What's On This Week
French Film + Q&A
Ealing Green Church Hall
Friday 6 December
Hugh Bonneville plays a journalist interviewing Eric Cantona as a pretentious French filmmaker, whose philosophising starts to affect his rapports with his partner and friends. An (un)romantic exploration of the very different French and English attitudes to love, presented by Ealing's Classic Cinema Club, who will also be joined by the director Jackie Oudney for a Q&A.
Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival
Old Town Hall Stratford
Now in its eighth year, the annual Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival is totally free and open to all! Many of the films are world or international premieres, and the festival's priority is to provide a platform for strong storytelling, highlighting the lived experiences of Deaf/Disabled people from diverse backgrounds, and the talents of community, emerging and mid-career Deaf/Disabled filmmakers.
Aladdin + creative workshop
Saturday 7 December
Get ready for a wild and magical ride with Screen25's family screening of this live-action adaptation of the Disney classic, starring Will Smith as the wisecracking Genie and Mena Massoud as Aladdin, the hapless street urchin who falls in love with beautiful Princess Jasmine. Screen25 have partnered up with Yes I can! Creative Workshops, who will be running an event before the film.
Don't Count on Your Fingers + a presentation
Saturday 7 December
For this informal launch, join the Liberated Film Club's curator Winstanley Schtinter to discuss Pere Portabella's work, as he presents a specially recorded presentation by Portabella as an overview of his filmmaking. Schtinter will also elaborate on the significance of the most ambitious retrospective of the radical Catalan filmmaker's work taking place in London at the moment.
Midnight Excess: Ringo Starr Cult Cinema
Bringing back the thrill of weird and wonderful midnight movies to London’s historic Rio Cinema, Supakino ends this year’s season with two rare screenings of Ringo Starr cult cinema, presenting 1969's The Magic Christian on 7 December and 1971's Blindman on 14 December. Tim Stevens will be chatting with Supakino's Ranjit S. Ruprai before each film and there will be classic Ringo clips and free art postcards.
Edge of Frame
For the fourth consecutive year, London International Animation Festival has invited Edge of Frame to provide a selection of experimental work from some of the most exciting and original artists. The four themed screening programmes of experimental animation and manipulated moving image from the UK and around the world mix brand new and recent films with classic and historical work.
Early Shorts (1969-1970) - The Oppositional Films of Cinema Action
Sunday 8 December
Part of a season on the independent filmmaking collective Cinema Action, Wavelength presents six of the collective's early shorts. See Not a Penny on the Rent, a campaign film against attempts to raise council rents that features the burning of an effigy of the Tory leader of GLC, or Squatters, a film supporting London squatters resisting eviction shot in Camden, Kensington and Ilford.
Bounce Film Night
The Castle Cinema
Wednesday 11 December
Don't miss your chance to join Bounce Cinema for their final screening of 2019, and be the first to hear special announcements for their 2020 programme. The special evening of short films and conversation will this time be in a very intimate venue - the Castle Cinema, which means spaces are very limited. Hang out in the cinema's beautiful bar and chat and connect with filmmaking talent and fellow attendees.
Thursday 12 December
Celebrating 40 years of service, the Southall Black Sisters were founded in 1979 in order to support Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women threatened by gender-based violence. Presented by Dispatch FMI, this 2011 film by Swedish artist Petra Bauer documents the life of the organisation over one week and poses questions about feminism and the political landscape in contemporary society.
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Last week, Film London attended FOCUS 2019, The Meeting Place for International Production, to exhibit, host and participate in a variety of panels across film, TV and games under this year’s over-arching theme “Forces of Change – What’s next?”
Throughout December, London welcomes the final instalment in a sci-fi saga, a feline filled musical and a vampire… Read all about the productions filming in the capital as well as what will be on our screens this month.