Juan’s Claws Screening 13 July

We are proud to host another intriguing film screening at Offside Books, on 13 July 2017 from 7pm.

This time it’s a short documentary about the determination of a man and his battle with an inherited disease – Friedreich’s Ataxia – that debilitates all muscles in the body. Working in between the genre of observational documentary and personal cinema, it follows Juan’s journey to the middle of the jungle along the Don Diego river, in the Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta – Colombia, one of his dreams for his fortieth birthday celebration.

The film is a reflection about the perception of time and a celebration of one man’s courage against all odds.

Entry: £6.00 includes drink and nibbles

Film screening – Food in Film

You are warmly welcomed for our  second film screening and discussion at the Bookshop (OffSide Books).


Thursday 25 May, at 7 pm 

Beauty should be edible, or not at all.’ Salvador Dali

Two short films using food and the idea of a meal as a means of poetic and playful explorations.

Food, 1992

By Jan Svankmajer


Jan Svankmajer is one of the most important contemporary filmmakers and artists, working in the medium of stop motion animation. His films explore tactility, viscerally, and often his deeper fascination with food. Here food and the act of eating is used as a metaphor for our contemporary consumer society, which devours everything.

Dinner for Deep Surface Divers, 2016

By Tereza Stehlikova

Can a dinner become the means of transportation into an inner world of the imagination? Two characters embark on a journey through a set menu.

The film is part of Stehlikova’s artistic research into evoking sensory impressions and embodied memory in film.

Entry: £6.00 includes drink and nibbles

Film Screening: Trieste 19 April

Tereza Stehlikova has generously agreed to screen her short film Trieste (made in collaboration with the writer Deborah Levy) at Offside Books on Wednesday 19 April, 2017.

The film blends the different personal histories of Trieste’s inhabitants, giving voice to various migrant communities (Jews, Greeks, Serbians)  that have made their home here, whilst adding elements of their own religion and customs.
Illuminating these anecdotes are excerpts from Levy’s short story, Swallowing Geography, that reflect on the “nature of belonging and displacement, permanence and ephemerality, and the meaning of home.”

For more indepth background to the film read here

The screening will be followed by a discussion and refreshments!

All welcome – Fee: £6 (includes wine and nibbles). Please ask in advance if wishing to attend as space is limited.