Monthly Archives: January 2010

Film line-up announced

How does Avatar manage to be so 3-dimensional, and yet so 1-dimensional at the same time?

Why did George Lucas leave the shot of a stormtrooper walking into a door in Star Wars?

Who shot Bambi’s Mum?

None of these questions will be answered in Bright Club: Film. We’re much cleverer than that, and we think film is a much bigger and more interesting subject than Hollywood Blockbusters. Especially once you put a Bright Club spin on it!

This month’s compere is Andrew Collins, recently voted SECOND in the Lovefilm poll to replace Jonathan Ross on Film 94/97/98 (please pick whichever one suits you best). He’s also written for Eastenders, played tunes on BBC 6music, and was fantastic at 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless Children at the Bloomsbury Theatre with his Secret Dancing.

With Andrew will be a crew of film researchers, expertly assembled by Claire Thomson (Film Studies Lecturer). They include:

Mike Yorke – documentary anthroplogist and expert on how a witch-doctor can tell if you’ve been filming a eunuch.

Anne Welsh – information specialist and ex-librarian with stories of exploding film.

Peter Mullany, biofilm expert. A man who knows what all those nasty things growing in your bath are.

Charlie Dunnill, chemist. Charlie makes thin films that kill Peter’s biofilms. And anything else that tries to stick to them.

And many, many more!

February 16th (Tuesday). Wilmington Arms. 8pm. £5.

Catching up on past gigs: Lust, May 26th 2009

In May Bright Club crawled out from the primeval slime and began its life, looking at the subject of Lust.

Richard Herring was the Ringmaster of this sexual circus.

Mark Carnall, Zoologist, taught us all about animals’ sexual habits.

Rosie Coates, Chemist, revealed the secrets of aphrodisiacs and pheromones.

Claire Thomson and Richard Farmer, film theorists, showed us that early cinemagoers loved to be titillated as much as a 15-year old boy with an internet connection does now.

Reynir Eggertsson read some of the filthiest poetry ever written down.

Cath Mercer, Sexual Statistician, told us exactly who is doing what, with whom, and how often.

Sasha Garwood and Matt Wilshire, Literature students, said the C-word more times in 10 minutes than I have in my entire life.

And Ginger Tom left us all sweaty, tired, and a little ashamed with their hot pop style.

Catching up on past gigs: London, Sept 15th 2009

On September 15th we explored the hellhole/utopia that is London.

Robin Ince was Mayor for the evening.

Ben Campkin, urbanist, gave us a taste of 1920s London, but warned that bedbugs will soon be getting a taste of us

Sarah Bell, engineer, plotted a route for racing a poo through London

Matt Ingleby, literary historian, explained that Bloomsbury is far more interesting than Harry Potter

Tony White, novelist, shared his take on South London life

Shabby Jake, cockney, led the inevitable sing-song

Catching up on past gigs: Time, October 21st 2009

Bright Club: Time was the first of three gigs to be supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Steve Hall, of We Are Klang fame, blagged his way in by claiming to have embarassing teenage diaries. But he was as funny as hell, so no-one minded.

Joe Flatman, archaeologist, used cherry bakewells to explain why all the good stuff is buried.

Mario Campanelli, physicist, revealed that, although it might look like time can go backwards, it can really only go forwards.

Ian Hamilton, building scientist, told us what future buildings will look like, partly by putting a plastic bag over his own head.

Matt Parker, mathematician, found all the jokes in the dates that make up our lives.

Subhadra Das, museums expert, asked us all to think about the present as a vital part of time, and encouraged us to deface a museum piece or monument on the way out.

Then the Vatican Cellars closed the show with melancholy songs of love, loss, memory and the passing of time.

Catching up on past gigs: Light, Nov 17th 2009

On November 17th Bright Club handled the subject of Light.

Kent Valentine, napalm-maker and rainbow-lover held the reins.

Emily Cook, medical physicist, told us the story of radiation.

Sheila Kanani, physicist, showed us how lights work.

Lucie Green, space scientist, filled us in on the sun and ultraviolet light.

Martin Austwick, medical physicist, described using light to kill cancers.

Strawberry and Cream brought us a little “light” entertainment, and helped us to “see the light” (groan).

This gig was supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Metal line-up confirmed!

Oh my… This might be the best Bright Club yet. Get yourselves to the Wilmington Arms on January 19th to burn off those Xmas calories through laughter and by making your brain work.

I’m frightened. This is the Bright Club most likely to degenerate into anarchy. Andrew O’Neill is thankfully going to be holding it all together

He’ll be accompanied by Astrohenge

Titus Hjelm, Sociologist of nordic heavy metal culture, and satanism!

Debi Linton, ex-president of the UCLU Rock and Metal Society, Palaeontologist and general skull, bones and fossils guru

Prof. David McAlpine, who knows exactly what all that hard-living is doing to your ability to hear your favourite music

Rufus Hound, Funnyman

and Ruth Fillery Travis, Metalloarchaeologist, who will be telling the history of the world through metal.

Some songs about science

The Sound of the Ladies, who is in fact medical physicist Dr. Martin Austwick, wrote some special science songs to perform at December’s Bright Club.

Because he’s a recording whizz, he’s assembled them into an EP, and because he’s a lovely chap he’s released them for free.

Get yourself over to