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Amazing Grace

The documentary chronicles the never-seen-before live recording of Franklin’s album (of the same name) by Academy Award winning director, Sydney Pollack in 1972. Amazing Grace became the bestselling gospel album of all time and features what many consider to be Franklin’s greatest performance. It’s taken 46 years to restore the footage (thanks to Pollack and new director, Alan Elliot) in order to provide audiences with the utmost experience and quality. Shot at the New Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles when Aretha Franklin was 29 and at the peak of her powers.

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Saturday 22 Jun 201914:0016:0018:0020:00
Sunday 23 Jun 201918:1520:10
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Apollo 11

A cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 70mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon.


"one of the most astounding films about space ever made" - The Guardian

★★★★★

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Friday 26 Jul 201918:3020:30
Saturday 27 Jul 201914:3016:3018:3020:30
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Backtrack Boys (15)

London Australian Film Festival

London Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival presents the London premiere of Backtrack Boys, an inspiring and life-affirming documentary about wayward youth, the power of redemption and some amazing dogs.


An uplifting story like no other. A group of boys, lost within a world that doesn’t care, are on a perilous course towards jail until they are taken under the wing of the soft talking, and highly insightful “jackaroo” farmer, Bernie Shakeshaft, who transforms their lives through learning to train the dogs of his prize-winning jumping team.


Filmed over two years, this observational documentary focuses on three boys at different stages of the programme. Bonds are developed and healing begins, but the risk of falling back into old habits is never far away.


This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, alongside the dogs that help tame their wild ways.


Roundly praised as one of the finest Australian documentaries of the past year, director Catherine Scott has woven a sensitive, deeply humanist narrative about connection, rehabilitation, and hope.


"an immensely powerful film…one of the finest documentaries of 2018...one of the best Australian films of the year " – The Curb


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

Never heard of dog jumping – neither had we and, wow, are we now happy we have! This film will make you want to shout encouragement at the screen & your heart will sing with joy.

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Sunday 30 Jun 201914:00
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Beats (18)

1994. Best mates Johnno and Spanner share a deep bond, forged through childhood. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in opposite directions. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country. In pursuit of adventure and escape, the boys head out on one last night together that will change them forever.


"a rollicking buddy movie, both funny and stomach-churning as it follows two gawky 15-year-old lads seeking a debauched sendoff to childhood." - Variety

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Friday 14 Jun 201918:3020:40
Saturday 15 Jun 201914:0016:1518:3020:40
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Black Orpheus (PG)

Soul Jazz Records Cinema Club

Simply one of the best films ever about Brazil with the best music ever! A fantastic film based on the play by Brazilian poet, diplomat, singer Vinicius de Moraes is a modern (in 1959) reinterpretation of the myth Orpheus which simultaneously celebrates the beauty, music and people of Brazil. The music for the film created by Moraes, Antonio Tom Jobim and Luis Bonfa signifies the birth of Bossa Nova with some of the most beautiful songs ever heard. Orpheus is a streetcar conductor and Carnival dancer betrothed to the determined Mira but in love with Eurydice. As Mira and Death himself pursue the doomed Orpheus and his lover through the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Carnival literally brings the streets to life.

Here you will hear samaba, batucada, witness authentic Candomble religious ceremonies, the beauty of Brazil and more in this incredible tale set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Black Orpheus won the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.

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Thursday 13 Jun 201919:30
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Brigadoon (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s

Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

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Wednesday 29 May 201912:0015:30
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Carmen Jones (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s

Preminger’s wartime update of Bizet’s opera Carmen is headed by Dorothy Dandridge, whose vibrant performance resulted in the first Oscar® nomination for an African- American actress in a leading role. She stars as the eponymous, smouldering temptress who lures handsome GI Joe (Calypso star Harry Belafonte) away from his sweetheart Cindy Lou (Olga James).

Updating the opera to World War II setting, Preminger took a major risk in shepherding this film into high-gloss CinemaScope production. But the risk paid off, with a star-making role for Dandridge, and becoming a hit on release. Relive the many classic numbers and marvel at how opera and simmering sexuality meld on screen.

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Wednesday 26 Jun 201912:0015:30
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London Korean Film Festival - Teaser Screening


Recent years have witnessed a boom in political dramas in Korea, with hits such as A Taxi Driver (2017) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) bringing in audiences in their millions. The second teaser in our showcase, based on the true events of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, adds the dimension of a fast-paced financial thriller to this popular genre. Default is an affecting film that considers the human impact of the crisis alongside acerbic commentary.


The crisis occurred when large companies, aspiring to compete globally, began to take out massive loans for expansion projects. When these investments failed to achieve returns, a domino effect began that would result in nationwide debt and the impending crash of the economy...  


Set in the run-up to the nation’s so-called “Day of Humiliation” where negotiations for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were concluded, Default follows three interwoven character arcs: a senior financial analyst at the Bank of Korea (Kim Hye-soo, Coin Locker Girl) struggling to do right amongst her negligent colleagues; a factory owner (Huh Joon-ho, The Merciless) swept into crisis when his main client falls into bankruptcy; and an opportunist (Yoo Ah-in, Burning) looking to profit from the nationwide catastrophe. Accompanying this impressive ensemble is international star Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) as the unyielding managing director of IMF.


Default is the ambitious second title from promising director Choi Kook-hee, who won Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival in 2017 with Split. Not only does it conjure gripping blockbuster entertainment from this dark period still fresh in the Korean consciousness but also, in a masterful move not unlike Adam McKay’s hit The Big Short, it offers insight into the economic intricacies of a disastrous event that would come to shape the course of Korean history.


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Monday 20 May 201919:00
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Dragon Ball - Super Broly (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults


Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter

they've faced before. Dubbed in English.

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Saturday 25 May 201911:30
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Erskineville Kings (15)

London Australian Film Festival

20th Anniversary Screening


The London Australian Film Festival is thrilled to present the twentieth anniversary screening of Erskineville Kings. Long before Wolverine and The Greatest Showman, a charismatic young actor named Hugh Jackman burst onto Australian screens in this brilliant low-budget ensemble drama set in Sydney’s rough “inner-west” suburbs.


Sparks fly when Barky (Martin Dennis) returns home for his father’s funeral, and a reunion with his estranged brother Wace (Jackman). Old wounds are reopened and home truths emerge, as Barky and Wace do battle over their chequered past, and the legacies of their abusive single father.


Don’t miss this extremely rare chance to catch the film on the big screen as it celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a new digital print specially created for this screening.


“Gritty urban drama…extremely fine camerawork and strong ensemble performances” – David Stratton (Variety)


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

One of those brilliant lost gems of the Australian film canon – we're so happy to be able to dust it off and give it the spotlight it deserves.


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Sunday 30 Jun 201917:00
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (15)

Ted: handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz: a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out. That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged.


"Zac Efron is startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed and eerily right" - Variety

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Thursday 30 May 201918:3020:45
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Film 1: A Kiss Before Dying (12)

An adaptation of Ira Lewin’s dark tale of the same name. A social climber kills his wealthy girlfriend in an apparent suicide when her pregnancy threatens his acceptance into her wealthy family. Her sister however is not convinced.

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Sunday 23 Jun 201914:00
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Film 1: Halston

From Iowa to Studio 54 to Wall Street, Halston lived an American dream. Prodigiously talented, he reigned over fashion in the 1970s, becoming a household name. But everything changes in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston takes the biggest gamble of his life.


Halston captures the epic sweep of the life and times of legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who wanted to "dress all of America". Acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (Dior & I) expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston's friends, family and collaborators including Liza Minnelli.  


"A roller coaster of fabulousness and folly " - Hollywood Reporter

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Tuesday 9 Jul 201918:30
Wednesday 10 Jul 201918:30
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Film 1: Shoplifters (15)

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning film from visionary director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, After the Storm) is a critically-acclaimed portrait of a family in Japan.


After another successful shoplifting spree, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and invite her home with them. Osamu's wife Nobuyo reluctantly agrees to shelter her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, relying on petty crime alongside their part-time jobs and inadequate incomes, they seem to live happily together - until an unforeseen incident upsets the delicate balance the family have created, revealing long-buried secrets... With universal themes of family and belonging, Shoplifters is a poignant drama and a complicated love letter to family, exploring the bonds that unite them.

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Monday 3 Jun 201918:30
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Film 1: The Last Detail (18)

Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. Noted for Jack Nicholson’s knock out performance.

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Sunday 19 May 201918:00
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Film 2: Coming Home (18)

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance, but when her husband, Bob (Bruce Dern), returns unexpectedly, she must decide between staying with him and pursuing her new love.

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Sunday 19 May 201920:10
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Film 2: Maborosi (12A)

Largely unseen in the UK, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Maborosi is a beautifully filmed, exquisite meditation on loss, loneliness, uncertainty, and coming to terms with the past. A young woman, Yumiko, becomes troubled by the notion that she brings death to people close to her. She still dreams of her grandmother who she lost when she was 12. Now married with a young son, she and her husband Iku appear to be happy together, but Yumiko’s life is abruptly changed by her husband’s sudden death – and was it an accident or suicide?

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Monday 3 Jun 201920:55
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Film 2: Studio 54

1970s New York. One nightclub defines an era and a generation. For the first time, one of the people behind the infamous Studio 54 tells the in-depth story of how the world's greatest nightclub was created.


Studio 54 was the epicenter of ‘70s hedonism - a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

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Tuesday 9 Jul 201920:55
Wednesday 10 Jul 201920:55
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Film 2: The Harder They Fall (12)

An unemployed reporter promotes a fighter for syndicate, and through devious means gets him a title bout. The reporter, feeling remorse, does an exposé on fight racket. One of the most scathing indictments of professional boxing ever committed to film, based on the novel by Budd Schulberg.

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Sunday 23 Jun 201916:00
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Film Quiz (PG)

Join us for our film quiz, taking place in the cinema bar, running from 7pm-9pm (approx).


Tickets are £3 per person, cash collected on the night, with a maximum of 4 to a team.

Reserve your place by booking one of these 'free' tickets


An array of prizes will be on offer.

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Monday 3 Jun 201919:00
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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. The documentary, Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.


Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.


Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.


Hosted by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

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Tuesday 18 Jun 201919:30
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Frenzy (18)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s


The neck-tie murderer is on the loose and his body count is racking up. Set in London's Covent Garden this thriller from Alfred Hitchcock is full of mystery, mayhem and some very questionable home cooking. Hitchcock's penultimate film as director. 

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Wednesday 5 Jun 201912:0015:30
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Ghosthunter (15)

London Australian Film Festival

London Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival presents the London premiere of Ghosthunter, a remarkable documentary about one man’s struggle to come to terms with his past.


Shot over seven years, the film follows Jason King, a part-time ghostbuster desperately searching for answers about a childhood lost in a haze of half-memories.

What begins as a light-hearted portrait of a man helping others to banish bad spirits from their homes, soon unravels into a real-life horror story, as Jason is forced to confront his own ghosts, both past and present.


Documentarian Ben Lawrence has landed on something special for his feature debut, crafting a haunting and heart-breaking film with more twists and turns than a Hollywood blockbuster, and proving yet again that truth really is stranger than fiction.


"Ben Lawrence’s debut documentary is simply remarkable...a breathtaking achievement."

- Paul Byrnes (Sydney Morning Herald)


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

One of the best documentaries we’ve watched for years. So very surprising, moving and a must watch.


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Friday 28 Jun 201921:00
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Gigi (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s

Leslie Caron plays Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of wealthy young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character.

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Wednesday 12 Jun 201912:0015:30
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Gloria Bell (15)

Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family.


"One of the great female-led films of the 21st century." - Variety

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Friday 19 Jul 201918:3020:40
Saturday 20 Jul 201914:0016:1018:2020:30
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Go Back and Get it: Seeking Sankofa

Presented by CREAM Screen


In the Akan language of Ghana the word Sankofa acts as an everyday instruction to 'go back and get it', when something has been forgotten and left behind. But it is also a powerful word to trigger memories, both personal and collective, where the past can be found in the present. It has found many interpretations in film, literature, art and song, such as LA Rebellion film-maker Haile Gerima's 1993 film Sankofa. The Creating Interference network, in association with CREAM, explores the resonances of this potent word in a programme of contemporary and archival film and video works. Led by the artist Barby Asante and film-maker, curator and DJ Rabz Lansiquot, this evening of films and discussion rethinks Sankofa as a social, collaborative, transformative process of interruption and disruption.


The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is recognised as the UK's leading centre for research in visual and media arts, design and music. We are based in the University of Westminster’s College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries.

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Friday 28 Jun 201918:30
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Goldblatt (PG)

Presented by The Photographers' Gallery


On the eve of the first anniversary since his passing, join us to commemorate South Africa’s foremost photographer David Goldblatt, with a rare screening of this first feature-length documentary of his extraordinarily prolific life and career.


South Africa through the eyes of David Goldblatt is an achingly beautiful place. From his early photographs of Apartheid South Africa to the removal of Rhodes’ statue from UCT, he has chronicled the country as faithfully as this film chronicles his life. In director Daniel Zimbler’s decade-spanning narrative, Goldblatt’s images are explored not just as a way to discuss the photographer’s personal life, but also to re-investigate the layered histories he captured.


Including interviews with Nadine Gordimer, Zanele Muholi and William Kentridge, Goldblatt is a meditation on identity, place and longing, offering an intimate portrait of both man and country. The screening is introduced by author and curator Mark Haworth-Booth, who also features.


Produced in association with Goodman Gallery, A4 Arts Foundation and Studio Merge, Goldblatt premiered at Encounters and Durban International Film Festival, and was nominated in the Best Documentary and Best Directing categories at the 2019 SAFTAs.

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Monday 24 Jun 201919:00
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High Life (18)

Monte (a quietly wonderful Robert Pattinson) is one of a group of prisoners who volunteer for a long-term space mission. Subject to experiments in human reproduction by a doctor with secrets of her own, the ship is a fraught environment. Claire Denis’ take on the science-fiction genre is both earthy and haunting, melancholic and hopeful, brutal and beautiful.


“This is a twisted, beautiful take on space travel and human failure. See it on the biggest screen possible, take some time to think about it, and then go and watch it again.” – Little White Lies

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Saturday 8 Jun 201913:3015:5018:1020:25
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Il Flauto Magico di Piazza Vittorio (15)

CinemaItaliaUK


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart'sThe Magic Flute is re-adapted in a feast of world-music influences by the multi-ethnic Piazza Vittorio Orchestra. Prince Tamino's quest to set his love, the beautiful Tamina, free from the charms of the maleficent wizard Sarastro is sung and performed through sounds coming from Africa, Asia and South America in a magnificent mix of fascinating imagery and immortal music.


After the successful screening of "La stoffa dei sogni" in 2017, Gianfranco Cabiddu returns for a special Q&A following the screening which will close CinemaItaliaUK's season.



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Tuesday 25 Jun 201919:30
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Indian Horse

Border Crossings' ORIGINS Festival

English Premiere


An adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s boarding schools or Indigenous Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of aboriginal people.

In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite winter pastime -- hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. He seems to see the game in a way no other player can.


Followed by a Q&A with LeAndra Nephew (Omaha) and Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Sioux)

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Thursday 20 Jun 201919:30
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Live and Let Die (PG)

James Bond Sundays

Followed by a Q&A with Madeline Smith


James Bond is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organisation and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.


Q&A with Madeline Smith, hosted by Robin Osmani.


Signing from 1.30pm.

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Sunday 19 May 201915:00
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Locusts (15)

London Australian Film Festival

European Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival presents the European premiere of Locusts, a taut outback thriller written and produced by Angus Watts, and directed by Heath Davis.


The familiar tale of a small-town homecoming is turned on its head when tech entrepreneur Ryan (Ben Geurens, Home and Away) returns from the city for his father’s funeral, and a long overdue reunion with his estranged brother.


But just when he thinks that all the skeletons of his past are finally buried, he finds himself the target of a gang of violent locals bent on extracting the money owed to them by his dead father.


Shot on location around Broken Hill in western New South Wales, Locusts hits the screen running with sweeping vistas and a cracking Australian soundtrack – a crime thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from the very start!


“ ...a tense, twisty, stylish noir featuring an A-list ensemble of Australian character actors at the top of their game....”

(Film Ink)


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

If you loved Mystery Road or Jane Harper’s novel The Dry, this is the film for you. Fast and very furious!


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Saturday 29 Jun 201920:00
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London Double Bill (15)

Presented by Heavenly Films


Followed by a Q&A with the directors and members of Saint Etienne


Heavenly Films and BBC Arena team up to bring you two outstanding documentaries about London. This program is a special Save The Social event and all proceeds will go towards The Social, Little Portland Street which has recently been under threat of closure due to rent hikes and developers.


Old Kent Road (1985)

directed by Mary Dickinson for BBC Arena.


Notorious as the cheapest square on the Monopoly board, the Old Kent Road can be traced back to Roman times when it formed part of Watling Street, which led from Dover to Londinium. In the middle ages it became a route of religious pilgrimage for those journeying to Canterbury to visit the tomb of the martyred Thomas Becket. Mary Dickinson’s classic study of this historic thoroughfare was shot for the BBC Arena series in 1985, and provides a charming portrait of a lost world of eccentric South London characters and their emporia, many then on the brink of being edged out by drive-in fast food joints and Thatcherite redevelopment schemes.


The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Mary Dickinson hosted by Travis Elborough.



Finisterre (2003)

directed by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans with a soundtrack by Saint Etienne.


Mapping a lived-in London of timeworn shops and cafés, derelict housing estates and long-since gentrified neighbourhoods, Finisterre, the first of much loved electro-pop trio Saint Etienne’s feature length collaborations with the acclaimed filmmaker Paul Kelly, offers a pitch-perfect homage to a city and its inhabitants.  


The film will be preceded by a Q&A with directors Kieran Evans and Paul Kelly plus Saint Etienne members Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell.


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Wednesday 29 May 201919:30
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Lucania (15)

CinemaItaliaUK


An ancient dying land is brought back to life by the primal force of a young mute girl, who witnesses the fatal clash between her farmer father and those who want to poison his fields. A magic journey of redemption.


Winner of Best Foreign Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing at Worldfest Houston 2019.


The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Gigi Roccati.

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Tuesday 21 May 201919:30
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My Brilliant Career (U)

London Australian Film Festival

40th Anniversary Screening


The London Australian Film Festival are proud to present a special 40th anniversary screening of Gillian Armstrong’s (Oscar & Lucinda) masterful feature debut, which has been stunningly restored by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive.


A free-spirited young woman growing up in late 19th century Australia, Sybylla (Judy Davis, Passage to India, The Dressmaker) is determined to be a writer, and dreams of a life beyond her family’s quiet country farm.

Sent to board with her grandmother and learn proper manners and behaviour, she finds herself falling for well-to-do childhood friend Harry Beecham (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park). Resisting both his charm and various efforts to force her into conforming to gender expectations, Sybylla is determined to ignore her heart & stay on her own path.

 

Produced by Margaret Fink and adapted for the screen by Eleanor Witcombe (from Miles Franklin's classic semi-autobiographical novel), and providing breakthrough roles for Davis and Neill, this landmark of Australian cinema traces the burgeoning career of a woman who bucked all the conventions to become one of Australia’s most respected authors.


“a powerful rumination on atavistic Australia, sexism and classism, and a sensitive portrait of a woman destined to think outside the box.” – Luke Buckmaster (Guardian)


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

After revisiting this film, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s not hard to see why its two lead actors have had such amazing careers & why this film set Cannes abuzz at its debut – Davis & Neill absolutely fizz off the screen thanks to Gillian Armstrong’s amazing direction.

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Saturday 29 Jun 201914:00
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Nervous Translation (PG)

8 year old Yael is a shy, contemplative girl, living in her own private world. She prefers writing letters rather than joining in with her cousins and dancing to the delight of family members. She lives at home with her mother, while her rock star uncle is the only father figure around her. Her absent father works in Saudi Arabia to help support the family back home. Her only connection with him is the recorded cassettes he sends her mother, which she listens to secretly and incessantly. One day she sees a TV advert for a pen that can translate nervous thoughts, so she starts saving and sets out to find this ‘magic’ pen.

Based on Shireen Seno’s own experience growing up within the Filipino diaspora, Nervous Translation is a portrait of a common experience of many Filipino families, where only fragments of each other are seen and heard. The film is set in 1988, capturing a significant period in Philippine history, drawing connections to the present day through familiar issues: the complexity of the family unit in light of migration, an obsession with consumer electronics and personal technology, and the sheer power of nature to remind us of our limits and what really matters.


Winner: NETPAC Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018


This screening is jointly presented with MUBI


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Sunday 9 Jun 201920:30
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Never Say Never Again (PG)

James Bond Sundays

Followed by a Q&A with Valerie Leon


An aging James Bond (Sean Connery) makes an uncharacteristic mistake during a routine training mission, leading M to believe that the legendary British Intelligence spy is now past his prime. M indefinitely suspends Bond from active duty. However, when SPECTRE member Fatima Bush and her fellow terrorists successfully steal two nuclear missiles from the U.S. military, M must reinstate Bond, as he is the only agent who can beat SPECTRE at their own game of espionage.


Q&A with Valerie Leon, hosted by Robin Osmani

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Sunday 2 Jun 201914:30
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O Lucky Man (15)

Marking the 25th anniversary since the early death in 1994 of its legendary director, the fiercely independent Lindsay Anderson, this very special screening is followed by a conversation with award-winning writer (and great admirer) Jonathan Coe, alongside the film's editor David Gladwell. The afternoon is curated and hosted by Gareth Evans, Adjunct Moving Image Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.


The second film in Anderson's remarkable state-of-the-nation 'Mick Travis' trilogy, all written by the late David Sherwin, is a remarkably relevant and prescient allegorical attack on unfettered Capitalism, a music-driven satire that is truly unique and unforgettable.

"No less than an epic look at society, it is in the form of a human comedy on a perky, ambitious but conformist young man using society’s ways to get to the top. Malcolm McDowell, practically on screen throughout, is first a salesman, then guinea pig to science, assistant to a great business tycoon, railroaded to prison as a fall guy, converted to near saintliness, almost martyred and then returned to conformism by an almost mystical reaching of understanding through a Zen-Buddhist-like happening. The film bows to various film greats but always assimilated to Anderson’s own brand of epic comedy. The music and songs of Alan Price also add by underlining and counterpointing the action." - Variety.


Jonathan Coe is the multi award winning writer of many novels, including The Rotters' Club, The House of Sleep, What a Carve Up! and Middle England, as well as a biography of B.S. Johnson. David Gladwell is the legendary editor of Ways of Seeing, If..,., O Lucky Man! and Nineteen Nineteen, among many others, and a film-maker, best known for Requiem for a Village and Memoirs of a Survivor.

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Sunday 9 Jun 201914:00
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One Man, Two Guvnors (12A)

National Theatre - Encore


Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.


Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.


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Thursday 26 Sep 201919:00
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Out of the Past (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s

The definitive flashback film noir. A private eye tries to escape his past moving to a small town and running a gas station only to find his old life catching up with him.

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Wednesday 19 Jun 201912:0515:30
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Pain and Glory (15)

The latest film from Pedro Almodovar, Pain and Glory explores the tumultuous life of an aging director as he comes face to face with his life choices. In a semi-autobiographical cinematic experience, the film is a candid roundup of key moments within the auteur’s personal and professional past. and also reunites him with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

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Friday 23 Aug 201918:3020:50
Saturday 24 Aug 201913:4516:0518:2520:45
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Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults


When their latest scheme goes awry, Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold accidentally divert a meteor towards Adventure Bay. The PAW Patrol clear the beach, and the meteor lands bathing them, the Lookout Tower and even sneaky Harold in the meteor’s golden energy - granting them SUPERPOWERS. Harold tries to use his new powers to become the sole ruler of Adventure Bay, but standing in his way are the heroic MIGHTY PUPS, on a roll to super-save the day.

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Saturday 29 Jun 201911:30
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Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults


Get ready for Peppa’s biggest celebration yet when the muddiest ever festival comes to cinema screens in 2019 to celebrate 15 years of Peppa Pig!

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Saturday 1 Jun 201911:30
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Piccadilly (PG)

One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema, Piccadilly is a sumptuous showbiz melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension. The Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho, a scullery maid in a fashionable London nightclub whose sensuous tabletop dance catches the eye of suave club owner Valentine Wilmot. She rises to become the toast of London and the object of his erotic obsession - to the bitter jealousy of Mabel, his former lover and star dancer (played by Ziegfeld Follies star Gilda Gray).


The film will be accompanied by a live soundtrack, performed by Donald MacKenzie on our original 1936 Compton cinema organ


"Piccadilly, restored to its original glory, was a genuine revelation to me. It's a bold, beautifully crafted, completely modern picture... One of the truly great films of the silent era." - Martin Scorsese

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Monday 27 May 201919:45
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Picnic at Hanging Rock (PG)

Aperture Film Festival


On Valentine’s Day, 1900, a party of schoolgirls picnicked at Hanging Rock. On that sun-scorched, languid summer day, a group of them walked off towards the rock, drawn to its mystical nature, some never to be seen again.

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Sunday 9 Jun 201918:00
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Portrait of Jason

The Photographers' Gallery

Join us for screening of the seminal American documentary A Portrait of Jason, presented in dialogue with the photographs of Dave Heath. The film and its themes of performance, alienation and authenticity, is introduced by transdisciplinary writer and academic Gavin Butt.


On 2 December, 1966, Shirley Clarke and a tiny crew convened in her apartment at the Hotel Chelsea to make a film. There, for twelve straight hours they filmed the one-and-only Jason Holliday as he spun tales, sang, donned costumes and reminisced about good times and bad behaviour as a gay hustler, sometime houseboy and aspiring cabaret performer. The result is a mesmerizing portrait of a remarkable, charming and tortured man, who is by turns hilarious and heart-breaking.


Ingmar Bergman called it “the most extraordinary film I’ve seen in my life,” and when first screened in a sneak preview, the audience included Tennessee Williams, Robert Frank, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, Arthur Miller, Ruby Dee, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page and Terry Southern.


Daring, provocative, ground-breaking and truly gripping, Portrait of Jason was one of the first LGBT films to be taken seriously by wider audiences. Part cinema verité and part fiction it remains one of the most remarkable films of American independent filmmaking.

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Wednesday 22 May 201919:00
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Pride (15)

June is Pride Month around the world and 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.

Celebrate with the launch of the first book by author and activist Shaun Dellenty Celebrating Difference -A Whole School Approach to LGBT+ Inclusion followed by a screening of the celebrated film Pride.


Celebrating Difference is an inspiring new book from Bloomsbury Education aimed at teachers, learning communities and anyone with a vested interest in the well-being of young people in all their natural diversity.


Written by Shaun Dellenty, internationally celebrated and award-winning lead in LGBT+ inclusion in education, it is filled with practical advice to enable schools to bring about organisational change to ensure the safety, success and wellbeing of all pupils and staff. In addition, the earlier chapters candidly and very movingly describe Shaun’s challenging journey as a survivor the sustained childhood homophobic bullying and rejection that very nearly cost him his life.


At this event there will be a screening of the film Pride, followed by a talk and Q+A with Shaun


Books will be available to purchase on the night and Shaun will be on hand for signings


Follow Shaun on Twitter / Facebook

www.shaundellenty.com

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Tuesday 4 Jun 201919:30
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Reaching Distance (15)

London Australian Film Festival

London Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival is proud to present the London premiere of Reaching Distance, the feature debut of writer/director David Fairhurst and our opening gala screening

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Struggling in the aftermath of a car accident that killed his twin sister, Logan (Wade Briggs, Please Like Me) – a cynic with a photographic memory – wakes to find himself on the same night bus as Martin (Matt Day, Muriel’s Wedding), the banker he holds responsible for his sister’s death.

His vengeance is repeatedly thwarted by increasingly strange interactions with the other passengers, including an inquisitive nurse, her jealous boyfriend, two bickering teenagers and an unhinged homeless man. As things take a turn for the bizarre, the line between past and present fractures.


Taut and whip-smart, Groundhog Day & Memento have nothing on this mind-bending thriller, which pitches an unstable man against his own faulty memory and a graffiti-strewn bus full of (not quite) strangers. Low budget but high concept, this is Australian genre filmmaking at its finest.


Ticket price includes a free drink reception. A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


"Punchy and compelling, Reaching Distance is a smart, inventive slice of local genre filmmaking." - FilmInk


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

Keep a close eye on the director and lead actor – these guys are sensational & this is bound to be the springboard for two very exciting & successful careers.

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Thursday 27 Jun 201919:30
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Small Island (15)

National Theatre - Encore


Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.


Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.


A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story. The timing is even more poignant as Andrea Levy sadly passed away this year, on 14 February 2019.


★★★★★

"Momentous theatre. One of the most important plays of the year." - The Guardian

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Wednesday 3 Jul 201919:00
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Spy Cat (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults


In this new animated comedy adventure, a group of animals attempt to foil a criminal's plans to steal a collection of paintings.

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Saturday 8 Jun 201911:30
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Storm Boy (12A)

London Australian Film Festival

European Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival is proud to present the European premiere of Storm Boy, a timely reworking of a beloved family classic of Australian film and literature.


Michael Kingley (Geoffey Rush, The King’s Speech), is thrown out of his malaise by the passionate rebellion of his politically aware and environmentally passionate granddaughter, Madeline (Morgana Davies, The Hunter).


Sparking memories of his own childhood (Finn Little beautifully debuts as a young Michael), he captivates Madeline as he recounts an isolated but idyllic childhood spent on South Australia’s iconic wild coast of the Coorong with his father Hideaway Tom (Jai Courtney, Suicide Squad).


Recalling when their peaceful existence was threatened by plans to turn the nature reserve into a hunting ground, he draws his granddaughter into his tale – how the young Michael develops a close connection to country via a local Aboriginal man Fingerbone Bill (Trevor Jamieson, Cleverman) and how a rescued pelican named Mr Percival utterly changed his life forever.


Driven by a strong contemporary environmental message, but undercut with a pitch-perfect hit of 1950s nostalgia, this is a film to charm the whole family.


“The tale of a boy and his pelican best friend remains as tender and touching as ever” – Sarah Ward (Screen Daily)  


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

We were SO nervous about this film – Storm Boy is one of our all-time favourite films from the 1970s. But never fear, this is a wonderful remake. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from the original Fingerbone Bill, David Gulpilil.

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Sunday 30 Jun 201911:00
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Suburban Wildlife (15)

London Australian Film Festival

European Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival draws to a close with the European premiere of indie drama Suburban Wildlife, with the closing gala screening followed by a Q&A with debut writer-director Imogen McCluskey.


Four friends must navigate new beginnings and impending adulthood in this bold and imaginative coming-of-age drama. Louise, Nina and Alice celebrate their recent graduation with hectic partying, alongside Kane, the only friend not to attend university.

But when Louise’s imminent departure for London causes tension within the group, they embark on a road trip to savour their final days together.


Produced for a miniscule $5000, but without scrimping on quality, Suburban Wildlife is packed with raw honesty, dreamy flights of fancy, and outstanding performances from a young cast.

This ambitious indie is the debut feature of writer-director McCluskey, and we are delighted that she is able to join us after the screening for the Closing Gala Q&A.


"The dreamy malaise of a suburban adolescence comes to life in a new micro-budget Australian indie." - Film Ink


Ticket price includes a drinks reception, post screening, to close the festival. A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

Every year we choose a directorial debut to close our festival. Imogen’s fabulous feature film shone out from all the rest. These kids are the talent of our future cinema – watch this space!

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Sunday 30 Jun 201920:00
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The Lehman Trilogy (12A)

National Theatre - Live


The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.


This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.

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Thursday 25 Jul 201919:00
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s


A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

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Wednesday 22 May 201912:0015:30
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The Medicine Buddha

Premiere


Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, this documentary takes us on a journey through the eyes of Khamba Lama Natsagdorj who is a close friend and former student of the Dali Lama. We witness one of the world’s most unique rich cultures through the eyes of a true world wisdom keeper. From his life and work in the city, experiencing the celebrations of Lunar New Year we travel with Khamba Lama on an epic pilgrimage to his remote homeland.


Followed by a Q&A with Khamba Lama Natsagdorj and the director, hosted by Robin Osmani

Khamba Lama will also offer a powerful Tibetan buddhist prayer for all who are present


Refreshment and entertainment will be provided by The Mongolian Embassy.

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Friday 31 May 201919:30
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The Spy Who Loved Me (PG)

James Bond Sundays

Followed by a Q&A with Caroline Munro


James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a K.G.B Agent, whose lover he killed.

Nominated for three Academy Awards.


Q&A with Caroline Munro, hosted by Robin Osmani

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Sunday 16 Jun 201915:00
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The Wall (15)

To commemorate 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Open City Documentary Festival presents a screening of acclaimed filmmaker Jürgen Böttcher’s seminal documentary, The Wall.


Filmed between 1989 and 1990, Böttcher’s impressionistic, painterly study traces the Wall in the days leading up to and during its destruction, as demolition machinery moves in and Berliners begin dismantling it by hand, chipping away at its edifice with small hammers and chisels. Focusing on iconic locations in the centre of Berlin such as the Postdamer Platz, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, Böttcher reimagines the wall as a screen, projecting historic archival images onto it’s crumbling side: Emperor Wilhelm's ride through the Brandenburg Gate, the torch-lit procession of the Nazis, the famous image of an East German policeman filmed fleeing to the West in 1961 and, finally, the fall of the Wall itself. Böttcher’s singular images serve as a vital historical record and a poetic contemplation on the symbolic significance of the boundary between east and west and its moment of collapse.


The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between experts in film and architecture exploring cinematic and artistic representations of the Berlin Wall in Böttcher’s work and beyond.


Part of The London Festival of Architecture 2019.

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Wednesday 12 Jun 201919:30
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (15)

Soul Jazz Records Cinema Club


Soul Jazz Records presents  this rare film screening of They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970), the CLASSIC Blaxploitation film starring Sidney Poitier and a wicked soundtrack by Quincy Jones.


Call Me Mister Tibbs is a superlative black action thriller made in 1970 and starring Sidney Poitier reprising his role as Virgil Tibbs from the earlier groundbreaking film In The Heat of the Night. With all the ingredients of the best Blaxploitation movies of the early 1970s - including an unbelievably funky soundtrack from Quincy Jones - Call Me Mister Tibbs  towers above the genre through the powerful performance of Sidney Poitier, at the time the highest paid and most prominent African-American actor working in Hollywood. Poitier’s character distills all the righteous anger and self-respect of the civil rights movement into his character, a black police officer working with the San Franciso police to track down the murder of a prostitute.


The film will be introduced by Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) and Soul Jazz Records DJs will also be playing heavy funk and soul tunes in the bar before and after the film.


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Thursday 23 May 201919:30
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Top End Wedding (15)

London Australian Film Festival

London Premiere


The London Australian Film Festival is proud to present the London premiere of Top End Wedding, the home-grown romantic comedy that is proving to be a breakout hit at the Australian box office.


Having swapped the quiet life in the farthest north, or “top end”, of Australia for an exciting law career in bustling Adelaide, Lauren (Miranda Tapsell, The Sapphires) is a young indigenous trailblazer and not one to bend to conventions. So, when her white fiancé Ned (Gwilym Lee, Bohemian Rhapsody) manages to convince her to marry him (no mean feat) they decide to head north for the wedding of a lifetime in some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery.


Arriving in Darwin to find that her mum has gone missing, Lauren must drop everything and hit the road to reunite with her in time for the wedding, and, in so doing, reconnect with her heritage.


Shot on location in Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and the Tiwi Islands, the natural beauty of the Northern Territory shines through in this film, co-written and co-produced by Tapsell, and directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).


“A warm mix of finding connections to family and traditions while celebrating new love” – Eye For Film


A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only


FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM

This film is a total delight! Warm & witty, it’s a modern indigenous tale full of heart and humour, which sees the team behind The Sapphires reuniting to deliver a knockout wedding comedy like no other.

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Saturday 29 Jun 201917:00
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Under the Wire (15)

The Circle Global Feminist series presents Under the Wire + Q&A


A powerful account of legendary Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy's mission to Homs, Syria in February 2012. Their assignment was to cover the plight of trapped Syrian civilians under siege by their own government. Tragically, Colvin was killed when the international media centre was hit by Syrian Army artillery fire; despite being critically injured, Conroy had to a find way to make it out alive.


He is determined to continue telling the stories of the people he met during this assignment and their desperate situation caught in the middle of a conflict zone.


Journalist Zaina Erhaim who will join Paul Conroy for the Q&A after the screening.


Award winning Syrian journalist and feminist working as a senior media specialist with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).  Zaina received the first Annita Auspurg award: Rebel Woman For Peace By WILFP, named the journalist of the year by Reporters without Boarders in 2015, one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women according to Arabian Business and the Unsung heroes of 2016 by Reuters Thomson.


The Q&A will be hosted by writer and actress Lorien Haynes.



7:00pm - Screening

8:45pm - Q&A with Paul Conroy

9:15pm - Paul Conroy Book Signing




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Wednesday 5 Jun 201919:00
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Vox Lux (15)

After teenage Celeste survives a violent tragedy a video of her singing at the memorial service, catapults her towards stardom, with the help of her song-writing sister and a talent manager. 7 years later she is a global superstar, worshipped by her fans, and spinning out of control. Natalie Portman tears into the role with a joyous ferocity that needs to be seen to be believed.


“an audacious story about a survivor who becomes a star, and a deeply satisfying, narratively ambitious jolt of a movie.” – New York Times

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Saturday 1 Jun 201914:0016:1518:3520:55
Sunday 2 Jun 201918:0020:20
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Waru (15)

Border Crossings' ORIGINS Festival


From nine female Māori filmmakers come eight connected stories, each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver.

A remarkable anthology that follows different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community. Each is confronted by guilt, pride and defeat - but will they risk everything for the greater good of their community? Through the power of cooperative film-making, the circumstances of this tragedy are examined and the social, economic and cultural forces at play are revealed.


Followed by a Q&A

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Friday 21 Jun 201919:30
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We The Animals (15)

Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.


We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working-class family life and brotherhood.


"A tiny, uncut gem of a movie (...) It’s a near perfect depiction of the emotional damage that can result from economic insecurity." - The New York Times

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Friday 5 Jul 201918:3020:30
Saturday 6 Jul 201914:0016:1518:3020:30
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Wild Rose (15)

A single mum from Glasgow, with a minor criminal record, dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Unashamedly optimistic, but never naïve, the film features Jessie Buckley in a star-making turn, with wonderful supporting work from Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo.


“it soars – with a spring in her step and a spark on her tongue, Rose-Lynn is a hurricane. Jessie Buckley was born to be a star.” - BFI

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Friday 24 May 201918:3020:35
Saturday 25 May 201914:1516:1518:2020:30
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Woman at War

Halla is an environmental activist and a one-woman wrecking crew, using sabotage to disrupt the multinational companies trying to destroy her beloved Iceland. But just as things are really taking off, she gets some unexpected news that will turn her life upside down.


“Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humour as well as a satisfying sense of justice?” - Variety

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Wednesday 26 Jun 201920:45
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Women in Revolt - Beyond the Visible (15)

Indie Society


WOMEN IN REVOLT - BEYOND THE VISIBLE

a study of the Inner Self & Spirituality


“Beyond the Visible” is a journey across inspiring short films by female filmmakers. This programme sets out to explore the inner self, digging beyond artefact and materiality. Venture with us beyond the surface, to the other side of the mirror, into a new realm of consciousness through a superb selection of short films on the theme, and an immersive breathwork session.  After the screening you will have an opportunity to converse with the filmmakers and other special guests.


INDIE SOCIETY is a collaboration between London Film Academy, Shorts On Tap and UK Actors Tweetup, which presents a host of screenings, industry events and a way to truly connect with other professional filmmakers.

WOMEN IN REVOLT is Shorts On Tap’s award-winning series celebrating female filmmaking. Bringing you the best contemporary short films and documentaries from Women all around the world since 2015.


PROGRAMME:


Immersive breathwork session with Richie Bostock (30mins)

Experience the power of using your breath to turn down the volume of your thoughts in a way like you’ve never experienced and leave you on a natural high with a sense of peace, clarity and blissful calm.

Richie Bostock, aka “The Breath Guy”, author and one of the world’s leading Breathwork coaches, recently named in the Wellness100 people who have made our world a better place (amongst David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Dalai Lama, Ellen Page) @thebreathguy



SHORT FILM SCREENINGS:


Childhood Amnesia 15:37

Directed by Indira Solovieva


Elle 14:45

Directed by Florence Winter Hill


Early Days 12:00

Directed by Nessa Wrafter


The Sky Underwater 10:20

Directed by Maria Galliani Dyrvik


Faceshop 5:31

Directed by Zhongwen Hu


Hidden 6:21

Directed by Jess O’Brien


Eternal Resonance 8:30

Directed by Indira Solovieva


Q&A with attending filmmakers

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Tuesday 28 May 201919:30
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Wonder Park (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults


June discovers a theme park called Wonderland, hidden in the woods. The park is full of rides and fun talking animals, but only the park is abandoned and June soon realises the park came from her imagination and only she has the power, along with her new friends, to bring the park back ot life. 

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Saturday 15 Jun 201911:30
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XY Chelsea (15)

XY Chelsea tells the historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, whose 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. XY Chelsea is the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to free woman.  

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Thursday 6 Jun 201920:45
Monday 17 Jun 201920:45
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straight 8 2016, 2017 and 2018 cannes film festival selections (18)

the 24 straight 8 films that rocked at cannes film festival in 2016, 2017 and 2018 - representing the best entries from each of those years.


each film was shot on one 3 minute 20 second roll of super 8mm film. they had no brief, only in-camera edits and no post-production. soundtracks were made without having seen the film.


this screening is the perfect way to get warmed up for the straight 8 2019 london premiere at 5:30.


click here to book tickets for the evening screening

tickets will discount automatically if you buy both screenings in the same transaction.

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Sunday 26 May 201914:00
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straight 8 2019 london premiere (18)

the best 25 short films from straight 8 2019


8 films are fresh from their cannes film festival premiere, 17 more will be seen for the first time ever – even by the people who made them.


each of these films were shot on one 3 minute 20 second roll of super 8mm film. they had no brief, only in-camera edits and no post-production. soundtracks were made without having seen the film.


arrive early for pre-drinks in the cinema bar. an after-party follows, celebrating 20 years of straight 8!


click here to book tickets for the afternoon screening

tickets will discount automatically if you buy both screenings in the same transaction.

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Sunday 26 May 201917:30