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Melodrama Against Dictatorship Part 2: SAKADA d. Behn Cervantes, 1976 at ICA (27 JUN 18:30):
- “This two-part programme features films produced in the Philippines during Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship. SAKADA dramatizes the class politics embedded in the sugar industry of Negros, a monocrop island located in the central region of the Philippines. Beginning with the killing of a worker by a plantation security guard, the film escalates into a sweeping allegory of suffering and redemption that simultaneously deconstructs the machinery of power within a semi-feudal society.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Deptford Cinema continues their season looking at CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS with Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE (02 JUL) followed by a special screening of MEMENTO with a Q&A about obsession with Professor Will Brooker (08 JUL).
- New titles have been added to LIFT OFF!, Screen25’s celebration of the lunar landings (use exclusive promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save on the entire summer season in South Norwood).
- Couldn’t make the last edition of MIDNIGHT EXCESS? Allow SUPAKINO & Black Decagon to guide you through their favourite Stone Circle sightings in film & TV.
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) continues at Close-Up with an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DANGEROUS LIAISONS d. Stephen Frears, 1988 + Q&A with the director, screenwriter Christopher Hampton & writer Christopher Frayling at Ciné Lumière (27 JUN 18:00):
- “The Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont scheme to corrupt the innocent Cécile de Volanges. Stephen Frears’ period drama written by Christopher Hampton and adapted from the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, which won 3 Academy Awards. Part of the Craft of Film: Academy of Motion Picture at Ciné Lumière.”
HERO d. Frances-Anne Solomon, 2019 + Q&A with the director, actor Pippa Nixon & local filmmaker Adyemi Michael at Peckhamplex (27 JUN 18:30):
- “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.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at ICA (27 JUN 14:00).
- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN d. Ang Lee, 2008 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (27 JUN 19:30).
- CALAMITY JANE d. David Butler, 1953 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (27 JUN 19:30).
- MOONRAKER d. Lewis Gilbert, 1979 at The Prince Charles (27 JUN 20:45).
- NEVER STOP – A MUSIC THAT RESISTS d. Jacqueline Caux + Q&A with the director at House Of Vans (27 JUN 19:00 – FREE! Booking required).
- SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS 2 d. Philippe de Chauveron, 2018 (27 JUN 20:50).
- STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at The David Lean (27 JUN 14:30 & 19:30).
- SWEETGRASS d. Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2009 + Discussion with writer Joanna Pocock at DocHouse (27 JUN 20:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! Check with the box office).
- TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. d. William Friedkin, 1985 + Intro by the director at The Prince Charles (27 JUN 21:15 – The earlier Q&A with the director 27 JUN 18:00 is currently looking SOLD OUT! Check for returns – there were some when we did!).
- WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND: LOOKING BACK AT STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9 d. Ira Steven Behr & David Zappone, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (27 JUN 21:00).
- WISHMASTER d. Robert Kurtzman, 1997 presented by Terror Vision at BFI (27 JUN 20:30)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AFTER THE WAVE: YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1970S at Barbican (06 JUN to 25 JUL):
- A REAL YOUNG GIRL 35mm d. Catherine Breillat, 1976 (27 JUN 19:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 (27 JUN 14:30).
- LA RÈGLE DU JEU 35mm d. Jean Renoir, 1939 (27 JUN 18:25).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 (until 04 JUL).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- MARY POPPINS RETURNS (27 JUN 20:00).
RE:DOX at DocHouse (ongoing):
- THE ALCOHOL YEARS d. Carol Morley, 2000 (27 JUN 18:30).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
TEMPLE CINEMA at Andaz London Liverpool Street (ongoing):
- THE SHINING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (27 JUN 19:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! Check for returns).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- London Architecture Film Festival (25 to 27 JUN).
- London Australian Film Festival (27 to 30 JUN).
- London Indian Film Festival (20 to 29 JUN).
BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST TRUTH WORLD d. Hans Pool, 2018 at Dochouse (27 JUN 14:00):
- ““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 (27 JUN 15:20):
- “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 (27 JUN 18:40 & 20:35 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “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 FRANCE d. 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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