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MIDNIGHT EXCESS #2: VANITY Double Bill at Rio Cinema (11 MAY 23:00+):
- SUPAKINO & The Celluloid Sorceress present: A spotlight on the late singer, actor and model Vanity with a 1980s double bill of THE LAST DRAGON plus the UK theatrical premiere of NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE. Celebrating Vanity’s varied career from Prince-protégée to action movie star, there will be clips, discussion and surprises between the films.
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- In the lead up to tonight’s screening of cult classic BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON, Ranjit S. Ruprai got in touch with lead actor Taimak who graciously agreed to an interview. We sent New York based writer and comic Jourdain Searles to meet and chat with the man himself.
- The Celluloid Sorceress explains how both parts of tonight’s Vanity double feature – THE LAST DRAGON + NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE – were reclassified for their late night screenings.
- Get yourself in the midnight mood with these eyeball-spinning trailers!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
120 BPM d. Robert Campillo, 2017: Screening + Symposium at QMUL/King’s College London (11 MAY 10:30 – FREE!):
- “120 BPM follows the HIV and AIDS activist group ACT UP in early 1990s Paris during the AIDS crisis. 120 BPM also at times leaves its human narratives behind, the camera instead zooming in on microbiological mutations in immune cells or focusing on the architectural forms of the city of Paris itself. 120 BPM’s multi-faceted approach to the AID crisis across political, personal, and biological levels demands for interdisciplinary engagement and analysis.”
MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 + Q&A with the director & DOP Ashley Connor at Barbican (11 MAY 18:10):
- Bechdel Test Fest presents: “Madeline has become an active member of an experimental theatre troupe. When its ambitious director pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.”
WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Peckhamplex (11 MAY 18:30):
- “A coming of age story set in the most brutal of times: Germany, 1944. Leyna (Amandla Stenberg), the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother (Abbie Cornish) and a black African father, meets Lutz (George MacKay), a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father (Christopher Eccleston) is a prominent Nazi solider, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly changing world.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- 9 LIVES: THE TITO APPAH STORY PART 2 at Genesis Cinema (11 MAY 18:00).
- A GHOST STORY d. David Lowery, 2017 part of How Do You Want To Be Remembered? at The Geffrye Museum (11 MAY 17:00).
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (11 MAY 16:45).
- BLACK SWAN d. Darren Aronofsky, 2010 at Everyman Screen On The Green (11 MAY 23:30).
- BORDER d. Ali Abasi, 2018 at ICA (11 MAY 12:25).
- Films with a Mission: Medical Films from the Catholic Mission Archives, 1930s-1960s at Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (11 MAY 13:00 – FREE!).
- FINAL ASCENT: THE LEGEND OF HAMISH MACINNES d. Robbie Fraser, 2019 at ICA (11 MAY 12:30).
- RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (11 MAY 19:00).
- THE SEEN AND UNSEEN d. Kamila Andini, 2017 at Deptford Cinema (11 MAY 19:00).
- US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (11 MAY 13:45, 16:05, 18:25 & 20:45).
- VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Barbican (11 MAY 13:35)
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- LIVING 35mm d. Akira Kurosawa, 1952 (11 MAY 17:10).
CLOSE-UP ON SCOTT WALKER at Close-Up (24 APR to 31 MAY):
- HUNGER d. Henning Carlsen, 1966 (11 MAY 18:00).
- A MAN ESCAPED d. Robert Bresson, 1956 (11 MAY 20:15).
GENESIS 20TH BIRTHDAY at Genesis Cinema (03 to 12 MAY – Tickets £2.50 + FREE PINT!!):
- OFFICE SPACE d. Mike Judge, 1999 (11 MAY 16:15).
- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD d. George Miller, 2015 (11 MAY 18:25).
- HUMAN TRAFFIC d. Justin Kerrigan, 1999 (11 MAY 21:10).
JOHN CARPENTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 31 JUL):
- PRINCE OF DARKNESS d. John Carpenter, 1987 (11 MAY 21:00).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (11 MAY 14:20).
- THE SHINING (Extended Version) d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (11 MAY 20:20 – SOLD OUT!).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- OUR LITTLE SISTER d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2015 (11 MAY 20:10).
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 enjoys a grind show run (until 15 MAY).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (11 MAY to 14 AUG):
- TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 1993 (11 MAY 20:45).
THE VICTORIAN FILM WEEKENDER at BFI Southbank (10 to 12 MAY):
- Heroes of the Victorian Film (11 MAY 16:00).
- The Great Victorian Moving Picture Show (11 MAY 19:00 – SOLD OUT!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Deptford Cinema Film Festival 2019 – Sci-Fi Shorts (11 MAY).
- Everyman Music Film Festival (09 to 26 MAY).
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (29 APR to 01 JUN).
- Right Now Film Festival (06 to 12 MAY).
- SERET International: The UK Israeli Film & Television Festival (29 APR to 12 MAY).
AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (11 MAY 14:20 & 18:30):
- “Aretha Franklin recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace during two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. Sydney Pollack and his crew captured the incredible footage, but the project was shelved. 47 years later, the recordings have been brought out and the film completed – as Pollack’s wishes before his death in 2008.”
HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (11 MAY 18:15 & 20:40):
- “Much lauded French auteur, Claire Denis (WHITE MATERIAL, BEAU TRAVAIL) explores the human psyche in the outer space. Sent out on a mission to explore a black hole, Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft in complete isolation.”
MADELINE’S MADELINE d. Josephine Decker, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (11 MAY 12:05 & 17:00):
- “Madeline has become an active member of an experimental theatre troupe. When its ambitious director pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.”
THE WARRIORS 35mm d. Walter Hill, 1979 at The Prince Charles (11 MAY 15:25):
- “A turf battle between New York City street gangs that rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly fingered for the killing of a gang leader. Soon they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across the city to their own turf.”
- A word from The PCC: “This extended run is being serviced by a 40 year old, well worn, 35mm print… so expect dirt, scratches & a little fade.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 16 MAY). DIAMANTINO d. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018 at ICA (10 to 16 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 16 MAY). ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at DocHouse (until 16 MAY). EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILEd. Joe Berlinger, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 16 MAY). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 MAY). GRETA d. Neil Jordan, 2018 at Watermans (10 to 16 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 16 MAY). THE SAMUEL PROJECT d. Marc Fusco, 2017 presented by UKJF at JW3 (12 to 16 MAY). SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN d. Margarethe Von Trotta, 2018 at DocHouse (10 to 14 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERSd. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 16 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at Watermans (10 to 16 MAY). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 16 MAY). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (until 16 MAY)
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