This is a film still from WATERMELON MAN, screening at Barbican today (09 SEP).

THURSDAY: What’s on in London today [09/09/21]

THURSDAY 09 SEPTEMBER 2021 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today including one-off events, limited runs, film clubs, repertory seasons, film festivals, outdoor events, & our selection of new releases.

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WATERMELON MAN + Short: CINQ CENT BALLES d. Melvin Van Peebles, 1970 + 1961 at Barbican Cinema (09 SEP 18:10).

  • “Best known for SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG, Van Peebles career has always been informed by a strong commitment to the spirit of independent cinema and despite being a studio picture, his distinct approach is apparent throughout. WATERMELON MAN tells the story of a bigoted white American man (expertly played by stand-up comic Godfrey Cambridge, donning whiteface for the role) who wakes up to discover to his horror, that he has turned into a Black man. The film takes this fantastical concept and manages to infuse both a sense of empathy for the predicament of the central character alongside functioning as a social critique of US race relations and Black radicalism.”
  • Barbican cinema curator Matthew Barrington has posted these screen notes about the film.
  • THE NOTEBOOK d. Nick Cassavetes, 2004 at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (09 SEP 20:00).
  • NOTTING HILL d. Roger Michell, 1999 at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East (09 SEP 20:00).

MISHA AND THE WOLVES d. Sam Hobkinson, 2021.

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