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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.
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 onVariety
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.