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Raindance Film Festival 2019

Various
18-29 September

The largest independent film festival in the UK returns to London for its 27th year. With a full line-up of the best new independent shorts, features, docs, web series, music videos and VR, Raindance screens films that stand up for the vulnerable, the marginalised, the outsiders, the rebels, the dreamers, the poets, the imaginative.

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Close-Up on Derek Jarman

Close-Up Cinema
18-30 September

Marking twenty-five years since his death and the beginning on the cusp of the Autumn equinox, this programme looks away from Derek Jarman’s better known narrative works to focus on a selection of lesser-screened poetic experiments. Featuring new digital restorations of Super 8 Film CycleThe Angelic ConversationThe Last of England and others.

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London International Screen Dance Festival

Laban Theatre
19-20 September

This dynamic event is a celebration of the inventive and experimental integration of movement, choreography and the moving image on screen, showcased in a diverse range of films from the international dance community. The inaugural edition will feature 24 films from five continents, including European and world premieres from the UK, Australia, Korea and Cuba.

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Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival

Various
20-22 September

This year's JAEFF examines national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of Japanese history with a programme of classic avant-garde cinema and contemporary experimental short films. The weekend of screenings will be complemented by expert introductions, Q&As, a free panel discussion and a filmmakers' workshop for aspiring video artists.

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Little Wing Film Festival 2019

Mirth, Marvel and Maud
20-22 September

Little Wing Film Festival is back for its 3rd year, screening works from emerging filmmakers and championing sustainable opportunities for young creatives breaking into the industry. Partnering with the likes of BBC Films, Shure, Dropbox and Met Film School, they're back for a weekend of screenings, Q&As, workshops, and a networking pub crawl.

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Shakedown + panel

Bertha DocHouse
Tuesday 24 September

Bertha DocHouse have teamed up with gal-dem to create a film club centred on the topics of rest and unrest. First in the series is Shakedown, the debut feature doc from Hood By Air co-founder Leilah Weinraub, spotlighting the queer strip scene in LA. Folowed by a panel discussion led by gal-dem, exploring topics from the film, with Sadie Sinner, Joana Nastari and Jeanie Crystal.

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Children of Men + talk

The Castle Cinema
Wednesday 25 September

Following 18 years of global human infertility, former activist Theo reluctantly agrees to help smuggle a miraculously pregnant refugee out of the country and is thrust into the role of all that stands between humanity and its extinction. Before the film, Steve Ballinger from the independent think tank British Future will explore what the public really think about refugees and asylum.

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Suzi Q preview + Q&A + live music

Genesis Cinema
Thursday 26 September

Trailblazer, inspiration, survivor - Suzi Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke through around the world in 1973. Still on the road after 50 years, Suzi Quatro surely is The Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Presented by #Genesisters, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Suzi Quatro, then drinks and live music.

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Naked Tango + Samira Ahmed in conversation

The Cinema Museum
Thursday 26 September

Leonard Schrader's little-seen solo directorial film is a tale of stolen identity, brothels, gangsters and tango in 1920s Buenos Aires, an ode to Valentino and Brooks inspired by the stories and movies of the era. The film has never been released on DVD or blu-ray, and is presented by the Celluloid Sorceress from a 35mm print. There are no pre-sales for this event, just buy your ticket on the door.

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