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IT STARTED IN PARADISE 35mm d. Compton Bennett, 1952 + Intro by Josephine Botting at BFI Southbank (27 AUG 18:20):
- “Made-to-measure for vintage fashion fans, this Technicolor melodrama has one of the most striking opening shots in British cinema, followed by 90 minutes of intrigue in the ruthless world of haute couture. In a West End fashion house, female designers vie for supremacy on the catwalk and the pressure claims casualties along the way.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY launches this autumn at the Bridewell Theatre, EC4Y 8EQ (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). This brand new popup cinema screens daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers. Here’s everything you need to know!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
MRS LOWRY & SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019+ Prerecorded: Looking At Lowry with Timothy Spall at Phoenix Cinema (27 AUG 18:00):
- “Timothy Spall delves into the rich inner life of LS Lowry, famed for his pictures of ‘matchstick men’ in the industrial towns of the North West. A middle-aged council clerk who spends his time painting in an attic room, his life is dominated by his relationship with his domineering and bitter mother, Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave on superb form).”
- Various other screens available!
More films in London today (A – Z):
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2018 at The Prince Charles (27 AUG 18:20).
- Bat For Lashes Screenings + Q&A with Natasha Khan inc. THE LOST BOYS d. Joel Schumacher, 1987 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (27 AUG 19:00).
- THE CONVERSATION 35mm d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 at The Prince Charles (27 AUG 18:10).
- THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Prince Charles (27 AUG 20:30).
- THE LANDLORD d. Hal Ashby, 1970 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (27 AUG 20:00).
- MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at DocHouse (27 AUG 14:20).
- THE MUSTANG d. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, 2019 previews at Picturehouse Central (27 AUG 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO d. Gus Van Sant, 1991 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (27 AUG 19:30).
- NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018 at ICA (27 AUG 15:00).
- OLDBOY 4K d. Chan-wook Park, 2003 at The Prince Charles (27 AUG 13:15).
- WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (27 AUG 13:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- EYES WITHOUT A FACE d. Georges Franju, 1959 (27 AUG 20:30).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 (27 AUG 18:15).
- HIS GIRL FRIDAY d. Howard Hawks, 1940 (27 AUG 20:40).
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):
- THE GAME 35mm d. David Fincher, 1997 (27 AUG 20:45).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- KILL BILL: VOL 1 (27 AUG 20:00 – Stratford).
SAY WHAT HAPPENED: NICK FRASER SELECTS at DocHouse (13 AUG to 20 SEP):
- BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS d. Brendan Byrne, 2016 + Q&A with the director (27 AUG 18:30).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- Federico Fellini’s Trilogy of Loneliness – NIGHTS OF CABIRIA d. Federico Fellini, 1956 ( 27 AUG 20:15).
WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):
- THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (27 AUG 15:10).
#WOMENINFILM2019 at Genesis Cinema (ongoing):
- THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Aviles, 2018 (27 AUG 18:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today… Let us know if we’ve got that wrong!
HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Rich Mix (27 AUG 15:15 & 17:30):
- “When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.”
PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at Arthouse Crouch End (27 AUG 12:45, 15:40, 18:15 & 20:45):
- “Long-time Almodóvar leading man Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a director whose physical ailments have led into an almost hermit-like existence, before he is reunited with an actor from his past and embarks on a wild new chapter.”
SKIN d. Guy Nattiv, 2018 at JW3 (27 AUG 15:30):
- “Jamie Bell shines in Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv’s first English language feature (Nattiv’s short film of the same name won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short this year). Bell is Bryon Widner, a young man raised by skinheads, who embarks on a near-impossible process of moving away from the community that shaped him.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A FAITHFULL MAN d. Louis Garrel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (24 AUG to 05 SEP). AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 29 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 29 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 29 AUG). HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (23 to 29 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 28 AUG). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 29 AUG – Selected screening times). TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (23 AUG to 04 SEP). US d. Jordan Peele, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (26 AUG to 01 SEP). WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL d. Marcelo Gomes, 2019 at DocHouse (23 to 29 AUG).
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