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Buddies (15)

The very first full length drama about AIDS, Buddies focuses on 25 year-old gay yuppie David (David Schachter) who volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient. The gay community centre assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32 year-old politically impassioned California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room, Bressan skillfully unfolds this two-hander with devastating effect.

Tragically both Arthur J. Bressan and Geoff Edholm has passed away from complications of AIDS. Initially released in cinemas in 1985, the film is a moving and timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history which is now marked each year by World Aids Day on 1st December and has been digitally restored for this release.


" a moving reminder of a time that seems both immensely far away and like yesterday" - The Guardian

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Sunday 19 Jan 202020:30
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Citizen Kane (U)

Academy at Regent St.

The film that regularly tops the list of greatest films ever made. Orson Welles’ epic tale of the rise and fall of Charles Foster Kane, the publishing tycoon. Once seen, never forgotten.

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Sunday 19 Jan 202014:00
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Eat / Restaurant (15)

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.

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Thursday 23 Jan 202019:30
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Honey Boy (15)

Shia LaBeouf stars as a fictionalised version of his own father in the story of the young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years.

"a fluent, heartfelt, tightly structured and well acted personal story starring Shia LaBeouf, who reportedly drafted the script in rehab" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Tuesday 21 Jan 202018:30
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Hustle With My Muscle: The Short Films of Tom Rubnitz (15)

London Short Film Festival

Tom Rubnitz defined the New York underground video art movement with his sexy, hedonistic glimpses into the 80s downtown club scene. Switching between outrageously provocative music videos for artists such as John Sex and satirical takedowns of fashion, TV stereotypes and gender roles.

This retrospective of music videos, performances and oddities celebrates the kaleidoscopic abandon of Rubnitz’s all too brief career whilst also highlighting his role as a fiercely politicised gay artist and campaigner, culmunating with the furious Listen to This, his collaboration with artist David Wojnarowicz and a powerful indictment of the Reagan/Bush administrations handling of the AIDS crisis.

This programme is presented in association with Video Data Bank.

Hustle With My Muscle, Tom Rubnitz, USA, 1986, 6’

Made for TV, Tom Rubnitz/Ann Magnuson, USA, 1984, 17’

Pickle Surprise, Tom Rubnitz, USA, 1989, 2’

Psykho III The Musical, Tom Rubnitz/Mark Oakes, USA, 1985, 24’

The Mother Show, Tom Rubnitz/Barbara Lipp/Tom Koken, USA, 1991, 5’

Bump and Grind It, Tom Rubnitz, USA, 1986, 5’

Listen to This, Tom Rubnitz, USA, 1992, 15’

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Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Saturday 18 Jan 202020:30
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Inherit the Wind (U)

Matinee Classics

Tickets just £1.75 for the over 55's

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two lawyers argue the case for and against, a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

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Wednesday 22 Jan 202012:0015:30
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Lawrence Of Belgravia + Q&A (15)

Heavenly Films Present...

Lawrence of Belgravia

As the lead singer with Felt, Lawrence was responsible for some of the most precious music of the 1980s before going on to form the much-admired Denim and Go Kart Mozart. An artist of rare talents but left dreaming about fame and riding in limousines, Lawrence Of Belgravia, a labour of love that took eight years to complete, offers an intimate portrait of an unsung pop genius.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Lawrence himself hosted by Travis Elborough.

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Wednesday 22 Jan 202019:30
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New Shorts: U OK Hun? (15)

London Short Film Festival

A cross-section of the various lives pulsating through Web 2.0, from the mire of Amazon’s comments section, through the hyper-connectivity of online adolescence and into the secret depths of BDSM cyberspace.

These shorts dig into the subjective realities that occur between the banalities of the day-to-day and those same experiences distilled through the ether. Digital textures and acid-hued animations take on broken hearts, loneliness and the tricksy dynamics of tight-knit subcultures.

Toni_With_an_I, Marco Alessi, UK, 12’

Pink Pool, Milda Baginskaitė, UK, 11’

Janitor of Lunacy, Umi Ishihara, UK, 12’

If You Never Answered X, Daniel McKee, UK, 6’

Amazonia, Dominic Hicks, UK, 8’

My Sweet Prince, Jason Bradbury, UK, 12’

Zebedy’s Cult, Daniel Fletcher, UK, 10’

Acid Rain, Tomek Popakul, Poland, 25’

This programme contains attempted suicide.

Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Saturday 18 Jan 202016:30
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New Shorts: We'll Never Be Those Kids Again (15)

London Short Film Festival

Caught in the messy throes of adolescence, these shorts retread the turbulent and enduringly cinematic path from teendom to adulthood.

From lessons learned, embarrassments endured to the joy of self-discovery, coming-of-age is never easy - wherever in the world you may be. Dark family secrets are reconciled in rural Canada, a young girl finds herself trapped in the cocaine business in Iran, and two girls overcome cultural differences in favour of friendship back home in the UK.

Featuring work from BAFTA nominee Charlotte Regan (Standby).

She Runs, Qiu Yang, China, 20’

Pale Saint, Rhys Marc Jones, UK, 16’

Exam, Sonia K. Hadad, Islamic Republic of Iran, 15’

Paired Up, Charlotte Regan, UK, 9’

All-In Madonna, Arnold Lim, Canada, 13’

Franky, Cairan Maginn, Ireland, 13’

This programme contains racist and homophobic language and depictions of abuse.

Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Friday 17 Jan 202018:30
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No Fact of Blackness (15)

London Short Film Festival

These contemporary artists draw from black British creative, cultural and socio-political lineages to play with conventional notions of experimental filmmaking. Spanning narratives of family and community, creating work under the white gaze and existing in rural spaces, these films come together to show that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all black British experience, or a singular way to express it.

Followed by a Q&A with some of the featured filmmakers. Guest programmed by Dan Guthrie.

an entirely sincere, comprehensive and essential step by step guide to creating a film: the black london edition, Cecile Emeke, UK, 2018, 4’

Brown Girl in the art world III, Rene Matić, UK, 2019, 11’

A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message, Rhea Storr, UK, 2018, 12’

Ode to 9ja, Kimberley Cookey-Gam, UK, 2018, 7’

Process, Rhea Dillon, UK, 2018, 5’

Apocrypha, Tamu Nkiwane, UK, 2019, 6’

Small Axes, Deborah Findlater, UK, 2018, 4’

blk boy flight (me & my cousins), Nadeem Din-Gabisi, UK, 2015, 5’

A Real Poem (aka NOT Spoken Word) - James Messiah, William Pine, UK 2017, 3’

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Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Friday 17 Jan 202020:30
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Recollective Resistance: Part 1 (15)

London Short Film Festival

Part documentary, part fiction, Port Of Memory reflects on the systematic erasure, colonial violence, and ethnic cleansing of Jaffa, a thriving Palestinian city before 1948.

In 1950, the state of Israel created the Absentee’s Property Law, implemented to seize Palestinian properties. ‘Absentees’ are defined as those who fled to nearby villages during the 1947-8 massacres carried out by Zionist paramilitaries. These ‘absentees’ intended to return; they were and continue to be denied this right.

This personal work from Berlin-based Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari follows the story of the author’s family after they receive an order to evacuate their home. Guest programmed by Faye Harvey.

Kamal Aljafari will join us in conversation following the screening.

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Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Sunday 19 Jan 202016:30
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Recollective Resistance: Part 2 (15)

London Short Film Festival

Kamal Aljafari’s experimental work, Recollection bears witness to the destruction, repopulation, and gentrification of Jaffa.

The film comprises footage taken from Israeli and US films made in Jaffa between the 1960s and 1990s - some of the only films to have documented the city ahead of its ongoing destruction and redesign.

In an act of resistance, Aljafari repurposes found footage to re-narrate his city. He erases all actors, leaving the passers-by who appear in the margins of the frames. Guest programmed by Faye Harvey.

Kamal Aljafari will join us in conversation following the screening.

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Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Sunday 19 Jan 202018:30
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Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me (15)

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.

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Monday 20 Jan 202020:30
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Stardog and Turbocat (U)

Kids Kino Club

Tickets just £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults

A lost dog and a genius cat must team up to embark on a voyage in space to find their way home.  The pair must also be cautious of a pet ban which has been enforced by an angry police offer.

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Saturday 18 Jan 202011:30
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Tangled Roots: The Origins of Black Metal (15)

London Short Film Festival

Becoming the Forest delves into the influences and surrounds that shaped the musical subculture of black metal. Through music videos, archive interviews and documentary outtakes, we journey through landscapes both natural and fantastical.

In partnership with The Quietus.

Followed by a panel discussion looking at how the genre’s early interest in ecology, myth, heritage and the darker sides of humanity have developed to this day with Una Hamilton Helle (Becoming the Forest), Charlie Woolley, (Crypt of the Wizard), Dayal Patterson (Cult Never Dies) and more.

Programmed by Una Hamilton Helle.

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Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Saturday 18 Jan 202014:30
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The Bodies Beneath (15)

London Short Film Festival

The Bodies Beneath: Weird, Wonderful Short Films From Before the 1960s is

a time capsule of the strange and forgotten moving image work of yesteryear. Four particular and peculiar short films span the eccentric niches of the early 20th Century. From pioneer Mary Field’s juxtaposition of human relationships with fungi, to notorious Soho bon vivant Dan Farson pontificating on the recent legalisation of witchcraft. With on-screen cameos from ‘Father of Wicca’ Gerald Gardner and close friend to Aleister Crowley, Louis Wilkinson.

Introduced by William Fowler and Vic Pratt (authors, The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film and Television). Guest programmed by William Fowler and Vic Pratt.

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive.

The Mystery of Marriage, Mary Field, UK, 1932, 32’

The Stranger Left No Card, Wendy Toye, UK, 1952, 22’

Out of Step: Witchcraft, Geoffrey Hughes, UK, 1957, 14’

Sooty: We Dispense With Accuracy, Dan Gilpin, UK, 1957, 12’

Please note, the previous certificate, 18, was an error.

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Saturday 18 Jan 202018:30
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The Wild Goose Lake (18)

Chinese Visual Festival

Chinese New Year Special Screening

Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice) returns with The Wild Goose Lake, a sumptuously shot crime drama which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. This exhilarating, moody neo-noir follows a gang leader (Hu Ge) and a mysterious girl (Gwei Lun Mei) whose paths intertwine as they are both running away from their past, in search of freedom and redemption.

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Tuesday 21 Jan 202020:30