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JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE d. Tomer Heymann, 2018 + Q&A with Jonathan Agassi at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:20):
- Fringe! Flings presents: “Jonathan Agassi is one of the world’s most successful gay adult film stars. His rise to fame was stratospheric and revolutionised the industry. The man behind the performer says that it saved his life, but at what cost? Filmed over eight years, the film provides a rare and intimate insight into the world of erotica and escorting, and one man’s attempts to find love, family and happiness in a world of hedonism and fantasy.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
IMPRISONING A GENERATION d. Zelda Edmunds, 2018 + Discussion at The Cinema Museum (05 DEC 19:30):
- The Kennington Bethlehem Link presents: “a documentary film by Zelda Edmunds following the stories of young Palestinians who have been imprisoned under the Israeli military and political systems. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, combine to form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that expand well beyond the prison walls.”
THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 + Q&A with the director + participants at Catford Mews (05 DEC 18:30):
- “Hoxton Street is at the traditional beating heart of East London. Less than a mile from the City of London it has become the last bastion of the areas disadvantaged while many of the businesses that have been around for over a hundred years continue to disappear. Set against rapid gentrification, unregulated capitalism, years of austerity, the fallout from the Grenfell disaster and the eruption of Brexit, award-winning photo-journalist Zed Nelson’s feature-length debut, filmed over four years, is a revealing portrait of life in London today…and tomorrow.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at DocHouse (05 DEC 20:30).
- ATLANTICS d. Mati Diop, 2019 at ICA (05 DEC 18:35).
- INDIA SPACE DREAMS d. Sue Sudbury, 2019 at DocHouse (05 DEC 16:30).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (05 DEC 12:15).
- THE LOBSTER d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015 + Live Score by Solem Quartet at Picturehouse Ritzy (05 DEC 20:30).
- THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON d. Tyler Nilson & Mike Schwartz, 2019 + Short: LIBERTÉ d. Dora Paphides at The David Lean (05 DEC 14:30 & 19:30).
- THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (05 DEC 20:45).
- WOMAN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 presented by Talkies Community Cinema at The Dugdale Centre (05 DEC 19:45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Close-Up, Cafe Oto & Brixton Prison (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- THE SUPPER d. Pere Portabella (05 DEC 17:30 – Brixton Prison – Sales ended!).
BAFTA SCREENWRITERS LECTURE SERIES at Curzon Cinemas (30 NOV to 12 DEC):
- Noah Baumbach (05 DEC 17:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- ROPE d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1948 (05 DEC 21:10).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1940 (05 DEC 18:25).
- THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT d. Renny Harlin, 1996 ( 05 DEC 21:00).
- THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (01 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue).
- EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
DELEUZE’S CINEMA: MOVEMENTS IN TIME at Close-Up (01 to 10 DEC):
- VAMPYR d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932 + Intro by Christopher Kul-Want (05 DEC 20:30).
MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY 35mm aka West Indies ou les nègres marrons de la liberté d. Med Hondo, 1979 + Intro by Kevin Le Gendre (05 DEC 20:40).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- ICO Archive Screening Day: Race in the Hollywood Musical (05 DEC 16:00); BROADWAY RHYTHM 35mm d. Roy Del Rey, 1944 + Intro by Robin Baker (05 DEC 18:10); and, WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY 35mm aka West Indies ou les nègres marrons de la liberté d. Med Hondo, 1979 + Intro by Kevin Le Gendre (05 DEC 20:40).
- Re-releases: TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (22 NOV to 05 DEC).
UKRAINIAN FILM DAYS at Ciné Lumière (05 to 08 DEC):
- MR JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 (05 DEC 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- London Film Week (02 to 08 DEC).
- London International Animation Festival (29 NOV to 08 DEC).
- Utopia Portuguese Film Festival (30 NOV to 09 DEC).
THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (05 DEC 18:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “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 (05 DEC 17:50 & 19:50):
- “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 (05 DEC 12:10):
- “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):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (29 NOV to 05 DEC). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (02 to 08 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (29 NOV to 05 DEC). HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (until 04 DEC). JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT d. Kevin Smith, 2019 at The Prince Charles (29 NOV to 05 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Rich Mix (29 NOV to 05 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV to 16 DEC). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 05 DEC). RETABLO d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 05 DEC). RONNIE WOOD – SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES MEd. Mike Figgis, 2019 at DocHouse (until 04 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 05 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (29 NOV to 05 DEC). THE TWO POPES d. Fernando Meirelles, 2019 at JW3 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
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