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Surf Sunday! inc. POINT BREAK d. Kathryn Bigelow, 1991 + Short: UNCOMMON IDEALS d. Chris McLean + Keanu Quiz outdoors at Ninth Life (08 SEP 19:30):
- We Do Good Disco presents: “Hold onto your wetsuits as we embark on the epic, adrenaline-fuelled, undercover surf cop film that is POINT BREAK! This 90’s classic has it all: surfing, summer beach wear, massive action scenes, awesome soundtrack (including The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, some Ex Presidents, surfers fighting against the system and, to top it all off, it’s directed by a woman! The amazing Kathryn Bigelow.”
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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). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation.
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Online: Richmond Film Society announces their 57th season // Plan ahead with our epic roundup of September’s repertory seasons & festivals [UPDATED!] // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about his season ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD // Raindance Means Raindance.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ART & MIND + INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE URBAN DECAY d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 + Amélie Ravalec & Travis Collins, 2015 + Intro by the director at ICA (08 SEP 19:30):
- “A double bill screening from French director Amélie Ravalec. ART & MIND: This thoroughly researched documentary explores the relationship between art and the unconscious. INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK… : Traces the origins of industrial music, taking the viewer through the industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.”
THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN 35mm d. Germaine Dulac, 1927 + Shorts + Live Piano Accompaniment by Eunice Martins at Ciné Lumière (08 SEP 17:15):
- “Based on a script by Antonin Artaud, Dulac’s seminal work THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN is widely recognised as the first surrealist film. A complex, controversial and multi-layered film, it was famously banned by the BBFC which stated: “If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable”. The British Film Institute included THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN on a list of 10 Great Feminist Films, describing it as “a visually imaginative critique of patriarchy – state and church – and of male sexuality”.”
Wonder Reels: Alessi”s Ark + THE WICKER MAN 35mm d. Robin Hardy, 1973 at The Cinema Museum (08 SEP 18:30):
- Wonder Reels – a night for music and film lovers – presents: “Ahead of the release of her next single, British songstress Alessi’s Ark will be gracing the stage of The Cinema Museum for an intimate solo set. She will be playing her mesmerizing folk songs before we get transported to the pagan island of Summerisle with a 35mm projection of Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult horror.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A LETTER FROM VENEZUELA d. Nancy Carolina Graterol, 2019 presented by London Socialist Film Co-Op (08 SEP 11:00).
- EVERYBODY KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRAY + Short: TALKING PICTURES + Q&A with Bob Holman & Kristi Zea presented by Camden Arts Centre at JW3 (08 SEP 16:00).
- Jeff Koons Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (08 SEP 14:00).
- MID 90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (08 SEP 18:00).
- RAPID RESPONSE d. Roger Hinze & Michael William, 2019 at The Prince Charles (08 SEP 18:00).
- REZO d. Leo Gabriadze, 2018 + Short: TWEET TWEET d. Zhanna Bekmambetova at Pushkin House (08 SEP 15:00).
- SOME LIKE IT HOT d. Billy Wilder, 1959 at Genesis Cinema (08 SEP 17:30).
- SORCERER d. William Friedkin, 1977 at The Prince Charles (08 SEP 20:50).
- THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 + Prerecorded interview with the director presented by Bird’s Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame at Curzon Wimbledon (08 SEP 17:30).
- THE WAGES OF FEAR d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953 at The Prince Charles (08 SEP 17:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- HAMLET 70mm d. Kenneth Branagh, 1996 (08 SEP 12:30).
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK 35mm d. Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 1998 (08 SEP 17:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- THE CHASE d. Arthur Penn, 1966 (08 SEP 14:50).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
CYBERPUNKS at House Of Vans (SEP):
- AKIRA (08 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
IN THE EYES OF THE LAW at Ciné Lumière (25 AUG to 02 OCT):
- 12 ANGRY MEN d. Sidney Lumet, 1957 (08 SEP 14:00).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- A FISH CALLED WANDA 35mm d. Charles Chrichton, 1988 (08 SEP 20:15).
- Pre-Python Picks: AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW d. Ian Fordyce, 1967 + Q&A with actors Aimi Macdonald & Tim Brooke-Taylor (08 SEP 15:00); and, DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET d. Daphne Shadwell, 1968 + Discussion (08 SEP 17:40).
KUBRICK: Back By Popular Demand… at BFI IMAX & Southbank (ongoing):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGEd. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (08 SEP 20:00).
THE LUNA CINEMA various outdoor venues (SEP):
- MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (08 SEP 19:45 – Regents’s Park Open Air Theatre).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
- DESPERADO (08 SEP 21:00 – Shoreditch).
- THE GODFATHER (08 SEP 19:30 – Stratford).
- TOY STORY 4 (08 SEP 19:30 – Peckham).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (AUG to SEP):
- Kenji Mizoguchi’s Great Triptych – UGETSU d. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953 (08 SEP 18:00).
- Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy – THREE COLOURS: RED d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993 (08 SEP 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival (06 to 14 SEP).
- Festival of France at Everyman Cinemas (06 to 11 SEP).
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 10 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (05 to 15 SEP).
- Rebelfest 2019 (06 to 08 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- The Smalls Film Festival (06 to 09 SEP).
SPRINTER d. Storm Saulter, 2019 at ICA (08 SEP 14:30):
- “Akeem Sharp, nicknamed the Rasta Rocket for his once-in-a-generation speed, is set to be Jamaica’s next big track and field sensation. Akeem hopes his success in athletics will take him to the US to reunite with his mother, who has been supporting the family from afar on a long-expired work visa. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home.”
THE THIRD MAN 4K: 70th Anniversary Release d. Carol Reed, 1949 at BFI Southbank (08 SEP 15:40):
- “Writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in post-war, Allies-occupied Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), with the promise of work. Discovering that Lime is dead, and warned away from Vienna on account of his friend’s criminal activities, Martins starts investigating the circumstances surrounding Lime’s demise.”
- See also special screenings at BFI on 06 & 12 SEP (listed in our weekly digest).
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL d. Rob Garver, 2018 at DocHouse (08 SEP 18:30):
- “It’s near impossible to build a career as a female film journalist, but Pauline Kael defied the odds. WHAT SHE SAID tells the story of Pauline Kael, longtime New Yorker film critic and best-selling author, and her battle to make a name for herself. Never a dull read, Kael was also a force to be reckoned with. With her letters, interviews and published work narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker and late-20th-century movies reframed through Kael’s lens, the controversial yet pioneering critic is brought into focus.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 SEP). APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 at ICA (07 to 12 SEP). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at BFI Southbank (until 19 SEP – Check website for 35mm screenings). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 12 SEP). INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (06 to 12 SEP). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at Watermans (06 to 12 SEP). MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN d. Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019 at DocHouse (until 12 SEP). MRS. LOWRY AND SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019 at JW3 (until 11 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (06 to 12 SEP). PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at The Lexi (until 11 SEP). PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 at The Prince Charles (06 to 12 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (06 to 18 SEP). SEFARAD d. Luis Ismael, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (08 to 12 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 12 SEP).
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