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Featured attraction: CULLODEN (05 SEP 20:45) starts the excellent CLOSE-UP ON PETER WATKINS season at Close-Up (05 to 28 SEP): “CULLODEN was such a brilliant film, such a great and tragic work of art, that it should have got its 28-year-old director immediately fired from the BBC. Somehow, this did not occur.” – Alex Cox writing in The Guardian.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
AMERICAN ANIMALS + Q&A at The Ritzy (05 SEP 20:00):
- This isn’t based on a true story, this happened. Writer-director Bart Layton (THE IMPOSTER) takes the heist movie into bold new territory with this unbelievable but true story of four young men who attempt one of the most audacious art heists in US history.
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN + READING at the Nomad Cinema, Brompton Cemetery (05 SEP 20:00):
- 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A rare chance to enjoy an outdoor screening in the atmospheric splendour of London’s most famous grade 1 listed cemetery. Introduced with a reading from the novel.
PERSONA + INTRO by Dr Claire Thomson at BFI Southbank (05 SEP 18:20):
- Bergman’s remarkable chamberwork about the island encounter between an actress who’s suddenly decided to speak no more and the talkative nurse overseeing her convalescence is one of cinema’s most penetrating explorations of the vampiric aspects of creativity: the patient feeds off her protector’s confessions.
SERIAL THRILLA + Q&A with filmmakers at 93 Feet East (05 SEP 19:00):
- Shorts On Tap is back with a killer selection of shorts, unleashing a programme of gripping, chilling, dark short films for a thriller-thirsty audience.
SHORTSIGHTED CINEMA: TRANSFORM + Q&A with filmmakers + networking at Rich Mix (05 SEP 19:00):
- As cities expand and we become more socially and globally connected, are we losing sight of how we see ourselves, our differences and our collective identity? Short Sighted Cinema present cutting-edge British docs alongside spoken word artists.
THEMROC at ICA (05 SEP 18:45):
- Made in 1973, with a screenplay comprising just gestures and grunts and lacking any comprehensible dialogue, French filmmaker Claude Faraldo’s provocative and subversive satire is known as one of his most challenging films. In 1986, when THEMROC was first shown in the UK, it was branded with Channel 4’s notorious ‘adults only’ red triangle.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 8 1/2 35mm at The Prince Charles (05 SEP 20:45).
- BABETTE’S FEAST aka Babettes gaestebud at BFI (05 SEP 18:30).
- BROOKLYN presented by Twickenham Film Club at The Exchange (05 SEP 19:30).
- CINEMA PARADISO aka Nuovo Cinema Paradiso presented by Arrow Video at The Prince Charles (05 SEP 18:05).
- THE KING at ICA (05 SEP 12:45).
- LADY BIRD at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (05 SEP 19:45).
- LA LA LAND at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (05 SEP 20:00).
- LEANING INTO THE WIND at DocHouse (05 SEP 14:00).
- THE SHAPE OF WATER at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (05 SEP 19:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON PETER WATKINS at Close-Up (further details tbc):
- Includes: CULLODEN (05 SEP 20:45).
DIRECTED BY WOMEN at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):
- THE SECOND MOTHER (05 SEP 20:00).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (until OCT):
- POSSESSED (1947) 35mm (05 SEP 20:30).
HARRY DEAN STANTON FOCUS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- THE STRAIGHT STORY 35mm (05 SEP 20:35).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Festivals projecting today include:
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 09 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (31 AUG to 16 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
C’EST LA VIE! at Ciné Lumière (05 SEP 18:30):
- With thirty years of catering under his belt, Max has organised hundreds of parties. So organising a magnificent wedding in a seventeenth century château with a brigade of waiters, cooks, dishwashers, an orchestra, a photographer and all ingredients for a big celebration should be a piece of cake…
DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES at BFI Southbank (05 SEP 14:30, 18:40 & 20:50):
- Now that Eileen, Maisie and Tony are adults, their childhood memories – and in particular those associated with their father – are inconsistent. While Eileen clings to happier times, her siblings remember his brutal and violent nature. This troubled family must deal with the day-to-day alongside their past.
THE KING at DocHouse (05 SEP 20:40):
- Eugene Jarecki takes a roadtrip across America in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce to offer a state of the nation epic that tracks the rise and fall of one America’s greatest musical stars. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE BALLYMURPHY PRECEDENT at DocHouse (03 to 06 SEP). BLACKkKLANSMAN at The Castle Cinema (31 AUG to 13 SEP). BRAGUINO at ICA (01 to 05 SEP). THE CHILDREN ACT at the Phoenix Cinema (31 AUG to 06 SEP). THE CLEANERS at DocHouse (01 to 05 SEP). COLD WAR at Barbican (31 AUG to 06 AUG). DOUGH at JW3 (02 to 06 SEP). THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at Watermans (31 AUG to 05 SEP). HEATHERS at The Prince Charles (31 AUG to 06 SEP). MARY SHELLEY at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 SEP).
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