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UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP d. Jim Hubbard, 2012 + Q&A with Sarah Schulman & guests + AFTERPARTY at Rich Mix (01 MAY 18:30):
- “UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP combines startling archival footage that puts you on the ground with activists, and insightful interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project, to explore ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Chinese Visual Festival opens tomorrow at BFI Southbank & King’s College London (02 to 09 MAY).
- Getting a film education needn’t be expensive… particularly when your local indie venue delivers one on your doorstep! Lexi Film School continues to 24 JUN.
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, RADIANT CIRCUS will be discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
- SUPAKINO and THE CELLULOID SORCERESS are getting ready for the next edition of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema: BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON / NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE (11 MAY 23:00+).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Big Picture Talks Documentary Edition: Benjamin Zand & Seyi Rhodes at TT Liquor (01 MAY 18:30):
- Big Picture Film Club presents: “A live conversation with two of Britain’s leading documentary filmmakers: Benjamin Zand [BBC’s WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS CITIES] & Seyi Rhodes [Channel 4’s UNREPORTED WORLD]. Following a screening, we’ll be discussing their journey into journalism and the stories behind some of their documentaries & more.”
Unreported World: NICARAGUA, PRESS UNDER SIEGE d. Roeland Doust, 2019 + PANEL with the director, series editor Sue Turton & reporter Sahar Zand at Frontline Club (01 MAY 19:00):
- “Unreported World returns to the Frontline Club for the first time this year with a pre-broadcast screening of a stunning new documentary that takes an inside look at the dangers faced by Nicaraguan journalists trying to get their stories out. Many have given up hope – and for those who stay, their livelihoods, families and safety hang in the balance against their duty to report.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A PROPHET d. Jacques Audiard, 2009 presented by Leytonstone Pop-up Cinema + Maghreb Ciné at Leytonstone Library (01 MAY 19:45).
- AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (01 MAY 18:30 & 20:45).
- DESIERTO d. Jonas Cuarón, 2015 part of Latin American Cinema Night at Deptford Cinema (01 MAY 20:00).
- FIRST MAN d. Damien Chazelle, 2018 presented by Filmbox Community Cinema at Langley Park Centre (01 MAY 19:45).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2019 + SHORT: TAKING STOCK d. Duncan Cowles presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (01 MAY 19:45).
- MAYTIME IN MAYFAIR d. Herbert Wilcox, 1949 at Regent Street Cinema (01 MAY 12:00 & 15:30).
- MONROVIA, INDIANA d. Frederick Wiseman, 2018 at DocHouse (01 MAY 18:30).
- VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at BFI (01 MAY 18:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):
- THE DISCRETE CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE d. Luis Buñuel, 1972 + INTRO by Virginie Sélavy (01 MAY 18:20).
- CITIZEN KANE 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1941 (01 MAY 20:45).
- WALKABOUT d. Nicolas Roeg, 1971 (01 MAY 20:50).
THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Close-Up, Goethe-Institut & ICA (MAR to JUN):
- KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE + JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET AT WORK ON A FILM BASED ON FRANZ KAFKA’S AMERIKA for International Worker’s Day (01 MAY 19:30, Close-Up).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- I WISH d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2011 (01 MAY 18:10).
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 enjoys a grind show run (26 APR to 09 MAY).
RE:DOX at DocHouse (26 APR to 02 MAY):
- LA POINTE COURTE d. Agnès Varda, 1954 (01 MAY 16:20).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (26 APR to 05 MAY).
- SERET International: The UK Israeli Film & Television Festival (29 APR to 12 MAY).
ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at Barbican (01 MAY 20:05):
- “From modern master Jia Zhangke, an allegorical portrait of Chinese national malaise wrapped in the romantic tragedy of a jianghu epic.”
DONBASS d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 MAY 20:20):
- “In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.”
HEARTBOUND d. Janus Metz & Sine Plambech, 2018 at DocHouse (01 MAY 21:15):
- “In a small fishing community in Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men. It all began in 1992 when former sex worker Sommai moved to Thy, Denmark to marry Niels, whom she had met in the resort city of Pattaya, Thailand. With Sommai’s help, hundreds of Thai women from her village have since arrived to find security and love with Danish men.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (27 APR to 02 MAY). AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at The Prince Charles (26 APR to 02 MAY). BEL CANTO d. Paul Weitz, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE d. S. Craig Zahler, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Rich Mix (26 APR to 02 MAY). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at ICA (26 to 02 MAY). KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE d. Rachel Lears, 2019 at ICA (01 to 08 MAY). LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 The Castle Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 at Rio Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 01 MAY). THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE d. Marjoleine Boonstra, 2018 at DocHouse (until 01 MAY). PONDLIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (26 APR to 02 MAY). RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 + at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Lexi (19 APR to 02 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 MAY). WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 02 MAY). THE WORLD IS YOURS d. Romain Gavras, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 02 MAY). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY).
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