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THE FLY d. Kurt Neumann, 1958 + Intro by Garth Miles at The Old Operating Theatre (14 NOV 19:00):
- “Bad science and body-horror have been the mainstays of the macabre almost from the very beginning. While most mutant films in the insect fear subgenre of the 1950’s were about atomic radiation, THE FLY concerns scientists who push the boundaries of exploration too far, climaxing in one of the most tragic scenes in cinematic history.”
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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest continues at venues across East London (12 to 17 NOV). We’ve had a look at the programme and chosen our top ten recommendations for this year’s festival.
To help you plan ahead, we’ve posted our epic roundup of London’s repertory seasons & film festivals for the month of November.
Screen25 in South Norwood has achieved its target of 100 champions & will now be keeping its doors open. Carry on supporting this vibrant community cinema with our juicy discount.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 + Intro at Peckhamplex (14 NOV 20:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):
- DISPATCH FMI presents: “Filmed over a five year period in Syria by Waad al-Kateab for her daughter Sama, this documentation of the Syrian uprising stands as a unique testimony of war from a woman’s perspective giving audiences insight into the desperate situation Syrians faced when they dared to contend with an oppressive regime.”
THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 + Q&A with Professor Alan Lester at Genesis Cinema (14 NOV 18:10):
- Bird’s Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “The second film from Jennifer Kent, who directed the cult horror smash THE BABADOOK, THE NIGHTINGALE is a gothic colonial horror set in 1825 centring on the story of Clare, a young Irish convict woman, who chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she teams up with an Aboriginal tracker named Billy.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BEANPOLE d. Kantemir Balagov, 2019 at ICA (14 NOV 18:20).
- JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 at The David Lean (14 NOV 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
- MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND d. Midge Costin, 2019 at ICA (14 NOV 14:15).
- RIP UP THE ROAD: A FILM ABOUT FOALS d. Toby L., 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Hackney (14 NOV 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
20 YEARS at House Of Vans (01 NOV to 01 DEC – FREE!/No booking required):
- FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 (14 NOV 17:00 & 19:15).
21ST CENTURY ŽILNIK at Close-Up, Goldsmiths, LUX & Birkbeck Cinema (12 to 17 NOV):
- ONE WOMAN – ONE CENTURY d. Želimir Žilnik, 2011 (14 NOV 20:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE d. John Ford, 1962 (14 NOV 18:10).
EARTH IN CRISIS at DocHouse (14 to 20 NOV):
- THE NEXT LIFE d. Fan Jian, 2011 + Q&A with the director (14 NOV 18:30).
THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL at DocHouse (08 to 15 NOV):
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2018 (08 to 14 NOV).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- Sight & Sound Deep Focus: WILD REEDS 35mm aka Les Roseaux Sauvages d. André Téchiné (14 NOV 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Czech Velvet 1989-2019 (01 to 29 NOV inc. Made In Prague Film Festival 08 to 11 NOV).
- Doc’n Roll Festival (01 to 17 NOV).
- Dreamers Of Dreams Festival (14 NOV).
- Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest (12 to 17 NOV).
- London Korean Film Festival (01 to 14 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (06 to 21 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (10 to 26 NOV).
THE CROW 35mm d. Alex Proyas, 1994 at The Prince Charles (14 NOV 12:45):
- “The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger.”
THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Rio Cinema (Not screening today! Come back tomorrow… Check your local indie):
- “Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s monumental mobster masterpiece THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga that is poignant, funny, and a majestic elegy on mortality.”
MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (14 NOV 11:00 P&B, 12:15 & 18:45):
- “Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A DOG CALLED MONEY d. Seamus Murphy, 2019 at ICA (08 to 14 NOV). BLADE RUNNER : THE FINAL CUT d. Ridley Scott, 1982 at The Prince Charles (until 13 NOV). BY THE GRACE OF GOD d. Francois Ozon, 2018 at Watermans (08 to 14 NOV). DOCTOR SLEEP d. Mike Flanagan, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 14 NOV). THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO d. Joe Talbot, 2019 at ICA (until 14 NOV). LUCE d. Julius Onah, 2019 at Rio Cinema (08 to 14 NOV). MONOS d. Alejandro Landes, 2019 at ICA (until 14 NOV). SORRY WE MISSED YOU d. Ken Loach, 2019 at Peckhamplex (until 14 NOV). TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (11 to 17 NOV). TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS d. Nick Zeig-Owens, 2019 at DocHouse (until 13 NOV). YVES SAINT-LAURENT: THE LAST COLLECTIONS d. Olivier Myron, 2018 at ICA (until 14 NOV).
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