This is a film still from BROWN GIRL BEGINS dir Sharon Lewis, 2019 showing at Barbican (30 JUN 2022).
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THURSDAY: What’s on in London today [30/06/22]

THURSDAY 30 JUNE 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

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#QueerHorrorNights continue with a double bill of PSYCHO II & PSYCHO III at The Cinema Museum (Sunday 24 JULY 18:30): booking now!

BROWN GIRL BEGINS d. Sharon Lewis, 2019 + Recorded intro by the director (30 JUN 18:20) / Part of JOURNEYS ACROSS AFRO-FUTURISM at Barbican.

“Director Sharon Lewis actively constructs an Afro-Futurist fable, following Ti-Jeanne, who finds herself trapped in an unfamiliar, sinister world against her will. Reluctantly pressed into taking a stand, Ti-Jeanne must use her powers as a priestess to resurrect distant Caribbean spirits to save her people, while attempting to survive the possession ritual that killed her mother.”

“The film is an adaptation of sorts of Brown Girl in the Ring, a 1998 novel by Jamaican-Canadian writer Nalo Hopkinson. The novel contains Afro-Caribbean culture with themes of folklore and magical realism, which are transposed into Brown Girl Begins. The film becomes a prequel to the novel, re-imagining the book’s reflections on seer traditions and obeah: a system of spiritual healing and justice-making practices developed among enslaved West Africans.” (Barbican)


  • BETWEEN TWO WORLDS d. Emmanuel Carrère, 2021 at The David Lean (30 JUN 14:30 & 19:30).
  • FOX IN A HOLE d. Arash T. Riahi, 2020 at Austrian Cultural Forum (30 JUN 19:00 – FREE!).
  • MAZEL TOV d. Eli Zuzovsky + Q&A with the writer-director for Pride Month at JW3 (30 JUN 19:30).
  • SIDEWAYS d. Alexander Payne, 2004 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (30 JUN 19:30).
  • SUSPIRIA d. Dario Argento, 1977 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker presented by Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema (30 JUN 18:30).
  • VOYAGERS d. Has San, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Imperial Cinema (30 JUN 18:45).

Check venues for full listings…

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AFTER BRESSON… at BFI Southbank

  •  THIEF d. Michael Mann, 1981 (30 JUN 20:30).

COLLECTIVE MOBILISATION at ICA

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (30 JUN 20:00).

JOURNEYS ACROSS AFRO-FUTURISM at Barbican

  • BROWN GIRL BEGINS d. Sharon Lewis, 2019 + Recorded intro by the director (30 JUN 18:20).

OF SIN & SALVATION: THE CINEMA OF ROBERT BRESSON at BFI Southbank

  • Re-releases: PICKPOCKET d. Robert Bresson, 1959 (03 JUN to 30 JUN various).

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at The Prince Charles

SEASCAPES: OUR OCEANS ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière

SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford


FAYA DAYI dir Jessica Beshir, 2022.

MOON, 66 QUESTIONS aka Selini, 66 erotiseis dir Jacqueline Lentzou, 2020

THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS aka Théo et les métamorphoses dir Damien Odoul, 2021



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