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Featured attraction: Origins Festival presents ANGRY INUK + Skype Q&A with director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril at National Maritime Museum (20 NOV 19:00): “”How does a culture with an understated anger,” [Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril] asks, “confront a group that is exactly the opposite?” It’s a good question – one that her film deftly answers as it simultaneously cuts sharply into the ethics of activism over all.” – The Globe And Mail.
New at RADIANT CIRCUS: Documentary specialists Last Frame Club are hosting their first Smartphone Film Festval in Walthamstow this Friday (23 NOV 18:00). RADIANT CIRCUS chatted with co-director Vera Hems Anderson about new adventures in handheld movie making. Read our interview HERE.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ANGRY INUK + Skype Q&A with director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril at National Maritime Museum (20 NOV 19:00):
- Origins Festival presents: This film explores the role of seal hunting from an Inuit perspective set against a backdrop of external forces who are threatening their way of life. The film will be preceded by an optional gallery tour in the Museum’s new Polar Worlds gallery led by Claire Warrior, a Polar history researcher who has recently returned from the Arctic.
CRASH + PANEL at Regent Street Cinema (20 NOV 19:00):
- Psychology At The Movies presents: A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, CRASH examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Los Angeles residents. Followed by an audience discussion with a panel of guest speakers to discuss issues and themes from the film.
POSSUM + Q&A with director Matthew Holness & Radiophonic Workshop at Rio Cinema (20 NOV 18:45):
- A stylish, unique, dark and twisted debut feature from writer/director Matthew Holness follows the story of a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.
POSTCARDS FROM LONDON + Q&A with director Steve McLean at Picturehouse Central (20 NOV 18:30):
- Beautiful Essex boy Jim (British rising star Harris Dickinson) who, having traveled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho searching for fame, fortune and cultural stimulation. Down on his luck, he meets with a gang of unusual high class male escorts “The Raconteurs” who specialize in post-coital conversation.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (20 NOV 20:00).
- HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEAD + Q&A with director Ben Wheatley & actors Doon Mackichan & Bill Paterson at BFI Southbank (20 NOV 18:00).
- LUCKY at The David Lean (20 NOV 19:30).
- MATANGI | MAYA | M.I.A. at ICA (20 NOV 18:40).
- THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (20 NOV 21:00).
- THE ROOM without Tommy Wiseau at The Prince Charles (20 NOV 21:00).
- SHOPLIFTERS at Picturehouse Stratford (20 NOV 18:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- GREMLINS 70mm (20 NOV 18:30).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC):
- MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (20 NOV 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 09 DEC).
- GFEST (12 to 24 NOV).
- London Palestine Film Festival (16 to 28 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (08 to 22 NOV).
- Underwire Film Festival (16 to 25 NOV).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (11 to 24 NOV).
9 TO 5 at BFI (20 NOV 14:30 & 20:45).
- This gloriously feminist revenge comedy sees three put-upon office workers turn the tables on their sleazy boss. Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) bond over being mistreated by their boss: he yells at Judy on her first day, consistently takes credit for Violet’s ideas and sexually harasses Doralee. Fed up with him, and the sexist practices of their office, they dream of his removal.
SUSPIRIA (2018) at Rio Cinema (20 NOV 15:30):
- A very original re-visit to Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic by the director of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME features powerful performances from Tilda Swinton (x2), Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth plus a haunting score from Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke.
THE WORKSHOP at ICA (20 NOV 20:55):
- Director Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winning film THE CLASS (2008), used documentary style and improvisation by its teenage cast to trace a teacher’s interactions with his working-class high school students. Centring on a writing class comprising working-class Black, Arab and white students led by a celebrated Parisian novelist, THE WORKSHOP starts out looking similar but soon reveals its differences.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON at Ciné Lumière (16 to 30 NOV). ADRIFT IN SOHO at The Prince Charles (until 20 NOV). CHARM CITY at DocHouse (16 to 21 NOV). CLIMAX at ICA (until 22 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 02 DEC). NAE PASARAN at ICA (until 22 NOV). THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (16 to 22 NOV). SOME LIKE IT HOT at BFI (02 to 18 NOV). THIS IS HOME at DocHouse (16 to 22 NOV). WAJIB at Whirled Cinema (19 to 25 NOV). WIDOWS at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 22 NOV). WILDLIFE at BFI (16 to 21 NOV).
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