Help the Barbican curate their What London Watches film season

The Barbican is currently on the hunt for public submissions for their new season "What London Watches", which gives audiences the chance to participate in curation by submitting the films that shook their world. 

The actual festival with the final choices taken from all submissions will run 6–13 April 2017. 

Get involved @BarbicanCentre’s #WhatLondonWatches film season.

Visit the Barbican website for more information and to suggest a film here

All entries are submitted into a prize draw to win a meal at Bonfire up to the value of £150 and cinema tickets for four people to a film of your choice (subject to timing and availability). Plus, there’s a chance to win an extra special prize if your choice makes the shortlist...to be revealed. 

Submit your short film about your choices by Sunday 30 October: http://www.barbican.org.uk/whatlondon... 

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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.

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

 Full season details 

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

What are the films that inspired STRANGER THINGS? Find out at the Prince Charles Cinema in November


Since it launched, the Netflix series STRANGER THINGS has blown up as this season's essential TV show, with its appeal seeming to be particularly strong with those of a certain generation who grew up on a diet of now-legendary 80s films and pop culture. The PCC has decided to honour it in the best way possible... an all-night marathon on November 26, featuring 6 films which they figure heavily inspired the series. Expect some synths on the night too!

The line-up for The Films That Inspired STRANGER THINGS is as follows:

STAND BY ME (Digital)
THE GOONIES (35mm)
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Format TBC)
FIRESTARTER (35mm)
POLTERGEIST (35mm - note, print has faded)
THE THING (Format TBC)

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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.

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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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.