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Featured attraction: BEFORE STONEWALL + A PLACE OF RAGE (15 AUG 18:30 & 20:30) presented by Club Des Femmes & ICO at Regent Street Cinema as part of REVOLT, SHE SAID: WOMEN AND FILM AFTER ’68 (01 to 29 AUG): “So much more than a brilliant documentary about LGBTQ+ life in the USA before the 1969 Stonewall riots, Greta Schiller’s perception-changing film places its audience in the presence of legends in their own lifetimes.”
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN + INTRO by Pamela Hutchinson at BFI Southbank (15 AUG 18:20):
- Worlds away from the folksy America of the later ‘Capracorn’ movies, this sees a missionary (Barbara Stanwyck) separated from her fiancé during the Chinese Civil War and rescued by the titular warlord, who proves to be highly sophisticated – and devoted to her.
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES + Q&A with director Mark Cousins at DocHouse (15 AUG 18:30):
- Before becoming an actor and director, Orson Welles trained as an artist. He painted and drew throughout his life, sketching set designs, storyboards, ideas and places and people that inspired him. Award-winning director Mark Cousins, a life-long Welles admirer, is granted unprecedented access to Welles’ sketches – most of which have never been seen outside of his family – and with it builds a picture of the unique way Welles saw the world.
FROM THE THIRD EYE at ICA (15 AUG 18:30 & 20:30):
- Writing Workshop: a discursive workshop on writing about artists’ and experimental film, led by critic and curator Ed Halter, and artist and editor of Little Joe magazine Sam Ashby.
- THE QUEEN: Director Frank Simon’s rarely screened documentary follows Jack, a 24-year-old drag queen named Flawless Sabrina; a mistress of ceremonies for the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant. The judges, including artist Andy Warhol, actress and model Edie Sedgwick and writer Terry Southern, have a hard time deciding on the winner.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BACK TO THE FUTURE at Backyard Cinema (15 AUG 16:00).
- CLUELESS at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (15 AUG 20:15).
- DANCING WITH CRIME at Regent Street Cinema (15 AUG 12:00 & 15:30).
- HEATHERS at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 AUG 21:00).
- KATE BUSH ON FILM at Moth Club (15 AUG 19:00).
- LOVE IS THE DEVIL: STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS BACON at BFI (15 AUG 20:45).
- PRINCESS MONONOKE at Hackney Picturehouse (15 AUG 20:30).
- WOMAN ON THE RUN 35mm presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (15 AUG 19:30).
- VERTIGO at JW3 (15 AUG 14:30).
- VIVA LAS VEGAS presented by Lobotomy Room Goes To The Movies at Fontaine’s Bar (15 AUG 20:30 – Free!/Booking required).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (15 AUG to 03 SEP):
- SUZANNE’S CAREER + THE BAKERY GIRL OF MONCEAU (15 AUG 19:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- MANNEQUIN 35mm (15 AUG 18:15).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- THE GO-BETWEEN (15 AUG 20:40).
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
REVOLT, SHE SAID: WOMEN AND FILM AFTER ’68 at Regent Street Cinema (01 to 29 AUG):
- BEFORE STONEWALL + A PLACE OF RAGE (15 AUG 18:30 & 20:30).
- There are discounts for doing the double.
WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles (until 30 AUG):
- WINGS OF DESIRE 35mm (15 AUG 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals projecting in London today. But that means we’ve probably missed something…
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HEATHERS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (15 AUG 16:10 & 21:00):
- In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, intelligent teen Veronica (Winona Ryder) teams up with a dark sociopath, J.D. (Christian Slater) in a plot to kill the cool kids in what is one of the decade’s defining cult classics of 1980s cinema.
LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 AUG 14:45):
- Sixteen years after their first collaboration on the groundbreaking RIVERS AND TIDES, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer returns with an absorbing documentary portrait of the influential British sculptor and environmentalist.
UNDER THE TREE at Barbican (15 AUG 18:15):
- This dark suburban satire tells the story of a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE APPARITION at Lexi Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). A SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). THE HEIRESS at The Institute Of Light (10 to 16 AUG). ISLE OF DOGS at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (11 to 16 AUG). MCQUEEN at Rio Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). OF FATHERS AND SONS at ICA (10 to 16 AUG). POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD at Phoenix Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). THROUGH LOTTE’S LENS at JW3 (12 to 16 AUG).
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