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BRITANNIA HOSPITAL d. Lindsay Anderson, 1982 + Intro by Jonathan Coe at London Review Bookshop (17 SEP 19:00):
“Marking 25 years since the all too early death of its remarkable director, we’re delighted to show the final part of his ‘state of the nation and psyche’ trilogy made with actor Malcolm McDowell and screenwriter David Sherwin. BRITANNIA HOSPITAL does what it says on the tin, offering an occasionally bloody satire on a country in crisis. If this sounds all too familiar, rest assured that acclaimed novelist and Anderson fan Jonathan Coe, famed for his own acute writerly incisions into the belly of Britain’s hopes and fears, will be on hand to contextualise.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
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). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation. We’ve even got a Halloween Special…
> Now booking: sbf.org.uk/whats-on
Online radiantcircus.com: For all you pooch-heads, Top Dog Film Festival comes to Conway Hall (01 to 02 OCT) // Richmond Film Society announces their 57th season // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD (opening this week at Rich Mix) // And of course, Raindance Means Raindance (18 to 20 SEP).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
MISSISSIPPI MASALA d. Mira Nair, 1991 + Panel Discussion at Genesis Cinema (17 SEP 20:45):
Burnt Roti presents: “Mina (Sarit Choudhury) makes the acquaintance of African-American Demetrius (Denzel Washington), the prosperous manager of a carpet-cleaning business. Demetrius slowly falls in love with her, but both Mina’s father and Demetrius must learn to bury their pasts and their prejudices.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at The David Lean (17 SEP 19:30).
ANTICHRIST 35mm d. Lars von Trier, 2009 at The Prince Charles (17 SEP 21:00).
ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at JW3 (17 SEP 20:50).
FARGO d. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1996 at TT Liquor (17 SEP 18:30).
FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Vasarhelyi, 2018 presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (17 SEP 20:30).
THE GAME CHANGES d. Louie Psihoyos, 2019 + Pre-recorded Discussion with the filmmakers at The Castle Cinema (17 SEP 18:45).
KIDULTHOOD d. Menhaj Huda, 2006 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (17 SEP 19:30 – FREE!).
LUCAS AND ALBERT d. Darren S. Cook, 2019 World Premiere + Reception at The Prince Charles (17 SEP 18:30).
MAMMA MIA! Sing-A-Long Fundraiser with Food & Drink presented by Lady Taverners at Genesis Cinema (17 SEP 18:45).
THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE MOON d. Paolo Zucca, 2018 presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Regent Street Cinema (17 SEP 19:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
PORTRAIT OF JASON d. Shirley Clarke, 1967 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (17 SEP 20:00).
TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (17 SEP 18:20).
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL d. Rob Garver, 2018 at DocHouse (17 SEP 18:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANIME’S HUMAN MACHINES at Barbican Centre (12 to 30 SEP):
Shōji Kawamori Screen Talk (17 SEP 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE HURT LOCKER 35mm d. Kathryn Bigelow, 2008 (17 SEP 18:00).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1944 (17 SEP 20:35).
IN FOCUS: SERGEI LOZNITSA at ICA (until 18 SEP):
AUSTERLITZ d. Sergei Loznitsa, 2016 (17 SEP 14:25).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
Python Influences: Terry Gilliam Introduces Ernie Kovacs (17 SEP 18:30).
JABBERWOCKY 4K d. Terry Gilliam, 1977 + Intro by the director (17 SEP 20:40).
RINGROADS: PLAYFULNESS IN BRITISH PSYCHEOGRAPHY at Close-Up (16 to 25 SEP):
Yeet Me Down the Information Superhighway Short Film Programme d. various (17 SEP 20:15).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (17 SEP 19:15 – Stratford).
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (17 SEP 21:00 – Shoreditch).
TOY STORY 4 (17 SEP 19:15 – Peckham).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Catford Free Film Festival (13 to 22 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- Streatham Free Film Festival (14 to 28 SEP).
- Underwire Festival (13 to 22 SEP).
FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (17 SEP 20:45):
“When the Arab Spring came to Syria in 2012, Waad al-Kateab picked up her camera and began filming the revolution. For five years, under Assad’s brutal assault, she kept filming. FOR SAMA captures that journey, as she marries her partner Hamza al-Kateab, and gives birth to her daughter Sama.”
HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 SEP 15:30):
“Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice.”
MIDNIGHT COWBOY: 50th Anniversary Release d. John Schlesinger, 1969 at BFI Southbank (17 SEP 14:30, 18:10 & 20:30):
“After a year of uncertainty when he almost decided to leave film behind, Dustin Hoffman (against industry advice) took the role of seedy conman ‘Ratso’ Rizzo and delivered a remarkable performance. Jon Voight is equally impressive as naive young Texan Joe Buck, who arrives in New York believing that women will be falling at his feet, but finds himself sharing a squat with his unlikely ally.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 at ICA (until 19 SEP). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 19 SEP). BORDER d. Ali Abbasi, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (16 to 22 SEP). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (13 to 19 SEP). INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at The Lexi (until 19 SEP). THE LAST d. Jeff Lipsky, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (15 to 19 SEP). MRS LOWRY & SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019 at Watermans (13 to 19 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 19 SEP). PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 at The Prince Charles (until 19 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 18 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ICA (until 19 SEP).
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