This is a film still from GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES aka Hotaru no haka d. Isao Takahata, 1988.

SATURDAY: What’s on in London today [11/12/21]

SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER 2021 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

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GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES aka Hotaru no haka d. Isao Takahata, 1988 + Draw-a-long workshop with artist Ellen Li presented by MilkTea Films at Rio Cinema (11 DEC: Workshop – 15:00 / Film – 15:30) / Part of THIS IS WHAT A FAMILY LOOKS LIKE.

  • “Set in Japan during World War II, the film focuses on Seita and his little sister Setsuko. After their mother is killed in an air raid and with their father serving in the navy, they are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on.”
  • “Bring along a pen and paper and join us before the screening, as artist Ellen Li hosts a draw-a-long where you can learn to draw one of these beloved Studio Ghibli characters.”
  • African Odysseys: BILLY BANG LUCKY MAN d. Markus Hansen & Jean-Marie Boulet, 2008 + Intro by author Kevin Le Gendre & Q&A with co-director Markus Hansen at BFI Southbank (11 DEC 17:30).
  • DISHONORED d. Josef von Sternberg, 1931 presented by Women & Cocaine at The Cinema Museum (11 DEC 19:30).
  • KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORYd. Posy Dixon, 2019 + Q&A with the director, Jolliff Seville & Azekel Axelle (Black Trans Foundation) presented by Dark Matter at The Ritzy (11 DEC 17:30).
  • THE PRESTIGE d. Christopher Nolan, 2006 + Live podcast presented by RKG at Rio Cinema (11 DEC 11:30).
  • WEDNESDAY IN SPACE d. Hudson Hughes, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (11 DEC 12:45).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles


ALT. XMAS at The Prince Charles

  • BRAZIL d. Terry Gilliam, 1985 (11 DEC 12:40).


CHRISTMAS at Catford Mews

  • HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (11 DEC 15:00).

CHRISTMAS at The Prince Charles

CHRISTMAS ON 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green


  • IHOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (11 DEC 14:00).
  • PAN’S LABYRINTH aka El laberinto del fauno d. Guillermo del Toro, 2006 (11 DEC 18:30).

EYES ON SPIES at Ciné Lumière

JAPAN 2021 at BFI Southbank

JAPAN 2021: ANOTHER GAZE at BFI Southbank

  • DEAR PYONGYANG d. Yang Yong-hi, 2005 + Recorded intro by the director (11 DEC 20:40). 

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles


THIS IS WHAT A FAMILY LOOKS LIKE at Rio, ActOne & Picturehouse Central

  • GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES aka Hotaru no haka d. Isao Takahata, 1988 + Draw-a-long workshop with artist Ellen Li at Rio Cinema (11 DEC / Workshop – 15:00 / Film – 15:30).
  • Presented by MilkTea Films.
BEING THE RICARDOS d. Aaron Sorkin, 2021:
DON’T LOOK UP d. Adam McKay, 2021:
LAMB d. Valdimar Jóhannsson, 2021:

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