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A Bug's Life (U)

A Bug's Life

Journey inside the miniature world of bugs for bigger-than-life fun and adventure under every leaf. Embark on an incredible expedition with one little ant as he searches for a band of warriors to help him battle the grasshoppers who threaten his home. When he stumbles upon a bumbling troupe of circus bugs instead, their only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the power of imagination.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

Book Tickets

Saturday 22 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 23 Jun 202411:00am

Abrázame Como Antes (18)

Abrázame Como Antes

The screening on 22 May will be followed by a live Zoom Q&A with director Jurgen Ureña, with the support of an interpreter.


Verónica is a kindly transgender sex worker in the Costa Rican capital San José, where she yearns for more from life than her existing relationships. When she witnesses a young homeless man being knocked over by a car, she takes him home to care for him. Confronted with being a motherly figure, Verónica reconciles her desire to care for others with her own painful experiences of letting go.


The film was presented at the 5th Días de Cine film festival in 2017 and won Best National Feature Film at the Costa Rica International Film Festival.


Book Tickets

Wednesday 22 May 20248:00pm
Tuesday 28 May 20243:15pm

Amazing Grace (U)

Amazing Grace

This film was proposed by our member Labeja Kodua Okullu, who writes: 'I return to this film regularly, a documentary that swells with soul, feeling, tenderness and an undeniable joy in the act of performing, especially in a gospel setting. I would love to see it on the big screen again. Aretha is amazing, her father is amazing, the choir leader and pianist is stunning.'


Please note, the screening on 22 April is our Free Members' Screening, and the screening on 30 April is a general public screening.


In 1972, after a series of 11 consecutive hits, Aretha Franklin recorded `Amazing Grace,' the most successful gospel album of all time at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The film's footage was shot under the direction of Sydney Pollack.

Book Tickets

Monday 22 Apr 20248:00pm (Booking opens 17/04, 6pm)
Tuesday 30 Apr 20246:15pm

An Autumn Afternoon (U)

An Autumn Afternoon

Our screening on 11 April will feature an introduction by Jasper Sharp and will be followed by an informal post-film discussion in The Garden Cinema Bar.


The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization. Though the widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master’s films, An Autumn Afternoon is one of cinema’s fondest farewells.


Our screening on 2 March was introduced by season curator George Crosthwait.

Book Tickets

Monday 22 Apr 20243:00pm (Sold Out)

Artist Unknown + Stone (short) + Q&A (18)

Artist Unknown + Stone (short) + Q&A

Artist Unknown


An art heist playful comedy becomes a queer action rom com in this witty and fast-paced debut feature from Cinder Chou. Juniper, an insecure martial artist, must find out the origins of a painting after two thieves try to steal it from her. When she meets Penny, another fighter, they become involved in the mystery, and they connect over what they’ve both been hiding inside. Nominated for the Iris Prize 2023 Best Feature, and winner of the Jury Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2023.


dir. Cinder Chou | USA | 2023 | 82mins


Stone


When Tess learns of her estranged father’s death, she travels to the funeral hoping for nothing more than some closure. Blindsided by the revelation that her father was a transgender woman, Tess turns to her mother for answers.


dir. Jake Graf | UK | 2023 | 14mins

Book Tickets

Sunday 28 Apr 20246:05pm

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (PG)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Hold on tight for a magical, musical, fun-filled journey in this Oscar-winning classic that mixes action and animation. When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

Book Tickets

Saturday 29 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 30 Jun 202411:00am

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry (15)

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Etero, a 48-year-old woman living in a small village in Georgia, has chosen to remain unmarried. She cherishes her freedom, as much as her cakes. Her choice to live alone is often the cause of gossip among her fellow villagers. Unexpectedly, she finds herself falling into a passion with a man and is suddenly faced with the decision of whether to pursue the traditional route of coupling or continue to pursue a life of independence. Etero must grapple with her newfound feelings and decide how to find her own path to happiness.

Book Tickets

Friday 3 May 20246:00pm
Saturday 4 May 20248:30pm
Sunday 5 May 20245:00pm
Monday 6 May 20245:50pm
Tuesday 7 May 20248:30pm
Wednesday 8 May 20245:50pm
Thursday 9 May 20248:45pm

Celluloid Underground (12A)

Celluloid Underground

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ehsan Khoshbakht.


Part autobiography, part film collage, Khoshbakht’s film offers a fascinating insight into the lives of those who fight to keep film culture alive in the face of oppression. Centring on two maverick cinephiles from Iran – the director himself and his late friend Ahmad Jurghanian – this poignant work is a testament to the power of cinema and its potential as an act of resistance.

Book Tickets

Monday 29 Apr 20248:00pm

Challengers (15)

Challengers

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist - West Side Story), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor) - his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.


The Garden Cinema View:


Maybe ‘Zendaya tennis romcom’ wasn’t on your Garden Cinema radar for this Spring, so take it as an indication as to just how enjoyable we found Challengers. Effectively, Luca Guadagnino leans into this slightly ridiculous premise with such conviction that the end result is an invigorating, sweaty treat; a sincere attempt at a modern comedy classic.

 

And by some measure Challengers does invoke screwball delights of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with hilarity and warmth generated from the chemistry that flows through the central love triangle in all possible directions. This charming old-school core is then wrapped in contemporary style. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ pulsating techno score accompanies intense scenes of sport and seduction, with immensely sleek cinematography from Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (regular collaborator for Guadagnino and Apichatpong Weerasethakul) who mounts cameras on rackets, balls, players, and just about anything else you might find on a tennis court.


You might need to tune out of the excessive product placement (although that’s true of tennis itself), but beyond that is one of the greatest sports films ever made, and one of the best comedies (certainly one of the thirstiest) of recent years.  


Book Tickets

Friday 26 Apr 20248:40pm
Saturday 27 Apr 20242:45pm5:20pm
Sunday 28 Apr 202412:00pm8:30pm
Monday 29 Apr 20245:25pm8:25pm
Tuesday 30 Apr 20243:00pm5:45pm
Wednesday 1 May 20243:20pm8:30pm
Thursday 2 May 20242:35pm5:20pm
Friday 3 May 20248:25pm
Saturday 4 May 20241:45pm5:00pm
Sunday 5 May 20247:30pm
Monday 6 May 20241:45pm8:20pm
Tuesday 7 May 20242:30pm5:15pm
Wednesday 8 May 20245:00pm8:20pm
Thursday 9 May 20242:15pm8:20pm

Chile Estyle (18)

Chile Estyle

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director Pablo Aravena, chaired by Alborada Films Pablo Navarrete.


Young people took to the streets with political muralism all over Chile in the late 60s, at the same time that young people in New York were starting modern graffiti, and May 68 took place in Paris. Chile Estyle is a documentary film which explores the past and present of Chile's unique street art tradition street which comes from a remix of political muralism and graffiti, and has been part of Chilean cultural and political life since the 60s. The result is a visually arresting, informative, and entertaining film.



Book Tickets

Saturday 8 Jun 20241:30pm

Chuck Chuck Baby + Scorpion Grass (short) + Q&A (18)

Chuck Chuck Baby + Scorpion Grass (short) + Q&A

This screening will be followed by an in-person Q&A with Chuck Chuck Baby director Janis Pugh, moderated by DIVA Film Festival Director Jacquie Lawrence.


Chuck Chuck Baby


An ode to female friendship, love and resilience, Chuck Chuck Baby is intertwined with witty, observant humour and unforgettable spontaneous musical numbers. Set in industrial north Wales, Helen (Louise Brealey) lives with her ex-husband, his 20-year-old girlfriend, their new baby - and his dying mother Gwen. Her life is a grind, and is spent mostly at work at the local chicken factory. The monotony of life is upended when Joanne (Annabel Scholey), Helen’s childhood infatuation and former neighbour, comes back to town.


dir. Janis Pugh | UK | 2023 | 101mins


Scorpion Grass


Yan Yan wishes to bring her girlfriend home during the Lunar New Year, causing shame and anger in her father. Rosario, a migrant from the Philippines, tries to intervene into the heated argument on the street. Not all is as it seems, and this encounter leads to an unlikely friendship and revelations.


dir. Jamie Chi | UK | 2023 | 17mins


Book Tickets

Saturday 27 Apr 20248:00pm (Sold Out)

Clara Sola (18)

Clara Sola

The screening on 13 May will be followed by a live Zoom Q&A with director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén.


Living in an isolated village on the Costa Rican hills, it is said that Clara has healing powers. But her mother has been profiteering from it. The arrival of an attractive younger man will soon arouse a new sexual and spiritual awakening. A newfound jealousy can unleash devastation.


A haunting tale of mysticism and sexual awakening set in the lush jungle of Costa Rica.


The film was Costa Rica's entry to the 2021 Academy Awards.


'A powerful and intuitive piece of work' - RogerEbert.com


'Mesmerizing first feature' - LA Times


'Astounding, 4 stars' - The Independent 


Book Tickets

Monday 13 May 20246:30pm
Wednesday 22 May 20243:15pm

Clermont-Ferrand: Best of French Competition 2024 (18)

Clermont-Ferrand: Best of French Competition 2024

The Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival presents highlights and prize winners from this year's National Selection. The festival is one of the largest and most prestigious short film festivals in the world.


The films will be preceded by an introduction by the Clermont-Ferrand programming team.


Join us in the bar afterwards for networking drinks.


FILMS SCREENING:

 

Été 96


Every summer, Paul’s family has a picnic on a small island that can be reached via a causeway at low tide. This year the tide takes them by surprise and they are forced to spend the night.


dir. Mathilde Bédouet | France | 2023 | 12min


Apnées


Pierre is doing his best to manage the building site he's supervising. Everyone is stretched and knackerd by untenable deadlines. And yet, the work needs to continue, without accidents.


Procirep Prize for Best Producer.

 

dir. Nicolas Panay | France | 2023 |

 

If the Sun Drowned Into an Ocean of Clouds (Et si le soleil plongeait dans l’océan des nues)


Beirut, Lebanon. On the waterfront’s construction site, security agent Raed must prevent passing-by walkers from accessing the seaside. Yet as the horizon becomes each day more stifled by the construction, Raed makes peculiar encounters—mere dreams, or symbols of his desires?


National Jury Special Prize Winner 2024


dir. Wissam Charaf | France, Lebanon | 2023 |


On the 8th Day (Au 8eme Jour)


It took seven days to create the world, it only took one to disrupt its balance.


dir. Agathe Sénéchal, Flavie Carin, Elise Debruyne, Alicia Massez, Théo Duhautois | France | 2023 | 8 min


The Mysterious Adventures of Claude Conseil (Les mystérieuses aventures de Claude Conseil)


Claude Conseil lives with her husband in a house in the middle of the woods. She spends her time listening to birds. One day, mysterious phone calls break the calm of the forest.


National Competition Audience Prize Winner.


dir. Marie-Lola Terver & Paul Jousselin | France | 2023 | 23 min

Book Tickets

Friday 3 May 20246:30pm

Clermont-Ferrand: Best of International Competition 2024 (18)

Clermont-Ferrand: Best of International Competition 2024

The Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival presents highlights from this year's international competition, including the winning film, An Orange from Jaffa. The festival is one of the largest and most prestigious short film festivals in the world.


The screening will include an introduction by international programmer Tim Redford.


Join us in the bar for networking after the screening.


FILMS SCREENING:  


Worlds Burning Amid the Shadows (Entre las sombras arden mundos)

 

Fleeing from her husband, Ramona arrives at her son’s house in the city, where he lives with a group of friends, parties, alcohol and marijuana. Embraced by the group, Ramona loosens the ties of a shyness accentuated by the permanent gag with which she intuits that she has lived.


Best Queer Short Prize Winner.


dir. Ismael Garcia Ramirez | Colombia | 2023 | 19min


An Orange from Jaffa


Mohammed, a young Palestinian, is desperately looking for a taxi to take him through an Israeli checkpoint. The driver, Farouk, discovers that Mohammed has already failed to cross the checkpoint. Trouble begins.


Best International Short Prize Winner.


dir. Mohammed Almughanni | France, Palestine | 2023 | 27min


2720

 

Camila, a 7-year-old girl, goes to search of her brother. She’s worried. At the same time, Jysone is in a hurry: after 6 years in jail and 5 weeks free, Jysone has finally found work and knows he can’t be late.


dir. Basil da Cunha | Portugal, Switzerland | 2023 | 24min


Death to the Bikini!


Lili, 10-year-old, rebels when her parents force her to wear a bikini top, even though she has always swam topless.

 

Audience Award Winner at Palm Springs Film Festival.


dir. Justine Gauthier | Canada | 2023 | 16min



Book Tickets

Wednesday 1 May 20246:30pm

Clermont-Ferrand: Short Films for the Family (PG)

Clermont-Ferrand: Short Films for the Family

Let your little ones discover cinema through short films. The Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival is one of the largest short film festivals in the world. This is a special chance to see some of their favourite animated short films for children, in one jam-packed programme.


Suitable for ages 6+


Wat zit er die kist? (Bram Algoed, Belgium, 2023)

What's in the box, the giant box that the pilot brought with him from a country, far, far away?


Lulina and the Moon (Alois di Leo, Marcus Vinícius Vasconcelos, Brazil, 2023)

Lulina draws her greatest fears on the infinite white ground of the Moon. Magically, her illustrations come to life and teach her that her problems are not as monstrous as what her imagination depicted.


Crab Day (Ross Stringer, UK, 2023)

As part of a fishing community's annual ritual, a young boy must kill his first crab in order to become a man and gain his father's approval. BAFTA winner for Best Animation 2024.


The Swineherd (Magnus Igland Møller, Peter Smith, Denmark, 2023)

Is a pigsty ever the right place for a royal party?


L’air de rien (Slipping Away) (Gabriel Hénot-Lefèvre, France, 2023)

In a seaside sanatorium, an old man sees his life turned upside down by the arrival of a seagull that he gently tames.


Baking With Boris (Maša Avramović, France, Switzerland, 2024)

Every morning, Boris the village baker makes a fresh batch of crusty bread and pastries for all his neighbours until… Achoo! He can’t stop sneezing.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Saturday 4 May 202411:00am
Sunday 5 May 202411:00am

Clermont-Ferrand: Special UK Programme 2024 (18)

Clermont-Ferrand: Special UK Programme 2024

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival presents the UK highlights from this year's edition. The festival is one of the largest and most prestigious short film festivals in the world, taking place in France with an audience of 200,000 visitors every year.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with film directors Ruth Hunduma, Karni & Saul, Phoebe Arnstein, and Thomas May Bailey.


There will also be networking in the bar from 7pm.


FILMS SCREENING:


Crab Day


As part of a fishing community's annual ritual, a young boy must kill his first crab in order to become a man and gain his father's approval.


BAFTA 2024 Award Winner!


dir. Ross Stringer | United Kingdom | 2023 | 11min


The Medallion


Ruth divulges the history of a precious artifact: a medallion that signifies her family’s struggles, successes, and hopes for the future.


dir. Ruth Hunduma | United Kingdom | 2023 | 18min


Wild Summon


A natural history fantasy film, following the dramatic lifecycle of the wild salmon in human form, with narration by Marianne Faithfull.


Official selection at Cannes and Annecy Film Festival, and BAFTA-nominated.


dir.  Karni & Saul | United Kingdom | 2023 | 14min


If You’re Happy


A woman struggles with the pressures of motherhood and uses a childish game at a local baby group to vent her fury, sparking an unexpected chain reaction.


dir. Phoebe Arnstein | United Kingdom | 2023 | 18min


The Talent


On the set of a luxury car commercial, an overlooked assistant seizes his chance to get noticed by the star.


dir. Thomas May Bailey | United Kingdom | 2023 | 15min



Book Tickets

Thursday 2 May 20248:00pm

Collaborative Visions: Demystifying the India-UK Co-Production Landscape (18)

Collaborative Visions: Demystifying the India-UK Co-Production Landscape

The UK Asian Film Festival in collaboration with British Film Institute invites you to their UK-India Co-Production Panel on 10 May at The Garden Cinema in London.


Gain an in-depth understanding of co-production treaties between India and the UK, tax incentives, and funding avenues that can propel your cinematic visions further. There will also be a spotlight on India-Australia-UK Co-Production opportunities.


Hear directly from industry experts from the BFI as they demystify the co-production landscape. Whether you're in development, production, or seeking distribution, this panel is a comprehensive roadmap to navigating the intricate realm of Indian co-productions. Network with key decision-makers, learn best practices and forge global connections.


PROGRAMME SCHEDULE


1:00pm : Feature film screening of Tentigo


Exploring a unique blend of grief and comedyTentigo is a Sri Lankan film directed by Ilango Ram and produced by Hiranya Perera. It was part of the NFDC Film Bazaar 2023 and won the Special Jury Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. It will be officially remade in Tamil language in India.


3 to 3:30 pm : Panel talk with


Agnieszka Moody (British Film Institute)

Anupam Sharma (Producer, leading Australian expert on the Indian Entertainment Sector.)

Followed by Q&A


4 - 5 pm : Networking & Drinks.


For further information and queries kindly get in touch with Amit Kaur (UKAFF Board Member for Film Production and Market) at - emailamitkaur@gmail.com


Book Tickets

Friday 10 May 20241:00pm

Creative Writing Workshop (12A)

Creative Writing Workshop

This workshop is led by poet, author, and curator, Labeja Kodua Okullu, and follows our screening of Paterson. We're offering a combo discount for members: when you add a ticket for the workshop and the screening of Paterson to your basket at the same time, a discount of £2.50 will automatically be applied.


Through short writing exercises, readings and discussions, this members' only workshop explores how we experience space in different emotional states, and how to heighten this through writing.


Timeline:

Intro: 15 mins

Warmup: 10 mins

Reading: 15 mins

Exercise 1: 30 mins


Break: 10 mins


Exercise 2: 30 mins


Break: 10 mins


Exercise 3: 15 mins

Reflection: 15 mins


Preparation:

Headphones and a music playing device are necessary. Please come prepared with a few songs that make you feel a range of emotions, from positive to negative. Also, bring anything you prefer to write on: a laptop, or a notebook and pen.


Labeja Kodua Okullu is a Ghanaian-British writer who lives in London. After studying English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, he went on to complete The Novel Studio writing course at City, University of London and is currently working on his first novel. Labeja has published poetry with Forward Poetry and Rattle magazine and has essays with The Smart Set, and the87press magazines, and has contributed a poem to Interior Realms, published by Theatrum Mundi. He co-edited the flagship research project publication Urban Backstages from Theatrum Mundi. He is also the programmer for Theatrum Mundi presents, an artist moving image film event that highlights new artists and their short films.


There are just 15 spaces available for this members' only workshop. Please log into your membership account before booking opens on Thursday 18 April at 13:00. Tickets for the workshop are £10, restricted to 1 per member, and include a complimentary cup of coffee or tea.

Book Tickets

Sunday 19 May 20243:00pm (Booking opens 18/04, 1pm) (Sold Out)

Cumpleañero (18)

Cumpleañero

The screening on 6 May will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with director Arturo Montenegro.


Jimmy celebrates his 45th birthday at the beach house, inviting his close circle of friends to a weekend full of fun,excess, and concessions. Everything is interrupted by Jimmy's confession of wanting to end his life before the party is over.


Cumpleañero is a celebration of life, a captivating and intimate film that lingers in our minds long after the credits have rolled.


The film was Panama's official entry to the 2022 Academy Awards.


To complement our Panamanian films, we will be serving Ron Abuelo, one of Panama's finest dark rum, as part of our bar menu.

Book Tickets

Monday 6 May 20248:00pm
Wednesday 8 May 20243:15pm

Dancing with Water: Green Night (18)

Dancing with Water: Green Night

*This screening will be followed by an online Q&A with the director Han Shuai.


Trapped in a life of oppression under her Korean husband, a Chinese woman sets out on a thrilling adventure with a mysterious green-haired girl, finding her chance to finally break free and claim her independence.


Dancing with water: women’s cinema from contemporary China is a film season (Feb-April 2024) curated and programmed by Kiki Tianqi Yu and Shan Tong, with funding support from the Centre for Public Engagement, Queen Mary University of London, and in partnership with the Garden Cinema, BLOC, Bertha DocHouse, Sine Screen and Queen East Festival. The screenings at the Garden Cinema are supported by The Chinese Cinema Project.


The season captures a burgeoning energy of fluidity, flexibility and resilience of Chinese women filmmakers and their cinemas, resonating with the Daoist concept of yin and water as not only soft and formless but also pervasive and tenacious. For more please check out www.dancingwithwaterfilm.com


Book Tickets

Friday 26 Apr 20241:30pm (Sold Out)

Daughter of Rage (La hija de todas las rabias) (18)

Daughter of Rage (La hija de todas las rabias)

Join us on Monday 3 June for a special members-only event, featuring live Nicaraguan music, the country's national drink, and a screening of the heart-warming Daughter of Rage. Your ticket will include a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail, and the screening will be preceded by a guitar set by Nicaraguan musician Omar Rios. Tickets are restricted to 1 per member, and available for £16.50 each. Booking for the event will open on Tuesday 2 April at 18:00. 


A rare chance for Londoners to catch this beautiful and atmospheric film from Nicaragua. The country is currently witnessing significant investment in training a new generation of filmmakers.


María, 11 years old, lives with her mother Lilibeth on the edge of a huge garbage dump. Her future depends on selling a litter of purebred puppies to a local gang member. When the deal falls through, Lilibeth is forced to go to the outskirts of the city and leave Maria in a recycling factory where she has to stay working. Days go by and the mother does not return. Maria feels lost, bewildered, and angry. One night, María meets Tadeo, a noble and dreamy child who is determined to help her reunite with her mother.


The film won a number of awards at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Critics' Award at the Biarritz Latin American Festival, and the First Feature Award at the Morelia Film Festival, amongst others.


Timings:

19:00 - 19:55   Cocktail hour

19:55 - 20:00   Screen doors open

20:00 - 20:20   Live music by Omar Rios in the screen

20:20 - 22:00   Screening of Daughter of Rage (La hija de todas las rabias)


The screening on 11 June is a regular screening, open to the general public. Our regular matinee price of £5 applies for both members and non-members here.

Book Tickets

Monday 3 Jun 20248:00pm (Booking opens Tue 2 April, 6pm) (Sold Out)
Tuesday 11 Jun 20243:30pm

El puma de Quelepa (18)

El puma de Quelepa

The screening on 31 May will be followed by a live Zoom Q&A with director Victor Ruano. Ticket-holders will be offered complementary Salvadoran drinks and snacks.


This immersive dive into the lives of the people of Quelepa, El Salvador, is a tour de force of experimentation, an ethnographic slice of life as vibrant as it is enigmatic. As time is spent with the main character, glimpses of life in a small mountain village teeming with history are caught.


El puma de Quelepa enters into an indigenous cosmovision, offering a semi-ethnographic depiction of quotidian realities of the community of Quelepa through the lens of slow cinematic techniques.  


Director Victor Ruano is also known for his visual art, under the moniker Sombra.

Book Tickets

Friday 31 May 20248:00pm
Monday 10 Jun 20244:00pm

Elaha (18)

Elaha

Elaha (Bayan Layla) faces a dilemma just weeks away from her wedding to Nasim (Armin Wahedi) in Milena Aboyan’s tense and poignant drama. Elaha has to decide whether to try to cover up the fact that she is no longer a virgin - a state of ‘honour’ considered essential by her German-Kurdish community and, more specifically, by her strict mother (Derya Durmaz). Aboyan carefully explores the cultural ties that bind Elaha, as the young woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery.


The Garden Cinema View:


Elaha's realization that her broken hymen could jeopardize her arranged wedding and ostracize her from her Kurdish community is the starting point of this suspenseful coming-of-age film. Torn between honoring her Kurdish heritage and yearning for autonomy, it's thrilling to watch Elaha gradually prioritizing her desires outside the rigid patriarchal framework of her culture.


The film's greatest strength is the warm, empathetic lens through which it portrays the Kurdish community, which draws us deeply into Elaha's internal conflict as she navigates the complexities of growing up between two distinct cultures. Where does Elaha truly belong - with her Kurdish family and traditions, or forging her own path in a Western world? This uneasy, central question keeps us captivated throughout.


Elaha is a powerful debut for director Milena Aboyan and an outstanding performance by the charismatic Bayan Layla, who carries the film.

Book Tickets

Sunday 28 Apr 20247:00pm
Tuesday 30 Apr 20243:30pm8:45pm
Wednesday 1 May 20248:45pm
Thursday 2 May 20245:50pm

Evil Does Not Exist (12A)

Evil Does Not Exist

Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. When the residents are informed of a development plan to erect a glamping site in their area, they realise the effects of the misguided project will endanger the ecological balance of the plateau and their way of life.


The Garden Cinema View:


Sitting somewhere between his ‘epics’, Drive My Car and Happy Hour, and the brief encounters of Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Evil Does Not Exist is another immensely rewarding work. The frost covered woods, frozen lake, and clear skies create an instant sense of Winter stillness. Hamaguchi’s lowkey visual style and unhurried screenplay match this setting, adding an aura of calm and clarity. Scenes can be lengthy, and Hamaguchi makes use of both long shots and long takes to give a sense of each character’s place within the environment. Whilst this provides a harmonious resonance with the theme of human-nature coexistence that runs through the film, several subtle and strange camera movements hint at some of the more unexplainable moments toward the climax.


Featuring a stand out score from Eiko Ishibashi working, as with Drive My Car, with her partner Jim O’Rourke, and staking a claim as the best film composer of the moment. Likewise, Hamaguchi himself should now be considered a major filmmaker of this age. There are certainly not many directors who could place a twenty minute town hall consultation meeting as the dramatic centre of their film.    


Book Tickets

Friday 19 Apr 20246:10pm
Saturday 20 Apr 20243:25pm
Tuesday 23 Apr 20246:20pm
Thursday 25 Apr 20245:40pm

Fashion Reimagined (12A)

Fashion Reimagined

Fashion Reimagined follows fashion designer Amy Powney of cult label Mother of Pearl, who embarks on a three-year journey to create a sustainable clothing collection from field to finished garment, and transform the way we engage with fashion. Raised off-the-grid in rural England by activist parents, Amy has always felt uneasy about the devastating environmental impact of her industry. When she wins the coveted Vogue award for the Best Young Designer of the Year, Amy decides to use the prize money to create a sustainable collection and transform her entire business.


Fashion Reimagined explores Amy’s journey from outsider in the fashion world, to industry leader as she examines the complexities and waste of the global supply chain, whilst her own personal revolution becomes the precursor of a much bigger societal change.


The screening will be preceded by a Patch Making Workshop for members. We're offering a combo discount for the workshop & the screening: when you add a ticket for the Patch Making Workshop and the screening of Fashion Reimagined to your basket at the same time, a discount of £2.50 will automatically be applied.

Book Tickets

Saturday 11 May 20243:00pm (Booking opens 11 April, 1pm)

Gravity (12A)

Gravity

Our screening on 16 May is the latest in our discussion series, In the Works, hosted by Oscar nominated composer Gary Yershon. Gary's guest is the two-time Academy Award winning sound production mixer, Chris Munro.


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this heart-pounding thriller written, directed, and produced by  Alfonso Cuarón, and set in the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with Clooney as a veteran astronaut in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving the two completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth, and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Book Tickets

Thursday 16 May 20248:00pm

Growing Pains (18)

Growing Pains

All too often, we’re forced to grow up without taking the time to explore who we are. Torn between fitting in and being ourselves, we’re overwhelmed with emotions and desires with no means of fulfilling them. From navigating the tumultuous terrain of adolescence, to the confusion of first love, these coming-of-age shorts portray the lives of queer youth with empathy and sensitivity, prompting a reflection on our own pasts that have led us to where we are now.


Beats per Minute

Yong-Ning, a lonely college boy, gets a call from his old friend, Yi-Jie.

Dir. Lin Guan-Chen | Taiwan | 2023 | 19min


A Catholic Schoolgirl

A student at an all-girls Catholic school develops a crush on a nun.

Dir. Myra Angeline Soriaso | Philippines | 2023 | 18min


Curve

A campus bully harasses his classmate for being gay, but carries a secret in his heart.

Dir. Dan Zeng | China | 2023 | 30min


Dog Story

Feeling suffocated by their environment, Jo finds comfort in acting out fantasies with their confident, edgier friend Lucy.

Dir. Grace Zhang | US | 2021 | 10min


Like Wave Like Cloud

On a surfing trip, two women with an age difference attempt to navigate their uncertain relationship.

Dir. Yulin Yang | China | 2023 | 16min


Book Tickets

Saturday 20 Apr 20244:00pm

High and Low (12A)

High and Low

Our screening on 21 April will be introduced by season curator George Crosthwait.


Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low, the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on contemporary Japanese society.

Book Tickets

Sunday 21 Apr 20242:30pm (Sold Out)
Wednesday 1 May 20243:00pm

Hook (U)

Hook

A high-flying adventure from the magical mind of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince the middle-aged lawyer, Peter Banning, that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew - with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, of friendship and of magic. A classic tale updated for children of all ages, Hook was nominated for five 1991 Academy Awards


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

Book Tickets

Saturday 15 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 16 Jun 202411:00am

Io Capitano (15)

Io Capitano

*The screening on Saturday, April 13 at 17:15, will be followed by a post-film conversation hosted by Alice Aedy in discussion with SOS Mediterranee.



In this acclaimed film which won top directing and acting prizes at the Venice Film Festival, writer-director Garrone presents a 'reverse shot' of the immigration experience while unfurling an epic, cinematographically magnificent odyssey from West Africa to Italy. The story is told through the mind’s eye and experiences of two Senegalese teenagers living in Dakar who yearn for a brighter future in Europe. Yet between their dreams and reality lies a treacherous journey through a labyrinth of checkpoints, the scorched Saharan desert, a fetid North African prison and the vast waters of the Mediterranean where thousands have died packed inside vessels barely fit for passage.


The Garden Cinema View:


Io Capitano is an epic of migration, which blends social and magic realism with very moving results.The film distances itself from stereotypical migration narratives in that its two teenage protagonists are not fleeing a wretched existence, but a loving community in Senegal. Here, the two teenagers' eagerness to succeed in Europe's music industry entices them in this perilous odyssey.


The film is stunningly shot, with the cinematography choices successfully placing the audience alongside the two protagonists, grounding the viewing experience. However,  the real strength of the film lies in the incredible performances of the two leads, especially Seydoo Sarr. A non-actor who was scouted by director Matteo Garrone in a small village in Senegal, Sarr carries the film, demonstrating an exceptional authenticity and poise which deservedly earned him the Marcello Mastroianni Award for an emerging actor at the Venice Film Festival.


Although Matteo Garrone is remarkable in this effort to see Italy (his country) from the eyes of an outsider,  the lack of Senegalese representation in the filmmaking is at times tangible, resulting in an occasionally uncomfortable Western gaze on the experience.

Nonetheless, Io Capitano remains a powerful and resonant exploration of migrant experience.


SOS Mediterranee is an international maritime and humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives at sea. Founded by citizens in May 2015 in response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, and the failure of the European Union to prevent the rising death toll, SOS Mediterranee’s mission is to save lives, protect rescued persons until they have disembarked, and bear witness by giving a voice to those who have survived and respecting the diversity of their journeys.


Alice Aedy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Earthrise, an impact-driven media company for climate. An award-winning Documentary Photographer, Director/Producer and Campaigner, Alice is passionate about communicating human stories around climate and social justice.


 


Book Tickets

Friday 19 Apr 20245:45pm
Saturday 20 Apr 20246:40pm
Monday 22 Apr 20246:00pm
Wednesday 24 Apr 20245:15pm

Jealousy, Italian Style (Il Dramma della gelosia) (18)

Jealousy, Italian Style (Il Dramma della gelosia)

Join us for the screening of Jealousy, Italian Style, (also known as The Pizza Triangle) by master of commedia all’italiana Ettore Scola: a tribute to Monica Vitti, the Queen of Italian Cinema, in one of her greatest comedic performances.


At a political rally, bricklayer Oreste (Marcello Mastroianni) sees flower girl Adelaide (Monica Vitti) and is so thoroughly smitten that he decides he must leave his wife for her. The pair's happiness doesn't last, however, as a young pizza chef named Nello (Giancarlo Giannini) also has eyes for Adelaide. He sends her a heart-shaped pizza pie and in no time has broken up their relationship. Adelaide leaves Oreste, who becomes passionately grief-stricken and considers suicide.


CinemaItaliaUK's Mission is to raise awareness of Italian culture by promoting Italian films that go beyond the traditional genres, and to ultimately stimulate and encourage cultural integration.



Book Tickets

Sunday 2 Jun 20245:00pm

Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG)

Kung Fu Panda 4

This spring, for the first time in almost a decade, comedy icon Jack Black returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master.


Po must train a new warrior when he's chosen to become the spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace. However, when a powerful shape-shifting sorceress sets her eyes on his Staff of Wisdom, he suddenly realizes he's going to need some help. Teaming up with a quick-witted corsac fox, Po soon discovers that heroes can be found in the most unexpected places.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

Book Tickets

Monday 6 May 202411:00am
Saturday 11 May 202411:00am
Sunday 12 May 202411:00am

La Llorona (18)

La Llorona

The screening on 17 May will be followed by a discussion with Maria Chiara D'Argenio (UCL), who specialises in indigenous cultures and ethnicity in Latin American cinema.


Alma is murdered with her children during a military attack in Guatemala, but 30 years later when the general who ordered the genocide is found not guilty, Alma comes back to the world of the living to torment the man.


Part-political drama, part-supernatural thriller, La Llorona conjures the Guatemalan folkloric 'weeping woman' to make a powerful statement about a dark episode in the country's recent history, during which military leaders attempted to erase indigenous tribes.


A beautiful and haunting film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, La Llorona was selected as the Guatemalan entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards.


Screenings of La Llorona will be preceded by Camino, a short film by Veronica Sacalxot.

Book Tickets

Friday 17 May 20248:00pm
Tuesday 4 Jun 20243:15pm

Life of Riley + F**KED (short) (18)

Life of Riley + F**KED (short)

Life of Riley


A candid and intimate film following the eventful life of activist, publisher and creator of diversity awards, Linda Riley. Combining interviews with fly-on-the-wall filming gives an  insight into the 'Head Lesbian of the World' as she navigates the world of celebrity and politics.


dir. Jacquie Lawrence | UK | 2024 | 90mins


F**KED


When Dani tells Jess she might be interested in sleeping with guys again, it doesn’t go down too well. What really are the rules in an open relationship?


dir. Sara Harrak | UK | 2023 | 6mins

Book Tickets

Wednesday 24 Apr 20248:30pm (Sold Out)

Life of Riley + F**KED (short) + Drinks Reception and Q&A (18)

Life of Riley + F**KED (short) + Drinks Reception and Q&A

This screening will be preceded by a drinks reception at the Garden Cinema at 7pm, and followed by an in-person Q&A with Linda Riley, moderated by programmer Rhianna Ilube.


Life of Riley


A candid and intimate film following the eventful life of activist, publisher and creator of diversity awards, Linda Riley. Combining interviews with fly-on-the-wall filming gives an  insight into the 'Head Lesbian of the World' as she navigates the world of celebrity and politics.


dir. Jacquie Lawrence | UK | 2024 | 90mins


F**KED


When Dani tells Jess she might be interested in sleeping with guys again, it doesn’t go down too well. What really are the rules in an open relationship?


dir. Sara Harrak | UK | 2023 | 6mins


Book Tickets

Wednesday 24 Apr 20248:00pm (Sold Out)

Losing Ground (18)

Losing Ground

All screenings of Losing Ground will be shown with English subtitles (not HoH).


The screening on the 28th of April will be introduced by Dr Lucy Bolton (QMUL).


The final film in our Trailblazers: Women in New Hollywood season, a series of films highlighting the visionary filmmaking and lasting legacies of women directors in the New Hollywood era, is Losing Ground, Kathleen Collins’ prescient depiction of a Black female philosophy professor’s question for intellectual and erotic ecstasy.


Synopsis:


Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground tells the story of a marriage between two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers (Seret Scott), a Black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand 'ecstasy' just as her painter husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy. Over the course of a summer idyll in upstate New York, the two each experience profound emotional and romantic awakenings. A deeply personal exploration of love, race, and gender, Collins crafts a complex tale of personal discovery that, after decades of neglect, has re-emerged as a still-fresh landmark of independent cinema.


The Garden Cinema view:


One of the first narrative feature films made by a Black American woman, we are delighted to present this digital remaster of Kathleeen Collins’ Losing Ground, a still all-too-rare depiction of an African American middle-class milieu. Remarkable in the attention afforded to the philosophical and erotic experience of a Black woman, Losing Ground provides an incredibly prescient response to current debates about the limits of Black representation (recently brought to the fore by the release of American Fiction).  



Lucy Bolton is Professor of film philosophy at Queen Mary University of London, where she teaches and researches women’s cinemas and feminist film philosophy. She co-edits Visionaries, a book series about women filmmakers, which features a volume on Kathleen Collins.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 23 Apr 20246:00pm
Sunday 28 Apr 20245:00pm

Madame (18)

Madame

Presented by the Chinese Cinema Project, in partnership with Queer East, this screening will be followed by an online Q&A with the director Qiu Jiongjiong, moderated by Victor Fan (KCL).


Part of Qiu’s ‘Chatterbox Trilogy’ along with A Portrait of Mr. Huang (2010) and My Mother’s Rhapsody (2011), Madame is a vibrant portrait of trans performer ‘Bilan de Linphel’ (birth name Fan Qihui), which is both intimate and exhilaratingly expansive. Filmed by Qiu over a couple of days of interviews, plus several weeks recording their stage shows in Beijing, the film alternates episodes of confessional autobiography with magnificent queer performances of torch-song standards. A tailor by trade, Fan belts out the cynical, broken-hearted, yet proudly defiant lyrics of jazzy numbers with a raw, expressive voice, and an awe-inspiring command of the stage.


More than a document of the increasingly complicated gender identity politics in China, Madame is also a poignant testimony of a life dedicated to articulating the aesthetics of living.


Book Tickets

Sunday 5 May 202412:45pm (Members' presale at 1PM on 17/4)

Mapantsula (15)

Mapantsula

The screening will feature a pre-recorded archive interview with actor and co-writer Thomas Mogotlane and will be followed by a Q&A with director Oliver Schmitz.


A true classic of guerrilla filmmaking, Mapantsula has been newly restored after years of suppression, marking the 30th anniversary of South African Freedom Day in April 2024.


Mapantsula is one of the most important and influential films to ever be produced and exported out of Africa. Director Oliver Schmitz worked closely with co-writer and lead actor Thomas Mogotlane, to produce a film under extreme censorship, and by evasion of the authorities, they bravely created a radical and rare anti-apartheid feature film. Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a small-time hood who believes he sees all the angles. But he is soon in the web of the authorities, pushed to betray the revolutionaries fighting for change.


More than a gripping crime story, Mapantsula is an almost miraculous opportunity to understand South Africa from within during its struggle for freedom, centred on the choices offered to Panic by a system set out to dehumanise him. Vital, humane and unvarnished, this is the time to reckon with Mapantsula.


Winner - One Future Prize, 1989 Munich Film Festival

Official Selection - 1988 Cannes Un Certain Regard

Selection - 2023 Berlinale Classics

Entry (South Africa) - Best Foreign Language Film, 1998 Academy Awards


The screening is presented by Cinema Africa! and Maona Art, in collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office.


Book Tickets

Thursday 25 Apr 20248:00pm

Monster (12A)

Monster

Mysterious and deeply moving, Monster is a breathtaking piece of cinema from master director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Broker, Shoplifters).


When her young son Minato starts to behave strangely, single mother Saori knows that there is something wrong. Discovering that one of his teachers might be responsible, she storms into the school demanding answers. But as the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher and child, shocking truths begin to emerge.


A timely tale of family, false impressions, and, ultimately, hope, Kore-eda’s typically sensitive work features powerful performances by Ando Sakura, Tanaka Yuko and Nagayama Eita, and a sublime score from the Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.


The Garden Cinema View:


Tired, perhaps, of endless comparisons to Yasujiro Ozu, Koreeda decides to throw in with Akira Kurosawa with this spin on the triadic structure of Rashomon. But rather than three competing ‘truths’, Monster presents an increasingly rich story with each additional narrative layer. A single mother worries about her son’s erratic behaviour, a young teacher deals with escalating school politics, and two young boys navigate the pitfalls of friendship and bullying. Whilst the adult perspectives form the foundation for the young characters’ point of view, it is not surprising that in the hands of the greatest director of children of all time (see Shoplifters, Nobody Knows, I Wish, and more), the final section contains the most poignant imagery and catharsis.


Monster also marks the great Ryuichi Sakamoto’s last film score contribution (Sakamoto died two months prior to the Cannes premiere). Koreeda’s sensitive use of old and new pieces provides his own deeply moving tribute to the late master.    



Book Tickets

Thursday 25 Apr 20243:00pm

Mulan (U)

Mulan

Brimming with daring adventure, hilarious characters and inspiring music, Disney’s animated classic Mulan celebrates honour, courage and a young girl’s quest to be true to her own heart. As clever as she is beautiful, young Mulan is determined to prove herself – by courageously taking her father’s place in the Imperial Army. Aided by her outrageously funny guardian dragon Mushu and a lucky cricket named Cri-Kee, Mulan’s quest will lead her to a climactic battle atop the Imperial Palace, where her family’s honour, the fate of the Emperor and the future of all of China hang in the balance!


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  



Book Tickets

Saturday 27 Apr 202411:00am
Sunday 28 Apr 202411:00am

Our Mothers (18)

Our Mothers

The screening on 7 May will be followed by an in-person Q&A with director Cesar Diaz.


Ernesto (Armando Espitia) is a young Guatemalan anthropologist tasked with identifying the bones of the people killed by the military government in the 1980s. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a 'guerrillero' who went missing during the war. Meanwhile, his mother Cristina (Emma Dib), is about to testify at the trial of former soldiers who took part in the genocide.


Our Mothers is one of the rare films looking at the massacre carried out by the US backed military against the indigenous population.


Our Mothers won the Camera d'Or and the SACD Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It received six nominations at the 10th Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Díaz, winning Best First Feature Film.


It was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.



Book Tickets

Tuesday 7 May 20248:00pm

Patch Making Workshop (12A)

Patch Making Workshop

We are very excited to be partnering with UIIBA Club on Saturday 11 May to focus on slower fashion. They are self-proclaimed ex-fast fashion addicts, who want to help you get the most out of your wardrobe by showing you the ropes of upcycling clothes.


Chloé, who founded the club, will teach you how to pimp your wardrobe, whilst conversing on the origin of our clothing and where they end up. The workshop will be followed by a screening of Fashion Reimagined, a documentary which follows fashion designer Amy Powney of cult label Mother of Pearl, who embarks on a three-year journey to create a sustainable clothing collection from field to finished garment, and transform the way we engage with fashion.


The workshop will start at 12:30 and last approximately 2 hours, with the option to stay to watch Fashion Reimagined at 15:00. No sewing experience is necessary, as Chloé will be happy to teach you 5 basic hand sewing techniques to get you started. You will be welcome to take the provided sewing hoops, needles, thread and fabric scraps home if you want to, to continue upcycling the rest of your wardrobe!


What you need to bring:

1 to 3 (or more) items you would like to add a patch to. It can be a shirt you no longer wear, denims that have a hole in them, or simply your favourite jumper that would welcome a pop of colour.


Due to the nature of the event we have just 15 spots available. Tickets are £10 and are restricted to 1 per member. All the materials needed to get started with making your own patches are included in the ticket price, as well as a complimentary cup of coffee, tea, or a soft drink.


We're offering a combo discount for the workshop & the screening: when you add a ticket for the Patch Making Workshop and the screening of Fashion Reimagined to your basket at the same time, a discount of £2.50 will automatically be applied.


Book Tickets

Saturday 11 May 202412:30pm (Booking opens 11 April, 1pm) (Sold Out)

Paterson (15)

Paterson

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. He's also a poet, recording his daily observations and thoughts in the form of beautiful prose. Paterson thrives on routine: he drives his bus route, he goes home for dinner with his wife Laura, he walks his dog, he visits his local bar for one beer. By contrast, Laura's world is ever-changing, with new projects and ideas striking her daily. During the course of one fateful week, Paterson experiences both triumph and disaster, and finds inspiration from the most unlikely source.


This screening will be followed by a members' only Creative writing workshop. As spaces for the workshop are very limited, a ticket for the workshop needs to be booked in advance. See the event page for full details.

Book Tickets

Sunday 19 May 202412:40pm (Booking opens 18/04, 1pm)

Perfect Days (PG)

Perfect Days

A highly anticipated return to fiction feature filmmaking from Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire), Perfect Days takes the writer-director to Tokyo to tell a story celebrating the hidden joys and minutiae of Japanese culture. Winner of the Best Actor award at Cannes 2023, Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins) stars as Hirayama, a contemplative middle-aged man who lives a life of modesty and serenity, spending his days balancing his job as a dutiful caretaker of Tokyo’s numerous public toilets with his passion for music, literature and photography. As we join him on his structured daily routine, a series of unexpected encounters gradually begin to reveal a hidden past that lies behind his otherwise content and harmonious life.


Combining a refreshingly unstereotypical depiction of the Japanese capital with a soundtrack comprised of iconic hits from the 60s and 80s, this is a subtle, shimmering and ultimately life-affirming reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us. Nominated for the Best International Film award at the 96th Academy Awards.


The Garden Cinema View:


Perfect Days follows Hirayama, a janitor who finds contentment in cleaning toilets, dining in solitude, and reading and listening to music. Though perhaps tedious on paper, under Wenders' skilled direction, Hirayama's everyday practice becomes a philosophical treatise on the value of manual labour and mindfulness. Notably, Hirayama’s mindful lifestyle is not aided by a typically serene environment, but within the gritty backdrop of a bustling metropolis.


Koji Yakusho gives an incredible performance of an introverted man living a simple life, yet his face reveals intelligence, and hints at past pain. His wisdom is clearly hard-earned.


The rhythms of Perfect Days are unhurried, focusing on routines, rituals, and repetitions. This pacing never frustrates, but rather provides a meditative viewing experience that mirrors Hirayama's own serene state.


Book Tickets

Friday 19 Apr 20249:00pm
Tuesday 23 Apr 20243:30pm

Plaza Catedral + Q&A (18)

Plaza Catedral + Q&A

The screening will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with director Abner Benaim.


Plagued by grief and guilt after losing her son in a tragic accident, Alicia finds her world upended when a street-smart teen crashes into her life with a gunshot wound.


Panamanian director Abner Benaim's second feature film invites us to reflect on the themes of loss and kinship, as a mother grieves her child, eventually leading us to rethink what constitutes a family.


Plaza Catedral was shortlisted for the Oscars 2022.


Young actor Fernando Xavier de Casta received the Mezcal Award for Best Actor from the Guadalajara International Film Festival, but was shot to death in Panama before the film was released internationally.


To mark our Panamanian films, we will be serving Ron Abuelo, one of Panama's finest dark rum, as part of our bar menu.

Book Tickets

Saturday 4 May 20248:00pm

Polarized + Q&A (18)

Polarized + Q&A

This screening will be followed by an in-person Q&A with Polarized director Shamim Sarif, moderated by DIVA Film Festival Director Jacquie Lawrence.


Two women from the same town, but from very different worlds. When a white farm worker, Lisa, gets fired for racism by Dalia, her Palestinian boss, there seems to be no going back. Yet it is the start of an unexpected connection between the two. As the pair enjoy a growing friendship and attraction, they must break the barriers of race, class and religion that have kept them apart, or risk settling for the lives their families have laid out for them.




Book Tickets

Sunday 28 Apr 20243:30pm

Ratcatcher (15)

Ratcatcher

Newly restored.


Set in Glasgow during the mid 70s, Ratcatcher is seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old James Gillespie, a young boy haunted by a secret. Feeling increasingly distant from his family, his only escape comes with the discovery of a new housing development on the outskirts of town where he has the freedom to lose himself in his own world.


'Twenty-five years ago, we saw one of the most impressive debut features in modern British movie history. Ratcatcher, by the 29-year-old Glasgow film-maker Lynne Ramsay, was a visually haunting, passionate piece of work to compare with Terence Davies or Ken Loach and which set a gold standard of artistry for new social realist cinema – or cinema of any sort – in the UK.'- Peter Bradshaw

 

Book Tickets

Sunday 21 Apr 20245:45pm
Monday 22 Apr 20248:30pm
Wednesday 24 Apr 20243:00pm
Thursday 25 Apr 20246:00pm

Robot Dreams (PG)

Robot Dreams

A heart-swelling, hand-drawn delight that invites audiences of all ages to explore love and loss through its tender portrait of a new friendship. Part of the Official Selection of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Oscar-nominated Robot Dreams is the first animated film from Pablo Berger.


Dog is lonely. He spends a lot of time by himself, whiling away long evenings in his Manhattan studio apartment, eating microwave meals for one in front of the TV. Tired of his solitary existence, he decides to purchase a friend. When his order arrives, he builds Robot, a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky companion to keep him company. Dog and Robot spend an idyllic day together – frolicking through the city to the joyful melody of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’ – ending up at Coney Island to enjoy the fun. But they are soon separated on the beach. Dog, devastated at the loss of his friend, does everything in his power to get Robot back.  


The Garden Cinema View:


An uplifting story from the Winter awards cycle was the attention given to this low budget, independent, hand-drawn 2D animation. A tale of loneliness and friendship told through bright and bold art, with each frame packed with quirky detail and evocative visual storytelling. The connection and separation of Dog and Robot is told wordlessly, and the film as a whole demonstrates the particular power of animation to bypass didactic storytelling modes to access quite profound emotional depths. In this sense, Robot Dreams calls back to early animation (and also silent film), but also plays like a bouncier take on The Red Turtle. Be warned, you might cry, and you will certainly have Earth, Wind & Fire stuck in your head for days.    


Book Tickets

Saturday 20 Apr 20249:10pm
Sunday 21 Apr 20248:00pm

Shorts Programme: Real Talk + Q&A (18)

Shorts Programme: Real Talk + Q&A

These short films, all centred on different aspects of lesbian and queer women’s lives, from the UK, USA, and India. Ranging from futuristic queer parenting scenarios, to an intimate documentary reflecting on 1990s black British tomboys, all of these films feature real conversations about living ones’ life as your true self.


Unclaimed


Fiona Devers, a facilities-manager-and-wanna-be-performer, is curious to explore her kinkier side. She brings up the possibility of polyamory to her long-term girlfriend, and receives a less than enthusiastic response.


dir. Carolyn Ratteray | USA | 2023 | 24mins


Places I’ve Called My Own


Zee returns to India for the funeral of her father, during the middle of an IVF cycle. There she finds her mother is in denial about her sexuality, whilst her ex-girlfriend has rebuilt her life with a man.


dir. Sushma Khadepaun-Parmar | France / India | 2023 | 28mins


Monitor


In an over-populated future, Jenna and Fi must raise a robot ‘baby’ under observation before receiving a licence to start a family. But as this process unravels deep-set tensions between the couple, will they get the result they want, and deserve?


dir. Margo Roe | UK | 2023 | 15mins


Some Girls Hate Dresses


Winner of the Iris Prize Documentary Film Fund, Some Girls Hate Dresses is a nostalgic and evocative look into the lives of Black British tomboys who wore the label with pride in the 1990s.


dir. Mena Fombo | UK | 2024 | 25mins

Book Tickets

Saturday 27 Apr 20243:00pm

Silence Will Not Protect You + Q&A (18)

Silence Will Not Protect You + Q&A

This documentary shorts programme offers an unfiltered look into invisible and unspoken aspects of LGBTQ+ experience: the daily routine of a queer couple under military rule; the difficulties of living through Covid times with HIV; anti-trans persecution; and a man remembering his painful experience seeking asylum in the UK. These films expose the many layers of oppression faced by queer East and Southeast Asian people today. Participants recount traumatic memories to the camera, laying bare their lived experiences of prejudice and violence, while the filmmakers invite the viewer to join in a moment of solidarity.


Qeluar

The first person to receive asylum in the UK on the grounds of LGBTQ+ identity recounts their journey.

Dir. Justice Khor | UK | 2023 | 20min


The Bus Driver

A queer couple struggles to make ends meet in Myanmar.

Dir. Ku Ki | Myanmar | 2024 | 22min


Heart Murmurs        

A young man lives in Hong Kong with a congenital disability and HIV.

Dir. Dorothy Cheung | Hong Kong, UK | 2023 | 9min


House of Rencong

Trans survivors of a police raid meet with an artist to explore performance as a means for collective healing.

Dir. Rizky Rahadianto | Indonesia | 2022 | 25min


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Saturday 20 Apr 20242:00pm

Snow Leopard (18)

Snow Leopard

UK Asian Film Festival presents a special tribute screening of Snow Leopard with an introduction from Sonali Joshi and a live Dranyen Lute performance by Tibetan mountain and folk singer, Ngawang Lodup


Having premiered at the 2023 Venice and Toronto International Film Festival, Tibetan auteur Pema Tseden’s final completed feature, Snow Leopard, is set in the vast and stunning Tibetan terrain, and uses the fabled creature to pose and probe the universal question of tradition versus modernity. An unexpected incident causes a snow leopard to break into the sheep pen of a local herder and kill nine rams not only causing a generational row in the family and attracting a TV crew into the village, but also triggering a heated debate on whether to honour or abandon traditional values in modern day Tibet.


Curator’s note: In many ways, Snow Leopard is both a continuation and corroboration of Pema's cinematic style which allows the film to unfold gently but persuasively through the friction between man and nature, past and present, myth and reality, all playing out on the cultural canvas of his native land, Tibet. As Pema had hoped, his conscious decision to divide the story into two distinct parts, realistic (present) and surreal (past), transforms the film into a 'true work of magical realism.' The issue of extinction and preservation is central to the film and has the resonance of the Eastern philosophical wisdom of co-existence versus dominance, something that is played out in the ideological differences between the father and son.  Matthias Delvaux’s slow and hypnotic cinematography is an invitation to observe, absorb and become one with the high altitude Tibetan landscape (16000 ft.) and its inhabitants’ day-to-day struggles that seem deceptively local but lend the film and its core message a strong universal appeal.

 

About Pema Tseden (December 1969 – 8 May 2023)        

'I think Tibet has always been mythologized and worshipped, and made more remote.…People's psychological expectations and experiences of Tibet are stuck in the past. They don't understand the new Tibet.' – Pema Tseden (npr.org)


Described as a pioneer of the Tibetan New Wave, and with films like The Grassland (2004), Silent Holy Stones (2006), Tharlo (2015), Jinpa (2018) and Balloon (2019), Pema Tseden was a critically-acclaimed Tibetan director, screenwriter and prolific author who passed away on 8 May 2023 at the age of 53, leaving behind a cinematic legacy that is aesthetically rich, meditative and offers a deeply authentic portrayal of Tibet without the stereotypical exoticism. Hailing from the Tibetan area of Amdo, Pema became the first Tibetan student to graduate from the prestigious Beijing Film School and he was also the first filmmaker in greater China to make films entirely in Tibetan language. In the words of his biographer Dhondup T. Rekjong, 'Pema Tseden revolutionized contemporary Tibetan cinema by expanding the reach of the Tibetan narrative on a global scale, as well as by inspiring a new generation of filmmakers.'


This screening is our humble attempt to honour the life and work of this great Tibetan auteur whose cinematic craft was anchored in the desire to 'accurately capture the essence of life in Tibet' (as he once described) and will continue to inspire generations of filmmakers across the world.


About Ngawang Lodup

Ngawang Lodup is a renowned Tibetan mountain and folk singer based in the UK, and is famous for performing Traditional Tibetan nomadic ballads and contemporary folk songs on electric Mandolin and Dranyen lute. He grew up in the Amdo region of Tibet–a harsh but magical environment on the north-eastern corner of the Tibetan Plateau, known for its wind-swept grasslands, fine horses and nomadic culture. Since settling in the UK in 2004, Ngawang has garnered great acclaim for his renditions of Tibetan folk songs and has been performing across the UK, USA and Europe over the last decade, including Norway, Poland, Estonia, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. In April 2015, he became the first World Music artist to join the “BBC Introducing” initiative, and in September that year, he performed at the O2 Arena in London for the Dalai Lama amidst a packed crowd of international audiences. He was subsequently invited to appear at the WOMAD music festival, Shamba festival, Greenbelt Festival, Musicport Festival and GLOBALTICA World Cultures Festival, and has since been extensively featured in various newspapers.



Sonali Joshi

The film will be introduced by Sonali Joshi. Sonali is a curator, writer and subtitler, Founder/ Director of Day for Night Film & Visual Arts, and Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival. She founded Day for Night with the aim of enabling broader access to underrepresented areas of cinema through curatorial projects, specialist distribution and access (subtitling for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing and foreign languages; audio-description). She is one of the founders of ExcludedUK and Director of Policy and Communications.


Anupma Shanker

The film has been chosen by UKAFF guest curator Anupma Shanker. Anupma is a film curator and archives researcher, with a deep and evolving interest in colonial & post-colonial screen narratives. Her curatorial practice is focussed on researching, screening and creating conversations around heritage and classic world cinema, with the aim of making them accessible to a wider audience, both within and outside the UK.

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Wednesday 8 May 20248:00pm

That They May Face The Rising Sun (15)

That They May Face The Rising Sun

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in late 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is a sensitive and beautifully realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern. Joe (Barry Ward) and Kate (Anna Bederke) have returned from London to live and work in a small, close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. He’s a writer, she’s an artist who retains part ownership of a London gallery. Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons. A delicate, meditative exploration of ritual, community bonds, and the question of how best to live.


The Garden Cinema View:


Perhaps it’s time to pack it all in and start again in the countryside. Here’s a film that presents such a notion as perfectly feasible. Joe and Kate Ruttledge retain their London-artist-adjacent work whilst enjoying the pastoral beauty of Loch Nafooey in County Galway. Their lives are only as dramatic as ours. Seasons change, friends and neighbours pass by. Life passes and lives pass on. A car number registration playfully reads: ‘OZU’, although That They May Face the Rising Sun has more in common with Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days than directly with the likes of Tokyo Story. The sense of location is particularly powerful here, and much of the film's pleasures lie in the immersive visuals and sounds of Western Ireland. There is a certain strange smiling benevolence in Barry Ward’s lead performance which holds the more weathered locals as eccentric curiosities; their problems cast into relief by the Ruttledges’ somewhat condescending contentment. But admittedly, this may just be envy speaking.

Book Tickets

Friday 26 Apr 20246:10pm
Saturday 27 Apr 20245:50pm
Sunday 28 Apr 20242:40pm
Monday 29 Apr 20243:20pm
Tuesday 30 Apr 20248:30pm
Wednesday 1 May 20246:10pm
Thursday 2 May 20243:30pm

The King and the Mockingbird (eng sub) (U)

The King and the Mockingbird (eng sub)

This egg took a while to hatch: imagined as France’s first animated feature at the end of the 1940s by Grimault and poetic realist writer Jacques Prévert, The King and the Mockingbird finally came into the world in 1980. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, the tale of a cross-eyed king enamored of a painting of a shepherdess who only has eyes for a neighboring painting, the finished product is a brimming banquet of inventive animation admired and adored by the great Hayao Miyazaki, among many others.


In French with English subtitles.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

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Saturday 25 May 202411:00am
Sunday 26 May 202411:00am
Monday 27 May 20241:00pm

The London International Animation Festival presents Amazing Animated Shorts for 3-12 year-olds (U)

The London International Animation Festival presents Amazing  Animated Shorts for 3-12 year-olds

We’ve dug deep into the LIAF archives and have selected 14 of the best short animated films full of visually dazzling joy from all around the world, for kids of all ages and the whole family.


Like childhood, animation is full of wonder and simple pleasures. The London International Animation Festival has long been at the forefront of championing storytelling that inspires the imaginations of children and adults alike and this selection of films features diverse viewpoints and stories told in stylistically striking ways. A feast of seriously fun adventures and wondrous tales to spark those little imaginations.



Bibimbap

A delightful stop-motion music video set to the Nat King Cole song ‘Bibimbap’.

UK 2017 Dir: Heather Colbert 2 mins


Sloth

A slow groove just may be the answer when your energy is low.

Germany 2018 Dir: Julia Ocker 4 mins


The Swimming Lesson

On a busy beach day, a little boy is captivated by the aquatic adventure stories he hears, but soon has to put his own swimming skills to the test.

Russia 2017 Dir: Tatyana Okruzhnova 3 mins


Between the Lines

A Zebra thinks she is completely alone in a world where everyone has a partner, until she finds another Zebra.

Russia 2017 Dir: Maria Koneva 4 mins


I Want to Live in the Zoo

Sasha doesn’t like the rules at home, so she decides to move to the zoo.

UK 2017 Dir: Evgenia Golubeva 6 mins


Watercolors

When the room is empty tiny watercolour paints jump onto the canvas.

Japan 2017 Dir: Takashi Yoneoka 2 mins


Ant

An anthill is no simple thing. Each ant has their task and it’s hard to imagine what would happen if one of them rebelled and decided to do things differently…

Germany 2017 Dir: Julia Ocker 4 mins


Konigiri-Kun: Music Box

Konigiri-Kun eats a super-sour pickled plum to wake himself up, then grabs his music box to show his friends.

Japan 2017 Dir: Mari Miyazawa 5 mins


Crab Story

What happens when a crab finds a pineapple on the beach.

Australia 2017 Dir: Filippo Rivetti and Tatiana Poliektova 4 mins


Jazzoo

Koalas, hippos, elephants, and fish find their own groove in this melodic menagerie of a film.

Sweden 2017 Dir: Adam Marko-Nord 9 mins


Koyaa: Naughty Toy Car

On a rainy day, Koyaa decides to tidy up his room. He steps on a toy car, taking a crazy ride. The toy starts acting naughty but Koyaa manages to outsmart it.

Slovenia/Croatia Dir: Kolja Saksida 3 mins


Mogu and Perol

Two friends live on Yummy Island, where delicious food can be found everywhere.

Japan 2018 Dir: Tsuneo Goda 8 mins


Mister Paper Goes For A Walk

Mister Paper goes for a walk. He finds old newspapers, takes out his scissors and starts cutting what he needs for the stroll: a hat for the sun and a dog for company.

Belgium 2018 Dir: Ben Tesseur, Steven De Beul 9 mins


Penguin

A timid penguin waiter with a red bow tie goes out of his way to perform his job to perfection.

Germany 2018 Dir: Julia Ocker 4 mins


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

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Saturday 18 May 202411:00am
Sunday 19 May 202411:00am

The Moon Stirs the Waters: Stories of Seas, Songs, and Souls from Central America (18)

The Moon Stirs the Waters: Stories of Seas, Songs, and Souls from Central America

Cinema Mentiré presents: The Moon Stirs the Waters: Stories of Seas, Songs, and Souls from Central America


The screening will be preceded by an introduction, with Cinema Mentiré and Mandi (Mandarava) Bricaire, producer of The Moon Will Contain Us (Solo La Luna Comprenderá).


An experimental short film programme curated by Cinema Mentiré for the Central American season at the Garden Cinema


In the stillness of Central American nights, murmurs of news and memories unfold like the swaying of the tide under the watchful gaze of the moon. Inspired by this evocative landscape, Cinema Mentiré has curated a special programme of six short films by emergent filmmakers from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama.


Using hybrid techniques, found footage, and absorbing soundtracks, the programme features a selection of intimately crafted short films that, through their innovational narratives, delicately collect fragments of experiences. Within this expressive universe, some memories yearn to be shared, inviting the storytellers to navigate and thus re-formulate them. A journey through recollections of the territory, a lagoon lost in time, a red moon, a ship aground, a song echoing verities, a call to reveal confidences, women facing family trauma, or what a body can carry. These stories gently untangle the knots in the throat, inviting us to heal, forgive, and remember.


Only the Moon Will Contain Us | Solo la luna comprenderá

Dir. Kim Torres, Costa Rica / USA, 2023, 18min


As a magical moon creeps in, different timelines entwine in the mysterious and stagnant town of Manzanillo.


Solastalgia

Dir. Violeta Mora, Honduras / Cuba, 2022, 16min


An old painting is the last trace of the dried-up lagoon. Its contours are blurred.


Other | Otra

Dir. Sheyla Santana Mora, Costa Rica, 2021, 7min.


A dreamlike exploration of the body, desires, and spirit of the Guanacastecan woman.


Drawing Desire | Dibujar el deseo

Dir. Gabriela Novoa, El Salvador, 2021, 10min


Poetic images and testimonies from six women weave a collective voice about eroticism, pleasure, abuse, and repression.


A Love Song in Spanish

Dir. Ana Elena Tejera, Panama / France, 2021, 24min


A biographical performance between the director and her grandmother to confront the domestic dictatorship of their family.


Soul of the Sea | Liremu Barana

Dir. Elvis Caj Cojoc, Guatemala / Norway, 2020, 9min


Arisa dances every day and night to songs that tell of her people's and her ancestors' struggles. A lyrical meditation on young womanhood, identity, and belonging in a Garifuna community in Guatemala.


Total running time: 84 min


Cinema Mentiré is a film club bringing a taste of rare classic and contemporary Latin American films to UK audiences.




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Friday 10 May 20248:00pm

The Rescuers (U)

The Rescuers

In this charming animated Disney classic, two brave mice from the international Rescue Aid Society - the sophisticated Miss Bianca and the timid janitor Bernard - are on the trail of young Penny, kidnapped by the evil Madame Medusa who wishes to use the plucky orphan in her plan to unearth a giant diamond somewhere in the creepy Devil's Bayou swamp. In true Disney tradition, The Rescuers is a great mix of lovable characters (notably the goofy albatross 'airline', Orville) and top quality vocal talent including Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor and Geraldine Page


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

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Saturday 8 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 9 Jun 202411:00am

The River (18)

The River

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Friday 20 Sep 20248:00pm (Members' presale at 1pm on 17/4) (Closed)

The Teachers' Lounge (12A)

The Teachers' Lounge

Our 20:00 screening on 23 April will be followed by a Q&A with lead actor Leonie Benesch.


Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) is a dedicated and idealistic new high-school teacher. A fresh face at the school, she seems to have connected with her Year 8 students, who are engaged and eager to learn in her maths class. But something is bubbling underneath the surface, and she’s quickly thrust into a delicate situation when a Turkish boy is suspected of theft. Not convinced of his guilt, Carla takes matters into her own hands and inadvertently starts down a path that soon begins to spiral out of control. As she tries to mediate between students, parents and opinionated colleagues, she is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. Carla is pushed to her limits, and the school becomes a proxy for the cultural and ethical clashes of modern day society.


The Garden Cinema View:


This isn’t going to play out how you expect it to. İlker Çatak’s fourth feature slips through genres with ease. Starting in social drama/’inspirational educator’ mode (how will she reach/teach these kids?), before shifting to moral dilemma/social injustice territory, and then plunging into mind game thriller depths. All this is packaged with some enjoyable but heavy handed Orwellian authoritarianism which casts the school as a microcosm of a surveillance state, including interrogations, and crackdowns on press freedoms (the school newspaper). The social commentary certainly feels a little forced compared to the raw conflict that drives the narrative, although the performances are so committed that most scenes feel stressfully authentic in the moment.


A film that is unlikely to boost primary school teaching applications, The Teachers' Lounge is a thoroughly gripping thriller masquerading deceptively as a social drama.


Book Tickets

Friday 19 Apr 20248:35pm
Saturday 20 Apr 20241:20pm6:20pm
Sunday 21 Apr 20241:00pm7:45pm
Monday 22 Apr 20243:15pm (Sold Out)5:30pm
Tuesday 23 Apr 20243:50pm8:00pm (Sold Out)
Wednesday 24 Apr 20243:45pm5:50pm
Thursday 25 Apr 20243:15pm8:30pm

The Whisper of Silence (El Suspiro del Silencio) (18)

The Whisper of Silence (El Suspiro del Silencio)

The screening will be preceded by a live music set in the screen by Salvadoran guitarist Rafael Sanchez.

Ticket-holders will be treated to a live music set and offered complementary Salvadoran drinks and snacks.


Set in the scenic coffee fields of El Salvador, Josefina Moreno, a 20-year-old peasant coffee picker with a rare keen sense of smell, unexpectedly begins to shatter the primarily male dominated world of coffee tasting competitions — but her tormented shadowed past, will soon catch up to her — bringing devastating results.


A beautifully shot, contemplative film, The Whisper of Silence was the opening gala screening of the Internacional Film Festival, Suchitoto in Central America


'Fascinatingly meditative...a fascinating mood piece' - The Geek Show


'Visually striking debut' - Film Review Daily

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Saturday 1 Jun 20243:00pm

The Zone of Interest (12A)

The Zone of Interest

Rudolf, Hedwig and their family live the perfect suburban dream with their beautifully ordered house and garden. But audible from behind the wall are the sounds of mechanised death, for Rudolf Höss is the commandant of Auschwitz. Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Under the Skin) offers his most ambitious film yet, displacing the usual tropes of the Holocaust drama to depict the pampered life of executioners inhabiting the bubble of bourgeois denial, keeping the reality of genocide hermetically sealed on the outside.


The Garden Cinema View:


Jonathan Glazer’s highly anticipated return to feature filmmaking after a 10-year hiatus strips away the comedic and erotic trappings of Martin Amis’ source novel to reveal a cinematic crystallisation of Hannah Arendt’s The Banality of Evil. Indeed the nightmare of Auschwitz is never faced directly, and much of the running time encompasses the relative non-drama of daily life. For this is a film where the focus is perpetually drawn to an offscreen space of unthinkable horror. The place beyond the wall at the end of the manicured garden; the smoke drifting across the top of the frame; the sounds of military-industrial machinery and human suffering which the family pretend to ignore during a refreshing afternoon swim; the presence of certain ‘banal’ household objects, acquired by unspoken means. Correspondingly, Glazer’s camera picks out doorways, walls, corridors, and windows. Silently questioning what lies beyond/within; an answer provided only by our imaginations, knowledge of history, and a willingness to decode the bureaucratic language of logistics and statistics espoused by Rudolf Höss and his fellow officers.


A unique and thoroughly sobering cinema experience which is bolstered by fine casting and performances, and particularly striking cinematography from Łukasz Żal and scoring from Mica Levi.  


The 19:50 screening on Monday 12 February was followed by a discussion with film critic Sophie Monks Kaufman

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Sunday 21 Apr 20245:25pm
Tuesday 23 Apr 20248:35pm

Toy Story 2 (U)

Toy Story 2

Buzz, Woody, and their friends are back as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector name Al McWhiggin, owner of Al's Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody.  At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called 'Woody's Roundup.'  He meets the other prized toys from the show:  Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector.  Andy's toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz Lightyear meets his match, and Woody has to decide where he and his heart truly belong.


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you

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Friday 31 May 202411:00am
Saturday 1 Jun 202411:00am
Sunday 2 Jun 202411:00am

Viaje (A Trip) (18)

Viaje (A Trip)

After meeting at a party, Luciana and Pedro spark up a spontaneous rendezvous. Eschewing the nature of traditional relationships, the pair embarks on a journey that takes them to the forest. Along the way, they discuss their beliefs surrounding love, obligations, and attraction.


Her film Agua fría de mar (Cold Water of the Sea) earned the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. It had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and was the first Central American film to premiere at the Festival.


'Best film' in the narrative competition at Tribeca, Stephen Holden (NY Times)

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Saturday 25 May 20246:15pm
Friday 7 Jun 20243:15pm

Video Bazaar Presents: Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (15)

Video Bazaar Presents: Dead Mountaineer's Hotel

Discover the Dread Beneath the Snow…


Join Video Bazaar for a chilling screening of Grigori Kromanov’s Estonian murder mystery, Dead Mountaineer's Hotel - a tale of suspense and intrigue set amidst the treacherous peaks of a foreboding mountain range. The film follows Inspector Peter Glebsky as he arrives at the titular hotel to investigate a series of peculiar events. But what begins as a routine investigation soon escalates into a gripping tale of suspense and intrigue.


Adapted from the classic sci-fi novel from the authors of Stalker and Hard to Be a God, Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, this cinematic rarity is sure to entrance you with its psychotronic aesthetic and atmosphere of claustrophobic dread. Featuring stunning cinematography that captures the stark beauty of the mountain landscape, Dead Mountaineer's Hotel transports viewers into a world where reality is as elusive as the shifting snow.


With its atmospheric alpine setting and hallucinogenic laced sci-fi noir narrative, Dead Mountaineer's Hotel promises an unforgettable cinematic experience that will leave you questioning the boundaries between truth and illusion.


This screening will also feature an introduction and a pre-film Mystery Video Show, curated by Video Bazaar, featuring an assortment of kaleidoscopic curiosities and miscellanea sure to expand your mind’s eye.


Video Bazaar are proud to present this rarely screened film and are dedicated to bringing weird, obscure, and forgotten classics to London audiences at The Garden Cinema.


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Saturday 27 Apr 20248:15pm

Vietnamese Short Films + Panel Discussion (18)

Vietnamese Short Films + Panel Discussion

This screening will have a live introduction and in conversation with the season curators.


A selection of shorts from Vietnamese filmmakers and the diaspora:


Flowing Home’ (Như một dòng sông) by Sandra Desmazieres (2021).

An animated story of two sisters who got separated after the Vietnam war. An epistolary relationship across borders that stretches over 15 years and narrates their journey until their reunion.


Good Chips’ by Nell Hensey (2023)

Set in Dublin 1989, tells the story of the resettlement through a Vietnamese family’s struggle to keep their takeaway business afloat, while their young daughter Tam unexpectedly finds friendship with a local Irish boy.


Sigh Gone’ by Jeannie Nguyen (2019)

Sign Gone tells the story of Thuy who finds herself on the verge of death by boredom, as she is deprived of the guide of her "lost love". Having no agenda, she finds original ways to interact with the bustling city of Saigon, Vietnam.


Stay Awake, Be Ready’ (Hãy Tỉnh Thức Và Sẵn Sàng) by Pham Thien An 2019

This short plays out on a street corner, a conversation among three young men plays out at a local street watering hole, the night brings together a mélange of alcohol-fueled wisdom, a luminous street panorama, juxtaposed with a sobering but gruelling sight.


With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery and the British Council. Supported by Longdan LTD

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Tuesday 28 May 20248:00pm

Wanda (15)

Wanda

All screenings of Wanda will be shown with English subtitles (not Descriptive Subtitles).

The screening on the 21st of April will be followed by a discussion in the Garden Bar, moderated by season programmer Dr Alice Pember (University of Warwick). Please join us to discuss what you thought of the film’s themes and images: can we consider Wanda to be a feminist film and is it still relevant today?


The third film in our Trailblazers: Women in New Hollywood season, a series of films highlighting the visionary filmmaking and lasting legacies of women directors in the New Hollywood era, is Wanda, Barbara Loden’s groundbreaking vision of working-class womanhood on the fringes of American society.


Synopsis:


Wanda (Barbara Loden) is a wanderer in an impoverished Rust Belt town. Futureless and directionless, she moves from bar to bar and man to man, eventually taking up with a small time criminal. Inspired by a news report of a woman who thanked a judge for sending her to prison, this is a brutal and often harrowing portrait of a life lived at the fringes of American society.


The Garden Cinema view:


Initially panned by critics (including Pauline Kael) and overshadowed by the work of her husband Elia Kazan, Wanda, made by Loden over five years and on a shoestring budget, has been hailed by critics and scholars as a feminist masterpiece since its re-discovery in the 1990s.  

 

Crystallising the resistant and radical form and style of women’s narrative filmmaking in this period, the film (which Barbara Loden dubbed her ‘anti Bonnie and Clyde’) rejects the stylistic bombast of male-directed New Hollywood films. Echoing the imagery of the road movie and the heist film, Wanda filters the tropes of these emerging genre forms through the lens of a precarious women.


Decades ahead of its time in both style and intersectional feminist politics, Wanda stands testament to the visionary contribution of its director, who tragically died at the age of 48.  


Dr Alice Pember is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include independent cinema, feminist film philosophy and dance and pop music on screen. Her research has appeared in Modern and Contemporary France, French Screen Studies and Film-Philosophy journals. She teaches across areas related to independent French, British and American cinema, film philosophy and queer and women's cinema. Her monograph The Dancing Girl in Contemporary Cinema will be published next year with Edinburgh University Press.

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Sunday 21 Apr 20243:00pm

What About Dancing: Three Short Films about Grief + Q&A (18)

What About Dancing: Three Short Films about Grief + Q&A

Annie Frost Nicholson, Lara Haworth and Tara Darby present What About Dancing: Three Short Films about Grief + Q&A


This screening will be followed by an in-person panel discussion and Q&A with directors Annie Frost Nicholson, Lara Haworth and Tara Darby, moderated by Paul Gorman.


A triple bill showcasing the solo and collaborative films of Annie Frost Nicholson and Lara Haworth, with Tara Darby. These films examine the utopian possibilities of dance in moving through heavy grief, the queer sorrow, ambiguity and confusion of weddings, and the complexities of loss, activism and resistance among the Maes de Manguinhos in Brazil. Despite their distinctly separate worlds, these three films trace a single narrative thread: the ravages of grief, loss, and disappointment, and how we make sense of them, through irony, despair, memory, detachment, absurdity, collectivism and humour.


Films in the Programme:


Into Your Light

dir. Annie Frost Nicholson and Tara Darby | UK | 2018 | 6min

Was there anyone as cool as Sonia Marra? An ode to sisterhood, mixtapes and those few divine characters who make us.


All the People I Hurt With My Wedding

dir. Lara Haworth | UK | 2021 | 25min

Get drunk, sad and dance at some hallucinatory, scandalous weddings that are painful, awkward, lonely and difficult.


Grief is a Hungry Ghost // O Luto e um Fantasma Faminto

dir. Annie Frost Nicholson, Lara Haworth | UK and Brazil | 2023 | 17min

In Rio, several women come together to ask, Is all grief the same? What about dancing?

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Tuesday 14 May 20246:00pm

What's Love Got to Do with It? (18)

What's Love Got to Do with It?

Drama based on the autobiography I, Tina by singer Tina Turner (played by Oscar nominee Angela Bassett), which starts with her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee. Abandoned by her parents at an early age, Turner was raised by her grandmother. As a teenager she left for St Louis where she met and later married Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne) and from then began a long-standing musical collaboration. Her stormy relationship with Ike (portrayed here as a drug-using, sexually-abusive and extremely violent man) is fully depicted. The film includes many of Tina Turner's most popular songs.


Contains intense scenes of domestic abuse.

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Friday 26 Apr 20248:30pm

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (PG)

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Our screening on 18 April will be introduced by Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield), and will be followed by an informal discussion in The Garden Cinema Bar.


When a Woman Ascends the Stairs might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse's finest hour—a delicate, devastating study of a woman, Keiko (played heartbreakingly by Hideko Takamine), who works as a bar hostess in Tokyo's very modern postwar Ginza district, who entertains businessmen after work. Sly, resourceful, but trapped, Keiko comes to embody the conflicts and struggles of a woman trying to establish her independence in a male-dominated society. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs shows the largely unsung yet widely beloved master Naruse at his most socially exacting and profoundly emotional.

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Saturday 20 Apr 20248:30pm (Sold Out)
Monday 29 Apr 20243:00pm

When the Tenth Month Comes (18)

When the Tenth Month Comes

This screening will have a live introduction from one of the curators. 


1984: After a visit to the South-Eastern border to see her husband, Duyên returned home carrying an indescribable pain: her husband had been killed. This devastating news caused her to accidentally fall into the river while crossing it, but Teacher Khang, who was with her, saved her life. Upon returning home, Duyên chose not to reveal her husband's death to her family, as her father-in-law was gravely ill. In an attempt to provide some comfort, she asked Teacher Khang to occasionally write letters pretending to be from her late husband, to maintain the illusion that he was still alive.


This arrangement led to misunderstandings, causing Teacher Khang to face judgement from his loved one and his school community, ultimately forcing him to transfer to another school. As Duyên's father-in-law's illness worsened, he requested that Duyên send a telegram to his son, urging him to come home. In a poignant turn of events, Duyên's son encountered soldiers and brought them home just as the old man was drawing his last breath.


With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery and the British Council. Supported by Longdan LTD

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Wednesday 29 May 20248:00pm

Where the Wild Things Are (PG)

Where the Wild Things Are

Max is a little boy with a big temper. When his mother sends him to bed without his supper, he runs away from home to an island inhabited by Wild Things. Dressed in his famous wolf onesie, he becomes their new king.


Based on the beloved classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, and adapted by visionary director Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich), this critically acclaimed fantasy is a beautiful exploration of the emotional highs and lows involved in growing up.


Jonze treats these themes with the same thoughtfulness as his filmography for grown-ups, and there's a brilliant soundtrack by Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.


Where The Wild Things Are is the perfect film to share with a child who is beginning to enjoy a broader range of cinematic experiences.


Where The Wild Things Are is rated PG, as it contains mild threat and brief violence


On Sunday mornings our Family Screenings are followed by a free activity for Children.


The screening is Pay What You Can, which means you’re free to pay as much or as little as you can afford. By paying for a ticket, you will enable us to keep offering Pay What You Can screenings to families struggling with the cost of living. Thank you  

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