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2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) - Sci-Fi Sundays

Following up one of (if not THE) greatest sci-fi film of all time is no easy feat. But 2010, while not as groundbreaking as Kubricks masterpiece is a fascinating, engrossing work in its own right. Closely following Arthur C. Clarkes novel that continued the Odyssey, 2010 explores and progresses the mysteries raised by the famous monolith and the strange events beyond JupiterNine years after the mysterious failure of the Discovery mission, and the malfunctioning of HAL 9000, a joint US-Soviet expedition heads to the abandoned ship to discover what happened. But as they arrive strange activity lures them to the surface of Jupiters icy moon Europa where their discoveries will have huge repercussions for mankind.A starry cast (including early roles for Helen Mirren and John Lithgow) and superb production design lend gravitas and conviction to a tale of truly cosmic proportions and universal consequences!

Sun 30 Aug

£6

Aniara (2018) - Sci-Fi Sundays

In this disturbing yet profound picture of the near future, an Earth ravaged by climate change has led to the mass colonisation of Mars. Huge cruise liners carry the remaining inhabitants of Earth on the weeks-long journey to their new life on Mars. During a routine voyage the ship Aniara is knocked off course by a collision with space debris. With the ships engines out of action the crew are unable to correct the ships course and it strays further and further from its destination. The vast ship, with its thousands of passengers, slowly drifts deeper into the uncharted depths of space. As the weeks, months and years pass the lives of its inhabitants become increasingly strained and divided as the knowledge of their complete isolation takes its toll.A stunning eco-parable (The Observer), Aniara is an epic space opera, made on a surprisingly modest budget by two debut feature directors. With its remarkable production design, poignant drama, and gripping storytelling it should become a modern sci-fi classic in the same way Moon did ten years ago.

Sun 26 Jul

£6

Babylon (1980) - Blood On Earth Season

A cultural classic in Britain and beyond that dwells on the pioneering working-class children of the Windrush Generation. Filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton, Babylon captures the seminal instances of a distinctive and exuberant Black British youth culture in 1980s London. Blue, played by Brinsley Forde (the frontman of reggae group Aswad), attempts to follow his musical aspirations within sound system culture, against the dour tide of racism and social strife rampant in British society. Music is provided by Aswad, Johnny Clarke and others."[I]ts got an episodic vividness and blanket-load of warmth, but also a harsh view of day-to-day life for black people in South London." -The New York TimesRating: XBlood on Earth comprises a series of films embracing work which explores the human condition through stories from the African and Caribbean diaspora. The films showcased will cover feminist, LGBTQ+, class, and postcolonial dialogues, and in doing so bring a broad range of perspectives to the screen on a monthly basis.

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Blind (2014) - Nordic Film Nights

Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home, a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. However Ingrids real prblems do not lurk beyond the walls of her apartment ,but lie within-and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.Eskil Vogt is known for his collaborations on manuscripts with Joachim Trier. His debut as director of a full-length feature film is a strikingly original, daring and funny film about a blind womans imagination. Ellen Dorrit Petesoen gives a brilliant performance as a devil-may-care woman who isolates herself after losing her sight. Using her computer, she writes about two characters whose solitary existences mirror her own. Vogts remarkable script has been transformed into a playful, challenging and visually gorgeous film, which offers a uniquely sensitive reflection on humanity.

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013) - Explicit Season

15-year-old Adle (a spine-tingling performance from Adle Exarchopoulos) feels like an average teenager, with school, friends, parents and boys taking up most of her time and thoughts. That is until a chance encounter with a beguiling blue-haired girl (a luminescent La Seydoux) turns her world upside down, forcing her to question her desires and assert herself as a woman and as an adult. Jaw-droppingly frank in its sexual content, mesmerisingly beautiful as an artistic accomplishment and utterly compelling from start to finish, this is gripping, engrossing cinema in its rawest, purest form.The winner of the Palme dOr at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Abdellatif Kechiches stunning portrait of a relationship is a remarkable achievement. Adle Exarchopoulos and La Seydouxs committed performances brilliantly convey the power of physical, emotional and sexual attraction, but also communicate the problems of sustaining a relationship when passion gives way to domestication. Detailed in its portrayal yet exploring emotions and situations universal to us all, this is a towering achievement in cinema. Door opens 19.00Film starts at 19.30

Wed 30 Sep

£6

Coherence (2013) - Sci-Fi Sundays

It is very hard to write about Coherence without giving at least something away. It would be ideal to go into Coherence knowing as little as possible about the film (though the fact we are screening it in our Sci-Fi Sundays programme will of course indicate that all is not quite what it seems!). So for the spoiler averse, know this: Coherence tells the story of eight friends who have reunited for a dinner party on a night which coincides with the close passing of a comet. Know also that this is a wickedly clever movie, full of mystery and wonder, and incredibly gripping. Tickets are on sale now and youd be mad to miss it.For those whod like to know a little more read on:Slight spoilers followDuring the course of the dinner party there is a sudden power cut. The friends venture outside to investigate and find that the entire streets lights are out. All except for one house. Two people head to the lit-up house to use their phone, while the others had back inside. There is a broken glass, where there was not one before, and they have the creepy feeling someone has been in the house. A feeling that only gets worse when the friends return from the other house to report what they found: A house very much like their own, laid out for a dinner party, for eight people.

Sun 29 Nov

£6

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) - Wes Days - An All-Year Wes Anderson Retrospective

About "THE DARJEELING LIMITED"In director Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India one year after the death of their father. Armed with eleven suitcases, a laminated itinerary, a can of pepper spray, a supply of over-the-counter painkillers, and a host of family conflicts ready to erupt, Francis, Peter, and Jack eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desertat which point an unexpected new chapter in their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, including Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston, The Darjeeling Limited is a dazzling and hilarious film that takes Andersons work to deeper places than ever before. - Film Biography, The Criterion CollectionAbout Our Season - "WES DAYS"Deptford Cinema is proud to present a year-long season celebrating the work of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson - called Wes Days. With his incomparable aesthetic vision and offbeat sense of humour, Anderson is one of cinema's quirkiest filmmakers. Known for hs witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets, he first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. He then went on to garner wider audiences for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited(2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).Preceding most films in the season will be either a short film or commercial directed by Wes Anderson.Screening Information:Screening Format: Blu-Ray DiscRunning Time: 91minutesBBFC Rating: 15Doors: 7:00pmProgramme Start: 7:30pmProgramme End: 9:01pm

Wed 8 Jul

£6

District 9 (2009) + Alive In Joburg Short Film - Sci-Fi Sundays

A group of extra-terrestrial refugees seek sanctuary on earth where they are first accepted, then tolerated and finally ostracised by the South African society in which they reside.The film focuses on a period 28 years after the aliens arrival and their forced segregation in District 9. The locals patience is wearing thin as a range of social and economic problems beleaguer the nativepeople and are blamed on the alien visitors, leading to the authorities decision that that the aliens must be moved. During the move one of the aliens attempts to flee with his son and crosses path with the official put in charge of the move: Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley).Directed by Neil Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, District 9 is a smart exposition of the sources and impacts of xenophobia and discrimination. Based on Blomkamps 2006 short film, Alive in Joburg (screening before the feature!), it also forms a clear direct allegory for the treatment of people in South Africas capital Cape Town in the 1970s when 60,000 people living in an inner city residential area were forced to move out of the city.The film is also notable for a strong lead performance from Sharlto Copley as the hapless bureaucrat Wikus van der Merwe whose weakness and prejudice gives way to empathy as the film progresses.Alive in JoburgThe short film that started it all Neill Blomkamp explored the idea of District 9 first in this acclaimed documentary styled short film. It launched his film career after it was noticed by Peter Jackson and is a tremendous piece of short fiction in its own right.

Fri 1 Jan

£6

The Elephant Man (1980)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous faade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication. Door opens 7.30Film starts at 8.00

Sat 1 Aug

£6

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - Wes Days - An All-Year Wes Anderson Retrospective

About "FANTASTIC MR. FOX"Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal. A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family in a new foxhole in a beautiful treedirectly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist. Wes Andersons adaptation of Roald Dahls classic childrens novel is a meticulous work of stop-motion animation featuring vibrant performances by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Bill Murray. - Film Biography, The Criterion CollectionAbout Our Season - "WES DAYS"Deptford Cinema is proud to present a year-long season celebrating the work of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson - called Wes Days. With his incomparable aesthetic vision and offbeat sense of humour, Anderson is one of cinema's quirkiest filmmakers. Known for hs witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets, he first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. He then went on to garner wider audiences for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited(2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).Preceding most films in the season will be either a short film or commercial directed by Wes Anderson.Screening Information:Screening Format: Blu-Ray DiscRunning Time: 87minutesBBFC Rating: PGDoors: 7:00pmProgramme Start: 7:30pmProgramme End: 8:57pm

Wed 12 Aug

£6

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Wes Days - An All-Year Wes Anderson Retrospective

About THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTELWes Anderson brings his dry wit and visual inventiveness to this exquisite caper set amid the old-world splendor of Europe between the World Wars. At the opulent Grand Budapest Hotel, the concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and his young protg Zero (Tony Revolori) forge a steadfast bond as they are swept up in a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune–while around them, political upheaval consumes the continent. Meticulously designed, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a breathless picaresque and a poignant paean to friendship and the grandeur of a vanished world, performed with panache by an all-star ensemble that includes F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray. - Film Biography, The Criterion CollectionAbout Our Season - WES DAYSDeptford Cinema is proud to present a year-long season celebrating the work of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson - called Wes Days. With his incomparable aesthetic vision and offbeat sense of humour, Anderson is one of cinemas quirkiest filmmakers. Known for hs witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets, he first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. He then went on to garner wider audiences for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited(2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).Preceding most films in the season will be either a short film or commercial directed by Wes Anderson.Screening Information:Screening Format: Blu-Ray DiscRunning Time: 100minutesBBFC Rating: 15Doors: 7:00pmProgramme Start: 7:30pmProgramme End: 9:10pm

Wed 14 Oct

£6

The Idiots (1998) - Explicit Season

A seemingly anti-bourgeois group of adults spend their time seeking their "inner idiot" to release their inhibitions. Following a chance encounter with the group, the lonely drifter Karen becomes unintentionally involved with them. Gradually, Karen begins to understand what they are up to and, overcoming initial anger and reluctance, eventually participates in their subversive activities. Isolated and concealing a deep sadness, Karen finds solace, acceptance and understanding with "the idiots" and she is drawn in by the sense of joy and child-like innocence of their behaviour. However, as the idiocy escalates, certain members decide to leave, strengthening the solidarity of those who remain and furthering their resolve to live out their excessive feelings, the aggression, the curiosity and the uncontrolled egotistical, primitive sexualityDoor opens 19.00Film starts at 19.30

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Ikaria Xb-1 (1963) - Sci-Fi Sundays

The year is 2163 and the crew of the Ikarie XB-1 are on a 28 month mission deep into space in search of alien life. But the crew soon find themselves en route to confronting the effects of a malignant dark star, the destructive legacy of the 20th century and, ultimately, the limits of their own sanity. The films influence can be seen on the films that followed, from Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey to Andrei Tarkovskys Solaris, Ridley Scotts Alien and even the TV show Star Trek; all of which bear striking similarities to Ikarie XB-1 but none more so than Kubricks sci-fi classic. After all, it is believed the director screened the film as one of many space genre films while researching 2001.Upon its release Ikarie XB-1 was regarded as one of the best science fiction films of the era and for us its no surprise. We are delighted to be screening the original Czech version (English subtitled) - so, join us as we set off and Voyage to the End of the Universe where the science fiction we all know and love was truly discovered.

Sun 27 Sep

£6

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry Doc Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon.Door opens 6.30Film starts at 7.00

Sat 20 Jun

£6

Is This Yesterday?! - Red Planet Mars (1952)

An American scientist is able to contact and communicate with Mars with shattering political, economic, and spiritual repercussions.Perhaps the least subtle of all of the films in this season- It wears its political, theological and moral heart on its sleeve

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Is This Yesterday!?- The War Of The Worlds (1953)

In this film, H.G Wells 1897 novel about Martians who come down to earth to take over the planet is updated and relocated to California.

Fri 1 Jan

£10

Isle Of Dogs (2018) - Wes Days - An All-Year Wes Anderson Retrospective

About ISLE OF DOGSWhen, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.About Our Season - WES DAYSDeptford Cinema is proud to present a year-long season celebrating the work of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson - called Wes Days. With his incomparable aesthetic vision and offbeat sense of humour, Anderson is one of cinemas quirkiest filmmakers. Known for hs witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets, he first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. He then went on to garner wider audiences for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited(2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).Preceding most films in the season will be either a short film or commercial directed by Wes Anderson.Screening Information:Screening Format: Blu-Ray DiscRunning Time: 101minutesBBFC Rating: PGDoors: 7:00pmProgramme Start: 7:30pmProgramme End: 9:11pm

Wed 11 Nov

£6

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) - Wes Days - An All-Year Wes Anderson Retrospective

About "THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU"Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissous partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson), a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett), and Zissous estranged wife (Anjelica Huston). Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Seu Jorge,and Bud Cort for this wildly original adventure-comedy. - Film Biography, The Criterion CollectionAbout Our Season - "WES DAYS"Deptford Cinema is proud to present a year-long season celebrating the work of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson - called Wes Days. With his incomparable aesthetic vision and offbeat sense of humour, Anderson is one of cinema's quirkiest filmmakers. Known for hs witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets, he first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. He then went on to garner wider audiences for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited(2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).Preceding most films in the season will be either a short film or commercial directed by Wes Anderson.Screening Information:Screening Format: Blu-Ray DiscRunning Time: 118minutesBBFC Rating: 15Doors: 7:00pmProgramme Start: 7:30pmProgramme End: 9:30pm

Wed 17 Jun

£6

Like Father, Like Son (2013) - East Asia Film Club

The East Asia Film Club presents LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: directed by modern great Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, Still Walking, Shoplifters) and winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2013.Ryta Nonomiya is a successful architect who is focused so much on work that he neglects his wife, Midori, and son, Keita. Upon his return home one day, Midori tells him that the hospital where Keita was born urgently needs to speak to them. After arriving at the hospital, the couple learns that their biological son Rysei was switched with Keita at birth, and after DNA tests prove the error, they must now make a life-changing decision to either keep Keita, the boy they raised as their own son, or exchange him for their biological son.Door opens 7.00pmFilm starts at 7.30pm

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Love (2015) - Explicit Season

Igniting controversy and must-see appeal at the Cannes Film Festival, Love is a semi-autobiographical, sexually-charged melodrama.Gaspar Nos most ambitious work to date follows young filmmaker Murphy who wakes up on New Years Day to a frantic phone call. His ex-girlfriend Electra has been missing for months and her mother fears the worst. Over the course of a long, rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone, reminiscing about the greatest love affair of his life - the two years he spent with Electra.What follows is a burning, passionate story, full of promises, games, excesses and mistakes Door opens 19.00Film starts at 19.30

Wed 26 Aug

£6

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - Wes Days - An All-Year Wes Anderson Retrospective

About MOONRISE KINGDOMAn island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore … Wes Andersons Moonrise Kingdom stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzys attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten. - Film Biography, The Criterion CollectionAbout Our Season - WES DAYSDeptford Cinema is proud to present a year-long season celebrating the work of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson - called Wes Days. With his incomparable aesthetic vision and offbeat sense of humour, Anderson is one of cinemas quirkiest filmmakers. Known for hs witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets, he first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. He then went on to garner wider audiences for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited(2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).Preceding most films in the season will be either a short film or commercial directed by Wes Anderson.Screening Information:Screening Format: Blu-Ray DiscRunning Time: 94minutesBBFC Rating: 12ADoors: 7:00pmProgramme Start: 7:30pmProgramme End: 9:04pm

Wed 16 Sep

£6

My Neighbour Recommends (Miniseason) - 1St Recommendation

He loves movies…and board games.He likes cooking Gumbo for his friends and spending Sundays in his bathrobe.But most importantly:He is my neighbour.And he recommends films.

Sun 5 Jul

£4.50–£10

Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) - A Vhs Presentation By London Video Club Postponed

London Video Club is a celebration of the greatest format of all: VHS. We want to recreate the feeling of seeing a gaudy VHS cover on the shelf of your local video shop. Of horror movie marathons in your friends basement. The nostalgia and tactility of the format. Join us and an audience of like-minded video nuts as we screen cult classics, forgotten gems and schlocky blockbusters, direct from videotape.In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams – which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late?

Sun 28 Mar

£6

Nymphomaniac Vol I & II (2013) - Explicit Season

Lars von Triers Nymphomaniac tells the wild and poetic story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgrd), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life.As controversial as it is creative, Nymphomaniacs all-star cast includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgrd, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mia Goth and Uma Thurman.Door opens 16.00Film starts at 16.30

Fri 1 Jan

£10

Parasite (2020) - East Asia Film Club

The East Asia Film Club presents a South Korean film that needs little introduction, the multi-award winning, PARASITE!Bong Joon-hos class satire follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.Among its numerous accolades, Parasitewon the Palme dOr at Cannes 2019 plus four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. It became the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition, as well as the first film not in English to ever win Best Picture.Door opens 7.00pmFilm starts at 7.30pm

Fri 12 Jun

£6

Scanners (1981) - Sci-Fi Sundays

In David Cronenbergs dystopian thriller rival groups of scanners - telepathically enhanced humans with lethal capabilities - battle for control of their lives. On one side the sinister corporation ConSec seeks to employ and utilise the scanners for its own nefarious intent. On the other side rebel scanners led by Darryl Revok attempt to destroy the company. After several ConSec staff are murdered by Revok, ConSec enlists a powerful but disturbed scanner named Cameron Vale to infiltrate Revoks gang and destroy him. Cronenbergs films have always featured iconic imagery but perhaps never more so than in Scanners - whose infamous exploding head scene is far more widely known than the film itself. But those who only know the film for its grisly special effects are missing out on a complex, and sinister espionage thriller: in the words of Kim Newman a literal mutation of paranoid thrillers like The Parallax View.

Sun 28 Jun

£6

Seconds (1966) - Sci-Fi Sundays

A cult classic that remains surprisingly overlooked, particularly as director John Frankenheimer made it immediately after his celebrated paranoia classic The Manchurian Candidate. Seconds is just as sinister and mysterious. Arthur Hamilton, a middle-aged man dissatisfied with his life receives an invitation from a friend, Charlie, who Arthur believes had died some time ago. Charlie makes him an offer - an opportunity to live a new life, free of obligations, free of old age and free to do whatever he likes. But theres a catch, Hamilton will have to leave his body behindA commercial failure at the time, Seconds reputation has risen over the intervening years due to its stunning production design, terrifying cinematography and astute exploration of themes around bio-engineering, the emptiness of modernity and personal identity. Years ahead of its time, the films subject matter resonates more strongly now than ever before.

Sun 13 Dec

£6

Shortbus (2006) - Explicit Season

As utopian visions go, it doesnt get much better than Shortbus, a film in which all you need is love and sex, lots and lots of mutually, sometimes collectively, pleasurable sex. John Cameron Mitchell wrote and directed, though orchestrated might be the better word for a carnivalesque romp in which men and women engage in sex in a multitude of creative combinations. An ode to the joy and sweet release of sex, the film manages to be a sincere, modest political venture that finds humour where you might least expect it. Mr. Mitchell, who previously wrote, directed and starred in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has said that he wanted to make a film in which sex wasnt negative or dreary. Unlike traditional hard-core features, in which the sexual encounters interrupt the story like a number in a 1930s Busby Berkeley musical, the carnal interludes in Shortbus are integrated into the narrative, much as the singing and dancing are in Oklahoma! This integration goes a long way to normalising the sex, making it seem matter-of-fact, natural, and it also normalises watching this kind of material in the kind of public space where you dont need a roll of quarters to keep the images flowing Door opens 19.00Film starts at 19.30

Wed 29 Jul

£6

The Straight Story (1999)

The Straight Story chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. Door opens 7.30Film starts at 8.00

Sat 4 Jul

£6

Stranger By The Lake (2013) - Explicit Season

Summer time. A cruising spot for gay men seeking nameless sexual encounters, is tucked away on the shores of a picturesque secluded lake in rural France. Franck is an attractive young male who falls in love with Michel, a striking, extremely potent but lethally dangerous man. Franck has witnessed this first hand, but his desire for Michel knows no bounds, this is a relationship he must have at any cost. STRANGER BY THE LAKE is a tense thriller set against the secluded back drop of, what becomes inevitably, the most dangerous lake in FranceA provocative and accomplished effort by Frances bad boy auteur, STRANGER BY THE LAKE is Alain Guiraudies steamy mix of the comic and the tragic, winning Best Director for Un Certain Regard in addition to the Queer Palm at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.Door opens 19.00Film starts at 19.30

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Tangerine (2015) - Blood On Earth

Comedy-drama Tangerine follows transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) on Christmas Eve in an impassioned and eventful search for her cheating boyfriend and pimp. The film vibrantly illustrates the raw realities of the transgender women working the streets of Los Angeles, as well as the tenderness of their friendships. It was also, remarkably, shot entirely on three iPhone 5Ss."Sean Bakers rip-roaring, guerilla-shot trans hooker revenge farce puts flesh back on the bones of motley stereotypes from the streets of Los Angeles." -BFIBlood on Earth comprises a series of films embracing work which explores the human condition through stories from the African and Caribbean diaspora. The films showcased will cover feminist, LGBTQ+, class, and postcolonial dialogues, and in doing so bring a broad range of perspectives to the screen on a monthly basis.Rating: 15

Fri 1 Jan

£6

Us (2019) - Sci-Fi Sundays

Adelaide returns to her beachside childhood home with husband Gabe and their two children but is haunted by a traumatic incident from her past. She becomes more unsettled as a series of coincidences lead her to believe that something untoward is taking place. Set on a stretch of idyllic Northern California coastline in the couples comfortable beach home, Us (or U.S. as it is sometimes referred to) explores issues of social justice, class and modern day consumerism in America. More ambitious than the directors 2017 debut Get Out, it also marks a more determined, self-assured step into the horror genre; whereas Get Out unsettled and disturbed, Us is a full blown horror film complete with jump scares, chase scenes and blood.This is not to overlook that Us is both thoughtful and provocative and the film prompted a flurry of discussion and range of interpretations when it was released at the start of 2019. The story can be seen as a critique of contemporary capitalist society and the extent to which wealthy Americans affluent lifestyles are fundamentally founded on the trials of an ignored underclass. There is a dystopian lesson about science and exploitation. And it is hard not to take from it a message about psychological bases of our deepest fears: Mark Kermode in The Guardian described the film as a modern fable that locates our anxieties about outsiders in a guilty fear of ourselves.

Sun 25 Oct

£6

The Wild Goose Lake (2019) - East Asia Film Club

The East Asia Film Season presents The Wild Goose Lake: directed by Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice) The Wild Goose Lake is a beautifully shot neo-noir crime drama. The film was nominated for Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.Set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan,The Wild Goose Lakefollows the desperate attempts of small-time mob boss Zhou Zenong to stay alive after he mistakenly kills a cop and a dead-or-alive reward is put on his head.The Chinese directors followup to his Berlin-winning 2014 drama proves absorbing, original: The GuardianSmart and stylish,The Wild Goose Lakeblends B-movie thrills with bold filmmaking choices and thought-provoking social commentary: Rotten Tomatoes critics consensusDoor opens 7.00Film starts at 7.30

Fri 1 Jan

£6

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