Edgar Wright curates Monday nights at Picturehouse Central, starting this week

 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

The man behind Shaun Of The Dead and The World's End, Mr Edgar Wright will be lending his film taste buds to Picturehouse 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

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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

Explore the work of "Carol" director Todd Haynes at Picturehouse Central this November

With his acclaimed 1950s love drama Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, due to hit UK cinemas on 27 November, director Todd Hayne's previous work surely deserves re-appraisal. Carol went down a storm at Cannes, with the film being selected to compete for the Palme d'Or, and Mara tied for the Best Actress award. The film currently holds a 93% score on Rottentomatoes.

To mark the release of Carol, Picturehouse Central will be screening a Todd Haynes triple bill on 22 November,  There is not a weak film in the trio, and all three will be screening from 35mm prints. Tickets and details here.  Haynes himself will be attending a Q&A screening of Carol later on 24 November at 6pm. Ticket and details here.

Haynes Triple Bill details:

1.00 – Safe (15)
Director: Todd Haynes. UK/USA 1995. 119 mins.
An homemaker develops multiple chemical sensitivity in Haynes's acerbic satire of American suburban mores starring Julianne Moore. 

3.15 – Far From Heaven (12A)
Director: Todd Haynes. USA/France. 107 mins.
Closest in tone and style to Carol, Haynes's Douglas Sirk pastiche is set in 1950s Connecticut. A housewife (Julianne Moore) faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the community. 

5.30 – I'm Not There (15)
Director: Todd Haynes. USA/Germany/Canada 2007. 136 mins.
Haynes's theatrical feature takes the form of ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan. Six characters, depicted by stars including Cate Blanchett and Ben Whishaw, embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

Doc'n Roll Films presents Sounds of London screenings starting 16th October

Sounds of London is a programme of exclusive screenings, organised by the Doc'n Roll festival programmers, focusing on music artists and the music industry as part of the BFI's Britain on Film. It begins on Friday 16th October at the Barbican with the UK premiere of Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis plus a Q&A with the film's director and producer.

The programme of eight films will cover Rock, Punk, Rockabilly, Indie and Hip-Hop and include several world premieres plus Q&A sessions with filmmakers, protagonists and experts. The events will take place between October and March 2016, with the majority of screenings taking place across London’s boroughs next year. 

Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis explores the work of Storm Thorgerson, graphic designer and album cover maestro. For over forty years using 12” x 12” album covers as his canvas before his passing in 2013, Storm Thorgerson created some of the most iconic images in the history of rock and roll, using massive sets and tableaus, staging performances and actions and “doing it for real” in what he called “mind movies” and “photo paintings”.  With graphic company Hipgnosis, Thorgerson along with Aubrey (Po) Powell and later partner Peter Christopherson designed some of the most recognised record sleeves in the history of rock and roll including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin’s Houses of The Holy as well as covers for Genesis and Peter Gabriel, 10cc, Black Sabbath, UFO and Paul McCartney and Wings. Thorgerson also designed artwork for The Cranberries, Muse, Biffy Clyro, Catherine Wheel, Anthrax, Audioslave and The Steve Miller Band as part of his work as StormStudios.

Director Roddy Bogawa’s documentary features interviews with Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell as well as musicians including David Gilmour and Nick Mason, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman and Alan Parsons and never before seen footage and photographs of the production of past record covers. 


Explore Sight & Sound Magazines Top 50 Documentary Poll List with Bertha DocHouse

A few years ago Sight & Sound Film Magazine polled both film critics and filmmakers to create two competing lists of the greatest documentary films of all time. The results are still online to read here.

In partnership with Sight & Sound and Open City Docs Fest, the new Bertha DocHouse in the Curzon Bloomsbury is presenting a curated selection of these documentaries that were more highly revered by documentary practitioners than by the critics, and they've invited some of the most exciting filmmakers working in documentary today to present their choices.

The new multi month strand will run 10 Thursday afternoons 8th October-10th December (at 3.45pm), and doc-makers from Sophie Fiennes to to Penny Woolcock to Kevin Macdonald will be presenting their choices, offering them a chance to share their passion for a particular documentary muse in a special introduction to the film.

The line-up includes:

  • Sophie Fiennes presenting Belovy
  • André Singer presenting Titicut Follies
  • Penny Woolcock presenting Grey Gardens
  • Kevin Macdonald presenting When We Were Kings
  • Andrew Kotting presenting Burden of Dreams
  • Brian Hill presenting Divorce Iranian Style

More titles and filmmakers TBC

SEASON TICKETS TO ALL 10 FILMS CAN BE BOUGHT FOR JUST £40

Individual event bookings coming soon (£5 per screening)

See website for details.


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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

New documentary HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD explores the birth of Greenpeace


New documentary HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, from filmmaker Jerry Rothwell, chronicles the untold story behind the modern environmental movement. It features never before seen footage as it tells the story of a group of young hippies, led by eco-hero Robert Hunter, who set out to change the world and in the process sparked a revolution; the birth of Greenpeace. The filmmakers were given access to the many film cameras the Greenpeace activists used to cover their exploits in order to build the documentary.

The film recently scoped the the Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. It hits UK and Irish cinemas on September 11, and its theatrical run begins with a major live satellite Q&A event on September 9th at Picturehouse cinemas that will include an exclusive screening of the film followed by a satellite Q&A hosted by Mariella Frostrup. The panel will feature fashion designer and longstanding Greenpeace supporter Vivienne Westwood, director Jerry Rothwell, Robert Hunter’s daughter Emily Hunter and other special guests to be announced.  

Talking about the film, director Jerry Rothwell said, “This small group of individuals set out to change our awareness of the environment, and it’s astonishing what they achieved in a very short space of time.  They were smart about how to use media and their actions were very courageous. The film explores what it felt like to be part of that group, what it takes for any of us to make the bold leap of trying to effect change.”

Greenpeace UK Executive Director John Sauven said “The extraordinary thing about this footage is how relevant and fresh it still feels after four decades buried in the archives. The Seventies long hair and bushy moustaches may have gone, but the passion and determination to defend the only home we have remain the same. This is the inspiring story of a ragtag bunch of idealists who, through sheer courage, defiance, and a bit of luck, have given birth to a global movement of millions still at the forefront of the great environmental challenges of our age."

You can book tickets from July 10 for the exclusive live event with satellite Q&A on September 9 Here


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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.