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JT LEROY d. Justin Kelly, 2018 + Q&A with Savannah Knoop at Rio Cinema (03 AUG 15:00):
- “See the insane true story… Truth really is wilder than fiction in this captivating retelling of one of the literary world’s most infamous hoaxes, and meet the real JT LeRoy – Savannah Knoop in person for a post screening Q&A on stage with Jim Sturgess only here at the RIO. With surprises, prizes, live wrestling and more!.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Double Bill: Women & Obsession – SMOOTH TALK d. Joyce Chopra, 1985 + DANCE WITH A STRANGER d. Mike Newell, 1985 + Intro/Panel Discussionat Picturehouse Central (03 AUG 14:00):
- Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “A double bill of two unique and under-screened female-made thrillers from the 80s plus specialist talks and a creative writing workshop, tapping into one’s own obsessive capacities!”
SMALL ISLAND BIG SONG d. Tim Cole, 2019 + Q&A with the director & producer BaoBao Chen at The Castle Cinema (03 AUG 12:00):
- “This beautiful documentary explores the Austronesian migration theory that many present-day Oceanic cultures originated in Taiwan and seeks to establish musical links between cultures as far afield as Hawaii, Madagascar, New Zealand, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Guam and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at Barbican (03 AUG 15:55).
- MIDSOMMAR d. Ari Aster, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (03 AUG 17:30).
- PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at DocHouse (03 AUG 14:00).
- SCOTT PILGRIM vs. THE WORLD 35mm d. Edgar Wright, 2010 (03 AUG 21:00).
- Vietnam Vengeance Double Bill: TRAINED TO KILL, 1973 + ROLLING THUNDER 16mm, 1977 presented by World Wide Weird! at The King & Queen (03 AUG 18:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- GREASE SING-A-LONG (03 AUG 12:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- REPULSION d. Roman Polanski, 1965 (03 AUG 20:45).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- I’M NO ANGEL d. Wesley Ruggles, 1933 (03 AUG 15:50).
- SYLVIA SCARLETT 35mm d. George Cukor, 1935 (03 AUG 18:25).
THE FILMS OF SPIKE JONZE at The Prince Charles (until 03 AUG):
- HER d. Spike Jonze, 2013 (03 AUG 15:10).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (03 AUG 15:45).
HARRY POTTER SEASON at The Prince Charles (03 AUG to 16 NOV):
- HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE 35mm d. Chris Columbus, 2001 (03 AUG 12:00).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- THE MATRIX 4K d. The Wachowskis, 1999 (03 AUG 20:20).
NO DIRECT FLIGHT at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- The Landing Site – No Direct Flight Global Meet-up inc screening of THE LAST ANGLE OF HISTORY (03 AUG 13:00); and, Mothership Connection: Shorts Programme + Q&A with director Jim Chuchu (03 AUG 18:30).
- The (Un)real World VR Display (03 AUG 12:00 to 19:00).
NOIRS at House Of Vans (07 JUL to 03 AUG):
- DRIVE (03 AUG 15:00 & 15:30).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):
- HEAT 35mm d. Michael Mann, 1995 (03 AUG 20:35).
- RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 enjoys a grind show run (03 AUG 18:00).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (03 AUG 20:30 – Stratford).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- Kenji Mizoguchi’s Great Triptych – UGETSU d. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953 (03 AUG 18:00).
- Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy – PATHER PANCHALI d. Satyajit Ray, 1955 (03 AUG 20:00).
E’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (03 AUG 12:05).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today but we’ve been wrong before… please let us know!
HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2018 at ICA (03 AUG 13:10):
- “Holidaying on the Turkish Riviera, the girlfriend of a low-level drug lord navigates the crude objectification, menacing threats and eventual violent outbursts of her gangster boyfriend. In this highly-stylised debut feature from Isabella Eklöf (who co-wrote the 2018 Swedish film BORDER), the female protagonist seeks her revenge.”
- HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (06 AUG 18:30).
OLDBOY 4K d. Chan-wook Park, 2003 at The Prince Charles (03 AUG 17:55):
- “Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge.”
PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (03 AUG 15:30 & 20:30):
- “The latest from writer-director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Photograph is a charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a struggling street photographer who takes tourist portraits at the Gateway of India. When he meets Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy stranger from an affluent family, he convinces her to pose as his fiancée after his overbearing grandmother decides to pay him a visit.”
RECONSTRUCTING UTØYA d. Carl Javér, 2018 at DocHouse (03 AUG 18:30):
- “On 22nd July, 2011, 69 people were murdered in Norway when a far-right terrorist exploded a bomb in Oslo and then proceeded to shoot children on the island of Utøya where the Labour Party’s youth league was holding its summer camp. Four survivors meet in Northern Norway with twelve young Norwegians to share their experiences and reconstruct their memories.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Barbican (02 to 08 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (until 08 AUG). ASK DR. RUTH d. Ryan White, 2019 at JW3 (04 to 15 AUG). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 at The Prince Charles (02 to 08 AUG). CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (05 to 11 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 08 AUG). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Lexi (02 to 05 AUG). DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 at BFI (02 to 09 AUG). THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (until 08 AUG). HAMADA d. Eloy Domínguez Serén, 2018 at DocHouse (02 to 08 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 08 AUG). THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (until 08 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 07 AUG). PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (until 08 AUG). RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 at The Prince Charles (until 08 AUG). UNE FEMME DOUCE d. Robert Bresson, 1969 at ICA (02 to 08 AUG). WHERE ARE YOU, JOÃO GILBERTO? d. Georges Gachot, 2018 at ICA (02 to 08 AUG).
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