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THE MOON AND THE SLEDGEHAMMER d. Philip Trevelyan, 1971 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (23 SEP 18:30):
Extinction Rebellion presents: “In the remote wilderness, away from the hubbub of modern life, a family passes their time, each member spelling out their personal fantasies and philosophies to the camera. For all their prodigious skills, they seem at first eccentric and quaint, their ideas tangential to our own; and without mains gas or electricity, their way of life is more connected to the rhythms of nature. But in the end it emerges that they are in control of their world in a way that we can never be in control of ours.”
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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.
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Online radiantcircus.com: Raindance Film Festival 2019 is underway (18 to 29 SEP) & we’re blogging about it on a dedicated channel // CLOSE-UP ON DEREK JARMAN focuses on his more experimental works (18 to 30 SEP) // Top Dog Film Festival comes to Conway Hall (01 to 02 OCT) // Richmond Film Society continues their 57th season // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 + Intro by Gurinder Chadha at The Prince Charles (23 SEP 20:45):
“On September 23rd Bruce Springsteen turns the mighty age of 70, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honour that milestone than with a screening of Gurinder Chadha’s wonderful celebration of the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, earth-quaking, Viagra-taking, justifying, death-defying, legendary Bruce Springsteen [and lets not forget, the E Street Band.]”
ÉLIANE RADIGUE, VIRTUOSO LISTENING d. Anaïs Prosaic, 2011 + Panel Discussion with musicians at Ciné Lumière (23 SEP 19:30):
“Eliane Radigue is a pioneering composer, first an assistant to Pierre Henry before, at the dawn of the 70s, she began creating extraordinary, gradually unfolding pieces using synthesisers and magnetic tape. The film will be followed by a discussion with musicians who will be performing Radigue’s piece Occam Océan the following day for Mode Festival at St Michael and All Angels Church in Clapton.”
GOOD POSTURE d. Dolly Wells, 2019 + Intro by the director & Emily Mortimer at BFI Southbank (23 SEP 20:40):
“Brooklynite Lillian (Grace Van Patten) is a charming but lazy young woman who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, and is placed into the care of reclusive author, and family friend, Julia Price (Emily Mortimer). To impress her cynical ex, Lillian decides to make an unauthorised documentary on Julia, with hilarious results.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
Archers Assemble: Creating The Powell-Pressburger Partnership Free Lecture by Prof. Ian Christie at Ciné Lumière (23 SEP 18:00).
THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (23 SEP 13:00).
THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR d. Sydney Pollack, 1975 at The Prince Charles (23 SEP 18:15).
TOMORROW d. Martha Pinson, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Peckhamplex (23 SEP 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE GREEN RAY d. Eric Rohmer, 1986 (23 SEP 20:45).
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):
FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (23 SEP 12:30).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE RISE AND RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER d. Kevin Billington, 1970 (23 SEP 18:20).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Raindance Film Festival (18 to 29 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- Streatham Free Film Festival (14 to 28 SEP).
AD ASTRA d. James Gray, 2019 at The Lexi (23 JAN 14:20, 17:00 & 19:45):
“For those who need a bit more to go on, this is a quietly epic inversion of sci fi classics like 2001 and INTERSTELLAR, which perpetuated the myth of the square-jawed, heroic astronaut. True enough, Major Roy McBride (Pitt) is plenty heroic as he sails off into the limbo of outer space, tasked with finding the source of the radioactive energy surges paralysing Earth. There’s a suspicion back at command centre that the attacks might be connected to Roy’s father (Tommy Lee Jones), a legendary scientist who disappeared 10 years previously while on an experiment to harness energy in space.”
THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (23 SEP 15:40, 18:20 & 20:40):
“Starring Awkwafina as Billi, a young woman living in New York who moved to America from China with her parents when she was a child. She is horrified to find out that her grandma, still living in China, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and she and her parents but travel to China to say goodbye for the last time.”
SWARM SEASON d. Sarah J Christman, 2019 at DocHouse (23 SEP 16:30):
“On the remote volcanic island of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in order to breed disease-resistant colonies. Manu’s father is protesting on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea against the establishment of a gigantic telescope. On a neighbouring mountain, six NASA scientists practice living on Mars, and under the ground and the water, the Kilauea volcano quivers fatefully.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 26 SEP). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 03 OCT). HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Watermans (20 to 26 SEP). HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (20 to 26 SEP). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 26 SEP). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (23 to 29 SEP). MOTHER d. Kristof Bilsen, 2019 (20 to 26 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 26 SEP). PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 to 26 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 26 SEP). SAFE SPACES d. Daniel Schechter, 2019 at JW3 (23 to 26 SEP). THE SHINY SHRIMPS d. Maxime Govare & Cédric Le Gallo, 2019 at Watermans (20 to 26 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 to 26 SEP).
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