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HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (09 DEC 18:30):
- “From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
More films in London today (A – Z):
- CHICAGO d. Rob Marshall, 2002 at Dulwich Picture Gallery (09 DEC 19:30).
- THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 at Catford Mews (09 DEC 18:30).
- THE DIVE d. Yona Rozenkier, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (09 DEC 17:30).
- GREMLINS d. Joe Dante, 1984 at TT Liquor (09 DEC 18:30).
- HUMAN NATURE d. Adam Bolt, 2019 at DocHouse (09 DEC 20:30).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (09 DEC 12:00).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rich Mix (09 DEC 19:30).
- JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT d. Kevin Smith, 2019 at The Prince Charles (09 DEC 16:05).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at Barbican (09 DEC 18:15).
- TV Preview: DRACULA d. Jonny Campbell, 2019 + Q&A with writers Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss, actors Claes Bang & Dolly Wells, director Jonny Campbell & exec producer Sue Vertue at BFI Southbank (09 DEC 18:15).
- WILLIAM CHRISTIE, THE ART OF GIVING d. Jarmila Buzkova, 2019 in the presence of William Christie, Paul Agnew and director Jarmila Buzkova at Ciné Lumière (09 DEC 20:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MOVIE MUSICAL at Deptford Cinema (21 OCT to 09 DEC):
- LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2017 + Short (09 DEC 19:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- THE LADYKILLERS d. Alexander Mackendrick, 1955 (09 DEC 18:30).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- GREMLINS 35mm d. Joe Dante, 1984 (09 DEC 12:45).
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (09 DEC 15:15).
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Sing-A-Long d. Henry Selick, 1993 (09 DEC 18:15).
- WHITE CHRISTMAS d. Michael Curtiz, 1954 (09 DEC 18:25).
- BRAZIL d. Terry Gilliam, 1985 (09 DEC 20:45).
- BLACK CHRISTMAS d. Bob Clark, 1974 (09 DEC 21:00).
DELEUZE’S CINEMA: MOVEMENTS IN TIME at Close-Up (01 to 10 DEC):
- RASHOMON d. Akira Kurosawa, 1950 + Intro by Christopher Kul-Want (09 DEC 20:30).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Sight & Sound Deep Focus: PONETTE 35mm d. Jacques Doillon, 1996 (09 DEC 20:30).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- KISS ME KATE 35mm 3D d. George Sidney, 1953 (09 DEC 14:30 & 20:40).
- KISS ME KATE 35mm 3D d. George Sidney, 1953 + Intro by Robin Baker (09 DEC 18:00).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 DEC).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
BUDDIES d. Arthur J. Bressan Jr, 1985 at ICA (09 DEC – Not screening today/Come back tomorrow!):
- “Written, produced and directed by the late filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan Jr., BUDDIES (1985) was the first narrative feature film about the AIDS epidemic. Recently restored in 2k from its original 16 mm negative, this landmark film is now screening widely for the first time following its brief theatrical release in 1985.”
HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (09 DEC 15:00 & 18:00):
- “From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalising his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon.”
SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (09 DEC 12:30 & 19:40):
- “Packing a powerful emotional punch, SO LONG, MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident,paths separate, destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains. But sometimes it can take a lifetime to say farewell…”
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 at Ciné Lumière (09 DEC 18:20):
- “Guy, an auto mechanic, has fallen in love with Geneviève, who works in her mother’s chic umbrella shop. Before Guy is to leave for a tour of combat, the two share a passionate night. Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes 1964, Jacques Demy’s visually intoxicating ‘film in song’ pays homage to the Hollywood musical and is a major influence on directors including Damien Chazelle and Wes Anderson.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at DocHouse (06 to 12 DEC). THE CAVE d. Feras Fayyad, 2018 at DocHouse (06 to 12 DEC). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watt, 2019 at ICA (07 to 12 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (until 12 DEC). IN FABRIC d. Peter Strickland, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 DEC). JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE d. Tomer Heymann, 2018 at ICA (06 to 12 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at The Lexi (06 to 12 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 03 JAN). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at ICA (until 12 DEC). MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN d. Edward Norton, 2019 at Rich Mix (06 to 12 DEC). ORDINARY LOVE d. Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (06 to 12 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ICA (until 11 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (06 to 12 DEC). THE WOLF’S CALL d. Antonin Baudry, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (06 to 12 DEC).
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