In 2010 Compass Film steps through the looking glass, loses its head, sheds its sanity like an unwieldy fur coat and embarks upon a celebration of lunacy and all things strange and bizarre. This years festival of cinema and arts presents films from around the globe as well as spoken word, burlesque, cabaret, our short film competition and our VJ competition and club night to welcome in All Hallows Eve.

The (free) launch party kicks off at 7pm on Thursday 21 October with live bands, including the excellent Dagger Bros, art installations and booze at the old coroner’s court (behind Lakota). Come along and find out a little bit more about what we have on at the festival this year.

Highlights of the festival include;

A screening of Waking Life on Friday 22, a film wildly different from anything you will have seen before, in which a man stumbles through layers of dreamworlds wondering if he will ever wake up.

On Saturday 23 a screening of classic black and white silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari in which a young man’s death is predicted by a psychic at a sinister fairground. With live piano accompaniment plus carnivalesque cabaret

A screening of The Hour of the Wolf, Ingmar Bergman’s only horror film, introduced by Kim Newman on Sunday 24.

Thursday 28 sees the screening of the shortlisted entrants for our short film competition. Come along and cheer for your favourite film!

Friday 29 is our spoken word evening with performances by legends such as Poet Malusi, Wilf, Pete the Temp... and you, if you'e brave enough to step up during the open mic portion of the evening.

Saturday 30 sees the competitors in our VJ competition doing their stuff, including a live performance of The Cesare Variations by Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and also our fancy dress Halloween Howler party to see the last weekend of the festival off in style.

On Sunday 31 there will be a screening of Svankmajer's Alice; this dark and sinister mix of live action and stop motion animation is sure to obscure all thoughts of the cute little blonde you’re used to from Disney films.

Lose your sanity, throw away your inhibitions and explore the darker side of humanities consciousness as Compass Presents a Festival of Lunacy.