This is a film still from DESERT HEARTS at The Prince Charles.

MONDAY: What’s on in London today [16/08/21]

MONDAY 16 AUGUST 2021 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today including one-off events, limited runs, film clubs, repertory seasons, film festivals, outdoor events, & our selection of new releases.

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DESERT HEARTS d. Donna Deitch, 1986 + Short: FROM A TO Q d. Emmalie El Fadli, 2021 presented by Unicorn Nights at The Prince Charles (16 AUG 20:45).

  • “Director Donna Deitch makes a strong impression in her first feature film, a simple story of a lesbian love affair, based on Jane Rule’s 1964 novel Desert of the Heart. Helen Shaver stars as Vivian Bell, an uptight 35-year-old Columbia University professor who travels to Reno to get a divorce. She arrives in Reno on her way to Frances Parker’s (Audra Lindley) ranch, where she is staying to establish six weeks of residency in order to obtain the divorce. Once at the ranch, Vivian catches the fancy of Frances’s adopted daughter Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a casino worker ten years younger than herself. Vivien tries to remain unruffled as Cay makes unabashed overtures to her. Cay thinks that all Vivian needs is the love of another woman, and soon enough the two are in each other’s arms.”


  • NO TICKET REQUIRED: PLEIN SOLEIL aka Purple Moon d. René Clément, 1960 online discussion of the film with Michael Brooke from Watermans (16 AUG 20:00 – Watch film in advance / Register for Zoom discussion).
  • THE DOOM GENERATION d. Gregg Araki, 1995 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park (16 AUG 20:00).

BLOW IT TO BITS aka On va tout péter d. Lech Kowalski, 2019 at ICA (13 to 19 AUG various times).

CODA d. Siân Heder, 2020


Hold the date: WunderKammer Live networking event at the Filly Brook (17 SEP 18:30+) // Free! // Booking opens soon.
Hold the date: BITE ME! A Queer Horror Double Bill at the Filly Brook (19 SEP 16:00+) // Free! // Booking opens soon.


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