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Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis's life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star. For the people who loved him most, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with.
Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles's bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ’n’ roll, and even hip-hop. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.
Introduced by Angela Allen and Anthony Wall
This Arena documentary reveals the many parallels between the on and off-screen action. Narrated by John Hurt, the film follows members of the original crew - Guy Hamilton (assistant director) and Angela Allen (script) - as they take us to the original locations in Vienna, and let us relive the on-set dramas and improvisations that make The Third Man so authentic and so compelling.
The documentary pioneers projectionism, an innovative technique developed by director Fred Baker, projecting scenes from the feature directly onto the locations where they were filmed. They take the viewer deep inside the original images to meld Vienna with Greeneland, the heart of Graham Greene’s moral universe.
Executive Producer – Anthony Wall
Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults
An epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin and Peng, name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish, a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara to help Everest get home.
London Australian Film Society
The London Australian Film Society are dusting off their santa hats and cracking open the bottles of bubbly for a Christmas film, Aussie style.
Christmas time in Australia – a time for sunshine, family gatherings, prezzies, barbeques, peace and love, right? Well, not so much for this family….
It’s been a tough year for Joey. Not only is he coping with the loss of his father, he hates everything about his life – especially his mum’s simperingly nice new boyfriend and sadistic son who life’s intent is to make Joey’s an utter misery.
But when he has to share a shed during the Christmas family gathering with his flatulent great-grandfather, who’s fresh out of prison, he knows this is going to be the WORST CHRISTMAS EVER.
But things often don’t turn out the way you expect. And stinky old Albert has a few tricks up his sleeve.
If you love the Australian classic, The Castle (1997), this bonkers film is definitely for you!
“The ensemble cast is flawless and the adept handling of situation comedy results in a film brimming with fun.” David Stratton (SBS).
A complimentary glass of Aussie bubbles for each ticket holder on arrival and we will be raffling off some fantastic prizes – perfect for your last-minute gifts.
Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) will be on sale (cash only).
The Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
A husband embarks on a series of dangerous nocturnal adventures when he discovers his wife considered being unfaithful to him. Kubrick’s favourite film. Re-released for its 20 year anniversary.
A major milestone in the careers of stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and "a worthy final chapter to a great director's career" (Roger Ebert).
Features new and exclusive short film Never Just a Dream: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut.
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through.
Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.
Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.
As a movement, grime is hard to define; to some it’s overtly political, to others it’s about having a good time.
Like all musical subcultures it has evolved and changed, had its day and then had its day again. This programme begins at the early days of grime on video, and how the DIY aesthetic set by pioneers such as Risky Roadz confirmed a visual style that pays homage to its cultural roots; that of London estates, pirate radio, sportswear, Blackness, Englishness, otherness, hypermasculinity, the rave, the corner. It’s a movement that relies heavily on the power and presence of its performers, and the programme features key players from the scene including Wiley, Kano, Ghetts, Skepta and Wretch 32.
Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Aneil Karia (Trouble), Femi Oyenrian (Against All Odds), Nicky ‘Slimting’ Walker (Against All Odds), Roony Keefe (Risky Roadz) and Lucia Helenka (Roll Deeper), chaired by Jesse Bernard, contributing editor of TRENCH.
Guest programmed by Nia Childs.
Kano Adidas Bathrobe Freestyle, Risky Roadz, UK, 2004, 2’
Wiley, Skepta, Wretch, Scorcher, Ghetts, Frisco, Risky Roadz, UK, 2006, 11’
Roll Deeper, Lucia Helenka, UK, 2005, 12’
Hidden Olympic Village, Simon Wheatley, UK, 2012, 11’
Against All Odds, Femi Oyeniran/Nicky 'Slimting' Walker, UK, 2019, 23’
Trouble (Kano), Aneil Karia, UK, 2019, 18’
"David O Selznick's production of Margaret Mitchell's best seller remains the pinnacle of polished Hollywood storytelling and craftsmanship. The completed film is a remarkably coherent account of the novel and successfully balances the larger backdrop - the seismic changes affecting the South at the time of the American Civil War with the more intimate story of Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh), a petulant belle wrecking havoc on the lives of others"Geoff Andrew, BFI
National Theatre - Encore
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.
A remarkable film charting the creation and incredible success of the legendary Motown Records against the backdrop of the growing civil rights movement.
The first documentary about the iconic label to be made with the participation of the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy. Hitsville focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The film tracks the unique system that Berry Gordy assembled that enabled Motown to become the most successful record label of all time.
One of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in history, the discovery of CRISPR has made it possible to manipulate human DNA, paving the path to a future of great possibilities. The implications of this could mean the eradication of disease or, more controversially, the possibility of genetically pre-programmed children.
Breaking away from scientific jargon, Human Nature pieces together a complex account of bio-research for the layperson as compelling as a work of science-fiction. But whether the gene-editing powers of CRISPR (described as "a word processor for DNA") are used for good or evil, they’re reshaping the world as we know it. As we push past the boundaries of what it means to be human, Adam Bolt’s stunning work of science journalism reaches out to scientists, engineers, and people whose lives could benefit from CRISPR technology, and offers a wide-ranging look at the pros and cons of designing our futures.
Joker centres around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, stand alone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night...but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for adults
When the Banks family advertise for a new nanny, the magical Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way, answers the call. Through musical adventures she teaches the children and their father about life and the bonds of family.
Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for adults
54 years after the film that won the world's hearts, Mary Poppins returns to Cherry Tree Lane to help Michael and Jane Banks once more. With all new songs and familiar faces, this heart warming sequel will have you laughing, crying and beaming broadly throughout.
Nominated for 4 Oscars
Ah, to live in an animated world. Between astrology tutorials and acid-trip visions through Ukraine, bears save the earth and washed up hoovers stake their claim in a modern world.
Switch off and enjoy all the flavours: from the meticulous beauty of stop motion, the ghost of a skillful hand in cut-out worlds and the sharp detail of 3D digital. The sensorially innovative animated landscape sprawls endlessly on, with a programme to guide you through it’s uncharted territories. Guest programmed by Sarah Chorley.
Victor, Sam Tipper, UK, 4’
Deep Love, Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraine, 14’
Heat Wave, Fokion Xenos, UK, 8’
Drip, Jake Mansbridge, UK, 3’
KIDS, Michael Frei, Switzerland, 9’
Everything’s Fine, Ellie Boll/Katy Daft, UK, 3’
YOLK, Renee Y Liang, Canada, 3’
Catus Pocus, Merry Wijaya/Yujin Sick, Indonesia, 3’
All You Can Eat, Dimitris Armenakis, UK, 5’
And then the Bear, Agnès Patron, France, 14’
awaken, Yun-Er Chang, UK, 2’
Daughter, Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 15’
We’re packing comedies of a darker hue and more Lynchian leaning, inducing both belly laughs and bittersweet chuckles. These films aren’t afraid to confront issues that matter - from the male gaze to coming out - with lighter spoofs found in the unlikeliest of places, from chicken shops to dreary offices. Eyes out for comedy names Jack Whitehall, Lolly Adefope and Amit Shah.
Short Calf Muscle, Victoria Warmerdam, Netherlands, 13’
Luger, Freddie Waters, UK, 11’
Quiet Carriage, Ben S. Hyland, UK, 6’
Hot and Tasty, Laura Jayne Hodkin, UK, 4’
Norteños, Grandmas, UK, 8’
Maneater, Sandra Isacsson/Caroline Wallén, Sweden, 8’
The Plunge, Simon Ryninks, UK, 10’
Crash Cam, Tia Salisbury, UK, 8’
Sammy the Salmon, Jake Shannon, Australia, 7’
The Big Break, Philip Andelman, USA, 13’
This programme contains references to sex and violence, and depicts a mass shooting.
A returning crowd-pleaser, London Short Film Festival brings you the short and the strange of frugal filmmaking.
Limited budgets meet limitless ingenuity, from online exploits - with cults founded on YouTube conspiracy theories and the famously anonymous art collective NEOZOON’s latest political takedown - to Greta Gerwig-esque rom coms and unsolicited dick pics. Wild visual rides through and through, these films are testament to the magic that happens when DIY directors stretch their limited resources.
Cult Film, Alastair Cummings, UK, 14’
Little Lower Than The Angels, NEOZOON, Germany, 13’
Long Friend, Marie Dutton/Benjamin Spike Saunders, UK, 3’
Grubs Up!!, Jack Wormell, UK, 2’
Rice and Bread, Greta Griniūtė, UK, 5’
To Have Ham Over Your Eyes, Zachary Chia, UK, 4’
Meet Me At The Big Tree, Emmalouise Smith, UK, 4’
The Hair of London, Ruyi Ling, UK, 3’
War for Keyboard Warriors, Lam Can-zhao, China, 3’
Quality Control, Jasmine De Silva, UK, 2’
Don’t Film Me!, Lin Qiying, USA, 3’
One Second Every Day, Adrian Gray/Archie Henderson, UK, 5’
Unsolicited, Meg Cook, USA, 1’
Scare, Sarah Grant, UK, 6’
Molly’s Single, Ariel Gardner, USA, 30’
Gnomes in distress, Robbie Williams, a potted history of nipples: LSFF’s gift to you each festival, a programme of WTF wonders both irreverently baffling and irrevocably brain-melting. Get lost in the crazed visions of Adam de la Cour (Puzzl) and emerging video artist Lizzy Deacon.
All attending filmmakers will be in conversation.
Bennifer, Ryan McGlade, USA, 13’
Meeting Our Associates, Reuben Sutherland, UK, 4’
Sluggish Life, Mohsen Mehri Deravi, Iran, 11’
Blow Out, Daniel David Stewart, USA, 8’
Dentata Solutions, Adam de la Cour, UK, 5’
Gloop Girl, Martin Allison, UK, 10’
Gnomes, Adam Bernet/Rob Price, UK, 4’
iiiSYSTEM, Lizzy Deacon, UK, 3’
Stream, Eve Dufaud, Canada, 5’
The Switch, Paul Burt, UK, 5’
The History of Nipples, Bailey Tom Bailey, UK, 10’
Twins, Louis Hudson, UK, 1’
This programme contains nudity.
With their first feature Jessica Forever released in 2019, LSFF takes stock of the short films of directing duo Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel.
By embracing arthouse cinema without penetrating it, Poggi and Vinel are part of a 21st century rebirth of French cinema defined by the Incoherence Manifesto. Holding a mirror up to the teenage experience in contemporary rural France, they contrast parochial boredom with confrontational narratives and surrealist aesthetics.
Poggi and Vinel will join us in Q&A.
Tant qu'il nous Reste des Fusils à Pope (As Long As Shotguns Remain), Caroline Poggi/Jonathan Vinel, France, 2014, 30’
Grand Blanc - Tendresse, Caroline Poggi/Jonathan Vinel, France, 2016, 5’
Our Legacy, Caroline Poggi/Jonathan Vinel, France, 2016, 24’
After School Knife Fight, Caroline Poggi/Jonathan Vinel, France, 2017, 21’
Aamourocean - I Find Love, Caroline Poggi/Jonathan Vinel, France, 2017, 6’
This programme contains unsimulated sex.
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.
Followed by a Q&A with Danny Garcia, Nick Reynolds, Simon Wells and Chris Salewicz
The first documentary to be produced about the founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones.
In the mid '60s, Brian Jones emerged as 'the face' and poster boy of the Bohemian Swingin’ London scene, topping the charts with The Rolling Stones and dating model/actress Anita Pallenberg.
However, his excessive lifestyle and his reputation as ' the original bad boy of Rock & Roll' was to cost him dearly. As the scene descended into the acid ridden year of 1967 so did Brian. Targeted by the authorities and media, he spiralled out of control losing both Anita and the respect of the Stones. Two years later, Brian was found at the bottom of his swimming pool, the verdict: death by misadventure.
During the last 50 years many theories have emerged, claiming that Brian was murdered and that it was covered up at high level, as this film discovers - the evidence for this is extremely compelling.
One sleepy Saturday morning a 30-year-old construction worker Erik gets some earth-shattering news: his ex-girlfriend Moonika who he hasn’t even seen for the past six months is about to go into labour. She however is not ready for motherhood and if Erik does not want the kid either, the little girl will be put up for adoption. Take it or leave it!
First feature of the female Estonian director Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo and the Estonian Official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2019.
Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over 55's.
Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly introduce more golden moments from the MGM music library inckluding drama and comedy, along with those infamous musical numbers!
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Kids Kino Club
Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults
Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. After analysing extensive evidence, he learns about their 'enhanced interrogation techniques'—proven to be brutal, immoral, and ineffective—that the CIA adopted after 9/11. When Jones and Senator Dianne Feinstein's (Annette Bening) Senate Intelligence Committee attempt to release the results from his investigation, however, the CIA and White House go to great lengths to prevent the truth from getting out.
“A large-scale saga of corruption, justice, and overwhelming relevance that’s at once gripping and eye-opening" - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
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Set in a lovingly evoked Budapest in the run-up to Christmas, Lubitsch’s deliciously delicate comedy focuses on the various obstacles blocking the path of potential lovers James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, fellow workers in a gossip-ridden emporium who are unaware they’re in fact courting one another by mail in an anonymous correspondence.
The director’s fabled ‘touch’, here at its lightest, contributes to what is arguably Hollywood’s most exquisitely romantic depiction of the old central Europe. Perfect seasonal fare.
London Short Film Festival takes a dive into the corny and stunningly inappropriate world of the sexual education film.
With its roots firmly embedded in turn of the century moralsing, the sex-ed film was orginally created as a means to keep social order, emphasising the dangers of wanton behaviour, unwanted pregnancies and STDs. As society underwent the cultural shifts of the 1960s, these films transitioned into the more liberated, Vaseline smeared embarrassments we all know and love today.
Keep an eye out for Breaking Bad’s Johnathan Banks in his first ever starring role.
Are You Popular?, Coronet Instructional Films, USA, 1947, 12’
As Boys Grow, Ted Peshak, USA, 1957, 17’
Linda’s Film on Menstruation, Linda Feferman, USA, 1974, 18’
The Sexually Mature Adult, Ben Norman, USA, 1973, 18’
Condoms: A Responsible Choice, USA, 1985, 11’
Sudden Birth, Alan Paul Rhone, USA, 1966, 23’
In this treasure trove of oddities, LSFF looks at how the ephemeral film functioned in the everyday, moving beyond its role as an educational tool into something more insidious.
Beginning with the aspirational consumerism found in the dark heart of the American dream, this programme moves on to explore how other dubious ideologies were firmly embedded in these films, from anti-homosexual fear-mongering to creationist myth propagating. These films kept their viewers locked into a cycle of rampant materialism and perpetual fear.
Our Feature Presentation, USA, 1960s, 1’
Boys Beware, Sid Davis, USA, 1961, 10’
New Pork: An Exciting Taste Treat, USA, 1970, 4’
Why Play Leap Frog?, USA, 1949, 10’
Consuming Women (Women as Consumers), Procter & Gamble, USA, 1967, 4’
On Every Hand, National Safety Council, USA, 10’
200, Vincent Collins, USA, 1975, 4’
Carnivorous Plants, Moody Institute of Science, USA, 1955, 10’
We’ve Got It, Coca Cola Company, USA, 1970s, 13’
Knife Thrower and Children, USA, 1’
Seduction of the Innocent, Sid Davis, USA, 1966, 10’
Joy Ride - An Auto Theft, Bill Crain, USA, 1976, 13’
The Mullinaires, Youngtown Kitchens, USA, 1953, 3’
Drive-in: Goodnight, USA, 1960s, 1’
After the Second World War, the USA was gripped by the ‘Red Scare,’ a national paranoia that the country was being infiltrated by communist spies.
This hysteria found its natural home in the burgeoning educational film industry, through the technology of the day and by using schools and workplaces as screening venues, corporations were able to disseminate anti-communist material at an alarming speed.
Collectively, these films display the absurd rhetoric used to warn citizens of insidious communist tactics and the concomitant, lingering threat of nuclear annihilation.
What is Communism?, USA, 1963, 14’
Duck and Cover, Anthony Rizzo, USA, 1951, 10’
Our Cities Must Fight, Anthony Rizzo, USA, 1951, 9’
The House in the Middle, Federal Civil Defense Authority, USA, 1954, 12’
Perversion for Profit (Part 1), Charles Keating, USA, 1964, 14’
Red Nightmare, George Waggner, USA, 1962, 28’
Tickets just £1.75 for the over 55s