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

Twin Peaks Festival UK is upgrading to Picturehouse Central this year

Twin Peaks UK Festival is coming to Picturehouse Central this year, at time when anticipation for the return of the cult series- created by David Lynch and Mark Frost- is at an all time high. After two seasons and one of the most talked about cliffhanger endings in the history of TV, Twin Peaks is returning with a new season in 2017 – 25 years later.

Now in its seventh year, TPUK is coming to London's West End for the first time on Saturday 12 November. There will be screenings of classic episodes, the feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, immersive experiences and areas, a chance to meet some the stars of the show, and much more.

This year, TPUK will be joined by Hank Jennings himself and Chris Mulkey – more guests will be announced very soon.

To celebrate Twin Peaks UK Festival at Picturehouse Central, TPUK are offering 10% off tickets.

To see exactly what you get for your money and to take advantage of this offer, visit www.twinpeaksukfest.comand enter the promo code PHC10

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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.

Shakeup due for London cinemas as Cineworld and Empire announce major new deal

Empire and Cineworld have just announced a deal that looks like it will shake up the arrangement of some of London's key cinema sites. Cineworld has just confirmed a $124m deal for five Empire cinemas including the nine-screen Empire Leicester Square. However as part of the deal, Cineworld's three-screen Haymarket location will be taken over by Empire.

Apart from the prestigious nine-screen Empire Leicester Square location in London’s West End, the other sites are the 18-screen multiplex in Basildon, the 17-screen Hemel Hempstead site, the 16-screen multiplex in Poole and a four-screen location in Bromley. They will re-branded as Cineworld locations.

Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger commented on the acquisition: “[This deal] underscores our commitment to operating high quality and modern cinemas across all of our nine operating countries, and our mission to be the best place to watch a movie."

Empire chairman Thomas Anderson said: “[Cineworld’s] reputation as good operators gives me confidence in a bright future for the cinemas and their employees, and as a shareholder in Cineworld, I trust the company’s ownership will enable it to maximise the value of these premium assets as part of its continued growth.”

You can read more 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.

A celluloid-lover's dream come true at The Prince Charles Cinema this summer with CHECK THE GATE

Lovers of the whirring sound of a projector and that fine grain effect on screen: rejoice! The Prince Charles cinemas has announced the full line-up for CHECK THE GATE: A Celluloid Celebration. CHECK THE GATE is a new festival season, presented by The Prince Charles Cinema and Park Circus, dedicated to presenting films on film and will run at The PCC from 9th July to 20th August.

The touring programme has been knocked together by a diverse range ofindependent programmers, journalists and film fans, including Cigarette Burns CinemaThe Badlands CollectiveThe Bechdel Test FestTim Robey (The Telegraph), Tom Huddleston (Time Out), Sandra Hebron (NFTS) and the team at The Prince Charles Cinema.

Richard Ayoade (Submarine, The Double) is acting as season ambassador and has handpicked a number of films to screen as part of the season, including Federico Fellini’s rarely screened Amarcord and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia.
The opening night screening will be Apocalypse Now (Theatrical Edition) and the closing night screening will be both The Last Picture Show and Purple Rain.

Full CHECK THE GATE line-up:

APOCALYPSE NOW [Theatrical Edition] on 35mm
- CHECK THE GATE Opening Night -
Saturday 9th July 20:30

RUMBLE IN THE BRONX on 35mm
Sunday 10th July 20:30

THELMA & LOUISE on 35mm
25th Anniversary presented by The Bechdel Test Fest
Tuesday 12th July 20:15

HARDWARE on 35mm
presented by Tom Huddleston (Time Out)
Thursday 14th July 20:45

FIVE EASY PIECES on 35mm
Friday 15th July 18:25

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES on 35mm
Sunday 17th July 15:45

IN A LONELY PLACE on 35mm
presented by Geoff Andrew (BFI)
Wednesday 20th July 18:30

MAGNOLIA + DAYDREAMING on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Thursday 21st July 20:00

KOYAANISQATSI on 35mm
Friday 22nd July 18:20

HEAVEN'S GATE on 35mm
Saturday 23rd July 11:30

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - a 70mm engagement
Saturday 23rd July 20:45
Monday 25th July 20:45
Sunday 31st July 16:00
Tuesday 2nd August 20:45
Friday 5th August 20:45
Tuesday 9th August 20:45


INNOCENT MOVES on 35mm
presented by Tim Robey (The Telegraph)
Sunday 24th July 15:10

BULLY on 35mm
Sunday 24th July 20:45

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE on 35mm
presented by Unicorn Nights
Tuesday 26th July 20:45

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE on 35mm
presented by Cigarette Burns Cinema
Thursday 28th July 20:45

SHALLOW GRAVE on 35mm
Friday 29th July 18:20

UNDER THE CHERRY MOON on 35mm
Saturday 30th July 18:20

SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE on 35mm
Sunday 31st July 20:45

EUREKA on 35mm
presented by Tony Paley (The Guardian)
Monday 1st August 20:45

O.C. & STIGGS on 35mm
presented by The Duke Mitchell Film Club
Wednesday 3rd August 20:45

SINGLE WHITE FEMALE on 35mm
presented by The Final Girls
Thursday 4th August 20:45

HERO [Ying xiong] on 35mm
Friday 5th August 18:20

THE HURT LOCKER on 35mm
Friday 5th August 20:30

MILDRED PIERCE on 35mm
presented by Sandra Hebron (NFTS)
Sunday 7th August 15:35

KES on 35mm
Sunday 7th August 20:45

SUBMARINE + THE DOUBLE  - a 35mm Double Feature
Monday 8th August 18:45

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS [1953] on 35mm
presented by Science Fiction Theatre
Wednesday 10th August 20:45

MODERN ROMANCE on 35mm
presented by The Badlands Collective
Thursday 11th August 20:45

THE RIGHT STUFF - a 70mm engagement
Saturday 13th August 16:50
Monday 15th August 20:00
Sunday 21st August 12:30
Tuesday 23rd August 20:00


IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD on 35mm
Sunday 14th August 12:00

AMARCORD on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Tuesday 16th August 20:45

TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A. on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Wednesday 17th August 20:45

PERFORMANCE on 35mm
presented by Richard Ayoade
Thursday 18th August 20:45

LORDS OF DOGTOWN on 35mm
Friday 19th August 18:30

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW on 35mm
- CHECK THE GATE Closing Night -
Saturday 20th August 13:00

PURPLE RAIN - Sing Along on 35mm
- CHECK THE GATE Closing Night -
Saturday 20th August 20:45
 

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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.

Help Deptford Cinema petition Lewisham Council for rate relief

The community-focused and community-run Deptford Cinema, which stepped into the gap left by the closure of all cinemas in Lewisham borough, is currently running a petition asking Lewisham's council to grant it rate relief. The cinema is facing trying times given it has not been granted the same relief status as other community-focused businesses and charities. Running a cinema with volunteers is tough under any circumstances, and rate relief to acknowledge this would be a much needed lifeline.

You can read more about the cinema here and sign the petition here.

Disclaimer time! The Smoke Screen has programmed a few films at the cinema, and can testify to the commitment of all involved in serving the local community with a diverse and affordable selection of films and events.

 

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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.