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Featured attraction: Science Fiction Theatre presents THE TRUMAN SHOW + TALK by Dr Tony Milligan at The Institute Of Light (17 SEP 19:30): “The underlying ideas made the movie more than just entertainment. Like GATTACA, the previous film written by [Andrew] Niccol, it brings into focus the new values that technology is forcing on humanity.” –Roger Ebert.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME + Q&A with author/screenwriter Jo Brand at Genesis Cinema (17 SEP 18:30):
- Set in the 1980s, the heart of the story is the relationship between a mother, her daughter and the music of Morrissey and The Smiths. Gina is a young mother attempting to play the role of homemaker providing a stable and loving home to husband Keith and daughter Alice. However, Gina develops ‘De Clerambault Syndrome’ in which she imagines grand passions on behalf of others and reads secret meanings into ordinary conversations.
#ReclaimTheFrame: FACES PLACES + PANEL + PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP at Curzon Soho (17 SEP 18:30):
- Birds’ Eye View presents: Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: their passion for images in general and more particularly questioning the places where they are showed, how they are shared, exposed. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open-air photographic galleries.
Screen Epiphany: Michael Dudok de Wit introduces the short animated films of Yuri Norstein at BFI Southbank (17 SEP 18:10):
- Animator, director and illustrator Michael Dudok de Wit (FATHER & DAUGHTER, THE RED TURTLE) introduces short films by the great multi-award winning Russian animator Yuri Norstein. This selection will include THE HERON AND THE CRANE (1975), HEDGEHOG IN THE FOG (1975) and TALE OF TALES (1979).
Spotlight on Modern Day Slavery 1: THE TRAP + PANEL at Frontline Club (17 SEP 19:00):
- Frontline presents the first in a series of events focusing on the global phenomenon of slavery and forced labour. THE TRAP explores how prisons and jails have become a recruiting ground for human traffickers in the States, taking incarcerated women into pimp-controlled prostitution.
THE TRUMAN SHOW + TALK by Dr Tony Milligan at The Institute Of Light (17 SEP 19:30):
- Science Fiction Theatre presents: Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) has a seemingly idyllic lifestyle: a secure job, a loving family and a peaceful home. Yet, unbeknownst to him, his entire existence has been one long TV series… Before the film, Dr Tony Milligan will explore the theme that even when technology remains within our control, love stays resistant.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- F FOR FAKE at BFI (17 SEP 20:45).
- ISLAND + DISCUSSION/Q&A at DocHouse (17 SEP 18:30).
- THE KING at Picturehouse Central (17 SEP 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- Short Film Night: BORDERS AND TERRITORIES + Q&A with directors at Peckhamplex (17 SEP 18:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
- THE BEACHES OF AGNES + INTRO by Jenny Chamarette in partnership with MAI (17 SEP 20:50, Genesis Cinema).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- JOHN WICK + JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 2 films, 1 ticket (17 SEP 18:30).
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- COME BACK, AFRICA 35mm (17 SEP 20:40).
HARRY DEAN STANTON FOCUS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival (15 to 30 SEP).
- London Korean Film Festival Teaser Screening + Press Launch: A TIGER IN WINTER (17 SEP).
- Safar Film Festival (13 to 18 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
REINVENTING MARVIN at Ciné Lumière (17 SEP 18:10):
- Marvin Bijou (Finnegan Oldfield), a young gay boy from a working-class family in a small French village, suffers constant bullying at school and home for being too sensitive and too feminine. A chance encounter with a drama teacher opens the doors to a world that offers him the chance to escape his situation.
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF 2017.
THE RIDER at Phoenix Cinema (17 SEP 20:40):
- Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, he finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete.
WEAPON OF CHOICE at DocHouse (17 SEP 16:30 & 20:45):
- “It Never Fails”. The Glock pistol is the world’s most popular handgun and a pop-cultural reference in everything from hip-hop music to live-action films. For the first time, this new documentary explores gun violence from the city street to warzones, through the trade of this iconic gun.
More films in London this week (A – Z): AMERICAN ANIMALS at Lexi Cinema (14 to 16 SEP). C’EST LA VIE! at Watermans (14 to 20 SEP). THE CLEANERS at DocHouse (14 to 20 SEP). COLD WAR at ICA (14 to 20 SEP). GENERATION WEALTH at The Montpelier (16 to 26 SEP). HEATHERS at Prince Charles (14 to 20 SEP). IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (14 to 20 SEP). I, TONYA at Whirled Cinema (17 to 23 SEP). LUCKY at ArtHouse Crouch End (14 to 20 SEP). THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST at Prince Charles (14 to 20 SEP). PARADISE presented by UKJF at JW3 (16 to 20 SEP). THE PREDATOR at Rich Mix (14 to 20 SEP ;-). UNDER THE WIRE at DocHouse (14 to 20 SEP). WEAPON OF CHOICE at DocHouse (14 to 20 SEP).
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