November 2015: Black Sheep

Black SheepReturning to a local community centre near you this Sunday 1st November, OX4 Films a proud to bring you Jonathan King’s 2006 apocalyptic ovine comedy horror Black Sheep.  The film follows the family feud of New Zealanders Angus and Henry when they, some environmental activists and a more than liberal sprinkling of sheep get mixed up in Angus’ genetic experiments with disastrous consequences; there are 40 million sheep in New Zealand, and they’re pissed off….

This month we’re back on home turf in the Oxford Action Resource Centre aka OARC, which is upstairs in East Oxford Community Centre.  Doors open at 7PM and we’ll have finished the evening by 10PM.

Our recommended donation for the night is £3 for those of you who can afford it, £2 for concessions, or whatever you can afford to give (we’d rather you came than stayed away because you couldn’t afford it).  Donations go to support the work of OARC.

Help promote the night by downloading and printing our flyer/poster and displaying it in your window, your college, your workplace or your favourite local shop or café. See you there.

July 2013: Guerilla – The taking of Patty Hearst

July 2013: Guerilla - The taking of Patty Hearst posterSunday 7th July 2013
East Oxford Community Centre

Doors 7pm
Main feature 7.30pm
Close 10pm

£3/£2/£whatever you can afford

What better way to recover from the glorious return of the Cowley Road Carnival this Sunday than to flop into the comfy chairs at OARC to watch Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, a documentary about millionairess Patty Hearst‘s kidnapping by the American leftist Symbionese Liberation Army, her subsequent joining of the group and involvement in bank robbery.  The classic example of Stockholm Syndrome, this is an enjoyable and informative look at what happened.

As usual, we’ll be showing some short films from citizen journalists around the world from groups such as Indymedia, Reel News and Democracy Now from 7pm.  Main film starts at 7.30pm, discussion of topics raised in the film afterwards and a strict 10pm finish, adjourning to The Star in Rectory Road for a refreshing beverage and further discussions afterwards.

Note also that there’s a Carnival event on at East Oxford Community Centre (where OARC is located) featuring lots of dub and other great sounds and carribbean food on sale.  We may have a little bit of difficulty with the door before the film, but one of the Sunday Screenings crew will be on hand to smooth your entry.  So if you have problems, just wait for someone or ring the OARC bell.

April 2013: The Arab Spring

_1365789600_631An evening of films and discussions on the
continuing uprisings across the Arab world.

The Arab Spring: Sunday 7th April 2013 . 6.40pm for 7pm to 10pm

@ OARCEast Oxford Community Centre £3 (£2)

Not only will we show two award-winning documentaries, the inspiring and intimate Zero Silence and the powerful and stunning Shouting In The Dark, but we will finish with a selection of short films bringing things up-to-date and showing where these movements are today.

As we’re showing two films, the night starts at 7pm sharp, with doors opening at about 6.40pm, and the schedule for the night is:

  • 7:00pm: Zero Silence
  • 8:00pm: —interval—
  • 8:10pm: Shouting In The Dark
  • 9:00pm: Short films – the Arab Spring lives on
  • 9:30pm: Discussion
  • 10:00pm: End

Zero Silence

A film about the revolt of a young generation for whom silence is no longer an option.

Shot in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon, Zero Silence follows Lilia Weslaty, Wael Abbas, Hossam El-Hamalawy, Rebecca Saade and several other activists in their struggles against authoritarian regimes. The Arab world is experiencing a wave of unprecedented popular uprisings and street demonstrations against poverty, corruption, lack of freedoms, and unemployment. We think the Internet is playing an important role in the events that are currently unfolding in the region. However, while these digital media tools have been helpful, it is the power of the young people that will bring about change. The characters in our film show that courage is contagious.

Watch: TrailerTeasers and snippets.

Bahrain: Shouting In The Dark

A mesmerizing and tragic documentary about the story of the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.

February 2011, and the Arab Spring is in full swing. International TV cameras are lapping up events in Cairo and Tunis, celebrating the overthrow of one despotic regime after another. But out of sight, in Bahrain, another uprising is underway. Foreign journalists are banned from this island kingdom, but one undercover TV crew remained…

Watch: Trailer and interview: – Full film (warning, bit of a spoiler!)


December 2012: Be prepared! The G8 is coming to town (again).

Sunday 2nd December 2012

The G8 will be coming to town, well the country again, next year.  We thought we’d show a retrospective of short films from previous G8 summits  and other past mass mobilisations, to help people prepare for what may be coming to our shores next year.

Covering three notorious previous G8 summits, Genoa 2001, Gleneagles 2005 and Germany 2007, the films are brought to you by a number of well respected video activist groups including Camcorder Guerillas, Reel News, Indymedia, Undercurrents and Beyond TV.

We’ll show a round up of the latest films from the streets from around the World up until the main screening starts, and discuss and debate some of the topics raised during the evening before adjourning for an ale at a local public house.

Doors 7pm . Main films start 7.30pm . 10pm Close

Recommended donation £3 / £2 concessions / whatever you can afford.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd, OX4 1DD

Want to help promote the night?  Stop G8 December 2012 Flyer?

April 2012: Breaking the Fences

April 1st 2012 7-10PM East Oxford Community Centre £3 suggested donation.

Short films on freedom of movement, migration controls, and resistance.
A fundraiser to support action against deportation.

Doors open at 7pm and we’ll start by showing an array of 3-minute interviews with people involved in the “Arab Spring” uprisings and
movements – a preview of a future screening on the subject.

Our main feature (7:30pm-9:30pm, incl. interval) is an inspiring and
action-packed selection of short films focusing on the border regimes of
Fortress Europe and the movements challenging them.

We’ll end with an opportunity for open discussion, and wrap up around 10pm.

Proceeds from the night will be split between:
Oxford Action Resource Centre:
…providing space and resources for grassroots local activism
and Stop Deportation Network:
…taking direct action to stop deportations.
If you can’t come to the screening but would like to make a donation to
support action against deportation, find out more, or get involved, email

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (though nobody refused for lack of money).

Help us promote the night – email a link to this page to your friends – and display it in your place of work or play.

April 2011: The Battle of Trafalgar (1990)

On the 6th April we showed two films that told the story of the Poll Tax riots that happened in Trafalgar Square in 1990, Battle of Trafalgar and Poll Tax Revolt.

A review of the showing can be read at Oxford Indymedia.

Copies of Battle of Trafalgar can be bought from, and both films are watchable on-line: