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They Shall Not Grow Old + Q&A with Imperial War Museum Senior Curator Toby Haggith
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

They Shall Not Grow Old + Q&A with Imperial War Museum Senior Curator Toby Haggith

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Deptford Cinema| 17 December| 7pm

Tickets here.

A First World War centenary screening at Deptford Cinema of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson’s much-discussed reinterpretation of archive footage from the period, complete with a Q&A with Imperial War Museum Senior Curator Toby Haggith, whose institution helped Jackson create the film.

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RBG: Preview + Panel Discussion (Picturehouse Central, 5 December
Dec
5
6:45 PM18:45

RBG: Preview + Panel Discussion (Picturehouse Central, 5 December

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5 December| 6.45pm| Picturehouse Central

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Features a post-screening discussion hosted by Dr Julia Wagner, a film writer and critic for Jewish Quarterly journal, with Barrister Georgina Wolfe, fellow Barrister Julian Norman who is Chair of feminist charity FiLiA and Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of the First 100 Years project.

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CLOSE-UP: director SEBASTIÁN LELIO in conversation (BFI, 28 November)
Nov
28
6:10 PM18:10

CLOSE-UP: director SEBASTIÁN LELIO in conversation (BFI, 28 November)

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BFI, 28 November 2018 6:10pm

BFI Southbank’s ongoing CLOSE-UP series, which spotlights small but significant bodies of work by contemporary filmmakers, will this month focus on Chilean filmmaker SEBASTIÁN LELIO, whose films delve deep into notions of religious faith, family, grief and what it means to love someone. The CLOSE-UP coincides with the release of Lelio’s new film Disobedience (2017), which will play on extended run from Friday 30 November. It will also feature an In Conversation event with the director on Wednesday 28 November where Lelio will offer insight into his creative process and discuss his career so far, from his early short films at the Chilean Film School to his upcoming English-language remake of his own film Gloria, which will star Julianne Moore in the title role.


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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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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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Female Human Animal + Q&A (9 October)
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Female Human Animal + Q&A (9 October)

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Rio Cinema| 9 October| 6.30pm

Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL is a darkly romantic psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.

When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?

With the Volksbuhne's Marc Hosemann, Patrick O'Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), appearances from cultural figures like Juliet Jacques, Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy, new music by Andy Cooke, Tearist, and the iconic O.M.D., Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington.


Lead actor & co-devisor Chloe Aridjis, director Josh Appignanesi, actor Juliet Jacques will appear for a Q&A chaired by psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose.


"Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world--

and it's a triumph." The Observer



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Shirkers + Q&A (6 October)
Oct
6
6:45 PM18:45

Shirkers + Q&A (6 October)

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ICA| 6 October| CINEMA 1


Shirkers
 was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic from teenage friends Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique —or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona. More than two decades after Cardona disappeared, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.
 
Directed, written and produced by Sandi Tan, Shirkers debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where Tan won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. The film was produced by Jessica Levin and Maya Rudolph, co-edited by Lucas Celler and Kimberley Hassett, photographed by Iris Ng, with an original score by Ishai Adar.

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

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

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Thursday 31st May 8.30pm at Peckhamplex

Tickets and details

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

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

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

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

Lexi Cinema, 23 November 6.30pm, tickets here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Monday 10 October 7.15pm

Curzon Victoria | Wimbledon | Canterbury | Ripon | Sheffield

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

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

 

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Shakespeare on Screen: Theatre of Blood + Q&A at the Lexi (25 Sep)
Sep
25
3:00 PM15:00

Shakespeare on Screen: Theatre of Blood + Q&A at the Lexi (25 Sep)

Lexi Cinema 3pm, Sunday 25 September

Edward Lionheart (the inimitable Vincent Price, in gleeful self-parody mode) stars as a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. The fillm will be preceeded by two short films from the 1000 Londoners programme.

 

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Little Men and Q&A with director Ira Sachs
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Little Men and Q&A with director Ira Sachs

The Smoke Screen has long been a fan of director Ira Sachs, favourably reviewing his gay relationship drama Love is Strange some years back. So it seems right to highlight his return to cinemas with his new drama Little Men, which he will be presenting at Curzon Mayfair on September 15. Details below from Curzon:

Jake (Theo Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s parents, Brian and Kathy (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious.

Q&A screening: Director Ira Sachs joins us to discuss his new film following a special preview screening.

Thursday 15 September 6.30pm, Mayfair

Tickets £17.50 / £15.00 for Curzon Members

 

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TICKLED + Director Q&A at Bertha DocHouse
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

TICKLED + Director Q&A at Bertha DocHouse


Sat 20th August, Bertha DocHouse

Tickets here.

On Sat 20th August DocHouse hosts an exclusive Q&A with Director David Farrier, who's documentary - Tickled - has been getting a lot of buzz across the pond.  Could we be looking at the next CATFISH?

Details:

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Farrier travels to the Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement. The more he investigates, the weirder it gets, revealing secret identities and criminal activity. 

With humour and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.

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BFI Highlights August 2016
Aug
1
to Aug 31

BFI Highlights August 2016

See BFI website for full details of August screenings and events.

Highlights for August:

Preview of Julieta and intro by director Pedro Almodovar - A ravishing study of love and loss from one of contemporary cinema’s great auteurs. The screening on Thursday 11 Aug will be introduced by director Pedro Almodóvar and actor Rossy de Palma. Also see Pedro Almodovar in conversation.

Barry Lyndon extended run- Stanley Kubrick's ravishing adaptation of Thackeray's novel gets the 4K digital re-release treatment.

Sid and Nancy extended run- a reissue of Alex Cox's punk classic, playing as part of Punk.London season.

Film Seasons for August:

  • Almodóvar

    A unique insight into one of contemporary cinema’s most brilliant filmmakers.

  • Punk.London

    Punk continues to be a driving force for change and this season looks back to the past, engages with the present and views into the future.

  • A Midas Touch: The TV and films of director Jack Gold

    Part two of our season continues to highlight some of Gold’s most remarkable work for TV, as well as his successful move into features.

  • WWI: The View from the Ground

    These films, made by and detailing the lives of those who lived through WWI are undeniably the ‘real thing’.

  • Ingrid Bergman on Screen

    A selection of films to celebrate the career of this extraordinary screen icon.

 

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The Hard Stop plus Director Q&A at DocHouse (14 July)
Jul
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Hard Stop plus Director Q&A at DocHouse (14 July)

Bertha DocHouse

Date:  THU 14 JULY, 2016

Time:  19:30  Price:  £12.50 (£10 CONCESSIONS) 

THURSDAY 14TH JULY BOOK 

The police killing of Mark Duggan in August 2011 ignited the worst civil unrest in recent British history. In this film, Duggan’s closest friends, Marcus and Kurtis, take us on a tour of their insulated world, which we pass everyday but never really see.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director George Amponsah and Producer Dionne Walker

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Where To Invade Next Plus Satellite Q&A With Michael Moore at Picturehouse Central (June 10)
Jun
10
6:15 PM18:15

Where To Invade Next Plus Satellite Q&A With Michael Moore at Picturehouse Central (June 10)

Fri 10 Jun, 6.15

Michael Moore’s new entertaining travelogue reveals that wholesome American values are alive and well, just not in America. After a preview of his new documentary at Picturehouse Central, the filmmaker will take part in a Q&A hosted by none other than Louis Theroux.

Details of the film:

Oscar winning director Michael Moore is back with Where To Invade Next: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again. Just in time for election season, America's favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, Where To Invade Next. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, Where To Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Oscar winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

 

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FIRE AT SEA UK CHARITY PREMIERE + PANEL DISCUSSION, + DIRECTOR GIANFRANCO ROSI (7 June)
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

FIRE AT SEA UK CHARITY PREMIERE + PANEL DISCUSSION, + DIRECTOR GIANFRANCO ROSI (7 June)

Tuesday 7 June 6.15pm, Curzon Bloomsbury.

Tickets £15.00 / £12.50 for Curzon members

A chance to see the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival from this year, Gianfranco Rosi’s portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa - and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it.

Curzon Artificial Eye will donate their share of the box office to Refugee Action

 

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Pay-What-You-Can: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (5 June at Picturehouses)
Jun
5
2:00 PM14:00

Pay-What-You-Can: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (5 June at Picturehouses)


Director (and obvious fan) Louise Osmond (Dark Horse) enjoyed unprecedented access to the making of legendary auteur and political firebrand Ken Loach’s new and final film, I, Daniel Blake. From this has sprung a wider film biography of perhaps Britain’s best-known socially concsious writer-director who has worked across theatre, cinema and television with documentaries and much-lauded dramas such as Kes, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Angels’ Share, and  1966’s groundbreaking Cathy Come Home.

To celebrate the release of Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, cinema-goers are invited to pay-what-they-can for matinee screenings of the film on Sunday 5 June at Picturehouses across London. Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis from the box office on the day of the screening. 
This initiative is supported by Dogwoof with the backing of the BFI Distribution Fund.  See here for participating cinemas.

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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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The Divide + Q&A at The Lexi (May 19)
May
19
8:45 PM20:45

The Divide + Q&A at The Lexi (May 19)

Lexi Cinema.May 19, 845pm.

Tickets here.

Inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, THE DIVIDE tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in contemporary US and UK, where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.  The shocking suggestion is that virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.

Director Katharine Round will be in attendance after the screening to discuss some of the ideas in the film.

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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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Doc N'Roll Festival and The Rio Cinema presents: Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (PG) + Q&A
May
5
6:30 PM18:30

Doc N'Roll Festival and The Rio Cinema presents: Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (PG) + Q&A

Thursday 5 May at 6.30pm ar the Rio.
Doc N'Roll Festival presents: Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (PG) + Q&A

ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS has all the elements of a great rock 'n' roll film: a charismatic star at his artistic peak, a concert that marked the end of an era, and the legendary D.A. Pennebaker, director of DON'T LOOK BACK, arguably the finest music documentary ever made. Here he focuses on on the legendary 1973 concert, with Bowie performing under the moniker Ziggy Stardust with his glam-rock backing band, the Spiders From Mars. The compelling backstage and on-stage footage is topped by Bowie taking the moment to shock fans by announcing his intention to drop the Stardust persona. The concert and film serve as a requiem for the glam-rock movement Bowie so vividly embodied-and, with a few simple words, killed in its infancy.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producer of the V&A Bowie exhibition.

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Citizen Toxie: Toxic Avenger IV + director Lloyd Kaufman at Prince Charles Cinema (1 May)
May
1
8:30 PM20:30

Citizen Toxie: Toxic Avenger IV + director Lloyd Kaufman at Prince Charles Cinema (1 May)

SUNDAY 1ST MAY 2016 8.30pm:  BUY


Coinciding with the release of “The Toxic Avenger Musical” at the Southwark Playhouse in London, The Prince Charles Cinema will host London’s first theatrical showing of “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part 4” on Sunday May 1st, continuing the beloved Troma films trash superhero series.

Director and Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman will be in attendance, autographs and photos for free apparently!


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Barbican Film May 2016 highlights
May
1
to May 31

Barbican Film May 2016 highlights

See Barbican Film site for tickets and full details.

Green Film Festival

Sun 1 - Sat 7 May Cinema 3

The UK Green Film Festival brings a stunning programme of titles from around the world, exploring issues ranging from the rights of local communities to global concerns such as climate change, energy and pollution. 

Opening Gala: Racing Extinction

Sun 1 May 3pm Cinema 3

(USA /China/Hong Kong /Indonesia/Mexico/UK 2015 Dir Louie Psihoyos 90 min) 

Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets, Racing Extinction reveals never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

The Great Invisible

Tue 3 May 6.30pm Cinema 3

(US 2014 Dir Margaret Brown 92 min)

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil-drilling rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. In this thought-provoking new documentary, Peabody Award-winning documentarian Margaret Brown travels to small towns and major cities in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the disaster on the people of the region. 

The Shore Break

Wed 4 May 6.30pm Cinema 3

(South Africa 2014 Dir Ryley Grunenwald 90 min)

Two cousins from South Africa’s Wild Coast have opposing plans to develop their land. Nonhle wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle while Madiba is planning a titanium mine and national tolled highway. Meanwhile, their King and Queen, who oppose the mine and highway, are deposed by the South African Government.

The Messenger

Sat 7 May 2pm Cinema 3

(Canada/France/Costa Rica/Germany/Netherlands/Turkey/USA 2015 Dir Su Rynard 89 min)

The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. 

Snapshots of London: As Captured by International Filmmakers

Explore London, as seen through the lenses of international film directors in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Featuring François Truffaut’s stunning 1966 adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and Horace Ové’s landmark feature Pressure

Pressure (12A) 

Thu 5 May 6.30pm Cinema 2

(1975 Dir. Horace Ové 125 min)

Set in Notting Hill, Horace Ové’s landmark film follows three generations of a Trinidadian family in Britain.  

Followed by Screen Talk with Film Producer Rob Buckler and in the presence of director Horace Ové.

Blow Up (15)

Sun 8 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1966 Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 111 min)

Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings and Sarah Miles star in Antonioni's exhilarating and enigmatic tale about a London fashion photographer who stumbles upon evidence of murder.

Repulsion (18)

Sun 15 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1965 Dir. Roman Polanski 104 min)

Polanski's first major film outside Poland is set in South Kensington, and stars Catherine Deneuve. A classic psychological thriller about a quiet, shy manicurist who retreats into a murderous fantasy world. Polanski's surreal vision becomes all too real in this powerful study of alienation. 

Fahrenheit 451 (PG)

Sun 22 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1966 Dir. François Truffaut 112 min)

François Truffaut adapted Ray Bradbury's novel about a futuristic society in which books have been banned. Fahrenheit 451 boasts superb performances from Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack, stunning photography by Nicolas Roeg, and a beguiling score by Bernard Herrmann. 

British Sounds (15)

Sun 29 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1969   Dir. Jean-Luc Godard   52 mins)

Commissioned in 1968 by London Weekend Television, Godard's exploration of Ford workers at Dagenham and students at Essex University was seen as too radical and never transmitted.

+ Sympathy For The Devil (aka 'One Plus One') (15)

(1968 Dir. Jean-Luc Godard 99 min)

Exploring the themes of construction (the Rolling Stones rehearsing the song 'Sympathy for the Devil') and destruction (the suicide of a revolutionary), Godard's film surrounds a triangular love affair between a young French woman, a right-wing Texan and a militant African-American. 

ee more on Barbican Regular strands here.

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BFI highlights for May 2016
May
1
to May 31

BFI highlights for May 2016

See BFI website for full details of May seasons, events and strands.

Highlights:

Previews: Love and Friendship with director Whit Stillman Q&A.

Previews: Florence Foster Jenkins with director Stephen Frears and star Hugh Grant Q&A.

Re-Release of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968)- specially remastered for the BFI Shakespeare on Film Season.

Steven Spielberg Tribute Season opening film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (directors cut).

African Odysseys presents: Makibefo + Q&A with director Alexander Abela as part of Shakespeare on Film Season.

Budd Boetticher double bill of westerns- playing as part of the BFI's Ride Lonesome western tribute.

May Seasons:

Shakespeare on Film
Concluding the season of films based on and inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.


The Woman Who Kicked Down Doors: The uncompromising films of Antonia Bird
Wake-up calls about how homelessness, homophobia, class prejudice and machismo made life hell.


Ride Lonesome: The Psychological Western
In the postwar years, the western took a turn into darker psychological territory in a series of fascinating films that questioned the frontier myths of old.


Crossing the Threshold: Experimental films and live performances from Malcolm Le Grice
Malcolm Le Grice’s seminal films explore the transformation of images and perception.

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Premiere of BLOOD ORANGE at Regent Street Cinema (April 29)
Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Premiere of BLOOD ORANGE at Regent Street Cinema (April 29)


Blood Orange stars Iggy Pop in his first leading role in a feature film. He plays Bill, an ageing rock star living an idyllic life in the rolling hills of Ibiza with his beautiful and promiscuous young wife Isabelle (Kacey Barnfield). Yet beneath this perfect surface, dark secrets lurk. Storming into their world comes a dangerous ex-lover hell bent on revenge, and in a racy game of cat and mouse, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Blood Orange is a sizzling psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems.

Followed by a Q&A with the director and cast

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The Divide + Q&A at The Phoenix (24 April)
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Divide + Q&A at The Phoenix (24 April)

The Divide + Q&A with Director Katharine Round and Executive Producer Christopher Hird.
Sunday 24th April
2:00PM

Inspired by best selling book "The Spirit Level", The Divide paints a picture of economic and social division. Weaving real stories of 7 individuals with footage from 1979 to the present day, it creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture, that serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning.

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