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39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ
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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 Times

Rating: X

Blood 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 Ingrid's 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 woman's 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. Vogt's 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

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 you'd be mad to miss it.

For those who'd like to know a little more read on:

Slight spoilers follow

During the course of the dinner party there is a sudden power cut. The friends venture outside to investigate and find that the entire street's 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

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 Joburg

The 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 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 sexuality

Door opens 19.00Film starts at 19.30

Fri 1 Jan

£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

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 7.00pm Film starts at 7.30pm

Fri 1 Jan

£6

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 16.00 Film starts at 16.30

Fri 1 Jan

£10

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 there's a catch, Hamilton will have to leave his body behind

A 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 film's subject matter resonates more strongly now than ever before.

Sun 13 Dec

£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 France

A 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." - *BFI *

Blood 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

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 d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

Set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan, The Wild Goose Lake follows 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 director's followup to his Berlin-winning 2014 drama proves absorbing, original": The Guardian

"Smart and stylish, The Wild Goose Lake blends B-movie thrills with bold filmmaking choices and thought-provoking social commentary": Rotten Tomatoes' critics consensus

Door opens 7.00 Film starts at 7.30

Fri 1 Jan

£6

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