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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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