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Agnès Varda: Vision of an Artist (1 June- 30 June, BFI)
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Agnès Varda: Vision of an Artist (1 June- 30 June, BFI)

 Cleo from 5 to 7

Cleo from 5 to 7

BFI Southbank 1 June- 30 June

Tickets and information here


The legendary French auteur and goddess world cinema has a 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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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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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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Badlands Collective presents: Albert Brooks's MODERN ROMANCE (11 August)
Aug
11
8:30 PM20:30

Badlands Collective presents: Albert Brooks's MODERN ROMANCE (11 August)

35mm screening, Prince Charles Cinema
11 August 2016, 8.45pm

Playing as part of the Prince Charles's Cinema's curated 35mm celluloid celebration season CHECK THE GATE, Modern Romance is presented by The Badlands Collective. 

While Albert Brooks is well-known as a comedian and actor, his work as a director is arguably overlooked. But between 1979 and 1991, Brooks made four acclaimed comedies in cinema, and 1981’s Modern Romance is one of them.

Robert Cole, a film editor, is constantly breaking up with and reconciling with long-suffering girl friend Mary Harvard, who works at a bank. He is irrationally jealous and self-centered, while Mary has been too willing to let him get away with his disruptive antics. Can they learn to live with each other? Can they learn to live without each other? The movie also provides insight into film editing as Robert and co-worker Jay work on their current project, a cheesy sci-fi movie.

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Sid & Nancy extended run (Rio cinema, From Fri Aug 5 to Thur Aug 11)
Aug
5
to Aug 11

Sid & Nancy extended run (Rio cinema, From Fri Aug 5 to Thur Aug 11)

 Fri 5 Aug to Mon 8 Aug at Rio Cinema.

A chance to catch a re-issue of Alex Cox's seminal biopic SID AND NANCY, which features the eerily brilliant Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious, bass guitarist of the Sex Pistols, with Chloe Webb as his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. 1978. Sid is arrested at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan following Nancy's death. Dragged to a police station and questioned, he flashes back to how he first met her, an eager American groupie who came to London determined to seduce one of the band...Full of sound and fury, this is a barnstorming portrait of the punk generation and its music but also a touching love story, elevated by Oldman and Webb's outstanding performances.

Part of Punk.London

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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House (4-17 August)
Aug
4
to Aug 17

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House (4-17 August)

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is back in the neoclassical courtyard in August, with 14 nights of classic, cult and contemporary films, plus three premieres on London’s largest outdoor screen with full surround sound.

This year, you can play a part in the programme by voting for your favourite Stanley Kubrick classic. The winning film will be shown on Thursday 11 August. The winner will only be revealed to the audience on the night of the screening itself. New films screening include Things To Come starring Isabelle Huppert, and Pedro Almodovar's new drama Julieta. The closing film is the acclaimed Captain Fantastic from sophomore writer/director Matt Ross, which played to acclaim at Sundance earlier this year.

Access to the priority booking period opens Wednesday 25 May at 10.00. Tickets go on general sale at 10.00 on Thursday 26 May.

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Summer Screen Prints Exhibition at Somerset House (27 July - 17 August)
Jul
27
to Aug 17

Summer Screen Prints Exhibition at Somerset House (27 July - 17 August)

When: Opening Night Wednesday 27th July 6 – 9.30pm
Where: East Wing Galleries, Somerset House

Details here.

Somerset House's annual exhibit of film posters, all for sale, takes place to tie in with its summer open air cinema season. Each artist tackles one of the films screening

Paul Wardski / Opening Night Premiere: Things to Come (Showing 4 August)

Cassandra Yap / Bram Stoker’s Dracula (5 August)

Concepción Studios / Ex Machina (6 August)

Joe Wilson / RoboCop (6 August)

Lilly Lou / Sunset Boulevard (7 August)

Daisy Emerson / 10 Things I Hate About You (8 August)

Rose Stallard / Walkabout (9 August)

Louis Carpenter / Premiere: Julieta (10 August)

Lucille Clerc / Best of Ten: Kubrick Classics (11 August)

RYCA / Best of Ten: Kubrick Classics (11 August)

Jean Jullien / Jackie Brown (12 August)

MOL / Galaxy Quest (13 August)

Jordan Andrew Carter / The Final Girls (13 August)

Joe Cruz / Funny Face (14 August)

Peter Strain / Trainspotting (15 August)

Joe Vass / Girlhood (16 August)

Elliot Kruszynski / Closing Night Premiere: Captain Fantastic (17 August)

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Doc/Fest Picks! 6 of the best from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 in London (22-24 July)
Jul
22
to Jul 24

Doc/Fest Picks! 6 of the best from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 in London (22-24 July)

6 FILMS IN 3 DAYS AT BERTHA DOCHOUSE at Curzon Bloomsbury.
DOC/FEST PICKS is a new collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest to bring you six of the best films from this year's festival for an exclusive weekend in July.

The full programme can be found below. 
 

London Premiere
THE CONFESSION + Q&A with Moazzam Begg and Dir. Ashish Ghadiali
Dir. Ashish Ghadiali
Fri 22 July | 19:30

Moazzam Begg has witnessed a generation of conflict. Here he tells his extraordinary story, chronicling the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror, and the disastrous reaction of the West.

CITY 40
Dir. Samira Goetschel
Sat 23 July | 16:10

Welcome to ‘City 40’, where the residents have one of the highest standards of living in Russia – before dying prematurely of radiation poisoning. Secret filming takes us inside the city, which was closed to the outside world for decades.

 

CAMERAPERSON
+ Q&A with Kirsten Johnson, via Skype

Dir. Kirsten Johnson
Sat 23 July | 18:00
American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has traveled the world working with the greatest documentary filmmakers. In this thoroughly engrossing film, she refashions some of her footage into a kaleidoscopic musing on documenting the world.

MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE
Dir. John Dower
Sat 23 July | 20:45
Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, Louis Theroux delves into the murky world of Scientology.

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Phoenix Cinema Presents: Silent Film Festival (15-17 July)
Jul
15
to Jul 17

Phoenix Cinema Presents: Silent Film Festival (15-17 July)

Over the course of three days, The Phoenix Cinema in North London will be holding an exciting silent film festival, screening a series of acclaimed films from the silent era. Of the titles chosen are renowned director F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, comedy legend Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. followed by the fashionable flapper film Why Be Good?starring the delightful Colleen Moore, and East is East – an early British film that celebrates its centenary this year.
 
 Other activities will include live piano accompaniment from the likes of Neil Brand, flapper fashion and entertainment, as well as a special Sunday community function.

Friday 15th July
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Introduced by Pamela Hutchinson of Silent London

Saturday 16th July
Kids Club: Buster Keaton - Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
With Neil Brand

Why be Good? (1929)
With a live flapper performance
 
Sunday 17th July
London on Film (Archive Selection)
Presented by Ian Christie

East is East (1916)
A community event, including shorts with Master of Ceremonies Gerry Turvey

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CHECK THE GATE celluloid season at the Prince Charles Cinema (9 July- 20 August)
Jul
9
to Aug 20

CHECK THE GATE celluloid season at the Prince Charles Cinema (9 July- 20 August)

Lovers of the whirring sound of a projector and that fine grain effect on screen: rejoice! The Prince Charles cinemas has announced the full line-up for CHECK THE GATE: A Celluloid Celebration. CHECK THE GATE is a new festival season, presented by The Prince Charles Cinema and Park Circus, dedicated to presenting films on film and will run at The PCC from 9th July to 20th August.

The touring programme has been knocked together by a diverse range ofindependent programmers, journalists and film fans, including Cigarette Burns CinemaThe Badlands CollectiveThe Bechdel Test FestTim Robey (The Telegraph), Tom Huddleston (Time Out), Sandra Hebron (NFTS) and the team at The Prince Charles Cinema.

Richard Ayoade (Submarine, The Double) is acting as season ambassador and has handpicked a number of films to screen as part of the season, including Federico Fellini’s rarely screened Amarcord and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia.
The opening night screening will be Apocalypse Now (Theatrical Edition) and the closing night screening will be both The Last Picture Show and Purple Rain.

Full CHECK THE GATE line-up:

APOCALYPSE NOW [Theatrical Edition] on 35mm
- CHECK THE GATE Opening Night -
Saturday 9th July 20:30

RUMBLE IN THE BRONX on 35mm
Sunday 10th July 20:30

THELMA & LOUISE on 35mm
25th Anniversary presented by The Bechdel Test Fest
Tuesday 12th July 20:15

HARDWARE on 35mm
presented by Tom Huddleston (Time Out)
Thursday 14th July 20:45

FIVE EASY PIECES on 35mm
Friday 15th July 18:25

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES on 35mm
Sunday 17th July 15:45

IN A LONELY PLACE on 35mm
presented by Geoff Andrew (BFI)
Wednesday 20th July 18:30

MAGNOLIA + DAYDREAMING on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Thursday 21st July 20:00

KOYAANISQATSI on 35mm
Friday 22nd July 18:20

HEAVEN'S GATE on 35mm
Saturday 23rd July 11:30

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - a 70mm engagement
Saturday 23rd July 20:45
Monday 25th July 20:45
Sunday 31st July 16:00
Tuesday 2nd August 20:45
Friday 5th August 20:45
Tuesday 9th August 20:45


INNOCENT MOVES on 35mm
presented by Tim Robey (The Telegraph)
Sunday 24th July 15:10

BULLY on 35mm
Sunday 24th July 20:45

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE on 35mm
presented by Unicorn Nights
Tuesday 26th July 20:45

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE on 35mm
presented by Cigarette Burns Cinema
Thursday 28th July 20:45

SHALLOW GRAVE on 35mm
Friday 29th July 18:20

UNDER THE CHERRY MOON on 35mm
Saturday 30th July 18:20

SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE on 35mm
Sunday 31st July 20:45

EUREKA on 35mm
presented by Tony Paley (The Guardian)
Monday 1st August 20:45

O.C. & STIGGS on 35mm
presented by The Duke Mitchell Film Club
Wednesday 3rd August 20:45

SINGLE WHITE FEMALE on 35mm
presented by The Final Girls
Thursday 4th August 20:45

HERO [Ying xiong] on 35mm
Friday 5th August 18:20

THE HURT LOCKER on 35mm
Friday 5th August 20:30

MILDRED PIERCE on 35mm
presented by Sandra Hebron (NFTS)
Sunday 7th August 15:35

KES on 35mm
Sunday 7th August 20:45

SUBMARINE + THE DOUBLE  - a 35mm Double Feature
Monday 8th August 18:45

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS [1953] on 35mm
presented by Science Fiction Theatre
Wednesday 10th August 20:45

MODERN ROMANCE on 35mm
presented by The Badlands Collective
Thursday 11th August 20:45

THE RIGHT STUFF - a 70mm engagement
Saturday 13th August 16:50
Monday 15th August 20:00
Sunday 21st August 12:30
Tuesday 23rd August 20:00


IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD on 35mm
Sunday 14th August 12:00

AMARCORD on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Tuesday 16th August 20:45

TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A. on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Wednesday 17th August 20:45

PERFORMANCE on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Thursday 18th August 20:45

LORDS OF DOGTOWN on 35mm
Friday 19th August 18:30

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW on 35mm
- CHECK THE GATE Closing Night -
Saturday 20th August 13:00

PURPLE RAIN - Sing Along on 35mm
- CHECK THE GATE Closing Night -
Saturday 20th August 20:45

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BFI Highlights July 2016
Jul
2
to Jul 31

BFI Highlights July 2016

See BFI website for full details.

Highlights of the month:

Raiders of the Lost Ark- the classic 80s action-adventure romp returns as part 2 of the BFI's Steven Spielberg season.

Barry Lyndon- Kubrick's beautiful adaptation of Thackeray's novel, back in a digital re-issue for an extended run.

The Neon Demon- a preview of Nicholas Winding Refn's divisive and delicious slice of  dark horror.

The Heiress- part of the BFI's tribute to actress Olivia de Havilland.

The Naked Civil Servant- the groundbreaking dramatisation of the line of Quentin Crisp, part of the BFI's tribute to director Jack Gold.

The Battle of the Somme - the full length documentary made in 1916 that was a huge box office success back in the day.

Regular strands and seasons:

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Deptford Cinema Full Moon Nights present: CRONOS (24 June)
Jun
24
8:30 PM20:30

Deptford Cinema Full Moon Nights present: CRONOS (24 June)

Date: Friday 24 June 2016
Time: Doors open 7:30pm | Film starts 8:30pm
Tickets: £5 or £3.50 with concessions | Book online at Ticketsource.co.uk

Deptford Cinema
39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ

Deptford Cinema’s regular horror season Full Moon Film Night continues this month with the first feature film written and directed by the acclaimed Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, CRONOS (1993).

Antique dealer Jesus Gris stumbles across Cronos, a 400-year-old scarab that, when it latches onto him, grants him eternal life but also a thirst for blood.

With Cronos Guillermo del Toro reinvents the typical vampire legend and tells it from a brand new perspective that turns the “vampire” into an ordinary human being unwittingly becoming immortal and with a desire to drink human blood.

Cronos won the grand prize in the Critics’ Week at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and nine Mexican Academy Awards, including best picture and director.

Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes | Certificate: 18
 

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Cigarette Burns present Slashing Sirens - The Women of Giallo at Barbican in June (til 28 June)
Jun
14
to Jun 28

Cigarette Burns present Slashing Sirens - The Women of Giallo at Barbican in June (til 28 June)

A range of classic and under-screened examples of vintage Italian thrillers, presented on rare 16mm and 35mm prints, all programmed by celluloid guru Cigarette Burns. Many of these have never been available to see in the Uk before on DVD or bluray! Includes the fan-favourite directors Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento.

7th-28th June at the Barbican Centre, see here for details.

ee Cigarette Burns site for more. 
 

She's So Giallo: One on Top of the Other (18*)
8.30pm / + Introduction by Stephen Thrower
14 Jun 16 / 20:30 / Cinema 3
 info    
 

She's So Giallo: The Frightened Woman (18) + Introduction by Virginie Sélavy
8.30pm
22 Jun 16 / 20:30 / Cinema 3
 info    
 

She's So Giallo: All the Colors of the Dark (18*)
8.30pm
28 Jun 16 / 20:30 / Cinema 3
 info   book
 

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Tarkovsky: Sculpting Time Season presents: Solaris (5 June at The Phoenix)
Jun
5
4:30 PM16:30

Tarkovsky: Sculpting Time Season presents: Solaris (5 June at The Phoenix)

5 June at Phoenix Cinema, 4.45pm.

Andrei Tarkovsky: Sculpting Time Season continues across cinemas in London, see details here.

SOLARIS:
One of the world's most visionary, celebrated and influential filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky made just seven features before his tragically early death at the age of 54. Characterised by metaphysical and spiritual explorations of the human condition, each film is an artistic masterpiece of extraordinary visual beauty and stand as enduring classics of world cinema.

On a space station orbiting the ocean-covered planet Solaris, cosmonaut Kris Kelvin arrives to investigate a series of mysterious and bizarre occurrences among the crew. What he discovers are supernatural phenomena that cause repressed and haunting memories to take on physical form, including that of Kelvin’s late wife. Through her, Kelvin attempts to communicate with the forces responsible which appear to be emanating from the mysterious planet itself.

Tarkovsky's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi novel has influenced countless filmmakers and brought a new humanity and artistic sensitivity to the genre.

"Intensely moving... A hallucinatory, richly sensuous masterpiece." - Philip Horne, The Telegraph

 

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BFI Highlights June 2016: Spielberg, Romanian Cinema, Architecture on Screen...
Jun
1
to Jun 30

BFI Highlights June 2016: Spielberg, Romanian Cinema, Architecture on Screen...

 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut)- playing as part of the BFI Steven Spielberg Season

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut)- playing as part of the BFI Steven Spielberg Season

See BFI website for full details of seasons, events and other screenings in June 2016 at BFI Southbank, Imax and beyond.

June 2016 Highlights:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut)- Kicking off the BFI's tribute to Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi classic returns for an exclusive run at BFI Southbank in a new 35mm print to 9 June.

Affirm! + Q&A with actor Teodor Corban, screenwriter Florin Lazarescu, and director, Radu Jude appearing via Skype- A constable and his son search for a runaway Roma in this much-praised original Romanian ‘western.’

 

Ghost in the Shell - the hugely influential 1995 cyberpunk anime from director Mamoru Ishii screens once more, a tribute to 25 years of distributor Manga Entertainment. Also screening is the 2015 Japanese update -Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie - from director Kazuya Nomura.

June 2016 Main Seasons at BFI Southbank:

  • Steven Spielberg

    Part one of the BFI’s Spielberg season is full of fear and awe, includes Jaws, Close Encounters and Duel.

  • Revolution in Realism: The New Romanian Cinema

    In recent years Romanian films have won prizes and praise a-plenty. It’s time to explore what makes them so special.

  • Architecture on TV

    Television’s exploration of cities and the built environment has long been an outlet for Britain’s most imaginative critical voices.

  • Anime Weekend

    A weekend of some of the best new Japanese anime.

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Kenneth Branagh Q&A and Henry V, broadcast live from Queen's Film Theatre (27 May)
May
27
6:30 PM18:30

Kenneth Branagh Q&A and Henry V, broadcast live from Queen's Film Theatre (27 May)

Find out where in the UK you can buy tickets for the live screening of the Kenneth Branagh Q&A and his award-winning Henry V, broadcast live from Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast. Various London cinemas are participating.

 Date: Friday 27 May

Time: 6:15pm

More about the event: Kenneth Branagh Q&A and Henry V 

About Henry V

The young king, Henry V of England is determined to conquer France. But self-doubt, traitors in his midst, and the diminished morale of his army stand in his way. With courage, grit, and rousing speech, he readies his army for the great battle of Agincourt.

The impressive cast includes Kenneth Branagh as Henry, joined by Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Ian Holm, Richard Briers, Geraldine McEwan, Robbie Coltrane, John Sessions, and a young Christian Bale. 

The film won numerous awards, including the Academy award for Best Costume Design, the BAFTA for Best Direction, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director, and European Film Awards for Young European Film of the Year and European Actor of the Year, along with Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor.

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STALKER (PG) + CONVERSATION WITH TAKERO SHIMAZAKI (Curzon Bloomsbury May 20)
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

STALKER (PG) + CONVERSATION WITH TAKERO SHIMAZAKI (Curzon Bloomsbury May 20)

The Curzon Bloomsbury , recently re-opened after an acclaimed redesign by architect Takero Shimizaki, plays host to a special screening of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker. Fittingly, the Curzon was the first to show the film in the UK in 1980, and this screening is the launch event of Sculpting Time, a nationwide BFI-supported Tarkovsky retrospective. To introduce this special screening of Stalker ,Curzon will welcome architect Takero Shimazaki, whose vision for the refurbishment of the cinema inspired by the film recently won the  RIBA Award.

Fri 20/05/2016 at 7.30pm, tickets here.

To see more about Sculpting Time, see here.

 

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D.O.A - Rite Of Passage + Q&A at the Rio (19 May)
May
19
6:30 PM18:30

D.O.A - Rite Of Passage + Q&A at the Rio (19 May)

The Rio hosts a screening as part of Punk.London season,  a year-long season to celebrate punk heritage and influence with  gigs, films, talks and exhibits.

D.O.A: A RIGHT OF PASSAGE, a cult classic which hasn't screened in the UK since the 90s, looks at the origin of punk rock, with interviews (including the famous interview of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed) and concert footage from the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, and Augustus Pablo. Focussing on the Sex Pistols' 1978 tour of the United States, director Lech Kowalski follows them with handheld cameras through clubs and bars and combines this with footage of contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals, and punks of all shapes and colours. It's a grainy, stained snapshot of a movement at its peak, that also shows how the movement was seen as a threat by certain authority figures...

+ Q&A featuring screenwriter and assistant director Chris Salewicz.

Screening as part of Punk.London

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 The Counterfeiters / Breathing at Regent Street Cinema (May 18)
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Counterfeiters / Breathing at Regent Street Cinema (May 18)

Two excellent films playing back to back at the Regent Street Cinema, part of their Austrian film season. The two films celebrate the actor and director Karl Markovics.

Details:

Double bill celebrating Karl Markovics, the veteran Austrian actor and star of the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters and director and writer of his acclaimed debut Breathing. Markovics will attend for a Q&A.

Salomon Sorowitsch is the king of The Counterfeiters. Thanks to his pragmatism and inexhaustible creativity, he enjoys the sunny side of life until he is arrested and transported to Sachsenhausen in 1944.

Breathing is an eloquent and affectionate portray of an incarcerated teenager attempting to win parole by working at a local morgue. Of all things, it is this job – dealing with death – that shows him the path back to life.

Wednesday May 18th 7pm / 9pm

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 GENDER AGENDA! NEW VISIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE : DocHouse (18 May - 8 June  every Wednesday)
May
18
to Jun 8

GENDER AGENDA! NEW VISIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE : DocHouse (18 May - 8 June every Wednesday)

18th May - 8th June | Every Wednesday at 4:00pm
All tickets £5

To celebrate the centenary of SOAS, University of London,   the BErtha DocHouse in Curzon Bloomsbury are bringing you five recent festival hits from Africa, Asia and the Middle East that show people tackling gender inequalities. Included in the line up is Hooligan Sparrow, which Smoke Screen reviewed when it played at the recent Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Each screening will be followed by debate and discussion with filmmakers and experts.

Films in the programme:
HOOLIGAN SPARROW | FEMINISTS INSHA'ALLAH: THE STORY OF ARAB FEMINISM |SEMBENE! | INDONESIA DOUBLE BILL

Co-hosted by the Centre for Film Studies and the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London.

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