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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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Ready Player One (Backyard Cinema, 1 June)
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Ready Player One (Backyard Cinema, 1 June)


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

Tickets and information here


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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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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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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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

Tickes and details here

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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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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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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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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Elstree 76+ Q&A with director and originalStar Wars cast member
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Elstree 76+ Q&A with director and originalStar Wars cast member

Lexi Cinema, 23 November 6.30pm, tickets here.

This is a sweet, quietly funny and intriguing focus on 10 character actors and extras who featured in Star Wars (filmed at Elstree in 1976).  No one had any idea then that they’d forever be defined by the one or two days they spent on the set of 'yet another' sci-fi movie.  Says one:  "We thought we were making a television show."  Catch up with Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), stormtrooper Laurie Goode and cantina waitress Pam Rose, all of whom stayed in the business but never surpassed their 5 minutes of fame as bitplayers in the film. Paul Blake says with good humor, “I have played Macbeth. I’ve performed with the Royal Court Theatre.  But my epitaph will say, ‘Here lies Greedo.’ ”  And while riding the wave of Star Wars cultdom, the film also takes a step back to look at the arbitrariness of celebrity and it's place in our star-driven culture.

At this special Lexi Cinema screening,  Time Out's resident Star Wars enthusiast and film critic Tom Huddleston hosts Elstree 1976's director, Jon Spiro, the doc's producer, Hank Starrs, and also professional supporting actor, Derek Lyons, who had two roles in Star Wars .

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1000 Londoners presents: Necropolis (21 Nov)
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

1000 Londoners presents: Necropolis (21 Nov)

Lexi Cinema, 21 November, 7pm. Tickets here.

1000 Londoners is a unique digital portrait of London  It offers an insight into the diverse lives of 1000 Londoners, taking in all ages, religions, race, income, interests and opinions. It is a multi-year project and the growing archive is available to view here

Next up in the series is this selection of short docs, all shot on Halloween.  Subjects of the documentaries include cemetery dwellers, horror film fanatics, trick or treaters and costume sellers, and the films will be followed by a short Q&A with one of the film makers and their subject.

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Stanley's Film Club Presents : My Beautiful Laundrette (18 Nov)
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Stanley's Film Club Presents : My Beautiful Laundrette (18 Nov)

Tickets: £8 / £6 members

Timings: Doors 7pm / Film 8pm

Stanley's Film Club presents Stephen Frears' 80s British cult classic, My Beautiful Laundrette, with ticket holders able to enjoy the film with a pint and a curry served by Norwood's own curry house, Sitar. 

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985; UK) follows the fortunes of handsome Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a young pakistani who takes over a run-down laundrette together with his English friend Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis). Together they transform it into a gaudy, neon-lit palace complete with muzac and video screens. Against a background of racial tension and poverty in a rough South London suburb, their own relationship, portrayed with tenderness and passion, blossoms to love

Stanley’s Film Club is a part-time cinema in the heart of South Norwood, see here for more.

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SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA: SCREAMATHON at RICH MIX (NOVEMBER 3)
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA: SCREAMATHON at RICH MIX (NOVEMBER 3)

SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA: SCREAMATHON

NOVEMBER 3 | RICH MIX

Join Short Sighted Cinema for a Halloween special evening screening of the best British short horror films. From comedy-horror to ghost stories, lo-budget thrillers and gore fests – there’ll be something to whet your darkest appetites!

Featuring: 
VINTAGE BLOOD – ABIGAIL BLACKMORE
SEND IN THE CLOWNS – KATE SHENTON
NASTY – PRANO BAILEY-BOND
LOT 254 – TOBY MEAKINS
FESTEVIL – PAUL TAYLOR
AGRAVOY - JACOB NIZZOLA

+ MINISTRY OF STORIES: MONSTER MONOLOGUES, 7 short comedies produced in association with Short Sighted Cinema.

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Juan of the Dead  at Deptford Cinema ( 2 November)
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Juan of the Dead at Deptford Cinema ( 2 November)

Juan of the Dead 

Deptford Cinema
Wednesday 2 November at 6.30pm

Deptford Cinema continues its Latin America film nights with Alejandro Brugués's leftfield zombie flick. 

When the zombie apocalypse begins in Havana, the media blame mercenary dissidents, but as the city burns, the survivors are quickly outnumbered by hordes of cannibalistic living dead.

 

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Science Fiction Theatre presents: The Mist (31 Oct 7pm)
Oct
31
6:30 PM18:30

Science Fiction Theatre presents: The Mist (31 Oct 7pm)

The good folks at the Science Fiction Theatre film club have a Halloween screening planned of Frank Darabont's 2007 adaptation of Stephen King's chilling, claustrophobic scifi horror novella THE MIST.

Where: The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, E8 3AS
When: Monday 31st October | film 8pm

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Hackney Attic Film Festival Hallowe’en Special (31st Oct)
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Hackney Attic Film Festival Hallowe’en Special (31st Oct)

The Hackney Attic Film Festival is back for one night only to present a Hallowe’en Special!

Mon 31st Oct    19.30    Hackney Picturehouse
Films screening: 

IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
Dir. Greg Jeffs

THE BIRCH
Dir. Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton

SON OF PERDITION
Dir. Matthew Harrison
Starring: Steven Hartley, Alex Macqueen, Jayne Wisener and Debbie Arnold. 

NIGHT SMILES
Dir. Luke Mepham

LATE NIGHT LOT
Dir. Uriah Herr

THE UNCONVENTIONAL GOURMET
Dir. Wendy Keeling
Starring: Wendy Keeling, Wynn Reichert, Grayson Kilpatrick and Manon Guy. 

FOOLS ERRAND
Dir. Christopher Goodman

BEWARE OF BUNNY
Dir. Rebecca Gill

HOW I ATE YOUR MOTHER
Dir. James Atkins

DRUNK ZOMBIES
Dir. Alex Napiwocki

THE CHAMP
Dir. Armin Bointner
Starring: Irfan Rehman, Tim Scott Whiteley

THE MONSTER
Dir. Bob Pipe, Prod. James Wren
Starring: Richard Glover, Helen George, Simon Cotton, Matt Slack. 

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Prince Charles Cinema Horror all-nighter - Classic Horror vs Teen Horror (29 Oct)
Oct
29
8:30 PM20:30

Prince Charles Cinema Horror all-nighter - Classic Horror vs Teen Horror (29 Oct)

As if they really needed to prove how much they love Halloween, the Prince Charles Cinema programmers have not one, but two Halloween all-nighters playing at the same time on Saturday 29th October!

CLASSIC HORROR ALL-NIGHTER
Saturday 29th October 20:45

Halloween is nearly here and nothing gets us in the mood of the season quite like an overindulgence of horror films! Lucky for us, we have two great all-night horror movie marathons this month to feast on.... Which will you pick?

First up, we have the always popular CLASSIC HORROR ALL-NIGHTER, where we will see some of the greatest horror films ever made. You won't sleep for weeks, as the list of films we have line-up are sure to have you looking over your shoulders at every turn!

Our CLASSIC HORROR ALL-NIGHTER consists of:
HALLOWEEN
THE EXORCIST
ALIEN
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
THE SHINING [US Cut]
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Saturday 29th October 20:45 - Click Here for Tickets

TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY - Click Here for Tickets

TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY
Saturday 29th October 21:00


Are you looking to relive some of the greatest teen-screams from one of the greatest eras in teen horror? Well, our TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY may just be what you are looking for! We have a six film selection of some of the best teen horror films, coming from the years 1996 - 2000. Full of scares and laughs to keep you going all-night long, we are sure this will pump you up for Hallowe'en Night!

Our TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY consists of:
THE CRAFT
SCREAM
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
URBAN LEGEND
THE FACULTY
FINAL DESTINATION

 

 

 

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Picturehouse Central Halloween weekend (Oct 29) - Lost Boys+ An American Werewolf In London.
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Picturehouse Central Halloween weekend (Oct 29) - Lost Boys+ An American Werewolf In London.

Picturehouse Central Halloween weekend means a double bill of '80s cult classics on Saturday night with a 35mm show of The Lost Boys, Joel Schumacher's trippy California-set vampire adventure starring  Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric, followed by John Landis's horror benchmark An American Werewolf In London. Tickets here.

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INTO THE INFERNO + Q&A with Volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer at DocHouse (28 Oct)
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

INTO THE INFERNO + Q&A with Volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer at DocHouse (28 Oct)

INTO THE INFERNO + Q&A at Bertha DocHouse.

Date: FRI 28 OCTOBER, 2016

Time: 18:30

Price: £9 (£7 CONCESSIONS)

FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER

Part of what the Bertha DocHouse are dubbing 'Werner Herzog' week, this new doc from the mercurial German director sees him out with the world’s leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer on a dangerous mission; their journey takes around the world, to the very edges of active volcanoes, meeting the people who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.

 

On the journey, Herzog pays tribute to the late French researchers Katia and Maurice Krafft, who were known for filming more closely to lava than anyone else. Their stunning footage of Magma Rivers evokes the hellish landscape of the man-made Kuwaiti oil fires in Herzog's 1992 film Lessons of Darkness.

Into the Inferno artfully blends reportage, history, and philosophy into a riveting cinematic experience. Looking into a volcanic funnel, Herzog observes "a fire that wants to burst forth and it could not care less about what we are doing up here."

DocHouse are showing two Werner Herzog films this week, the other being Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

You can read the Smoke Screen review of Lo and Behold here

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Misc films present: HOMO SAPIENS at Prince Charles Cinema (Wed 26 Oct 2016 6:30pm)
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Misc films present: HOMO SAPIENS at Prince Charles Cinema (Wed 26 Oct 2016 6:30pm)

Wednesday 26th October 18:30, Prince Charles Cinema

A new film screening arranged by Misc. Films - see their Twitter and Facebook for all their latest news
CLICK HERE to follow the Facebook Event for this special Premiere screening.

Homo Sapiens, directed by documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread), is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age. Powerful images of empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation and crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario.

94 minutes. No voice-over, no score, no people. Join Misc. Films - a new programming collective dedicated to putting underseen and unreleased films on the big screen - for the London premiere of this acclaimed festival favourite, which despite screening around the world has yet to receive a UK theatrical release. Consider this one for the architecture enthusiasts, the ‘ruin porn’ addicts, the urban explorers and anyone keen to witness the present-day post-apocalypse.

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An audience with Nicholas Winding Refn at the Prince Charles (24 Oct)
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

An audience with Nicholas Winding Refn at the Prince Charles (24 Oct)

Tying in with the home video release of his latest divisive thriller THE NEON DEMON (reviewed here by Smoke Screen), Nicolas Winding Refn, will be live on stage at The Prince Charles Cinema for a very special, one-night-only event on Monday 24th October.

'An audience with Nicolas Winding Refn' will feature screenings of THE NEON DEMON and DRIVE, with NWR partaking in a between-film 40 minute conversation / Q&A. 

Tickets for this event will go on sale on MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER at 13:00.

The link to purchase tickets will be sent out to the PCC email database, as well as being posted on both the Facebook and Twitter profiles at 13:00 on Monday 26th September.

Tickets will also be available in-person at the Box Office.

THE NEON DEMON will available to purchase on BluRay and DVD from Monday 31st October

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BFI Highlights October/November 2016- Black Star, John Carpenter, French Noir classics
Oct
23
to Nov 30

BFI Highlights October/November 2016- Black Star, John Carpenter, French Noir classics

 Boyz n The Hood

Boyz n The Hood

Due to London Film Festival the BFI joins up the second half of October with November when it comes to season programming. The undeniable highlight of this period is the BFI Black Star season, a multi-month, multi-format season designed to highlight the contribution of black talent in front of and behind the camera.

See the BFI Southbank website for full details of these months:

October/November Highlights :

The Restoration of Napoleon - Monday 14 November 2016 18:10
Hear all about the long and troubled past of Abel Gance’s epic film, now newly restored. the film itself plays across venues - including the BFI- in London from early November.

Science Fiction Double Feature Picture Show- Saturday 29 October 2016 18:00

Live performers will shadow the on-screen action at a special showing of the cult musicals and a panel of Shock Treatment cast and crew will discuss the film to celebrate its 35th anniversary

On Blackness, Cinema, and the Moving Image: A KCL Symposium- Saturday 05 November 2016 12:00
At this special event world-leading scholars and practitioners join us to share their insights into black stardom

Boyz n The Hood - 25th Anniversary extended run -- throughout October and November.

A true highlight of Black Star is this re-issue of director John Singleton's acclaimed drama looking at black urban youth in a troubled neighbourhood in 1990s LA. The screening at 18:15 on Friday 28 Oct will be followed by a Q&A with director John Singleton.

In the Heat of the Night- throughout October and November.

A reissue and extended run of the Sidney Poitier-starring, charged detective thriller the won five Oscars.

October/November Seasons:

 

  • The Cult of John Carpenter

    This season celebrates a true alchemist of sound and vision. Don’t miss cult classics such as Halloween (new digital restoration), Starman, Escape From New York and They Live.

  • French Noir

    The French brought a poetic sensibility to film noir with films such as Pépé le Moko, La Bête humaine and Rififi. Peer into the shadows, where criminals hide out and lovers lurk…

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Horror Channel FrightFest Halloween 2016 Special (Oct 22)
Oct
22
10:30 AM10:30

Horror Channel FrightFest Halloween 2016 Special (Oct 22)

Horror Channel FrightFest are back with another all-day Halloween event at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, on Saturday October 22nd. The 13-hour "trauma marathon" includes five UK premieres and the world premiere of Ross Noble’s directorial debut!

Passes for the London event cost £45 and go on sale from noon on Saturday 1 October.

To book:  https://princecharlescinema.com/frightfest-halloween-special

Passes can also be bought at the cinema.

FULL LINE UP:

10.30: BED OF THE DEAD (UK Premiere)

 Director: Jeff Maher. Cast: Colin Price, Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andres, George Krissa. Canada 2016. 88 mins.

 

Out celebrating a birthday, two couples decide to party in a foursome at a sex club. Finding all the fantasy dungeons booked they are offered the mysterious Room 18 and start getting down to orgy business on the antique bed. But Room 18 has a dark history, the bed is haunted and once between the sheets, you can’t leave the mattress or you die. Plagued with frightening hallucinations across multi-dimensions, they must figure out the bed's secrets before they are all doomed. A race against time begins in a gloriously gruesome, gorgeous gore-fest from the LET HER OUT terror team. 

PLUS….THE CATCHMENT (World Premiere)

Director: Ross Noble.

Cast: Ross Noble, Shauna Macdonald, Cariad Lloyd, Richard Herring, Suki Webster

UK 2016. 16 mins.

A couple move into a house to be in the catchment area of a good school for their unborn children. But there’s a catch…

 

13:00 DON’T HANG UP (UK Premiere) 

 

Directors: Damien Macé & Alexis Wajsbrot. Cast: Sienna Guillory, Gregg Sulkin, Garrett Clayton, Parker Sawyers, Bella Dayne. UK 2016. 83 mins.

I saw what you did and I know who you are! Two teens devise ever more elaborate prank phone calls to share online for their eager followers into impersonal humiliation. But as their

involved practical jokes become increasingly nastier, it never occurs to them they might be playing a very dangerous game. So when a mysterious threatening stranger calls the home landline, they suddenly realize they may not be invincible. In fact, they may be in very real peril, as the caller reveals the violent extremes he’s willing to employ to extract retribution before they’re able to reveal his identity.

 15:15 COLD MOON (UK Premiere)

 

Director: Griff Furst. Cast: Josh Stewart, Candy Clark, Christopher Lloyd, Frank Whaley, Robby Kay. USA 2016. 92 mins.

From Michael McDowell, writer of BEETLEJUICE and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and STARVE director Griff Furst, a chilling tale of supernatural vengeance. Welcome to the sleepy southern town of Babylon where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another when fourteen-year-old Margaret is robbed of her innocent life and sunk in the black waters of the River Styx. The powerful killer thinks he’s beyond the reach of the law. But he’s not beyond the rules of Hell or the spectral nightmares determined to mete out the most shocking justice. 

 

18:00 FEAR, INC.(UK Premiere)

 

Director: Vincent Masciale. Cast: Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Abigail Breslin. USA 2016. 91 mins.

Nothing is ever scary enough for unemployed horror fanboy Joe. Completely underwhelmed by a haunted house attraction he visits with his girlfriend Lindsay one date night, a creepy stranger gives him a business card for the mysterious service ‘Fear, Inc.’, a company

promising to bring personal nightmares to life… for a price. Despite warnings about the corporation’s dubious reputation, Joe calls the next day – Halloween - and sets off a chain of terrifying events that echoes such classic horror cinema as SCREAM, SAW, THE SHINING and FRIDAY THE 13th. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bump-in-the-night ride!

 PLUS….DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? (London Premiere)

 

Director: Justin McConnell & Serena Whitney. Cast: Caleigh Le Grand, Jorja Cadence, Adam Buller. Canada 2015. 14 mins.

It's the Christmas season, and Sloan is reluctanly helping her over-enthusiastic sister Jessica with the perfect party. But Sloan might have to do some kick-ass fighting to save the partygoers from a terrifying death...

20:30 RUPTURE (UK Premiere)

 

Director: Steven Shainberg. Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare, Lesley Manville, Kerry Bishé.  Canada. 2016. 102 mins.

 Single mother Renee Morgan is trying to keep her life together when she’s suddenly kidnapped by a mysterious organization and held against her will in a sinister facility. Her captors insist they’re just conducting medical research, but to Renee and her fellow prisoners it’s torture! But why are they pushing her to an extreme limit, way beyond being scared to death and into another frightening realm altogether? A surreally spooky sci-fi horror from SECRETARY/FUR director Steven Shainberg, AMERICAN SNIPER producer Andrew Lazar and starring brilliant Noomi Rapace, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the millennial Sigourney Weaver in PROMETHEUS. 

23:00 HEADSHOT (London Premiere)

 

Directors: Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto. Cast: Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, Very Tri Yulisman, Julie Estelle. Indonesia. 117 mins.

Never forget, never let go in another fast and furious violent action thriller from The Mo Bothers, directors of MACABRE, KILLERS, plus V/H/S/2 and THE ABCs OF DEATH segments. The indomitable Iko Uwais (THE RAID and its sequel star) plays Ishmael, a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. For Ishmael was a killing machine in his forgotten history and when his memories finally do return he is compelled to take on a vengeful drug lord’s henchmen.

 

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MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE + JOHN DOWER Q&A   ( 20th October, 6.15pm)
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE + JOHN DOWER Q&A ( 20th October, 6.15pm)

MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE
+ JOHN DOWER Q&A Thursday 20th October, 6.15pm
Everyman Hampstead
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With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux won't take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church's alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members-turned-whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates.

The film screening will be followed by a live Q&A with director John Dower and producer Simon Chinn.

You can read the Smoke Screen review of Theroux and Dower's new film here.

 

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My Scientology Movie preview + Louis Theroux Q&A at Curzon (Oct 10)
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

My Scientology Movie preview + Louis Theroux Q&A at Curzon (Oct 10)

Monday 10 October 7.15pm

Curzon Victoria | Wimbledon | Canterbury | Ripon | Sheffield

Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar winning producer of Searching for Sugarman and Man of Wire, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the world’s most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’. The film has been garnering buzz as it travels round the festival circuit, and you can read the Smoke Screen review here.

See here for details of Curzon Cinema's screening of the film plus Q&A via satellite: Following this preview screening a live Q&A Louis Theroux will be broadcast via satellite from the Royal Festival Hall.

 

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London Film Festival 2016 (Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016.)
Oct
5
to Oct 16

London Film Festival 2016 (Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016.)

Has it come around again already? London's premiere film festival - the BFI London Film Festival - will run Wednesday 5 October to Sunday 16 October. The festival opens with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The European premiere of the film, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, will be on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.A United Kingdom is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams.  

 A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

Closing the festival is a gala screening of Free Fire - Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Sightseers) returns with this all-guns-blazing bullet opera, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

Interestingly, the festival's competition line up will include a Japanese animated film for the first time, as Makoto Shinkai's (The Garden of Words, Journey to Agartha, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days) animated body-swapping drama Your Name is booked to play, having had big box office success in its home country.

 Free Fire

Free Fire

This LFF will also continue with the LFF Connects series of talks and interviews, bringing in talent from various media industries to discuss their work in front of audiences. The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan was the premiere guest at last year's LFF talks. This year sees eight-time Oscar-winner Dennis Muren, the effects master responsible for so many iconic effects in the history of cinema including the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, joining the LFF Connects line up. Joining Muren will be David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from the two-year-old Industrial Light and Magic VFX London studio. Also booked are Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, co-creators of the hit dystopian sci-fi TV series, Black Mirror.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016 and published online: www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Festival Information & Ticket Booking about LFF 2016

BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10.00am, 8 September - join at www.bfi.org.uk/join 

Public booking opens 10.00am, 15 September

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 10:00 – 20:30

Online: www.bfi.org.uk/lff 

In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:00 – 20:30

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Love and Friendship at Whirled Cinema (5-7 Oct)
Oct
5
to Oct 7

Love and Friendship at Whirled Cinema (5-7 Oct)

In case you missed Whit Stillman's witty adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, Whirled Cinema have it playing this week. Check the five-star review of the film here from Smoke Screen.

Having previously worked together on the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco the two women scheme their way through Stillman’s social comedy as they attempt to find a new husband for the widow (Beckinsale) as well as one for her daughter. Austen herself would have been proud of this adaptation with all its social mores and behind the scenes snobbery and conventions.

Wed 5 - Fri 7 Oct Starts 8:30pm

Sun 9 Oct Starts 6:00pm

Running Time: 92

Tickets here.

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Cinephilia Film Fest Everyman screenings of All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard (4-5 October)
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Cinephilia Film Fest Everyman screenings of All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard (4-5 October)

Cinephilia Film Fest (CFF) is a celebration of the greatest films of the 20th Century, and Everyman are hosting two of their screenings at Screen on the Green : All About Eve and Sunset Boulevardunmissable tales of fame, stardom and betrayal with a special focus on the role of women.

 

 All About Eve. Tuesday 4th October 6.30pm at  SCREEN ON THE GREEN

Sunset Boulevard, Wednesday 5th October, 6.30pm at SCREEN ON THE GREEN

 

 

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TOP GUN 30th Anniversary at the Prince Charles Cinema (Oct 3)
Oct
3
8:45 PM20:45

TOP GUN 30th Anniversary at the Prince Charles Cinema (Oct 3)

Monday 3 October 8.45pm at The Prince Charles Cinema

Top Gun needs no introduction, but as an added bonus for this 30th Anniversary screening at The Prince Charles Cinema, guests will be gifted a pair of aviator shades. Plus a few fun trailers & ads before the film to help recreate that 1986-feel, and cake for the first few through the door..

 

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