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*Film 1: Suddenly, Last Summer (15)

A brilliant brain surgeon's treatment of a young girl's neuroses uncovers a dark family history that her wealthy aunt wants to bury forever.Hepburn and Taylor both earned Academy Award nominations for this superb adaptation of Tennessee William’s play.

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Sunday 12 Aug 201814:30
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*Film 2: Citizen Kane (U)

The film that regularly tops the list of greatest films ever made. Orson Welles’ epic tale of the rise and fall of Charles Foster Kane, the publishing tycoon. Once seen, never forgotten.

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Sunday 26 Aug 201820:10
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*Film 2: The Third Man (PG)

Pulp novelist Holly Martins (Cotton) travels to a shadowy postwar Vienna only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime.

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Saturday 25 Aug 201816:3021:00
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A Wizard's Tale (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults.

Balloon kingdoms, dopey police dragons and happy wizards are exactly how Terry remembered his Grandmother's whacky fairy tales. Except they are real and it's definitely not as 'cheerful.'

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Saturday 11 Aug 201811:30
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Andre Rieu - Amore, My Tribute to Love

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.

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Saturday 28 Jul 201819:00
Sunday 29 Jul 201815:00
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Open City Documentary Festival

Opening Night Gala - UK Premiere

The opening night of the Open City Documentary festival presents Juliana Antunes’ astonishing debut Baronesa, following friends Andreia and Leid as they navigate the perilous reality of daily life in the favelas of Belo Horizonte. At first glance, their days seem calm and untroubled, but the threat of violence is never far away and Andreia dreams of moving to the safer neighbourhood of nearby Baronesa. Antunes spent five years in Belo Horizonte working with a non-professional cast to create a work of rare intimacy and authenticity which—despite its simple structure—emerges as a complex, multilayered and moving portrait of contemporary life in the favelas. Baronesa announces an exciting new voice in Brazilian cinema.

Please be advised that this film contains discussion of sexual assault which some viewers might find distressing.

In partnership with MUBI.

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Tuesday 4 Sep 201818:30
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Brave (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

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Saturday 4 Aug 201811:30
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Bull Durham (15)

As part of their mini-season Kevin Costner: King of America (also including A Perfect World at Prince Charles Cinema), Misc. Films and The Badlands Collective present a 30th anniversary screening of this modern classic involving a love triangle around the baseball diamond.

Costner plays minor-league catcher ‘Crash’ Davis, competing for the affection of poetry-loving spiritual seeker and muse Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), alongside hot-headed greenhorn pitcher ‘Nuke’ Laloosh (Tim Robbins).

This piece of summer twilight Americana is one of the sexiest, funniest, most poignant examples of modern American cinema.

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Tuesday 21 Aug 201819:30
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C'est La Vie

The dynamic duo behind the 2011 smash The Intouchables reunite for this new comedy in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party's cantankerous planner. A deliciously deadpan comic soufflé.

“A classically-constructed ensemble comedy which follows proudly in the footsteps of the greats” – Screen Daily

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Friday 31 Aug 201818:3020:50
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Chamisso's Shadow (1): Alaska and the Aleutian Islands

This is the first part of Ulrike Ottinger’s epic Chamisso’s Shadow, which will be showing in three chapters over the course of one weekend.

The film was inspired by the writings of Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 – 1838), a true renaissance man, a famed poet and botanist, who in 1815 joined the Russian ship Rurikfor an expedition to the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea. Ottinger uses the diaries of Chamisso, as well as those of Georg Wilhelm Steller and Captain James Cook to follow their journeys to ethnic groups living in the coastal areas of the Bering Sea.

This section is interspersed with passages from Peter Schlemihl’s Miraculous Story, a short story written by Chamisso, as well as by accounts, songs and stories of the people Ottinger encounters on her voyage.

The screening will be introduced by Helen de Witt.

Part 2.1

Part 2.2

Part 3

Tickets are £7 for each part, and will automatically discount to £20 total if you purchase all 4 parts together.

This screening has been organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving (BIMI), The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the Goethe-Institut and LUX. With support from the Open City Documentary Film Festival, and in association with the German Screen Studies Network

Helen de Witt is an independent lecturer and curator. She teaches at Birkbeck University of London, University of the Arts London, and the National Film and Television School. She is programme advisor for the BFI London Film Festival Experimenta section for international artists’ moving image. Previously Helen was Head of Cinemas at the BFI, and prior to that Festivals Producer for the BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare. Helen is also a director of The Service Co-op, an independent production company dedicated to making films about social justice, the arts and creative collaborations.  She has published on independent cinema and artists’ film.

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Friday 20 Jul 201819:00
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Chamisso's Shadow (2.1): Chukotka

In this second section (broken into 2 parts), Ottinger’s ongoing journey takes her to Chukotka located in the Far Eastern region of Russia. Ottinger establishes links to the ancient and recent histories of the surrounding islands, where the stories of characters as disparate as Roman Abramovich and Charles Cook are interlinked in the fabric of the islands’ memories.

A recurring motif within the film is the logbook, on which Ottinger says “The logbook of imagination that accompanied me on my journey and the logbook of reality that I encountered turn into a new creation: a spatial, poetic, and cinematic reality.” These new creations also allow for a temporal fluidity as demonstrated by this section’s engagement with the Yupik people. Known as Russia’s Eskimos from a small village called Novoye Chaplino, they perform dances taking inspiration from moments from their everyday life.

Part 1

Part 2.2

Part 3

Tickets are £7 for each part, and will automatically discount to £20 total if you purchase all 4 parts together.

This screening has been organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving (BIMI), The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the Goethe-Institut and LUX. With support from the Open City Documentary Film Festival, and in association with the German Screen Studies Network

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Saturday 21 Jul 201814:15
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Chamisso's Shadow (2.2): Chukotka and Wrangel Island

In this second section (broken into 2 parts), Ottinger’s ongoing journey takes her to Chukotka located in the Far Eastern region of Russia. Ottinger establishes links to the ancient and recent histories of the surrounding islands, where the stories of characters as disparate as Roman Abramovich and Charles Cook are interlinked in the fabric of the islands’ memories.

A recurring motif within the film is the logbook, on which Ottinger says “The logbook of imagination that accompanied me on my journey and the logbook of reality that I encountered turn into a new creation: a spatial, poetic, and cinematic reality.” These new creations also allow for a temporal fluidity as demonstrated by this section’s engagement with the Yupik people. Known as Russia’s Eskimos from a small village called Novoye Chaplino, they perform dances taking inspiration from moments from their everyday life.

Part 1

Part 2.1

Part 3

Tickets are £7 for each part, and will automatically discount to £20 total if you purchase all 4 parts together.

This screening has been organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving (BIMI), The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the Goethe-Institut and LUX. With support from the Open City Documentary Film Festival, and in association with the German Screen Studies Network

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Saturday 21 Jul 201819:00
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Chamisso's Shadow (3): Kamtchatka and Bering Island

The final section of Chamisso's Shadow leads us from Bering Island to the coast of Kamchatka. The journey is the same previously taken by the German botanist, zoologist, physician and explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller and along the route Ottinger films beautiful natural landscapes dominated by the Kronotsky Volcano.

This section of the film retains the previous chapters’ focus on a multiplicity of voices and perspectives an approach which Ottinger explains stating “On this trip, I collected everything I encountered that seemed noteworthy: pictures and original footage of people who still speak indigenous languages, songs, dances and nature.” The materials, stories and experiences gathered by Ottinger throughout her journey go to the very heart of the film allowing the filmmaker to present the multifaceted cultural, linguistic and geographic changes which occur over time.

The screening will be introduced by Jean McNeil.

Part 1

Part 2.1

Part 2.2

Tickets are £7 for each part, and will automatically discount to £20 total if you purchase all 4 parts together.

This screening has been organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving (BIMI), The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the Goethe-Institut and LUX. With support from the Open City Documentary Film Festival, and in association with the German Screen Studies Network.

Jean McNeil was writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey for a year in 2005-6, when she spent four and a half months in the Antarctic. She has  also worked with BAS as a writer in residence aboard a ship-bound expedition to Greenland, and has held residencies in the Falkland Islands and in the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic and has journeyed by polar icebreaker across the Atlantic twice. She has published four books on the polar regions, including Ice Diaries, a memoir/travel narrative that won the Grand Prize (and also the Adventure Travel category) at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada in 2016. She teaches at the University of East Anglia where she is Reader in Creative Writing.

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Sunday 22 Jul 201814:00
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Claire's Camera (15)

LKFF Teaser Screening

Acclaimed director Hong Sangsoo returns with another humour-inflected, conversation-led drama, this time moving from the bars of Seoul to the backstreets and beaches of Cannes Film Festival.

Claire’s Camera sees The Handmaiden star Kim Min-hee take the role of a film-sales assistant abruptly dismissed from her job, right in the middle of the festival. Having been given only the vaguest reason for dismissal by her boss - a supposed lack of ‘honesty’ - the young woman is left to ruminate on her situation within the film-focused atmosphere of the French town. Enter noted actress Isabelle Huppert (Elle), a holidaying music teacher with a wandering eye and an instant camera that will come to connect the dots between the wronged assistant, her former boss, and the film director at the heart of the friction.

The unique production of Claire’s Camera had shooting take place on location in Cannes just as the festival’s 2016 edition was beginning. Filmed around the hectic schedules of lead actresses Kim Min-hee and Isabelle Huppert, the actual marketing booth for Hong’s work was used for the set, lending a meta quality to this filmic project.

Hong, a firm favourite of Cannes, has been a regular attendee since 1998, having had multiple films in Competition and picking up the prestigious Un Certain Regard Prize for his 2010 entry Hahaha. He’s no stranger to the London Korean Film Festival either, with his last two films The Day After and Yourself and Yours playing as the Opening and Closing films in 2017 and 2016 respectively. There’s good reason why Hong is such a firm favourite with festivals and critics; whether familiar with his work or not, the languid pacing and breezy atmosphere of Claire’s Camera will prove as welcome relief to the bluster of the summer blockbuster season.

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Monday 23 Jul 201819:00
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Clean and Sober (15)

Presented on 35mm by The Celluloid Sorceress

Daryl Poynter (Michael Keaton) is a successful real estate agent, embezzler of $92,000 and cocaine addict. An investigation into Daryl’s life starts when his girlfriend dies of an overdose in his bed. Unable to leave the country Daryl, checks into a rehab centre to hide from the police behind the anonymity he is guaranteed.

A powerful drama about drug addiction and rehabilitation, Clean and Sober contains some of its impressive cast’s finest work. Morgan Freeman is Craig, Daryl’s guidance counsellor, M. Emmet Walsh is Richard, recovering addict and Daryl’s sponsor and Kathy Baker is Charlie, a fellow addict in an abusive relationship who Daryl becomes attached to.

Michael Keaton, known then strictly for comedies, was awarded the 1988 Best Actor prize by the National Society of Film Critics jointly for his work in Clean and Sober and Beetlejuice as a testament to an acting range that would not be fully appreciated for many years.

Clean and Sober only received a small cinema release in the UK a year after the success of Batman. The “full frame” VHS and DVD releases are long out of print.

The Celluloid Sorceress is thrilled to present Michael Keaton’s (joint) finest early performance from 35mm. Introduced by Rebecca Nicole Williams with a selection of vintage 35mm trailers before the feature.

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Tuesday 11 Dec 201819:30
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Dancing With Crime (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75

A London cab driver gets mixed up with a criminal gang and sets out to expose the group and its leader for what they are.

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Wednesday 15 Aug 201812:0015:30
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Down Argentine Way (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75

Young Ricardo Quintano voyages from Argentina to New York to sell some of his father's prize horses. Before leaving, Don Diego instructs his son that no steeds are to be sold to Binnie Crawford. Upon arriving in New York, Ricardo falls in love with Glenda Crawford, but when he learns that she is Binnie's niece, he refuses to sell her the horse she wants to buy. But has love made it too late?

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Wednesday 22 Aug 201812:0015:30
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Film 1: Before Stonewall (15)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

So much more than a brilliant documentary about LGBTQ+ life in the USA before the 1969 Stonewall riots, Greta Schiller’s perception-changing film places its audience in the presence of legends in their own lifetimes. From Queen of Lesbian Pulp Ann Bannon revealing Beebo Brinker’s secrets, to poet-activist Audre Lorde putting her finger on the essential moment the queer underground joined hands with the Civil Rights movement, the film travels from Harlem speakeasies to McCarthyism via Rosie the Riveter, showing a community and culture ready to explode by 1968.

Deploying a treasure trove of archive footage and historical songs laced with double entendres, this incredibly important documentary shows that we’ve always been here, been queer, and ready to riot.

“A landmark film about gay and lesbian rights --- an utterly fascinating slice of social history” - The Guardian

Accompanied by the short film She Wanted Green Lawns

Dir Sarah Turner | UK 1989 | 4 mins

Featuring the Carpenters song ‘Close To You’, this is an ode to love and fantasy. Filmed in a gay bar, the roving camera hesitates on a woman’s face, on some lilies, on small groups of people drinking and enjoying themselves and on the proverbial kiss between two women. As if on cue, ten lesbians gather in line at the bar and nonchalantly perform a synchronised dance. A sublime fantasy.

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Wednesday 15 Aug 201818:30
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Film 1: Daisies (15)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the '60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air. Daisies follows the misadventures of two young women both called Marie (played by Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová), who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast.

The film’s anarchic attitude saw it banned by the Czech authorities and it stayed under wraps for years. Some have called the film’s freewheeling rage against the world proto-riot grrrl, and the two Maries (defiantly unholy) are a total riot. If you haven’t caught up with this genuine feminist classic, see why it’s as thrilling now as it was 50 years ago.

The screening will be opened with an introduction by Mehelli Modi.

Accompanied by the short film Saute Ma Ville (Blow Up My Town)
Dir Chantal Akerman | Belgium 1968 | 13 mins

Made when she was just 18, Chantal Akerman dropped out of film school to make this disturbing look at the claustrophobia of the domestic. A caustic prelude to her masterpiece Jeanne Dielman.

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Wednesday 8 Aug 201818:30
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Film 1: Hereditary (15)

Smart, creepy, scary, Hereditary is one of the best horror films in recent years. Toni Collette wows as a woman trying to hold it together after the death of her difficult mother while struggling to connect with her two children.

"Collette's performance is staggering. She plays Annie as a woman who begins to wear her buried rage and guilt on the outside." - Variety

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Thursday 16 Aug 201818:30
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Film 1: Maeve (15)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

“Don’t tell me how I’m supposed to be!” Maeve’s sharp retort to her boyfriend still resonates. Influenced by Brecht and Godard, director Pat Murphy gleefully snaps up their tactics for feminism, in order to tell the story of a young woman returning to home to Belfast after years in London.

Lines such as “men’s relationship to women is just like England’s relationship to Ireland” offer a reminder that, in May 68 The Troubles started as part of a wave of global struggles against imperialism – including the rule of patriarchy. A cast member of Born in Flames who wrote her own speeches, Irish filmmaker Murphy made an equally explosive film in Maeve.

"one that comes close to home for UK audiences in the era of Brexit and #MeToo. Ireland’s first bona-fide feminist film” – Irish Times

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Wednesday 29 Aug 201818:30
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Film 1: That Summer (PG)

In footage shot before Grey Gardens came along, The Beales of Grey Gardens, Big Edie and Little Edie, take centre stage in That Summer. The film uncovers footage lost for decades shot by Andy Warhol, Peter Beard and the socialite sister of Jackie Onassis, Lee Radziwill, who formed a vibrant and profoundly influential creative community with the likes of Truman Capote and Mick Jagger in Montauk in the 1970s.

"Ineffably moving" - Sight & Sound's Film of the Month

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Monday 6 Aug 201818:30
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Film 1: The Eyes of Orson Welles

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.

Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

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Saturday 25 Aug 201814:0018:30
Sunday 26 Aug 201813:3017:50
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Film 1: The Girls (15)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

No less a luminary than Simone de Beauvoir called this ‘the best movie ever made by a woman’. Three female friends (played by Bergman regulars) tour a production of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata as the spirit of ’68 sweeps Sweden. Life imitates art (imitating life in Bergman’s rep company?) as the sex wars spill off the stage into confrontations with the audience – and husbands back home. Will the girls win this time?

Accompanied by the short film Hairpiece: A Film for Nappy Headed People Dir Ayoka Chenzira | USA 1982 | 10 mins Ayoka Chenzira’s gorgeous animation listens in on African-American women talking about the impossible ideals of hair care. Witty, satirical and still bitingly relevant.

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Wednesday 1 Aug 201818:30
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Film 1: The Seven Year Itch (PG)

When Richard Sherman's wife and child go away on a short break, he becomes more and more attracted to the girl who lives upstairs and imagines himself in several romantic situations with her, even though she is blissfully unaware of his desire. 

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Sunday 5 Aug 201817:30
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Film 1: The Stones In The Park

July 5th, 1969, two days after the tragic death of guitarist Brian Jones, when half a million people gathered in Hyde Park to pay homage to the pop group described as the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world, the Rolling Stones. The Stones In The Park is a vivid record of this momentous occasion.

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Monday 20 Aug 201819:00
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Film 2: A Place in the Sun (U)

The winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Director, this film is a powerful story about a working class man who falls for an upper class wealthy girl. Based on Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy. One of the great studio dramas of the period.

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Sunday 12 Aug 201817:00
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Film 2: A Place of Rage

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

Want an urgent history of African American women driving the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements that you can dance to? Featuring Prince and Janet Jackson as the spot-on soundtrack to interviews with Alice Walker and Angela Davis, A Place of Rage is our kind of revolution.

Pratibha Parmar weaves the story of the 1960s civil rights movement and 1980s LGBT rights movement together in a reminder that the struggle continues because of such leaders. June Jordan’s ‘Poem about Police Violence’ is just one of many moments that still hit home.

The film will have a special introduction from Nazmia Jamal

Accompanied by the short film Nice Colored Girls

Dir Tracey Moffatt | Australia 1987 | 16 mins

In an Australian city, two Aboriginal girls plan a night out on the town at the expense (in both senses) of a white ‘Captain’. Brilliantly intercutting their story is an account of first contact, as an English explorer ‘surveys’ young Aboriginal women. The modern-day girls skip away laughing at the end of Tracey Moffatt’s incendiary film, leaving us unsettled.

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Wednesday 15 Aug 201820:30
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Film 2: A Quiet Place (15)

Non-stop thriller-horror and a breakout hit for writer/director/star John Krasinski. Survivors a devastating attack live by one rule - stay silent to stay alive. For the Abbott parents (Krasinski and Emily Blunt) that means training up their 3 young children and preparing for the birth of a fourth.

"Krasinski has made one of the most poetic horror movies of recent years. Its sound design alone is glorious, locating the infinite gradations in that thing we so casually call silence." - TIME

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Thursday 16 Aug 201821:00
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Film 2: Ace in the Hole (PG)

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

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Sunday 5 Aug 201820:00
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Film 2: Carry Greenham Home (15)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

Throughout history women have mobilized their status as mothers, daughters and grandmothers to protest war and violence. 1968 marked the year global alliances were formed between feminism and the peace and anti-Vietnam movements. Fly forward to the UK 1981, from the first arrivals Women for Life on Earth to the thirty thousand women who formed a human chain to Aldermaston in 1983, the Greenham Common Peace Camp was a shining example of non-violent feminist action, changing both lives and laws.

“The women of Greenham Common taught a generation how to protest,” noted Beeban Kidron, who made her first film living on-site with co-director Amanda Richardson. Shot on video, the film’s depiction of the courage, creativity and humour of the Greenham women contrasted greatly at the time with mainstream media portraits.

“It is moving to witness the bleak conditions in which the women continue their fight, and solidarity has a way of making you want to participate in its victories.” – Time Out

Accompanied by the short film A Question of Choice

Dir. Sheffield Film Co-op |UK 1982 | 18mins

Workers’ rights were at the heart of the ’68 protests, but where was the conversation about women and work? This film explores the lack of job prospects for Sheffield women with families to support. The women speak for themselves.

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Wednesday 29 Aug 201820:50
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Film 2: Grey Gardens (PG)

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.

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Monday 6 Aug 201820:15
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Film 2: Monterey Pop

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding,

With his characteristic verite style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend:

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Monday 20 Aug 201820:30
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Film 2: One Sings, The Other Doesn't (12)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

When Agnès Varda made One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, her folk-pop abortion musical, in 1977, abortion was only two years legal in France – thanks to the Veil law, for which Varda herself had taken to the streets. Charting the personal and political (and fashion) changes in two French women’s lives from the early 1960s to the mid-70s, One Sings is a joyous feminist anthem for the right to choose in all things, embroidered smocks included. Pauline sings, travelling the country to perform feminist songs, while Suzanne (who doesn’t sing), her childhood friend – whom Pauline helped fund an illegal abortion – runs a women’s health clinic. Even rarer than a film that demystifies activism, abortion, and breastfeeding is one where a constant female friendship, tender and intelligent, braids the narrative beautifully together.

“One of the most appealing films by a French director whose best work has always found a balance between the heart and the mind” –Roger Ebert

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Wednesday 1 Aug 201820:45
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Film 2: Riddles of the Sphinx (U)

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68

Neon acrobats. Gertrude Stein. Union politics and the question of childcare. Legendary feminist art and electronic music. The first on-screen mixed-race lesbian relationship. A brilliant lecture by Laura Mulvey. Riddles of the Sphinx is the film that has, and gives, everything.

A riddle wrapped in an enigma embraced by layers of dreamy images, ideas and sound, Riddles is a love letter about being a mother and a daughter, and remains one of the most revolutionary representations of how women think, feel, act and desire ever to hit the screen.

“Mulvey’s visually astonishing and intellectually rich film is one of the key avant-garde works of the British experimental film scene of the 1960s and 70s” – BFI

Accompanied by the short film Tap and Touch Cinema (Tapp und Tastkino)

Dir VALIE EXPORT | Austria 1968 | 2 mins

Born of the ‘68 revolt against modern consumer and technical society, VALIE EXPORT’s notion of ‘expanded cinema’ is performed as a feminist killjoy who challenges the public to engage with real women instead of images on screen.

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Wednesday 8 Aug 201820:30
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Film 2: The Stranger (15)

Immediately following World War II, ex-Nazi Franz Kindler (Orson Welles) is living under a false identity as a teacher in a small Connecticut town, and has even married the headmaster's daughter (Loretta Young) as part of his cover. But when one of Kindler's old German associates (Konstantin Shayne) arrives unexpectedly in town, bringing in his wake a sly federal investigator (Edward G. Robinson), Kindler resorts to desperate measures to preserve his secret.

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Sunday 26 Aug 201815:50
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First Reformed (15)

From legendary writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Raging Bull) comes a gripping new film that ranks among his very best work. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish priest at a small church in upstate New York, which is on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Now more of a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, it has long been eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities.

When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, Toller is plunged into his own tormented past and finds himself questioning his own future and where redemption might lie. With the pressure on him beginning to grow, he must do everything he can to stop events spiraling out of control.

"First Reformed is a proper, intense film for substance-starved grown-ups" - Jonathan Dean, Sunday Times Culture

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Saturday 11 Aug 201814:0016:1518:3020:45
Sunday 12 Aug 201819:30
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Flame in the Streets (PG)

Set amidst the backdrop of working class London, John Mills stars as a craftsman, Jacko, working in a factory. A union member, he is considered by the multi-racial workforce to be their representative. Trouble arises when a Jamaican, Gabe, is nominated for a higher position within the factory.

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Sunday 19 Aug 201814:30
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Flight of a Bullet

Open City Documentary Festival

Beata Bubenec's single-take documentary opens on a blown-out bridge in Ukraine's heavily contested Donbass region. A local man—taking exception to being filmed—is bundled into a car by armed forces and driven off for interrogation. But despite the intensity of the action unfolding in front of the camera, attention and scrutiny quickly turns to goings-on behind the lens as Bubanec’s allegiances (and motivations) are called into question. As the tension of the exhilarating opening scene subsides, the film shifts into a fascinating and provocative study of how the violence of conflict permeates into the mundanity of the everyday.

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Thursday 6 Sep 201820:20
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Generation Wealth

The fruition of a 25-year documentary inquiry into what has been called “the influence of affluence”, a searing exploration of the aspiration for wealth. Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture.

Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed.

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Monday 13 Aug 201818:3020:40
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Hyphen: An Evening with NANG

Open City Documentary Festival

“Where are you from?”

“Right, but where are you really from?”

Hyphen is a programme featuring short films and video works from artists and filmmakers who voluntarily or involuntarily moved outside their country of origin. Presented as part of the London launch of the latest issue (Issue 4: In & Out) of NANG, a magazine on Asian cinema, this programme hopes to counter the narrative of hostile simplification that has embroiled the topic of migration in recent years by celebrating the diversity of voices and experiences that the hyphen brings. A panel discussion with artists and contributors will follow.

Co-presented with NANG and CREAM (University of Westminster)

Mouth to Mouth | 1975 | Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | 8’ |

Tell me the story Of all these things | 2017 | Rehana Zaman | 23’ |

Airliner | 2003 | Hiraki Sawa | 3’ |

Sugiharti Halim | 2008 | Ariani Darmawan | 10’ |

Destination Nowhere | 2018 | Prapat Jiwarangsan | 7’ |

Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle | 1992 | Alnoor Dewshi | 15’ |

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Wednesday 5 Sep 201818:30
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I Made This For You

A man who has cut himself off from his friends and family and has recently attempted suicide is surprised to find that people haven’t given up on him after all. His best friend comes looking for him with a gift, a documentary for one, a film made especially for him.

I Made This For You is a uniquely told tale of friendship and love wherein a man (played by Gary Grant) receives a documentary made about his life by his worried friend (played by writer and director Cristian Solimeno). The film within a film is uniquely framed and the hybrid format mixes reality with fiction.

"Knocks you sideways, opens your heart and leaves you thoroughly uplifted" - Brian Edwards, Beautiful Fraud

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Thursday 23 Aug 201819:30
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In The Dark & Radio Atlas Present: Words from Inside by René Far

Open City Documentary Festival

In The Dark & Radio Atlas Present: Words from Inside (St Maur Prison) by René Farabet

“What is listening? An intense and respectful way of coming close to the Other”. This event will remember the work of René Farabet (1934 - 2017), a master of the creative audio feature. Just over a year since his death we will celebrate his legacy and the inspiration it gave to many producers around the world with a chance to hear his award-winning documentary Paroles du Dedans (Central de St Maur) / Words from Inside (St Maur Prison). Subtitled especially for this event by Radio Atlas, Paroles du Dedans weaves together audio compositions created by the inmates of St Maur Prison with their reflections on sound and listening while serving long-term sentences.

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Thursday 6 Sep 201818:30
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In The Fade (18)

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat contemporary thriller exploring the lengths one woman would go to seek retribution after a brutal terrorist attack. Inspired by shocking real-life events, the film tells the story of Katja (Diane Kruger), whose life is torn apart when her husband and young son are suddenly killed in a bomb attack.

After a police investigation points to a pair of young neo-Nazis as the key suspects, but a lack of evidence fails to fully incriminate them, Katja is forced to take matters into her own hands and her hunt for justice begins to take increasingly dangerous and unexpected turns.

Winner of the Best Actress award at Cannes 2017, the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

“An edge-of-seat thriller... Kruger delivers a career-high performance” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

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Friday 17 Aug 201818:3020:45
Saturday 18 Aug 201820:30
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Julie - National Theatre (15)

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Please note that Julie will contain strobe lighting.

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Tuesday 2 Oct 201819:00
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King Lear - NT Live

National Theatre Live

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

"Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production." - ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph

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Thursday 27 Sep 201819:00
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Leave No Trace (PG)

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik who directed Winter’s Bone from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.

a story of deep emotional poignancy, with a grim political relevance. Tom and Will’s tragedy began in a conflict on foreign shores, but modern urban America offers no safe haven.

Sight and Sound

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Friday 10 Aug 201818:3020:40
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Marc Isaacs Presents: Wadi, 10 Years Later

Open City Documentary Festival

Peppered with unforgettable characters who wouldn’t feel out of place in a novel, Wadi, 10 Years Later—from Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai—is a deeply affecting piece of filmmaking offering an alternate perspective on Arab-Israeli relations. Focusing on the intimate lives of three couples over a decade, Gitai elegantly constructs an episodic tale of coexistence between Eastern European migrant camp survivors and Arabs expelled from their homes - all living together on the margins of Israeli society in a an isolated former stone quarry. An unforgettably humane and life affirming piece of work, Wadi deserves to be witnessed by a wider audience.

Filmmaker Marc Isaacs will present Wadi, 10 Years Later, followed by a discussion about the film.

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Wednesday 5 Sep 201820:30
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Mario is the star of the second team for a professional football club. Everyone is hungry for success, the chance to get called up and go pro is tantalisingly close. So when another striker, Leon, joins the team, Mario should see him as a rival – but instead they find themselves growing close. When their friendship spontaneously blossoms into something more they must keep it under wraps or see their life-long dreams torn to shreds.

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Thursday 2 Aug 201818:3020:50
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Mary Shelley (12A)

The film tells the story of 18 year –old  Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) - author of one of the world's most famous Gothic novels 'Frankenstein' - and her fiery, tempestuous relationship with renowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth.)

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Monday 30 Jul 201818:3020:50
Tuesday 31 Jul 201818:3020:50
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McQueen (15)

Mirroring the savage beauty, maverick originality and vivacity of his design, McQueen is an intimate revelation of Alexander [Lee] McQueen’s own personal and professional world, both tortured and inspired. It is a film which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence and shows his rags-to-riches story as a modern-day fairy tale laced with the gothic.

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Sunday 22 Jul 201819:30
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Moulin Rouge (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75

A fictionalized account of the latter part of the life of French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901) is presented, he who is arguably most renowned professionally for immortalizing the characters of the Paris can-can dance hall, the Moulin Rouge, on canvas. This phase of his story begins in 1890. Born into aristocracy, Toulouse-Lautrec moves to Paris to pursue his art as he hangs out at the Moulin Rouge where he feels like he fits in being a misfit among other misfits

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Wednesday 8 Aug 201812:0015:30
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Moving Parts: The Short Films of Bogdan Dziworski

Open City Documentary Festival

This curated programme celebrates the work of maverick Polish filmmaker Bogdan Dziworski whose surrealist, mostly wordless studies of movement, bodies, competition and performance are amongst the most original works of communist era Polish non-fiction filmmaking. A professionally trained photographer and cinematographer—famous for his work with both Pawel Pawlikowski and Grzegorz Królikiewicz—Dziworski also has a background in the visual arts. The innovative, experimental hybrid works presented here meets thrillingly at the intersection of all three disciplines.

A Few Stories About a Man I Bogdan Dziworski I Poland I 1983 I 20‘

The Cross and the Axe I Bogdan Dziworski I Poland I 1972 I 14’

Georg Philipp Telemann’s Travels from Żary to Pszczyna | Bogdan Dziworski I Poland I 1974 I 25'

Ski Scenes with Franz Klammer I Bogdan Dziworski I Poland I 1980 I 21'

Szapito I Bogdan Dziworski I Poland I 1984 I 29'

In partnership with London Short Film Festival

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Saturday 8 Sep 201817:45
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Pandora's Box (PG)

Renowned for its sensational storyline, sparkling Weimar-period setting and the legendary lead performance from its iconic star, this taboo-breaking, star-making classic returns to cinemas today.

New 2K DCP of the 2009 restoration of Munich Film Museum’s definitive cut, with score by Peer Raben


"Extravagantly sexual and mad" - The Guardian

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Sunday 5 Aug 201815:00
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Rasta Man Vibrations

A respected Doctor studying a very rare speech disorder is surprised by a series of patients in a week.

Cinematographer Mark Milsome

Music Composer Sacha Puttnam

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Saturday 28 Jul 201813:20
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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar®-winning film composer.

The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of life crisis leads to a resounding new masterpiece.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man. Some of his film score credits include Call Me By Your Name, The Revenant, The Last Emperor and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.

“Ryuichi is for me a poet and a painter” Alejandro Iñárritu in The New York Times

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Tuesday 7 Aug 201818:3020:35
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Sennan Asbestos Disaster

Open City Documentary Festival

UK Premiere

Kazuo Hara’s longitudinal latest film follows a group of factory workers battling—over a long, gruelling court case—against the Japanese government for compensation for deadly respiratory diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. Filmed over eight years in the small town of Sennan, long a centre for asbestos related industry in Japan, Hara documents the plight of the workers in heartbreaking detail as, with failing health, they take on the seemingly impenetrable bureaucratic machine that stands in their way. With his typically unflinching gaze, Hara creates a moving, masterful portrait of a vulnerable and marginalised community and their dogged fight for justice.

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Sunday 9 Sep 201812:30
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Show Dogs (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults.

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

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Saturday 21 Jul 201811:30
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Sicilian Ghost Story

Presented by CinemaItaliaUK

At the age 13, Joseph disappears, apparently into the deep Sicilian forest. His smitten classmate ventures after him without telling anyone, and unaware of just how deep the mystery behind his disappearance goes.

“If Grassadonia and Piazza had simply retold the story, it would have been gripping enough, but they deepen the intensity and widen the meaning by letting the tale unfold in a strange filmic space between cruel reality and ghostly fantasy.” – Hollywood Reporter

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Friday 27 Jul 201819:30
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Summer 1993

In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida. – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy.

Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

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Friday 3 Aug 201818:3020:30
Saturday 4 Aug 201814:0016:0018:0020:00
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The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople

Heavenly Films presents the first London screening in almost ten years of 'The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople’ a feature length documentary that tells the story of one of the UK’s greatest and most cherished bands – glam rock ‘n’ rollers Mott The Hoople.

Storming out of Hereford in the late Sixties, and Svengali’d by legendary producer & tastemaker Guy Stevens, Mott’s raucous live shows saw them become one of the most popular bands in the country. A failure to translate that popularity into substantial record sales leaves their label and the band themselves frustrated. Following an especially demoralising gig in Zurich in 1972 they decide to split up.

Enter rising star David Bowie, who insists they don’t break up, and offers them 'All the Young Dudes', which Mott make their own and turn into an undeniable classic. It’s a worldwide smash that makes their dreams come true, and Mott - clad in silver, leather and comically high heels, ride the glam-rock wave to the very top, which is where the trouble begins.

Containing stunning archive and insightful interviews with band members Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin, Ariel Bender, Morgan Fisher and numerous other associates and witnesses, including Mick Jones of the Clash, Mott fanclub president Kris Needs and Queen’s Roger Taylor among others, The Ballad of Mott the Hoople lovingly documents the rise, fall, rise and eventual disintegration of one of the era’s iconic bands.

This is the first London screening since the film premiered at the London Film Festival in 2010 and we will present the full 100 minute edit.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with director Mike Kerry and producer Chris Hall hosted by Travis Elborough.

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Tuesday 24 Jul 201819:30
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The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life

Open City Documentary Festival

UK Premiere

Zita Erffa and her brother László were always close, so when László announced he was moving to a monastery in Connecticut, Zita was shocked and confused. This choice meant that the siblings would only be allowed to see each other once a year, corresponding otherwise only through letters. Eight years on, Zita secures permission to spend two weeks filming her brother inside the monastery and finally confront him about his decision. A fascinating insight into the ultra-conservative Catholic brotherhood of the Legionaries, The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life is a cathartic, intimate study of family bonds and religious devotion.

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Saturday 8 Sep 201820:30
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The Court Jester (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

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Wednesday 1 Aug 201812:0015:30
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The Delinquent Season (15)

Two couples (played by Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy, Eva Birthistle and Catherine Walker) appear to live in marital bliss until cracks begin to appear in both seemingly steady marriages. The film asks the question 'How well do any of us really know each other' and explores the ideas of love, lust, and family relationships.

Actor Andrew Scott will attend for a Q&A after the screening

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Thursday 26 Jul 201819:30
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The Hungry

Based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, The Hungry follows Tulsi (Tisca Chopra), who is set to wed Sunny (Arjun Gupta), the son of a ruthless corporate tycoon named Tathagat Ahuja (brilliantly played by legendary Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah). At a New Year's Eve party he is hosting, Ahuja recruits Tulsi's promising younger son, Ankur, to participate in a business deal. During the meeting Ankur makes a grave mistake, the deal is spoiled, and he is killed. This event sets off a flurry of violence and murder, much of it initiated by Tulsi, seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her son.

As her wedding approaches, Tulsi must decide how much more she is willing to lose in order to see her plans through to the very end. Chatterjee's daring adaptation flips the switch on Shakespeare's Tamora by turning an arch-villain into the heroine, an inversion that prompts a critical review of our own appetite for power.

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Thursday 9 Aug 201819:30
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The Incredibles (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults.

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

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Saturday 18 Aug 201811:30
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The Madness of George III - NT Live

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey).

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Monday 17 Dec 201819:00
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The Muppets Take Manhattan (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for adults.

Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

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Saturday 28 Jul 201811:30
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The Nun (12A)

One of the most breath-taking and emotional works of French cinema, Jacques Rivette’s exquisite 1966 drama The Nun appears now in a glorious new 4K digital restoration.

Nouvelle Vague icon Anna Karina stars as Suzanne, a young woman forced against her will to take vows as a nun, in a film that was highly controversial at the time of its initial release in France due to its portrayal of life within the church. Based on the book of the same name by Denis Diderot and following on from an earlier stage adaptation produced by Jean-Luc Godard which also starred Karina to great acclaim, The Nun was a work that took Rivette many years to realise.

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Sunday 19 Aug 201816:3019:30
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The Piano (15)

Ada McGrath (Hunter) a mute Scotswoman and talented pianist arrives with her strongwilled young daughter Flora (Paquin) in a newly colonised Victoria –era New Zealand. She is to marry frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) but she takes a disliking to him after she sells her piano to his overseer George Baines (Keitel)  

Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for piano lessons which become a series of erotically charged sexual encounters…

New digital restoration to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.

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Wednesday 25 Jul 201820:45
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The Receptionist

Unable to find a job, Tina, a Taiwanese recent graduate living in London, starts working in an illegal massage parlour as a receptionist. As she gradually comes to know the women in this most dysfunctional of artificial families, where sex lies at the core of everything, she sees how they struggle to find a way to make their lives work, with an undercurrent of violence and danger always lurking.

Followed by a Q&A

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Tuesday 14 Aug 201819:30
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The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75

In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms them all, especially the handsome young head of the company. Their romance gets sidetracked when she becomes involved in the Women's Suffrage movement.

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Wednesday 25 Jul 201812:0015:30
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The Swing

Open City Documentary Festival

Closing Gala - UK Premiere

An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy; and the unattended costs of their falsehood. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi have lost their most beloved daughter; but no one has dared to tell the bedridden nonagenarian Antoine, lest his heart crack. A simple solution, though everyone else in this densely interconnected family has then to live the same lie, giving no expression to their grief. A deeply affecting, beautifully shot cinematic novella; like all the best stories The Swing is a simple tale, but one that never short-changes its viewers.

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Sunday 9 Sep 201818:00
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The True Cost

Celebrating London Fashion Week 2018

The Circle & UKAFF present

The True Cost

Who pays the price for our clothing?

‘An eye-opening journey into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes’

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Evening Programme

6:00pm - Doors Open

6.25 pm - Introduction

6.30 pm - Film Screening

8:00 pm - Panel Discussion

8.30 pm - Reception: wine & canapes


Livia Firth – Executive Producer (TBC)

Lucy Siegle – Producer

Jessica Simor - QC  

All proceeds from this screening will go to support The Circle project "A Living Wage"

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Friday 14 Sep 201818:30
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The Wizard of Oz (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets from £1.75

After being swept up by a tornado, Dorothy Gale lands in the magical city of Oz. Together with new friends she meets along the way, she must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz who can help her home. 

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Saturday 25 Aug 201811:30
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The Work (15)

Psychology at the Movies

in association with


presents The Work

Followed by an audience Q&A with Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham & Guests.

Poetry from Broken Pen & Just-Ori.

DJ set by Mr Furious

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, the award-winning documentary follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.

The film sets the scene for a BMT experience that weaves together poetry, music and discussion to explore the themes of redemption, toxic masculinity and the power of vulnerability, through the lens of the black male experience. Join us for an electric evening as we plumb the depths. Following hot on the heels from our last sold out show; this is one not to be missed.


7.00pm – 7.30pm: Music & BMT Social in bar

7.30pm – 9.30pm: Performances & The Work screening

9.30pm – 10.15pm: Panel Discussion / Q&A

10.15pm – 11.00pm: BMT Social & Close

What the critics have to say about The Work

“Will break the hardest of hearts” – ★★★★★ Total Film

‘Intensely emotional… like eavesdropping on a confessional’ – Screen International

“It’s a damn privilege to watch this movie.” – Little White Lies

About BMT

BMT (Black Man‘s Time) is an immersive live experience that celebrates the ‘awesome everyday’ stories of black men. Past events have featured luminaries such as Doc Brown, Chris Preddie OBE and Justin Marosa.

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Thursday 19 Jul 201819:30
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Three Coins in the Fountain (U)

Matinee Classics - Tickets available from £1.75

Three American women working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance.

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Wednesday 29 Aug 201812:0015:30
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Tomorrow's Thoughts Today: Hello, City!

Open City Documentary Festival

Live AV Performance

Digital technologies are radically reshaping our perception and occupation of cities. Join speculative architect Liam Young and an all-seeing smart city operating system as they take a tour in a driverless taxi through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches, and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. The talk will be an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined - stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions.

The performance will be preceded by a programme of short films:

Transitions | Aurèle Ferrier | 2017 | Switzerland | 13’

View From Above | Hiwa K | 2018 | Germany | 13’

The Hymns of Muscovy | Dimitri Venkov | 2018 | Russia | 14’

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Friday 7 Sep 201819:30
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Tracking Edith (PG)

Edith Tudor-Hart was one of the few female photographers working in the 1930s, taking photos of Vienna’s and London’s workers and street children. She was also a Soviet agent, the architect of the Cambridge Five and Kim Philby's recruiter. Tracking Edith is directed by Edith’s grand-nephew, a film about a renowned photographer, about a spy with a conscience and hidden secrets in a family.

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Tuesday 28 Aug 201818:30
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Under the Tree (15)

A pitch-black dramedy where distrust and petty conflicts boil over into violent acts of extremism. This dark surburban satire tells the story of a man sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding a tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck.

"Memorably mordant… Savage black comedy passes almost imperceptibly into stunned, visceral tragedy" - Guy Lodge, Variety

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Wednesday 22 Aug 201818:3020:20
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Whitney (15)

An intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston's life. Using never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and original interviews with the people who knew her best, Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald unravels the mystery behind "The Voice," who thrilled millions even as she struggled to make peace with her own troubled past. MacDonald puts his participants at ease allowing them to reveal more.

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Saturday 28 Jul 201814:0016:30
Sunday 29 Jul 201812:3018:0020:30