What's On This Week
London Surf / Film Festival
Regent Street Cinema
Enterprice + Q&A
Vue Westfield Stratford City
A smart, heartfelt coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old high school student who conceals his sexuality from friends and family. When a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Simon must face the adventure of finding comfort in his identity. The first major studio teen movie with a gay hero, this landmark rom-com is presented by Screen25 in partnership with Croydon Pride.
Mama Colonel + panel
Col. Honorine Manyole, commonly known as 'Mama Colonel', works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. Through the portrait of this extraordinarily brave and tenacious woman, the film addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC and the difficulty of overcoming the past war.
A Very Caribbean Pot premiere + Q&A
This local documentary about local people but with historic dimensions captures the previously untold stories from the Windrush generation. Based on testimony from people at the Pepper Pot Social Centre in Ladbroke Grove, it records the stories of those who came to London from the Caribbean in the period 1950-1980. Followed by a panel and Q&A.
Mo' Better Blues
The dynamic duo of Denzel Washington and Spike Lee combine forces for the first time in this freewheeling and ambitious study of an erratic, arrogant but supremely talented black jazz musician and the various dramas he gets caught up in trying to negotiate the music, the women, and ambitious bandmates. Part of Deptford Cinema's Spike Lee Mixtape season to celebrate Black History Month.
I Got Life!
With her life-affirming, upbeat comedy-drama, French director Blandine Lenoir tackles one of life – and culture's – big taboos: the menopause. Aurore's personal circumstances have taken a turn for the worse and she feels she is being marginalised by society when she unexpectedly runs into the great love of her youth. A film about female solidarity, hope and love.
Dawson City: Frozen Time on 35mm
Kennington Bioscope is showing Bill Morrison’s astonishing 2016 documentary Dawson City: Frozen Timefrom a 35mm print, its sole screening in the UK from this format. The event will also include an onstage conversation between Morrison and the Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow, a tireless champion for silent film.
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