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Featured attraction: IT HAPPENED HERE + DISCUSSION with co-directors Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo at BFI Southbank (23 JUL 18:00): “A chillingly powerful tale of what might have happened if the Nazis had invaded Britain…” – BFI.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT + INTRO by Margaux Portron at The Institute Of Light (23 JUL 20:20):
- DISPATCH FMI presents: The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre archetype and iconography, it’s prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave.
IT HAPPENED HERE + DISCUSSION with co-directors Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo at BFI Southbank (23 JUL 18:00):
- This extraordinary film – an immensely powerful tale of what might have taken place if the Nazis had invaded Britain in 1940 – was eight years in the making, helped along by financial support from Tony Richardson, whose work BFI celebrated earlier this year. Shot on both 16mm and 35mm with a cast of mainly amateurs, the result is impressively polished and professional. Remastered to mark Kevin Brownlow’s 80th birthday.
Lexi Film School: DAISIES + INTRO by So Mayer at Lexi Cinema (23 JUL 18:30):
- Boredom, bikinis and a blistering critique of the beauty myth: from its first seconds, Vera Chytilova’s ever-fresh Daisies kicks wickedly against the pricks and feels as if it was made today. An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the 60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air.
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN + SHORT at Everyman Muswell Hill / King’s Cross (23 JUL 20:15):
- Based on the memoir by Billy Moore, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s film recounts the visceral journey through hell of a British drug-dealer who is arrested in Bangkok and sentenced to three years in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. Accompanied by an exclusive short with the real life subject of the film, Billy Moore, in conversation with rapper and men’s mental health spokesperson, Professor Green.
- Also at Genesis Cinema (20:45) and various Picturehouses.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMELIE 35mm at The Prince Charles (23 JUL 20:45).
- DOUBLE INDEMNITY at BFI (23 JUL 20:45).
- ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T + INTRO by Alex Davidson at JW3 (23 JUL 14:30).
- SAVE THE GREEN PLANET at Deptford Cinema (23 JUL 19:00).
- YELLOW SKY presented by Kennington Shoot-Em-Ups at The Cinema Museum (23 JUL 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
A ONE AND A TWO… THE FILMS OF EDWARD YANG at Close-Up (until 29 JUN).
- YI YI (23 JUL 19:30).
CREATURE FEATURES at The Prince Charles (until 18 AUG):
- TREMORS 35mm (23 JUL 18:25).
- GOOD MORNING, NIGHT (23 JUL 18:20, BFI).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals projecting today include:
- London Korean Film Festival – Teaser Screening: CLAIRE’S CAMERA at Regent Street Cinema (23 JUL 19:00).
GENERATION WEALTH at Barbican (23 JUL 18:20):
- Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture.
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN at Ciné Lumière (23 JUL 18:20 & 20:40).
- Based on the memoir by Billy Moore, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s film recounts the visceral journey through hell of a British drug-dealer who is arrested in Bangkok and sentenced to three years in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons.
THE RECEPTIONIST at Barbican (23 JUL 20:45):
- Inspired by true events, Jenny Lu’s award-winning debut follows the lives of the employees and clients of an illegal massage parlour in London.
- Also enjoys a grind show run at the ICA (20 to 26).
More films in London this week (A – Z): EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY at ICA (until 26 JUL). EXTINCTION at ICA (20 to 26 JUL). THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK at ICA (20 to 26 JUL). JEUNE FEMME at Whirled Cinema (23 to 29 JUL). KEEP THE CHANGE at JW3 (until 26 JUL). LEAN ON PETE at Whirled Cinema (until 22 JUL). MARIO at Hackney Picturehouse (20 to 24 JUL). MADAME at Ciné Lumière (20 to 26 JUL). MCQUEEN at Rich Mix (20 to 24 JUL). NAILA AND THE UPRISING at DocHouse (until 25 JUL). ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS at ICA (20 to 24 JUL). RACER & THE JAILBIRD at Ciné Lumière (until 25 JUL). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (until 25 JUL). SUMMER 1993 at Lexi Cinema (22 to 26 JUL). VERTIGO at BFI Southbank (until 26 JUL).
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