London due a Stanley Kubrick summer with a Barry Lyndon re-release and a new exhibition at Somerset House

Fans of director Stanley Kubrick (and that should be all of you) are in for a treat it seems this summer in London, with a series of Kubrickian events in the works. The BFI announced today that the legendary director's tenth feature film, the Oscar® and BAFTA-winning historical drama Barry Lyndon, will be back on big screens again this summer. It will be released by the BFI in cinemas across the UK from 29 July 2016.

In this adaption of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel about the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer, Ryan O’Neal stars as Redmond Barry (later Barry Lyndon) and Marisa Berenson is Lady Lyndon. Among the great supporting cast are Patrick McGee, Hardy Krüger, Diana Koerner, Leon Vitali, Steven Berkoff, Murray Melvin and Leonard Rossiter.

The film is rightly acclaimed today for its stunning visuals. Kubrick went to incredible lengths in his research of the period in order to re-create it accurately. Inspired by painters such as Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth, the film has a beautiful, painterly look, enhanced by filming in natural or historically accurate light sources. Some scenes were lit only by candlelight, captured by the super-fast lenses of Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Alcott.

The re-release of Barry Lyndon also coincides with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick in partnership with Canon, an original exhibition at Somerset House, London, running from 30 June – 29 August. A host of contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians will showcase works inspired by Stanley Kubrick, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and DJ James Lavelle. Details and tickets can be found here.

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The first major exhibition of Chantal Akerman's work in the English-speaking world opens at Ambika P3


CHANTAL AKERMAN NOW, running at Ambika P3, will be the first major English-speaking world exhibition of work by the late Chantal Akerman, the internationally celebrated filmmaker and artist. NOW runs from from 30 October–6 December 2015 and will coincide with the UK premiere of her new film, No Home Movie (2015), on Friday 30 October at Regent Street Cinema, London. No Home Movie is a video essay about her mother, Natalia, an Auschwitz survivor who died in 2014, and whose anxieties were an ongoing concern in Akerman’s work.

Details:
 
CHANTAL AKERMAN NOW
30 October — 6 December 2015
Ambika P3
Address: 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS
Admission Free
Opening hours: Tuesday–Fri, 11am–7pm, Sat–Sun, 12pm–6pm
Nearest Tube: Baker Street
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7911 5876
Email: p3.exhibitions@wmin.ac.uk
Website: www.p3exhibitions.com


EVENTS:

No Home Movie (2015), 115 minutes – UK première
Friday 30 October 2015, 7.30pm
Regent Street Cinema.
Tickets at www.regentstreetcinema.com, booking essential




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The KinoVan is out and about in London

The FilmLondon mobile cinema-on-wheels the KinoVan is taking rare programmes of London archive film across the capital. From early footage taken in 1901 to the neon lights of Piccadilly in the 1980s, silent films, home movies and more.  The FIlm London site has a handy map to see whereto van will be, and you can bring it to your local area or event by emailing screenheritage@filmlondon.org.u, as well as donating your own footage to Film London.  The van is stopping off at the below places over August:

Chiswick Library 
22 August, 11am-3pm, the BBC will be filming this special event

Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Essex
23 August, 3-5pm

British Museum
27 August, 7-8:30pm, BFI LOVE

British Museum 
28 August, 7-8:30pm, BFI LOVE

Valence House Museum 
29 August

Southbank Centre
30 August, 12-8pm, Love Festival Wedding Weekend

 

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Aardman animated short released to mark WWI Centenary and Imperial War Museum re-opening

 Aardman's  Flight of the Stories

Aardman's Flight of the Stories

To mark the WWI Centenary this year, and to tie in with the reopening on July 17th of the Imperial War Museum in London, Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animation and the IWM have released an animated film - Flight of the Stories- based around the diaries and letters of participants in the fighting. Actors read the various extracts, which are taken from the IWM's vast collections.

It is available now to view below and on the IWM website.

The museum will reopen on 19 July, with renovated  first world war galleries and a special exhibition of British art from the war, Truth and Memory. See here for the full press release.






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Dennis Hopper's photography unearthed for a new RA Exhibition

 Andy Warhol and others as captured by Dennis Hopper

Andy Warhol and others as captured by Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper :The Lost Album

RA, from 26 June to 19 October

Tickets and information here


To many, he is the drifter looking for and failing to find the America of his dreams in the cult indie cinema film 1967 Easy Rider, the frazzled reporter in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, and the gas-guzzling monster Frank Booth in David Lynch’s suburban nightmare Blue Velvet. His long career crossed generations, meaning he worked alongside James Dean in one decade, and Keanu Reeves several later. He tried his hand at directing, which brought him lifelong acclaim in the case of Easy Rider (which he also starred in and co-wrote with Peter Fonda and Terry Southern), but in the case of The Last Movie ended in disastrous results. He probably would admit to doing a lot of work for hire, and certainly would admit to living a life of excess that pushed opportunities away from him. 

 Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider

Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider

But actor, writer and director Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) was alongside all this, also a talented and committed photographer, and his body of work in this field is now being acknowledged by no less an institution than the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, opened this week and features a collection of the actor's photographs, over 400, that had been unseen since 1970.

The photographs in the show, called The Lost Album, were taken between 1961-67, when Hopper was on the outs in Hollywood. They were exhibited in 1970, at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas, before being boxed up by Hopper and more or less forgotten until their recent unearthing by his daughter Marion.

Dennis Hopper will also be celebrated by a month long season at the BFI: Icon of Oblivion.

You can read a preview of the show by the Guardian’s Mark Brown here. Smoke Screen’s review will follow shortly….


 

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