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Soul Jazz Records Cinema Club
Soul Jazz Records presents a rare one-off screening of Aguirre, Wrath of God, Werner Herzog’s seminal classic 1973 film – a tense and exciting dramatic adventure story of Colonialism, madness and obsession, a fantastically flawed and fatal 16th century Spanish expedition deep into the jungles of the Amazon in search of the mythical land of gold known as El Dorado.
The power of Werner Herzog’s film is portrayed fantastically by the actor Klaus Kinski playing a Machiavellian and obsessional soldier. Kinski plays the part at the height of his powers. Herzog and Kinski would later revisit this theme of insanity and adventure once more in 1982 with the film Fitzcaraldo. Similarly important is the stunning soundtrack by Popul Vuh, the German rock group led by Florian Fricke, who worked in collaboration with Herzog on many films. The score successfully portrays the dramatic tension and beauty of the film through with some of the most beautiful and powerful music ever seen on screen.
The story is based on the diary of a Monk named Gaspar de Carvajal – the only document of this tragic tale. Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God was one in a series of stunning films that he made throughout the 1970s establishing as one of the most unique voices in cinema. French filmmaker François Truffaut called Herzog ‘the most important film director alive.’ In the 2000s Herzog moved from Germany to the USA continuing to direct films including Bad Lieutenant (with Nicolas Cage) and acting (including the film Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise and appearing in The Simpsons!).
The film will be introduced by Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).
A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.
Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults
A young calf dreams of beginning a big star and goes to stay with her cow dad on his farm to achieve her goal. A heartwarming story of friendship and dreams.
The screening will be followed by a drinks reception
Antonio and Agostino are two childhood friends who haven't met in quite a long time. They will be reunited by a long journey across Europe on Agostino's truck, heading back to their hometown. It will be the occasion to confront each other on their own past, the secrets that separated them and the possibility to start from scratch a new friendship.
Vinicio Marchioni (Quanto basta, Romanzo Criminale) and Marco D'Amore (Ciro Di Marzio in the tv series Gomorrah) deliver two "extraordinary performances in this small gem" (CineEuropa) which is a captivating road movie, a funny comedy and an intimate drama at the same time.
Director Simone Catania will attend the Q&A.
The Photographers' Gallery
To coincide with the current exhibition Feast for the Eyes at The Photographers’ Gallery, join us for a unique screening of Andy Warhol’s Eat (1963) and Restaurant (aka L'Avventura) (1965). The former captures the simple act of a man eating mushrooms in a one-man show starring Robert Indiana in a single 35-minute shot. Restaurant, on the other hand, is a moving still life, opening with a tight shot of a chequered tablecloth. With off camera conversations and the appearance of Warhol superstars like Edie Sedgwick, this 34-minute film documents a staged dinner in a New York restaurant.
Federico Fellini’s exquisite tale of celebrity casts an adoring yet critical eye towards post-war Rome. Set over seven decadent days, the film follows Marcello Mastroianni’s philandering journalist, pursuing a happiness that’s always just out of reach.
A new 4K restoration marks the film’s 60th anniversary and screens as part of the official 2020 celebrations for the centenary of Federico Fellini.
“Probably the greatest film ever made” - Nicolas Winding Refn
One of cinema’s most achingly poignant romances, based on Stefan Zweig’s novella set in fin de siècle Vienna. About to leave the city in order to avoid a duel, concert pianist Stefan Brand receives a letter from a woman he can no longer remember. A wry meditation on memory and misplaced desire.
Mike Figgis's enthralling documentary about the turbulent life and career of Ronnie Wood, legendary rock guitarist and long-time member of The Rolling Stones.
London Australian Film Society
The London Australian Film Society (LAFS) returns for their annual Australia Day event, presenting a double bill of a 90-minute programme of short films (curated by the New York group, Australian Short Film Today), and a feature documentary that recently sold out three sessions at the BFI London Film Festival, and four screenings at Melbourne International Film Festival: The Australian Dream.
LAFS will be donating proceeds of their raffle to bushfire relief charities.
Evening Running Order
6:10pm – Doors open – Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale
6:30pm – introduction from LAFS team & Australian Short Film Today 90-minute programme
8:10pm – drinks reception
8:30pm – The Australian Dream (106 min) + panel discussion
Bushfire raffle draw
AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY
See the Rising Stars of Australian Short Film.
Australian Short Film Today is an international traveling roadshow featuring award-winning Australian short films. This year’s 90-minute selection includes Academy Award eligible Judas Collar which won best short film and best director at St Kilda Film Festival and the jury award at Austin Film Festival. Also included is the mysterious Nursery Rhymes, nominated for best narrative short at AACTA; a tender look at twin sisters in An Act of Love, the Australia Directors’ Guild winner; the poignant High School Lover which premiered at Flickerfest; a cyber take on love with A Quick Love Story which had its global premiere at Australian Short Film Today in New York; and a ringer from New Zealand, Fire in Cardboard City, an animated disaster movie that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
Followed by a drinks reception.
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
Featuring prominent Indigenous Australians Adam Goodes and Stan Grant, this brilliant documentary offers an in-depth exploration of events that polarised a nation. Pulling together exclusive interviews with Goodes, and key people from the time, this is the perfect companion to The Final Quarter, which LAFS screened to a sell-out crowd in October. This screening will again be followed by an in-depth panel discussion – details to be announced soon.
In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and celebrated a goal by performing an on-field Indigenous war dance, similar to the Māori haka. He quickly emerged as a champion for the Australian Indigenous community, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation. But after he had a young supporter of a rival team ejected from the arena for racial abuse, the cheers very quickly turned to jeers as football crowds turned on him. The searing press attention that followed only fuelled the fire, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.
Picking up the Goodes story where The Final Quarter left off, The Australian Dream is a rare and powerful first-hand insight into the effects of racism in sport and across wider society. Critics and audiences alike agree – this is a film not to be missed! The London Australian Film Society recognises that January 26 represents a day of mourning for many Indigenous Australians, and always hold our Australia Day screenings on an alternate date.
Followed by a panel discussion
Followed by a Q&A with the director
The Genius and the Opera Singer is an intimate documentary set in a claustrophobic penthouse in New York’s West Village. Here, Ruth and her daughter Jessica have shared uneasy quarters for over half a century. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, the film mines the fraught emotional territory of a parental relationship that is stuck cycling between past and present.
Once an aspiring opera singer, Ruth is now housebound and reliant on 55-year-old Jessica. Intelligent, hot-tempered, and confrontational, Jessica’s life has not unfolded quite as she planned. She claims that her mother spent her formative years neglecting her, in favour of superficial glamour. Jessica is therefore determined to unravel their shared history and analyse its minute details. Declaring her ‘incompetent’, New York City authorities relegated Ruth to a nursing home. Following a long legal battle, we meet Jessica as she has successfully returned her 92-year-old mother to their decaying apartment. The homecoming victory is short-lived, however: the duo immediately lock into old, acerbic, high-volume patterns - alternating inspired cabaret duets with down-the-rabbit-hole screaming matches about hypothetical end days scenarios - as they try to sort out who has hurt whom, and how.
Shot over the course of a year by director Vanessa Stockley, The Genius and the Opera Singer is a starkly observed, warts-and-all glimpse into the stories we tell ourselves in order to live.
“It’s a revelation.” - Indiewire
Tickets just £1.75 for the over 55's
A woman and her daughter come home to find that her actor boyfriend has left for an out of town job with no warning subletting the apartment to another actor, who did not know they would be there. A heartwarming classic.
Centred on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.
"The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome, absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary" - The Guardian