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THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Peckhamplex (30 NOV 18:30):
- “Hoxton Street is at the traditional beating heart of East London. Less than a mile from the City of London it has become the last bastion of the areas disadvantaged while many of the businesses that have been around for over a hundred years continue to disappear. Set against rapid gentrification, unregulated capitalism, years of austerity, the fallout from the Grenfell disaster and the eruption of Brexit, award-winning photo-journalist Zed Nelson’s feature-length debut, filmed over four years, is a revealing portrait of life in London today… and tomorrow.”
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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest might be over for another year, but we’re posting a special series of Fringe! Diaries to report from the action. Next: FISH OUT OF WATER short film programme (17 NOV).
Fringe!’s next Fling – part of their year-round programme of screenings – is JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE + Q&A with director Tomer Heymann at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Exploding Cinema at The Cinema Museum (30 NOV 19:00):
- “Exploding Cinema is back at the Cinema Museum showing a programme of independent shorts submitted from all over the world. Drama, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, weird and wonderful share the main screen, while the rest of the walls (and the ceiling) play host to the Exploding Cinema’s legendary eclectic psychedelic visuals projection show.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BE-LONGING d. Mike McKenzie + Q&A with the director at The Lexi (30 NOV 14:45).
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (30 NOV 16:00).
- KUSAMA: INFINITY d. Heather Lenz, 2018 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Miranda at Ace Hotel Shoreditch (30 NOV 19:00).
- MEETING GORBACHEV d. Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2018 at DocHouse (30 NOV 16:30).
- NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018 at The David Lean (30 NOV 13:30).
- THE SILENCE OF OTHERS d. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2018 at ICA (30 NOV 18:20).
- SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2019 Guardian Preview Screeing at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV 17:00 – FREE! Members Screening).
- WILDINGS d. Martin Makariev, 2019 presented by Wild Rose Events at Rio Cinema (30 NOV 14:30).
- WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 presented by Talkies Community Cinema at Waterhouse Hall Theatre (30 NOV 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
20 YEARS at House Of Vans (01 NOV to 01 DEC – FREE!/No booking required):
- THE MATRIX d. d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (30 NOV 15:00 & 17:30).
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (30 NOV 20:30).
A WORM’S TAIL VIEW IS OFTEN THE TRUE ONE: FILMS BY PERE PORTABELLA at ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Close-Up, Cafe Oto & Brixton Prison (26 NOV 2019 to 15 FEB 2020):
- NOCTURNO 29 d. Pere Portabella, 1968 + Intro by Ona Balló Pedragosa (30 NOV 16:00 – ICA).
BAFTA SCREENWRITERS LECTURE SERIES at Curzon Cinemas (30 NOV to 12 DEC):
- Pedro Almodóvar (30 NOV 15:30 – Currently Looking SOLD OUT!).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: REAL TO REEL at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- THE GENERAL 4K d. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926 (30 NOV 18:30).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1940 (30 NOV 12:45).
- The Naughty List: EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
CLOSE-UP ON RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at Close-Up (until 06 DEC):
- IN A YEAR OF 13 MOONS d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978 (30 NOV 20:30).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Sight & Sound Deep Focus: MY SEX LIFE… OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT d. Arnaud Desplechin, 1996 (30 NOV 19:30).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Singalongs: Singalong: LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 (30 NOV 13:30).
- Re-releases: TOMMY d. Ken Russell, 1975 (22 NOV to 05 DEC).
THE TALENTED MR DELON at Ciné Lumière (20 OCT to 30 NOV):
- PLEIN SOLEIL d. René Clément, 1960 (30 NOV 20:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Climate Crisis Film Festival (28 NOV to 01 DEC).
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
- London International Animation Festival (29 NOV to 08 DEC).
- London Migration Film Festival (28 NOV to 04 DEC).
- London Palestine Film Festival (15 to 30 NOV).
- Russian Film Week (24 NOV to 01 DEC).
- Women of The Lens Film Festival (29 to 30 NOV).
THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV 14:30):
- “The new documentary from renowned BAFTA and Emmy-winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. “This film is a tribute to a unique institution,” says Pilger at the start of DIRTY WAR, which is about threatened democracy. Above all, it is a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling “by stealth” of the National Health Service, “a last bastion of true public service”.”
EYES WIDE SHUT d. Stanley Kubrick, 1999 + Short: NEVER JUST A DREAM: STANLEY KUBRICK & EYES WIDE SHUT d. Matt Wells, 2019 at BFI Southbank (30 NOV 13:45, 16:30 & 19:50):
- “The date of this re-release of EYES WIDE SHUT isn’t accidental; it’s time to reappraise it as a Kubrickian Christmas movie. Kubrick’s final film, released posthumously, is an incredible display of precision and suspense, featuring a fragile relationship played out by (then) real-life couple Kidman and Cruise.”
THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 at ICA (30 NOV – Not screening today/Come back tomorrow!):
- “Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY d. Ben Berman, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (29 NOV to 05 DEC). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (02 to 08 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (29 NOV to 05 DEC). HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME d. Thomas Heise, 2019 at ICA (until 04 DEC). JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT d. Kevin Smith, 2019 at The Prince Charles (29 NOV to 05 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Rich Mix (29 NOV to 05 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV to 16 DEC). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 05 DEC). RETABLO d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 05 DEC). RONNIE WOOD – SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES MEd. Mike Figgis, 2019 at DocHouse (until 04 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 05 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (29 NOV to 05 DEC). THE TWO POPES d. Fernando Meirelles, 2019 at JW3 (29 NOV to 05 DEC).
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