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Featured attraction: Mark the early days of Black History Month with a choice of two screenings – THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR at BFI (02 OCT 18:00) & Deptford Cinema (02 OCT 19:30): “Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy, THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR + INTRO by Chardine Taylor Stone at BFI Southbank (02 OCT 18:00):
- African Odysseys presents: A troubling and timely investigative documentary about Recy Taylor, a young woman and mother who refused to remain silent about her horrific assault in Alabama in 1944. Rosa Parks, the renowned activist and secretary for the NAACP in Montgomery, picked up Taylor’s case.
THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR + PANEL at Deptford Cinema (02 OCT 19:30):
- A troubling and timely investigative documentary about Recy Taylor, a young woman and mother who refused to remain silent about her horrific assault in Alabama in 1944. Rosa Parks, the renowned activist and secretary for the NAACP in Montgomery, picked up Taylor’s case. Part of Black History Month.
Short Cuts October Screening + Networking Event + Q&A with Alice Lowe at Rich Mix (02 OCT 19:00):
- This year marks the 20th anniversary of Shooting People, one of the UK’s most established independent filmmaker networks. To celebrate, they’ve launched SHORT CUTS, a year long quarterly film competition and event series, in partnership with Rich Mix.
Tenderflix: Future Responsibilities at BFI Southbank (02 OCT 18:30):
- Tenderflix, now in its 11th year, is an international film and video competition, where the only requirement is that the film must be under 12 minutes. Explore the intersections of art, technology and media through this year’s shortlisted films.
WADJDA + PANEL at Rich Mix (02 OCT 18:00):
- Welcome Sessions and The Bike Project present: the first feature ever to have been shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Jools Walker (Velocitygirl.co.uk) and The Bike Project, an initiative helping the refugee community get on two wheels.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BABETTE’S FEAST at BFI (02 OCT 21:10).
- THE BLUES BROTHERS presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston in tribute to Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018), (02 OCT 20:00).
- GOLDSTONE at Richmond Film Society (02 OCT 20:00).
- THE HEIRESSES at David Lean Cinema (02 OCT 19:30).
- IF…. + TALK by David Wood presented by Wimbledon Film Club at HMV Curzon (02 OCT 20:30).
- IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (02 OCT 13:05).
- LUCKY at Picturehouse Central (02 OCT 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- THE RIDER at Lexi Cinema (02 OCT 18:30).
- SHORT: THE TRAVELLER + Q&A with cast & crew at Genesis Cinema (02 OCT 18:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm new ‘unrestored’ print (02 OCT 20:01).
FASHION ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (14 SEP to 03 OCT):
- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (02 OCT 20:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (until OCT):
- SUDDEN FEAR + INTRO by Anna Bogutskaya (02 OCT 18:20).
HORROROCTOBER at Prince Charles (OCT):
- THE OMEN (1976) (02 OCT 18:25).
MARGARETHE VON TROTTA REVISITED at Barbican (02 to 06 OCT):
- ROSA LUXEMBURG + SCREENTALK with Isabel Stevens and Erica Carter (02 OCT 18:30).
VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 30 SEP):
- FACES PLACES (02 OCT 18:30).
WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Raindance Film Festival (26 SEP to 07 OCT).
LEK AND THE DOGS at Whirled Cinema (02 OCT 20:00):
- Experimental artist and auteur Andrew Kötting creates a ground-breaking crossover between narrative film and contemporary art piece, based on the award-winning play by Hattie Naylor. The film is inspired by the true story of Ivan Mishukov, who walked out of his apartment at the age of four and spent two years living on the city streets where he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs.
THE OSLO DIARIES at DocHouse (02 OCT 18:30):
- In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication punishable with jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered in Oslo, Norway– secretly and against the law. These meetings came to be known as The Oslo Accords and would have changed the Middle East forever – yet they were never officially sanctioned and were only chronicled by the negotiators’ diaries.
SKATE KITCHEN at ArtHouse Crouch End (02 OCT 18:30 & 20:50):
- In the first narrative feature from THE WOLFPACK director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Prince Charles (28 Sep to OCT 04). A SIMPLE FAVOUR at Rio Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Prince Charles (28 Sep to 03 NOV). BLACKkKLANSMAN at JW3 (28 SEP to 04 OCT). FACES PLACES at Ciné Lumière (28 SEP to 04 OCT). NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (29 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SEAGULL at Watermans (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THIS IS CONGO at The Montpelier (30 SEP to 10 OCT). THE SON at ICA (28 SEP to 02 OCT). WAJIB at ArtHouse Crouch End (28 SEP to 04 OCT). THE WIFE at Phoenix Cinema (28 SEP to 04 OCT).
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