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HERO d. Frances-Anne Solomon, 2019 + Q&A with the director & members of the cast at Picturehouse Stratford (24 JUN 20:30 – Other Picturehouses available this week!):
- “HERO is the story of Ulric Cross, who in 1941, left his small island home in Trinidad to seek his fortune, and became the RAF’s most decorated West Indian airman of WWII. His life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history and joined the Pan African and independence movements sweeping the world in the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
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- The fine volunteers at Deptford Cinema have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a full rewiring of the venue, extending access to their unique brand of award-winning community cinema. Here’s how you can help.
- Continuing seasons include: THE ORIGINAL SIN OF CLAIRE DENIS at BFI (JUN); LIFT OFF! at Screen25 (use exclusive promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save on the entire summer season in South Norwood); CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (until 29 JUL).
- Japan Foundation London has announced a new programme of FREE film screenings, their PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS! (26 to 30 JUN).
- Catch up with our writeups of SEARCHING EVA (Fragments Festival), Early Japanese Animation (Barbican) & END OF THE TRACK (Aperture Festival).
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) continues at Close-Up with an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
STONEWALL 50: Where next for LGBT+ lives? at Frontline Club (24 JUN 19:00).
- “Openly, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s platform dedicated to coverage of under-reported LGBT+ stories from around the world, presents a film screening of STONEWALL 50: where next for LGBT+ lives? Filmed in Honduras, Zanzibar, Taiwan and England, the documentary provides unique access to the poignant personal stories of those facing challenges due to their sexuality or gender identity.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BILL CUNNINGHAM – NEW YORK d. Richard Press, 2010 at The Prince Charles (24 JUN 18:25 – £1 Members Screening).
- GOLDBLATT d. Daniel Zimbler, 2017 presented by The Photographers’ Gallery at Regent Street Cinema (24 JUN 19:00).
- HANDSWORTH SONGS d. John Akomfrah, 1987 + STREET 66 d. Ayo Akingbade, 2018 presented by City, Essay, Film at DocHouse (24 JUN 18:30).
- L’ECLISSE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962 + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino (24 JUN 19:00 – FREE!/Currently looking SOLD OUT! Check for returns).
- Re-Enter the Dragon with Stewart Home talk at BFI (24 JUN 18:30).
- THE SHINING (Extended Version) 4K d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 at BFI (24 JUN 20:25)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- THE DEVIOUS PATH d. GW Pabst, 1928 (24 JUN 20:30 + Live Piano by Johnny Best).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- LA RÈGLE DU JEU 35mm d. Jean Renoir, 1939 (24 JUN 14:30).
CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 15 JUL):
- THE MASTER 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012 (24 JUN 20:40).
CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (11 JUN to 29 JUL 2019):
- HEAT d. Michael Mann, 1995 (24 JUN 19:00).
LEXI FILM SCHOOL at The Lexi (29 APR to 24 JUN):
- ANGELA DAVIS: PORTRAIT OF A REVOLUTIONARY d. Yolande DuLuart, 1972 Speaker: Charmaine Simpson (24 JUN 18:30).
THE ORIGINAL SIN OF CLAIRE DENIS at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- LET THE SUNSHINE IN d. Claire Denis, 2017 (24 JUN 18:15).
PLAYING THE BITCH at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- ALL ABOUT EVE d. Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1950 (24 JUN 20:15 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: SING-A-LONG (24 JUN 21:00 – Shoreditch).
TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN):
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST TRUTH WORLD d. Hans Pool, 2018 at Dochouse (24 JUN 16:20):
- ““Truth does not belong to the order of power but shares an original affinity with freedom.” Eliot Higgins is an office-worker and dad living in Leicester, who has revolutionised journalism in his spare time. Higgins has assembled a group of sleuths under the umbrella ‘Bellingcat’, who solved the mystery of the plane shot down over Ukraine, use geolocation to pinpoint ISIS filming locations and unveiled fake news.”
DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 at The Prince Charles (24 JUN 13:00):
- “Salvatore ‘Sal’ Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.”
THE GARDEN d. Derek Jarman, 1990 at BFI Southbank (24 JUN 18:10):
- “A new, dreamy-looking 4K scan of Jarman’s late feature makes its UK premiere. Close to a nuclear power station, inside his modest, sparsely-furnished home on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, Derek Jarman dreams… This intimate insight into Jarman’s inner world was beautifully crafted through the innovative manipulation of Super8 film, laid down on to tape and then 35mm.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMIN d. Philippe Faucon, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (21 to 27 JUN). A SEASON IN FRANCEd. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at Arthouse Crouch End (21 to 27 JUN). BEATS d. Brian Walsh, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (22 to 27 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at ICA (until 27 JUN). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at The Prince Charles (21 to 27 JUN). DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 at DocHouse (until 27 JUN). THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY d. Petra Costa, 2019 at ICA (21 to 27 JUN). FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF d. Thomas Piper, 2017 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 26 JUN). THE FLOOD d. Anthony Woodley, 2019 at Rio Cinema (21 to 27 JUN). GREEN BOOK d. Peter Farrelly, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (24 to 30 JUN). INSIDE THE MOSSAD d. Duki Dror, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (23 to 27 JUN). MARI d. Georgia Parris, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (21 to 27 JUN). ORDINARY TIME d. Susana Nobre, 2018 at ICA (21 to JUN 18:30). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 20 JUN). SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER d. Carl Hunter, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (21 to 26 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at ICA (until 27 JUN). WE THE ANIMALS d. Jeremiah Zagar, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 27 JUN).
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