What's On This Week
Peter Whitehead’s Tales of Two Cities: London and New York in the 1960s + panel discussion
Institute of Contemporary Arts
7 & 9 November
One of Britain’s most provocative and idiosyncratic filmmakers, Peter Whitehead created a body of work which shocked, entertained and infuriated audiences in equal measure. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Whitehead’s The Fall, the ICA screens a new digital restoration of the film alongside Tonite Let's All Make Love in London.
NSF CRXSS PLATFXRM
This weekend, head to Peckham for a night of DJs, MCs, independent film, rappers, hip hop dance, digital art and more. An arts platform showcasing under-the-radar street culture, CRXSS PLATFXRM are devoted to supporting innovative creators who work to cross-pollinate their ideas, perspectives and art mediums, offering an opportunity to see live performances from artists set to blow up on the UK scene in 2020.
The Cinema Museum
Saturday 9 November
London’s longest running independent short film club presents a night of indie, undie and OTT short films. From animation to documentary, drama to CGI and experimental to the weird and the wonderful, short films submitted from all over the world find their way into Exploding Cinema’s bag and this mixed bag is what will be screened on the night. Expect a free raffle, live performance, psychedelic projections and the usual unusual.
Demons + director Q&A
Monday 11 November
Young actress Vicki lands the lead part in a new theatre production. What seems to be the opportunity of a lifetime descends into a torrent of abuse at the hands of director Daniel. However, power dynamics can change, and ultimately Vicki rises above the abuse and exacts her revenge. Screened by Day for Night as part of a director focus on Singaporean filmmaker Daniel Hui, who will be present for a Q&A.
Il Grande Spirito (The Great Spirit) + reception
Regent Street Cinema
Tuesday 12 November
This intelligent, funny and moving dramatic comedy explores the life in the city of Taranto, threatened by the poisoning presence of the steelworks industry of ILVA. Directed and co-written by Sergio Rubini (The Stuff of Dreams, My Own Good) with music composed by Ludovico Einaudi. Presented by CinemaItaliaUK, the screening will be followed by a reception with free Italian food and wine.
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest 2019
From feature films to experimental installations, lively debates to wild parties, Fringe! hosts a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. You'll see them flooding East London's cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs with the powerful, provocative and strange, welcoming everybody to join them in celebrating LGBTIQA+ stories from around the world.
21st Century Žilnik
The first UK survey of the work of the pioneering Yugoslav-Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik. With a career that began in the 1960s, Žilnik is one of the legends of European cinema, particularly a radical, engaged, humanist cinema. This overview focuses on the urgency and vitality of his 21st century work, and includes the UK premiere of his most recent film, The Most Beautiful Country in the World.
For Sama + intro
Thursday 14 November
Filmed over a five-year period in Syria by Waad al-Kateab for her daughter Sama, this documentation of the Syrian uprising stands as a unique testimony of war from a woman's perspective, giving audiences insight into the desperate situation Syrians faced when they dared to contend with an oppressive regime. Screened by Dispatch FMI, the film will be introduced by a guest speaker.
Rude Boy - The Story of Trojan Records + Q&A + theatre performance
Karibu Education Centre
Thursday 14 November
A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through perspective of one the most iconic record labels - Trojan Records, Rude Boy includes legendary artists Lee ‘Scratch' Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths and many more. Free screening presented by Brixton Reel and followed by a theatre performance.
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