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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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Londonist’s cheap cinema tickets in London guide, with a few Smoke Screen suggestions…

With some cinemas like the new Picturehouse Central charging over £15 for non members at peak times (swish though it is: those lovely seats) it can be an intimidating process choosing an affordable cinema to see the latest releases or a classic. Handily, The Londonist have a guide on how to keep your prices low, […]

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 […]

Watch London Calling short Breathe for free as part of #FiveFilms4Freedom,

London Calling short Breathe, from director James Doherty,  is one of five films you can watch for free as part of #FiveFilms4Freedom, the British Council and BFI Flare’s celebration of LGBT cinema. The films are available to watch around the world from 16-27 March 2016. Check it out here on the BFI site.   See […]

The RSC’s Shakespeare Live event to air in cinemas on 23 April

Thursday 23 April, 8.15. Picturehouse Cinemas. Also check RSC website for more participating venues. This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and there will be a variety of film events that will tie in to the date. The BFI have a huge, diverse season planned, which you can read about here, but the […]

Secret Cinema presents takes a turn for the bloody in 2016 with 28 DAYS LATER

Secret Cinema is always one of the biggest film events on the calendar in London. So high profile is the event company, and so pricey are its tickets for its multi-layered, live screening immersive events, that their seasons often make the box office charts. Recent productions involved Back to the Future and Star Wars: The […]

Highlights of the upcoming BFI FLARE Festival: tickets on sale now

Tickets went on sale today for BFI members for London’s premiere LGTB Film Festival: BFI FLARE, which will run from 16-27 March at BFI Southbank and other related venues.  BFI Flare will present over 50 features, more than 100 shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and more. […]

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