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A Greyhound of a Girl (U)

A Greyhound of a Girl

Eleven-year-old Mary has an insatiable passion for cooking, and dreams of become a great chef. Her grandmother Emer, with whom she has a very special relationship, encourages her to make this dream come true. But every path has its obstacles and facing them turns into quite an adventure.


In this delicate coming-of-age story, filled with joy & laughter, we join four generations of women as they head off on a glorious journey together. One that takes them down memory lane and gives them the opportunity to learn about each other, truly & deeply.


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 10 Aug 202411:00am
Sunday 11 Aug 202411:00am

A Passage to India (40th Anniversary Screening) (15)

A Passage to India (40th Anniversary Screening)

The screening will be introduced by guest curator Anupma Shanker.


David Lean's 1984 epic historical drama, A Passage to India, marks the final film of his glorious career which is decked with critically-acclaimed masterpieces like The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Brief Encounter (1945).


Written, directed and edited by Lean, and winner of two academy awards, A Passage to India is based on the 1960 play of the same name by the Indian-born American writer Santha Rama Rau, which is in turn adapted from E. M. Forster's highly acclaimed 1924 novel.


Set in the 1920's in the fictional city of Chandrapore during the British Raj amidst growing Indian independence movement, the narrative unfolds in a series of intriguing twists and turns following close encounters between various British and Indian characters. When Adela Quested, the proper young Englishwoman who is unofficially engaged to the city magistrate Ronny Heaslop, accuses the Indian doctor Aziz Ahmed of attempted rape during a daytrip in the Marabar Caves, the incident spreads like wildfire, escalating tensions between the natives and the ruling British elites. As sparks fly, cultural mistrust deepens, colonial power structures are threatened and relationships are put on trial, it seems that in the end, the truth shall set everyone free...but does it?


Shot by Lean's collaborator Ernest Day (who often referred to Lean as his 'eyes'), the film's evocative cinematography and authentic outdoor locations set the perfect mood and aesthetic tone for its multi-layered themes of imperialism, racial prejudice, religion and cross-cultural imbroglios whilst never losing sight of the 'mysterious' and the 'exotic' as observed and absorbed through the 'English eyes' of the film’s key characters, Adela and Mrs. Moore, who upon arrival are intrigued by the desire to explore 'the real India' but soon find themselves catapulted away from the predictable tedium of their colonial lives into the 'unexplainable muddle' that is India. (A term used by Forster in a 1934 letter).


40 years since its release, A Passage to India remains a wonderfully provocative tale, full of striking images, haunting moments and unforgettable characters, all played to near perfection.


Anupma Shanker:


Anupma is a British-Indian 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 films, with aim of making them accessible to a wider audience, both within and outside the UK. Her other interests include, Black-British cinema, Post-war Japanese Cinema, Indian Parallel Cinema, and Iranian New-wave Cinema.

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Thursday 15 Aug 20247:40pm

About Dry Grasses (15)

About Dry Grasses

From master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) comes a daring tale of betrayal, accusations and desire.


Longing to escape the isolation of his quiet Anatolian village, disenchanted art teacher Samet wrestles with narcissistic ideas of unfulfilled potential. While battling accusations of inappropriate behaviour at his school, he unexpectedly strikes up a friendship with Nuray, a charismatic fellow teacher, which offers a welcome distraction. But when her affection moves to Samet’s more affable colleague, he becomes jealous and begins to compete for her attention.


With breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances, About Dry Grasses is an engrossing new piece of cinema from award-winning director Ceylan.


The Garden Cinema View:


Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s films are intimate explorations of the lives of ordinary people, set against the sweeping plateaus and mountain ranges of Eastern Anatolia. The equally epic running times of his recent output allow Ceylon to unfold his narratives in a fashion and at a pace that often feels literary (Anton Chekhov is a frequently cited touchstone). Long sequences of naturalistic dialogue are often allowed to play out from a single camera position and in long takes. As such, the sense of immersion into this world and his characters is as effective as any filmmaker working today. That is not to say that he is above a virtuosic edit or shot, non-diegetic music, and at least one quite surprising piece of reflexivity. But such is the control of the mise-en-scène that, although sparsely deployed, such moments feel striking and important. At the centre of the film is Deniz Celiloğlu complex performance. By turns intelligent, charismatic, bored, creepy, and frightening, his depiction of rural art teacher Samet confronts us with an uneasy mirror, and at times threatens to manifest as a kind of small-town Iago. About Dry Grasses demands commitment from its audience, but is a deeply rewarding watch, and another fine film from a true auteur.    


Book Tickets

Friday 26 Jul 20245:00pm
Saturday 27 Jul 202412:00pm
Sunday 28 Jul 20241:00pm
Monday 29 Jul 20242:30pm
Tuesday 30 Jul 20242:40pm
Wednesday 31 Jul 20245:00pm
Thursday 1 Aug 20247:45pm

Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall UK Premiere + dancehall takeover (18)

Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall UK Premiere + dancehall takeover

On Friday 16 August, we are proudly presenting this groundbreaking documentary for the first time in the UK, in partnership with Lin Kam Art. Ticket holders will also gain access to our dancehall pre & post-screening party. Warm up for Carnival with sets from Lin Kam Art DJs and the return of our infamous Garden Cinema rum punch.


Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall provides a captivating insight into how young Jamaican immigrants brought the sounds and culture of dancehall from Kingston to the streets of New York City. Directed by Ben DiCiacomo and Dutty Vannier, and executive produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy, the film delves deep into the vibrant dancehall music scene that flourished in Brooklyn during the 1980s and 1990s. Featuring interviews with genre icons like Sean Paul, Ding Dong, and Kool Herc, the documentary offers an intimate portrayal of the genre's evolution and its profound impact on pop culture.


Event timings:

19:30 - Doors open

19:45 - DJ Linett Kamala (dancehall carnival anthems)

20:30 - Film introduced by Seani B 

20:35 - Screening of Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall 

22:00 - Dancehall afterparty

00:15 - Close


Lin Kam Art are amplifying lives through festival and sound system culture via curation, residencies, events, workshops and programmes.


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Friday 16 Aug 20247:30pm (Members' presale 6PM, 9/7)

Blade Runner (15)

Blade Runner

This film was proposed by our member Elisabeth Lalouschek, who writes: 'This was such an influential film and I was hoping to see it again on a big screen.'


Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.


Blade Runner will screen in Ridley Scott's definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 14 Aug 20248:15pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)
Saturday 31 Aug 20244:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

Blood Simple (15)

Blood Simple

This film was proposed by our member Steve Dunk, who writes: 'The first Coen Brothers film, it doesn’t get the attention it deserves as a perfect film noir. It has wonderful performance from Frances McDormand and the recently deceased M. Emmet Walsh.'


Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand’s cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens’ work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons black-and-white chiaroscuro for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell’s haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 7 Aug 20243:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)
Saturday 24 Aug 20248:30pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

Blue Sunshine + Director Q&A (18)

Blue Sunshine + Director Q&A

The screening is in partnership with Tongues on Fire and all proceeds will be donated to LGBTQ+ charities in India.


The screening will be followed by an online Q&A with the film’s writer/director/actress Samyuktha Vijayan, hosted by Shiva Raichandani.

 

Blue Sunshine is the remarkable debut feature by trans writer and director Samyuktha Vijayan, who also plays the lead role in the film. The film recently won a top prize at Tongues on Fire- The UK Asian Film Festival.


Aravind, a high school teacher, wants to transition from male to female while working for a school in a small town in South India. Aravind has been taking hormone medication for six months while hiding her identity from her colleagues and conservative family. But when Aravind’s father proposes an arranged marriage, Aravind is driven to embrace their new identity and begins to live as a woman named Bhanu. Although she has support from some close friends, the teacher faces adversity at every turn.


‘A superb piece of cinema, and one of the highlights of the 2024 Glasgow Film Festival. This is all the more remarkable because writer/director/star Samyuktha Vijayan has no prior experience...Talent like this doesn’t come along very often.’- Eye For Film


Tamil with English subtitles


Shiva Raichandani:

Shiva is a BAFTA-nominated non-binary screenwriter, director, producer, and inclusion consultant for film and television. Shiva was recently selected by the TV Collective as a Breakthrough Leader, shaping the future of the television industry. They were a recipient of the prestigious BFI and BAFTA LGBTQIA+ Mentoring Scheme, and were identified by Attitude Magazine as a Top 10 trailblazer for Film, TV, and Music in the United Kingdom. Shiva’s latest BAFTA-nominated documentary, Always, Asifa, premiered at the BFI’s London Film Festival.

Book Tickets

Sunday 28 Jul 20245:00pm

Bye Bye Tiberias (PG)

Bye Bye Tiberias

Years after leaving her Palestinian village to pursue an acting career in France, Hiam Abbass returns home with her daughter, in this intimate documentary about four generations of women and their shared legacy of separation.


The Garden Cinema View:


The film is many things, a love letter to the director’s own mother, actress Hiam Abbass (Lemon Tree, Succession), an ode to exile, a moving recollection of forced displacement, an exploration of Palestinian identity, and a celebration of female strength and resilience. Shot with sensitivity and candour, the film also allows Lina to portray her own experience as a third-generation child, navigating her own heritage and path. The focus however is firmly on Hiam, who grapples with all that was lost when her grandparents were expelled from Tiberias. All the pieces of the puzzle fit together to tell the story of four generations of women keeping their Palestinian identity and culture alive.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 16 Jul 20248:30pm
Thursday 18 Jul 20248:00pm

Cadejo Blanco + Q&A (18)

Cadejo Blanco + Q&A

Sarita’s sister doesn’t come home one night after a party. Convinced that her disappearance has something to do with Andrés, her sister’s dangerous ex, Sarita finds a way to befriend him and infiltrate his gang. With an unwavering determination to uncover the truth about what happened, Sarita becomes increasingly involved with Andrés and the ruthless, violent world of his gang.


 

2024 Independent Spirit Award nominee CADEJO BLANCO is “a nail-biting, evocative and utterly persuasive crime drama” (Screen International) from writer/director Justin Lerner (Girlfriend, The Automatic Hate) anchored by an incredible lead performance from Karen Martinez - “Martinez is a revelation” (Film Threat).


Director Justin Lerner will join us for a post-screening Q&A.

Book Tickets

Friday 23 Aug 20248:10pm

Call Me By Your Name (15)

Call Me By Your Name

This film was proposed by our member Claire Galineau, who writes: 'I've never seen it in cinema but about 500 times on TV. Elio and Oliver deserve the big screen but in an intimate setting. Any other Peaches amongst us?!?'


It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Book Tickets

Thursday 29 Aug 20248:30pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

Call Me By Your Name + peachy cocktail hour (15)

Call Me By Your Name + peachy cocktail hour

To get in the mood for this summery members favourite, join us for a pre-screening cocktail hour with a bopping 80s playlist, featuring some of the film's excellent soundtrack. Tickets for the screening are restricted to 2 per member, meaning you can bring a +1, and include a token for a (non)alcoholic "Just Peachy" cocktail.


Timings:

14:30  Peachy cocktail hour

15:30  Screening starts

17:55  Screening finishes


About Call Me By Your Name:

This film was proposed by our member Claire Galineau, who writes: 'I've never seen it in cinema but about 500 times on TV. Elio and Oliver deserve the big screen but in an intimate setting. Any other Peaches amongst us?!?'


It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Book Tickets

Sunday 4 Aug 20243:30pm

Caramel (PG)

Caramel

The screening on July 3rd, will be introduced by  Abla Kandalaft.  A discussion will proceed after the screening between her and Laila Alj.


Caramel is a Middle Eastern rom-com that challenges binding cultural traditions whilst celebrating female friendship.


In Beirut, five women meet up at a beauty salon, a highly colourful and sensual microcosm. Layale loves Rabih, but he is married man. Nisrine is a Muslim and she has a problem with her coming wedding: She’s no longer a virgin. Rima is tormented by her attraction to women. Jamale is refusing to grow old. Rose has sacrificed herself to look after her older sister. At the salon, men, sex and motherhood are the subjects at the heart of their intimate and liberated conversations.


Laila is an actor and theatre producer from Casablanca, Morocco. She is a graduate of the Theatre and Creative Writing for the Media programmes at Northwestern University in the US and has an MA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a founding member of MENA Arts UK and also currently the producer at Theatro Technis.


Abla is curator, journalist and researcher with a Syrian/Lebanese background. She co-produced BBC Arabic's Cinema Badila for 5 years, and programmes films from the Arab world and beyond. She sits on the board of the Independent Media Association. She currently oversees special programmes and discussions at the Garden Cinema

Book Tickets

Wednesday 24 Jul 20244:00pm

Crossing (15)

Crossing

The screening on Saturday 20 July at 17:00 will be followed by a panel discussion in partnership with Counterpoints Arts.


From acclaimed director Levan Akin (And Then We Danced), Crossing is a moving and tender tale of identity, acceptance and unlikely connection that transcends borders and generations. Lia, a retired school teacher living in Georgia, hears from a young neighbour Achi that her long lost niece Tekla, a transgender woman, has crossed the border into Turkey. Hoping to bring Tekla home after a period of estrangement, Lia travels to Istanbul with the unpredictable Achi to find her. Exploring the hidden depths of the city, they cross paths with a transgender lawyer called Evrim, who helps them in their search. Humanistic and compassionate, Akin’s third feature is a heartfelt portrayal of overcoming the degrees of separation that divide us.

Book Tickets

Friday 19 Jul 20243:30pm8:15pm
Saturday 20 Jul 20241:10pm5:00pm
Sunday 21 Jul 20244:00pm7:20pm
Monday 22 Jul 20243:20pm7:40pm
Tuesday 23 Jul 20243:30pm5:40pm
Wednesday 24 Jul 20246:10pm8:25pm
Thursday 25 Jul 20243:00pm8:30pm
Friday 26 Jul 20248:20pm
Saturday 27 Jul 20248:30pm
Sunday 28 Jul 20245:20pm
Monday 29 Jul 20246:00pm
Tuesday 30 Jul 20246:30pm
Wednesday 31 Jul 20243:30pm
Thursday 1 Aug 20243:30pm

Duck Soup (U)

Duck Soup

This film was selected as part of a proposal for any Marx Brothers features, as requested by our members Mark Brisenden and Stephen McAlpine. Stephen writes: 'Having enjoyed the Ealing Comedies so much, as a family (all 5 members of The Garden Cinema) we have identified the fact that a lot of black & white comedies do not get shown unless they are the earlier classics. What the elder members of our tribe remember being brought up with and cannot seem to find in a cinema or on a TV channel we use, are the Marx Brothers movies.'


When the tiny nation of Freedonia goes bankrupt, its wealthy benefactor, Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), insists that the wacky Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) become the country's president. Sensing a weakness in leadership, the bordering nation of Sylvania sends in the spies Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx) to set the stage for a revolution. As Firefly clashes with the Sylvanian ambassador (Louis Calhern), plenty of mayhem ensues, and the countries verge on all-out war.

Book Tickets

Sunday 11 Aug 20247:30pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)
Tuesday 20 Aug 20244:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

Girls Will Be Girls- Preview Screening (18)

Girls Will Be Girls-  Preview Screening

For South Asian Heritage Month we present a special preview screening of the Sundance prizewinning Girls Will Be Girls, with a pre-recorded introduction by director Shuchi Talati.


In a strict boarding school nestled in the Himalayas, 16-year-old Mira discovers desire and romance. But her sexual, rebellious awakening is disrupted by her mother who never got to come of age herself. This stellar debut feature from Shuchi Talati won the World Cinema Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.


Hindi & English with English Subtitles


Sundance - World Cinema Dramatic Competition - Audience Award, Special Jury Award for Acting - 2024


SXSW - Festival Favourites - 2024


Director’s Note:

‘Girls Will Be Girls is set in a conservative boarding school, much like the school I attended, where girls are policed, ostensibly to protect their “virtue.” Despite this, I saw fierce, funny girls and women all around who subverted and circumvented the social and moral codes. In Girls Will Be Girls, I wanted to write about these subversive women who populated my life but never my screens and to expand the narratives that are available to Indian women.’


With thanks to Modern Films

Book Tickets

Saturday 17 Aug 20245:00pm

Hero (12A)

Hero

Our screening on Saturday 17 August will be introduced by Maurizio Marinelli (UCL).


A global sensation which made Zhang Yimou a household name in the West, Hero features a galaxy of Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese star names (Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Donnie Yen), and is a boundary pushing wuxia extravaganza, a richly romantic vision of history, and a somewhat controversial blockbuster.


During the ancient Warring States period a nameless man (Li) is summoned to the court of the King of Qin after he claims to have defeated three legendary assassins. What ensues is a contest of wits and ideological debate, as the King’s suspicions gradually rise.


Hero is a film of immense beauty and gravity defying martial arts choreography. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (known for his work with Wong Kar-wai) famously structured the film into four visually defined sections, designed to strongly evoke the four seasons. Meanwhile, Tan Dun’s swooning score accentuates the love triangle between Leung, Cheung, and Zhang Ziyi’s characters. Hero remains incredibly exciting, surprisingly moving, and, to this day, still leaves audiences debating the surprising denouement.


Book Tickets

Saturday 17 Aug 20247:45pm
Tuesday 27 Aug 20243:45pm
Friday 30 Aug 20246:00pm

House of Flying Daggers (15)

House of Flying Daggers

All screenings will feature a video introduction from head of programming at FIRST International Film Festival, Xiao Gu.


Given the huge critical and commercial success of Hero (2002), it is unsurprising that Zhang Yimou continued with wuxia cinema. In their final collaboration, Zhang Ziyi plays a blind dancer enlisted to help two police officers (Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) bring down a rebel group during the declining years of the Tang Dynasty in the 9th century. The resulting love-triangle is, at times, as fiercely contested as the political machinations and deadly fight sequences.


Narratively more straightforward than Hero, House of Flying Daggers is perhaps a form of retreat back into Zhang’s comfort zone of visual aesthetics (the film was Oscar nominated for cinematography), tragic romance, and flowing performance (both dancing and combat gracefully mirroring each other). This is, then, a fitting end point for our Zhang Yimou retrospective: an experience of almost pure cinematic pleasure.  


Book Tickets

Tuesday 20 Aug 20248:00pm
Saturday 24 Aug 20242:00pm
Thursday 29 Aug 20243:30pm

I Am Belmaya (12A)

I Am Belmaya

The film will be preceded by a pre-recorded introduction and a screening of the short film Stronger directed by Belmaya.


An inspirational story of rebellion, courage and hope as Belmaya, a young Dalit woman in Nepal, silenced and subjugated for most of her life, takes up the movie camera to tell her story.


Orphaned at the age of nine, uneducated, and trapped in an abusive marriage, Belmaya is desperate for independence and determined to create a better life for her young daughter in this extraordinarily intimate documentary. A directorial collaboration between Sue Carpenter and Belmaya Nepali spanning 14 years, the story interweaves observational material with footage shot by Belmaya and takes us on a transformational journey as she stands up to her husband and society, and reclaims her voice through filmmaking.


Best Documentary - UK Asian Film Festival, UK, 2021


Nominee - BIFA 2021 (British Independent Film Awards), Best Documentary and Raindance Discovery Award categories


Nominee - One World Media Awards 2021, Women Entrepreneurs Reporting category


Nepali and English, with English subtitles


Stronger (Belmaya Nepali, 2021, 3min)

An original song by Simi Carpenter and short film by Belmaya Nepali, about a girl’s desire to break free from parental and societal constraints and take control over her own life.

Book Tickets

Monday 12 Aug 20246:00pm

Inside Out 2 (U)

Inside Out 2

Teenager Riley's mind headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions!


Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone.


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 31 Aug 202411:00am
Sunday 1 Sep 202411:00am

Ju Dou (15)

Ju Dou

Our screening on Sunday 21 July will be introduced by Victor Fan (KCL).


Zhang Yimou’s follow up to Red Sorghum (1987) revisits several of his debut’s key themes, but in a now far more rigid and stifling setting. The titular character (played by Gong Li) is newly wedded to an unspeakably cruel dye mill owner, who has murdered his previous two wives. When she embarks on a clandestine affair with her husband’s adoptive nephew, a deadly series of events is set in motion.


The middle part of Zhang’s loose ‘Red Trilogy’, Ju Dou is one of his great aesthetic achievements. The claustrophobic and cloistered world of the mill is rendered using old fashioned Technicolor processing, lending an already fairy tale-like narrative a rich and timeless visual sheen that resembles, at points, the fantasy worlds of Powell and Pressburger. The lurid vats of red dye stain the rigid physical and social structures of this airless setting which is ruptured only by a myriad of hiding places and peep holes where a game of voyeuristic desires plays out


Book Tickets

Sunday 21 Jul 20241:30pm
Monday 29 Jul 20243:00pm
Friday 9 Aug 20246:00pm

Kinds of Kindness (18)

Kinds of Kindness

Kinds of Kindness is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.


The Garden Cinema View:


After his recent mainstream success working with Tony McNamara, Yorgos Lanthimos reignites his creative partnership with writer Efthymis Filippou. What this means for us is a move away from the likes of The Favourite and Poor Things, and a return of the acerbic absurdism of Dogtooth and The Lobster.


As tends to be the case with anthology films, Kinds of Kindness is uneven. The first section is the strongest: a sado-masochistic black comedy about the systems of control that govern our working and personal lives. Channelling something of J. G. Ballard (and possibly John Fowles’ The Magus), Lanthimos’ affectless style works very effectively in this dead world of corporate subservience. The second and third parts play uneasily; there are moments of surreal invention and shocking humour in both the doppelgänger and cult narratives, that feel completely unique to Lanthimos. There are also repeated scenes of abuse and narrative longueurs which are quite draining.


Although Kinds of Kindness is an unhappy film, it is a distinctly Lanthimosian experience, which adds to the unique character of the filmmaker's Cinematic Universe ©.

Book Tickets

Monday 15 Jul 20244:30pm
Tuesday 16 Jul 20242:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 17 Jul 20244:30pm
Thursday 18 Jul 20245:00pm

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 1 (18)

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 1

Kino Short Film presents some of the best shorts of the year for their BIFA qualifying film festival.


An Ode to Procrastination

directed by Aleksandra Kingo | United Kingdom | Arthouse

Sarah is trying to create what she thinks is the project of her lifetime, but procrastinates while struggling to start.


Bully

directed by Martin Stocks | United Kingdom | Drama

A dinner party goes off the rails when the host suspects a surprise guest is his childhood bully.


The Eyes of Marge

directed by Lily Howkins | United Kingdom | Thriller

A self-hating social worker traumatised by his sister’s death from domestic abuse, is plagued by phone calls from an unknown woman looking for her dead sister.


Good Vibes Only [World Premiere]

directed by Christopher Rogers | United Kingdom | Drama

On the 10th anniversary of his radio show, Charlie discovers an old record gifted to him by his late friend Huey. Deciding to dedicate the show to Huey’s memory, Charlie uses a selection of music to chart the rise and fall of their friendship.


The Hearts of Bwindi

directed by Charli Doherty | United Kingdom | Documentary

This documentary spotlights the harmonious efforts of wildlife rangers and local communities safeguarding Uganda's biodiverse, UNESCO-recognized Bwindi National Park.


London's Forgotten

directed by Liam Pinheiro-Rogers | United Kingdom | Drama

A cycle that targets the few. A cycle that refuses to end. In the urban streets of London, the stories of knife crime victims are connected by a wandering drifter who has loose ends to tie.


MAN>CODE

directed by Adrian Gardner | United Kingdom | LGBTQ+

Lucas, a computer techie goes on an ordeal when he invites Theo around for what he thought would be no-strings-attached fun, but it takes an odd turn when his ex-girlfriend returns home early.


Ministry of Jingle [UK Premiere]

directed by Maddie Dai | New Zealand | Comedy

Melody is the new hire at the Ministry of Jingle, a Government department in charge of creating public safety jingles about a range of topics; seatbelts, condoms, littering.


Rejoyce!

directed by David Ledger | United Kingdom | Comedy

After the death of her husband, an elderly vicar’s wife Winifred Tyler (Amanda Walker, Triangle of Sadness) unearths a book of erotic fiction that she wrote in her youth.


Stones [London Premiere]

directed by  Matthew Hopper | United Kingdom | Drama

On a trip to his old family home in the Scottish Highlands, a troubled man argues on the phone with his stoic father, forcing him to confront a dark issue in their relationship.


Two Minutes [London Premiere]

directed by Jamie Benyon | United Kingdom | Comedy

Two brothers rob a corner shop only to be interrupted by their Nan.


Trigger Warning: This programme contains racial discrimination & violence, and suicide

Book Tickets

Wednesday 31 Jul 20248:00pm

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 2 (18)

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 2

Kino Short Film presents some of the best shorts of the year for their BIFA qualifying film festival.


BENJI [London Premiere]

directed by Oscar Garth | United Kingdom | Arthouse

A seemingly innocent TV commercial for a family-friendly recycling bin becomes increasingly bizarre when the father decides to recycle more than just household waste.


The Car Spotter

directed by Martin Sandin | Sweden | Comedy

Peo loves spotting cars. It gives his everyday life a little twist. It’s also a hobby that is about to ruin the most important thing he has. The Car Spotter is a film about the small choices in life that have big consequences.


Call Me Back

directed by Tom Andrews | United Kingdom | Drama

The subtlety of memory and grief is studied in this heartfelt exploration of a bereaved older woman. Grace (Lindsay Duncan), returns home from the funeral of her husband, George (Jim Broadbent), accompanied by her daughter, Lucy (Sophia Myles). Mother and daughter clash, leading Grace to attempt to mourn in isolation.


The Chosen One [UK Premiere]

directed by Elazar Fine | United States | Thriller

After impulsively shaving off his beard and sidelocks, Eli Eisenstein is thrown out of his Hasidic family home. He finds refuge with his estranged, ex-religious aunt Shifra, but inner turmoil forces him to experience a nightmarish transformation that leads him right back to where he started.


The Cure [London Premiere]

directed by Taisia Deeva | United Kingdom | Drama

17-year-old Renal is brought to a sex worker by his uncle to prove his masculinity to his patriarchal father. This “educational” act turns into psychological and physical abuse.


Feeling Lucky

directed by Anna-Marie Ramm | United Kingdom | Comedy

A couple show their true colours when they discover that they've won the lottery.


Inappropriate

directed by Jonathan Blagrove | United Kingdom | Drama

When a volunteer turns up for his shift to help guide a young offender through the process of his arrest, he gets more than he bargained for.


Saving Art

directed by Remi R.M. Moses | United Kingdom | Drama

Instead of telling his newly diagnosed five-year-old son that he has Leukaemia; Brian tells Arthur that the chemotherapy will give him superpowers. In a battle to keep them both positive, Brian is haunted by his lie as he struggles to find hope.


Terror

directed by Giles Buchanan | United Kingdom | Thriller

The sole survivor of a mountain climb struggles to come to terms with a supernatural incident.


Under the Blue

directed by Linda Ludwig & James Curle | United Kingdom | Drama

Bruised, hungry and only halfway through her late shift, a lonely and disillusioned police officer forms an unlikely connection with an appreciative and thankful criminal.


Trigger Warning: This programme contains religous persecution, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma.

Book Tickets

Thursday 1 Aug 20248:00pm

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 3 (18)

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 3

Kino Short Film presents some of the best shorts of the year for their BIFA qualifying film festival.


Black Dog [London Premiere]

directed by Ed Kirk | United Kingdom | Folk Horror

A Father and Son confront their history and navigate their grief within the crumbling walls of their moorland home.


Do As I Say

directed by Ana Pio | United Kingdom | Drama

A middle-aged piano teacher mourns her failed career as a concert pianist with a drink always in hand. Grappling with this aching disappointment and unfulfilled legacy, she is pushed to the end of her tether by the rebellious student she once perceived as her younger self.


Fluff [London Premiere]

directed by Max Clendaniel | United Kingdom | Dark Comedy

A puppeteer is pushed to the limit when her puppet starts getting bigger, but no one believes her.


I Understand

directed by Mark van Heusden | United Kingdom | Drama

Ben and Eve had a fight at a house party. They both let off steam by meeting a friend in a pub to express their frustration and share their story. As they both tell their version of events, we find out what really happened that night.


Monochromatic

directed by Karen Bryson | United Kingdom | Drama

1977, Wood Green London. The political climate is volatile with racial hatred, skinhead subculture is prevalent. We see this reality through the eyes of Grace, age 6. Innocent, carefree and mischievous. Grace is Black


Requiem

directed by Emma Gilbertson | United Kingdom | Historical Drama, LGBTQ+

A coming of age story set against the backdrop of the 1605 witch trials. Evelyn (Bella Ramsey, Game of Thrones, The Last of Us) engages in a game of cat and mouse against her father, Minister Gilbert, in order to be with Mary, the woman she loves.


Us & In Between [London Premiere]

directed by Katia Shannon | United Kingdom | Drama

Two long-lost lovers in their 80s, Agnes and Eddie, reignite their flame after a chance encounter in their care home.


Whippy [London Premiere]

directed by James Rooke | United Kingdom | Comedy

Rivalry, greed… and calippos. A messy turf war has erupted between warring ice cream firms in 1980s Glasgow after one rogue vendor is caught crossing county lines.


Trigger Warning: This programme contains racial discrimination, sexual discrimination, violence, and suicide

Book Tickets

Friday 2 Aug 20248:45pm

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 4 (18)

Kino London Short Film Festival: Programme 4

Kino Short Film presents some of the best shorts of the year for their BIFA qualifying film festival.


Ashes

directed by Georgina Haig | Australia | Comedy

Bereft after the loss of her beloved Dad James (Michael Caton, The Castle), Frances misses the appointment to pick up his ashes. Through a bizarre posthumous prank, can James rectify his daughter’s habitual lateness, even after he’s gone? A darkly comedic story about grief, tough love and the unexpected ways those who have passed continue to influence us.


Far Away [UK Premiere]

directed by Nathaniel McCullagh | Ireland | Drama

12 year old Aoife learns to grow up fast after the death of her beloved Grandpy, as she tries to build ties with her emotionally detached father (Seamus O'Hara, An Irish Goodbye).


Fishing

directed by Josie Charles | United Kingdom | Found Footage

GRAND JURY PRIZE - BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2024

It’s 2006. Sixteen-year-old Lola has been in her room for three days and refuses to come out. She confesses to a camcorder a tale of first love and lost virginity, before finally revealing the secret keeping her locked inside.


Hard Times [London Premiere]

directed by Elliott Gonzo & Elliot Warren | United Kingdom | Drama

A man (Elliot Warren, Top Boy) under the strain of the cost of living crisis makes a risky decision to involve his daughter in a dangerous job for a much needed paycheck.


The Hope Chest Has a Secret Drawer [UK Premiere]

directed by Laura Frenzer | United States | Drama

A stressed daughter (Amy Hargreaves, Homeland, 13 Reasons Why) working tirelessly to reach her mother (Anna Stuart, All My Children) lost in an Alzheimer’s haze accidentally uncovers a dark family secret.


Satisfaction [London Premiere]

directed by Bailey Tom Bailey | United Kingdom | Historical Comedy

Georgian England. A society lady raises her pistol to duel with her aristocratic mentor over a grave insult.


Something For Your Mind [UK Premiere]

directed by Kamil Dymek | United Kingdom | Sci-Fi

When a successful podcaster tests a mind-altering device to question the ethics of her mental health content, she unleashes dire consequences that expose the dark side of the wellness industry and the dangers of misinformation.


Twofold

directed by Ella Greenwood | United Kingdom | Drama, LGBTQ+

As New Year's Eve festivities are underway on the floor above, in a single-take snapshot, Allie and Erin have a chance encounter down below. But when Allie recognises Erin from over a decade ago, the past breaks the surface, and fireworks ensue.


Trigger Warning: This programme contains sexual abuse

Book Tickets

Saturday 3 Aug 20246:00pm

LRB Screen X MUBI: First Cow (12A)

LRB Screen X MUBI: First Cow

LRB Screen, the London Review Bookshop’s long-running film series, continues its exploration of the art of literary-cinematic adaptation in partnership with MUBI.


We head west, next, for First Cow, an invigorating spin on US origin myths by the outstanding auteur-director Kelly Reichardt. Loosely adapted by Reichardt and her regular writing partner Jonathan Raymond from the latter’s 2004 novel The Half-Life, it maintains the luminously photographed but deliberately understated approach of her earlier, Oregon-set masterworks Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, while developing the historical engagement she’d initiated with Meek’s Cutoff. Siding instinctively with working class figures and the socially, economically or ethnically marginalised, Reichardt’s 1820s buddy/road (or foot) movie pairs-up a former trapper and a Chinese fugitive, with a business plan to make mouthwatering cookies for frontier settlements. The recipe requires fresh milk, though, which the cow belonging to a pompous local bigwig the Chief Factor (Toby Jones) may just be able to provide...


We’re delighted to announce that our guest for the evening will be Kelly Reichardt’s regular collaborator, Jonathan Raymond, who co-wrote First Cow’s screenplay and is the author of the novel it is based on. He’ll introduce the film, and discuss it in a Q&A afterwards, via video link.


Book Tickets

Monday 15 Jul 20248:00pm

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (PG)

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

In this enchanting Oscar-nominated drama, a daydreaming but discontented young teacher is posted to Lunana, a remote village high in the Himalayan mountains. There, he is disheartened to find a simple yak herding community lacking basic amenities such as electricity or even a blackboard in its school classroom. But the enthusiasm of his young students and the unassuming warmth of the village folk buoy his spirits and he must decide whether to return to the city before the gruelling winter sets in or remain in this strange and captivating land.


Beautifully photographed in extraordinary Bhutanese mountain locations, Pawo Choyning Dorji’s acclaimed debut feature gives a fascinating insight into a region rarely seen on screen. Balancing gentle humour with life-affirming drama, and performed with easy appeal by largely first-time actors, it’s an entertaining, irresistibly uplifting tale about the power of a new environment to effect personal transformation.


Dzongkha & English with English Subtitles


Oscars Nominee- Best International Feature Film 2021


'A breath of fresh air' - Ang Lee


Director’s Statement:

'One of the things I wanted to do was bring back appreciation of the traditional folk songs of Bhutan. These songs in the film really tell the story of our country and they are at the heart and soul of Bhutanese culture, but as we are modernising, they are being forgotten. I wanted to showcase these songs in the movie partly to show Bhutan to the outside world but also to remind Bhutanese about this amazing music we have


Screening in partnership with the Chinese Cinema Project. 

Book Tickets

Tuesday 23 Jul 20243:00pm
Saturday 3 Aug 20244:00pm

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A (18)

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to groundbreaking musician.


She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.


Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognisable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.

Book Tickets

Friday 26 Jul 20248:45pm

Members' Film Quiz: Summer (15)

Members' Film Quiz: Summer

Are you that person in your friend group who everyone asks for film recommendations? Do you know your Before Sunrise from your Aftersun, and your Blue Crush from your Green Ray? These skills you've been honing might just save you from drowning in our Summer themed Members' Film Quiz!


Join us for an evening of mind-melting trivia questions, as well as a variety of picture, audio & video rounds. There will be prizes up for grabs for the top 3 teams, as well as a refreshing liquid bonus for the best team name.


We have space for 9 teams of max. 5 contestants each. Tickets are £5, and are restricted to 1 per member, so please make sure to be logged in and book quickly once ticket sales open on Wednesday 10 July at 13:00.


Important info before booking:

If you would like to be placed on a team with friends (who must also be members of the cinema), you can either:

  • Purchase your tickets individually, and leave their names during the checkout process, so we can place you on the same team
  • Purchase tickets for the entire team, and assign each ticket to the individual team members (you will need to know the full name or email address their membership is registered under, to do this)


Please note that any teams of 3 contestants or less may be merged together to allow as many members as possible to join.


If you're joining by yourself, you will be placed on a Garden Cinema All Stars team - a great opportunity to meet fellow members which, as proven by previous editions, greatly improves your chances of winning the quiz!

Book Tickets

Wednesday 7 Aug 20247:15pm (Booking opens 10/07, 1pm) (Sold Out)

Mother, Country + Q&A (18)

Mother, Country + Q&A

Pablo Navarrete's parents were forced to leave Chile after a military coup on 11 September 1973. They arrived in the UK as political refugees after spending time in the Pinochet dictatorship’s torture centres. They didn’t know it then, but Britain would be where they would settle, have a family, and still live, nearly 50 years later.


Filmed over more than three years, Mother, Country is a deeply personal film that follows the director as he travels to Chile with his parents in 2020 to witness a people’s uprising and finally confront their past.


Followed by a live Q&A with director Pablo Navarrete, his mother, Cristina Godoy-Navarrete, and father, Roberto Navarrete, who feature in the film.


'Pablo Navarrete focuses on his family in a simple yet poignant story about Chile’s traumatic past' Dmovies.org


Book Tickets

Tuesday 3 Sep 20248:00pm

Nashville (15)

Nashville

This film was proposed by our member Jacquie Lee, who writes: 'Nashville is unique and considered one of the finest films from the 70s. The film portrays 24 characters who under Robert Altman’s direction satirise the absurdity of politics and the music industry. I recently watched a few short clips from this film and would love to propose this film so members can watch it on the big screen at The Garden Cinema.'


This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital. Nashville weaves the stories of twenty-four characters - from country star to wannabe to reporter to waitress - into a cinematic tapestry that is equal parts comedy, tragedy, and musical. Many members of the astonishing cast wrote their own songs and performed them live on location, which lends another layer to the film’s quirky authenticity. Altman’s ability to get to the heart of American life via its eccentric byways was never put to better use than in this grand, rollicking triumph, which barrels forward to an unforgettable conclusion.

Book Tickets

Saturday 3 Aug 20248:30pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)
Sunday 25 Aug 20242:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

Network (12A)

Network

Back on the big screen to mark Sidney Lumet's centenary.


When long-time news anchor Howard Beale is fired, he suffers a violent on-air breakdown. But when his ratings are boosted by his angry rantings, he’s rehired - and reinvented - as the ‘Mad Prophet of the Air Ways’. When the Prophet ceases to be profitable, something has to be done about Howard Beale; preferably on-camera. A stellar cast highlights this biting, award-winning satire

Book Tickets

Monday 15 Jul 20242:00pm

Not One Less (U)

Not One Less

Our screening on 10 August will be introduced by Tony Rayns and followed by a Zoom Q&A with lead actress Wei Minzhi.


Inspired by the works of Abbas Kiarostami (in particular Where is the Friend’s House?) and Vittorio De Sica, Zhang returned to similar territory to The Story of Qiu Ju (1992). Not One Less is an even purer example of neorealism, with a cast of non-professional actors mainly playing versions of themselves.


Chief amongst those is the one-in-a-lifetime performance of thirteen-year-old Wei Minzhi as a teenager who is ordered to a remote and poverty-stricken village to work as a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month, or she will not be paid. Faced with overwhelming family debt, the class troublemaker disappears into the city to find work. The stubborn teacher, however, is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school.


Not One Less was designed in part to promote China’s education reform policies (although it is arguably quite critical of the school system at the same time), which may have contributed to its controversial rejection from the main competition at Cannes. Despite this, it would go on to win the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.  


Book Tickets

Saturday 10 Aug 20248:00pm
Sunday 18 Aug 20245:00pm
Monday 26 Aug 20243:00pm

Old Well (18)

Old Well

Introduced by Chris Berry (KCL).


Considered one of the mentors of Fifth Generation filmmaking in China through his work at the Xi’an Film Studio, in 1986 Wu Tianming was lacking a leading man for his drama of rural modernisation, Old Well. He wanted an actor who resembled his cinematographer, Zhang Yimou, and ultimately realised the easiest course of action would be to offer him the role. In return for Zhang’s double duty, Wu and Xi’an would produce his debut feature, Red Sorghum. A film that would go on to win the Golden Bear at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival, and launch the directorial career of the leading light of Chinese cinema. Notably, the proximity of the releases of both Old Well and Red Sorghum led to Zhang and Wu sharing the Golden Rooster Award for best film in 1988, with Zhang also picking up the best actor award for Old Well.  


Old Well itself resonates with Zhang’s films to come. He plays a university educated engineer who uses his training to find an operational water source for a village that is notorious for digging useless wells. The conflict and cooperation of modernity and agrarian existence, the beauty and harshness of China’s natural landscape, and the attraction of forbidden love, are all themes that Zhang will return to again and again in the films throughout this season. Remarkably this will finally mark the UK premiere of Old Well.    


Book Tickets

Saturday 20 Jul 20248:10pm

Original Copy (18)

Original Copy

The screening on 29 July will be introduced by Dr Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram, Senior Lecturer in World Cinema at Queen Mary.


Original Copy is a humorous and heartfelt documentary about the magic of film, its transience, and its immortality.


The 'Alfred Talkies' cinema in the heart of Mumbai has fallen out of time. In the old Hindi film palace, 35mm copies still rattle through the museum-ready projectors. A sinking ship, held on course by an intrepid crew: the distinguished boss, who shouldn't have taken over the cinema because she is a woman. The meticulous manager who knows exactly what his audience wants. And the chain-smoking film poster painter, Sheikh Rehman, who runs his studio behind the cinema screen in the style of old masters. A mixture of artist, guru, comedian and philosopher.


Each week a mammoth task begins, to paint a huge billboard sized picture showcasing the latest film. His colourful and spectacular posters are works of art in their own right, but Sheikh Rehman’s work is becoming obsolete as plastic posters take over and the cinema battles against declining audiences. A hopeless fight, but no reason to give up.


Original Copy is a ravishing declaration of love to the cinema and its heroes both on and behind the big screen.


Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Canada (2015)


Best Documentary, Fantastic Fest Austin, USA (2016)


Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands (2016)


Language: English & Hindi with English Subtitles


Dr Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram

Dr Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram is Senior Lecturer in World Cinema at Queen Mary and author of the world's first book and edited anthology on new Indian Indie films. Ashvin is Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival – London and has directed the UK Heritage Lottery-funded documentary Movies, Memories, Magic (2018). His latest book Indian Indies: A Guide to New Independent Indian Cinema (with a foreword by Shabana Azmi) was published by Routledge in 2022.  

Book Tickets

Monday 29 Jul 20246:20pm
Tuesday 13 Aug 20243:00pm

Orlando, My Political Biography (12A)

Orlando, My Political Biography

A diverse cast of 26 trans and non-binary performers exuberantly claim their Orlando-ness, (re)interpreting scenes from the novel and reflecting on their own identities.


Taking inspiration from the past while remaining adamantly grounded in the present as it looks to the future, Orlando, My Political Biography is a radical, enlightening, and roaringly entertaining ode to queer joy, and a blast of fresh air in contemporary queer cinema


The Garden Cinema View:


This inventive documentary playfully deconstructs both Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, and the film itself, to provide a clear example of identity construction, as well as a broader history of trans rights and recognition in the 20th century. A charming and talented group of Orlandos blur the line between personal testimony, novel readings, and re-enactments. The result is humorous, touching and, as Paul B. Preciado is never beyond throwing in a musical interlude, often delightfully camp.

Book Tickets

Monday 15 Jul 20243:20pm8:30pm
Tuesday 16 Jul 20243:30pm6:00pm
Wednesday 17 Jul 20242:00pm8:35pm
Thursday 18 Jul 20245:40pm

Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (18)

Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom

This film was proposed by our member Juan Antonio Gonzalez Gomez, who writes: "I would love to see on the big screen one of the early Almodovar’s film: ‘Pepi, Lucy, Bon y otras chicas del montón’, ‘Dark Habits’ or ‘Labyrinth of Passions"


Madrid’s nascent punk and gay underground provides the fertile setting of Almodóvar’s debut feature, a manic slice of screw-you life that could outshock even early John Waters with its transgressive energy. Swearing vengeance on a rapist cop, “modern girl” Carmen Maura (beginning a collaboration with Almodóvar that would last decades) joins forces with a lesbian punk singer (notorious Mexican-Spanish performer Alaska) and a repressed housewife (Eva Siva). A counterculture Movida Madrileña tour across a post-Franco Spain of penis beauty pageants, golden showers, and punk shows, Pepi also showcases the female camaraderie and resilience that would become Almodóvar’s constant theme.


- Jason Sanders, BAMPFA


Please note, the screening on Thursday 18 July is linked with our vermouth tasting event, but there are a few additional tickets available for purchase, if you would like to attend the screening only.


The screening on Monday 22 July is our Free Members' Screening. Booking for this will open on Wednesday 17 July at 13:00, and tickets are restricted to 1 per member.

Book Tickets

Thursday 18 Jul 20248:30pm
Monday 22 Jul 20246:00pm (Booking opens 17/07, 1pm) (Closed)

Polite Society (12A)

Polite Society

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


The screening on Sunday July 21 will be followed by a Q&A with lead actor Priya Kansara, hosted by Dr Kulraj Phullar.


Nida Manzoor, creator of the BAFTA, Peabody, and Rose d’Or award winning sitcom We Are Lady Parts, made her feature directorial debut with Polite Society. This exuberant feminist action comedy, turns genre etiquette on its head whilst examining the complexities of navigating life as a British-Pakistani teenager. 


A merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.


Dr Kulraj Phullar is a London-based Film Studies teacher and researcher. His interests include classic Hollywood cinema, British colonial and diasporic cinemas, and popular Indian cinemas. He currently teaches at MetFilm School and the National Film and Television School.

Book Tickets

Sunday 21 Jul 20247:00pm
Thursday 25 Jul 20243:30pm

Raise the Red Lantern (PG)

Raise the Red Lantern

Our Screening on 23 July will be introduced by Tony Rayns.


Our screening on Saturday 27 July will be introduced by Xiaoning Lu (SOAS), and will be followed by a discussion in The Garden Cinema Bar.


The culmination of Zhang Yimou’s ‘Red Trilogy’, and perhaps his most accomplished film, Raise the Red Lantern follows an educated young woman named Songlian (Gong Li, once again), who is sold into marriage with the rich tyrant Master Chen. The Qiao Family Compound provides the basis for one of the great single-setting films, a bewildering fortress of walls, gates, and chambers which reflects the maze of political and sexual challenges which Songlian must navigate if she is to survive. Fittingly, Raise the Red Lantern is Zhang at his most theatrical. Here, surface level appearances are deceitful, and every gesture or phrase hides a double meaning. The world of repeated rituals and contests between the four competing wives of Master Chen is both intoxicating and frightening. Prosperity and favour are inextricably linked to performance (that of duties and of identity), often the only course of agency for women in the patriarchal societies depicted in many of Zhang’s films. Winner of the Silver Lion at Venice in 1991, Raise the Red Lantern is finally available to see once again in the cinema, in the UK premiere of a new digital restoration.  

Book Tickets

Tuesday 23 Jul 20246:00pm
Saturday 27 Jul 20244:00pm
Monday 5 Aug 20243:00pm

Red Sorghum (15)

Red Sorghum

Our screening on Friday 19 July will be introduced by Victor Fan (KCL), and will be followed by a post film discussion group in The Garden Cinema Bar.


Red Sorghum was an international sensation which won the Golden Bear at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival and propelled Zhang Yimou to arthouse stardom. Adapting Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s bawdy and brutal novel, Zhang depicts the fortunes of a rural wine distillery during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Gong Li stars (in her debut role) as a young woman sold into a marriage to the leprous owner of the distillery. When her husband is killed in mysterious circumstances, she inherits his business and endeavours to survive and succeed in a patriarchal and semi-lawless society, and against the ever-encroaching war. Zhang captures the potent energy of the source material, with use of deeply saturated colours (primarily, red), and the vast swaying fields of Sorghum which conceal and reveal both intense danger and liberating escape. Barbarism and romanticism coexist in this intoxicating slice of folk-filmmaking, arguably the wildest and most peculiarly optimistic entry in Zhang’s filmography.

Book Tickets

Friday 19 Jul 20246:00pm
Monday 22 Jul 20243:00pm
Wednesday 31 Jul 20246:00pm

Shanghai Triad (15)

Shanghai Triad

After provoking the ire of authorities by not pre-screening To Live (1994) for the Chinese Film Administration before its premiere at Cannes, Zhang Yimou retreated to supposedly more stable ground with a genre (gangster) film with a less incendiary period setting (1930s Shanghai).


Hired as servant to nightclub singer and mob boss mistress Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly shadow-world of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks, as well as rivals for Jinbao’s affections.


Shanghai Triad marked the end (for the time being) of the professional and personal partnership between Zhang and Gong Li which forms the creative core of the director’s first seven films. Fittingly, much of this film celebrates Li as a performer, both through several onstage song and dance numbers, and the highwire acts of appearance and desire Jinbao must indulge in order to survive. Working within a populist genre also allowed Zhang to engage in a degree of formal playfulness. In particular, his use of odd angles and framings, and POV camera work which return the viewer to a reflexive and preserve voyeuristic position, not seen since Ju Dou (1990).        


Book Tickets

Tuesday 6 Aug 20248:00pm
Monday 12 Aug 20243:00pm
Friday 16 Aug 20246:00pm

Shiraz: A Romance of India + Live Sitar & Tabla Performance (U)

Shiraz: A Romance of India + Live Sitar & Tabla Performance

Prior to the film there will be a traditional Indian music performance by internationally acclaimed sitarist Jonathan Mayer & gifted tabla player Dhanraj Persaud. The film will be introduced by guest curator Anupma Shanker.


A silent spectacle featuring an all-Indian cast of thousands, lavish costumes and gorgeous settings, Shiraz: A Romance of India is based on the true story -or a romanticized version- of the 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and the events leading to the construction of the world’s most beautiful monument to love, the Taj Mahal, in memory of his dead queen, Mumtaz Mahal.


The brainchild of star and producer Himanshu Rai, regarded as one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, this ambitious Indian/British/German co-production was directed by the Bavarian filmmaker Franz Osten, and was the second of three silent films, shot on location in Jaipur, India. Rai plays the lead role of the humble potter Shiraz who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she is sold by slave traders to the future emperor. Shiraz is ultimately fated to design the queen’s iconic mausoleum.


Restored from original film elements by the BFI National Archive in 2017, the film also features a new score by the Grammy Award-winning sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar.


Looking back at this iconic historical saga ninety six years later, Shiraz is not just one of the few silent Indian films to survive, it is an aide-mémoire of India’s flourishing film industry in the 1920s, and a shining jewel of silent world cinema classics.


Jonathan Mayer [Sitar]

Son of the late Kolkata composer John Mayer, Jonathan began his musical training at the early age of 5. His teachers have included Clem Alford (the first ever European sitar player), Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury of Senia Gharana and Wajahat Khan (direct descendent of Mia Tansen the great musician, one of the nine jewels in Moghul court of Emperor Akbar). Jonathan has performed all over the world and his works have been performed and commissioned by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, among others. Jonathan is the co-founder of First Hand Records Ltd and Artistic Director of Zeroclassikal.


Dhanraj Persuad [Tabla]

Dhanraj began his training at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Pandit Rajkumar Misra. In keeping with the lineage of his Guru, Dhanraj follows the playing style of the Jaipur and Farukhabad Gharanas of Tabla. Not only is Dhanraj an accomplished Tabla player but also an experienced vocalist, currently receiving training from Smt. Chandrima Misra of the Kasur-Patiala Gharana. Dhanraj has performed extensively around the UK and is fast becoming a much sought after performer within the Indian Classical Music scene in this country.


Anupma Shanker


The film has been chosen by guest curator Anupma Shanker. Anupma is a British-Indian 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 films, with aim of making them accessible to a wider audience, both within and outside the UK. Her other interests include, Black-British cinema, Post-war Japanese Cinema, Indian Parallel Cinema, and Iranian New-wave Cinema.

Book Tickets

Friday 9 Aug 20248:15pm

Shiva Baby (15)

Shiva Baby

All screenings will be shown with Descriptive Subtitles (HOH).


Shiva Baby is a cult gem, where the central character experiences a comical push and pull between her Jewish identity and her bisexuality.


Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby focuses on twentysomething Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a perennial student who’s been lying to her supportive but overbearing parents about her faltering academic career. Then again, she has a lot of secrets she’s keeping, including her relationship with an older man, Max (Danny Deferrari), who also gives her money. Hauled off to a shiva by her parents, she’s mortified to encounter her embittered ex Maya (Molly Gordon), followed by other people who make things increasingly more awkward. Much to her chagrin, she finds out that many of them have secrets of their own.


Shiva Baby is a caustically affectionate comedy about tightly knit families and communities, and the comfort and anguish they’re often responsible for. Seligman structures the film expertly: Danielle lurches from one potentially catastrophic encounter to another - each one threatening to expose her multiple fabrications - while navigating spilled drinks, wailing babies, and an endless string of friends and relations anxious to give advice. Seligman’s stellar ensemble cast, led by Sennott and including Polly Draper and Fred Melamed, is spot-on.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 17 Jul 20244:00pm

Sleep (15)

Sleep

What if the place you thought was safest suddenly became a battleground for your sanity? Young couple Hyun-su and Soo-jin are about to become new parents when, one night, heavily pregnant Soo-jin wakes up from a deep slumber to her husband’s first act of parasomnia. Debut director Jason Yu brings audiences a clever, well-crafted and genre-bending thriller.


The Garden Cinema View:


Those hoary horror staples of sleep disorders/paralysis and demon seeds are rearing their horrifying heads again in this effective new chiller from South Korea. It’s an impressive debut from Jason Yu who deploys genre conventions quite elegantly within a claustrophobic chamber setting. Some early sequences are genuinely quite uneasy, but a vein of subtle humour stops proceedings from becoming too intense. Ultimately, this is a an examination of the pressures of parenthood on a couple. Both well played here, with a bittersweet performance from the late Lee Sun-kyun (known in the West for his work with Hong Sang-soo and in Parasite).

Book Tickets

Friday 19 Jul 20248:50pm
Saturday 20 Jul 20248:45pm
Sunday 21 Jul 20245:00pm
Monday 22 Jul 20245:35pm
Tuesday 23 Jul 20248:40pm
Wednesday 24 Jul 20248:50pm
Thursday 25 Jul 20246:00pm

The Conversation (50th Anniversary) (12A)

The Conversation (50th Anniversary)

New digital restoration.


Francis Ford Coppola’s first film after The Godfather is a masterpiece of sustained suspense and paranoia, with Gene Hackman as surveillance expert Harry Caul, a recluse living alone in an empty San Francisco apartment who is hired by a mysterious client to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan (the great character actor John Cazale) manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple is in danger. The Conversation was nominated for three Academy Awards, including a Best Sound nod for legendary editor/sound designer Walter Murch.

Book Tickets

Monday 15 Jul 20245:45pm
Wednesday 17 Jul 20245:45pm

The Double Life of Véronique (15)

The Double Life of Véronique

This film was proposed by our member Ariadne Suo, who writes: '"All my life I’ve felt I was in two places at the same time. Here and somewhere else." A visual poem about doppelgängers, rebirth, and the subtle sensations you can’t quite put into words. A film about spirituality and interconnectedness of human lives that I hope to introduce to more people in this community. My favourite film by my favourite director but I’ve still never seen it on a big screen. The one time I managed to find a screening, it was cancelled half an hour before it was due to start. Kieslowski loves coincidences like this. He’d say it’s fate. But I’m determined to change that.'

Krzysztof Kieslowski's international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colours, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak's shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's haunting, operatic score, Kieslowski creates one of cinema's most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.






Book Tickets

Saturday 10 Aug 20243:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)
Thursday 22 Aug 20246:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

The Farewell (PG)

The Farewell

All screenings will be shown with English Subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Sunday July 14 will be followed by a discussion between Jennifer Lim, Cici Peng and Hester Yang. 

The hilarious and heartbreaking, The Farewell is a modern classic that explores the joys and dysphoria of cultural tensions.


In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.


Jennifer Lim is an actor, theatre and filmmaker who also writes, directs and produces. Her acting work encompasses film, theatre, television, radio and audio work. Films include ‘A Monster Calls’, 'Hostel', 'When Evil Calls', 'Piercing Brightness’, ‘Leviathan’, ‘British People’ in Uncertain Kingdom. Moongate’s commissioned short films include ’Night Lives’ and ‘Dream of Emerald Hill’ which played in multiple international film festivals. She is artistic director and co-founder of Moongate - currently Company In Residence at Omnibus Theatre. She is one of the founding members of BEATS (British East and Southeast Asians in Theatre and on Screen) and part of the BEATS/BFI Summit.


Hester Yang, a London-based Chinese filmmaker and film programmer, focuses on alternative documentary storytelling. Collaborating with Chinese and East & Southeast Asian communities in the UK, her artistic and curatorial practice explores memory, historical erasure, migration, and complex diasporic experiences. Co-founding Sine Screen弦影像, an emerging screening collective, Hester aims to showcase independent cinema and moving image works from East and Southeast Asia, opening discussions on dominant representations of ESEA culture and history.


Cici Peng is a film journalist and film programmer based in London. She has written for British GQ, LWLies, Dazed & Confused, i-D, and led and edited an editorial project for gal-dem. She has programmed screenings and events at the BFI, ICA, and the Barbican among others.


The screening on Sunday 14 July, will be in partnership with Chinese Cinema Project.



Book Tickets

Sunday 14 Jul 20247:00pm
Thursday 18 Jul 20243:30pm

The Fisherman and the Banker + Q&A (18)

The Fisherman and the Banker + Q&A

Filmed over a period of 10 years, this is the story of how a group of courageous fishermen in India’s Gulf of Kutch joins forces with an NGO in Washington, DC to take on one of the world’s most powerful institutions, the World Bank Group.

For years, the fishermen of the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat and their social movement MASS have been battling coal-fired power plants that threaten their livelihoods and traditional way of life by polluting the water and the countryside. Then, in 2015, their fight took an international dimension when US lawyers at EarthRights International took on their case to file the first-ever lawsuit against the World Bank’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation. One of the most destructive power plants in the Gulf of Kutch is owned by Indian multinational Tata, who received funding from the IFC. The IFC claims absolute legal immunity but the fishermen challenge this in ever higher courts. In 2018, the case makes its way to the US Supreme Court. Will the fishermen be able to change international law to hold the IFC to account – and save their livelihoods.


The film was nominated for best feature film at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.


"Moving and Necessary. A David-vs-Goliath story for an age that desperately needs such stories” – Yanis Varoufakis


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Sheena Sumaria.



Book Tickets

Saturday 14 Sep 20242:00pm

The Heartbreak Kid (PG)

The Heartbreak Kid

All screenings of will be shown with English subtitles (not HOH).


The screening on Thursday 20 June, will be introduced by Julie Lobalzo Wright.

The matinee screening on Monday 17 June, will be introduced by Darren Richman. Afterwards, he and Devorah Baum will hold a post-screening discussion.


The Heartbreak Kid is a melancholic tale that turns the rom-com genre on its head.


During their honeymoon in Miami, Lenny meets beautiful and sophisticated Kelly (Cybill Shepherd). Every chance he gets, Lenny sneaks away from Lila to be with Kelly, and the more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love. Problems arise when the two women learn about each another.



Julie Lobalzo Wright is an Assistant Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She has taught and researched film and television stardom, animation, and Hollywood musicals. Her next project is a book length study of Barbra Streisand that will focus on the authorship of her star image throughout her career.


Devorah Baum is the author of a number of books including On Marriage (Hamish Hamilton) and The Jewish Joke (Profile). With Josh Appignanesi she is co-director of the films The New Man and Husband. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Granta, Tate Etc and the Financial Times. She is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Southampton.


Darren Richman is a writer and journalist. He has a monthly column in The Jewish News and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Little White Lies and The Daily Telegraph. Between 2014 and 2018, he had a regular column for The Independent in which he championed obscure or forgotten films. He co-wrote My Life as Pat Sharp, a spoof memoir published in November 2020 by Little Brown.



The Heartbreak Kid is screening from the best materials currenty available.

 


Book Tickets

Sunday 28 Jul 20247:45pm

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

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

We’ve dug deep into the LIAF archives and have selected 16 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.


There’ll be talking animals, seriously fun adventures and tales that spark all those little imaginations. Animation is the most imaginative and engaging of all art forms and is the perfect platform to enthral and inspire the wide-open imaginations of kids. This programme, carefully selected with our youngest audience in mind, is always popular, and not a toy ad in sight.


For more information about the London International Animation Festival and our programmes please look at the website at www.liaf.org.uk


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.


Programme:


Spring Jam

Dir: Ned Wenlock

New Zealand, 5’35, 2016

A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, knows he needs to improvise sweet music if he’s to have any chance during the mating season.


Mr Night Has A Day Off

Dir: Ignas Meilunas

Lithuania, 2’00, 2017

Unsatisfied, Mr Night is walking around the town changing all things to black until everything is as dark as night.


Keep On Rolling!

Dir: Takashi Miike

Japan, 5’00, 2016

An ambitious dung beetle can’t stop rolling poo. He perfects the art with every round thing he comes across.


A Rhino named Paul "Everybody sleeps"

Dir: Dave Schlafman, Mike Annear

USA, 2’40, 2015

It's bedtime, but a restless little rhino just isn't ready to call it a day.


Dust Buddies

Dir: Sam Wade and Beth Tomashek

USA, 4’05, 2016

A group of adorable dust bunnies live a humble, but happy existence until a dust-up with a determined maid gets them into an epic kerfuffle.


Deep Beneath The Earth

Dir: Kim Noce and Shaun Clark

UK, 3’00, 2017

The only thing young Lucy likes is gaming on her Ipad. But when she loses it in the woods she is determined to get it back.


The One Who Tamed the Clouds

Dir: Julie Rembauville , Nicolas Bianco-Levrin

France, 4’00, 2016

At the top of a canyon, the old Indian Flying Shadow teaches the young Nayati the ancient art of smoke signals.


Sabaku

Dir: Marlies van der Wel

Netherlands, 2’00, 2016

When Sabaku’s best friend Buffalo passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend.


Water Path For A Fish

Dir: Mercedes Marro

France, 8’00, 2016

In a Latin American town Oscar sleeps when a sudden gust of wind wakes him up. From his window he sees a goldfish in a dirty puddle, gasping for air.


Hamlet.Comedy

Dir: Eugeniy Fadeyev

Russia, 5’00, 2015

A class of children go to see “Hamlet” with their strict teacher. When the children get bored, they start to laugh and wreak havoc.


About Coati

Dir: Alexandra Slepchuk

Russia, 6’00, 2015

A delightful fable about how to turn your weaknesses into strengths.


Awesome Beetle's Colours

Dir: Indra Sproge

Latvia, 3’15, 2016

A lovely song to guide you through the alphabet.


The Red Herring

Dir: Leevi Lemmetty

Finland/Ireland, 6’40, 2015

Are these penguins hungry or greedy?


Kochkunst - The Art of Cooking

Dir: Stella Raith

Germany, 3’15, 2016

The cook wants to make a pancake but it fights tooth and nail against returning to the pan.


In the Forest of Forgotten Umbrellas

Dir: Dimitry Vysotskiy

Russia, 6’35, 2016

Every night Dad tries to figure out what story to tell his little children.


Island

Dir: Max Mortl and Robert Loebel

Germany, 2’00, 2017

On a small island a bunch of exotic creatures run across each other.


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 Jul 202411:00am
Sunday 28 Jul 202411:00am
Wednesday 31 Jul 202411:00am

The Lunchbox (PG)

The Lunchbox

The film was proposed by our member Amanda Rosario Matveeva who writes, 'This came out when I was living in Mumbai and I remember all the hype around it. I never got a chance to see it - I would love to see it on the big screen!'


When Saajan, an ill-tempered Mumbai office worker nearing retirement, is delivered the wrong lunch, he is pleasantly surprised by the improvement in his food. The lunchbox had been intended for young housewife Ila's emotionally indifferent husband in an attempt to win back his favour. When he fails to respond to her efforts, Ila decides to enclose a note in the next meal and Saajan, his taste buds tickled and his interest piqued, decides to write back. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.


With superbly rich and subtle performances by two of India’s finest stars, the beloved late leading man Irrfan Khan and the award-winning actress Nimrat Kaur. The Lunchbox enchanted audiences around the globe, winning an audience award at Cannes and a Best Film nomination at the London Film Festival.


Hindi with English Subtitles


Please note, the screening on Tuesday 30 July is our Free Members' Screening, and the screening on Monday 5 August is a general public screening.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 30 Jul 20246:00pm (Closed)
Monday 5 Aug 20246:00pm

The Queen of My Dreams- Preview Screening (18)

The Queen of My Dreams- Preview Screening

Two months before it's official release, we present a special preview screening of Fawzia Mirza’s vibrant debut feature The Queen of My Dreams. The film opens our South Asian Heritage Month season and will be introduced by Dr Kulraj Phullar.


The Queen of My Dreams previously screened to critical acclaim at Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare and SXSW.


'A Bollywood-infused tribute to queer Muslim joy.''- British Vogue


In 1999, the sudden death of her father sends queer Muslim grad student Azra (Amrit Kaur) flying back to her ancestral home in Pakistan, where her stern mother Mariam (Nimra Bucha) demands she play the role of the perfect grieving daughter. Once there, Azra finds herself on a Bollywood-inspired journey through memories, both real and imagined; from her mother’s wild youth in 1960s Karachi to her own coming- of-age in rural Canada. Connected through a shared love of the Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore, Azra and Mariam come of age in two different eras.


Writer-director Fawzia Mirza’s energetic first feature explores the chasm between individual desires and cultural expectations. Fluidly and convincingly slipping between time periods, with sequences of vivid Technicolor reminiscent of the era’s Bollywood cinema.


English & Urdu with English Subtitles


Director’s Statement:

'The Queen of My Dreams is a dramedy spanning 30 years in the life of a Pakistani-Canadian family. It’s an exploration of the intergenerational connections between mothers and daughters, East and West, home and away, infused with humor, romance, music and Bollywood fantasy. Inspired by personal experiences, some of my mother’s stories, intertwined with Pakistani history and collective memory. The film shows the expansive journey of women, seeking to define and decide their own paths, while simultaneously learning – and remembering – how to love. And it explores the question I find myself asking in all my work, “How do we become who we are?”


With thanks to Peccadillo Pictures


Dr Kulraj Phullar is a London-based Film Studies teacher and researcher. His interests include classic Hollywood cinema, British colonial and diasporic cinemas, and popular Indian cinemas. He currently teaches at MetFilm School and the National Film and Television School.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 17 Jul 20248:00pm

The Road Home (U)

The Road Home

Our Screening on 14 August will be introduced by Tony Rayns.


Made immediately after the shoot for Not One Less (1999) had wrapped, The Road Home begins with a man’s monochrome-shot return from the city to his childhood village where his father has recently died. But what begins as a short trip becomes much more when he learns his mother has demanded a traditional burial for her beloved husband. She wants to have him carried by foot, honouring the belief that a body returned this way will never forget the road home. As Yusheng enlists the men needed to fulfil her wishes, the story of his parents’ love affair unfolds in stunning colour cinematography.


The Road Home is Zhang Yimou’s most simple, yet most touching film. Dripping in nostalgic longing, the central romance plays out across a painterly bucolic canvas. The film is a profoundly emotional viewing experience, and a showcase for breakout star Zhang Ziyi, in the first appearance in her and Zhang’s extraordinarily successful three-film partnership.


Book Tickets

Wednesday 14 Aug 20246:00pm
Friday 23 Aug 20246:00pm
Monday 2 Sep 20243:00pm

The Salt in Our Waters (18)

The Salt in Our Waters

Debut director Rezwan Sumit collected numerous awards, including a Spike Lee Fellowship, to produce this exquisite drama from Bangladesh.


The screening will be introduced by award-winning journalist. Momtaz Begum-Hossain.


Set in the stunning, unlimited vistas of coastal Bangladesh we meet Rudro, a young artist, who after the death of his father, relocates to a remote beach village to find closure and practise his art. Welcomed by the local fishermen and their leader Chairman, Rudro's lifelike sculptures enchant the village boys and his landlord's daughter. But when the fish shoals they rely on suddenly disappear, Rudro’s modern ideas are blamed. As a cyclone approaches, Rudro finds himself centre stage in a primal, elemental conflict between man and nature.


Bengali with English Subtitles


London Film Festival 2020

Busan Film Festival 2020


Director's Statement:

Director Spike Lee was the first person who gave me a grant for this project, not without a warning – 'You are going to shoot a first feature, in Bangladesh, during monsoon, on boats? May Allah be with you! Allahu Akbar!' I might have laughed that day, but he was right. This project – from development to post-production – tested me in ways I never imagined it would. If I were given a second chance would I write a different script? Nope. The Salt in Our Waters made me who I am today.'


Momtaz Begum-Hossain is an award-winning journalist and podcaster who has reported from festivals including BFI London and Cannes. She has delivered workshops for Film London and hosted  Q&As with Film Directors at  venues including the BFI Southbank, Rich Mix, Picturehouse Cinemas and Cineworld.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 7 Aug 20246:00pm

The Story of Qiu Ju (12A)

The Story of Qiu Ju

The screening on 26 July will be introduced by Chris Berry (KCL).


Following his trilogy of highly aesthetic folk fables (Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern), Zhang Yimou made a sharp pivot to a style grounded in realism with the Golden Lion winning The Story of Qiu Ju. Gong Li (who else?) stars in the title role as the pregnant wife of a farmer, seeking justice from local and regional authorities after her husband is assaulted by the village chief. What ensues is a powerful test of willpower, where Qiu Ju must confront the bustle of a modern city (this is Zhang’s first contemporary set picture), and the absurd - if not intentionally unhelpful - bureaucracy of the legal system.

 

Assisted by what is arguably Li’s greatest performance, Zhang demonstrates a keen interest in the lives of working people, an ambivalence toward systems of law and power, and a caution against single minded revenge. Those used to the gilded surfaces and theatricality of his earlier films may be surprised at the emotional depth of this sympathetic portrayal of a woman’s personal odyssey.  


Book Tickets

Friday 26 Jul 20246:00pm
Sunday 4 Aug 20241:15pm
Monday 19 Aug 20243:00pm

The Trust Fall: Julian Assange (15)

The Trust Fall: Julian Assange

The Trust Fall: Julian Assange’ examines the meaning and significance of the insights that WikiLeaks shared with the world, the resulting behaviour of the governments involved, the extraordinary personal risk taken by Assange, and the wider fundamental issues around press freedom that affect all of us.


Filmed over two years, on three continents, and in ten cities, the film features an array of luminaries including Daniel Ellsberg, John Pilger, Tariq Ali, and Chris Hedges, with the insights of experts including Jennifer Robinson, Jill Stein, Stefania Maurizi, and Nils Melzer, in addition to reflections of Assange’s family including Stella Assange, John Shipton, and Gabriel Shipton. It is narrated by Roger Waters, M.I.A, Tom Morello and Jonathan Oldham.


Examining the motives of the peace activist and innovator, this astounding, shocking, and inspiring film invites viewers to embark on a journey of understanding, where the circumstances are unprecedented, and the destination unexpected.


Director Kym Staton states that: 'we wanted the audience to experience somewhat of an emotional ordeal in watching the film, a range of emotions, from sadness, to anger to shock, to hope. To leave the cinema exhausted, shaken and compelled to take action. The aim of this film it to add weight to the campaign for the freedom of this heroic, courageous Australian journalist and peace-activist. For his freedom, and the freedom of us all'.

With support from Alborada Films.

 

You can listen to our talk with Ithaka director Ben Lawrence who gives context to the two years leading up to this current extradition hearing here.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 16 Jul 20245:15pm
Thursday 18 Jul 20242:15pm

To Live (12A)

To Live

Our Screening on 2 August will be introduced by Tony Rayns.


The most ambitious film of the first decade of Zhang Yimou’s career, this sweeping adaptation of Yu Hua’s acclaimed novel is also a deeply personal reckoning with his own family history. Better known at the time for his comic roles, Ge You gives a sensational (and Cannes award-winning) performance as Xu Fugui, son of a wealthy family who is caught in the turmoil of the Chinese Civil War and then the Cultural Revolution. Together with his wife Jiazhen (Gong Li), Fugui is thrown from disaster to triumph and back by the chance fates of a society in continual collapse and repair. Few films have captured the frightening speed and energies of revolutionary times like To Live, and fewer still have brought Twentieth Century history alive so vibrantly and with such heartbreaking emotional impact. One of the great films of the 1990s returns with the UK premiere of a new digital restoration.    

Book Tickets

Friday 2 Aug 20246:00pm
Sunday 11 Aug 20244:45pm
Wednesday 21 Aug 20243:15pm

True Romance (18)

True Romance

This film was proposed by our member Nina Loncar, who writes: 'This was one of my favourite films of my 20s (I am 30) and I would love to be able to watch it in the cinema! The premise is so fun and I want to see Brad Pitt on the big screen as a dumb stoner that is so integral to the plot.'


A comic-book nerd and Elvis fanatic Clarence (Christian Slater) and a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette) fall in love. Clarence breaks the news to her pimp and ends up killing him. He grabs a suitcase of cocaine on his way out thinking it is Alabama's clothing. The two hit the road for California hoping to sell the drugs, but the mob is soon after them.

Book Tickets

Sunday 18 Aug 20247:20pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)
Tuesday 3 Sep 20244:00pm (General sales open 11/07, 6pm)

Vermouth tasting, Barrafina tapas + Almodóvar's first feature (18)

Vermouth tasting, Barrafina tapas + Almodóvar's first feature

If you've been curious to try out our summer selection of Spanish vermouths, join us on Thursday 18 July for a members-only tasting event. We'll be joined by Hamish Robertson from Moreno Wines, who will take us through the red, rosé, and white vermouths on offer, and explain a bit about their different flavour profiles, and the various botanicals used.


To our absolute delight, our friends (and neighbours!) at Barrafina will be very kindly providing some tantalising tapas for the occasion. Managing Director Anna Watkins will also be present to introduce the various nibbles, and contextualise their place within Spanish cuisine.


After the tasting session the bar, we'll head into the screen for Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom, Pedro Almodóvar's first feature-length film, which was proposed by our member Juan Antonio Gonzalez Gomez.


Important info:

Due to the boozy nature of this event, we recommend having dinner prior to arrival. Barrafina will provide some tasty nibbles to enjoy alongside the vermouths, but they will not consistute a full meal. There will be a few varieties of tapas on offer, some of which will contain meat, fish, or dairy. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please notify the team. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide substitutes for any tapas you cannot consume.


Tickets are restricted to 1 per member, and are available for just £25. The ticket price will include the vermouth tasting with nibbles, a complimentary glass of your favourite vermouth of the night, to take into the screen, and an unallocated seat for the screening of Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom. There is no need to buy a separate ticket for the screening.


Event timings:

19:00  Vermouth tasting, with tapas by Barrafina

20:30  Screening of Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom

22:00  Expected finish


About Barrafina:

Barrafina is a Spanish tapas bar owned and operated by Harts Group with the kitchen led by Executive Chefs Antonio Gonzalez Milla and Francisco Jose Torrico. There are five Barrafinas in London; Adelaide Street and Drury Lane in Covent Garden, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, Borough Yards, London Bridge, and the original site, initially opened on Soho’s Frith Street in 2007, which in 2016 moved around the corner to Dean Street. Each restaurant has an open kitchen, a beautiful marble topped bar where guests can sit and watch the chefs at work and stylish red leather stools. The a la carte menus comprise authentic regional dishes from around Spain, and there are daily specials menus unique to each location. The succinct wine list features the finest Spanish sherries, Cavas and wines. Barrafina Adelaide Street was named Best Restaurant at the 2016 OFM Awards and Sam and Eddie Hart were named Best Restaurateurs in the GQ Food and Drink Awards 2017.

www.barrafina.co.uk 


If you're interested in booking a ticket for just this screening, or for the Free Members' Screening of Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom, you can book tickets for this here.

Book Tickets

Thursday 18 Jul 20247:00pm (Booking opens Fri 28/06, 1pm)

Village Rockstars (PG)

Village Rockstars

Recipient of multiple international awards, Village Rockstars is an instant crowd-pleaser.


In a small village in northeast India, 10-year-old Dhunu dreams of having her own rock band. Her vibrant spirit, imagination and self-assurance stand out in a world where girls are expected to be timid and submissive. With her gang of boy mates and the support of her widowed mother, Dhunu faces the struggles of her daily life and hopes for the day she can finally play on a real guitar. Rima Das's second feature paints an inspiring portrait of a young girl finding her place in a world made for boys and men.


Assamese 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  

Book Tickets

Saturday 20 Jul 202411:00am
Sunday 21 Jul 202411:00am

We are Doc Women Presents: Summer Shorts + Q&A (18)

We are Doc Women Presents: Summer Shorts + Q&A

We Are Doc Women present three shorts themed around history, archives and memory:


The Archive: Queer Nigerians (Simisolaoluwa Akande, 25’, 2023)

The Veiled City (Natalie Cubides-Brady, 13’, 2024)

The Ban (Roisin Agnew, 30’, 2024)


The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors. The Q&A will be hosted by Hannah Bush Bailey (Doc Society), and we would like to invite all attendees to join us for drinks in The Garden bar after the screening.


Synopsis:


The Archive: Queer Nigerians (Simisolaoluwa Akande, UK, 25’, 2023)


Following five queer Nigerians living in the UK as they document their lives through audio diaries. From childhood to the present, participants share stories that explore how universal ideas of family, love, and finding oneself are obfuscated within the intersection of Blackness, African-ness, and Queerness.


The Veiled City (Natalie Cubides-Brady, UK, 13’, 2024)


A sci-fi city symphony inspired by London's Great Smog of 1952. Created from archive footage, the film unfolds through fictional letters from a post-apocalyptic future. The film invites us to understand the smog in the context of the present-day climate emergency and our global destiny.


The Ban (Roisin Agnew, Ireland, 30’, 2024)


The Ban, powerfully utilizes archival material to revisit the UK's broadcasting ban from 1988 to 1994. The film explores a period when actors voiced Sinn Fein figures to circumvent the ban on their actual voices, deemed too dangerous for public broadcast. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher defended the ban as a means to deny terrorists "the oxygen of publicity." The documentary includes a comedic 1994 sketch by Chris Morris and Steve Coogan, where a ‘republican spokesperson’ inhales helium.


About We Are Doc Women

WADW Presents is a series of documentary screenings with Q&As with the women creatives behind the camera. It comes from the team behind We Are Doc Women, a group that was founded in 2017 to provide peer support for women directors working in factual television in the UK. We have grown to become a collective of directors, producers, assistant producers and executive producers advocating for equal opportunities, greater support and fair recognition within our industry.



Book Tickets

Monday 22 Jul 20248:00pm