the book on the sign-up page too. The earlier you reserve your copy, the more certain you can be that we’ll have enough copies for everyone.

The event starts at 18.00 but you might want to think about lining up earlier than that; first come first served!

Our usual book signing rules apply : Please do not present anything other than a copy of  Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing for signing. ONLY the book will be signed. Scraps of paper, items of clothing,  posters, or body parts, no matter how attractive, will NOT be autographed.

This event is generously sponsored by: