The Best Shakespeare on Film Events in London this season

This year marks 400 years since the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil, and there are a batch of film events around the capital to mark the date from April onwards, many being found at the BFI and Barbican and other cultural centres. THe entire project is part of Shakespeare Lives, organised by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign for their major global programme for 2016, with the BFI and  Film Hub London working in partnership with the BFI and the UK’s eight other film Hubs.

See below for some of the highlights, but the main place to look for the full menu is the BFI's Shakespeare on Film site. The BFI are boasting over 300 events across the country are planned, so don't expect the below list to be anything like comprehensive.

  • Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine in Conversation about Richard III following a screening of the film at the BFI.
  • Ian McKellan live talk on acting in Shakespeare in "Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere, with Ian McKellen"
  • Akira Kurosawa's Ran gets a 4k digital polish and re-release at the BFI throughout April, see the review here.
  • Henry V screening + Kenneth Branagh Q&A (Broadcast live to Cinemas). Taking place at Belfast’s Queen’s Film Theatre, the Q&A and film will be beamed live to 70+ cinemas across the UK.
  • Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film, a new compilation from the BFI National Archive. Screenings of this around the country will also feature different new scores by various artists.
  • Shakespeare’s Sister, an exploration of gender – both behind and in front of the camera – courtesy of Curzon. This discussion will include filmmakers, academics and the brains behind the Bechdel Test Fest.
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Highlights of the upcoming BFI FLARE Festival: tickets on sale now

Tickets went on sale today for BFI members for London's premiere LGTB Film Festival: BFI FLARE, which will run from 16-27 March at BFI Southbank and other related venues.  BFI Flare will present over 50 features, more than 100 shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and more.

You can browse the digital guide here and to priority book your tickets, call 020 7928 3232 (11:30-20:30) or log in to the BFI website if you are a member and can get discounts. Tickets are on wider sale to the public on February 29.

FLARE is always a showcase for a huge variety of films across genres, and once again is organised into themed strands (HeartsBodies and Mindsto help viewers pick their films, but isolating any highlights is a hard task. Nevertheless here are five items from this year's lineup that may intrigue, including the launch night film The Pass, which will be receiving its world premiere at the festival.

1. The Pass (Opening Night Film)

Ben A William's feature debut follows two young Premier League footballers over three nights in 12 years, after a fumbled pass (of the sexual kind) changes everything on and off the pitch. Stars Russel Tovey.

2. Summertime (Closing Night Film)

Revolution is in the air in early 1970s France and two women’s blossoming relationship faces challenges beyond their control in a film which emphasises the beauty and sensuality of life when in love.

3. Tangerine 

Sean Durkin's acclaimed comedy drama about two prostitutes on the hunt for a 'bottom bitch' across LA was Smoke Screen's top film of 2015. Features 2 standout lead performances from non-professional actors.

4. From Afar

Director Lorenzo Vigas won the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival for this portrait of life in Caracas, as a middle-class professional becomes obsessed by a member of a street gang.

5. Holding the Man

First published in 1995, Timothy Conigrave’s bestselling memoir was an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo. Director Neil Armfield's new film adapts the hugely successful stage play.

The festival isn't just about new releases either, several classics from festivals past are getting wheeled out too, including a sing-a-long screening of Calamity Jane. There will also be a seris of talks and Q&As, including a discussion with Silas Howard, the first trans director on Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TVseries Transparent. Check the programme digital brochure and the BFI site for more detail.


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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.

Christmas Film Choices in London (updated as more announced)

London does not lack for film choices during the holiday season, be it left-field curiosities, guilty pleasures or winter heart warmers. Here are just a few December highlights:

Prince Charles Cinema:

Die Hard in 70mm extended run.

Its a Wonderful Life extended run.

Indiana Jones and Back to the Future trilogies.

The PCC Christmas Pyjama Party marathon.

Meet Me in St Louis.

See Prince Charles Cinema for details and dates.

 The BFI will be screening Disney shorts old and new this Christmas

The BFI will be screening Disney shorts old and new this Christmas

BFI Southbank and IMAX:

Its a Disney Christmas Seasonal Shorts- some of the best Disney shorts from the 1930s to the present day.

Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life and the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol, Brian Desmond-Hurst's Scrooge, play on extended run in the Studio for Christmas.

The entire BFI's Christmas programming can be seen here.

 The Barbican goes punk this Christmas

The Barbican goes punk this Christmas

Barbican Film:

Never Mind the Baubles. Tue 1 - Thu 17 Dec, Cinema 3

A selection of films with a punk rock twist for audiences wishing to steer clear of festive cheer and seasonal clichés. From teenage punk Björk to GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, this programme aims to stick it to the man this Christmas. Films include the digital restoration of 1982 Icelandic documentary Rock in Reykjavík, featuring live performance footage of a teenage Björk back in her Tappi Tíkarrass days, Bruce LaBruce’s cult classic No Skin Off My Ass and Rock ’n’ Roll High School featuring The Ramones. See website for details.

The Nomad Christmas program:

London's popular pop-up cinema have a festive season on in Belgravia's Eccleston Place Courtyard, with charity coat collections for the needy on site. Runs from 10-13 December and films include Die Hard, Elf and It's a Wonderful Life. Details here.

 Underground Film Club at the Vaults in Waterloo

Underground Film Club at the Vaults in Waterloo

Underground Film Club:

A chance to explore the vaults hidden under Waterloo station in this new pop-up cinema. Details here on the site.

Shorts on Tap Christmas Film shorts:

Shorts On Tap presents: WINTER TALES - SHORT FILMS & XMAS DRINKS on Wednesday, December 16th at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, 
London E1 from 7pm. FREE ENTRY FOR ALL!

Details here. 

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Underground Film Club and Londonist present An American Werewolf In London:

Underground Film Club and Londonist present An American Werewolf In London on Monday 14 December at 8pm. Tickets £15 (food, drink and golf are all extra).

Londonist is also screening Shakespeare In Love on 21 December at 8pm  you can book tickets here.

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The Roxy Bar & Screen Christmas Season

DETAILS
Date: Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 December 2015
Time: 6.00pm and/or 8:00 pm
Tickets: Child £6 / Adult £12 | Tickets include any main dish or burger and a glass of prosecco. Book online.

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Close-Up's New Year's Eve Film Party

Thursday 31 December 8pm - till late!
Tickets: £15 with one free drink
Box Office: 020 3784 7975

Close-Up invited you to celebrate New Year's Eve with a special double bill of Easy Rider and The Wizard of Oz. They will leave the cinema doors open and screen both films throughout the night. Films, drinks and our eccentric staff music playlists are promised.

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Christmas ticket deal at the Regent Street Cinema

 

But 3 tickets for the Regent Street CInema's Christmas movies here and get a 4th free


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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.

Launching tomorrow: Film Africa 2015

 Price of Love

Price of Love

Film Africa 2015, the Royal African Society's annual festival celebrating the best films from across the continent and diaspora, returns to London with a packed programme, kicking off with Philippe Lacôte’s Ivory Coast coming-of-age drama Run which comes straight from its Cannes Un Certain Regard screening and a Jury Prize win at FESPACO earlier this year. Run plays at Picturehouse Central on 30 October.

The festival will take place in venues across London from 30 Oct - 8 Nov www.filmafrica.org.uk

Other highlights include:

  • The festival has highlighted seven of the programmed films in the festival that are directed by African women, including All Is Well by Pocas Poscoal and Price of Love by Hermon Hailay and Ayanda by Sara Blecher. Read more here.
  • Director Hicham Lasri's strange, monochrome trip The Sea is Behind.
  • Closing Gala The Man From Oran is director Lyès Salem's ( who also stars) epic exposé of Algeria’s turbulent political history and fight against colonialism.
  • Hope by director Boris Lojkine taps into current concerns about the challenges of migrations, as a young Nigerian woman and a Cameroonian man attempt a desperate journey to Europe. 
  • Necktie Youth: Winner of the Best South African Film and Best Director at Durban International Film Festival, Shongwe-La Mer's black and white study of directionless Johannesburg youth is one to watch.
  • The Dreams of Shahrazad was filmed around the time of the Arab Spring, and director Director Francois Verster's film won the best documentary prize at the Durban International Film Festival.
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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.

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.