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MAKING NOISE QUIETLY d. Dominic Dromgoole, 2019 + Short: A FILTHY HABIT d. Mykea Perry + Q&A with Mykea Perry at The David Lean (10 SEP 19:30):
- “Acclaimed theatre director Dromgoole has chosen for his screen debut to film a triptych drama that explores the impact of war on ordinary people. The three stories, set in Kent in 1942, Redcar in 1982 and Germany in 1996, feature dialogues that contrast the military world view with the characters’ complex relationships.”
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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).
[TUE 29 OCT] SMART PHONE: These shorts were all made on smartphones, showcasing the potential of the camera in your pocket to create a mini masterpiece (& we don’t mean your cat “playing” the piano…).
> Now booking: sbf.org.uk/whats-on
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
FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, 2019 + Q&A with the directors & Hamza al-Kateab, hosted by Jon Snow at BFI Southbank (10 SEP 20:20 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):
- “Waad al-Kateab falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama during the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Filming all the time, her camera intimately captures moments of tenderness, laughter, loss, survival and resistance, as Waad tries to decide whether to flee the city to protect her daughter, when leaving means abandoning the political struggle for which she had already sacrificed so much.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE d. Stephen Herek, 1989 presented by Truman’s at Genesis Cinema (10 SEP 21:00 – FREE pint of something Truman’s with every ticket).
- BOUND FOR GLORY d. Hal Ashby, 1976 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (10 SEP 20:00).
- COLD WAR d. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2019 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (10 SEP 20:00).
- THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Prince Charles (10 SEP 15:00).
- INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at ICA (10 SEP 13:20).
- NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN d. Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, 2007 presented by Old Forester Bourbon at TT Liquor (10 SEP 18:30).
- SLACKER d. Richard Linklater, 1990 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (10 SEP 19:30).
- TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at ICA (10 SEP 14:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- MILLER’S CROSSING d. Joel Coen, 1990 (10 SEP 20:45).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- NORTH BY NORTHWEST d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1959 (10 SEP 20:15).
IN FOCUS: SERGEI LOZNITSA at ICA (10 to 12 SEP):
- THE TRIAL d. Sergei Loznitsa, 2018 UK Premiere + Q&A with the director (10 SEP 18:30).
IN THE EYES OF THE LAW at Ciné Lumière (25 AUG to 02 OCT):
- 12 ANGRY MEN d. Sidney Lumet, 1957 + Richard Horwell QC and Antoine Vey, lawyer at the Paris Bar (10 SEP 19:30).
KUBRICK: Back By Popular Demand… at BFI IMAX & Southbank (ongoing):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (10 SEP 18:10).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
- BIG (10 SEP 19:30 – Stratford).
- HUMAN TRAFFIC (10 SEP 19:30 – Peckham).
- TEEN SPIRIT (10 SEP 21:00 – Shoreditch).
SAY WHAT HAPPENED: NICK FRASER SELECTS at DocHouse (until 10 SEP):
- ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM d. Alex Gibney, 2004 + Skype Q&A with the director (10 SEP 18:30).
SCI-FI SELECTS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (10 SEP 12:05).
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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).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 10 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (05 to 15 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
SPRINTER d. Storm Saulter, 2019 at ICA (10 SEP 20:50):
- “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 (10 SEP 14:30):
- “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 (10 SEP 14:30):
- “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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