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Featured attraction: SILENT RUNNING at Glengall Wharf Garden (20:00), an outdoor event as part of Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (31 AUG to 16 SEP): “A wonderful film. The message of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (for which Douglas Trumbull did the special effects) was that man needed guidance from beyond; the message of SILENT RUNNING, symbolically set in the year 2001, is that man (and his creations: the film’s robots) must, even at the risk of madness, be his own saviour.” – Time Out.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BENEATH THE CLOCKTOWER + INTRO at ArtHouse Crouch End (09 SEP 17:00):
- On every high street, up and down the country, thousands of independent traders face a daily battle for survival. No more so than in the fabled London ‘village’ of Crouch End, where each passing year sees another business disappear and the fight for independence is fiercer than ever.
NATIONAL NARRATIVE aka Roman National + DISCUSSION with director Grégoire Beil at ICA (09 SEP 19:00):
- Entirely composed of short films made on live video streaming app Periscope – where users send messages and comment while streaming – NATIONAL NARRATIVE is simultaneously poetry of everyday life and a unique depiction of contemporary France.
- NATIONAL NARRATIVE aka Roman National also screens at ICA without discussion (11 SEP 15:50 / 12 SEP 13:55 / 13 SEP 18:00).
A NORTHERN SOUL + Q&A at Rio Cinema (09 SEP 16:00):
- The award-winning documentary filmmaker of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY, Sean McAllister, returns to his hometown of Hull, as curator of its ‘UK City of Culture’ opening event. Back living with his parents and reflecting on changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit, Sean is drawn to the fringes of town where he encounters Steve – a struggling a warehouse worker by day, hip-hop artist by night, and a man with a dream.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (09 SEP 19:45).
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY digital presentation at Prince Charles (09 SEP 18:15).
- THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN at Deptford Cinema (09 SEP 14:00).
- CARAVAGGIO at BFI (09 SEP 20:10).
- THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (09 SEP 20:00).
- THE DISASTER ARTIST at Prince Charles (09 SEP 21:30 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening).
- F FOR FAKE at BFI (09 SEP 18:15).
- THE INCREDIBLES at Picturehouse Central (09 SEP 15:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- THE ITALIAN JOB + LIVE MUSIC presented by Cinema Paradiso at The Book Club (09 SEP 19:00).
- LOGAN at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (09 SEP 21:00).
- MARY SHELLEY at Whirled Cinema (09 SEP 18:00).
- MILDRED PIERCE at JW3 (09 SEP 12:00).
- THE PRODUCERS at Genesis Cinema (09 SEP 20:30).
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 35mm at Prince Charles (09 SEP 15:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACK 2 SCHOOL at House Of Vans (06 to 23 SEP – Free!/No booking required):
- TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (09 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- CAMP DE THIAROYE 35mm + INTRO + DISCUSSION by Tony Warner (09 SEP 15:15).
CLOSE-UP ON PETER WATKINS at Close-Up (05 to 28 SEP):
- THE WAR GAME + SHORTS (09 SEP 20:00).
DISTANT VOICES: TERENCE DAVIES at Close-Up (08 to 15 SEP):
- THE TERENCE DAVIES TRILOGY (09 SEP 18:00).
STOLEN SUMMERS various venues (02 to 16 SEP):
- Ciné Lumière: LA PISCINE + SHORT: A SUMMER DRESS + INTRO by Marion Hallet (09 SEP 16:00).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):
- SPIRITED AWAY (09 SEP 12:45).
VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 30 SEP):
- LE BONHEUR (09 SEP 14:00).
WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Catford Free Film Festival (09 to 16 SEP).
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Kennington Bioscope Silent Fim Weekend (08 to 09 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 09 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (31 AUG to 16 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
- The Smalls Film Festival (07 to 10 SEP).
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (09 SEP 19:00):
- An offbeat, satirical and beautifully-shot film about Nothing, in which Nothing, tired of being misunderstood, runs away from home and begins to reveal his thoughts on pretty much everything, including life and death, love and politics. Narrated in verse by Iggy Pop.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST at The Castle Cinema (09 SEP 16:00 & 18:00):
- Cameron Post looks the part of a perfect high-school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction”.
UNDER THE WIRE at DocHouse (09 SEP 14:00 & 18:00):
- On 13 February 2012 war-correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria to cover the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Homs, under attack by the Syrian army. Only one of them returned.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Rich Mix (07 to 13 SEP). BLACKkKLANSMAN at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 13 SEP). C’EST LA VIE! at Cine Lumiere (until 23 SEP). THE CLEANERS at DocHouse (07 to 12 SEP). COLD WAR at Ciné Lumière (until 16 SEP). CROWHURST at Whirled Cinema (10 to 16 SEP). HEATHERS at Prince Charles (07 to 13 SEP). HURRICANE at Genesis Cinema (07 to 13 SEP). MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS at ICA (07 to 12 SEP). THE SEAGULL at Phoenix Cinema (07 to 13 SEP). YARDIE at The Institute Of Light (07 to 13 SEP).
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