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Featured attraction: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST + INTRO by Chloë Grace Moretz at Picturehouse Central (22 AUG 19:00 – Sold Out! & 19:15): “THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, like its protagonist, is earnest and thoughtful, but brimming with passion and angst under the surface. 5/5 big gay feels.” – Chelsea Steiner, The Mary Sue.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
A NORTHERN SOUL + Q&A with director Sean McAllister and Steve Arnott (featured in the film) at Prince Charles (22 AUG 18:20):
- BAFTA nominated documentarian Sean McAllister (A SYRIAN LOVE STORY) returns to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its’ UK City of Culture opening. Back living with his 90-year-old parents and reflecting on changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit, Sean is drawn to the fringes of town where he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a dream.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON 35mm + PANEL at Prince Charles (22 AUG 20:45):
- Unicorn Nights presents: When inexperienced criminal Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, things quickly go wrong, and a hostage situation develops. As Sonny and his accomplice, Sal Naturile (John Cazale), try desperately to remain in control, a media circus develops and the FBI arrives, creating even more tension.
IN THE CUT + INTRO by Anna Bogutskaya at BFI Southbank (22 AUG 18:10):
- Jane Campion’s film of Susanna Moore’s novel sees Meg Ryan as Frannie, a NYU teacher with profoundly mixed feelings for a cop (Mark Ruffalo) who’s investigating the murder of a woman whose mutilated corpse was found on her doorstep.
MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER at ICA (22 AUG 18:00):
- Ulrike Ottinger’s rarely seen first feature, follows the notorious pirate queen Madame X as she gathers a group of women, bored with their everyday lives, to join her on her ship Orlando. Subverting the traditional male-centered pirate tale, the womens’ search for self-transformation places them at odds with the rituals of the outside world.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST + INTRO by Chloë Grace Moretz at Picturehouse Central (22 AUG 19:00 – Sold Out! & 19:15):
- Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high-school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction”.
- Also screens across the Picturehouse chain.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ARMAGEDDON at Backyard Cinema (22 AUG 20:30).
- DOWN ARGENTINE WAY at Regent Street Cinema (22 AUG 12:00 & 15:30).
- THE HAPPY PRINCE at David Lean (22 AUG 19:30).
- HOTEL ARTEMIS at Prince Charles (22 AUG 15:50).
- ISLE OF DOGS at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (22 AUG 20:15).
- MCQUEEN at Prince Charles (22 AUG 13:15).
- A QUIET PLACE at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (22 AUG 21:00).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at Lexi Cinema (22 AUG 20:45).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (22 AUG 21:00).
- THE TOUCH at BFI (22 AUG 20:50).
- THE TRUMAN SHOW 35mm at Prince Charles (22 AUG 18:30).
- UNDER THE TREE at Regent Street Cinema (22 AUG 18:30 & 20:20).
- THE WORK Love Theme From Flashdance presents a fundraiser screening for Somerville Youth Provision at Deptford Cinema (22 AUG 19:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ALTERNATE REALITIES at Barbican (20 to 27 AUG):
- CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (22 AUG 18:30).
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (15 AUG to 03 SEP):
- PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (22 AUG 19:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- MILDRED PIERCE enjoys a grind show run (22 AUG 14:30 & 20:45).
- THE WOMEN enjoys a grind show run (22 AUG 18:05).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- THE HANDMAID’S TALE 35mm (22 AUG 20:45).
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
- ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! (22 AUG 20:40).
SUMMER IN THE CITY at Genesis Cinema (06 to 30 AUG – tickets £5!):
- DO THE RIGHT THING (22 AUG 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals projecting in London today, which means we’ve probably missed something…
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DISTANT CONSTELLATION at ICA (22 AUG 20:45):
- Shevaun Mizrahi’s debut documentary feature records the stories told by the residents of a retirement home in Istanbul. Sitting somewhere between ethnography and magical realism, the retirement home is situated in a tower whose interior walls are bestowed with an almost painterly quality by Mizrahi’s post-production.
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at The Institute Of Light (22 AUG 18:30):
- Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.
MILDRED PIERCE at BFI Southbank (22 AUG 14:30 & 20:45):
- Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, in her only Oscar®-winning role) is brought in for questioning after her second husband is shot. Through a series of flashbacks we track Mildred’s extraordinary life.
More films in London this week (A – Z): DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). THE ESCAPE at Lexi Cinema (17 to 20 AUG). THE GUARDIANS at Phoenix Cinema (17 to 23 AUG). LEANING INTO THE WIND at DocHouse (17 to 23 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (18 to 22 AUG). MCQUEEN at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (18 to 22 AUG). SPITFIRE at Watermans (17 to 23 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at ICA (17 to 22 AUG). VITCH at JW3 (19 to 23 AUG). THE WOUND at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 AUG).
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