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Aladdin (PG)

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

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Viziervie for a magic lamp that has magical powers to make their dreams come true. A live action version of a much loved classic.

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Saturday 2 Nov 201911:30
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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 Day Off (15)

London Korean Film Festival

Seoul. Winter. Sunday. One fairly dodgy-looking young man, one pregnant young woman, and a pack of cigarettes. From this raw material Lee Man-hee, the most imaginative and visually inventive director of Korea’s 1960s and 70s, made a black-and-white masterpiece. In A Day Off he was able to blend lessons learned from Italian neo-realism with his particular tragic vision of melodrama, one displayed eloquently in earlier films such as Full Autumn (1966) and Homebound (1967).

Our young couple meet in wind-blown parks up on Namsan, the great hill south of the city. Down below is Myeongdong neighbourhood - overshadowed by the spire of a grand Cathedral, indifferent to the little lives of the inhabitants.

Back in 1968 the government censors hated the film and its too-realistic vision of life in the nation’s capital. They demanded changes; Lee and colleagues risked their necks by refusing. So the film was not even listed on his official filmography and shelved until its lucky rediscovery by the Korean Film Archive in 2005.

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Saturday 2 Nov 201914:00
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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)

Winner of the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Film Comedy 1982

"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 Single Spark (15)

London Korean Film Festival

In 1995 Korean New Wave filmmaker Park Kwang-su made the seminal Korean protest drama A Single Spark. The film offers two narratives: the true story of young textile factory worker Jeon Tae-il, who became an activist for workers’ rights and famously set himself ablaze for his beliefs in 1970; and the partly fictionalised efforts of another activist, who five years later tries to commit Jeon Tae-il’s tale to the page, all the while evading capture.

The earlier timeline was shot in black and white and, by dint of its climax, gave Korean cinema some of its most indelible images, while the latter story takes place in colour, but shows how little the political landscape has changed in the interim. This powerful tale of struggle, oppression and dogged determinism was co-written by none other than the future Korean cinema masters Lee Chang-dong and Hur Jin-ho.

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Monday 4 Nov 201918:30
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Alexander's Ragtime Band (U)

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

In 1915, society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue 'ragtime' music rather than the more approved serious music. The film charts the rise of popular music from the beginnings until the time of swing.

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Wednesday 13 Nov 201912:0015:30
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Bloodline (18)

London Korean Film Festival

Bloodline is set in a divided Korea and unfolds in Seoul’s Haebangchon district, where many of those displaced from North Korea have settled. The film follows an indigent widower (Kim Seong-ho) who gets by working as a housing agent, and his son (Shin Seong-il), who uses every trick in the book to earn some extra cash. Living next to them is the breadwinner (Shin Young-kyun) of a family of four, who, though his job as a litter picker barely gives him enough to live on, must support his ailing wife, elderly mother and disabled daughter.

Kim Soo-yong provides a realistic representation of the struggles faced by the people living in this poor shanty town, yet the film doesn’t paint the lives of these workers from an ideological standpoint, but rather from a humanist perspective. Kim’s directorial sensibility makes itself felt in many different ways. Each character has a distinct role and personality, while there are also several intriguingly theatrical moments. Furthermore, Kim employs a strongly anti-heroic approach, refraining from relying too much on any one particular character. The cast includes many of the 1960s’ most emblematic actors.

Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Sunday 3 Nov 201914:00
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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


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Wednesday 16 Oct 201920:00
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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.


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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Everything - The Real Thing Story


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 (Sold Out)
Wednesday 30 Oct 201920:50
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Extreme Job (15)

London Korean Film Festival

Remember Los Pollos Hermanos, the fast-food outlet in TV's Breaking Bad that serves as a front for the Southwestern United States' most lucrative methamphetamine distribution network? That idea is turned on its head in this action comedy feature from director Lee Byeong-heon (What A Man Wants, 2018), as an incompetent and dysfunctional five-person police team takes over a run-down chicken shop in order to observe and infiltrate a drug syndicate's headquarters across the road. When their special chicken recipe becomes a massive hit with the public, it is a case of stakeout meets takeout, as cooking and crime-busting get ever more confused, until this ensemble of misfits finally learns why they were put together in the first place, and why their leader Captain Ko (Ryu Seung-yong, Seven Years of Night, 2017) has the nickname 'Zombie'.

"There’s lots of absurdity in what we do," says Ko - and when it comes to crazy laughs and over-the-top fighting, Extreme Job delivers to order.

Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Wednesday 6 Nov 201920:35
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Film 1: Q&A - The Nagano Tapes

Made In Prague Festival

You must have a ticket to both portions of this double bill - the Ondřej Hudeček Q&A (£12) and the film (free). Entry to the film is not possible without a ticket for the Q&A.

8.15pm - The Nagano Tapes

9.30pm - Q&A with Ondřej Hudeček

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Sunday 10 Nov 201920:20
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Film 2: The Nagano Tapes (12A)

The uplifting story of the Czech Republic men’s ice hockey team’s surprise victory at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where professional players participated in the Games for the first time. The underdog squad from the Czech Republic led by Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek stunned the world on its way to an historic gold. Their triumph in Nagano is recognised as a defining moment and a source of national pride at a time of the country’s resurgence.

Directed by the Sundance award-winning Ondřej Hudeček, it features never-before-seen IMAX footage, exclusive International Olympic Committee archive material and interviews with some of the world´s best ice hockey players who relive their experience in precise detail including Dominik Hasek, Jaromir Jagr, Petr Svoboda, Eric Lindros, Alexei Yashin and coach Marc Crawford.

You must have a ticket to both portions of this double bill - the Q&A (£12) and the film (free). Entry to the film is not possible without a ticket for the Q&A.

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Sunday 10 Nov 201920:50
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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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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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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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Grass (15)

London Korean Film Festival

There is a sequence at the centre of Hong Sangsoo's economic enigma where a writer (most of the characters here are writers, actors or both) is seen repeatedly going up and down a staircase. Her indecision, catching her in a strange limbo between here and there, might as well serve as the key motif and mood of this slippery, ambiguous film. Different characters drift in and out of a back-alley cafe in Seoul, looking for new inspiration or accommodation, speaking of their hopes and regrets - while A-reum (Hong's regular muse Kim Minhee) eavesdrops on their conversations, typing up her observations into what she describes as "sort of a diary, but not a diary." Episodic, meandering and offering the mere ghost of a narrative, the film, too, is neither this nor that - but the apparent simplicity of Hong's monochromatic long takes conceals a theatricalised artifice whose players may merely be A-reum's fictions, or even lost souls.

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Tuesday 5 Nov 201921:00
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Great Adventures of the Lucky Four (PG)

Made In Prague Festival

Followed by a children's art workshop

The Lucky Four - Fifinka, Pinda, Bobik and Myspulin - live in a small house in the picturesque village of Treskoprsky. One cosy night, sitting around a camp fire in their garden, they share stories of the best adventures they had last year: a successful climbing trip to the Devil’s Thumb, tracking  a mysterious werewolf, a trip to outer space full of rubbish and pirates, and delivering presents to the devil’s children on St Nicholas’s Day. While faithful to the original style, mystical creatures, pirates and local villain Kamil Zadrhel together with Myspulin’s wonderful inventions refresh these four short stories with new thrills and frights suitable even for preschool children.  Inspired by the most famous of Czech comics for children, this is a 50th anniversary present for the Lucky Four’s many generations of fans.

Followed by a children’s art workshop.

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Sunday 10 Nov 201914:00
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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, an incredible cast including Georgina Dugdale, Jonathan Rigby and Hammer legend Caroline Munro perform a live reading of the original Christopher Wicking script.

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Thursday 17 Oct 201919:30
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Homebound (18)

London Korean Film Festival

Homebound (1967), alongside Full Autumn (1966) and A Day Off (1968), is known as one of Lee Man-hee’s masterpieces of melodrama. Lee is known for being a director who does not use the spaces in his films as mere locations, but instead as devices to portray the psychological state of his characters, or to communicate awareness of the film’s overall theme. Lee contrasts the silence, broken simply by the sound of footsteps on the stairs at the two-story mansion in Incheon, and the streets of the city of Seoul overflowing with the sounds of people and car horns. He uses this to effectively depict Ji-yeon both as a wife responding to societal expectations, and as an agent of desire.

A hectic main station, hordes of cars traversing the overpasses, rows of neon signs; in this Seoul she runs in her high heels, laughs out loud, and drinks beer. However, when night falls she boards the train, and returns home, where she must dutifully resume her role  as sombre wife. Through the character of Ji-yeon, who, no matter where she is cannot remain silent, the film uses its visual beauty to recreate the disorder and uneasiness inherent for this woman making the transition from traditional to modern society.

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Saturday 2 Nov 201919:30
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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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Idol (15)

London Korean Film Festival

Following his harrowing drama Han Gong-ju (2013), director Lee Su-jin turns to noir, established by opening shots of a rainy nocturnal cityscape. In an instantly arresting voiceover, Yoo Joong-sik (Lee Chang-dong regular Sul Kyung-gu) intimately describes masturbating his mentally challenged son Bu-nam, introducing the central theme of errant fatherhood.

Bu-nam has been killed in a hit-and-run accident. "Hiding details now could have consequences later," insists rising politician Koo Myung-hui (Han Seok-kyu), making his guilty son confess to the police - but with the full extent of the crime becoming clearer, decent Myung-hui sinks ever lower in covering up a situation that threatens his political ambitions. As he and Joong-sik circle each other in search of Bu-nam's missing bride Ryun-hwa (Chun Woo-hee), everyone's buried secrets lead to a violent collision of class and politics from which nobody emerges looking pretty. Broodingly paced and elliptically plotted, Lee's film unleashes an iconoclastic onslaught of grief, corruption and revenge.

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Thursday 7 Nov 201920:15
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Jirí Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease (12A)

Made In Prague Festival

A celebration of the life and work of Jiří Suchý, performer, singer-songwriter, writer, composer and poet whose songs and plays span generations and who has become a Czech national icon. It looks back at the more than 60 years of Suchý’s creative life associated with his legendary Prague Semafor theatre and inspired by Laurel & Hardy, Czech theatre gurus Voskovec & Werich and British comedian George Formby. Playing the accordion, reading his funny stories and poetic texts full of surprising rhymes, Suchý is an engaging, gossipy presence, enjoying the good times, not concentrating on the bad ones for long. This is a portrait of a man full of humility who has dedicated his life to the theatre and music and who, despite his struggles with the communist regime and personal tragedies, has never lost his optimism and humour.

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Saturday 9 Nov 201916:00
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Karel, Me and You (15)

Made In Prague Festival

Humorous, spontaneous dialogues, acutely observed situations and natural performances fuel fresh film energy into this conversation based film revolving around Sasa, Karel and Dusan. Sasa moves in with her friend Dusan when taking a break on her marriage to Karel which seemed to have fizzled out. While providing a support, and a sound board to their hopes and concerns, Dusan fumbles through his own love life. Successfully evoking long debates with a best friend while providing a testimony to threatening uncertainties and similarly threatening assurances related to all relationships, this surprising indie debut authentically portrays the world of thirty-somethings, who seek, find and sometime also lose their friends and life partners.

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Sunday 10 Nov 201918:00
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Let There Be Light (15)

Made In Prague Festival

It’s Christmas, and Milan, who's been working in Germany to provide a better life for his family, returns home to discover that his absence has taken its toll. His eldest son is a member of a paramilitary youth group, and involved in the death of a classmate. As he starts to investigate, Milan calls into question the deep-rooted traditions of his faith and village realising that he must overcome his own failings before he can protect his son from being led astray. This compelling drama about the strength and fragility of family ties addresses far-right extremism through the prism of a family raising its children.

Winner of the Best Actor Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Slovakia’s entry for the Oscars.

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Saturday 9 Nov 201918:20
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Most! They Love Each Other but They Do Not Know It Yet (15)

Made In Prague Festival

Followed by a Q&A with director Jan Prušinovský and screenwriter Petr Kolečko

A provocative and politically incorrect comedy miniseries, Most! has won over the Czech TV audience and became the most talked-about show of 2019. Set in the city of Most it revolves around pub bum Ludan, who owes money to the local mafia boss, but has just lost his job thanks to his racist comments. Finding refuge in the local pub, Ludan spends his time drinking beer with his mates: Eda, the owner of the 'only-for-whites ' pub; an excommunicated priest; and Franta, a Romany who is the only one able to pay his bill. A local, sleepy community changes for ever with the arrival of Ludan’s brother, now turned into an energetic sexy blonde, and triggers a merry-go-round of lies and improvisations.

A complimentary beer with each ticket. For 18+ only.

Four episodes of the series will be shown, with an interval after the first two.

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Friday 8 Nov 201918:30
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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."


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Saturday 19 Oct 201911:30
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North Korean Partisan in South Korea (12A)

London Korean Film Festival

Lee Tae (Ahn Sung-ki), a travelling correspondent for the North Korean news agency, finds himself plunged into battle as the tide begins to turn against Kim Il-sung’s army and partisan auxiliaries fighting in the South. Long after he has traded in pen for rifle, he and his comrades will experience small victories, but they are gradually overwhelmed by the merciless forces arrayed against them – including the remorseless Korean winter.

Thirty-five years after Piagol (1955), a South Korean director dared make a film sympathetic to the idealism, bravery and desperation of these intimate enemies up in the mountains. Chung Ji-young was sticking his neck out, this early into an era of halting democratisation. He had the help of the real Lee Tae’s powerful memoire, turned into a solid scenario by brand-new director Jang Sun-woo, as well as the support of his actors, from veteran Ahn to rising star Choi Jin-sil.

Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Saturday 2 Nov 201915:45
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Old Timers (15)

Made In Prague Festival

Followed by a Q&A with actor Jiri Schmitzer and directors Martin Dusek and Ondrej Provaznik

Vlasta and Tonda, WWII veterans and ex political prisoners, now elderly and infirm, have one last mission – to find and kill the communist prosecutor who once jailed them and escaped justice. Gearing up for the job with an old pistol and a rusty camper-van, the would-be assassins set off on a cross-country vengeance trip accompanied by Tonda´s beloved dogs. Deploying a grumpy old man act, their age and Vlasta´s wheelchair to manipulate the authorities and their caring families, they try to right old wrongs.  Full of oddball humour and empathy for the unlikely heroes fighting for justice, this bitter comedy with excellent performances successfully combines a road movie with a revenge thriller.

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Saturday 9 Nov 201920:10
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Peppermint Candy (18)

London Korean Film Festival

"I am going back!" declares Kim Yong-ho (Sul Kyung-gu) at the beginning of Peppermint Candy, as he stands on a rail bridge, his arms outstretched for an oncoming train. Made just before the new millennium, Lee Chang-dong's second feature also goes back, anticipating the inverted chronology of Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000), Gaspar Noë's Irréversible (2002) and François Ozon's 5x2 (2004) through a series of receding flashbacks that trace five periods in this suicide's life, right back to the doomed promise of his youth. Along the way, spineless Yong-ho finds himself on the wrong side of history in the Asian economic crisis, and before that in Korea's violent struggle for a democratic identity, so that the nation's bright future has become one that he can no longer share. Here the candy of the title is like the madeleine in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, or the 'rosebud' in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941) - a trigger for memory, but also a sweet that comes with a very bitter aftertaste.

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Sunday 3 Nov 201916:30
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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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Special Focus Forum: A Century of Korean Cinema

London Korean Film Festival

Participants: Darcy Paquet, Yoo Un-seong  

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Korean Cinema, this year’s ‘Special Focus’ programme strand features UK and European premiere film screenings of culturally-important retrospective titles, many newly restored: from a 1940s masterpiece produced in formerly united Korea, to the second film in Korean cinema history directed by a woman, and beloved 1990s indie gems. In this associated Special Focus Forum event, invited guests will paint an overview of Korean cinema’s rich history, tracing its past, discussing its present and proposing its future.

What is the first Korean film ever made? What it is ‘traditional’ Korean filmmaking and what defines its characteristics? What has shaped the tone and voice of each decade and its most notable titles? Part One of the Forum will see film critic Darcy Paquet tracing the origins and the legacy of Korean film classics to Korean ‘new wave’ and contemporary school of filmmakers, to unwrap the cultural and contextual specifics.

Darcy Paquet is an American film critic, university lecturer, author and actor. A native of Massachusetts, he has been living in Seoul since 1997. In 2011, Paquet was awarded the Korea Film Reporters Association Award at the 15th Busan International Film Festival for his contributions in introducing Korean cinema to the world. He is the author of New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves, and artistic director of the Wildflower Film Awards Korea.

In Part Two, fellow film critic Yoo Un-seong will present a case study of the Korean Cinema of the 1990s, taking an indepth look at how the film industry has changed, and the new school of filmmaking and film consumption has shaped and informed each other.

Yoo Un-seong is a Korean film critic and co-publisher of Okulo, a journal of cinema and the moving image. He has worked as a programmer of the Jeonju International Film Festival (2004~2012) and the program director of the Moonji Cultural Institute SAII (2012~2014). In 2018, he published Ghost And The Guards, a collection of essays on cinema, art and literature. He co-edited the books including Pedro Costa (2010), Roberto Rossellini (2004), Carl Dreyer (2003), among others and etc.

The Forum will conclude with a conversation between the two guest speakers and time for questions and comments from the audience.

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Thursday 7 Nov 201918:30
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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.

Followed by an audience discussion about the psychological themes and events of the movie with: Professor Catherine Loveday, Neuropsychologist & Principal Lecturer at University of Westminster and Dr Raj Persaud, Harley St Consultant Psychiatrist, Broadcaster & Author.
Hosted by Bryan Bonaparte

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Tuesday 22 Oct 201919:00
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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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That'll Be The Day (15)

Heavenly Films presents…

That’ll Be The Day

Plus Q&A with writer Ray Connolly

That’ll Be The Day is a classic of early ‘70s British cinema and the film that launched David Essex’s acting career. Set in late '50s, early ‘60s Britain it tells the tale of a suburban school dropout Jim Maclaine (Essex) as he drifts through a succession of dead-end jobs until he finds an outlet for his frustration in rock'n'roll. Before long Maclaine is on the path to stardom, a theme continued in the film's equally compelling sequel Stardust.

Written by journalist/novelist Ray Connolly That’ll Be The Day captures the atmosphere and excitement of the early UK music scene via some outstanding performances by Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Rosemary Leach, Billy Fury and Essex himself.  The movie's authentic period costumes, meanwhile, were supplied by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Mclaren from their King’s Road boutique Let It Rock.

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Wednesday 23 Oct 201919:30
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The Age of Success (18)

London Korean Film Festival

A year after the release of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987) with its sardonic credo of “greed is good”, director Jang Sun-woo unveiled what looks three decades on like the Korean response – a vivid, madcap comedy of corporate intrigue and naked self-advancement. The stage is the bland office of Seoul food manufacturer, Yumi, its corridors stalked by the ambitious Kim Pan-chok (Ahn Sung-ki), a salesman with a gift for self-promotion and a fierce devotion to a macho, militaristic form of capitalist endeavour: “Sleep More Than Four Hours, You’re Doomed,” reads a poster on his bedroom wall. Engaged in a bitter rivalry with another food company, Gammi, Pan-chok takes the opportunity to claw his way to the top via a web of romantic deceit and revenge. Boldly confrontational with a Brechtian tinge, Jang’s film took audiences aback at the time of its release but now stands as an irreverent assault on a business culture that would soon become the international norm.

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Monday 4 Nov 201920:40
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The Best of Czech Animation 2015 – 2019 (12A)

Made In Prague Festival

Cherry-picked from the Venice, Berlin and Annecy International Film Festivals, including the winner of the 2019 Student Academy Awards, this selection showcases the best Czech animations from FAMU, one of the top international film schools.  The animated black comedy Happy End offers an overview of stereotypical Czech characters while The Kite is a touching tale of a boy and his grandfather and Hide N Seek pulls the viewer into the surreal world of the human subconscious. The puppet drama Daughter about a strained father/daughter relationship and the limits of mutual understanding contrasts with the animated documentary Apart dealing with life after the loss of loved ones and the contemplation of womanhood in Woman´s Day while Bloody Fairytales transforms classic tales into an homage to the movies of both Lotte Reiniger and Quentin Tarantino.  

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Sunday 10 Nov 201916:00
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The Contact (15)

London Korean Film Festival

Among the many classic romantic dramas of Korean cinema which emerged in the late 1990s, The Contact holds a very special place, both as the film debut of future superstar Jeon Do-yeon and as a stylistically sophisticated work which felt more dynamic than many of its contemporary peers.

A radio producer, stoic and mysterious as played by Han Seok-kyu, and a telemarketer, played to genial perfection by Jeon, are both hurting from failed or unrequited love, and through an LP of Velvet Underground sent to the producer’s show station, they begin a series of online chats, growing close, sharing their woes, and eventually something more.

This classic tale of missed connections and the slow ebbs and flows of emotion comes to life under the sure hand of director Chang Younhyun, who guides a camera that is frequently on the move, compositions that highlight reflections and chasms between characters and subtly powerful sound effects, all under Lou Reed’s dulcet tones on Velvet Underground’s Pale Blue Eyes.

Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Sunday 3 Nov 201919:20
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The Day a Pig Fell into a Well (18)

London Korean Film Festival

Never released in the UK, LKFF regular Hong Sangsoo’s debut heralded a striking new international voice back in 1996. Here, Hong follows four people in their 30s through the streets of Seoul. Disillusionment slowly takes hold of this 80s generation who fought for political freedom, only to now find themselves adrift in an unrecognisable brave new world. Consumerism, vanity and selfishness are the order of the day, a mere decade later. Unprecedented in both his domestic success and formal invention, Hong has been central to Korean cinema ever since. While quite different in style to his later more minimalist films, what is immediately apparent in this debut is Hong’s ability to put very real human beings, warts and all, onscreen. Hong’s trademark self-deprecating compassion uncannily generates a wistful magic. Profound meaning is conjured out of the thin air of everyday living. A landmark in Korean cinema.

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Tuesday 5 Nov 201918:30
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The Disorderly Orderly (PG)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75

When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned.

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Wednesday 6 Nov 201912:0015:30
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The Final Quarter

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

In partnership with AFL Europe and ORIGINS: Festival of First Nations

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 followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

The panellists are:

• Bridget Brennan - ABC European correspondent and proud Indigenous Australian

• Dr Siobhan Martin - Monash Fellow and European HR Director, Aegon Asset Management

• Sally Fryer - editor of THE FINAL QUARTER, founding Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation

These three women will create a brilliant platform and sounding board for what will, no doubt, be a most complex and passionate discussion following the screening. Sally knows the film inside out and has worked with it's director, Ian Darling, since 2001. Bridget was the ABC's National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent before moving to London. And Siobhan is an expert in cultural change in some of the world's largest workplace environments and a avid AFL supporter.

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 (Sold Out)
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The Great Spirit


Il Grande Spirito

Taranto. After stealing the money of his accomplices, disgraced bank robber Tonino (Sergio Rubini) has his life saved by a lunatic convinced to be a Sioux named Red Crow (Rocco Papaleo). Red Crow believes that Tonino is the Man of Destiny sent by the Great Spirit to accomplish a great mission. As his life is in danger, Tonino will have only to seek for a strange allegiance with his crazy saviour.

An intelligent, funny and moving dramatic comedy, directed and co-written by Sergio Rubini (The Stuff of Dreams, My Own Good) which explores the life in the city of Taranto, poisoned and threatened by the poisoning presence of the steelworks industry of ILVA. Music composed by Ludovico Einaudi.

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

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Tuesday 12 Nov 201919:30
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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 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 Seashore Village (18)

London Korean Film Festival

A beautiful fishing village is home to a community of widows who have lost their loved ones at sea. We follow the daily routine of Haesoon, whose husband has recently disappeared during a fishing trip only a week into their marriage. Beset by misfortune, Haesoon survives thanks to her natural toughness, the support of her female companions and elderly mother-in-law, as well as the restorative sound of the waves. Through dazzling long shots, Kim Soo-yong brings the sublime landscape to life. The power of the sea and the mountains frames the story, with human life and tragedy playing out as part of the wider narrative of the natural world. Women here are fierce, and yet care for and support each other. Their bond made more resolute through their shared sufferings, we witness an intense yet playful intimacy emerging between them.

Based on the 1953 novel by Oh Young-soo, The Seashore Village was one of the earliest successful munye (literary adaptation) films, a genre which would come to define much of South Korean cinema during the 1960s. Kim Soo-yong directed an astonishing 109 films between 1958 and his retirement in 1999, and during his most active period in the 1960s, regularly made several films a year. His 34th feature, The Seashore Village, was a collaboration with Ho Hyun-chan - producer of the legendary, now lost Late Autumn (1966) with Lee Man-hee - and honours the power of female compassion to overcome tragic circumstances.

Followed by a Q&A with director

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Friday 1 Nov 201919:00
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Ticket (18)

London Korean Film Festival

Min Ji-sok (Kim Ji-mee) is the no-nonsense owner of a cafe in the tough port town Sokcho. Her ‘girls’ serve more than tea or coffee, if a male customer purchases the right ticket. Ji-sok has just taken on three new girls: the experienced but ditzy Miss Yang, tough cookie Miss Hong, and the innocent Miss Yun. Against the background of their sorrows and moments of happiness, we learn the story of how Ji-sok herself ended up in dead-end Sokcho.

The production company backing this gritty yet beautiful film was controlled by star Kim Ji-mee. Rather than use the film as a vanity project for her diva status, she allowed her ensemble of younger actors free rein in developing their roles. The acting, strong script, and artistic photography makes Ticket much more than another ‘hostess’ film (a genre which had mixed cliched melodrama and exploitation in tales of young women, seduced, abandoned and fated to a life of prostitution).

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Wednesday 6 Nov 201918:20
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Toy Story 4 (U)

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

When a new toy called 'Forky' joins Woody and the gang, a roadtrip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. The 4th installment in the adored Toy Story films.

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Saturday 9 Nov 201911:30
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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.  


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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Where They Need to Stand


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 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