First film from the Almodovar Season.
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (English: Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Average Girls) is a 1980 Spanish film, a campy comedy, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Carmen Maura, Alaska, and Eva Siva, the plot follows the wild adventures of three friends: Pepi, an independent modern woman; Luci, a mousy, masochistic housewife; and Bom, a lesbian punk rock singer.
Pepi, Luci, Bom is Almodóvar's first feature film. It was shot in 16mm and blown up to 35mm for its theatrical release. It became a cult film, emblematic of La Movida Madrileña, a period characterized by a sense of cultural and sexual freedom.
Fri 28 Oct
In this reggae musical set in Harlesden, West London, single mother Neeta (Anjela Lauren Smith) is determined to make it as a singer puts together an all girl reggae group with her friends (Caroline Chikezie and Jocelyn Jee Eisen).
But living in a housing project with little support, the odds are stacked against her, not least with her babyfather Byron (Wil Johnson).
With the help of female music boss Bee, the group starts to get some exposure to triumph against the local the competition.
Director: Julian Henriques
Original music: Berres Hammond and Carroll Thompson
Channel Four Films, 1998.
Thu 3 Nov
A stagecoach full of passengers and an enigmatic gunslinger are held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law but events take an unexpected turn when the travelers are stalked by a mythical beast that only appears on the night of a blood red moon.
Sat 29 Oct
- 109 min
- Directed by: Norman Jewison
- Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
Jewison's five-time Oscar winner follows a black police detective, Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), as he investigates a murder in a racist Mississippi town, where he runs into resistance from Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger).
Sat 29 Oct
Alejandro Brugués / Cuba / 2011 / 92 mins
The zombie apocalypse begins in Havana. The media blame mercenary dissidents, but as the city burns the survivors are quickly outnumbered by hordes of cannibalistic living dead.
Our regular Latin American cinema night continues our short Focus on Cuba season with Juan of the Dead
Juan is 40 years old, most of which he spent in Cuba doing absolutely nothing. It’s his way of life, and he’s prepare to defend it at any cost. Juan’s only emotional tie is his daughter, Camila, and she doesn’t want anything to do with her father because the only thing he’s good at is getting into trouble.
Suddenly some strange things start to happen, people are turning violent, attacking one another. Juan was first convinced it’s just another stage of the Revolution. Official media refer to the attacks as isolated incidents provoked by Cuban dissidents paid by the US government. Little by little Juan and his friends start to realize that the attackers are not normal human beings and that killing them is quite a difficult task. They’re not vampires, they’re not possesed, and they’re certainly not dissidents. A simple bite turns the victim into other violent killing machine and the only way to beat them is destroying their brains.
Juan decides that the best way of facing the situation is making some money out of it…..
Certificate/Age restriction - 15
Wed 2 Nov
The Road to Home (2015), is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of Benny Wenda, the Nobel Peace Prize nominated West Papuan independence leader, in his ongoing struggle to free his people from Indonesian colonial rule.
Since his dramatic escape from an Indonesian prison in 2002, where he was held in isolation and tortured as a political prisoner, Benny has been an unceasing crusader on the international scene, campaigning to bring about an end to the suffering of his people at the hands Indonesia’s brutal colonial regime.
Granted political asylum in the UK, Wenda’s freedom of movement was restricted in 2011 when, at the behest of the Indonesian government, Interpol issued a ‘red notice’ putting him at extreme risk of extradition should he travel. The following year the ‘red notice’ was lifted after being deemed “predominantly political in nature”. Wenda then embarked on a world-wide “Freedom Tour” to build support and awareness for the West Papuan Independence Movement. To date Benny has performed and spoken in such diverse places as New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Poland, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the United States of America, and many others.
British filmmaker / activist Dominic Brown of Dancing Turtle was given exclusive access, over a two year period, to follow the Nobel Peace Prize nominated freedom fighter and document his inspirational journey to gain independence for his people.
Best Documentary Feature at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2016, Van Gogh Awards.
Sun 30 Oct
The Two Escobars is an examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics. For Colombians, soccer was far more than a game: their entire national identity rode on the success or failure of their team. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's documentary paints a fascinating portrait of Pablo, Andres, and a country in the grips of a violent, escalating civil war.
"Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably - and fatally - intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favoured to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles."
- David Ansen, Los Angeles Film Festival
Tue 1 Nov
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