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

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

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Sunday 27 May, 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

Screen 25| 23 May 7.30pm

Tickets and information here


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

Details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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Genesis Cinema| 17 May 7pm

Tickets and information here


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

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

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

Picturehouse Central, 19th December at 6.30pm.

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

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

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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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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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Bechdel Test Fest: American Psycho + discussion at BFI Southbank (26 Sep)
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Bechdel Test Fest: American Psycho + discussion at BFI Southbank (26 Sep)

BFI Southbank-Monday 26 September 6pm

The Bechdel Test Fest returns with Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' book depicts 1980s New York, where Patrick Bateman, a handsome, young professional, lives a second life as a serial killer. Guest speakers will explore the film’s feminist legacy in a post-screening discussion.

The Bechdel Test Fest is an ongoing celebration of women in film in front of and behind the camera, see their website for more detail.

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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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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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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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A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami at Close-Up (14 July)
Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami at Close-Up (14 July)

Time: 8pm at Close-Up
Tickets: £12 / £10 conc. / £8 Close-Up members
Following the recent passing away of Abbas Kiarostami, CLose-Up pays tribute to one of the greatest filmmakers of our times with a screening of his masterpiece Close-Up, which the organisation is named after.

Mania Akbari, Kiarostami's close friend and lead actress in 10, will introduce the film and will be in conversation with film critic and programmer Geoff Andrew and Iranian film critic and curator Ehsan Khoshbakht following the screening. read more

Booking essential – very limited availability.

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Stanley's FIlm Club Presents THE SURVIVALIST + Q&A
Jul
6
6:30 PM18:30

Stanley's FIlm Club Presents THE SURVIVALIST + Q&A

The gorgeous old halls that host Stanley's Film Club play host to a Q&A screening of acclaimed indie drama The Survivalist on 6 July in the evening.

Details:

Tickets:

Jul 06 2016 19:00 to Jul 06 2016 22:30

Stanley Halls-12 South Norwood Hill, SE25 6AB London

What would you do if every stranger posed a threat to your very existence? Stephen Fingleton’s BAFTA-nominated directorial debut The Survivalist (2015; cert. 18) is a gripping thriller set in a bleak but beautiful post-apocalyptic world. In a time of starvation where the only option is kill or be killed, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in a forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds himself torn between suspicion and temptation.

With its unsettling raw soundtrack, stunning visuals and exceptional performances, this is a masterpiece by a true emerging talent.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Stephen Fingleton.

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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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RIo Cinema presents: Bechdel Test Fest - Nora Ephron's Last Supper Double Bill - Heartburn  + Julie & Julia  (May 29th)
May
29
1:00 PM13:00

RIo Cinema presents: Bechdel Test Fest - Nora Ephron's Last Supper Double Bill - Heartburn + Julie & Julia (May 29th)

The Bechdel Test Fest presents a special double bill of the Nora Ephron-penned romantic comedies; HEARTBURN and JULIE & JULIA at the Rion in Dalston.

Tickets for the secret supper now on sale but extremely limited. Book via Bechdel Test Fest for a four course, Nora Ephron inspired meal and conversation from guest speakers.

Book both films together and pay £20 instead of £22.

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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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 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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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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Guardian Docs: UNDER THE GUN + Panel at DocHouse (13 April)
Apr
13
6:30 PM18:30

Guardian Docs: UNDER THE GUN + Panel at DocHouse (13 April)

Date:  WED 13 APRIL, 2016

Time:  18:20 | Price:  £9 (£7 CONCESSIONS) 

WEDNESDAY 13TH APRIL BOOK 

Under the Gun is a new documentary that takes you right into the heart of one of the most controversial lobbying groups in the US today: the National Rifle Association, staunch defenders of the right to bear arms, even in an era of seemingly unending mass shootings. The April 13 screening at DocHouse will be followed by panel talk with experts and filmmakers.

Details:

Dir: Stephanie Soechtig
United States / 2015 / 110mins

The first in our new partnership with Guardian Docs, each screening will be followed by a Q&A or panel discussion. First up is the UK Premiere of Sundance favourite, Under the Gun.

★★★★ "Stephanie Soechtig takes us inside the NRA, and for perhaps the first time in any film we get a full sense of their psychology." - BBC

“It’s effectively unnerving, infuriating, and heartbreaking, and the best film on firearms we’ve seen since the 2002’s Oscar-winning doc Bowling for Columbine.” - Yahoo 

In the past few years, a drastic rise in mass shootings has ripped across the United States, compounding an epidemic of gun violence.

Despite a growing body count at the hands of guns, and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, the nation has failed to respond with meaningful action.  What is keeping the two sides of this debate—those favoring stricter gun laws and Second Amendment purists like the NRA—from finding common ground?  Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson, as well as the daily gun violence in Chicago, the film, by Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric, examines why politicians are refusing to act.

Followed by a panel discussion with speakers including Under the Gun director Stephanie Soechtig (via skype), Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian’s defence and intelligence correspondent, and Peter Squires, Professor of Criminology & Public Policy at University of Brighton

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DOcHouse presents: THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON & Q&A with astronaut Eugene Cernan (11 April)
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

DOcHouse presents: THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON & Q&A with astronaut Eugene Cernan (11 April)

Monday 11th April | 18:30

DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury.


Face it, its not everyday you can meet an astronaut. But on 11 April at DocHouse Bloomsbury, you can do just that, at a special screening of new doc The Last Man on the Moon.

When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story.

A test pilot who lived to court danger, Cernan's burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, 'If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.'

As he looks back at what he loved and lost during the eight years in Houston, an incomparably eventful life emerges into view. Director Mark Craig crafts a quietly epic biography that combines the rare insight of the surviving former astronauts with archival footage and otherworldly moonscapes.

 


Join us for a special satellite Q&A with Eugene Cernan

When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story.

A test pilot who lived to court danger, Cernan's burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, 'If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.'

As he looks back at what he loved and lost during the eight years in Houston, an incomparably eventful life emerges into view. Director Mark Craig crafts a quietly epic biography that combines the rare insight of the surviving former astronauts with archival footage and otherworldly moonscapes.

 

 

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BFI Highlights April 2016: Shakespeare on Screen, Alan Parker, Agnieszka Holland, Big Screen Classics...
Apr
1
to Apr 30

BFI Highlights April 2016: Shakespeare on Screen, Alan Parker, Agnieszka Holland, Big Screen Classics...

See BFI Southbank website for full details.

April 2016 Highlights:

Big Screen Classics strand begins:

Aprils sees the BFI launching a new regular strand in its programming. Big Screen Classics aims to keep landmark films screening on a regular basis alongside the themed seasons and special events. Among the offerings this month are Chinatown, The Big Sleep and The Big Lebowski.

Preview: Our Little Sister
Directed by acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda, three young women invite their step-sister to live with them in this delightful film.

The Firm + panel discussion:

As part of Alan Parker season, the BFI unites cast and crew for a special screening and Q&A for this gritty drama.

Akira Kurosawa's Ran - extended run:

As part of Shakespeare on Film season, Akira Kurosawa's epic King Lear adaptation is re-released in a restored version.

Ian McKellan in conversation:

The veteran actor appears in two special events, one - Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere - discussing his long and varied career playing Shakespeare on film and stage, and another where he and director Richard Loncraine discuss their idiosyncratic, epic and very postmodern film version of Richard III.

Agnieszka Holland in conversation:

The Polish director will be at the BFI to give Q&As after screenings of several of her films, including A Woman Alone, all which form part of a season devoted to her career.

25th Anniversary screening of Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm:

includes an intro by Christopher Frayling.

April 2016 Seasons:


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Barbican April Highlights: Kinoteka, Oscar Winning Scores, New East Cinema and more...
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Barbican April Highlights: Kinoteka, Oscar Winning Scores, New East Cinema and more...

 11 Minutes at Kinoteka Fest.

11 Minutes at Kinoteka Fest.

See Barbican Film site for full details:

Barbican cinemas this April has the return of Kinoteca Polish Film Festival with a Jerzy Skolimowski retrospective, new strand Oscar© Winning Scores begins withThe English Patient + Gabriel Yared ScreenTalk,  The New Social presents New East Cinema and the Russian classic The Fool (Durak) and you can go uncover the man behind the myth in Menuhin: A Family Portrait + live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne + introduction by director Tony Palmer. 

Special Events and Festivals

Renée Fleming introduces Met Opera 2008
Kinoteka Polish Film Festival
Oscar© Winning Scores: The English Patient + Gabriel Yared
New East Cinema: The Fool (Durak)
Menuhin: A Family Portrait + live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne + introduction by director Tony Palmer

Barbican Regulars
Silent Film and Live Music: The Merchant of Venice (Der Kaufmann von Venedig) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Science on Screen - Life of Pi
 

 

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Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan: Preview at Cine Lumiere ( 30 March)
Mar
30
8:30 PM20:30

Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan: Preview at Cine Lumiere ( 30 March)

Wed 30 Mar   8.40pm Preview screening. Institute Francais' Cine Lumiere.

The 2015 Palme d'Or winner from French director Jacques Audiard appropriately gets a preview screening at London's Cine Lumiere on 30 March.

To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a suburb of Paris. But the daily violence Dheepan confronts quickly reopens his war wounds. 

The preview screening will be preceded by an introduction by Dr. Julia Dobson, Reader in Contemporary French Film and Performance at the University of Sheffield.

115 mins In Tamil, French & English with English subtitles.

France | 2015 | col | dir. Jacques Audiard, with Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan | Preview screening.

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High Rise Plus Ben Wheatley Q&A ( 17 March)
Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

High Rise Plus Ben Wheatley Q&A ( 17 March)

Picturehouse Central, 6pm, 17 March.

Tickets and details here.


Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley turns his hand to adapting J.G. Ballard's dystopian social satire, in the highly anticipated High Rise. Picturehouse Central have Wheately on hand for a Q&A following a preview of the film on March 17.

Details: J. G. Ballard’s dystopian novel about society disintegrating within a giant tower block is brought to the screen by the maverick writer-director partnership of Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers). Awarded his biggest budget yet, Wheatley ushers on board established stars and ace production designer Mark Tildesley (The Constant Gardener, 28 Days Later). Dr Robert Laing (Hiddleston), an affluent new tenant of the titular high-rise, quickly attracts the attentions of neighbour Charlotte (Miller) and then of Helen (Elisabeth Moss), who happens to be married to the socially stratified community’s resident troublemaker (Luke Evans). 

As tensions build, the brutalist tower that its architect (a supremely laconic Irons) imagined would be “a crucible for change” gradually descends into anarchy in this great-looking, darkly hilarious drama.




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Barbican Film March 2016 Highlights
Mar
3
to Mar 31

Barbican Film March 2016 Highlights

 Gueros- screening as part of Focus Film Festival this month

Gueros- screening as part of Focus Film Festival this month

See Barbican Film for full details and tickets for all events.


CRIME: Hong Kong Style Season Wed- Thu 31 March: Includes screenings of Award winning director Wong Kar-wai’s debut, As Tears Go By - a classic gangster film about loyalty, ambition and respect.

Awards Week - Fri 4 – Thu 10 Mar: a chance to catch up with 2016' Oscar nominated films.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary year. The Barbican's selection from the estival includes Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad's The Idol.

Architecture on Film
In Jackson Heights (PG*) (US 2015 Dir Frederick Wiseman 190 min)
+ ScreenTalk with Frederick Wiseman
Tue 22 Mar 7pm, Cinema 1

The fortieth documentary from legendary director Frederick Wiseman focuses on the radically and ethnically diverse neighbourhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. 
Frederick Wiseman will take to the stage for a ScreenTalk after the film.

Focus Film Festival
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Mar, Cinemas 2 & 3

Focus Film Festival for teenagers and young adults is curated by the Barbican Young Programmers. This year's theme is  CHRONIC YOUTH - coming of age, breaking the rules and taking risks, doing things differently and seeing the world in a distinctive, exciting way. Includes the BFI Film Academy Showcase, and a screening of the acclaimed Gueros from  by first time director Alonso Ruizpalacios. 


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ANOMALISA PREVIEW + Q&A WITH CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND DUKE JOHNSON AT CURZON (3 March)
Mar
3
6:30 PM18:30

ANOMALISA PREVIEW + Q&A WITH CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND DUKE JOHNSON AT CURZON (3 March)


Acclaimed writer-director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and co-director Duke Johnson will be presenting and discussing their new Kickstarter-backed puppet comedy Anomalisa at this very special preview at Curzon. The film arrives on UK shores on the back of a wave of acclaim after its festival and stateside runs. It is the first R-rated animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and five Annies. It also became the first animated film to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

A tender, touching and achingly funny black comedy from the director who is arguably the master of this kind of thing, Anomalisa is filmed entirely in stop motion animation. Anomalisa is the story of Michael Stone, a successful motivational speaker whose life is thrown into disarray by a chance meeting during a business trip with the unassuming Lisa, a small-town sales rep. Featuring vocal performances from David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan.

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The Guardian Live Film Show Oscars Special (25 Feb)
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Guardian Live Film Show Oscars Special (25 Feb)

Picturehouse Central, Thu 25th Feb,    18.30

Tickets and details here.


Join Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes and host Xan Brooks to pick apart this year's Oscar nominations, predict the winners, and reflect on the race row currently engulfing The Academy. 

Then experience Mad Max: Fury Road 3D in stunning Dolby Atmos, nominated for nine Oscars including best picture. 

Please note the panel discussion will start promptly at 6.30. There will be no ads or trailers. Please arrive in time to take your seat.

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Deptford Cinema presents GOMORRAH (2008) as part of The Contemporary Italian Cinema Season (23 Feb)
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Deptford Cinema presents GOMORRAH (2008) as part of The Contemporary Italian Cinema Season (23 Feb)

Deptford Cinema

39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2016

Time: Doors open 7.00pm | Film starts 7.30pm

Tickets: £5 or £3.50 with concessions | Buy tickets online at Ticketsource.co.uk 


Deptford Cinema’s Contemporary Italian Cinema Season continues on Tuesday 23rd February with a screening of acclaimed contemporary Neapolitan mob drama GOMORRAH (2008), based on the book by Roberto Saviano. This study of how the Mafia operates on different levels, from the bosses to the young wannabe gangsters, won five awards at the 2008 European Film Awards, including Best European Film. It also received seven awards at the Italian Film Academy Awards and was given a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film.

Running time: 137 minutes | Certificate: 15

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