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TEN YEARS d. various, 2015 + Intro/Exhibition at Genesis Cinema (19 SEP 19:00):
The People’s Film Club presents: “In light of the recent protests in Hong Kong (currently in their 12th week), we are showing our solidarity. TEN YEARS is a series of five shorts set in Hong Kong, where the year is 2025. As winner of ‘Best Film’ in the 2015 HK Film Awards, the stories depict a future where the Chinese government’s policies have affected everyday life in the city.” All proceeds will be donated to the 612 Humanitarian Fund.
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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.
> Now booking: sbf.org.uk/whats-on
Online radiantcircus.com: Raindance Film Festival 2019 is underway (18 to 29 SEP) & we’re blogging about it! // CLOSE-UP ON DEREK JARMAN focuses on his more experimental works at Close-Up (18 to 30 SEP) // 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 tonight!).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
The Liberated Film Club presents Maiko Endo at Close-Up (19 to 20 SEP):
“In the first of a new series, The Liberated Film Club welcomes the Tokyo based filmmaker Maiko Endo to present her two feature films, KUICHISAN and TECHNOLOGY. Director Maiko Endo and cinematographer Sean Price Williams (KUICHISAN, GOOD TIME) will be present to speak about both films.” Includes: KUICHISAN 35mm d. Maiko Endo, 2011 (19 SEP 20:30). Concludes with TECHNOLOGY d. Maiko Endo, 2013 (20 SEP 20:15).
Queer Screens presents… Short Film Programme + Panel Discussion at ArtHouse Crouch End (19 SEP 20:00):
Queer Screens presents: “An evening of short films followed by panel discussions looking at queer identity and diverse connections through the female lens. Two of the films featured are: LOVE IN THE SHADOWS d. Angele Cooper & THE LOVE LETTER d. Nathan Hannawin.”
TRANSWORLD Short Film Programme + Panel Discussion at Curzon Soho (19 SEP 18:30):
QueerBee presents: “There are transgender people all around the world and each location has its own challenges and opportunities. Welcome to a screening of eight short films about life, dating, milonga and names we preferred to be called. QueerBee is a brand new platform for LGBTQI shorts, established to help queer filmmakers bring authentic queer stories directly to new audiences.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
A SECOND CHANCE d. Rex Bloomstein, 2019 World Premiere + Q&A with the filmmaker at Picturehouse Central (19 SEP 19:00).
ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS d. Leslie Woodhead, 2019 at JW3 (19 SEP 13:00).
ENTER THE DRAGON [Uncut] 35mm d. Robert Clouse, 1973 at The Prince Charles (19 SEP 15:30).
JAMAICA FOR SALE d. Esther Figueroa, 2006 + Panel Discussion presented by Black History Studies at The Lexi Cinema (19 SEP 18:30).
Kino’s Short Film Open-Mic at Candid Arts Trust (19 SEP 19:00).
LABYRINTH d. Jim Henson, 1986 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (19 SEP 20:00).
THE LAST FAMILY aka Ostatnia Rodzina d. Jan P. Matuszynski, 2016 presented by POSK Cinema at the Polish Social and Cultural Association (19 SEP 19:30).
THE LEGACY OF PINA BAUSCH aka Das Erbe der Pina Bausch d. Anne Linsel, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (19 SEP 18:30).
Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told + Q&A with the artist inc. screenings of DISSONANCE & DISTURBANCE + RUNNING LIGHT d. Lis Rhodes, 2012 + 1996 (19 SEP 19:00).
MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at DocHouse (19 SEP 14:20).
THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (19 SEP 12:00).
THE MUPPET MOVIE: 40th Anniversary Screening d. James Frawley, 1979 presented by Truman’s at Genesis Cinema (19 SEP 21:00 – FREE pint of something Truman’s with every ticket).
Open Screenings for emerging and established artist film-makers at The Whitechapel Gallery (19 SEP 17:00 – FREE!).
“The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised” Album Launch & Film Screenings by Rita Says & The Jerico Orchestra at The Horse Hospital (19 SEP 19:15).
SPRINTER d. Storm Saulter, 2019 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (19 SEP 19:00).
TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at The David Lean (19 SEP 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (19 SEP 20:15).
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
PANTHER d. Mario Van Peebles, 1995 (19 SEP 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
LA VÉRITÉ 4K d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1960 (19 SEP 14:30).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON 35mm d. Leo McCarey, 1942 (19 SEP 18:15).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE d. Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam, 1983 (19 SEP 18:10).
THE LUNA CINEMA various outdoor venues (SEP):
A STAR IS BORN (19 SEP 19:30 – Fulham Palace).
AQUAMAN (19 SEP 20:00 – Brockwell Park Lido).
ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD at Rich Mix & Birkbeck Cinema (19 to 28 SEP 2019):
COURT d. Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014 at Rich Mix (19 SEP 20:30).
Read our RADIANT CIRCUS interview with Viknesh HERE.
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (19 SEP 19:15 – Peckham).
ROMEO + JULIET (19 SEP 19:15 – Stratford).
THE WINTER NIGHT GARDEN at Capital Studios SW18 (Ongoing):
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sing-A-Long (19 SEP 16:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Catford Free Film Festival (13 to 22 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (18 to 29 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 (19 SEP 12:30 & 18:45):
“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 (19 SEP 12:45 – LAST CHANCE!):
“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 (19 SEP 18:10 & 20:45):
“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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