Somerset House and Print Club London are collaborating on the fifth edition of the Summer Screen Prints exhibition, which brings limited-edition film prints to Somerset House throughout August. 🎬📽🎞
This year’s display will be the most extensive to date, with 20 original, screen-printed film poster artworks inspired by the Film4 Summer Screen programme.
Emerging, international artists respond to a moment, theme, character or quote from their favourite film in the season, including Joe Cruz, whose colourful and intimate work captures a pivotal moment in this year’s ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winner Moonlight, while Hattie Stewart‘s bold and striking reimagining of Cruel Intentions bares the malice of the cult film’s protagonist.
This free exhibition, open each day across the season, will enable you to buy the original, affordable works at Somerset House and on the Print Club London website for £60. With effortless acess to the exhibition from the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, film-goers will be able to enjoy special late openings ahead of each film screening.
Thursday 10th August – Premiere: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Friday 11th August – Victoria
Saturday 12th August – Donnie Darko + The Omen
Sunday 13th August – The Philadelphia Story
Monday 14th August – Moonlight
Tuesday 15th August – All The President’s Men
Wednesday 16th August – Premiere: The Square
Thursday 17th August – Bhaji on the Beach
Friday 18th August – In Bruges
Saturday 19th August – Jaws + Deliverance
Sunday 20th August – My Neighbour Totoro
Monday 21st August – Cruel Intentions
Tuesday 22nd August – Blow-up
Wednesday 23rd August – Premiere: Patti Cake$
Barbican Cinema screens 🎞 a series of cult science fiction films from around the world this summer entitled Sci-Fi Sundays.
Delve into dystopia with this season of sci-fi classics including the hugely influential Ikarie XB-1, Soylent Green and George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138.
The season will sit alongside the public programme of talks, debates and concerts making up the Barbican’s major exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, running in the Curve within the centre.
These ground-breaking, thought-provoking and spectacular films and events will showcase talent and stimulate new collaborations and ideas between filmmakers and creative leaders.
Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s best film festivals. Introducing the finest new British and international films. LFF is a compelling combination of red carpet glamour and friendly audiences.
Selection of London themed films:
A United Kingdom (European premier) tickets still available
Powerful testament to the defiant and enduring love story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the government of the time.
Thursday 6th October 11:30 Odeon Leicester Square
Tuesday 11th October 21:00 Curzon Mayfair Cinema
Their Finest (European premier) tickets still available
Danish director Lone Scherfig’s (The Riot Club, An Education, LFF2009) fascination with British manners continues to find new register in this delectable comedic drama, her fifth film set in the UK.
Thursday 13th October 2016 19:15 Odeon Leicester Square
Friday 14th October 2016 11:15 Odeon Leicester Square
Saturday 15th October 2016 13:00 Cine Lumber
A Moving Image (European premier) tickets still available
If Spike Lee made a film about community relations in Brixton, it might have started at the Brixton Riots in 1981 and ended with the destruction of the Brixton branch of estate agent Foxtons – the ultimate signifier of ‘bougie’ invasion – at the Reclaim Brixton march in April 2015.
Saturday 8th October 2016 18:30 Vue West End Cinema
Friday 14th October 2016 18:30 Ritzy Cinema
Sunday 16th October 2016 18:00 Hackney Picturehouse
City of Tiny Lights (European premier) tickets still available
Working from Patrick Neate’s adaptation of his own novel, Pete Travis (Dredd, Omagh) delivers a taut, hard-boiled crime thriller set in contemporary multicultural London.
Thursday 13th October 2016 21:00 Picturehouse Central
Friday 14th October 2016 14:00 Odeon Leicester Square
White Colour Black (world premier) tickets still available
Where are you from? No, but where are you really from?’ This question will be familiar to any person of colour, a member of the global diaspora. It’s a question at the heart of Joseph a. Adesunloye’s striking debut, which follows Leke (Dudley O’Shaughnessy), a mixed heritage man living in London.
Saturday 15th October 2016 20:45 Vue West End Cinema
Sunday 16th October 2016 21:00 Ritzy Cinema
Ethel & Ernest (European premier) tickets still available
Ethel is a lady’s maid with aspirations to better herself when she falls in love with and marries Ernest, a milkman. Living with their son Raymond in 1940s London puts them in the firing line as the Blitz takes hold of the city. Raymond is eventually evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside and we follow Ethel and Ernest through their everyday lives as they cope with the war. Their love and sense of family holds them tightly together as they witness events such as the VE day celebrations, the horror of Hiroshima and the creation of the Welfare State.
Saturday 15th October 2016 15:15 Curzon Mayfair Cinema
Sunday 16th October 2016 18:00 Haymarket Cinema
London Town (European premier) tickets still available
Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) is a bright-eyed teenager attempting to juggle too many suburban familial responsibilities following the departure of his free-spirited mother. When his broken-hearted father is injured at work and Shay finds himself under even more pressure, he decides it’s time to reconnect with his estranged mother. Along the way, he falls for striking, confident punk girl Vivian (Nell Williams) and together they experience that white hot epiphany when a new kind of music sparks teenagers on a profound, life-changing level.
Tuesday 11th October 2016 18:30 Haymarket Cinema
Thursday 13th October 2016 15:15 Vue West End Cinema
Sunday 16th October 2016 20:15 Hackney Picturehouse
The Man from Mo’Wax (European premier) tickets still available
Almost ten years in the making, The Man From Mo’Wax tells the remarkable story of James Lavelle, one of the most enigmatic yet influential figures in contemporary British culture. Drawing upon meticulous research and exclusive access to personal home footage, debut director Matthew Jones assembles archive footage, stills and original interviews to chart Lavelle’s phenomenal rise. It includes his establishing Mo’Wax as one of the UK’s most significant independent record labels and redefining what it means to be a DJ, to creating super band UNKLE with DJ Shadow.
Friday 14th October 2016 20:45 Vue West End Cinema
Saturday 15th October 2016 17:45 Hackney Picturehouse
The Ghoul (world premier) tickets still available
A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe. Low budget Brit thriller, The Ghoul is an atmospheric slow-burn crime film more interested in psychology and the occult than in solving crimes. Tom Meeten’s detective Chris is called to investigate a mysterious, possible double murder. Discovering clues in the house of a shadowy suspect, he goes undercover as a patient to see the suspect’s psychotherapist. But our understanding of Chris is quickly turned on its head as we get inside his, with Meeten excelling in portraying his character’s complex duality.
Friday 14th October 2016 21:00 Haymarket Cinema
Sunday 16th October 2016 15:00 Picturehouse Central
Unrestricted View in collaboration with FMW Films is a collective of award winning theatre and filmmakers. Established in 1997 to write and produce innovative and exciting new work. Combined the companies have produced over 20 plays, five new writing festivals, three feature films, two shorts and hundreds of comedy shows.
This is Unrestricted View’s first foray into Film Festivals and the team of passionate and active filmmakers aim to celebrate the very best in indie film-making from across the world, encouraging all aspects of independent film making to submit their entries. To enter, films had to have been completed after Jan 2014 and Web series completed after Jan 2013
Each film screening is individually ticketed giving audiences the chance to pick and choose which films catch their interest, keeping fees to a minimal cost (between £6 and £10) the organiser’s goal is for the festival to offer an affordable platform for new work, whilst aiming to grow the festival next year and beyond to include an ever wider selection of venues and films. For audience members keen to see as many films as they can, there are Festival Passes available for the whole week for £20
Held in this first year at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, an independent theatre and cinema space in Islington, North London, the festival will hold with screenings and workshops each day in the cinema upstairs while the pub below will be the networking and meeting space.
Celebrate J.G. Ballard’s cinematic classics with an afternoon of cinema. Discounts available for multiple films!
Thirteen to Centaurus at 12:00
Donald Houston, James Hunter, John Abineri, Noel Johnson, Robert James.
A television adaptation of one of the Ballard short stories in which he takes a psychological problem and explores the minds of the subjects who are part of the testing process. Among the crew of a space station hurtling through space towards Alpha Centauri is 16-year-old wunderkind, Abel, a boy given to questioning every facet of his existence. Abel is aware that there is something beyond the limits of his perception, some vital key of knowledge that will explode the received worldview controlling life on the station but like the rest of the crew he is subjected to ‘subsonic’ instruction – brainwashing – which keeps their minds preoccupied solely with day to day existence… But there’s a twist in the tale of this disquieting and prescient piece of science-fiction.
Empire of the Sun at 13.15
Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson.
A rare occurrence indeed, but J. G. Ballard welcomed Steven Spielberg’s visualisation of the author’s autobiographical novel which was based on his life as a boy in Shanghai during the Second World War, his internment by the Japanese and the search for his parents. He once described the director as ‘an intelligent and thoughtful man’ and the film as one that ‘seems more truthful as the years pass, while ‘brilliant child actor Chrisian Bale uncannily resembled my younger self’ Ballard wrote in 2006. Indeed EMPIRE OF THE SUN, with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard is no simple hijacking of childhood memories, but a deeply moving and compelling tale of hope and survival against all the odds.
Fleshed Out at 16.00
An intense combination of sound and images from Gazelle Twin – composer, producer and performance artist Elizabeth Bernholz – whose live performance personas and electronic musical work have continued to gather critical acclaim since her 2014 album Unflesh. She has also declared a lifelong fascination with the work of J.G. Ballard. In FLESHED OUT, a collaboration with film-maker Esther Springett, even the most familiar of views trigger a threatening unease.
B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) at 16.15
One of electro-pop’s original pioneers, provides most of the soundtrack for this cut-up movie by Foxx and artist/designer John Karborn featuring typography design & animation by Jon Barnbrook. Inspired by the themes, influence and text of writer J. G. Ballard, it is described as ‘a film and sound seance manifesting J. G. Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.’ Look out for bits of VERTIGO and THE THIRD MAN.
Crash at 16.45
This controversial adaptation of a 1973 novel is the perfect synthesis of the clinical imagination and warped visions of director David Cronenberg and writer J. G. Ballard. After he is involved in a car crash, a movie producer becomes strangely sexually aroused by crashes and fellow victims and discovers an entire sub-culture built around his obsession. Seen as lurid and gratuitous rather than moving and involving by reviewers and the local authorities which banned it at the time of its first release, CRASH remains a daring, challenging and courageous depiction of a psycho-sexual journey into oblivion. Ballard wrote his book to illustrate the connections between sex and technology- the ultimate postmodern melding of flesh and machine – and in Cronenberg he certainly found the one director who could take his theme to the final frontier of sexual expression.
The East End Film Festival returns to Hackney Picturehouse with a line-up of some of the boldest, most challenging new films in world cinema. With a focus on first and second features, and films that challenge and surprise, EEFF 2013 will feature some of the most exciting new voices in film from the UK and elsewhere.
@ CLF Art Cafe
The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane
SE15 4ST, London MAP
Tube: Peckham Rye Station
Entry: Pay What You Think
InFormed London is honoured to introduce cinematic treats for London movie lovers!
Each month (every 2nd Wednesday) The Reelness Film Club screen a themed programme of shorts with a feature; followed by a rip-roaring discussion.
The Reelness Film Club screen movies of all styles, shapes and sizes, from all over the world. Movies that entertain. Movies that shake-shit-up. Movies you can’t stop thinking about. Movies that defy conventions. But most importantly, they screen movies that are true to themselves!
Here’s a trailer for the film that will be premiering at the next event, TRIM;
The monthly film club happens every 2nd Wednesday of each month and takes place in a friendly, intimate, good vibes environment – where all film lovers engage in passionate discussions and where film friendships and collaborations can be struck up.
el Jimador tequila will be marking Dia de los Muertos – Mexico’s Day of the Dead, the affirming remembrance of loved ones – with special free screenings of two of the country’s cult classic films: El Mariachi, the influential debut movie from Machete, Sin City and From Dusk Till Dawn director Robert Rodriguez, and arch-surrealist Luis Buñuel’s 1962 classic The Exterminating Angel.
Shoreditch’s White Rabbit Studios will be transformed into a vibrant visual Mexican feast decorated with calaca masks (the infamous Mexican skeleton masks) and still scenes from the two gritty pictures. The Mexican theme continues with some authentic Mexican dishes and Palomas – the renowned slow-sippin’ drink made with el Jimador blanco 100% agave tequila, soda water and a splash of lime.
Robert Rodriguez’s directorial career started at the age of just twenty-three when he made the highly influential El Mariachi on a budget that barely exceeded just $7000. In El Mariachi, drug baron Moco despatches a gang to eliminate the ruthless Azul when he discovers that his enemy is planning a terrible vengeance upon him. The gang, however, confuse Azul with a travelling musician known simply as El Mariachi) which forces the musician into a desperate fight for survival. Violent shoot-outs ensue as the mariachi tries to flee town (trigger happy he may be, but it seems that Mexicans shoot their foes rather than their tequila).
So grab a Paloma or two, the renowned slow-sippin’ drink made with el Jimador tequila, soda water and a splash of lime, and sit back and enjoy two of Mexican cinema’s most memorable works.
A panoramic view across Latin America today, from life at the Mexican border, through the Peruvian jungle, and all the way to the streets of Santiago. These outstanding documentaries reveal the Latin America you don’t see on TV; Here are the indigenous people and the workers of Latin America from Chile to Peru to Colombia. Those suffering the most from the exploitation of their land and their rights but who are the ones willing to stand up and resist!
12.30pm ONE FRONTIER, ALL FRONTIERS – UK PREMIERE
(David Pablos, Mexico, 2010)
2,000 miles of fencing separate Mexico from the USA, designed to stem the flow of immigrants crossing the border. Mexican filmmaker David Pablos observes life at the partition, where separated families, friends and lovers gather, either side of the metal grille.
+ THE INVISIBLES
(Marc Silver & Gael García Bernal, UK/ Mexico, 2010)
Director Marc Silver and Gael García Bernal meet migrants on the route of one of the most dangerous journeys in the world – crossing illegally from Mexico into the U.S.A – where many ask themselves if they will make it alive.
2.30pm LAW OF THE JUNGLE – LONDON PREMIERE + Director Q&A
(Michael Christoffersen, Hans la Cour, Denmark, 2012)
Deep in the Peruvian jungle, a group of indigenous people protest at the airfield of a multinational oil company. When a policeman is killed and the leaders are arrested, young, impassioned Fachin Ruíz sets out to prove their innocence, resulting in the first public debate on minority rights throughout Peru. Tralier: http://vimeo.com/32664625
+ PROTEST CHILE
(Michael Chanan, UK / Chile, 2011)
Capturing Chile’s mass student demonstrations.
3.10pm CITY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS
(Sebastián Moreno, Chile, 2006)
The story of the fearless Chilean photographers who risked death to record life under Pinochet’s brutal military regime.
8pm STOLEN LAND – UK PREMIERE
(Margarita Martínez & Miguel Salazar, Colombia, 2010)
The Nasa people of southern Colombia are fighting to reclaim their ancestral land.
+ dir Q&A Margarita Martínez Escallan and PANEL DISCUSSION (Speakers TBC)