Month: November 2016

Event Review: Science Fiction Theatre presents: 1973s Westworld

With HBOs highly-acclaimed new scifi show Westworld currently enjoying lashings of critical praise, whilst also consuming the tireless brains of hardcore fans determined to unearth the show’s underlying mythology, the gurus behind the film club Science Fiction Theatre felt the time was right to revisit the original 1973 film that HBO mined for its new […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Irish Film Festival London 2016 review: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Director: Billy O’Brien 15 | 1h 44min | Thriller | 9 December 2016 (UK) Playing Irish Film Festival 2016 on November 25. RATING: ★★★★☆ With the Irish Film Festival in London now underway, the Smoke Screen is keen to recommend from the programme this left-field serial killer drama, directed by Irish director Billy O’Brien and […]

1000 Londoners’ NECROPOLIS shorts show how the capital gets its All Hallows on

As a born Londoner and film buff, the Smoke Screen makes it a priority to catch the short programmes produced by 1000 Londoners: a project produced by Chocolate Films and directors Rachael Wang and Mark Currie, which aims to create a collage portrait of the city via 1000 short films with each one following a different […]

Review: 2016’s Korean Film Festival foregrounds women in Korean cinema with strong gala opener The Truth Beneath

2015, Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi , starring Son Ye-jin, Kim Joo-hyuk . 103 mins RATING: ★★★★ The Korean Film Festival runs 3-17 November in London and also continues around the UK beyond that. See the KFF website for more details. This year’s 2016 Korean Film Festival in London promised a special focus on the lives […]

UK Jewish Film Festival 2016 review: The Small World of Sammy Lee

Director: Ken Hughes X | 1h 47min | Drama | April 1963 (UK) Playing during the UK Jewish Film Festival 2016  at JW3 on 15 NOV 6.30pm. See here for bluray details – out from 14 November. RATING: ★★★★☆ Playing as part of the UK Jewish FIlm Festival 2016, and now remastered for a new […]


SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA: SCREAMATHON NOVEMBER 3 | RICH MIX Join Short Sighted Cinema for a Halloween special evening screening of the best British short horror films. From comedy-horror to ghost stories, lo-budget thrillers and gore fests – there’ll be something to whet your darkest appetites! Featuring: VINTAGE BLOOD – ABIGAIL BLACKMORE SEND IN THE CLOWNS […]

UK International Jewish Film Festival 2016 (5-20 November at The Phoenix)

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 18:30 Sun, Nov 20, 2016 19:30 From 5 – 20 November 2016, the 20th edition of the UK International Jewish Film Festival will proudly showcase over 15 World, European and UK premieres of new feature dramas, documentaries and shorts at the Phoenix Cinema. See full programme here. The Kind Words Saturday […]

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