Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At the time, the coincidence gave rise to some comment, but it was not until the death of Kurt Cobain, about two and a half decades later, that the idea of a ‘27 Club’ began to catch on in public perception, reignited again with the death of Amy Winehouse in 2011.
This group represent just a few of the many well-known singers and musicians who died at that age and this film looks at the phenomenon and tries to understand why these particular stars are so mythologised and celebrated – and why indeed their lives ended when they did. Through interviews with musicians, critics, medical experts and featuring unseen footage, the film investigates the lives, music, and artistry of these lost icons, forever frozen in time at the age of 27.
Followed by a Q&A with
- Lesley-Ann Jones (music journalist/writer)
- Dave Ambrose (ex-musician, A&R at EMI, and CEO of MCA Records)
- Dr. Cosmo Halstrom (Britain’s top showbiz psychiatrist)
- Ann Harrison (music lawyer)
A Shot Of Whisky is the incredible story of the legendary club Whisky a Go-Go. This is where reputations were built, moulds were broken, rules were torn up and legends were made. No other venue has nurtured generations of music legends such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Love, and The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Blondie, The Go Go’s, The Knack, Guns 'N' Roses, Motley Crue and many more. Over the decades from rock to soul, from punk to metal the Whisky has been host to a who’s who of rock & roll legends, some in their infancy some in their heyday, but all have made the Whisky’s rock& roll hall of fame. This film tells their story intertwined with the story of the building itself. It's been said the bands made the gig and the gig made the bands.
A Shot Of Whisky, made in conjunction and with the full cooperation of the Whisky’s owners the Maglieri family, features exclusive interviews with bands, artists, managers, roadies, fans, journalists and staff. By documenting stories from both sides of the stage, together with music, archive and rare performance footage compiled over 40 years, A Shot Of Whisky shows their experiences are inseparable and intertwined with those of the venue itself, while also presenting a unique view of the history of music in America that went on to shake the world. So sit yourself down and pour yourself a shot…of Whisky!
"The Whisky was mecca, it was the place in Los Angeles. It was probably the place in the entire country. The top bands played there. It was a place that we wanted very badly to play." - Ray Manzarek, The Doors
“What other club has nurtured every band from Love to the Go-Go’s to the Gun Club and is the subject of a tremendously inspired Beverly Hillbillies episode?” - Spin magazine
Sure, you can call The Gourds a rock band from Austin. And you can call Austin a city in Texas. And in so doing, you can miss all of the reasons why people across the world get giddy and starry-eyed when they talk about The Gourds, or Austin, or both. In many ways, The Gourds are the musical distillation of Austin’s colourful culture itself: genre-defying, boundary-pushing, unpretentious, gregarious.
Enter All The Labour: The Story of the Gourds, a documentary by Montana filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis that takes aim at the elusive, ever-moving target that is The Gourds. Comprised of candid conversations, blazing performances, on-tour media interviews and insight from friends and family, the film captures the unbreakable backbeat and creative spark of “the national band of Austin” (New York Times).
Filmed over the course of eight months and featuring archival footage shot nearly two decades previously, All The Labour is itself the product of an unconventional yet uniquely fitting collaboration. Hawes-Davis, a veteran documentary filmmaker with over 30 titles to his credit, has made a career of explaining the virtually unexplainable in his films. But little prepared him for the challenge of chasing The Gourds around the country in a beat-up tour van, trying to capture all the mystique.
“As a filmmaker, I am most attracted to subjects that aren’t easy to put in a box; the same is true for my musical tastes,” said Hawes-Davis, an avid music fan with a record collection that numbers in the thousands. “The passion that people all over the country have for The Gourds serves as evidence that they’ve tapped into something really powerful and unique. The fact that it is hard to describe doesn’t mean it can’t be understood. So that is what I set out to do – gain an understanding of what this band is all about and share that with film and music fans.”
“Rousing, soulful” - Mojo
Widely considered a landmark in Sinhala cinema, Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is a period epic set in 89 BC. King Walagamba of Sri Lanka, was troubled by power-hungry forces from within while enemy leaders killed each other for power and wealth. It is a story of how a smaller nation arose together to face off the darkest days of the history of the land.
Raved about for its ambitious scale, action sequences and performances, Light Arose is the historic spectacle which is as enriching as it is enthralling.
Followed by Q/A with Ashvin Devasundaram
This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, this production features the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography.
An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...
"I would beg, borrow or steal to see it all again" - Financial Times
Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages.
This presentation of André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences.
Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.
For this very special concert, André will be offering a lucky winner the ultimate musical love dedication; all cinema-goers will be invited to dedicate one of André’s waltz’s to their loved ones. André will personally select a dedication and he will announce the winner during the concert on both nights.
Heavenly Films presents...
Bang! The Bert Berns Story
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Stevie Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns - the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you've never heard of.
His hits include Twist and Shout, Hang On Sloopy, Brown Eyed Girl, Here Comes The Night and Piece Of My Heart. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made.
Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father's story to the screen through interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.
Heavenly Films presents….
A Basil Kirchin double bill
plus Q&A with the directors Matt Stephenson, Bob Stanley and musician Evan Parker
Premier London screening
Mind On The Run (45 minutes)
Directed by Matt Stephenson
Mind On The Run tells the story of one of the country's greatest lost composers.
Born in 1927, Basil Kirchin joined his father Ivor's band in 1941 at the age of 14. After rising to the top of British jazz, Kirchin left England on a spiritual odyssey which took him around the world. He returned with a new kind of music, scoring a number of distinctive films including Primitive London and the Abominable Dr Phibes.
When his groundbreaking Worlds Within Worlds albums, subsequently recognised by Brian Eno as the foundation works of ambient music, were a commercial flop, Basil turned his back on the music industry but continued to make amazing music in the northern port of Hull. Featuring contributions from Jonny Trunk, Bob Stanley, Evan Parker, Richard Williams and many others who knew and worked closley with Kirchin, Mind on the Run rediscovers Basil’s lost music and tells the moving story of his life and death in Hull, placing him in the pantheon of great British composers.
Abstractions of Holderness (12 minutes)
A short film about Basil Kirchin directed by Bob Stanley and Esther Johnson, soundtrack written and performed by Pete Wiggs.
The films will be followed by a Q&A session hosted by author Travis Elborough in conversation with directors Matt Stephenson and Bob Stanley plus composers and musicians Pete Wiggs and Evan Parker.
As an added bonus a specially pressed limited edition CD of the Pete Wiggs soundtrack for Abstractions Of Holderness will be presented to those attending the screening.
From one of India’s most celebrated regional film industries, comes national award winning Bengali film Bisarjan by director Kaushik Ganguly. Padma, a Hindu widow, finds an injured man near a river in Bangladesh. She brings him home, only to find out he’s a Muslim from India, something she must keep from the villagers.
Bisarjan is a timely secular battle cry we need to see more of in today’s world. One which teaches us to look beyond our differences and see the people beyond the labels attached them and is a deeply moving love story not to be missed.
Followed by a Q&A
A cynical writer (Rex Harrison) invites a local medium (Margaret Rutherford) to hold a seance in his home, hoping it will provide material for a book he is writing. She only succeeds in conjuring up the ghost of his flirtatious first wife, who proceeds to make life unbearable for his second wife. Based on Coward's 1941 play that broke theatrical records and is still his most revived. This was the last of the famous collaborations between David Lean, Antony Havelock -Allen, Ronald Neame and Noel. Also starring Constance Cummings and Kay Hammond.
Blood and Glory is a period epic set in South Africa in 1901 and follows Willem Morkel – a Boer and family man whose wife and son are murdered during the Anglo-Boer War. Captured as a prisoner of war, Willem must survive incarceration in the notorious St. Helena concentration camp and defeat the ruthless Colonel Swannell at his own game… rugby.
The Bolshoi Ballet
When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death…
Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.
Matinee Classics - Tickets available from £1.75
Anne travels to the French Riviera to visit Raymond, the wealthy husband of her recently deceased friend. His pampered daughter, Cecile, afraid that the prim and proper Anne's visit may alter their hedonistic lifestyle, attempts to drive a wedge between them.
CinemaItaliaUK present the best contemporary and classic Italian films on the silver screen for the Italy-addicted and film lovers in London. Film to be announced.
Presented by Soul Jazz Records
It's a mother!
Soul Jazz Records continues it's Blaxploitation classic film screenings at Regent Street Cinema Cleopatra Jones.
The 6-ft tall kung fu fighting black model Tamara Dobson was the only real competition to Pam Grier in the female heroines for Blaxploitation films in the 1970s. Here Dobson plays it camp as a stunning James Bond-esque female martial arts heroine who embodies aspects of the Black Power Movement, Black Arts Movement and Feminism in this arch action thriller as she socks it to the man (actually a very camp Shelly Winters) to keep drugs out of the community!
Soul Jazz Records DJs will be laying down some heavy funk and soul in the bar before and after the film so get on down!
The Celluloid Sorceress
The Celluloid Sorceress cordially invites you to join her at the Regent Street Cinema where she continues her look at the work of director Joel Schumacher with his eclectic follow-up to The Lost Boys, screening here from a rare archival 35mm print.
Cousins-by-marriage Larry (Ted Danson) and Maria (Isabella Rossellini) meet at the wedding of Larry’s uncle Phil (George Coe). Forming a friendship after their respective spouses start an affair, Larry and Maria seek playful revenge getting Tish (Sean Young) and Tom (William Petersen) to believe that they are having an affair too. Over the course of two more family weddings feelings get more complicated when the game goes a little too far.
An avid enthusiast for European cinema, American director Schumacher moved away from the brat pack movies that had made his name in Hollywood. His remake of Jean-Charles Tachella’s French classic Cousin Cousine boasts an impressive cast and a gentle, witty screenplay from acclaimed playwright Stephen Metcalfe (Jacknife).
Also starring the great Lloyd Bridges and Adventures in Babysitting teen hero Keith Coogan, Cousins received two thumbs up from Siskel & Ebert who wrote “adultery is never this simple, and seldom this life-affirming - but the movie gets away with murder because it's funny, because the dialogue has been written with an ear for the funny things people say, especially when they're being serious, and because of Rossellini”.
The screening will be introduced by Rebecca Nicole Williams with a short selection of vintage 35mm trailers before the feature.
Myriam and Antoine Besson have divorced and Myriam seeks sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned Dad and the appointed judge rules in favour of joint custody. Held hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.
Winner of Best Director and Best First Feature at Venice Film Festival
“A dynamic feature debut” - Screen Daily
Sydney, Australia. 1974. A group of outsiders band together with a mission. In world of satin jumpsuits and screaming teens, they form the high energy rock’n’roll band Radio Birdman, forever determined to keep compromise from their art. Switched off, shut down and booted out of venue after venue they stay determined to do things their own way, and they slowly accumulate a cult-like following of disaffected youth.
Descent into the Maelstrom is the true story of Radio Birdman, from their original formation to the present. Like the band itself, it’s an independent production, made from outside the industry. Featuring interviews with all surviving members of the band, the film doesn’t shy away from the internal conflict which fuelled the band’s performances. It’s already been called the greatest Australian music documentary ever made and is crammed full of Radio Birdman music and rare archival footage and photos, some not seen for over 40 years!
Followed by a Q&A with Director, Jonathan Sequeira and Radio Birdman’s Ron Keeley
“Radio Birdman were combative, confrontational, hated by the musical establishment, and changed the lives of thousands who saw them perform.” - The Guardian
Kids Kino Club - Tickets available for £1.75
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.
Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world’s most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication.
Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian-Jewish emigre who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.
As a creative powerhouse in The Kinks Ray Davies was responsible for writing some of the best-loved songs of the 60s, including pop classics You Really Got Me, Tired of Waiting For You, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon and Waterloo Sunset. Julien Temple directs this feature length documentary on Davies, a unique talent who describes with rare candour his troubled relationship with fame and the vicissitudes of his career.
Followed by a Q&A with Julien Temple.
A glossy, well-paced thriller with plenty of suspense. Joan Crawford plays a successful and wealthy playwright who falls in love and marries Jack Palance, a mediocre actor who, she discovers, only married her for her money and with the aid of an old flame, plans to murder her.
An intimate and candid trip down memory lane with the iconic lead guitarist of The Kinks. Shot on the hills and beaches of Exmoor (which have bewitched the London-born Dave Davies since childhood) and interspersed with a wide range of archival footage, its subject narrates the struggles of growing up poor in postwar Britain, his even more tumultuous experiences in the limelight, and his sentimental but uncompromising approach to life.
Followed by a Q&A with Julien Temple.
The controversial film which depicted the abusive and traumatic upbringing of Joan Crawford’s eldest child Christina based on her book.
When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. Hedy Lamarr in her most famous role. Based on events found in the Old Testament.
Set in London in 2011, Gholam is the story of an enigmatic Iranian cab driver, who works at night and doesn’t like to talk about his past. He has two jobs, yet seems not to be interested in the money. He eats at his uncle’s café every day, yet is fully aware of being betrayed by him. He agrees to the arrangement his mother makes for his return home, yet has no intention of going back. We learn that he was once a war hero, and yet disappeared from the battlefield without a trace. A man with no past, no future, no convictions, he still gets involved in the conflict of a total stranger and carries it through to the very end.
After the film there will be a conversation with Mitra Tabrizian and Professor Rosie Thomas, Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster.
The riveting Here To Be Heard tells the story of The Slits, the world’s first all-girl punk rock group, from their original formation during the pioneering days of punk rock in mid 70s London. As contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Slits are the pioneering godmothers of punk. With a mix of archival footage, never before seen images, and interviews with The Slits along with Punk Rock royalty, extraordinary producers, scholars and those influenced by The Slits, Here To Be Heard takes us through their individual stories of struggle, to the reformation of the band in 2005… a time period that ends in 2010 when singer Ari Up died of cancer while trying to make this film.
Followed by a Q&A with director William Badgley and Tessa Pollitt
“I'm not here to be loved, I'm here to be heard”- Ari Up
“A fascinating expose of a raucous, rebellious, ground-breaking female rock group, hitherto obscured in history, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits is an intriguing, thought-provoking revelation” **** - The Upcoming
Dark, funny and based on true events, I,Tonya is the story of the most sensational scandal in sports history, the story of figure skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie is breath-taking in the lead, and Alisson Janney is unflinching as Tonya’s mother.
Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress
“Destroyed yet defiant, Robbie walks the emotional tightrope of the most fabulously, tragically American film of the year.” – Time Out
“I, Tonya is funny as hell, but the pain is just as real. You'll laugh till it hurts.” – Rolling Stone
A selection of Brdečka´s best animated shorts featuring among others a daring hymn to free thinking (Gallina Vogelbirdae; 1963 Grand Prix Winner at the Annecy International Animation Festival), a Gothic tale inspired by 17th Century woodcuts, a horrifying murder story reminiscent of Greek tragedy, a story of star-crossed love, and a touching miner´s ballad.
These films of immense poetic and artistic quality place Brdecka alongside Czech masters such as Jiří Trnka and Karel Zeman while reminding us that Disney is not the only model for telling stories through animation and that animation is not just for children.
Q&A with Tereza Brdečková, writer and film critic
Jiří Brdečka (1917 – 1982), script-writer and director, has directed 35 animated films, that have been awarded more than 40 international prizes, including the grand prizes at Annecy, Oberhausen, Montevideo and San Sebastian. A close collaborator with Jiří Trnka, Brdečka worked with the best artists (e.g. Kamil Lhoták, Eva Švankmajerová, Jiří Anderle, Zdeněk Seydl) and musicians (e.g. Zdeněk Liška, Jan Klusák) to deliver beatifully animated stories full of poetry and humour.
The Best of Jiří Brdečka:
Love and a Zeppelin (Vzducholoď a láska, 1958, 8´)
Gallina Vogelbirdae (Špatně namalovaná slepice, 1963, 14´)
Revenge (Pomsta, 1968, 15´)
Metamorpheus (1969, 14´)
There Was a Miller on a River (Jsouc na řece mlynář jeden, 1971, 11´)
The Face (Tvář, 1973, 3´)
The Miner´s Rose (Horníkova růže, 1974, 13´)
Thirteen´s Chamber of the Prince Copperslick (Třináctá komnata prince Měděnce, 1980, 9´)
Organised by the Czech Centre London and Limonádový Joe s.r.o. in collaboration with Faculty of Media, Arts and Design University of Westminster. Films courtesy of the Czech National Film Archive, Krátký Film Praha a.s.
A documentary film about British menswear’s unsung hero, the influencer’s influencer. This is the story of British menswear’s best kept secret, told by his friends, family, fans, as well as the man himself, this is the story of John Simons. Featuring Kevin Rowland, Suggs & Paul Weller and broadcaster Robert Elms.
Followed by a Q&A with John Simons
National Theatre Live
Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius in this stunning new production of Shakespeare's masterpiece, broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre and directed by Nicolas Hytner. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Matinee Classics - Tickets available from £1.75
Visiting Key Largo to pay his respects to the family of his late war buddy, Frank McCloud attempts to comfort his comrade's widow and father who operate a hotel. But he realizes that mobsters, led by the infamous Johnny Rocco, are staying in the hotel. When the criminals take over the establishment, conflict is inevitable.
Sensitively directed coming of age drama centred on an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl in Sacramento establishing writer director Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress.
The magic of Laurel and Hardy, back on the big screen. These silent comedies will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from Donald MacKenzie on our original 1936 cinema Compton organ.
Tickets just £5 for children under 16
The films played will be:
- Do Detectives Think?
- Double Whoopee
- Habeas Corpus
- Leave ‘em Laughing
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
This special dance screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Matthew Bourne exclusively for cinemas.
"A dazzling spectacle" - The Times
Canadian film-maker Leslie-Ann Coles’ award-winning feature documentary chronicles the flowering of music journalism and photography at the seminal British magazine, Melody Maker, during the 1960s and 1970s.
This rare screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and journalists who worked on the music paper.
In association with CATH
This engaging and playful documentary, narrated by and starring the inimitable Michael Caine, chronicles the cultural revolution of the Swinging Sixties and the societal upheaval it caused that still resonates today. Sourced from over 1,600 hours of footage, extensive research and over 50 interviews with key players, My Generation is an insider tour of a defining era.
Baltic Cinema Evening
Set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, Rainer Sarnet's feature film is a bold, twisted fairy tale about unrequited love. November is based on Estonian author Andrus Kivirähk's bestselling cult novel, Rehepapp.
November was the Estonian submission for the 2018 Oscars.
Followed by a Q&A, and preceded by the screening of short animation film The Master by Riho Unt; based on an Estonian novel Popi ja Huhhuu, by Friedebert Tuglas.
7:00- 7:15 - Screening of short film The Master
7:15-7:30 - Introduction by the historian Mart Kuldkepp
7:30-9:25 UK premiere of November
9:30-10:00 - Q&A
Kids Kino Club - Tickets available from £1.75
Based on Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden, this feature adaptation brings to life all the characters loved by children the world over.
Kids' Kino Club - Tickets available from £1.75Gepetto the inventor creates a wooden puppet called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble, but this proves a very hard job.
An evening of surprises with British underground film-makers Anthony Stern and Kevin Whitney. The programme includes Whitney’s Psychedelia (1969, feat. Syd Barrett) and Red/Green (1968), both with live scores by London space-punk band Cut, and Stern’s Pink Floyd-scored San Francisco (1968). Also on offer is a new work by Stern, featuring unseen footage from Glastonbury Fayre, plus a ‘hypnagogic’ light machine experience, and much more.
In association with CATH
"Visually unforgettable and possibly Tarkovsky’s finest work"Philip French, The Guardian
Kids Kino Club - Tickets available from £1.75
Tad Jones, the most awkward explorer, must rescue his beloved Sara from a millionaire who is looking for King Midas' necklace.
Matinee Classics - Tickets available from £1.75
After religious spinster's (Katharine Hepburn) missionary brother is killed in WWI Africa, dissolute steamer captain (Humphrey Bogart) offers her safe passage. She's not satisfied so she persuades him to destroy a German gunboat. The two spend most of their time fighting with each other rather than the Germans. Time alone on the river leads to love.
The Go-Betweens: Right Here is the feature length documentary about the people who created the seminal rock band the Go-Betweens. It is a heartfelt story of discovery, uncovering the intensely passionate, creative and fraught relationships that formed one of the most loved and influential bands in Australia rock history. It is also the universal story of a great creative adventure that spanned three decades, through countless successes, failures, romances, break-ups, betrayals, triumphs and tragedies.
The Go-Betweens: Right Here is a compelling investigation into the exhilarating, unpredictable, and precarious lives of musicians, that reveals the true price paid by them to pursue their art. The Go-Betweens: Right Here doesn’t assume knowledge of the band or their music, rather it offers an evolving revelation of them that truthfully exposes all the highs, the lows, the joy, the pain, the sorrow and the beauty of being in a cult band and of trying to survive the harsh and brutal realities of an exploitative music industry. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, the film tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.
“Our confidence in what we could do was amazing. Being in The Go-Betweens gave us an invisible shield, allowing us to believe that nothing could knock us out”.
Followed by a Q&A with Robert Forster of The Go Betweens
Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide - the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos - in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade and international terrorism and border security.
But all is not yet lost- at the same time, Brooks documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals on the verge of extinction in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The result is a potent plea for worldwide attention and action to combat the permanent loss of these majestic creatures.
Followed by a Q&A with the director/creator of the film Kate Brooks
Kids' Kino Club - tickets available from £1.75After his father is killed, Simba, a young lion prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, the evil Scar, who takes over the prideland. Simba grows up far away, making friends along the way. But when his past comes to haunt him, young Simba must make the decision whether to return to his birthright and face Scar for the final time.
Based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst’s attempt to win the first Golden Globe single handed round the world yacht race in 1968.
In Cairo, weeks before the 2011 revolution, Police Detective Noredin is working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station when he is handed the case of a murdered singer. Upon realising the involvement of Egypt’s power elite in the case, Noredin slowly changes sides to those who are defenceless against it. Based on a true story.
Winner of the 2017 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.
After an illegal abortion at the behest of her faithless lover (Raul Julia), lost innocent Helen (Kitty Winn) finds solace with small-time crook Bobby (Al Pacino), a regular in Manhattan's "Needle Park." As Bobby shows her around his Upper West Side world, the two become inseparable.
When Helen realizes that Bobby is a full-blown junkie, she joins him in addiction, and their downward spiral begins in earnest. Weathering overdoses, prostitution, betrayals, and a "panic" after a major bust, the pair manage to stick together, the habit sealing their fate.
With intro by film critic Mark Searby, author of Al Pacino: The Movies Behind The Man
An otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.
Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director
BAFTA winner: Best Director
“magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it's a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.” – LA Times
Stars ace music producer Mark Hallman and his Austin, Texas recording studio. Everybody is talking about Spotify, Pandora, etc and the pros and cons of ‘free’ music and music streaming generally. Musician and filmmaker Rain Perry, in a striking debut film, confronts this fundamental issue, and what it means for music, head on by telling the story of The Congress House Studio and ‘The Shopkeeper’ aka ace musician and music producer Mark Hallman.
Mark’s Congress House Studio is the longest continuously operating recording studio in Austin, Texas. But this film shows Mark Hallman struggling to keep his studio open in the era of streaming. Times are tough for studios and producers. Yet it is producers, along with the recording studios where they work, that provide the vital spark for great music and very often a way of connecting musicians together. The studio is a hub for creative work and a centre of knowledge.
Funny, pertinent, insightful, intimate, with great music and interviews with Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson, Iain Matthews, Tom Russell and many more, plus wonderful archive footage, The Shopkeeper captures both the resolute spirit and the frustration felt by musicians today. And in many ways it tells and celebrates much of the story of music from back in the 1960s right up until today.
Rain Perry is the film’s remarkable director. She runs Precipitous Records, is an award-winning songwriter, a musician, an actress, playwright, event organiser and now film director-producer. Rain Perry on the film: “It seemed the right time to make this movie. This is a story that needs to be told. There’s something a music producer brings that you can’t bring yourself. That’s being lost. The style of the movie, I wanted to be in keeping with the subject and to embody the spirit of the independent musicians it’s about. At the same time, we deployed all of the resources available to ensure we have great music and great quality sound.”
“Beautiful film! I loved it!” - Mary Gauthier
Christian is a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He's gearing up to launch their next show, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian's own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it. Meanwhile, a shocking viral stunt cooked up by the museum's PR agency is met with public outcry, sending Christian – and the museum – into an existential crisis.
With pitch-perfect performances, inventive set pieces and a cutting deadpan wit, The Square is a hilarious, unique and often surreal look at idealism and cynicism in the modern world, and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
“This is high wire cinema... sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Matinee Classics - Tickets available from £1.75Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues and at the top of their performing game. But when their children start to have other interests, it threatens to pull the act, and their family, apart.
Aditya Kripalani’s critically acclaimed novel is set in Mumbai red light area. After nearly two decades sex-worker Laxmi is jaded and developed has a deep seeded loyalty towards Mhatre, the pimp, who takes care of all the girls on that street. When Mhatre brings a young and rebellious Putul to be taught the ropes, Laxmi realises things need changing. Together they get to be known as Tikli and Laxmi Bomb and start off this mini revolution in which they set up a system for women, run by women, in which the final customer is a man but the women run it the way they want and in almost total control.
The screening will be preceded by a drinks reception at 7.00pm and followed by a Q&A.
A spirited and vibrant film looking at Dame Vivienne Westwood: punk, icon, provocateur, and one of the most influential originators in recent history. This is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles - and her legacy.
The film explores her uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her activism and her cultural significance. Blending iconic archive and newly shot observational footage, this era-defining, intimate origins story will be told in Vivienne's own words, and through touching interviews with her inner circle of family, friends and collaborators.
Presented by The Photographers' Gallery
Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival and L.A. Outfest, Wild Side tells the story of Stéphanie, a transsexual prostitute, called back to her past life by her dying mother in deep rural France. She is joined by her makeshift family of lovers, Russian clandestine night-worker Mikhail and childlike hustler Jamel and once there begins to unravel some of the childhood events that have made her the person she is today.The frayed threads of this trio’s lives are spun into a non-linear tapestry that assesses their fractured senses of family, nationality, sexuality and gender.
Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, whose photography collection comprises the current exhibition Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross – Dressers.
Following the screening, Lifshitz is joined in conversation by journalist and writer Juliet Jacques.
Charlie Bucket dreams of winning a golden ticket to Wonka's Chocolate Factory. When his dreams come true, he and Grandpa Joe set off for an adventure like no other. A much loved musical family classic. .
The late 1960s appeared filled with revolutionary possibilities, but were they for women? Breaking through the myths and stories of sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, freedom and flower power, this event will offer a frank examination of the experience of creative women innovating and experimenting amidst the turbulent upheavals shaking London.
Live discussion with some of the key women who were there – including Julie Felix, Carol Grimes, Jenny Spires and Jill Drower – will be followed by a screening of the searing Dope (1968, 90 mins). This study of a woman who turns to heroin use was co-directed by American film-maker, Diane Rochlin (now Flame Schon), and shot in the haunts of Hippy London in 1967.
In association with CATH
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
“Director Ramsay's return seals her standing as one of our most fearless and forceful filmmakers, if not one as prolific as she deserves to be.” – LA Times