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CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD d. Randa Haines, 1986 + Q&A with the director at Ciné Lumière (01 OCT 18:30):
- “Winning Marlee Matlin the Best Actress Academy Award, Randa Haines’s feature CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD follows a maverick teacher at a conservative school for the deaf who falls in love with a fiercely independent and proud deaf woman rejecting his efforts to teach her to speak.” Part of the Craft of Film: Academy of Motion Picture at Ciné Lumière.
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LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation.
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#32BoroughsOfFilm: We started our yearlong tour of community cinema with visits to Richmond Film Society to see Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS (24 SEP 2019) & Leytonstone Loves Film for the Smartphone Film Festival (28 SEP 2019).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE GENIUS AND THE OPERA SINGER d. Vanessa Stockley, 2017 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (01 OCT 18:30):
- “A 92-year-old former opera singer and her volatile daughter have inhabited a rent-controlled Manhattan penthouse for the last fifty-five years – along with their obese chihuahua, Angelina Jolie. An unsettling portrait of a mother-daughter relationship, THE GENIUS AND THE OPERA SINGER explores their intense emotional states and the knotted riddle of their past.”
PERFORMANCE d. Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg, 1970 + Q&A with producer Sandy Lieberson at Rio Cinema (01 OCT 18:30):
- “A 50th anniversary celebration of one of the all time great landmark British films as the making of PERFORMANCE is recalled in a live Q&A with its legendary producer, Sandy Lieberson in conversation with author Jay Glennie, Performance – The Making Of A Classic.”
RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 + Q&A with author Jennie Rooney & producer Ian Mactaggart at Curzon Wimbledon (01 OCT 20:30):
- Wimbledon Film Club presents: “A film of non-linear story-telling as pensioner Joan (Judi Dench) remembers her time at Cambridge, its communist circles that drew her in and what followed. Could this unassuming old lady have been a spy sending classified information to the Soviet Union?”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The David Lean (01 OCT 19:30).
- THE BIG MEETING d. Daniel Draper, 2019 + Q&A the director & producer Christie Allanson at Genesis Cinema (01 OCT 21:00).
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (01 OCT 20:50).
- THE HIRED HAND d. Peter Fonda, 1971 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (01 OCT 20:00).
- MALIGNO d. Paco Bardales, Martin Casapía Casanova, 2016 presented by the General Consulate of Peru at The Cinema Museum (01 OCT 18:00 – FREE!).
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (01 OCT 12:35).
- PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at ICA (01 OCT 16:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT d. Brian Gibson, 1993 (01 OCT 18:00).
- CHI-RAQ d. Spike Lee, 2015 (01 OCT 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- THE TRIAL d. Orson Welles, 1962 (01 OCT 18:10).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- CHARADE d. Stanley Donen, 1963 (01 OCT 18:20).
- I WAS A MALE WARBRIDE aka You Can’t Sleep Here d. Howard Hawks, 1949 (01 OCT 20:45).
CLOSE-UP ON RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at Close-Up (01 OCT to 01 DEC):
- LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969 (01 OCT 20:15).
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):
- FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 (01 OCT 12:20).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE RISE AND RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER d. Kevin Billington, 1970 (01 OCT 20:40).
MARIANO LLINÁS PRESENTS LA FLOR at ICA (13 to 02 OCT):
- LA FLOR: PART III d. Mariano Llinás, 2018 (01 OCT 12:30).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 (01 OCT 12:35).
THRILLERS & KILLERS & MONSTERS, OH MY! at The Prince Charles (27 SEP to 01 NOV):
- AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 enjoys a grind show run (27 SEP to 03 OCT).
- HOCUS POCUS 35mm d. Kenny Ortega, 1993 (01 OCT 18:20).
- DEATH BECOMES HER 35mm d. Robert Zemeckis, 1992 (01 OCT 20:45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Top Dog Film Festival UK Tour (01 to 02 OCT).
AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 at The Prince Charles (01 OCT 16:00):
- In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.
THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 at Peckhamplex (01 OCT 17:50 & 20:30):
- “Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take.”
NORMAL d. Adele Tulli, 2019 at ICA (01 OCT 15:00 & 18:45):
- “Through a series of wry and acerbic vignettes, Italian filmmaker Adele Tulli’s Normal playfully exposes the spectacle of gender in our everyday lives. Featuring quotidian scenes shot throughout Italy, the film observes individuals – from childhood to adulthood – navigating normative gendered behaviour.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
AD ASTRA d. James Gray, 2019 at The Lexi (until 03 OCT). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at ICA (until 03 OCT). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (30 SEP to 06 OCT). CIELO d. Alison McAlpine, 2018 at ICA (27 SEP to 02 OCT). CURTIZ d. as Yvan Topolanszky, 2018 at JW3 (02 to 10 OCT). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (until 03 OCT). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 03 OCT). THE GOLDFINCH d. John Crowley, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at DocHouse (until 03 OCT). HOTEL MUMBAI d. Anthony Maras, 2019 at Rio Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). HUSTLERSd. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 03 SEP). THE LAUNDROMAT at ArtHouse Crouch End d. Steven Soderbergh, 2019 (27 SEP to 03 OCT). ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 03 OCT – Check schedule for formats). ONE CHILD NATION d. Zhang Lynn & Nanfu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (27 SEP to 01 OCT). ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS d. James Jones & Olivier Sarbil, 2019 at DocHouse (27 SEP to 03 OCT). PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 OCT). SEA OF SHADOWS at Ciné Lumière (27 SEP to 03 OCT). SKIN d. Guy Nattiv, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 03 OCT).
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