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BFI's Comedy Genius Season (22 October 2018 - 31 January 2019)
Oct
22
to Jan 23

BFI's Comedy Genius Season (22 October 2018 - 31 January 2019)

The BFI's Comedy Genius Season runs 22 October 2018 - 31 January 2019, see BFI website for details.

It is time to proverbially split those proverbial sides as the BFI leaves London Film Festival behind and embraces the funny side of life. The last quarter of 2018 at BFI Southbank sees the launch of their 2018 blockbuster season COMEDY GENIUS. The season launches on 23 October with none other than Jane Fonda appearing in person to celebrate the re-release of her acclaimed workplace sexism fightback comedy 9 to 5. The programme is so vast there is only space below for a few highlights from the first announced batch of screenings and events:

  • 16 NOV onwards - Extended run re-release of 9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980)

  • 2 NOV onwards - Extended run re-release of Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

  • 6 NOV, 18:10 – SCREEN EPIPHANY: Felicity Kendal introduces Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) / Onstage: actor Felicity Kendal

  • 9 NOV, 18:00 – SCREENING + Q&A: Coming to America (John Landis, 1988) / Onstage: director John Landis and Costume Designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis

  • 11 NOV, 14:30 – SCREENING + INTRO: The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Blake Edwards, 1976) / Onstage: introduction by actor and author David Walliams

  • 16 NOV, 20:30 – SCREEN EPIPHANY: Joe Thomas introduces The Big Lebowski (The Coen Brothers, 1998) / Onstage: actor Joe Thomas 

  • 17 NOV, 15:00 – SPECIAL EVENT: The Black Comedy Revolution

  • 22 NOV, 18:10 – SCREENING + INTRO: This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984) / Onstage: actor and comedian Morwenna Banks

  • 29 NOV, 16:00 – SPECIAL EVENT: ICO Archive Screening Day: Women In Silent Film Comedy

  • 9 DEC, 18:45- SCREENING: Open All Night (aka One Parisian Night) + intro by BFI curator Bryony Dixon

  • 14 DEC, 20:45 EVENT: Comedians Cinema Club presents Groundhog Day + live performance

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Comedy Couples Season (Barbican, 5- 13 December)
Dec
5
to Dec 13

Comedy Couples Season (Barbican, 5- 13 December)

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Barbican, 5-13 December

A trio of fast and funny classic comedies with some of cinema’s favourite on-screen couples. Curated in celebration of the Modern Couples exhibition that is running in the Barbican Art Gallery. Three fantastic comedy couples feature in films from France, Italy and the US. While the relationships of cinema’s most famous double acts are platonic in nature, these films show that comedy and romantic chemistry can be a perfect match.

It Happened One Night is the prototype for the classic battle of the sexes, with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in a perpetual game of one-upmanship, which continues even as they fall in love. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in 14 films together, none more fast and funny than the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. And Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi show how farce should be done in high camp treat La Cage aux Folles.

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Funday: Who Framed Roger Rabbit + Q&A with animation director Richard Williams (BFI, 25 November 2018
Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Funday: Who Framed Roger Rabbit + Q&A with animation director Richard Williams (BFI, 25 November 2018

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BFI Southbank Sunday 25 November 2018 12:00

Part of the BFI’s Animation 2018 Strand

It’s 1947 in Toontown near Hollywood, where cartoon characters live alongside humans. Eddie, a Private Eye, is called in by the head of the Maroon Cartoon Studios and ends up embroiled in the dangerous lives of fun-loving Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica. This groundbreaking picture won two Oscars® for animation director Richard Williams.

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Underwire Film Festival (19-22 November)
Nov
19
to Nov 22

Underwire Film Festival (19-22 November)

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BFI Southbank 19-22 November

The UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts, Underwire Festival’s ninth edition kicks off with a selection of shorts that put women centre stage with opening night selection The Future Belongs to Us + Q&A on Friday 16 November 2018.

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UK Premiere: Animation 2018 Shorts + Q&A (BFI, 19 November)
Nov
19
2:45 PM14:45

UK Premiere: Animation 2018 Shorts + Q&A (BFI, 19 November)

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BFI Southbank, 19 November 2.45pm

Part of the BFI’s Animation 2018 Strand

Loneliness, loss, love and libido are just some of the subjects explored in these shorts commissioned through Animation 2018, the prestigious programme from the BFI and BBC Four, designed to find and support the UK’s most exciting new and emerging animators. Each film received production grants and the opportunity to be broadcast on BBC Four. Be one of the first to see these impressive new animations, and hear from some of the creatives behind them.

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Kennington Bioscope presents 'Silent Guns': A Day of WWI Films (November 17)
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Kennington Bioscope presents 'Silent Guns': A Day of WWI Films (November 17)

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The Cinema Musuem, 17 November 2018|,The event is expected to run from 10.00 till 22.40.

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Kennington Bioscope presents a day of rarely seen silent films, curated in conjunction with the film historian Kevin Brownlow, made during or featuring World War One. 

Almost the whole programme is on film (35mm or 16mm). Mr Brownlow himself with curators from the Kennington Bioscope will be on hand to introduce the films. There will be appearances from leading silent film pianists in the UK, John Sweeney, Costas Fotopoulos, Cyrus Gabyrusch, Lillian Henley and Meg Morley too.

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Orphée re-release (BFI, to 8 November)
Oct
30
to Nov 8

Orphée re-release (BFI, to 8 November)

BFI Southbank to 8 November

Jean Cocteau’s wildly imaginative allegorical reworking of the Orpheus myth. Screening as part of the BFI’s French Fantastique season.

Encountering a mysterious princess (Casares), the poet Orphée (Marais, Cocteau’s lover and muse) is entranced, only later to realise her deathly aura... Open to endless interpretations, Cocteau’s hallucinatory meditation on mortality, creativity and passion is packed with inventive ideas and resonant images: sinister bikers from the underworld; surreal radio messages (inspired by the BBC’s coded wartime broadcasts to the Resistance); the trip through a mirror into the underworld; post-occupation Paris rendered nightmarishly unfamiliar. Critic Gilbert Adair applauded the film for being like no other (‘Oh, the magic!’), while Ray Durgnat wrote that it gripped ‘like a bondage corset’ – it’s that rich and strange.

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A Spike Lee Mixtape Season at Deptford Cinema (11 October - 6 November)
Oct
11
to Nov 6

A Spike Lee Mixtape Season at Deptford Cinema (11 October - 6 November)

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Spike Lee Mixtape Season at Deptford Cinema

Runs 11 October - 6 November.

October in Britain is Black History Month, and for Deptford Cinema that means a sweeping retrospective of director Spike Lee’s joints. Since his breakout first feature She's Gotta Have It back in 1986, African-American filmmaker Spike Lee has built an incredibly diverse, politically-charged, and hugely respected filmography that is famed for its pull-no-punches focus on the Black American experience in a society still infused with racism, from his early feature Do the Right Thing to the recent Cannes-winning police drama BlackKklansman.

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Prince Charles Cinema's four "Horr-October" all-nighters (Several dates in October)
Oct
6
to Oct 27

Prince Charles Cinema's four "Horr-October" all-nighters (Several dates in October)

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Prince Charles Cinema throughout October, check below for links:

Amongst many, many horror-themed screenings in October, the PCC are giving you two different all-nighters to help plug those gaps in your horror flick knowledge! But will you go old school, new school, teen school, or Dario Argento school? Scroll below to see what films make up the marathons.

MODERN HORROR ALL-NIGHTER

Sat 6 Oct 2018 8:30pm (Ends at approx 08:00am)

Sat 27 Oct 2018 (Ends at approx 08:025am)

GET OUT [2017]: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

YOU'RE NEXT [2011]: The Davisons, an upper-class family, are extremely wealthy -- but also estranged. In an attempt to mend their broken family ties, Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Rob Moran) Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their children's significant others to their weekend estate. The celebration gets off to a rocky start, but when crossbow-wielding assailants in animal masks suddenly attack, the Davisons must pull together or die.

** MYSTERY FILM ** 

IT FOLLOWS [2014]: After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger. Jay's friends don't believe her seemingly paranoid ravings, until they too begin to see the phantom assassins and band together to help her flee or defend herself.

THE BABADOOK [2014]: A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book.

A QUIET PLACE [2018] : In this “mind-blowingly tense” thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back. Hailed by critics as “sensationally gripping” and “heart-pounding” A Quiet Place is the must-see movie of the year.


CLASSIC HORROR ALL-NIGHTER

Sat 6 Oct 2018 8:45pm (Ends at approx 09:10am)

Sat 27 Oct 2018 9:00pm (Ends at approx 09:15am)


FRIDAY THE 13th [1980]:
 Crystal Lake's history of murder doesn't deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people -- Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) -- pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they're slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET [1984]: In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late?

THE EXORCIST [1973]: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

ROSEMARY'S BABY [1968]: A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon). When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.

THE SHINING [1980]: Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE [1974]: When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY

Fri 26 Oct 2018 8:45pm (Ends at approx 09:00am)


20:45 - THE CRAFT [1996]: After transferring to a Los Angeles high school, Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of three wannabe witches, who happen to be seeking a fourth member for their rituals. Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk), like Sarah herself, all have troubled backgrounds, which combined with their nascent powers lead to dangerous consequences. When a minor spell causes a fellow student to lose her hair, the girls grow power-mad.

22:50 - SCREAM [1996]: The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody...

00:55 - I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER [1997]: A year after running over a fisherman and dumping his body in the water, four friends reconvene when Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) receives a frightening letter telling her that their crime was seen. While pursuing who he thinks is responsible for the letter, Barry (Ryan Phillippe) is run over by a man with a meat hook. The bloodletting only increases from there, as the killer with the hook continues to stalk Julie, Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.).

02:50 - URBAN LEGEND [1998]: gruesome murders that resemble old urban legends. When her friend Michelle (Natasha Gregson Wagner) is killed by someone hiding in her car, Natalie (Alicia Witt) begins to notice the pattern. Her suspicions grow stronger when her own roommate is strangled to death. Soon the quiet college campus is transformed into hunting grounds for a maniac, and Natalie struggles to find the killer and stop the bloodshed before she becomes the next victim.

04:50 - THE FACULTY [1998]: To the students at Harrington High, the principal and her posse of teachers have always been a little odd, but lately they've been behaving positively alien. Controlled by otherworldly parasites, the faculty try to infect students one by one. Cheerleader Delilah (Jordana Brewster), football player Stan (Shawn Hatosy), drug dealer Zeke (Josh Hartnett) and new girl Marybeth (Laura Harris) team up with some of their other classmates to fight back against the invaders.

06:45 - FINAL DESTINATION [2000]: After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. 

Marathon Ends at 08:24am.

DARIO ARGENTO ALL-NIGHTER

Fri 26 Oct 2018 11:30pm (Ends at approx 10am)


THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE [1970] : An American writer, Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), is living in Rome with his girlfriend, Julia (Suzy Kendall). While visiting an art gallery, Sam witnesses an unsuccessful murder attempt by a mysterious figure. As the assailant is believed to be an infamous serial killer, Sam quickly becomes a key witness in the ongoing police investigation. After he begins searching for clues that may help him identify the killer, Sam discovers that he may be the next intended victim.

CAT O' NINE TAILS [1971] : A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

DEEP RED [1975] : A psychic medium (Macha Méril) is brutally murdered, and musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) feels a need to solve the case, since he was the one who discovered the body. Working with him is reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi), who hopes for a big scoop by solving the case. When one of Marcus's own friends ends up murdered at the hands of the same killer, the resourceful pair realize they must work fast to uncover the murderer's identity or they might serve as the maniac's next victims.
TENEBRAE [1982] : Visiting Rome on a promotional tour for his new novel, writer Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) is pulled into a murder mystery as someone familiar with his work begins a series of killings. While the police look into the crimes, Neal investigates on his own, aided by his beautiful assistant, Anne (Daria Nicolodi), and a tenacious young local named Gianni (Christian Borromeo). As the murderer brutally dispatches of other victims, Neal gets closer to discovering the psychopath's identity.

PHENOMENA [1985] : A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

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Genesis CInema Scalarama Weekender (28-29 September)
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Genesis CInema Scalarama Weekender (28-29 September)

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28 Sep - 1 October| Genesis Cinema

As part of the annual Scalarama month - a month of cult screenings celebration the ethos of the old Scala Cinema - the Genesis turn over their Screen 3 to a weekend of Scala-esque screenings programme by Kim Newman, Julia Marchese, and Edgar Wright! Check the press release below:

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As a finale to Scalarama 2018 in London, Genesis is proud to present a weekend of non-stop exploding cinema. 9 fantastic films – many of which may be new to you – in the tradition of midnight movies and the Scala’s legendary marathons, selected for you by the films fans’ film fans: Kim NewmanEdgar Wright and Julia Marchese. There’ll be a Q+A on Friday with Kim and our special guest curator from the USA, Julia.

Rather than watch these films alone at home on digital devices, at Genesis Scalarama Weekender you can watch them in the way that the film-makers intended you to experience them: in an actual cinema, in the safety of an audience of like-minded strangers rather than as part of a claustrophobic ‘social network’ online, in elegant film spaces, in a city where you’re free to move at night, to dream your own dreams and think your own thoughts.

Films include Russ Meyer’s 1965 bathykolpian breakneck Beatnik babefest, ‘Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’; Harry Kümel ‘s 1971 lesbian Gothic Euro-erotica ‘Daughters Of Darkness’; Brian De Palma’s rock horror musical comedy ‘Phantom Of The Paradise’; from the people who brought you ‘Airplane!’ Val Kilmer as an Elvis-clone turned super spy in ‘Top Secret!’; yuppie Griffin Dunne trapped in the bohemian nightmare of Rosanna Arquette’s West Village punk scene, in Scorsese’s 1985 ‘After Hours’; an Eighties paean to the faded glamour of Sixties TV dance-shows, ‘The In-Crowd‘; Terry Zwighoff’s ‘Crumb’, an uncomfortable portrait of the legendary underground comic book artist; and to round off an Autumnal Sunday evening, Max Ophüls’s sumptuous 1950 film ‘La Ronde’, in which Anton Walbrook and Simone Signoret lead a spectacular cast in a dance to the music of love and time, in ten Acts spanning every level of fin de siècle Viennese society. Because the Genesis Scalarama Weekender brings you not only the finest in killer go-go dancers, but in everything.

Please note that all the above screenings will take place in Screen 3 rather than the Bar.

Tickets are £50 for a weekend pass, £24 for the Saturday ‘Edgar Wright’s stuff’ special, or £10 / £7.50 [students / concessions] for each film.

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Painfully Funny: The Films of Elaine May presented by the Badlands Collective ( 21-23 September)
Sep
21
to Sep 23

Painfully Funny: The Films of Elaine May presented by the Badlands Collective ( 21-23 September)

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Female writer-director Elaine May gets given her due courtesy of film programmers The Badlands Collective in a four-film season running in late September.

A key figure in the New Hollywood movement that emerged in the 1970s, but arguably overlooked today, Elaine May subverted the romantic comedy with A New Leaf (1971) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972), and then put Peter Falk and John Cassavetes together to explosive effect in the thriller Mikey and Nicky (1976) before helming the flop Ishtar (1987). The latter film never recovered from its toxic pre-release publicity and remains the last film she has directed. 

Believing that this director needs re-appraisal and celebration post-Ishtar, The Badlands Collective will present Elaine May's four features together at the ICA on rarely screened 35mm prints:

Friday 21 September, 6:30pm

A New Leaf

Saturday 22 September, 6:30pm

The Heartbreak Kid

Sunday 23 September, 4pm

Mikey and Nicky

Sunday 23 September, 6:30pm

Ishtar

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The Fourth Kennington Bioscope Silent Film Weekend (8-9 September)
Sep
8
to Sep 9

The Fourth Kennington Bioscope Silent Film Weekend (8-9 September)

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Cinema Musuem 8-9 September 10am onwards

On the 8th and 9th of September the Kennington Bioscope will present its fourth Silent Film Festival at the Cinema Museum. The event is expected to run from 10.00 till 22.15 on both Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature many rare and fantastic gems from the BFI archive and the personal collection of film historian and national treasure, Kevin Brownlow. As with last year's show, almost the whole programme is on film (35mm or 16mm). Mr Brownlow himself with curators from the Kennington Bioscope will be on hand to introduce the films. The CM will have the leading silent film pianists in the UK, John Sweeney, Cyrus Gabyrusch, Lillian Henley and Meg Morley. 

This event supports the Cinema Museum and is run by volunteers.

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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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HEATHERS - 30th Anniversary Re-Release Screenings (August at the Prince Charles)
Aug
9
to Aug 16

HEATHERS - 30th Anniversary Re-Release Screenings (August at the Prince Charles)

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August 9-16 at the Prince Charles Cinema

(On Thursday 9th August special post-film Q&A with Lisanne Falk [aka Heather McNamara] and Director Michael Lehmann)

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, intelligent teen Veronica (Winona Ryder) teams up with a dark sociopath, J.D. (Christian Slater) in a plot to kill the cool kids in what is one of the decade’s defining cult classics of 1980s cinema.

Veronica is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behaviour. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique’s new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).

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AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS: An Agnes Varda Season at Curzon Cinema
Aug
3
to Sep 19

AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS: An Agnes Varda Season at Curzon Cinema

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Curzon Cinemas across London.

August- September, see here for details.


Get yourself an Agnes Varda education (90 years old and still going strong) courtesy of Curzon Cinemas this summer. Includes screenings of her new documentary Face Places.

From Curzon:

Revered for her bold political and autobiographically inspired work, Agnès Varda is a seminal feminist filmmaker and matriarch of French Cinema. Her influential career began in the 1950s with La Pointe Courte – often considered the first film of the New Wave – and has spanned seven decades with no sign of slowing down as she enters her 90th year.

Given her recent bestowal of the Academy Honorary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema, now seems the perfect time to celebrate one of the most pioneering feminist filmmakers of all time with an extensive nationwide programme of screenings, events, as well as critical engagement across several mediums and platforms.

The Gleaning Truths programme presents with brand new digital restorations of eight of Agnès Varda’s best-known films.

 

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Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Deptford Cinema Spaghetti Western Season (july 17)

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Deptford Cinema|7pm|19.30pm

Tickets and Details here

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY:  Sergio Leone's third 'Dollar' western appropriately showcased even greater style and ambition than before, with Ennio Morricone delivering another memorable score. Set against the background of the American Civil War, it completes the Leone/Clint Eastwood trilogy in epic fashion. The cast line-up now includes Eli Wallach, unforgettable as the ‘ugly’ bandido Tuco, and Van Cleef this time plays the ‘bad’ gunslinger Angel Eyes/Sentenza,with both going up against Eastwood's laconic but deadly The Man With No Name for the prize of a hoard of lost Union army gold. The film’s final shootout in a deserted cemetery is one of the greatest in any western – spaghetti or otherwise. This film frequently appears on 'greatest western of all time' lists.

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Hitchcock week at The Regent Street Cinema (13-18 July)
Jun
13
to Jun 18

Hitchcock week at The Regent Street Cinema (13-18 July)

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Regent Street Cinema| 13-18 July

Get ticket and information here.

To celebrate the re-releaseadn 60th birthday of Vertigo – the greatest film of all time according to Sight & Sound’s 10-year poll of 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors – The Regent Street Cinema is running a week of films from the master of suspense and perhaps Britain’s greatest ever director. Quite an eclectic choice, some acclaimed masterpieces but also some lesser-seen numbers (Jamaica Inn).

Vertigo - July 13 & 14

The Lodger - July 15

Jamaica Inn - July 15

Rebecca - July 15

Notorious - July 16

Strangers on a Train - July 16

Rear Window - July 17

 

 

The Birds - July 17

 

The Lady Vanishes - July 18

 

 

Marnie - July 18

 

Psycho - July 18

 

 

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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

Tickets and details

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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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

Tickets and details.

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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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

Tickets and information here


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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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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Documentary Season: The Lives of Others Bertha Dochouse (4 - 18 November)
Nov
4
to Nov 18

Documentary Season: The Lives of Others Bertha Dochouse (4 - 18 November)

Documentary Season: The Lives of Others

Bertha Dochouse
4 - 18 November

From a floating Colombian village to an all-girls school in Afghanistan, this season sheds light on communities around the world. Highlight include the heartbreaking Nowhere to Call Home, in which a destitute Tibetan widow tries to give her child to an American journalist.

Film Programme:
NOWHERE TO CALL HOME
UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS
WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS
A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS
NUEVA VENECIA

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Monsters Down the Creek season at Deptford Cinema (4 Nov- 9 Dec)
Nov
4
to Dec 9

Monsters Down the Creek season at Deptford Cinema (4 Nov- 9 Dec)

 Deptford Cinema (4 Nov- 9 Dec)

Deptford Cinema presents a season of films about society, violence and evil in the thriller genre taking place throughout November and December. Perfect for those who like the chilly season.

The eclectic programme represents a wide variety of languages, cultures, and stylistic approaches, including the third film in Park Chan-wook’s The Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Jean-Pierre Melville’s ultimate heist drama, Le Cercle Rouge and John Frankenheimer’s dark story about a brainwashed prisoner of war, The Manchurian Candidate.

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Culture Shock presents UNIVERSAL MONSTERS - THE MUMMY at Picturehouse Cinemas (31 Oct)
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Culture Shock presents UNIVERSAL MONSTERS - THE MUMMY at Picturehouse Cinemas (31 Oct)

The Picturehouse Culture Shock strand is dedicated to bringing you the best in cult and genre films. In time for Halloween, they are running a Universal Monsters season celebrating the monstrous cinematic creations that haunt the vaults of Universal Pictures. The season kicks off with Frankenstein on 24 October, but the Halloween screening will be The Mummy , directed by Karl Freund and starring the legendary Boris Karloff!

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Barbican Film: Cheap Thrills: Trash, Movies and the Art of Transgression (28 October 2016 - 6 November 2016)
Oct
28
to Nov 6

Barbican Film: Cheap Thrills: Trash, Movies and the Art of Transgression (28 October 2016 - 6 November 2016)

Cheap Thrills: Trash, Movies and the Art of Transgression
28 October 2016 - 6 November 2016
Revel in some of the most interesting, most transgressive moments in cinema, as the Barbican film curators explore the trashier side of celluloid

Cheap Thrills: What Happened to Bad Taste?
6.30pm / A Battle of Ideas panel discussion
28 Oct 16 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Fuego (15*)
8.45pm
28 Oct 16 / 20:45 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Women of Exploitation - Talk by Virginie Sélavy
3pm
29 Oct 16 / 15:00 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Fat Girl (18) + ScreenTalk with Catherine Breillat
6.15pm
29 Oct 16 / 18:15 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Terminal Island (18*)
9pm
29 Oct 16 / 21:00 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Stella Dallas (U*)
3pm / + Introduction by Pamela Hutchinson / + live accompaniment by Stephen Horne and Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
30 Oct 16 / 15:00 / Cinema 1
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Cheap Thrills: Southland Tales (15)
5.15pm
30 Oct 16 / 17:15 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Fox and His Friends (15)
6.30pm
31 Oct 16 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: The Boxer's Omen (18*)
9pm
31 Oct 16 / 21:00 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Dolemite (18*)
6.30pm / + Introduction by Isaac Julien
1 Nov 16 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: The Night Porter (18)
8.45pm
1 Nov 16 / 20:30 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Happiness (18)
6.30pm
3 Nov 16 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Even Dwarfs Started Small (18*)
9pm
3 Nov 16 / 21:00 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Erotikon (PG*)
4pm / + live accompaniment by Thomas Ang (piano) and Lydia Kavina (theremin)
5 Nov 16 / 16:00 / Cinema 1
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Cheap Thrills: X, Y and Zee (15)
6.30pm
5 Nov 16 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Female Trouble (18)
9pm
5 Nov 16 / 21:00 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Magnificent Obsession (U)
4pm
6 Nov 16 / 16:00 / Cinema 2
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Cheap Thrills: Boogie Nights (18)
6pm
6 Nov 16 / 18:00 / Cinema 2
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BFI Black Star season at Deptford Cinema  (15 Oct- 17 Dec)
Oct
24
to Dec 17

BFI Black Star season at Deptford Cinema (15 Oct- 17 Dec)

Deptford Cinema in collaboration with the BFI  presents BLACK STAR: A Season celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.

Screenings include:

Carmen Jones (1954) 15 Oct 2pm.

Imitation of Life (1959) 22 Oct 2pm

In the Heat of the Night (1967) 29 Oct 2pm

Blue Collar (1978) 5 Nov 2pm

Six Degrees of Separation (1993) 7 Nov pm

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) 19 Nov 2pm

Jackie Brown (1997) 3 Dec 2pm

Monster's Ball (2001) 17 Dec 2pm

Tickets can be bought from the cinema website now.

Note from programmer Phil Dale:

" Serendipity. For some time, I had been thinking about a season of black films and had approached someone who worked at The Albany. I wanted someone from the black community to curate it. We met a few times and he gave me a list of movies. Around the same time, I had a meeting at Film Hub London about another season – the thrillers that you can see this autumn at Deptford Cinema. I was then asked if I had any more ideas. I showed the woman the list I had in my pocket and bingo: the BFI was planning a Black Stars season and was ready to support cinemas like ours. The original list then needed to be altered as the man at The Albany and I hadn’t started out thinking about actors – the black stars. My new method was to kick off with the 1950’s and think about the performers decade by decade. I just brainstormed, aiming to think about female as well as male stars. Time was short and I ended up doing this in a rush by myself.

There are some names that became musts: Sydney Poitier. There are others where I wanted to show work that hadn’t been widely seen – with actors taking a risk e.g. Will Smith playing a gay man in Six Degrees of Separation – or appearing in quality films that hadn’t been widely seen e.g. Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress.

Some films were unavailable, alas: Paul Robson in Showboat; Diana Ross so good in Lady Sings the Blues. When news of the latter came through, I had to think quickly: I wanted a female to replace Ross – but who? I couldn’t face Whoopi Goldberg. I then thought: okay, forget the so-called big names. Let’s shine a light on a supporting player. Step forward Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life. For me, this is the highlight of the season, the most interesting and in some ways challenging of the films. Please don’t miss it. And next year, I promise you a Douglas Sirk season. If you have never heard of him, google his name and watch this space.

It is funny revisiting some of these films. Analyse, for example, In the Heat of the Night: a 1960’s seminal text. Think of all the problems black people are still facing, especially in the USA. Poitier is Miss Marple within the narrative: the smart one who picks up all the clues. Not only that – he is the sophisticated man from the urban north, dressed in a smart suit. The southerners come across appallingly in contrast. And in the Deep South of the 60’s, our cool smart protagonist is constantly at risk of being lynched! It’s deadly accurate and a fascinating – and scary – time and place study of racism.

Deptford Cinema badly needs more black programmers. We need to see your choices. Come and take over. Film programming meetings are currently at 3.00 pm on Sunday. General Meetings are at 4 pm the same day.

I hope you enjoy the films. I will be at the cinema to introduce them. Come and say hello.

Phil Dale

Serendipity. For some time, I had been thinking about a season of black films and had approached someone who worked at The Albany. I wanted someone from the black community to curate it. We met a few times and he gave me a list of movies. Around the same time, I had a meeting at Film Hub London about another season – the thrillers that you can see this autumn at Deptford Cinema. I was then asked if I had any more ideas. I showed the woman the list I had in my pocket and bingo: the BFI was planning a Black Stars season and was ready to support cinemas like ours. The original list then needed to be altered as the man at The Albany and I hadn’t started out thinking about actors – the black stars. My new method was to kick off with the 1950’s and think about the performers decade by decade. I just brainstormed, aiming to think about female as well as male stars. Time was short and I ended up doing this in a rush by myself.

There are some names that became musts: Sydney Poitier. There are others where I wanted to show work that hadn’t been widely seen – with actors taking a risk e.g. Will Smith playing a gay man in Six Degrees of Separation – or appearing in quality films that hadn’t been widely seen e.g. Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress.

Some films were unavailable, alas: Paul Robson in Showboat; Diana Ross so good in Lady Sings the Blues. When news of the latter came through, I had to think quickly: I wanted a female to replace Ross – but who? I couldn’t face Whoopi Goldberg. I then thought: okay, forget the so-called big names. Let’s shine a light on a supporting player. Step forward Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life. For me, this is the highlight of the season, the most interesting and in some ways challenging of the films. Please don’t miss it. And next year, I promise you a Douglas Sirk season. If you have never heard of him, google his name and watch this space.

It is funny revisiting some of these films. Analyse, for example, In the Heat of the Night: a 1960’s seminal text. Think of all the problems black people are still facing, especially in the USA. Poitier is Miss Marple within the narrative: the smart one who picks up all the clues. Not only that – he is the sophisticated man from the urban north, dressed in a smart suit. The southerners come across appallingly in contrast. And in the Deep South of the 60’s, our cool smart protagonist is constantly at risk of being lynched! It’s deadly accurate and a fascinating – and scary – time and place study of racism.

Deptford Cinema badly needs more black programmers. We need to see your choices. Come and take over. Film programming meetings are currently at 3.00 pm on Sunday. General Meetings are at 4 pm the same day.

I hope you enjoy the films. I will be at the cinema to introduce them. Come and say hello.'

-Phil Dale

 

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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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Frontline Club's US Under the Lens series (12 Sep-7 November)
Sep
12
to Nov 7

Frontline Club's US Under the Lens series (12 Sep-7 November)

12 Sep-7 November - see Frontline Club website for more details.

Leading up to the 2016 presidential elections, Frontline Club's U.S. Under the Lens film series presents a range of documentaries tackling some of the most polarising and hotly-debated issues that the Trump vs Clinton battle is bringing to the foreground, from gun rights to abortion.

The series also includes The Choice, the newest in Michael Kirk’s U.S. elections series – considered a pinnacle of political broadcast journalism since 1988. Q&As and panel discussions will follow each screening.

Schedule (click for more information and booking):

12 September – Under the Gun + panel discussion with director Stephanie Soechtig and others

5 October – PBS America Presents: The Choice 2016 + Q&A with director Michael Kirk

17 October – TRAPPED + Q&A with director Dawn Porter

24 October – Do Not Resist + Q&A with director Craig Atkinson

7 November – National Bird + Panel Discussion

 

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Edgar Wright curates Monday nights at Picturehouse Central (12 Sep - )
Sep
12
to Oct 17

Edgar Wright curates Monday nights at Picturehouse Central (12 Sep - )

The man behind Shaun Of The Dead and The World's End, Mr Edgar Wright will be lending his film taste buds toPicturehouse Central from this Monday, as he has programmed in a series of Monday night flicks, starting on 12 September with Michael Cimino's '70s heist/buddy movie Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges – screening from a rare and original 35mm print.  A perfect accompaniment to the release of the Texan-set thriller Hell or High Water, which also stars Bridges and mines some of the same genre terrain.

The PHC will be showing Wright's curated films every Monday evening at Picturehouse Central, and he hopes to attend as many as possible. 

Check the PH Twitter and Facebook pages for updates!  

 Up next in Edgar Wright Presents...The Blues Brothers. "They don't make them like this any more. They didn't then, either," says Edgar. John Landis's 1980 musical comedy stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and boasts cameos by more blues and soul legends than you can shake a stick at. Mon 19 Sep, 7.00

 Full season details 

Edgar Says...

Raising Arizona

"Quite simply my favourite movie." Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are hilarious in the Coen brothers' comedy. Mon 26 Sep, 7.00

The Driver

"Walter Hill's hugely influential The Driver is the apex of late-'70s neo-noir." Ryan O'Neal stars. 
Mon 3 Oct, 7.00

Phantom Of The Paradise

"This will become your new favourite cult movie." Brian De Palma's 1974 rock 'n' roll opera will blow your mind.Mon 10 Oct, 7.00

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

"Russ Meyer directs! Roger Ebert writes! Traditional Hollywood burns to the ground!" Screening on 35mm. Mon 17 Oct, 7.00

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Warren Beatty tribute season at The Prince Charles Cinema (Sept-Nov)
Sep
6
to Nov 22

Warren Beatty tribute season at The Prince Charles Cinema (Sept-Nov)

From September thru November, the PCC celebrates WARREN BEATTY with select screenings of some of his best works in front and behind the camera.

This season will see screenings of BONNIE AND CLYDE on 35mmMcCABE & MRS MILLERREDS on 35mmDICK TRACY on 35mm and more: 

LILTH on 35mm - only £1 for PCC Members
Tuesday 6th September 18:15

SHAMPOO on 35mm
Thursday 22nd September 20:45

BONNIE AND CLYDE on 35mm
Wednesday 28th September 20:45

McCABE & MRS MILLER
Monday 17th October 18:00

REDS on 35mm
Monday 7th November 18:00

THE PARALLAX VIEW on 35mm
Thursday 10th November 20:45

DICK TRACY on 35mm
Tuesday 22nd November 20:45
 

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Picturehouse Sundays : Disney Classics Season
Aug
21
to Sep 25

Picturehouse Sundays : Disney Classics Season

Various Picturehouse cinemas are screening Disney's classic back catalogue from August:

Pinocchio

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy of becoming
a real boy. 
Sunday 21 August

Cinderella

When Cinderella’s stepmother prevents her from attending the ball, she gets some unexpected help from her fairy godmother. 
Sunday 28 August

The Jungle Book

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilisation. 
Sunday 4 September

The Little Mermaid

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.
Sunday 11 September

Beauty And The Beast

Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware that her captor is an enchanted prince.

Sunday 18 September

Aladdin

When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to pass himself off as a prince.

Sunday 25 September

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