A wealth of amazing programming supported by Film Hub London
Date posted: 10.04.2017
From the very best in short docs and world cinema to a season of ground-breaking female directors, Film Hub London are supporting cinema projects of all shapes and sizes across the capital throughout 2017. Find out what to watch on London screens this spring.
World Cinema at Vue
Working in partnership with Vue Entertainment, we're bringing the capital's cinephiles a new, year-long initiative offering the very best that world cinema has to offer; taking you to far-flung places, and introducing you to extraordinary people. This specially-curated series of foreign and specialised films will take place at Vue Shepherds Bush, Romford, Wood Green, Harrow, Croydon Grants and Islington on the second Sunday of each month. Expansive, intelligent, and now available at your local Vue cinema, this is the kind of cinema that brings fresh perspectives, and tells stories that might not otherwise be told.
Next up in the programme we have Mohamed Diab’s brilliant docu-drama, Clash. The story unfolds entirely inside an Egyptian police riot van in 2013 as post-revolution tensions boil over. Without giving too much away, the final scene is as shocking as they come, and Diab does an excellent job of creating a big impact with a small space.
Doc Heads regularly curate for many leading festivals' short documentary film programmes including Open City Docs, East End Film Festival, London Short Film Festival as well as having dedicated events at Sheffield Doc/Fest. They’re now putting their experience to good use by launching an exciting new programme of short docs playing exclusively across some of London’s best cinemas – including Bertha DocHouse, the Lexi and many more.
See teenagers tempted by the far-right in Bradford, hear poetry in the Calais jungle, and listen to the life wisdom of a hot dog seller on the streets of London. It’s a great opportunity to see some brilliantly curated documentaries in some of the capital’s most exciting venues.
The New Black London
A key aim of the Hub is to bring new and diverse audiences into cinemas in London, which is why Film Hub London are teaming up with The New Black, who bring exclusive films of black representation to primarily BAME audiences. Following on from the success of the sell-out screening of A United Kingdom and Q&A with lead actor David Oyelowo at Stratford East Picturehouse, the supported programme will involve six monthly screenings of quality, BAME-led films with talent present for panel discussions and Q&As, who we hope will inspire invited British Black filmmakers.
Programme highlights include Raul Peck’s depiction of James Baldwin’s unfinished story of race in modern America I Am not Your Negro, Michael O'Shea’s coming of age vampire movie The Transfiguration, and Shola Amoo’s award-winning film about gentrification in Brixton, A Moving Image.
#DirectedByWomen2017 at the Genesis Cinema
Throughout 2017, the Genesis Cinema will be screening 52 films which had women at the helm, in association with F-Rating and Bechdel Test Film Fest. The season is a who’s who of female filmmakers; selected films so far have included Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behaviour, Penelope Spheeris’ LA punk drama Suburbia and Alison Anders’ wonderful US indie Gas Food Lodging. In coming weeks, audiences can look forward to Catherine Breillat’s provocative Fat Girl and Catherine Hardwicke’s semi-autobiographical teen drama, Thirteen.
Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s Reclaim, Reframe is the movement to reclaim James Baldwin as a Black Gay Man, and reframe his experience, writing and actions in the civil rights movement, and what that means for black LGBT People. As part of their Horace Ove OBE season, they’ll be screening Playing Away, Pressure and Baldwins Nigger to lead into Raul Pack’s I Am Not Your Negro.
Spike is 60
2017 represents a milestone for iconic filmmaker Spike Lee – his 60th birthday. Having directed 40 films over a 35-year career, We Are Parable present a retrospective film festival celebrating the work of the great man, taking place at various venues in London and Manchester throughout 2017. The season kicked off in March with Mo’ Better Blues at the Rio Cinema, and continues until December this year with classics such as Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing.
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