Agnès Varda: Vision of an Artist (1 June- 31 July, BFI)
Jun
1
to Jul 31

Agnès Varda: Vision of an Artist (1 June- 31 July, BFI)

 Cleo from 5 to 7

Cleo from 5 to 7

BFI Southbank 1 June- 31 July

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The legendary French auteur and goddess world cinema has a multi-month season devoted to her filmography.

Introduction from BFI season programmer Aga Baranowska:

“I had an idea that I could make a film that was words, music, images and movement – I thought, that will be art”
Agnès Varda

Over six decades, Agnès Varda has established herself at the vanguard of world cinema and become a major influence on moving-image culture. On the eve of her presenting new commissioned work at Liverpool Biennial 2018, our two-month retrospective foregrounds Varda as an artist experimenting with the moving image and reflecting on artistic creativity and collaboration. With her training in art history and her experience as a photographer, Varda has pushed the boundaries of what cinema as an art form can achieve, creating her own singular style by blending reality with poetic imagery, and fiction with documentary. As our season shows, she’s created memorable and groundbreaking female protagonists, portrayed marginalised communities with a deeply felt humanism, and filmed rich portraits of other artists.

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Stanley: A Man of Variety+ Timothy Spall Q&A at The Phoenix Cinema (27 June)
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Stanley: A Man of Variety+ Timothy Spall Q&A at The Phoenix Cinema (27 June)

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Wednesday 27 June at The Phoenix Cinema| 6.30pm

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Stanley, a Man of Variety is about a middle aged man who enjoys watching classic British films and TV shows from the 1960/70s.

He soon finds himself in prison for a crime that he believes he didn't commit and after many years in solitary confinement he begins to talk to his comedy heroes from the past as each one tries to help him remember.

Timothy Spall plays all 15 characters in the nightmarish tale of a man stuck in prison, riddled with delusions and hallucinations.

 

 

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Screen 25 presents Being Blacker + Q&A + short at The Harris Academy (Wednesday 27 June)
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Screen 25 presents Being Blacker + Q&A + short at The Harris Academy (Wednesday 27 June)

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The Harris Academy| Wednesday 27 June

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After a ten-year absence, acclaimed filmmaker Molly Dineen is back with a new feature documentary, an intimate portrait of Jamaican-born reggae producer, father and pillar of the Brixton community, Blacker Dread. Presented by Screen25 and part of South Norwood Community Festival, the screening will be followed by director Q&A. Presented by Screen 25 of Norwood.

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Talkies Community Cinema presents 20 Feet from Stardom + live band (Sat 30 June 2018 )
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Talkies Community Cinema presents 20 Feet from Stardom + live band (Sat 30 June 2018 )

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Waterhouse hall theatre | June 30| 7pm

The box office sensation from acclaimed director Morgan Neville, shines a spotlight on the untold stories behind some of the greatest musical hits of the 21st century.

Joyous and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung talents who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent singing in the shadows of the stars.

Featuring Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Tata Vega with backing from Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler.

 With live music beforehand from local band ‘That Blue Patch’

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Gwendoline Christie Selects – The Piano (25th anniversary restoration) at BAFTA (3 July)
Jul
3
7:30 PM19:30

Gwendoline Christie Selects – The Piano (25th anniversary restoration) at BAFTA (3 July)

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 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 - 7:00pm

 BAFTA Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

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Actress Gwendoline Christie discusses how Jane Campion’s masterpiece The Piano, newly restored in its 25th Anniversary Year, inspired her remarkable career. The event will be hosted by film and television producer, Tanya Seghatchian.  You can read the Smoke Screen review of the new print of the The Piano, as screen by the BFI at their Woman with a Movie Camera Summit, here.

Style and screen come together as Gwendoline Christie shares her passion for The Piano with us.  Gwendoline’s unique and unforgettable roles have included Officer Hilmarson in Jane Campion’s outstanding series Top of the Lake (HBO/BBCTV), and her world-famous portrayal of Brienne in global blockbuster Game of Thrones (HBO). Gwendoline’s upcoming projects include Peter Strickland’s In Fabric, to be released later this year.

Jane Campion was the first woman to be nominated in the Director category at the 1994 BAFTA Film Awards. Her acclaimed film The Piano (1993) earned six nominations, including Original Screenplay for Campion, and brought home awards for Actress in a Leading Role, Production Design and Costume Design.  Holly Hunter stars as the mute Ada, whose personal rebellion against the strictures of a nineteenth century Antipodean settlement dangerously transgresses the norms of her remote community with disturbing consequences.

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Special Preview: Whitney at Rooftop Film CLub (4 July)
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

Special Preview: Whitney at Rooftop Film CLub (4 July)

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Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building| 4 July| 7pm

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A true once-in-a-generation star, Whitney Houston’s radiant talent was tragically undermined by the demons she was battling offstage. Made by the Oscar-winning duo of director Kevin Macdonald (Marley, Touching the Void), and producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man), and featuring exclusive interviews with her family and collaborators, Whitney is the definitive story of her life, and is destined to become this year’s Amy.

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The Silent Railway Special at the Cinema Museum (Sat 7 July 2018)
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

The Silent Railway Special at the Cinema Museum (Sat 7 July 2018)

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The Cinema Museum| Saturday 7 July |10am all-day

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The Kennington Bioscope film club present a day all about celebrating the romance...and risks of rail, with films the silent cinema era.

Featuring Monty Banks aboard a runaway train, the famous A Kiss in the Tunnel from 1899, Jean Arthur in The Block Signal (1926), the Lumière brothers' famous L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat (1896), and talks from film expert and historian Kevin Brownlow as he pilots The Runaway Express (1926) before conducting audiences through the making of Abel Gance's La Roue (1923). All with live music from world renowned musicians.

All day museum café & late bar / Café Jamyang will be serving dinner at 7pm. Vouchers on sale on the cinema museum site.

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Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: 60th Anniversary (at BFI from 13 July)
Jul
13
to Jul 26

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: 60th Anniversary (at BFI from 13 July)

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BFI | 13 July onwards

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When San Francisco detective Scottie (Stewart), convalescing after a traumatic fall, is hired by an old friend to follow his wife Madeleine (Novak) on her trips around the city, he’s soon captivated by the woman’s enigmatic allure. Then the unthinkable happens... A wry exploration of the links between idealistic love, erotic fantasy, anguished guilt and exploitative manipulation, this is at once Hitchcock’s most disenchanted account of male-female relationships, and one of his most formally audacious films. Robert Burks’ lustrous camerawork, Bernard Herrmann’s poignant score and the memorably intense performances create an unsettling mood, suggestive of a strange, waking nightmare.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark - a 70mm presentation (14 July-12 August)
Jul
14
to Aug 12

Raiders of the Lost Ark - a 70mm presentation (14 July-12 August)

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Prince Charles Cinema| 14 July- 12 August

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The man with the hat is back...in 70mm. Continuing their tradition of championing celluloid in the biggest format they can handle, the legendary rep cinema The Prince Charles is bringing back Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's pulp adventure throwback hero Indiana Jones for a series of 70mm engagements.

Raider of the Lost Ark screens in 70mm:

Sat 14 Jul 2018 , 8:45pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018 , 8:45pm
Sun 12 Aug 2018 , 5:50pm

You can buy tickets for the film here, as well as for the August-October 70mm screenings of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull seems benched!).

 

 

 

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Maurice: 30th Anniversary Restoration (at BFI from 27 July)
Jul
27
to Jul 31

Maurice: 30th Anniversary Restoration (at BFI from 27 July)

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BFI| From 27 July on

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Oscar®-nominated for its costume design, this Merchant Ivory adaption of EM Forster's novel, directed by James Ivory himself, is a landmark film in the history of gay cinema. Edwardian society was still reeling from the Oscar Wilde trial, and EM Forster was acutely aware of the social pressures and sanctions surrounding same-sex relationships. Unfolding in Cambridge, London and the English countryside, the story follows repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall (James Wilby), who’s surprised by his own passions, first for a fellow student (Hugh Grant), and later for a lowly gamekeeper (Rupert Graves).

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Secret Cinema Presents William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (9-19 August)
Aug
9
to Aug 19

Secret Cinema Presents William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (9-19 August)

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Secret Cinema| 9-19 August

Tickets and details here. Available from Friday May 18th 12pm (BST)


Seemingly not content with letting Backyard Cinema play Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet in an immersive event cinema setting, Secret Cinema are getting in on the action too with this just-announced limited run. Promised is an outdoor, summer festival-type experience taking place (once more) in a secret location, transformed for a limited time into the colourful world of Verona Beach from the movie.
You can get early access to ticket sales from Tuesday 15th May at 12pm (BST), 72 hours before everyone else if you are on the Secret Cinema mailing list. Tickets start from £49 (+ booking fees).

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Film 4 Somerset House Summer Screen (9-22 August)
Aug
9
to Aug 22

Film 4 Somerset House Summer Screen (9-22 August)

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Though the cobblestones of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court can kill your backside, there is no doubt that Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is one of the capital's premiere outdoor film events. 

The season returns this August for 14 nights of the expected classic, cult and contemporary cinema mix, with extras provided by Bryn Williams' picnic hampers  plus a range of food to buy on site from vendors, and there's a fully-licensed bar and coffee point. There are  back-rests and blankets and even a very limited number of seated tickets for those who can't rough it.

What spices up the film programme though are the double-bill nights and red carpet premieres. In particular the Smoke Screen can recommend THE WIFE, the opening night premiere, for its superb Glenn Close central performance as a wife who has to confront her internalised submission to her husband's desire for a famous literary career which has in fact been built on her support and sacrifice. If you want to see acting greats like Close and co-star Jonathan Pryce tear chunks off each other in a timely story about wives and the patriarchy, this is for you. Closing the season is heist thriller AMERICAN ANIMALS, based on the true story of four students who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt to pull of one of the most audacious art-thefts in recent US history. It hails from the BAFTA-winning director Bart Layton, who will introduce the premiere.

The Somerset House E-newsletter Subscribers Pre-Sale is open from 10.00 today Wed 16 May. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 18 May at 10.00.

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GIRLHOOD (2014) - Forever Young Film Club (Deptford Cinema, 22 June)
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

GIRLHOOD (2014) - Forever Young Film Club (Deptford Cinema, 22 June)

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22 June| 7pm| Deptford Cinema

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A new film club that looks to re-evaualte the coming-of-age drama, Forever Young have director Céline Sciamma's frank, well-acted and vibrant Girlhood as their next film on June 22.

Growing up in the tough Parisian projects with an oppressive home life, 16 year old Marieme, disillusioned with school and her options for the future, is drawn into a stylish and feisty gang of young women. In their arms she finds promise of escape, reinvention and most of all, confidence and worth. However this new found empowerment is not without its challenges.

Alongside dramas Water Lilies (2007) and Tomboy (2011), the third film in director Céline Sciamma's self-proclaimed coming-of-age trilogy once again delicately dabbles with themes of identity and solidarity. Sciamma utilises her trademark of working with non-actors, not only drawing out astonishing performances from newcomers Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla, but creating a very authentic feeling depiction of electric, young female friendship.

French, with English subtitles.

 

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Shorts on Tap: Women in Revolt Shorts Night at  93 Feet East (Wednesday, 20 June)
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Shorts on Tap: Women in Revolt Shorts Night at  93 Feet East (Wednesday, 20 June)

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93 Feet East| Wednesday 20 June|7pm

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Shorts On Tap's award-winning series Women in Revolt is back with a brand new season focusing on works directed by Women. 8 shorts from all over the world, spanning across drama, animation & documentary, followed by Q&As with the directors. 

FILM PROGRAMME

  • CRUSH (15:00") UK, 2018 by Rebecca Gosnell
  • BREATHE (14:45") UK, 2018 by Louise Marie Cook
  • BLACKOUT (09:07") UK, 2017 by Serena Chloe Gardner
  • WE DID NOT FALL FROM THE SKY (26:00") India/UK, 2017 by Tabs Breese & Georgia Oakley
  • SPARTA NORTH (14:31") Canada, 2017 by Julia Hart
  • PREPARATION (15:50") Greece, 2017 by Sofia Georgovassili
  • THE CHILD AND THE NIGHT (12:00") Argentina, 2017 by Claudia Marcela Ruiz
  • ELEANOR LAKELIN: MAKER IN WOOD (04:10") UK, 2016 by Victoria Vrublevska
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BONNIE AND CLYDE 1960's Cinema Event (The Prince Charles Cinema, 18 June)
Jun
18
8:30 PM20:30

BONNIE AND CLYDE 1960's Cinema Event (The Prince Charles Cinema, 18 June)

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Prince Charles Cinema| 18 June |830pm

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UCL History’s AHRC-funded Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going project presents a special, immersive 1960s cinema-going experience for a show of Bonnie & Clyde (1967). A stylish but controversial mix of romance, crime and violence (advertised as “They’re young. They’re in love. They kill people!”), this landmark film starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and influenced both sixties fashion and music.

The concept of Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going involves the cinema manager, ushers and usherettes welcoming you to your seat, then a 1968 newsreel, advertisements and cartoons, plus the chance to buy boiled sweets and shake-in-the-bag crisps before the feature.This event was created using findings from UCL’s Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s project, which – also financed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – collected memories from almost 1000 people who went to cinemas in the 1960s, a crucial decade in the history both of cinema and Britain generally.

UCL historians and a group of young actors have worked together on these recollections to develop an immersive cinema event that recreates the experience of cinema-going in the 1960s. You can read more about the project here

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Science Fiction Theatre Presents The Handmaid's Tale + Talk (Institute of Light, 18 June)
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Science Fiction Theatre Presents The Handmaid's Tale + Talk (Institute of Light, 18 June)

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Institute of Light| 18 June | 7pm

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Sci-fi afficionadoes Science Fiction Theatre are back at Hackney's Institute of Light for another screening, this time unearthing the feature film adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed dystopian novel about a dark future where women are subdued into a breeding underclass by a twisted, fascist-ruled  The Republic of Gilead (the former United States). A more recent Hulu TV adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss has been met with rave reviews and awards. This feature adaptation, dating back to 1990, hailed from director Volker Schlöndorff.

Before the film, Dr Caroline Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at BirkbeckUniversity of London, will consider the impact of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in the context of Hulu’s TV adaptation and the Trump administration.

As with all Science Fiction Theatre screenings, ticket buyers will get a small card print with a specialy-designed promotional image as a receipt, and the original poster design for the event from Freya Betts will be available to buy

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The Blue Angel + Lola  at Close-Up Film Centre (Sunday 17 June)
Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Blue Angel + Lola at Close-Up Film Centre (Sunday 17 June)

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Close-Up Film Centre |17 June|6pm

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Close-Up Film Centre pair up the classic 1930s German tragicomic film that made Marlene Dietrich an international icon in the starring role of Weimer Germany-era cabaret performer Lola, with the homage to Josef von Sternberg's film directed by RW Fassbinder. The Blue Angel is known as the first German 'talkie'.

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The Shortest Nights- Short Film Celebration Day (17 June)
Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

The Shortest Nights- Short Film Celebration Day (17 June)

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17 JUNE 2018, 11:30 – 22:30 at The Yard, Hackney Wick.

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45 films. 6 screenings. 1 day. The Shortest Nights is an annual celebration of short film, inspired by the shortest day of the year. A series of cutting-edge programmes featuring new works from emerging British filmmakers, which are screened across one day. 

Short Sighted Cinema offer programmes of the very best emerging British talent, with everything from animation to comedy, drama to documentary – with a gritty edge and a comic tone. We take our audiences on a journey through each theme, with highs and lows that will bring you to tears, inspire you and leave you laughing with joy.

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BFI Woman with a Movie Camera Summit 2018
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

BFI Woman with a Movie Camera Summit 2018

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BFI Southbank| 16 June| All-day event with passes.

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A day of talks, screenings, workshops and more as the BFI turns over its building to a day-long exploration of female power and film, in the year of the very public fall of terrible men across the industry. There will also be screenings of a new edition of Jane Campion's acclaimed drama The Piano and and a 30th Anniversary screening of Working Girl on the day.

*The all day pass for the Woman with a Movie Camera Summit includes access to all events (excluding screenings of The Piano at 15:00 in NFT1 and NFT2 at 17:50) across the venue prior to 18:00 only. This is a general admission event, seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity.

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Absolute Beginners-London Nights (Barbican Cinema, 13 June)
Jun
13
6:15 PM18:15

Absolute Beginners-London Nights (Barbican Cinema, 13 June)

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13 Jun 2018| 18:15|Barbican Cinema 2

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Screening as part of the Museum of London’s programme of events inspired by their London Nights photography exhibition is Julien Temple's adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London.

With racial tension brewing in Notting Hill, nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit), but her relationships are strictly connected with her progress in the fashion world. So Colin gets involved with a pop promoter and tries to crack the big time

Starring Eddie O'Connell, James Fox, Mandy Rice-Davies and even David Bowie (who, of course, wrote the title song).

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Black Panther outdoor screening with The Nomad Cinema (12 June at Citypoint)
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Black Panther outdoor screening with The Nomad Cinema (12 June at Citypoint)

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Citypoint from The Nomad Cinema| 12 June 7pm

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Outdoor cinema pioneers The Nomad are back for another season of screenings in unique, picturesque and atmospheric locations around the capital. 12 June gives you a chance to catch the blockbuster Marvel superhero movie Black Panther on the big screen one last time. You can see the rest of their programme here.

Also worth noting is every penny profit The Nomad makes is going to the Sustainability Institute. The Nomad Cinema has also partnered with curated online cinema MUBI to present this summer's programme of outdoor screenings and every ticket to a Nomad screening will include 30 free days of MUBI. Please note: tickets include a seat at this venue and the film will be silent with Wi-Fi headsets provided.

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Scarface 35th Anniversary screening at the Prince Charles Cinema (9 June)
Jun
9
8:30 PM20:30

Scarface 35th Anniversary screening at the Prince Charles Cinema (9 June)

The Prince Charles Cinema, 6 June 8.45pm

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Say hello AND happy birthday to your little friend! Brian de Palma's deliriously profane, incredibly violent and frenetically paced gangster film, starring Al Pacino, returns as part of the Prince Charles's anniversary strand, which is running all year.

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

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Artists & Activists Second Wave Feminist Filmmakers (Barbican 2-3 June)
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Artists & Activists Second Wave Feminist Filmmakers (Barbican 2-3 June)

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Barbican Cinema 2-3 June

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The Barbican hosts a weekend of conversation and films from feminist filmmakers in the 1970s – pioneering films that gave voice to stories and issues long silenced.

The women’s movement empowered women to step behind the camera in larger numbers. The ground-breaking directors highlighted in this series made films outside the mainstream industry, frequently through activist film cooperatives and collectives.  Their work was screened in ‘consciousness-raising’ groups, at political conventions and in other alternative venues, and was often intended to spark discussion and action on women’s issues.

These films offered alternate visions to the mainstream, introducing subjects of interest to women and reshaping how films were made in ways that continue to be influential. Through cinema vérité, animation, experimentation and autobiographical techniques – such as images from dreams and entries from diaries – a new cinematic language was forged to capture a shared experience.

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Ready Player One (Backyard Cinema, 1 June)
Jun
1
8:30 PM20:30

Ready Player One (Backyard Cinema, 1 June)


Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano| Friday 01 June 8:30pm

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Event cinema operators Backyard Cinema continue to up their game, with this season's offering involving an immersive spaceship set and a sci-fi themed programme to match. No more appropriate a theme could be imagined for a screening of Steven Spielberg's new film (and box office hit) Ready Player One, which adapts Ernest Cline's hit novel about a VR-saturated future where the 80s has become the key cultural currency.

 

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Sink screening + Q&A at Peckhamplex (31 May)
May
31
8:30 PM20:30

Sink screening + Q&A at Peckhamplex (31 May)

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Thursday 31st May 8.30pm at Peckhamplex

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A chance to see a truly charming and touching London-set and shot indie film from director Mark Gillis, screening in one of the areas it was shot in. This is true low-budget filmmaking at its finest (think crowdfunding and credit cards), the Smoke Screen can testify. Read more about the film at its official website here.

In many ways indebted to the tough social realist films of Ken Loach, Sink nevertheless is also genuinely funny and left field much of the time.  It’s about Micky Mason, a skilled manual worker who, since the Crash, can find nothing but menial zero hours jobs. He takes a course of action that is completely out of character, but it’s the only way he can see of keeping his family together. Director Mark Gillis will be in attendance for a Q&A after the show.

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Sundance London (31 May - 3 June)
May
31
to Jun 3

Sundance London (31 May - 3 June)

Picturehouse Central, 31 May-3 June

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A curated selection of films from the American Sundance Film Festival, which runs in February of each year, arrives in London for what has now become a regular fixture at Picturehouse Central. Female filmmakers dominate the line-up this year, a reflection of the conversation going on in Hollywood and beyond. Highlights include panels of female filmmakers and a screening of the hit horror film Hereditary with a Q&A with star Toni Colette.

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Dawson City Frozen Time (29 May at the David Lean Cinema)
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

Dawson City Frozen Time (29 May at the David Lean Cinema)

29 May 7.30pm at The David Lean Cinema

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In 1978, a treasure trove of silent film reels was discovered in the Yukon permafrost. Director Bill Morrison's acclaimed doc weaves together the fascinating tales of Dawson City, born in the 1890s Gold Rush, the birth of the movie industry, and the wider history of the early 20th Century, showcasing images from those formerly-lost movies.

You can read more about the true story of the Dawson City find here.

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McKellen: Playing the Part + live Q&A with Ian McKellen (27 May)
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

McKellen: Playing the Part + live Q&A with Ian McKellen (27 May)

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Sunday 27 May, 3pm

Live at the BFI and broadcast to various London cinemas including Picturehouses.

I don't know exactly what you have to do to acquire 'National Treasure' status, but I am pretty sure Sir Ian McKellen has long since achieved such a level. A theatre and film veteran and deeply respected for his work with Stonewall and in the gay rights struggles of the last few decades, Sir Ian has plenty to talk about. And talk he does, in a new fully authorised, deeply personal documentary on his life and work released this month. Director Joe Stephenson had access to private photo albums and a wealth of archive material, including unseen behind-the-scenes footage of theatre shows and films, and diaries written when McKellen was 12. The BFI will welcome Ian McKellen to the stage after the screening of the doc for a Q&A, which will be broadcast live into cinemas across the UK and Scandinavia.

You can read the Smoke Screen's coverage of one of Sir Ian's last appearances live at the BFI here, where he discussed Richard Loncraine's idiosyncratic and raucous take on Shakespeare's Richard III.

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Screen 25 presents The Square + Q&A with art gallery owner (May 23)
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Screen 25 presents The Square + Q&A with art gallery owner (May 23)

Screen 25| 23 May 7.30pm

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Another chance to see Ruben Ostland's biting satire on the art world and middle-class attitudes at the friendly neighbourhood Norwood-based Screen 25 film club. With a Q&A from a Croydon gallery owner about the realities of running a contemporary art venue!

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Dir. Ruben Östlund • 2017 • Sweden • Comedy • 151 mins • Cert 15

Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund returns with The Square, a knife-sharp comedy satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age. Winner of the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, this film will have you in stitches at the absurdity of the modern art world.

Christian (Claes Bang) is a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He's gearing up to launch their next exhibition, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining selflessness and our duty to help others.

However, Christian's own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place within it. Meanwhile, a shocking viral stunt cooked up by the museum's PR agency is met with public outcry, sending Christian – and the museum – into an existential crisis.

With pitch-perfect performances, inventive set pieces and a cutting deadpan wit, The Square is a hilarious, unique and often surreal look at idealism, hypocrisy and cynicism in the modern world.

Join us after the film for a discussion with Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of Croydon's RISE Gallery, about the realities of opening and running a contemporary art gallery.

 

 

 

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Windrush, 1948 - 2018  (Phoenix Cinema, Sunday 20 May)
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Windrush, 1948 - 2018 (Phoenix Cinema, Sunday 20 May)

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Phoenix Cinema| 20 May| 2pm

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This interactive audio-visual presentation by Tony Warner of Black History Walks will examine the fight for equal rights in housing, education, employment, immigration and law since 1948. The issues covered will include the Notting Hill riots, Black women leaders, Black heroes of World War 2 and much more.

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2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm (18-31 May, Picturehouse Cinemas)
May
18
to May 28

2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm (18-31 May, Picturehouse Cinemas)

Picturehouse Cinemas| 18-31 May

Tickets and details here


With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking and cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential film directors of all time. Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 3 1968, the film ignited the imaginations of critics and audiences alike and its impact continues to resonate to this day.

For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation, with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits, that is showing exclusively at Picturehouse cinemas. This screening will have a 15 minute interval. 

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High Fidelity 35mm + Q&A with Nick Hornby (17 May)
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

High Fidelity 35mm + Q&A with Nick Hornby (17 May)

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Genesis Cinema| 17 May 7pm

Tickets and information here


Don't miss your chance to catch cult classic High Fidelity on the big screen, presented by Genesis cinema and Matters of Vinyl Importance. Nick Hornby, writer of the novel the film is based on, will attend a Q&A after the screening to raise fund for local charity Ministry of Stories, which is focused on creative writing for children from disadvantaged areas. 

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 Film London Jarman Award: A Journey Through the First Decade  (15 May- 10 June)
May
15
to Jun 10

Film London Jarman Award: A Journey Through the First Decade (15 May- 10 June)

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Whitechapel Gallery| 15 May-10 June

Tickets and information here


Film London Jarman Award: A Journey through the First Decade is an exhibition celebrating 10 years of the Jarman Award, promising a unique insight into the work of the UK's leading artist filmmakers. The free exhibition celebrates the innovation and evolution of one of today's most exciting artforms, extensively covering the Award's first ten years. 

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Cigarette Burns presents: The Legend of Hell House in 35mm with director Q&A (20th Dec at Regent St Cinema)
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cigarette Burns presents: The Legend of Hell House in 35mm with director Q&A (20th Dec at Regent St Cinema)

Regent Street Cinema.

 20th December, tickets here.

The notorious purveyor of 35mm cult delights - Cigarette Burns - returns in time for the festive season. And appropriately, a Christmas movie is in the offing...although Christmas by way of the CB means something a little different from snowmen and elfs. And so on the 20th of December, the CB will screen 70s horror flick The Legend of Hell House. 

Scripted by Richard Matheson (Twilight Zone TV show, I am Legend, aka Omega Man, aka Last Man On Earth, Stir of Echos etc) and based on his book Hell House, Legend of Hell House is directed by John Hough (Twins of Evil, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Watch in the Woods, Escape from Witch Mountain). In the words of the CB "together they managed to create one on the most striking and terrifying haunted house films of all time. 
Sure, it's not a film with knife wielding Santas, angry snowmen, or even revenge seeking trees. Yet, it tells the story of an intrepid, if slightly terrified group of "sensitives" spending the night in a haunted house, a house they first enter on the 20th December. 
The question is - when do they leave....?" 

After the film, Cigarette Burns will  welcome director John Hough in conversation with acclaimed film writer and journalist Kim Newman.

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The Final Girls present: BODY TROUBLE  (19 December, Picturehouse Central
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Final Girls present: BODY TROUBLE (19 December, Picturehouse Central

Picturehouse Central, 19th December at 6.30pm.

The Final Girls is a London-based screening series exploring the intersection between horror film and feminism, and on 19 December they have a  particularly intense double bill planned; BODY TROUBLE; a French Extremity programme, playing at Picturehouse Central.

The Final Girls pay homage to a particularly gruesome time in French film history dubbed  the "New French Extremity" period, with a double dose of body horror. First up is A l’interieur (Inside), followed by Dans ma peau (In my skin). Both films place female neuroses at their core, going to more than a few extremes while doing so.ost a panel discussion about the way the films of the New French Extremity tackled body horror, female psyschosis and the slasher tropes.

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Blue Velvet Day at the Rio Cinema (Dec 11)
Dec
11
2:00 PM14:00

Blue Velvet Day at the Rio Cinema (Dec 11)

Sunday Dec 11 is Blue Velvet day at the RIO- a double bill of David Lynch's acclaimed and controversial drama, paired with a new documentary exploring the production of the film.


Blue Velvet (18)BOOK TICKETS
At 2pm
Whether as one of the all-time greats, as one of the standout films of the 1980s, as one of the best examples of American surrealism or as one of the finest of David Lynch movies, it is time to celebrate BLUE VELVET's 30th anniversary. Here's an opportunity to see, or see again, a landmark movie which has inspired countless tributes, cultural references and parodies but still remains as subversive, surreal and shocking as it did in 1986.

Blue Velvet Revisited - The Documentary (15)BOOK TICKETS

At 4.30pm
Based on hours of footage exclusively filmed and photographed on the set of the film, Peter Braatz's documentary is a stunning and evocative record of the making of an iconic cult classic. With an all-new soundtrack by veteran experimental rockers Tuxedomoon, among others, BLUE VELVET REVISITED is an unmissable and inspirational homage to movie-making.

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London International Animation Festival
Dec
2
to Dec 11

London International Animation Festival

Friday December 2nd to Sunday December 11th .

LIAF festival pass here.

The 13th London International Animation Festival returns from Friday December 2nd to Sunday December 11th – 10 packed days and nights of animation: shorts and feature films from across the globe.

Check out the LIAF website at www.liaf.org.uk for the full programme.

The LIAF 2016: Opening Night Gala will be "The warped, wonderful and terrifying world of Chris Shepherd Q&A" on December 2, 2016 6:30 pm.

This year dozens of films will screen in official competition across several categories including 9 International Competition Programmes featuring the British ShowcaseInto The Dark scary shorts, and New Japanese Shorts - Beyond Anime
The 2016 short film competition showcases entries from a mix of Festival veterans and first-time competitors. Oscar nominees Koji Yamamura and Job, Joris and Marieke join LIAF favourites Igor Kovalyov, Theodore Ushev, Liz Hobbs, Phil Mulloy, Steven Subotnick, Vladimir Leschiov, Uri and Michelle Kranot, Priit Tender, Ulo Pikkov, Felix Massie, Tom Schroeder and Chris Shepherd as well as student work from all over the world.
There will also be 4 feature films playing, including Ann Marie Fleming’s Window HorsesThe Longing of Michael Dudok de Wit, the 1945 Anime film Momotaro-Sacred Sailors and another super-secret feature .


There will also be special guests and archive programmes, including a 35mm run of Disney Classics Shorts – from the  1930’s featuring fan-favourite characters Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

Those who want to see only the cream of the crop are recommended to go for the Best of the Festival on Saturday December 10 (repeat screening Sunday December 11) featuring the best films of LIAF 2016 as chosen by the panel of industry judges and audience votes. 

 

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Talkies Cinema presents WHO AM I? (30 Nov)
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Talkies Cinema presents WHO AM I? (30 Nov)

WED 30 NOV 7.30

THE FOX, Palmers Green on Wednesday 30 November 2016
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM
Ticket Price: £5.00*

BUY TICKETS £5

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An evening of short films celebrating upcoming film talent and featuring the Premiere of local writer/director Artemis Seeker-Rigas' film ANOTHER MAN. 

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 Stanley's Film Club - Kate Plays Christine (30 November)
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Stanley's Film Club - Kate Plays Christine (30 November)

30 November. Stanley Halls 6pm

Tickets: £8 / £6 members

Timings: Doors 7pm / Film 8pm

Stanley’s Film Club is a part-time cinema in the heart of South Norwood that screens a diverse range of independent films,  new releases, cult classics, documentaries and short films, now screening weekly at the gorgeous Stanley Halls. Find out more at www.stanleysfilmclub.com

On 30 November the club will be screening a film that comes highly recommended buy the Smoke Screen: Kate Plays Christine (see the review here.) This leftfield "documentary" follows actor Kate Lyn Sheil preparing to play the role of Christine Chubbuck, a Florida television host who committed suicide on air in 1974. Filmmaker Robert Greene takes a very particular approach to nonfiction storytelling with this subject however, using Kate Lyn Sheil as a conduit to understanding the impossibly complex issues relating to how actors approach filming the life of someone who took their own, and how we as a society continue to probe the dead for entertainment material long after they are gone. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0PafiJERYc&noredirect=1

 

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Science Fiction Theatre presents: WESTWORLD (1978)
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Science Fiction Theatre presents: WESTWORLD (1978)

Where: The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, E8 3AS
When: Monday 28th November // 8pm

On Monday 28th November The Science Fiction Theatre screening Westworld, the 1973 thriller written and directed by Michael Crichton: perfect for fans of the new hit HBO based on the same source material.

After paying a sizable entrance fee, businessman Blane (James Brolin) and lawyer Martin (Richard Benjamin) take a dream holiday to the newly opened technological paradise Westworld, a futuristic theme park offering its visitors all the thrills, but none of the dangers, of the old Wild West, which is recreated by supposedly harmless robots. However, when one of the computerized gunslingers (Yul Brynner) malfunctions, the two city slickers find themselves in a battle for their lives…

Tickets are £3.50 in advance (BUY).

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Culture Shock presents: Driller Killer (27 Nov)
Nov
27
9:00 PM21:00

Culture Shock presents: Driller Killer (27 Nov)

Picturehouse Central, 9pm, 27 November.

In career that has encompassed such controversial classics as Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant and Welcome to New York, none of Abel Ferrara’s films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity and downright notorious nature of The Driller Killer. 

Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practising in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey… 

One of the most infamous ‘video nasties’, in part thanks to its drill-in-head sleeve, The Driller Killer has lost none of its power to unnerve and is presented here fully uncut. 

BFI Cult Programmer Michael Blyth will introduce this screening.

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 Sembene Double Bill:  Black Girl + Xala at The Phoenixes (27 Nov 2pm)
Nov
27
2:00 PM14:00

Sembene Double Bill: Black Girl + Xala at The Phoenixes (27 Nov 2pm)

Sembene Double Bill:  Black Girl + Xala (15)
Sunday 27th November - 2pm


A double bill celebrating the work of African director Ousmane Sembene.

Black Girl:
A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad and takes a job as a governess for a French family. 

Xala:
 A Senegalese official discovers on his wedding night that he has been struck with a "xala," a curse of impotence.

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