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Social Cinema Community #1: SOLIDARITY d. Lucy Parker, 2019 + Panel/Discussion at Deptford Cinema (06 OCT 13:00 – “Pay what you can afford”):
- Social Cinema Community presents: “What happened to film? Going to the cinema is unaffordable. The films we see leave us feeling empty and unsatisfied. The Social Cinema Community want to rediscover the joy and excitement that come from experiencing films. We want to improve our understanding of society. We want to see social problems more clearly. We want to talk about new ideas of what is possible.”
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LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019).
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Online at radiantcircus.com: Ranjit S. Ruprai aka SUPAKINO has announced a new season of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema. // Read our penultimate film writeup from #Screamdance at Raindance 2019, Belgian/French chiller LA DEUXIÈME. // Our epic OCTOBER roundup helps you navigate all the rep seasons & film festivals projecting across London this month. // Two venues are under threat – read appeals from Screen25 in South Norwood and The Horse Hospital & lend support where you can.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Forty Shades Of Linzi Drew at The Cinema Museum (06 OCT 19:30):
- Misty Moon presents: “Celebrating 40 years in the business, Linzi Drew-Honey will be talking candidly about her glamour career as well as her writing as a critically acclaimed author of erotic fiction. With the help of Misty Moon’s special guest MC Michael Barber, Linzi will be taking part in recitals from her novels. Linzi is best known for playing Brenda Bristols in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981). She featured in the porno film-within-a-film See You Next Wednesday.”
- See AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON d. John Landis, 1981 beforehand (separate ticket).
THE THIRD MAN 4K d. Carol Reed, 1949 + Pre-recorded Q&A with Angela Allen at Ciné Lumière (06 OCT 14:00):
- “Recognised as a cinematic masterpiece and praised for its eloquent fusion of bold elements and outstanding cast, THE THIRD MAN comes in a beautifully restored 4K version showcasing the genius of this celebrated British film noir. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Cinematography.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (06 OCT 18:00).
- CIELO d. Alison McAlpine, 2018 at ICA (06 OCT 15:00).
- FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at DocHouse (06 OCT 16:00).
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (06 OCT 17:30).
- ONE CHILD NATION d. Zhang Lynn & Nanfu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (06 OCT 13:00).
- PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at ICA (06 OCT 20:40).
- PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at JW3 (06 OCT 13:00).
- Queer Indian Short Films: ‘Acceptance’ at Close-Up (06 OCT 16:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON DJIBRIL DIOP MAMBÉTY at Close-Up (05 to 20 OCT):
- LE FRANC + LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL d. Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1994 & 1999 (06 OCT 18:30).
- HYÈNES d. Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1992 (06 OCT 20:30).
HIDDEN FIGURES: EUZHAN PALCY at Barbican (06 to 26 OCT):
- SUGAR CANE ALLEY 4K d. Euzhan Palcy, 1983 + Q&A with June Givanni & Priscilla Igwe (06 OCT 18:00).
KAZUHIRO SODA at Deptford Cinema (06 OCT to 10 NOV):
- THE BIG HOUSE d. Kazuhiro Soda, 2018 (06 OCT 17:45).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 (06 OCT 17:40).
THRILLERS & KILLERS & MONSTERS, OH MY! at The Prince Charles (27 SEP to 01 NOV):
- THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER d. Roger Corman, 1960 (06 OCT 13:00).
- CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST d. Ruggero Deodato, 1980 (06 OCT 21:00).
WITCHES & VAMPIRES at House Of Vans (03 to 27 OCT – FREE!/No booking required):
- INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (06 OCT 14:00 & 16:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- BFI London Film Festival (02 to 13 OCT).
- Black Cultural Archives Film Festival (04 to 14 OCT).
- Soho A Go Go Film Festival (04 to 06 OCT).
- Wimbledon International Short Film Festival (06 OCT).
HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN d. Gabe Turner & Benjamin Turner, 2019 + Pre-recorded Intro at DocHouse (06 OCT 13:45 & 18:00):
- “With a soundtrack that will have you dancing in your seat, if not in the street, HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN celebrates the astronomical success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records. Founder of Motown Berry Gordy and his long-standing friend and co-creator Smokey Robinson recall the beginnings of the company that had a radically progressive approach and was way ahead of its time.”
JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 at The Lexi (06 OCT 14:30, 17:30 & 20:15):
- “This origin story for Batman’s arch nemesis suggests that Arthur Fleck – indelibly portrayed here by Joaquin Phoenix – is a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night, but finds the joke always seems to be on him.”
JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (06 OCT 13:30, 16:00, 18:30 & 21:00):
- “Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 at The Prince Charles (until 09 OCT). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 10 OCT). CURTIZ d. as Yvan Topolanszky, 2018 at JW3 (until 10 OCT). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (until 10 OCT). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 10 OCT). GOOD POSTURE d. Dolly Wells, 2019 at Rio Cinema (04 to 10 OCT). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 10 OCT). THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 at Peckhamplex (until 10 OCT). NORMAL d. Adele Tulli, 2019 at ICA (until 08 OCT). ONE CHILD NATION d. Nanfu Wang & Jialing Zhang, 2019 at DocHouse (04 to 09 OCT). PHOENIX d. Camilla Strøm Henriksen, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (07 to 13 OCT). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2019 at Watermans (04 to 10 OCT). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 03 OCT).
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