SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 02.12.19

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


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INDIA SPACE DREAMS d. Sue Sudbury, 2019 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (02 DEC 18:30):

  • “Scientists at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research have been working since 2001 to build and launch the Astrosat. If successful, it will allow astronomers to study black holes as never before and get closer to discovering how our universe is formed. The stakes are big for everyone – but so are the obstacles in a country constantly struggling against the odds.”

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Films in London this month: WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY 35mm, part of MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI (05 DEC).

We’ve posted our epic monthly roundup of London’s rep seasons & film festivals for DECEMBER to help you plan ahead.

Fringe! Diaries: EVA NON PIACE, part of FISH OUT OF WATER short film programme at Rose Lipman Building (17 NOV 2019).

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest might be over for another year, but we’re posting a special series of Fringe! Diaries to report from the action. Next: FISH OUT OF WATER short film programme (17 NOV).

Fringe!’s next Fling – part of their year-round programme of screenings – is JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE + Q&A with director Tomer Heymann at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC).


FILMS IN LONDON TODAY

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: TRADING PLACES at TT Liquor (02 DEC).
Films in London today: TRADING PLACES at TT Liquor (02 DEC).

THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 + Intro by the director at BFI Southbank (02 DEC 18:20):

  • World Premiere: “Renowned BAFTA and Emmy-winning filmmaker and journalist John Pilger joins us to present his new documentary: ‘a tribute to a unique institution,’ he says at the start of the film. It’s also about the threat to democracy and, above all, a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling ‘by stealth’ of the National Health Service; ‘a last bastion of true public service’.”

More films in London today (A – Z):


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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: TOMMY, part of MUSICALS! at BFI IMAX & BFI Southbank (02 DEC).
Films in London today: TOMMY, part of MUSICALS! at BFI IMAX & BFI Southbank (02 DEC).

A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MOVIE MUSICAL at Deptford Cinema (21 OCT to 09 DEC):

  • CHICAGO d. Rob Marshall, 2002 + Short (02 DEC 19:00).

BAFTA SCREENWRITERS LECTURE SERIES at Curzon Cinemas (30 NOV to 12 DEC):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):

CLOSE-UP ON RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at Close-Up (until 06 DEC):

MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):

  • THE BELLE OF NEW YORK 35mm d. Charles Waters, 1952 (02 DEC 20:30).
  • Doris Day: IT’S MAGIC 35mm aka Romance on the High Seas d. Michael Curtiz & Busby Berkeley (02 DEC 18:10).
  • Re-releases: TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (02 DEC 17:50 – BFI IMAX & 20:50).


MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

Films in London today: MY GENERATION, part of London International Animation Festival at Barbican (02 DEC).
Films in London today: MY GENERATION, part of London International Animation Festival at Barbican (02 DEC).

Film festivals in London today include:


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
Films in London today: THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS at ArtHouse Crouch End (29 NOV to 05 DEC).

THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (02 DEC 15:30):

  • “The new documentary from renowned BAFTA and Emmy-winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. “This film is a tribute to a unique institution,” says Pilger at the start of DIRTY WAR, which is about threatened democracy. Above all, it is a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling “by stealth” of the National Health Service, “a last bastion of true public service”.”

EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 + Short: NEVER JUST A DREAM: STANLEY KUBRICK & EYES WIDE SHUT d. Matt Wells, 2019 at BFI Southbank (02 DEC 14:00 & 20:20 – BFI IMAX, & 17:40):

  • “The date of this re-release of EYES WIDE SHUT isn’t accidental; it’s time to reappraise it as a Kubrickian Christmas movie. Kubrick’s final film, released posthumously, is an incredible display of precision and suspense, featuring a fragile relationship played out by (then) real-life couple Kidman and Cruise.”

THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 at ICA (02 DEC – Not screening today/Check back tomorrow!):

  • “Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.”

More films in London this week (A – Z):

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