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Little Truths

Underwire Festival


Reality can be stranger than fiction. It can inspire, terrify, and make us question perceived truths. This selection of documentaries take on tales of the everyday and the extraordinary to glean truths that may entertain, shock and challenge. From the woman who is trying to bring down feminism to a celebration of black beauty in Germany to the traditional Japenese Ama divers.


After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201920:30
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*Film 1: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things (12A)

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. The film follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.


The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music - a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism. Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.


Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

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Sunday 20 Oct 201915:00
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*Film 2: Jazz on a Summer's Day (U)

An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer’s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Sunday 20 Oct 201917:00
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A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom. A hilarious classic!

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Wednesday 4 Sep 201912:0015:30
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (12A)

National Theatre - Encore


The course of true love never did run smooth.

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations with hilarious but dark consequences.


Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, thisproduction of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

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Tuesday 29 Oct 201919:00
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A Personal History of the Australian Surf (PG)

"Michael Blakemore's semi-documentary about his boyhood in upper-middle class Sydney before he left it to become a director, eventually in the West End of London and at the National Theatre.  

With a minimum of hanging about under the porticoes of self-analysis, it is in its ability to tease Bondi Beach and the Royal Sydney golf club without rejecting them, to love and hate simultaneously (a feature of all the most interesting personalities) yet another indication that Australia is ascending into self-consciousness, self-determination, and is about to step forward on the world stage in the full vigour and confidence of her manhood. The boy's left home. Viewed from this exhausted Mother-island it is a magnificent tear-jerking spectacle." - The Spectator


Followed by a Q+A with Maureen Lipman C.B.E.

interviewing Michael Blakemore

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Thursday 31 Oct 201919:30
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A View To A Kill (PG)

Bond Sundays


An investigation into a horseracing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California’s Silicon Valley. Preceded by the 40-minute documentary Ashby's Odyssey - When former Bond Girl Carole Ashby is rushed to hospital whilst moving home, it triggers an emotional journey of self discovery through time.


Followed by a Q&A with Carole Ashby


Carole Ashby

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Sunday 1 Sep 201914:40
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All About Me

Face to Face with German Talent


The closing film of this year’s Face to Face with German Talent: The German Film Weekend is a heart-warming true story based on the best-selling memoirs of famous German entertainer Hape Kerkeling, here played by talented young actor Julius Weckauf. Oscar®-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa, Beyond Silence) delivers a charming portrait of a boy from a troubled family who, after a tragedy, is taken in by his grandmothers. The characterful young boy amuses them and their friends by dressing up and performing colourful impressions, but life is not always easy for a boy like him in 1970s Ruhr Valley.


The bittersweet coming-of-age story explores themes of family, loss, sexuality and life choices with a light touch and an eye for comedy and pathos – true to the spirit of its beloved subject, one of the most popular faces on German television.


With over 3.6 million admissions, All About Me is Germany’s #1 national box-office hit and won three German Films Awards in 2019 for Highest Admissions, Best Supporting Actress for Luise Heyer and the Best Feature Film in Bronze.



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Sunday 22 Sep 201920:30
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Amá

The Circle


Amá is a feature length documentary which tells an important and untold story: the abuses committed against Native American women by the United States Government during the 1960’s and 70’s: removed from their families and sent to boarding schools, forced relocation away from their traditional lands and involuntary sterilization.


The result of nine years painstaking and sensitive work by filmmaker Lorna Tucker, the film features the testimony of many Native Americans, including three remarkable women who tell their stories - Jean Whitehorse, Yvonne Swan and Charon Aseytoyer - as well as a revealing and rare interview with Dr. Reimart Ravenholt whose population control ideas were the framework for some of the government policies directed at Native American women.

 

It is estimated over a twenty-year period between 1960 and 1980 that tens of thousands of Native American women were sterilized without their knowledge or consent. Due to poor record keeping during this era the number may in fact be much higher. Many of these women went to their graves having suffered this incredible abuse of power.

   

Amá was co-produced by Raindog Films, a London-based production company helmed by Academy-award winning actor Colin Firth and prolific film producer Ged Doherty, and the Roddick Foundation.


Followed by a Q&A

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Wednesday 2 Oct 201919:00
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Animals

Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party - drink, drugs and general debauchery infuse their days while their careers and lives remain on hold. As they drift into their thirties, reality begins to bite, but Laura and Tyler will not be tamed so easily. A celebration of female friendship, the film is an unconventional and very funny snapshot of two very modern women.


“a wonderful, utterly lived-in film about two women at a crossroads, one that attendees should be breathlessly, excitedly discussing around town, urging everyone else to see immediately.” – The Guardian

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Friday 30 Aug 201918:3020:45
Saturday 31 Aug 201914:0016:1518:3020:45
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Apocalypse Now Final Cut (15)

Forty years after its original release, audiences will get the chance to experience Apocalypse Now Final Cut, a never-before-seen and newly restored cut of Coppola’s spectacular cinematic masterpiece in a way which the director believes looks better than it has ever looked and sounds better than it has ever sounded.


Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of his multi-awarded classic - a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers.


Screening on a stunning 4K restoration.

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Thursday 22 Aug 201919:30
Friday 23 Aug 201914:30
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Art, Film, Toys

American Export


An evening with visual artist Hetain Patel and guests, exploring Hetain’s work through the lenses of art, cinema, and the toy industry. In between screenings of a number of his recent short films, including his afro-kung-fu-sign-language spectacle Don’t Look at the Finger, and The Jump - his Spider-Man homage featuring 17 of his family members, Hetain will be chatting with experts from the worlds of cinema and toys and games. This includes film director Andy Delaney, known for directing a number of iconic music videos for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Spice Girls, George Michael and Soul II Soul, as well as his recent feature film Love is Blind. Also joining Hetain on stage will be Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation, an organisation supporting inventors in the toy industry, championing creativity across the sector and Deej Johnson - a writer and creative consultant, whose end clients range from members of The Magic Circle to brands such as Costa Coffee and Disney Store. The panel will be reflecting on Patel’s practice through their individual industry lenses, exploring the intersection of their worlds and the viability of artists interested to take a leap into other areas.


Hetain Patel is a visual artist working across film, photography, sculpture and live performance in galleries, theatres and online. Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non-professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.


In recent years Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, and made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta, with his dad. He designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale and has created a number of multi lingual dance theatre productions, including a commission for Candoco Dance Company, which continues to tour internationally. In 2013 Patel was invited to do a TED talk, which has since had close to 3 million hits, adding to a total of 38 million views of his videos and performances online.


This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.

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Tuesday 8 Oct 201920:45
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Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (PG)

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


On the 60th anniversary of the much-adored comic book series, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion – a formula which has long helped to keep the Gaulish village safe against Julius Caesar and his invading army. However, once Asterix and Obelix begin their quest, all hell breaks loose at home as the Romans start attacking the village and an evil wizard named Sulfurix does everything he can to steal the potion's secret recipe.

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Saturday 24 Aug 201911:30
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Bait (15)

Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.



★★★★★

"Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years." - Little White Lies

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Tuesday 3 Sep 201918:30 (Closed)20:30 (Closed)
Wednesday 11 Sep 201918:3020:30
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Belonging

Open City Documentary Festival


Everybody has their own tragedy. An opening monologue, accompanied by a series of precise, pristine and entirely people-free images, details a premediated murder - a familial affair told in the first person, voiced by the filmmaker himself. From here, an extended, elegantly lensed exchange between two key participants in this crime plays out, its charming contours charged by the viewer’s understanding of where this newly blooming relationship will lead. Belonging, the second feature from new Turkish talent Burak Çevik, is a startling, impressively playful piece of autofiction; a compelling, cleverly constructed exercise in reframing and restaging the unknowable peripheries of the past.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Friday 6 Sep 201920:30
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Broken Blossoms (PG)

Frustrated in his desire to bring the teachings of Buddha to the tough denizens of London, a disillusioned young Chinese man, loses himself in the reveries of opium mists until the plight of a young waif startles him back to reality


Accompanied by a live soundtrack on our original 1936 Compton Organ performed by Donald MacKenzie.

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Monday 26 Aug 201919:00
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG)

Newman's Own


Paul Newman and Robert Redford star as the eponymous leaders of a band of outlaws. After one train robbery too many they find an unshakeable posse on their trail and decide to break for Bolivia.


“Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can't help but love: it's no surprise that the always re-watchable Butch And Sundance was once labelled the most likeable film ever made.” – Empire Magazine

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Sunday 13 Oct 201919:00
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Newman's Own


Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

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Sunday 1 Sep 201919:30
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Charming (PG)

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


Three fairy tale princesses find themselves engaged to the same guy, Prince Charming.

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Saturday 12 Oct 201911:30
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Coffy (18)

Soul Jazz Records Cinema Club

A nurse takes vigilante justice against inner city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. Pam Grier in her first solo starring role.

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Thursday 12 Sep 201919:30
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Cool Hand Luke (15)

Newman's Own

Luke Jackson (Newman) is a gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who refusing to buckle under to authorities, keeps escaping and being re-captured. The camp staff actively work to crush him.

As this "Southern" turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by the man swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the conflict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke’s knowing smile, though burns on

Variety

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Wednesday 16 Oct 201920:00
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Cut Off

Face to Face with German Talent


Fans of the TV series CSI should appreciate this nail-biting thriller in which a coroner races to save the life of his kidnapped daughter with the help of a stranger. Based on the popular novel by Sebastian Fitzek and Michael Tsokos, it stars Jasna Fritzi Bauer as Linda, a young comic book artist who happens upon a dead body on a beach. Answering the deceased man’s phone, she hears a desperate Paul Herzfeld (Moritz Bleibtreu) begging her to help him, having found the phone number hidden inside a body during an autopsy – along with the name of his daughter, Hannah. The pair then race against time to locate Herzfeld's missing daughter and discover the fate of a series of young women who've fallen victim to brutal kidnappings.


This gripping thriller full of twists and turns is not for the faint hearted as it explores the grisly details of autopsies and sexual violence.

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Saturday 21 Sep 201920:30
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Don’t Look Now (15)

Part of INK ON SCREEN – The Mayfair & St James Literary Festival Cinema Strand – exploring the power of words on screen


Introduced by Tobias Menzies, Produced by Asterisk Films and Justine Waddell.


Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s haunting short story Not After Midnight, Nic Roeg’s iconic horror-thriller sees a couple travelling to Venice after the accidental death of their daughter. With innovative and impressionistic editing from Roeg’s editor Graeme Clifford, as well as two brilliant performances from Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, it is now considered a classic of 70’s British cinema. Screening in a gorgeous new 4k restoration.


INK ON SCREEN


Aims to spotlight the indelible link between cinema and the written word. This inaugural season will be curated by Tobias Menzies, star of Casino Royal, Game of Thrones, Outlander, and most recently, Prince Phillip in the Crown. Ink on Screen is personal and quixotic, with Tobias’ choices being based on years of watching films, reading film scripts and a career creating indelible characters. The season will also include introductions and Q&A’s with Tobias and contributors from the chosen films, to open up the link between the written word and what we see on screen.



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Monday 28 Oct 201918:15
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)

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


Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

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Saturday 28 Sep 201911:30
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Everyday Warrior Queens

Underwire Festival


For the opening night of Underwire’s tenth edition, we want to spotlight the mundane stories and everyday warrior queens we all have in our lives, those women who make small but important choices, who fight daily battles, who move forward, who don’t let self-consciousness keep them from enjoying themselves, who take risks to help other women, who take up space proudly, those don’t let the constant grind get to them and just keep going. We see you, and we salute you.


After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Friday 13 Sep 201918:30
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Everything - The Real Thing Story

Premiere


The national press dubbed them ‘The Black Beatles’, the other musical quartet from Liverpool who became the UK’s most enduring soul and funk act ever – The Real Thing. The group dominated the international charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s with iconic songs like You to Me Are Everything and Can You Feel the Force, but the band’s meteoric success was also tempered with personal tragedy. Narrated by Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Simon Sheridan’s fascinating new documentary charts the story of Britain’s first black music revolution.


Followed by a short gig by The Real Thing, live on stage at the Regent Street Cinema on October 24th only.

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Thursday 24 Oct 201919:30
Wednesday 30 Oct 201920:50
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Film 1: Look Back in Anger (PG)

A university-educated musician rejects his wife's middle-class aspirations and chooses to work at the local flea market. As time goes on, Jimmy becomes more and more bitter, and his treatment of Allyson worsens. Their already troubled marriage reaches a crisis point when an old friend of Allyson lodges with the couple and begins the object of Jimmy's aggression and attention.

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Sunday 25 Aug 201914:00
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Film 2: Sons & Lovers (PG)

Based on a novel by D.H. Lawrence. An artistically talented young man living in an English coal mining town is inhibited by his domineering and emotionally manipulative mother.

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Sunday 25 Aug 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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Friday 25 Oct 201919:00
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Fleabag (15)

National Theatre - Encore


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

★★★★★

'Witty, filthy and supreme.' The Guardian

Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre

Show image by Jason Hetherington

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Thursday 3 Oct 201919:00
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For Sama (18)

An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.


★★★★★

“There simply hasn’t been a film like it before….A guttural cry of despair and an incendiary plea for justice. A fellow critic has already called it, ‘One of the most important films you will ever see in your life’. And I’m inclined to agree” - The Times

Winner Best Documentary SXSW 2019 / Winner Audience Award SXSW 2019

Winner Special Jury Prize Documentary Hot Docs 2019

Winner L'Oeil D'Or Festival de Cannes 2019

Winner Audience Award Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

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Tuesday 1 Oct 201920:50
Monday 21 Oct 201920:30
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Goldfinger + Book Launch (PG)

Bond Sundays


Special screening of Goldfinger, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Monica Germanà, author of Bond Girls.


At the wheel of his Aston Martin, Bond faces Goldfinger, Oddjob’s deadly bowler hat, and Pussy Galore, who claims to be immune to his charms. Followed by the book launch of Dr. Monica Germanà's Bond Girls: Body, Fashion and Gender.


Since Ursula Andress’s white-bikini debut in Dr No, ‘Bond Girls’ have been simultaneously celebrated as fashion icons and dismissed as ‘eye-candy’. But the visual glamour of the women of James Bond reveals more than the sexual objectification of female beauty. Through the original joint perspectives of body and fashion, this exciting study throws a new, subversive light on Bond Girls.


Dr Monica Germanà is Senior Lecturer English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster.


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Sunday 27 Oct 201915:00
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Greetings From Free Forests

Open City Documentary Festival

Premiere


In his debut feature, Ian Soroka creates a hauntingly atmospheric study of the southern

Slovenian landscape that was once the site of one of World War II’s most stubborn resistance movements. Following German and Italian occupation of Slovenia, thousands were forced to flee their homes, eventually seeking refuge in the forests of Yugoslavia where a communist-led resistance movement known as the Liberation Front would operate in secret for almost two years. Soroka artfully interweaves archival material with rich landscape photography and evocative testimony from survivors, historians, and naturalists to excavate the traces of memories and unearth the remains found beneath the forest floor.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Saturday 7 Sep 201913:30
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Hail Satan? (15)

Chronicles the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

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Saturday 21 Sep 201913:3515:30
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Hammer's Vampirella - A Live Script Reading

De Montfort University's Cinema and Television History Institute and Hammer Films present a live-script reading of one of the most infamous unmade British films of all time. In 1975, Hammer Films’ mounted an expensive and ambitious adaptation of the hit comic book Vampirella. The film failed to make it into production, but for one night only, Jonathan Rigby directs an all-star cast in a live reading of the original Christopher Wicking script.

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Thursday 17 Oct 201919:30
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Hansard (12A)

National Theatre - Encore


Hansard; noun

The official report of all parliamentary debates.


See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.


It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.


Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.


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Friday 20 Dec 201919:00
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Happiness Sucks (15)

Face to Face with German Talent


A tragicomic coming of age story, Happiness Sucks sees 12-year-old Jessica (Ella Fray) trying to help her sickly 15-year-old sister Sabrina (Emilia Bernsdorf) by finding her a sex partner. Convinced that a bizarre ancient ritual will cure Sabrina’s illness, Jessica goes on a mission that's as comic as it is sad.


Director Anca Miruna Lazarescu balances comedy and pathos beautifully in this quirky story scripted by Silvia Wolkan, which explores the challenges of adolescent girlhood as intensified by the pain of serious illness. Meanwhile the girls' father, Stefan (Martin Wuttke), is a kind single dad who works as a hospice caregiver, counselling the dying, all the while facing the possibility of his own untimely bereavement.


Happiness Sucks is a bittersweet film that finds humour and comfort in the most unlikely situations.


After the film, director Anca Miruna Lazarescu and actor Christian Friedel will take to the stage for a Q&A hosted by Anna Smith, film critic and host of the Girls On Film podcast.

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Sunday 22 Sep 201915:30
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Here For Life

Open City Documentary Festival


An uncommon story told on common ground by ten Londoners. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system stacked against them. They dance, steal, and eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents. The lines between one person’s story and another’s performance are blurred and the borders between reality and fiction are porous. Eventually coming together on a makeshift stage, Here for Life marks the culmination of a long collaboration between filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson, a group of Londoners, and a dog.


Followed by a Q&A with Daniella Shrier, Founder-Editor of Another Gaze


In partnership with Another Gaze

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Sunday 8 Sep 201920:35
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Hombre (PG)

Newman's Own


John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

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Wednesday 4 Sep 201919:30
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Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans (PG)

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


Roman Teenager Atti is forced to join the Roman Army when one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero and is sent to "cold and miserable" Great Britain. But he gets more than he bargain for when he crosses the wrong girl.

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Saturday 7 Sep 201911:30
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

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Wednesday 9 Oct 201912:0015:30
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Hud (12A)

Newman's Own


Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. The film broke new ground in its depiction of an unglamorous West and in its anti-heroic lead.

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Sunday 20 Oct 201919:30
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Kid Millions (U)

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


A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.

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Wednesday 21 Aug 201912:0015:30
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Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels + programme launch

London Korean Film Festival 2019 - Final Teaser Screening

UK Premiere


Garnering universal praise at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival as well as Berlinale 2019, Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels blends theatre, traditional Korean music (gugak) and film in a heartwarming narrative of loss and redemption from award winning director Kim Tae-yong.


The film follows two children, Sun-min (Train to Busan) and her younger brother Dong-min as they are mistakenly sent to the underworld whilst retrieving their grandmother’s shoes from a junkyard, originally lost in a faustian style trade-off. Unaware of their predicament, the children continue their search accompanied by a mischievous band of kokdu; guardians that guide departed souls in the afterlife, represented by wooden figurines that decorate traditional funeral biers. The kokdu, each one carrying out a unique duty, must console the children and help them complete their journey to the underworld.


Melding fantasy and reality, Kokdu meanders between cinematic action and impressively staged theatre, creating a uniquely captivating experience. The film deftly explores the meaning and impact of death whilst maintaining an unbridled sense of joy and innocence, resonating with audiences of all ages. Traditional gugak music compliments the transcendental themes, originally performed live at the National Gugak Center in Seoul, generating record ticket sales.


Director Kim Tae-yong’s past films include the groundbreaking Memento Mori (1999) and captivating box office hit Late Autumn (2011). He now returns once more to the LKFF after his innovative recreation of Korea’s oldest silent film, Crossroads of Youth (1934), opened their Early Korean Cinema: Lost Films from the Japanese Colonial Period season in February.


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Monday 16 Sep 201919:00
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Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Open City Documentary Festival


The White Building in Phnom Penh, a large municipal apartment block originally built in 1963, emptied by the Khmer Rouge and subsequently the centre of a thriving artistic community, has been sold to Japanese developers and is scheduled for demolition. Filmmaker Kavich Neang—himself born and raised in the building—returns to interview fellow residents as they pack up their belongings and prepare for eviction. Neang interweaves their reflections and reminiscences with the turbulent national history to which the building has borne witness—the original tenants having been evacuated during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s—invoking the ghosts of the past that still reside within the building’s walls.


Followed by a Q&A with the director


In partnership with Day for Night Films.

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Tuesday 10 Sep 201919:00
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London In The Raw + Strip (15)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


Peering behind the grimy net curtains of London life into seedy bars and clubs, and burrowing beneath the glittering façade of the capital's glamorous cocktail lounges and casinos, London in the Raw presents a cynical vision of the life in 1960s London.

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Sunday 6 Oct 201915:00
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Lost Ones

Face to Face with German Talent


The opening film of this year’s Face to Face with German Talent: The German Film Weekend is a moving drama exploring the complex lives of two sisters. Director Felix Hassenfratz's first feature is a very impressive debut. Maria (Maria Dragus) lives with her younger sister Hannah (Anna Bachmann) and their father (Clemens Schick) in remote Baden-Württemberg. Since the death of her mother, Maria has become the responsible sister while Hannah has rebelled and challenged her father's authority. While Maria enjoys playing the organ at church, both young women are bored and keen to escape, but something is keeping Maria from leaving home. When Hannah discovers a shocking secret, the film takes a more serious turn and explores an urgent issue with sensitivity and strong performances.


Lost Ones is a stirring drama that focuses on character, sexuality and sibling rivalry. Fans of thoughtful arthouse dramas will be well served by its powerful themes and psychological complexity.


The film will be followed by a Q&A with actress Maria Dragus and hosted by Anna Smith, film critic and host of the Girls On Film podcast.

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Friday 20 Sep 201919:35
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MIRAJ, CREAM Screens x A Nos Amours present (PG)

A screening of Chantal Akerman's 1996 self-portrait Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman celebrating the launch of two new publications devoted to her work.  


The evening launches a double issue of the journal Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) devoted to Akerman, with essays and features from eminent and emerging writers on her work, both for screen and gallery. This follows the Ambika P3 exhibition of 2015, entitled Chantal Akerman NOW. Contributors include Griselda Pollock, Janet Bergstrom, Alison Rowley and Dominique Piani.


A Nos Amours also launch a book gathering together research and reference materials relating to the 2013-15 complete retrospective of work for the cinema. The Chantal Akerman Retrospective Handbook has a foreword by the celebrated theorist and film-maker Laura Mulvey. The book includes accurate information to assist with curation and screening, as well as texts from the likes of Ivone Margulies, Raymond Bellour and Richard Brody. The book is intended to be the essential Akerman companion.


Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman (1996, 63')


Commissioned for Cinéma, de notre temps, the legendary series of film-maker portraits curated by Janine Bazin and André Labarthe. Akerman chose to make a study of herself as film-maker. Why not? She had turned film-making back on itself, and discovered a feminised and ‘other’ sensibility, another way of seeing the world and self.


Click for more info - A Nos Amours

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Tuesday 24 Sep 201918:30
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MS Slavic 7

Open City Documentary Festival


Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s distinctive hybrid follows a young woman on a research trip to Harvard University Archives, where the letters of her great-grandmother—the renowned Polish poet, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa—are held. What begins as a purely scholarly endeavour soon sees simmering tensions bubbling to the surface. Familial resentments, intellectual disagreements, and matters of the heart all enter the fray, each punctuated by moments of bone-dry humour. Part of an ongoing series of collaborations between its co-directors, MS Slavic 7 is an elegant and witty investigation into the burdens of ancestral legacy, and the melancholy present in a family’s archived memories.

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Monday 9 Sep 201921:10
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Many Undulating Things

Open City Documentary Festival


A rich and expansive film essay in many forms, Many Undulating Things explores contemporary Hong Kong through its history of urban change. Formerly a British colony and now a Special Administration Region in China, Hong Kong has been passed back and forth between imperial powers of East and West for centuries. Through a forensic examination of its unique urban topography, filmmakers Bo Wang and Pan Lu shift the form of their film to draw connections across time, finding in the ghost houses, shopping malls, convention centres and skyscrapers of the capitalist present remnants and residues of a colonial past.


Followed by a Q&A with Matthew Barrington, Manager of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image


In partnership with The Essay Film Festival.

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Thursday 5 Sep 201920:30
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My Neighbour Totoro (U)

Part of our Kids' Kino Club
Tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.

My Neighbour Totoro charts the adventures of two young sisters who befriend one of Ghibili's most beloved characters, a forest sprite named Totoro, on a family holiday. A heartwarming and life affirming tale.

"One of the finest family films ever made."

Film4

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Saturday 19 Oct 201911:30
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Naomi Kawase: Embracing + Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth

Open City Documentary Festival


In these two deeply personal films, Naomi Kawase reflects on her relationship with her father, absent throughout her childhood. Embracing (1992) revolves around Naomi’s search for her father despite her adoptive mother’s discouragement and her own doubts about what she might find. Combining nostalgic home movies and handheld Super 8mm footage of nature, Kawase weaves together an achingly beautiful search for identity and the true meaning of family. Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth (2001) chronicles Naomi’s reaction to her father’s death a decade later, drawing lifelong connections between her original search, her childhood with her adoptive parents and her unfulfilled longing for a relationship with her birth parents.


Followed by a Q&A with the director, hosted by Julian Ross, a programmer at Locarno Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Sunday 8 Sep 201913:30
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Naomi Kawase: Katatsumori + See Heaven + Chiri

Open City Documentary Festival


This triptych of moving tributes from Naomi Kawase creates an affectionate portrait of her bond with her great-aunt who adopted and raised her. Capturing her lovingly with close up Super 8mm photography, Katatsumori (1994) introduces us to Uno Kawase as she enters her eighties. A recurrent figure in all of Kawase’s personal documentaries, Uno remains kind, good-humoured and devoted to her adoptive daughter, and See Heaven (1995) offers an intimate, experimental collage of images dedicated to the playful but tender relationship between the two. In Chiri (2012), we witness Uno’s daily routine as she nears her final days and Kawase grapples with coming to terms with her great-aunt’s passing.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Sunday 8 Sep 201916:00
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New Shorts: I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All

Open City Documentary Festival


Individual and collective identities are expressed through movement and migration in this collection of personal, intimate short film portraits.


Followed by a Q&A with the directors

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Saturday 7 Sep 201916:10
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Oldboy (18)

Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors...


Directed with immense flair by Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) as the second instalment of his Vengeance Trilogy, OLDBOY blazed a trail at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it was lauded by the President of the Jury, director Quentin Tarantino. The film went on to become a huge international smash, blowing audiences minds with its concoction of filmmaking virtuosity, ingenious plotting, pathos and violence. Now, this masterpiece has been newly remastered and is presented to exhibition in the best format possible.

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Wednesday 28 Aug 201920:50
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On The Edge: The Films of Loran Dunn

Underwire Festival


Producer Loran Dunn has crafted an enormous body of work over the past ten years, culminating in her feature film debut with last year’s acclaimed documentary A Deal With the Universe. Interested in brave, edgy, challenging and provocative stories, often centered on characters in turmoil,  her work is distinctive, and she’s chosen to work with exciting new filmmaking voices. Through her company Delaval Film, she is defining a new era of British screen talent and. It’s about time we spotlight her work, most of which has screened in previous editions of Underwire.


After the screening of a selection of her short film work, Loran will be joining us for a Q&A about her work so far and future ambitions.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201918:30
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Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood (18)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.


“With an obsessive sense of detail, the result is an L.A. where fiction and reality blur together to form a magnificent locale only Tarantino could concoct.” – USA Today

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Sunday 15 Sep 201919:30
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One Breath

Face to Face with German Talent


Two women are pushed to their limits in this gripping drama featuring terrific performances from its female leads. Intriguingly showing two points of view on the same story, it opens with the experiences of Elena (Chara Mata Giannatou), a young Greek woman living in Germany who reluctantly takes work as a nanny for Tessa (Jördis Triebel) and her husband Jan (Benjamin Sadler), who are struggling to adjust to being working parents after having their first child. When a terrible event happens, Elena is plunged into a state of extreme stress, and the focus shifts to Tessa, whose world will be even more rocked by the situation that unfolds.


Promoting empathy and understanding of others, this film from acclaimed director Christian Zübert looks at culture clashes and class dramas within a dramatic story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

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Sunday 22 Sep 201918:00
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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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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
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Sunday 25 Aug 201918:1520:45
Monday 26 Aug 201914:0016:30
Tuesday 27 Aug 201918:3020:50
Wednesday 28 Aug 201918:30
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Pavarotti (12A)

From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime.


The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti’s story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself.

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Wednesday 21 Aug 201919:30
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Peeping Tom (15)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


Loner Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women.  Also, he’s making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen (Anna Massey), the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark’s apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees – especially when Mark catches her.


Followed by a Q&A with author and publisher Yak El Droubie

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Friday 4 Oct 201920:30
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Permission

Preview Screenings


Afrooz has given her life to football. Now, she is about to captain Iran’s national futsal team as they head to the final of the Asian Nations Cup in Malaysia. That’s when her estranged husband Yasser exercises his legal right and refuses her permission to leave the country. Thus begins a battle in which the fiercely determined Afrooz uses any means necessary to fight the everyday injustices faced by women in Iran.

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Friday 25 Oct 201918:3020:30
Saturday 26 Oct 201914:0016:0018:0020:00
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Playmobil The Movie (U)

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


Animated feature film inspired by the popular Playmobil brand toys.

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Saturday 5 Oct 201911:30
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Present Laughter (12A)

National Theatre - Encore


Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.


Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.


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Sunday 15 Dec 201919:00
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Primitive London (15)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


The sensational follow-up to London in the Raw sets out to reflect society's decay through a sideshow spectacle of 1960s London depravity – and manages to outdo its predecessor!

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Saturday 5 Oct 201915:00
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Princess Emmy (U)

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


Princess Emmy is a young girl with a secret gift - she is the only one in the Kingdom of Kandis who can speak to horses.  When her scheming cousin Gizana appears, she threatens Emmy's chances of becoming an officially inaugurated princess.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201911:30
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Rainer Kohlberger: Brainbows Live A/V Performance

Open City Documentary Festival


Rainer Kohlberger uses digital-projection technology in a radical way. Through impulses and waves of pure light, the intentional overload of the human perception apparatus leads to visual impressions that appear exclusively in the literal »eye of the beholder«. Layers of noise, drones and stroboscopic lights unfold a sense of the infinite as well as the very now. Image surface and image space meld into one (consciousness-)state, in which categories such as being and non-being, material and immaterial appear obsolete. In this event, Kohlberger will present a unique live A/V performance, preceded by a screening of his most recent film.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Friday 6 Sep 201918:40
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Rattle of a Simple Man (15)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


Percy Winthram (Harry H Corbett), a shy, repressed 39-year-old, is in London with some buddies to see the football championship. While on the town, his pals bet that he can’t talk a beautiful blonde (Diane Cilento) into a tryst. Unknown to them, the lady in question is a prostitute. But after overhearing the wage – in which Percy’s motorbike would be forfeit if he loses – she kindly takes him back to her apartment, regaling him with lies about her luxurious past life along the way.


Followed by a Q&A with Dom Delargy of Soho Bites

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Sunday 6 Oct 201917:00
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Secrets of a Windmill Girl (15)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


London's historic Windmill Theatre became famous as the only London establishment that stayed open throughout the Blitz. At the time it offered live entertainment that mixed comedy with semi-nude burlesque dancing.


Followed by a  Q&A with The Truffaut of Smut screenwriter and critic, David McGillivray

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Saturday 5 Oct 201917:00
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Shabaka Hutchings Presents: Slam

Open City Documentary Festival


A central figure in the London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings is a Mercury Prize nominated British-Barbadian jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and band leader. He leads the bands Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors, and is one third of The Comet Is Coming. Hutchings has also played saxophone with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Floating Points, Mulatu Astatke, Polar Bear, Melt Yourself Down and more. Hutchings has selected Slam (1998), and will be present to introduce and discuss it.


A winner at both Sundance and Cannes, Marc Levin’s powerful and hugely influential work of cinema verité follows a young performance poet, Raymond Joshua (Saul Williams), as he struggles to survive life inside a tough Dodge City jail. With Williams’ searing poetry and featuring a score from DJ Spooky, Slam is a gut-wrenching testament to the importance and the impact of artistic expression.


After the screening, Shabaka Hutchings will be in conversation with broadcaster, journalist and NTS DJ Teju Adeleye.

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Monday 9 Sep 201918:30
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Solidarity

Open City Documentary Festival


Solidarity is a rigorous, impassioned investigation into the long-lasting impact of blacklisting in the UK construction industry; a now illegal process through which thousands of workers were denied employment for even tenuous involvement in workplace disputes and trade union activism. Through a composite structure of worker interviews, archival footage from the parliamentary inquest, and a law school’s contemporary investigations, Parker carefully examines the situation from a multiplicity of angles as she seeks to understand, rather than explain, the agendas underlying the Blacklist and its far reaching, continuing consequences. A spare yet immensely powerful enquiry into the systemic and ideological dismantling of workers’ rights in the UK.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Saturday 7 Sep 201920:50
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Spellbound (PG)

Psychology at the Movies

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Follwed by a panel discussion about the psychological themes and events of the movie.

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Tuesday 22 Oct 201919:00
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Spirited Away (PG)

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

In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a 10-year-old girl Chihiro wanders into a world ruled by witches and monsters, where humans are changed into animals. A surreal, enchanting animated film from one of Japan's greatest movie makers, Hayao Miyazaki. The film was the first anime to win Best Animated Feature Picture at the Academy Awards, in 2001.

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Saturday 31 Aug 201911:30
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Summer Stock (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


A small town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe, invited to stay by her sister.

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Wednesday 23 Oct 201912:0015:30
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Suzi Q (15)

Premiere


Trailblazer. Inspiration. Survivor. Suzi Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke through around the world in 1973.


The trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of female rock musicians who followed her, Suzi Q reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent pop-rock hits. Testimony is duly made by a string of rock luminaries, with focus on the women who followed the roadmap Suzi charted for them.


Exiled to Europe during her success yet now largely forgotten in her homeland, we return with Suzi to Detroit. Exploring the long simmering family tensions and sibling rivalries that result from the success of one family member, Suzi Q reveals the price paid for success in a deeply personal exploration of fame, ambition and resilience.


Still on the road after 50 years, Suzi Quatro surely is The Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Accept no substitutes.


Followed by a Q&A with Suzi Quatro

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Wednesday 25 Sep 201919:30
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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (U)

Special screening of 7th Voyage of Sinbad followed by a presentation from filmmaker John Walsh on his new book Harryhausen The Lost Movies. For the first time, the secrets have been unearthed for those unmade films. Missing scenes from the films you love. Stunning artworks, models and test footage all revealing new worlds, epic lands and fearsome creatures that until now had thought to have been lost for all time.


Followed by a Q&A

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Sunday 15 Sep 201915:00
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (U)

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


The angry birds are back! And this time they need to join forces with those scheming pigs to save their islands from an eagle on a mission!

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Saturday 21 Sep 201911:30
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The Boys (12A)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same incidents that led up to the crime. After re-examining the suspects’ statements, the prosecuting counsel finally learns the truth.


Followed by a Q&A with acclaimed crime writer Cathi Unsworth

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Sunday 6 Oct 201920:00
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The Final Quarter

London Australian Film Society
THE FINAL QUARTER screening + panel discussion + drinks reception

In partnership with AFL Europe.



The London Australian Film Society continues its fascinating examination of race relations with the unflinching documentary The Final Quarter.


This immersive feature film will appeal to anyone interested in issues of racism in today’s world, not just Australia.    


Using only archival material to tell the story of the period from 2013 to 2015, it focuses on the unparalleled furore surrounding sportsman and 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes – who was not only a champion Australian Football League (AFL) player, but also a respected Indigenous leader.  


In similarly powerful style to Asif Kapadia’s documentaries, Senna (2010), Amy (2015) & Diego Maradona (2019), the film reveals "what was seen and what was heard" during a period of heated public debate and division centred around Goodes. The Final Quarter shows how “casual racism” can quickly spin into something profoundly damaging to not only an individual, but a nation.  


In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and performed an on-field Indigenous war dance in celebration for kicking a goal, similar to the New Zealand haka. He was a champion for Indigenous Australians, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation.  


But, very quickly the cheers became jeers as football crowds turned on him, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.  


The Final Quarter holds a mirror to a disturbing period in Australia’s recent history and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.  


Since its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June – to rave reviews, standing ovations and six sold out screenings – there has been an overwhelming outpouring of regret and support for Goodes from most Australians, as well as the media, the AFL clubs and leadership, and politicians.  


This is a truly remarkable film, already changing Australia’s understanding of racism, Indigenous culture and the nation’s true history.  


Critics and audiences alike have said it is not to be missed.  


The film will be preceded by an exclusive pre-recorded introduction from the director, Ian Darling.

A panel discussion will follow this feature. Details to follow.


Australian snack and lollies (sweets) will be on sale (cash only) + a raffle will be drawn at the drinks reception.


Image Credit: Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

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Saturday 19 Oct 201918:30
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The Glass Bottom Boat (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75 for the over 55's.


After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory starts to suspect his girlfriend is a Russian spy.

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Wednesday 2 Oct 201912:0015:30
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The Hustler (12)

Newman's Own

A profoundly compelling and rich character study of a jaded, self-destructive pool player who comes face to face with his own demons. Newman gives an iconic performance in this moody masterpiece.

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Sunday 27 Oct 201919:30
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The L-Shaped Room (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

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Wednesday 25 Sep 201912:0015:30
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The Last Wagon (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


Wagon train survivors of an Apache attack entrust the sheriff's prisoner, scout Comanche Todd, with their lives despite his wanted-for-murder status.

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Wednesday 18 Sep 201912:0015:30
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The Look of Love (18)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


Rising from a mind-reading act, Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) grew to have a fabulously successful career as an erotica magnate that would make him the richest man in Britain. However, for all his material success, Paul's appetites mess up his personal life, such as alienating his wife with his philandering. Furthermore, even as he challenged his society's sexual mores, Paul's relationship with his daughter proves troublingly problematic as she came of age. While trying to be the best father he could, Paul gradually comes to realize that his proclivities have impoverished him in ways that mere money cannot address.


Followed by a Q&A with Paul Willets author of The Look Of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho’s King Of Clubs

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Saturday 5 Oct 201920:00
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The Man Who Bought The Moon

CinemaItaliaUK


L'uomo che comprò la luna

The Italian intelligence agency obtains intelligence too hard to believe: An unidentified man living in Sardinia is the real owner of the moon. The news is instantly relayed to all intelligence agencies in the world, and with each government claiming that they have the rights to the moon, they decide to dispatch a Sardinia-born secret agent into the island. Though the agent really was born in Sardinia, he has since lost all characteristics of a Sardinian, and must get private lessons to learn what it is to be a Sardinian.


Following the screening there will be a reception with free Italian food and wine.

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Tuesday 17 Sep 201919:30
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The Mustang (15)

Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.

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Tuesday 24 Sep 201920:50
Monday 30 Sep 201920:50
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The Night of the Hunter (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


When his cellmate, just before his execution, tells Harry that he has $10,000 hidden from a robbery, Harry marries his gullible widow whose young children are the only ones who know where the money is, but have sworn to their real father not to tell.

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Wednesday 30 Oct 201912:0015:30
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The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

Kids' Kino Club

Tickets for kids just £3 and £5 for accompanying adults.


Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

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Saturday 26 Oct 201911:30
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler.


“An odyssey audiences won’t soon forget” - Variety

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Friday 18 Oct 201918:3020:35
Saturday 19 Oct 201913:3015:4520:45
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The Scapegoat (12A)

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


An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

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Wednesday 28 Aug 201912:0015:30
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The Shakedown (12A)

Soho A Gogo Film Festival


After serving time for running a prostitution ring, a man wants to pick up where he left off, but he realises things have changed.

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Friday 4 Oct 201918:30
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The Whickers Audio Evening

Open City Documentary Festival


What does £7,000 of documentary funding give to the world? A fine piece of audio brilliance, that’s

what. Join us for a special live performance and world premiere of Isis Thompson’s 2018 RAFA

(Radio & Audio Funding Award) winning work. Charting a new growing landscape of activism in the

UK, the piece will be performed in collaboration with composer Axel Kacoutié. The audio showcase

will be followed by a Q&A with Isis Thompson.


After, comedian and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts the presentation of this year’s RAFA and DARA awards. Following the live pitch (page 52) earlier in the afternoon, one of the five RAFA finalists will be awarded £7000 to make their audio documentary, with £3000 for a runner-up. £3000 will also be given to a completed project through the DARA (Documentary Audio Recognition Award), with £1000 for the runner-up. There will be networking drinks in the foyer between each part of the audio afternoon, featuring free beer and fun activities.

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Thursday 5 Sep 201918:00
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Tito & Tita, Gym Lumbera and an imagined past

American Export


A screening of works by Tito & Tita and collective member, Gym Lumbera. Often working with formats such as Super 8 and 16mm their films interrogate the possibilities of photographic media and its various histories.  


A Q&A with Gym Lumbera led by Dr May Adadol Ingawanji (moving image theorist, historian, curator and Co-Director of CREAM) follows the screening.


Class Picture

Dir. Tito & Tita

2012 | 4' | 16mm transferred to video | colour | sound


Shot on the short-ends of expired 16mm film, this work evokes faded memories and injects lyricism and humour into the archetypal class picture alongside the fleeting sound of waves crashing on a beach.


Anak Araw

Dir. Gym Lumbera

2012 | 70' | Super 8 + 16mm + 35mm transferred to HD | B&W | sound


Anak Araw follows a Filipino albino who searches for his identity in an imaginary past. Believing he is of American descent he teaches himself English using a Tagalog-English dictionary. Set in the 1950s, the film integrates original celluloid footage with archive material to create a unique, dreamlike atmosphere in which the filmmaker explores the nature of identity in a postcolonial situation.


Gym Lumbera was born in a quaint town in Batangas, Philippines by a lake that had a volcano right at its heart. Lumbera’s place of birth and the depth with which his connections to it run, threads through all of his films from his early shorts to his last feature, Anak Araw (2012). He is a recipient of the Ani ng Dangal National Award for Cinema 2012 from the President of the Philippines.


Tito & Tita are a film and art collective. Through installation, film, photography and collective actions they explore the spatial, architectural, performative, and cinematic elements of image- making, often working with small-gauge film formats such as Super 8 and 16 mm. Their name Tito & Tita is Tagalog for 'uncle and aunts', suggesting an informal network of artist collaborators. Along with Gym Lumbera the network’s current incarnation includes filmmakers Shireen Seno and Timmy Harn, production designer, Jacyn Esquillon, cinematographer, Jippy Pascua and artist Charles Salazar.


Tito & Tita and Gym Lumbera have featured in various festivals, institutions and artist-run spaces including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, Documenta (13), Tate Modern (London), M+ (Hong Kong), MoMA and The Museum of the Moving Image (New York).


This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.

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Monday 30 Sep 201918:30
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Tom Jones (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

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Wednesday 11 Sep 201912:0015:30
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Transit (12A)

German troops are fast approaching Paris. Georg, a German refugee, escapes to Marseille in the nick of time. In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of his persecutors. Those documents include a manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy.


In Marseille, only those who can prove they will leave, may remain. Visas for possible host countries, transit visas, and those scarce tickets for passage by ship are much needed. Georg has memorized Weidel's papers and assumes his identity. He delves into the quasi-existence of flight: refugee chatter in the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbor... He befriends Driss, the son of his comrade Heinz, who died on the run. Why move on at all? Are new beginnings possible elsewhere anyway?


Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Is it devotion or calculation that has led her to share her life with a doctor, Richard, before journeying on in search of her husband? He's said to have surfaced in Marseille in possession of a Mexican visa for him and his wife.


"Christian Petzold’s beguiling refugee romance is like a Kafkaesque Casablanca" - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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Friday 13 Sep 201920:50
Saturday 14 Sep 201914:0016:15
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Under the Skin (15)

Part of INK ON SCREEN – The Mayfair & St James Literary Festival Cinema Strand – exploring the power of words on screen


Introduced by Tobias Menzies, produced by Asterisk Films and Justine Waddell.


Loosely based on the cult novel by Michael Faber, Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 film starring Scarlett Johansson, is a startling dystopian fable about an alien woman who drives around Scotland picking up random men who she drugs and delivers to her home planet. A dark and satirical meditation on factory farming, nature, and what it is to be a merciful human being, the film also boasts breathtaking cinematography from Daniel Landin and a remarkable score from Mica Levi.  


INK ON SCREEN


Aims to spotlight the indelible link between cinema and the written word. This inaugural season will be curated by Tobias Menzies, star of Casino Royal, Game of Thrones, Outlander, and most recently, Prince Phillip in the Crown. Ink on Screen is personal and quixotic, with Tobias’ choices being based on years of watching films, reading film scripts and a career creating indelible characters. The season will also include introductions and Q&A’s with Tobias and contributors from the chosen films, to open up the link between the written word and what we see on screen.



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Wednesday 30 Oct 201918:15
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Upstairs Planet: Cleaners from Venus & Universe of Martin Newell (15)

UPSTAIRS PLANET: Cleaners From Venus & The Universe of Martin Newell


This is the World Premiere of Graham Bendel's latest film, the third in a trilogy of 'rugged individualists' who've rocked the fringes and occasionally crossed over into the musical mainstream.


Martin Newell is a raconteur, poet, musical genius and the Godfather of Lo-Fi.

'Upstairs Planet' is about the greatest band from the 1980s you've possibly not heard of: Cleaners From Venus. Funny, moving and hugely entertaining, it's about a relatively unknown  - but hugely talented -  cult 80s musician who has been a tremendous influence on many well-known acts and admired by a whole host of others (John Cooper Clarke, XTC, Ariel Pink, Mac DeMarco, etc).


Will he ever get the credit that he so richly deserves? Does he even want that approval? In the meantime, reaching a wider audience is threatened by health setbacks and, quite probably, his irascible temperament.  Find out more about the 'Greatest Living Englishman' and his unique & eccentric take on the world.

Previous documentaries from director Graham Bendel have been on Vic Godard/Subway Sect & Billy Childish, which have been screened all over the world.


+ Short film by JF Whitney on Billy Childish (I'm Hurting/ The Bitter Cup)  5 mins 12 secs


Plus live special guest: Martin Newell, in a rare London performance, will perform a short set after the film.  


Music before and after in the Bar from DJs: (including:  

special guest DJ Richard Norris (The Grid/Beyond The Wizards Sleeve) who'll be playing a psychedelic & suitably eclectic set.


Earlybird Offer

Tickets just £9 until midnight June 14th

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Thursday 29 Aug 201920:00
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Where They Need to Stand

CinemaItaliaUK


The issue of racism and fear of immigrants is increasingly current in most of Europe: populism and sovereign propaganda find here the fertile ground to nurture consent. Despite this, there are people who practice solidarity and welcome. The film tells the stories of 4 italian women, of different ages and from different border areas, who have decided to spend themselves to help the weakest.


Director Daniele Gaglianone will attend the Q&A.

Following the screening there will be a reception with free Italian food and wine.


The screening is in collaboration with FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London.

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Tuesday 15 Oct 201919:30
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Winter's Yearning

Open City Documentary Festival


In Maniitsoq, Greenland, US aluminium giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Promising economic renewal for the region, the sense that the plant may never actually come to fruition is palpable throughout Winter’s Yearning. Following the lives of the area’s loyal ageing population and its stymied youth—in a place where employment opportunities are limited to fisheries the contemporary colonial violence of Denmark is figured through stories of economic ruin, frustrated communities and shared national trauma. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people of Maniitsoq await their plant - and with it, Greenland’s possible first step towards sovereignty.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Sunday 8 Sep 201918:10
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Women of War

TRT World Citizen and Shorts On Tap present ‘Women of War’: finalists from the 2019 TRT World Citizen Short Film Competition.


The World Citizen Short Film Competition addresses the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time by focusing on human stories.

This year’s theme, Women of War, addresses the situation in conflict zones around the world where women and girls are often paying the highest price, facing systematic violence, oppression, and persecution.


We'll be presenting the best short films from the TRT World Citizen Short Film Competition alongside a selection of hand-picked works from Shorts On Tap.

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests and attending filmmakers.


PROGRAMME TO BE RELEASED SOON


Join TRT World Citizen and Shorts On Tap on Monday, September 2nd.


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Monday 2 Sep 201919:30
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Yeh Freedom Life

Open City Documentary Festival


Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists, Sachi and Parveen, feverishly trying to keep up with the currents and swings of their respective loves. Sachi works at a local beauty parlour; Parveen runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. Surrounded by a cacophonous city, Delhi-based filmmaker Priya Sen charts their pursuit of, according to Sachi, their “freedom lives” – an open existence outside of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family.


Followed by a Q&A with the director


In Partnership with UCL Urban Lab Films

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Saturday 7 Sep 201918:35