Film choices in London for this All Hallow's Eve...

No shortage of film options to creep you out this Halloween week coming, including:

Juan of the Dead at Deptford Cinema

Deptford Cinema  Wednesday 2 November

When the zombie apocalypse begins in Havana, the media blame mercenary dissidents, but as the city burns, the survivors are quickly outnumbered by hordes of cannibalistic living dead.

Hackney Attic Film Festival: Halloween Special

Hackney Attic at Hackney Picturehouse Monday 31 October

Enjoy an evening of tales from the dark side with kitschy horror, spooky clowns, mummys, and all manner of unpleasant goings on. Highlights include Greg Jeffs' chilling It's All in Your Head and James Atkins' zombie flick, How I Ate Your Mother.

Picturehouse Halloween weekend  - Lost Boys+ An American Werewolf In London.

Picturehouse Central  Saturday 29 October

Two 80s horror classics for the price of one.

Prince Charles Cinema Horror all-nighter - Classic Horror vs Teen Horror.

Prince Charles Cinema, Saturday 29 October

Two different strands of all-nighter for horror nuts at London's chief repetory cinema, classic or teen.

The CLASSIC HORROR ALL-NIGHTER:
HALLOWEEN
THE EXORCIST
ALIEN
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
THE SHINING [US Cut]
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Saturday 29th October 20:45 - Click Here for Tickets

TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY - Click Here for Tickets

The TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY:
THE CRAFT
SCREAM
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
URBAN LEGEND
THE FACULTY
FINAL DESTINATION

 

Science Fiction Theatre presents: The Mist

The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Monday 31st October

The good folks at the Science Fiction Theatre film club have a Halloween screening planned of Frank Darabont's 2007 adaptation of Stephen King's chilling, claustrophobic scifi horror novella THE MIST.

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The BFI launches the biggest UK celebration of black talent on screen with the BLACK STAR season

At a special event held at BFI Southbank in London with comedian Gina Yashere and DJ Norman Jay MBE, the BFI today launched what is being billed as the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating black talent: BLACK STAR.  Appropriately, this launch coincides with the UK premiere of Amma Asante's London Film Festival opener A United Kingdom, which stars David Oyelowo in a Botswana-set true story. The landmark film season at BFI Southbank, programmed by Ashley Clark, will run from 17 October – 31 December.

David Oyelowo also was a key speaker at the Black Star Symposium Speech, marking the launch of the season. In a forthright speech, Oyelowo criticised the fact that black and minority talent was not "baked in" to the British way of film and TV production, and pointed out that his painful awareness of this fact had driven him to feel that "I had to leave" [he now resides in LA]. "Please stop the talent drain", he urged.

Heather Stewart, Creative Director of the BFI said: “Imagine cinema history without Paul Robeson, Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier, Pam Grier, and Samuel L Jackson – some of the greatest actors to light up our screens with their charisma and talent. Now imagine how much richer our shared memory would be, had the opportunities available to black actors matched their abilities. With BLACK STAR we are celebrating great performances and bringing them back to the big screen for everyone to enjoy. And we are also asking searching questions, of our industry and of ourselves, driven by a passion to meet the expectations of audiences who rightly expect to see their stories and aspirations reflected on screen.”

BLACK STAR will spotlight:

  •  The leading men of classic Hollywood cinema; from Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to Jamie Foxx and the hugely popular Samuel L Jackson.
  •  The star as political activist; the great Paul Robeson and Lena Horne through to Danny Glover and Beyoncé.
  •  Stars who have gone on to be major power players, who can open films, get films made, from Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith to Denzel Washington.
  •  Powerful and glamorous female stars who have created memorable big screen icons, from Dorothy Dandridge to Oscar®-winning Halle Berry.
  •  British home grown talent with star power who have gained international acclaim and found significant leading roles in the US: Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo and David Oyelowo.
  •  The star names who have dominated music and film stories, from Sammy Davis Jnr through to Diana Ross and Motown, to Ice Cube and Hip Hop.
  •  The stars who have created a powerfully subversive take on the black star as entertainer; comedians including Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg and Eddie Murphy.
  •  Black rebels and Blaxploitation icons; Mario van Peebles, Fred Williamson and Pam Grier.
  •  A story of new and emerging talent, John Boyega, Michael B. Jordan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lupita Nyongo’o.
  •  Pioneering Afro-Caribbean stars who transformed the face of British film and television, like Earl Cameron, Carmen Munroe, Norman Beaton and Lenny Henry.
  •  And celebrating the stars emerging out of the fast-growing film industry and new star system of Nollywood, including Nse Ikpe-Etim.
  • BLACK STAR won't just celebrate the cream of the crop when it comes to black film and TV talent, it aims to address the controversies over why opportunities to shine on screen have been historically limited for black actors. Via celebration of the diversity of roles and talent, the hope is that this season will reposition black stars and their performances in the collective memory.

BLACK STAR will be available to audiences everywhere in the UK; in cinemas including BFI Southbank, on BBC Television, on DVD/Blu-ray and online via BFI Player from 17 October – 31 December, with further projects planned to celebrate the contribution of black practitioners working across film and TV in the coming years.

Highlights of BFI BLACK STAR include:

• The release of two major films into cinemas across the UK (with a third to be announced soon): 

- John Singleton’s game-changing, Oscar®-nominated BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Angela Bassett, will be re-released during the season in association with Park Circus and Sony Pictures

- Park Circus will re-release Norman Jewison’s multi Oscar®-winning IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967), starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates

• Over 275 bespoke screenings and events in over 90 different locations right across the UK, delivered through the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) and its partners 

• A new audience-led poll to discover the British public’s Best Black Screen Performances of All Time, with two of the top films brought to major, independent and community cinemas across the UK, through a partnership with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

• BLACK STAR events at BFI Southbank include a special on-stage reunion with Trix Worrell, the creator of Desmond’s and members of the cast including Carmen Munroe and Robbie Gee

• An agenda-setting Symposium event at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) – the UK’s leading film festival - bringing together leading international filmmakers and industry professionals from both sides of the Atlantic to question why opportunities for black actors to shine on screen in the US and the UK remain limited and ask what more can be done to effect positive change

• NET.WORK@LFF – the BFI’s intensive four day professional development programme for exciting UK-based writers and directors, which takes place at the BFI London Film Festival will be focused on supporting BAME filmmakers for its 2016 edition 

• Landmark two-month film season at BFI Southbank, programmed by Ashley Clark, exploring the rich history of ‘transatlantic stardom’ and focusing on key historical moments and important stars for British audiences

• A major multi-channel editorial partnership with BBC Radio and TV, including BLACK STAR Movie Night on BBC Two in November, films on BBC iPlayer, and a broadcast of a Paul Robeson documentary

 • New BFI Blu-ray and DVD releases including the first ever Dual Format Edition of The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992), and Blu-ray release of Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger, 1954); Dual Format Editions of Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959) and Paris Blues (Martin Ritt, 1961); DVD release of The Glass Shield (Charles Burnett, 1994); separate Blu-ray and DVD box sets of Pioneers of African-American Cinema 

• A new BFI book, the BLACK STAR Compendium, from a hand-picked selection of outstanding cultural writers, investigating the history and responding to the theme of black stardom in film and TV, to be published on 17 October 

 • An extensive collection of over 50 titles made available online to audiences through BFI Player 

• An education programme in partnership with Into Film which includes a dedicated strand at the Into Film Festival, featuring contemporary black British talent and a BFI Schools event with Floella Benjamin

 

 

www.bfi.org.uk/blackstar

@BFI  #BFIBLACKSTAR

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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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September is Scalarama month! Top picks to see in the monthly celebration of cinema going...

 Psychomania, one of the many special screenings showing at this year's Scalarama season

Psychomania, one of the many special screenings showing at this year's Scalarama season

 

Scalarama is an annual DIY Celebration of Cinema, where across London and the wider UK repertory cinemas, film clubs and societies screen a huge variety of films for everyone, by everyone, everywhere, every September. The idea is to celebrate cinemas and cinema-going, whilst encouraging wannabe film programmers and film club regulars to set up their own screenings. Many screenings will be of cult gems, provocative one-offs and unearthed forgotten classics.

You can track the 2016 events in London (and elsewhere) on Screening Film...

Check the Scalarama map here...

What to see at the year's Scalarama:

Video Nightmare VHStival- 9 September, 3pm, Genesis Cinema

A special VIDEO NIGHTMARE all-dayer in the Genesis's Bar Paragon from midday on Friday 9th September, a day to mark the general awesomeness of the videotape.

The Final Girls present Carrie's Bloody Prom Party + Panel talk - 24 September 4pm, ICA

The Final Girls programming duo explore the intersection of horror and feminism, showcasing films which offer up interesting perspectives on women's roles in the horror genre. Appropriately, the Girls will be showing Brian de Palma's cult classic horror flick Carrie on 24 September at the ICA London. Expect an informative panel discussion after.  Also you can read the Smoke Screen's reviews of the Final Girls previous screening of the great, off-kilter slasher Office Killer.

Rochester Kino Presents: Re-Animator = Intro+ Salon Discussion- 15 September, 7pm Genesis Cinema

Rochester Kino screens classic and cult films at various venues including cultural institutes and pop-up settings in London. The events are always introduced by Nick Walker with a brief talk followed by an informal group discussion over refreshments. Rochester Kino’s instalment at Genesis this time is a rare screening of Re-Animator (1985).

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Reel Good Film Club Presents: Losing Ground - 18 September, 6pm, Genesis Cinema

Reel Good Film Club present a special screening of Losing Ground, followed by a panel discussion. Losing Ground is the first feature-length drama directed by a black American woman. The film follows a philosophy professor (Seret Scott), who prides herself on being liberal but is jealous of her artist husband’s (Bill Gunn) gorgeous model (Maritza Rivera).

Psychomania screening - 25 September at Genesis Cinema, 9pm.

Ahead of its re-release on bluray from BFI Flipside, this little seen black comedy will screen at Scalarama, and is billed as the “greatest, weirdest, post-psychedelic undead-biker zombie-horror movie ever made, and the only one to star Witchfinder General’s Nicky Henson accompanied by screen legends George Sadners, Beryl Reid and Bill Pertwee (aka Hodges from Dad’s Army). Directed by Hammer horror veteran Don Sharp. The film’s score has become something of a must-have item in certain circles.

Out of Print -  6 September, Genesis Cinema, 9pm

A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.

Interview with a Vampire screening at the Phoenix Cinema, September 16 at The Phoenix, 9pm

A chance to see Neil Jordan’s hit vampire flick in the glorious Phoenix Cinema in North London, which was actually used as a shooting location in the film.

Chaplin's South London walk and The Immigrant- Cinema Musuem, 24 September 9.45pm

Starting at the Cinema Museum, Oval from 9:45pm on Saturday 24th September, The Beekeepers will retrace the steps of local boy Charles Chaplin, ending up at his boyhood home in Kennington. A projected screening of his acclaimed film The Immigrant will follow.

Want to get involved? With loads of support out there, it has never been a better time to get screening and start dreaming what you would show. For more information or to find local support, email hello@scalarama.com.

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