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About Love (18)

UK Asian Film Festival

UK Premiere


Three generations of the Phadke family live together in their ancestral home in downtown Mumbai. With her brother’s wedding coming up and her own misgivings about marriage, the filmmaker turns the camera inwards towards her family.


Followed by a Q&A Chair: Prof. Rosie Thomas, University of Westminster

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Tuesday 31 Mar 202015:00 (Closed)
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Art, Film, Toys (PG)


American Export


An evening with visual artist and winner of the 2019 Film London Jarman Award, Hetain Patel and guests, exploring Patel’s work through the lenses of art, cinema, and the toy industry. In between screenings of a number of his recent short films, including his afro-kung-fu-sign-language spectacle Don’t Look at the Finger, and The Jump – his Spider-Man homage featuring 17 of his family members, Hetain will be chatting with experts from the worlds of cinema and toys and games. This includes film director Andy Delaney, known for directing a number of iconic music videos for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Spice Girls, George Michael and Soul II Soul, as well as his recent feature film Love is Blind. Also joining Hetain on stage will be Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation, an organisation supporting inventors in the toy industry, championing creativity across the sector and Deej Johnson – a writer and creative consultant, whose end clients range from members of The Magic Circle to brands such as Costa Coffee and Disney Store. The panel will be reflecting on Patel’s practice through their individual industry lenses, exploring the intersection of their worlds and the viability of artists interested to take a leap into other areas.


Hetain Patel is a visual artist working across film, photography, sculpture and live performance in galleries, theatres and online. Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non-professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.


In recent years Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, and made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta, with his dad. He designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale and has created a number of multi lingual dance theatre productions, including a commission for Candoco Dance Company, which continues to tour internationally. In 2013 Patel was invited to do a TED talk, which has since had close to 3 million hits, adding to a total of 48 million views of his videos and performances online.


This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.


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Tuesday 31 Mar 202018:30 (Closed)
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Baaji (12A)


UK Asian Film Festival

UK Premiere

Reception from 6.30pm

Followed by a Q&A


A fading Lollywood star yearns to make a comeback, which becomes a possibility after a Pakistani American director casts her in a film to revive the local film industry. However, the casting affects her relationship with a friend with her own dreams.

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Wednesday 1 Apr 202019:00 (Closed)
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Cunningham (U)

A cinematic experience about legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. The film follows Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York City to his emergence as one of the most visionary choreographers in the world.


Misunderstood and rejected by the dance world of his time, Merce persevered against all odds and developed a new dance technique and a new way of thinking about making dance performances in collaboration with composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.


Rooted in both imaginary realms and actual life experiences, the film tells Merce’s story of becoming Merce through dance and from the point of view of the dancer. The film features excerpts from Cunningham’s works, re-imagined for cinema at interior and exterior locations. The precise choreography of the camera allows viewers to have an experience akin to “stepping inside” the dance; and the archival materials (16mm/35mm footage, audio, and photographs) evoke the charged atmosphere of the time, while Merce’s own diagrams and drawings provide insight into his creative process.


“Sensational...demands to be seen.” - Variety

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Tuesday 31 Mar 202020:55 (Closed)
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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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Tuesday 31 Mar 202019:00 (Closed)
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Kathaah@8 (PG)

UK Asian Film Festival

UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A

Preceded by a reception


Kathaah@8 (Stories@8) is an award-winning anthology of 8 stories in 8 different Indian languages - all happening at 8:00 pm. The films explore themes around love, loss and longing, of tears and fears, hopes and dreams. Stories strewn across a town, a city, a country, all happening in the expanse of a few hours one night.

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Saturday 4 Apr 202014:15 (Closed)
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LGBTQ Short Film Showcase (18)


UK Asian Film Festival


5:30pm Reception

6pm Short Film Screenings

7:10pm Q&A


Daaravtha 2015

Dir Nishat Roy Bombarde | Marathi with English Subtitles | 30 min

An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos


Birds of Paradise 2018

Dir MM Rahul | Malayalam with English Subtitles | 10 min

The film travels through a day in the life of three transgender people set amidst the binary morality of society.


Shaadi Ke Kapde 2019

Dir Sonal Giani | Hindi with English Subtitles | 10 min 30 seconds

A wedding in the family is a happy occasion, a time for celebration buy is Sunny hassled?


Monsoon Date 2018

Dir Tanuja Chandra | Hindi/English with English Subtitles | 20 min

On uneventful rainy evening a young woman on her way to her date experiences bittersweet moments with a series of strangers even as a storm brews inside her

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Friday 3 Apr 202018:00 (Closed)
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Lihaaf (18)


UK Asian Film Festival

Closing Film / UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A


A period drama, the film is based on Ismat Chugtai's most celebrated story Lihaaf (published 1942). The film interweaves the plot of same sex relationship between Begum and her masseuse and the trial that Ismat underwent after being slapped with a case of obscenity on publishing the story. The film raises themes of homosexuality and freedom of speech that our society is grappling with even today.

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Saturday 4 Apr 202019:30 (Closed)
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Moby Dick (PG)

Matinee Classics

Tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s


The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

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Wednesday 1 Apr 202012:00 (Closed)15:30 (Closed)
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)

Brittany, France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.

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Sunday 5 Apr 202019:30 (Closed)
Monday 6 Apr 202018:30 (Closed)20:55 (Closed)
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Pyaasa (U)

UK Asian Film Festival


Vijay (Guru Dutt) writes unpopular poems about the destitute and poor. Ridiculed by his brothers and scorned by publishers, Vijay finds encouragement in a sweet prostitute, Gulabo (Waheeda Rehman). When a homeless man wearing a coat Vijay gave him is killed, Gulabo convinces a publisher to print his poems, believing Vijay to be dead. The poems are wildly popular, thanks to the myth conjured around Vijay's supposed death. When he reappears, he finds that few friends can be trusted.

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Saturday 4 Apr 202016:40 (Closed)
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Rear Window (PG)

Amazing Grace


L.B. Jeffries, a photographer with a broken leg, takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbours during a summer heat wave. But things really hot up when he suspects one neighbour of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden

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Sunday 5 Apr 202014:30 (Closed)
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Sons and Fathers (U)

UK Asian Film Festival

UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with the director

Reception from 6.30pm


Sons and Fathers turns the creative lens upon the history of the film industry in Sri Lanka and its chequered path, by narrating the story of two generations of musicians who are caught in the whirlpool of political turbulence, the Tamil separatist war in the north and growing anti-Tamil sentiments in the country.

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Thursday 2 Apr 202019:00 (Closed)
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The 14th February & Beyond (18)

UK Asian Film Festival


The first ever closest look into the Valentine's Day that unveils the bizarre shades of this global love fest and its ripple effect on society. The filmmaker explores the shocking ground facts about Valentine's Day that have been overlooked until now; as well as brings forth a comprehensive view of the subject through experts from various fields into this eye-opening documentary film.


Followed by a Q&A with the director Utpal Kalal

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Friday 3 Apr 202020:00 (Closed)
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The Apartment (PG)

Jack Lemmon in...

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for liaisons, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. The film won five Oscars.

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Sunday 5 Apr 202017:00 (Closed)
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The Tale of Princess Kaguya (U)

Kids Kino Club

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


Found inside a stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into a charming young woman.

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Saturday 4 Apr 202011:30 (Closed)