Secret Cinema to launch Romeo + Juliet event tickets 18 May, promising to bring you to Verona Beach this summer

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Seemingly not content with letting Backyard Cinema play Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet in an immersive event cinema setting (they book a church and an entire choir), Secret Cinema are getting in on the action too with this just-announced limited run. Promised is an outdoor, summer festival-type experience taking place (once more) in a secret location, transformed for a limited time into the colourful world of Verona Beach from the movie. Will this deliver? Or will yet a barrage of yet more articles criticising the hefty ticket prices vs the actual experience be Secret Cinema's fate this summer? Its certainly a safe, crowd-pleasing choice of film, so high sales are no doubt ensured. Get thee to their mailing list to get early access to ticket sales from Tuesday 15th May at 12pm (BST), 72 hours before everyone else.

Tickets start from £49 (+ booking fees).

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Women to be championed by the BFI throughout June

 Agnes Varda is one of several female filmmakers celebrated by the BFI in June

Agnes Varda is one of several female filmmakers celebrated by the BFI in June

The BFI always have a lot going on, but June promises to be something extra special. Tying in with the Vote100 campaign, June will see the BFI celebrate work by and about women in a dizzying number of ways, through screenings, panels, Q&As, and more.

There will be a major season devoted to legendary french auteur AGNÈS VARDA, as well as the pioneering figure of IDA LUPINO, who carved out her own space in the male-dominated Hollywood of the 1940s as one of the few female directors and producers. The BFI’s new CLOSE UP series focuses on 13th and A Wrinkle In Time director AVA DUVERNAY, while women animators get their due as part of the BFI’s year-long ANIMATION 2018 programme. The WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA SUMMIT will honour trailblazers of the past, explore the power and pitfalls of grassroots feminist cinephile activism, champion new voices in criticism and programming, and explore movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp. The summit will take place on Saturday 16 June, with events including The Guilty Feminist podcast and a screening of Working Girl (Mike Nichols, 1988)Also in June the BFI will mark the 70th anniversary of Windrush with a programme celebrating WINDRUSH WOMEN.

Gaylene Gould, BFI Head of Cinema and Events said: “One hundred years ago British women marched to the voting booths for the first time. One hundred years later, Frances McDormand brandished a little gold man and instructed the women at the Oscars® ceremony to stand up. A continuum of action has brought about seismic change and, just like those women and men a century ago, we are witnessing a shift. This month, in honour of the Vote 100 campaign, we pay tribute to the women who transcended their worlds to expand ours, and present a programme bursting with female stories.”

Find out more and book tickets on the BFI site here.

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The Smoke Screen is on hiatus until the New Year, be back soon....

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London Evening Standard 2016 awards longlist (with all Smoke Screen reviews of the nominees)

*see the links for Smoke Screen reviews

The longlist for the London Evening Standard British Film Awards are revealed this week, with the best film award nominations fairly evenly spread between the arthouse (American Honey from British director Andrea Arnold and I,Daniel Blake from veteran filmmaker Ken Loach) and the crowdpleasers (Bridget Jones's Baby). Also getting a lot of love is the post-apocalyptic thriller The Girl with all the Gifts (nominated in several categories), whilst actor David Oyelowo is given a best actor nod for two films simultaneously - Queen of Katwe and A United Kingdom, both now in cinemas this month. The Smoke Screen was pleased to see actor and director Alice Lowe getting a best actress nod for her new comedy thriller Prevenge (read the review here and the Smoke Screen's interview with Lowe from this year's London Film Festival). Russel Tovey and Arinzé Kene also get well-deserved acting nods for their roles in the taught, heartrending drama The Pass.

Films are eligible for consideration if they had a public screening in London between February 7 and October 21. This year’s advisory judging panel comprises Evening Standard film reviewers David Sexton and Charlotte O’Sullivan; Evening Standard film and TV writer Ellen E Jones; Kate Muir, chief film critic for The Times; Peter Bradshaw, Guardian film critic, and Tim Robey of the Daily Telegraph. The panel is chaired by Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands. 

The shortlist will be announced in the paper next Thursday. The three final contenders for the Everyman Award for Best Film will be screened to the public in Everyman cinemas in the last two weeks before all winners are revealed at the ceremony at Claridge’s on December 8. 

The winner of the Editor’s Award in partnership with Claridge’s — a special honour for a cinematic event or person to have grabbed the headlines in the past year — will also be announced on the night.

This year also sees a new audience award for Most Powerful Scene, where readers can vote online for their favourite film moment from 2016. The 10 scenes to choose from will be published in the Evening Standard with details of how to vote. 

Everyman Award for Best Film

  • American Honey 
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Ethel & Ernest
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Lady Macbeth
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

Best Actor

New West End Company Award for Best Actress 

  • Gemma Arterton, Their Finest 
  • Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship
  • Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
  • Alexa Davies, Spaceship 
  • Alice Lowe, Prevenge 
  • Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
  • Rosamund Pike, A United Kingdom 
  • Tilda Swinton, A Bigger Splash

Best Supporting Actor 

  • Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Doctor Strange
  • Brendan Gleeson,Trespass Against Us 
  • Arinzé Kene, The Pass 
  • George MacKay, Captain Fantastic

Best Supporting Actress

  • Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth
  • Lyndsey Marshal, Trespass Against Us
  • Sarah Solemani, Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake 
  • Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans

Best Documentary

  • Bobby Sands: 66 Days
  • Before the Flood 
  • My Scientology Movie 
  • Notes on Blindness
  • Oasis: Supersonic
  • The Hard Stop

Amanda Eliasch Best Screenplay Award 

  • Mike Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts
  • Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion
  • Jane Goldman, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Guy Hibbert, Eye in the Sky
  • Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake 
  • David Farr, The Ones Below

Peter Sellers Award for Comedy

  • Julian Barrat, Mindhorn 
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Bill Nighy, Their Finest
  • David Brent: Life on the Road

Malone Souliers Award for Breakthrough of the Year 

  • Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow
  • Lewis MacDougall, A Monster Calls
  • William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth
  • Colm McCarthy, The Girl with All the Gifts 
  • Sennia Nanua, The Girl with All the Gifts 
  • Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth 

Technical Achievement

  • Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins (costume design)
  • Guy Farley and Robin Foste, Anthropoid (music)
  • Max Richter, Arrival (contribution to the music)
  • Laurie Rose, Free Fire (cinematography)
  • Robbie Ryan, American Honey (cinematography)
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Catch the London Kinovan this christmas

The Film London and London Screen Archives Kinovan (think a cinema-in-a-van) will be out and about this christmas, offering Londoners the chance to see -for free- archive footage from across decades of London history.

The van will be at the following locations:

Xmas Lights Switch On, Sutton
Sat 19 Nov 2016, 16:00 – 19:00
Sutton – KinoVan
Trinity Square, London EC3N

Winter Wonderland, Wimbledon
Sun 27 Nov 2016, 12:00 – 18:00
Merton – KinoVan
Wimbledon Station, Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NL

Raynes Park Xmas, Merton
Fri 2 Dec 2016, 15:30 – 19:00
Merton – KinoVan
Raynes Park, London SW20

Christmas Winter Festival, Haringey
Sat 3 Dec 2016, times TBC
Haringey – KinoVan
Tottenham Green, London N15

Bruce Castle – WinterFest, Haringey
Sun 11 Dec 2016, times TBC
Haringey – KinoVan

Click here to find out where the KinoVan will be pitching up next.

The KinoVan can also come to you! Email to book a screening at screenheritage@filmlondon.org.uk

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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.