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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Marco Vratogna his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Awardwinning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Director: Joel Hopkins.
Starring: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville. UK 2017. 103 mins.


While looking out over the unspoilt parkland of Hampstead Heath from her attic window, American widow Emily Waters (Keaton) calls the police when she sees an unkempt man, Donald Horner (Gleeson), being attacked by thugs outside a ramshackle hut. Curious about the man she helped save from afar, she ventures out the next day to visit him and discovers that he has lived wild on the Heath for 17 years. As ruthless property developers adopt heavy-handed tactics to remove him from the area he calls home, an unlikely friendship – and then a romance – begins to blossom. With Last Chance Harvey, director Joel Hopkins demonstrated his talent for chronicling unlikely relationships, and his affinity for the Hampstead area adds resonance to this heartwarmingly quirky love story.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Director: Michael Bay.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel. USA 2016. 149 mins.


“This is not a number five. This feels like a brand new, fresh look into the Transformers.” So says director Michael Bay, whose latest ’botbuster, The Last Knight, shatters the core myths of the hugely successful franchise. Optimus Prime is gone. In his absence, humans and Transformers are at war. The key to humanity’s survival lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. The fate of the world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford professor (Haddock).

Friday, 23 June 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

Love Is The Devil
Director: John Maybury. Starring: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton. UK 1998. 90 mins.


John Maybury’s daring art biopic stars Derek Jacobi as Francis Bacon and Daniel Craig as his muse, a small-time thief drawn into the painter’s bohemian circle. Tilda Swinton gives a standout performance as the foul-mouthed proprietress of the legendary Colony Room, the Soho club that served as a hub for the group, which also included photographer John Deakin and artist Isabel Rawsthorne.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Fifty years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the England and Wales, director Daisy Asquith mines the jewels of the BFI archive to journey into a queer history of British cinema.

The opening film of this year’s Sheffield Doc Fest, this vibrant and lyrical documentary takes us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of sexual minorities in British cinema, starting in 1919 and weaved with the music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair.

Friday, 23 June 2017

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Marco Vratogna his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Awardwinning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Director: Mike Nichols. Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross. USA 1967. 105 mins.

This archly hilarious observation of smug, middle-class American mores remains a delight half a century after its release, as callow college graduate Dustin Hoffman is seduced by Mrs Robinson (Bancroft). Bancroft’s career-defining role is perfectly matched by Katharine Ross as her daughter, who ultimately takes Benjamin’s fancy. The Graduate confirmed director Mike Nichols’ talent for socially astute storytelling, with fabulous performances from some of his generation’s finest actors.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Join Timmy and his friends for three fun adventures in this collection of classic Timmy Time episodes where Timmy discovers that football is more fun when you play with your friends, that winning is not always best and that sometimes things do not work out as planned but that’s OK.

Featuring the episodes Timmy Wants To Win, Timmy Plays Ball and Snapshot Timmy.

Friday, 23 June 2017

New artist on the scene, Tomi Ling, presents her first EP Hard Love. She will be performing tracks from the trap soul EP; touching on R&B and trap soul infused sounds delivering the beginning of what is HER bass line story. She introduces herself honestly through her lyrical content speaking on issues that live within our society and personal lives expressing the outcomes of tough love.

Doors 7pm, music from 7.30.

Free Entry

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Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Director: Michael Bay.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel. USA 2016. 149 mins.


“This is not a number five. This feels like a brand new, fresh look into the Transformers.” So says director Michael Bay, whose latest ’botbuster, The Last Knight, shatters the core myths of the hugely successful franchise. Optimus Prime is gone. In his absence, humans and Transformers are at war. The key to humanity’s survival lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. The fate of the world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford professor (Haddock).

Friday, 23 June 2017

Director: Michael Bay.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel. USA 2016. 149 mins.


“This is not a number five. This feels like a brand new, fresh look into the Transformers.” So says director Michael Bay, whose latest ’botbuster, The Last Knight, shatters the core myths of the hugely successful franchise. Optimus Prime is gone. In his absence, humans and Transformers are at war. The key to humanity’s survival lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. The fate of the world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford professor (Haddock).

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Double Dose of Laugh or Cry

Alice Devlin: Extra-Curricular. Alice is an actor, comedian, theatre maker, amateur hula-hooper and Lecoq graduate from London. Extra-Curricular is her first solo project and appeals to those who love the ‘special skills’ section of a CV.

Fiona Sagar: Sagar Mega Drive. Plug in for hilarity and set your mode to multi-player. Fresh from The Groundlings, LA, Sagar promises to be low on further gaming puns, high on character-based comedy.

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Combining a youthful exuberance with a rich musicality that otherwise belies their young years, Bayonet have already eclipsed their contemporaries thanks to their tireless approach to gigging and a pair of well-received singles, both of which dropped earlier in the year. ​

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

David Earl’s alter ego, Brian Gittins is an utter prat and according to the Sussex Argus, ‘The World’s Worst Comedian’. However, Brian’s not having any of it and he’s back with a live show (sponsored by Rampoo - Shampoo for rams). It promises dancing, singing and Knock Knock jokes about an elderly lady called Joan McEnroe (sounds like John McEnroe). As well as all that there will be a section exclusively for frustrated audience members at the end of the evening called ‘Heckle Gittins’. So, if you like watching a 42 year old man prancing around like a moron, come and see the newly invigorated Brian before he’s bedridden with performance anxiety.

David Earl is star of Derek (Channel 4), Gittins (Channel 4), Cumbo (Channel 4), Extras (BBC), star and co-writer of Rovers (Sky 1).

Chortle Award Character Act nominee 2013 / 2014

‘One of the best comedy characters of the decade.’ Ricky Gervais

‘A true original, and breathtakingly funny with it’ The Guardian

‘Very funny and horrifically distressing’ The Independent

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Emerging from an original role hosting a regular night based in Camden, Jibba Jabba have been writing and playing music together since 2014. Their eclectic sound combines elements of funk, hip-hop and soul, with a mutual fondness of the number three ever shining through. Tonight the band are reunited with their original guitarist, Iain Macleod for a one off show. They will have support from special guests, Behind The Seen, with their mix of 90's grunge and pop rock styling.

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Need a room? Why not check in to Fernando’s shambolic hotel. A five-star show in a one-star hotel. Imagine If Willy Wonka ran a hotel and Fawlty Towers met TripAdvisor. Expect a feast of physical and character character comedy from the Bristolian Edinburgh Fringe regular, where you, the audience, are the guests of this eccentric hotel. ‘Brilliant, original visual comedy’ (Harry Hill). ‘There is a genuineness to Kamali’s performance which is inspiring’ (Stage). ‘An extremely talented comic, and completely, unfathomably ridiculous’ (Nouse.com).

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

An indie rock 4 piece hailing from Stockport. During our time performing as a live band, we've quickly become known as one of the most energetic bands on the circuit.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad (UK, 2017). Director Sara Afshar.
"It was my duty to get the names out" - Mansour al Omari, former detainee


This documentary tells the hidden story of tens of thousands of men, women and children disappeared by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al Assad into a network of clandestine detention centres.

The film weaves together the powerful personal stories of three Syrians with evidence gathered from regime documentation smuggled out of Syria. With unprecedented access, we follow survivors of detention, families of detainees, regime defectors and international war crimes investigators as they fight to bring the perpetrators to justice and desperately campaign for the release of the disappeared.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with film's director, Sara Afshar on the making of the film, and a discussion about the inspirational efforts to get justice for Syria's detainees. Further speakers to be confirmed.

Hosted by Syria Solidarity UK.

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Make Escape is our free craft night - a friendly night for making things, having a go, having a drink - providing the opportunity to do something creative.

This session it's good vibes all round as we team up with the Craftivist Collective and charity MIND to bring you a night of conscious crafting with a summer festival vibe. Stitch a message to send to your MP, make colourful flower crowns and matching hippy chick jewellery.

Music by DJs The Spinning Yarns.

FREE Entry all materials provided.

www.themakeescape.blogspot.co.uk

Monday, 19 June 2017

Leyla Bouzid’s film focusses on the world of Tunisian youth on the eve of the revolution.It’s summer 2010, and Farah (Baya Medhaffar) becomes the lead singer of an underground rock band. But the police are alerted to their subversive performances, while Farah must decide whether her future lies in musical rebellion or medical school.

As I Open My Eyes won two awards at the Venice Film Festival.

Co-presented with Arab British Centre’s SAFAR: A Celebration of Contemporary Arab Cinema.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Diane Keaton is reunited with Woody Allen decades after Annie Hall for this wonderful screwball murder mystery.

A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

Monday, 19 June 2017

A rare opportunity to see this acclaimed 1997 family drama starring Diane Keaton and an all star cast.

Bessie (Diane Keaton) and Lee (Meryl Streep) are sisters who have remained apart for nearly 20 years due to radically different personalities and life paths. Bessie remained in Florida to care for their ill, bed-ridden father (Hume Cronyn), and Lee moved to Ohio to marry and have a family. But Bessie's doctor (Robert De Niro) has informed her she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Bessie's prognosis and Lee's troubled son (Leonardo DiCaprio) create an unexpected family reunion.

Monday, 19 June 2017

At the heart of this bold and compelling hybrid film are questions about the significance of lineage and what is bequeathed. The film begins with Sélim Mourad staging a portrait of his own nuclear family, in which he claims a place on his own terms while facing up to the fact that he will not father a family because he is same-sex loving. After his sister’s passing, Mourad became his parents’ only child, but he is burdened with the knowledge that he is the last male to carry the family name. Meanwhile, the old building where his family lives and was bequeathed by his grandfather, is falling apart, but neither his father, nor aunt, can afford the cost of repairs.

A fresh, original and disarmingly honest look at the hold of patriarchy in contemporary Lebanese society.

The director will take part in a Q&A following the screening.

Co-presented with Arab British Centre’s SAFAR: A Celebration of Contemporary Arab Cinema.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Based on the best-selling novel which has transformed the lives of millions, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs.

Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don's youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

From the creative minds at Pixar comes this hilarious, action-packed animated adventure about a seemingly ordinary family with an incredible secret.

Married superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Soon, Mr. Incredible is in trouble, and it's up to his family to save him.

Friday, 16 June 2017

A double-bill uniting these two great cat and dog films of Istanbul Kedi

Director: Ceyda Torun. 80min. Turkey/USA. 2016


Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Taskafa: Stories of the Street

Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman. 2013. UK. 66min.


Artangel Open Winner, and the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, artist, cultural activist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman's Taşkafa: Stories of the Street (2013) is about resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul. The film is voiced by the late, great John Berger with readings from his novel King, a story of hope, dreams, love and resistance, told from the perspective of a dog belonging to a community facing disappearance, even erasure. In Taşkafa, this voice is gifted to a wider community and range of perspectives: to dogs, a city and, finally, to history.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Director: Dmitrii Kalashnikov. 67min. Russian with English Subtitles. 2017

There's only one thing we love more than docs, and that's talking about docs. Join us for a discussion about The Road Movie after this screening, moderated by Central Docs marketing manager Milana Vujkov. Video footage from a variety of dashboard cameras presents the absurd and frightening nature of Russia, alongside a series of bizarre car accidents on the country’s roads. More than once, angry motorists brandish axes, pistols or sledgehammers at the camera, and at times the camera itself seems to come to life, when it is chucked out of the car or stolen by someone breaking in. The footage of spectacular trips through a forest fire, tall snowdrifts or flooded streets is almost poetic – and what’s that up there in the sky? Is it a plane crashing, or could it be a comet? Bemused commentary from unseen drivers and passengers or the sound of the car radio provides unintentionally comical moments. Would someone please call 911?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky.
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery. UK 2017. 98 mins.


June 1944. Allied forces stand on the brink of invasion, but one man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Exhausted by years of war, Churchill (Cox) fears that history will remember him as an architect of slaughter if the landings fail. Churchill is the untold story of the haunted frailty of Britain’s most celebrated leader, revealing his vital relationship with his wife Clementine (Richardson), the confidant who inspired him to greatness.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Director: Mark Webb.
Starring: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan. USA 2017. 101 mins.


Gifted is a moving story about choices, compassion and family, all underscored by a wicked sense of humour. Frank Adler (Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when her mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn (Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Part of our July series of Edinburgh Festival previews at the Attic ...

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse
Leslie is a very tall London-based Canadian with rainbow hair (it’s natural). There’s also a slight chance you’ve made her up. That’s okay though; she’s pretty cool so you don’t need to stop believing in her. Please don’t stop believing in Leslie. Oh, and while you’re at it, please imagine up a boy who’ll like Leslie for all her quirks and downright creepiness, because she’s doing really badly at finding one for herself. She doesn’t care really. She’s independent and strong and amazing. But still. Please do. Please be a good corporeal friend to Leslie.

Oh, one more thing: please come and watch Leslie’s preview. This is her first Edinburgh Fringe show and she wants it to be really, really good. Please help your imaginary friend Leslie make her first Edinburgh Fringe show really, really good.

John Robertson
Anarchy and jolly wildness from The Ayatollah of Abuse, the King of Zing, the Duke of Puke, John Robertson. It’s a party, and everyone’s the piñata.

“NOT TO BE MISSED” Guardian

Winner - Three Weeks Editor’s Choice Award 2016

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Friday, 16 June 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

My Beautiful Laundrette
Director: Stephen Frears. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke. UK 1985. 97 mins.


Featuring Daniel Day Lewis in his breakthrough role as a right-wing extremist who falls for a Pakistani man, inadvertently stirring racial prejudices throughout their South London neighbourhood, Stephen Frears' iconic film is both a touching romance and a powerful depiction of the struggles of minorities in Thatcher’s Britain.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Director: Bruno Dumont.
Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valerie Bruni Tedeschi. France/Germany 2016. 123 mins. French with English subtitles.


Summer 1910. The bourgeois and eccentric Van Peteghem family have settled in for the season at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely life is soon interrupted by the arrival of two keystone-cop inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing. As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s gender-fluid teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ramp the slapstick up to eleven.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Director: Dmitrii Kalashnikov. 67min. Russian with English Subtitles. 2017

Video footage from a variety of dashboard cameras presents the absurd and frightening nature of Russia, alongside a series of bizarre car accidents on the country’s roads. More than once, angry motorists brandish axes, pistols or sledgehammers at the camera, and at times the camera itself seems to come to life, when it is chucked out of the car or stolen by someone breaking in. The footage of spectacular trips through a forest fire, tall snowdrifts or flooded streets is almost poetic – and what’s that up there in the sky? Is it a plane crashing, or could it be a comet? Bemused commentary from unseen drivers and passengers or the sound of the car radio provides unintentionally comical moments. Would someone please call 911?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal, 2017, USA/UK, 105min.

Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess,” the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voice of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. WHITNEY "Can I Be Me" tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Six people confess to two violent murders. But was it all in their heads? This is Iceland’s strangest ever criminal case, where nothing is as it seems.

Dylan Howitt’s first feature documentary blends powerful eye witness interviews, contemporary archive, and dramatic reconstruction to bring to life an iconic tale.

Iceland in 1974 was an isolated, insular place. Crime was rare, murder rarer still. So when a young man mysteriously disappeared one night it was thought he’d got lost in the treacherous lava fields that surround most towns. Some months later though another man vanished, and now foul play was suspected. It was a huge news story and the whole country demanded a resolution. The beleaguered Icelandic police launched their biggest ever investigation.

By 1976 six young hippies had confessed in violent detail to two murders. When they were convicted and sent to prison it seemed the case had been solved and the nightmare was over. But had the six really been there the way they remembered it? Forty years on the bizarre true story of what really happened is only just emerging.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The award winning stand-up and star of BBC Radio Four’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality presents her debut UK tour. Mae Martin is comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller, fresh from sell-out seasons in Australia, Edinburgh and London.
In her new show Dope, she examines a lifetime of obsessions, fandom and addiction and shines a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure despite long-term consequences.
As seen on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC2’s Live From The BBC, Comedy Central and more. As heard on BBC Radio Four’s The Now Show, as well as her own award-nominated series in 2016.
‘Effortlessly amusing – Mae’s gentle charm is highly watchable’ **** The Times
‘Quietly radical - expertly splices comedy, opinion and enlightenment’ The Guardian
‘An intelligent bag of cartoonish energy’ ***** The Mirror
‘She has mass appeal, is interesting, hugely likeable, and above all else is very funny’ **** Chortle
‘Infectious laughs – deftly delivered’ **** Evening Standard
Presented by Show and Tell & Burning Duck Comedy Club

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Launch of The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. This terrific new anthology includes poems by leading poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Mort, Clare Pollard, Ian McMillan, Andrew McMillan and many more.
The event will feature live music and readings by Miles Salter, Oz Hardwick, Antony Dunn, Robert Powell and more.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

We hope you haven’t gone away on holiday, because we need you to come to Hackney and tell your best (or worst) holiday story. It could be that you were taken on a holiday as a surprise, or maybe you do the same thing every single year. Perhaps you never take a holiday and work all the time? Whatever the situation we hope you have a holiday story to tell.

Tickets: £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Monday, 12 June 2017

After narrowly escaping death, young Rachel Rosenthal (Carice van Houten) becomes part of the Jewish resistance, assuming the name Ellis de Vries. Her superiors order her to seduce a Gestapo officer named Ludwig (Sebastian Koch). Ellis is successful in her mission but soon finds herself falling in love with her mortal enemy.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Break out your five finger rings, tracksuits & Kangol caps and join us at Forever 88: A Tribute to Hip Hop’s Golden Year. Live performances, art & DJs collide on one stage for an epic 80’s Hip Hop dance party.

M.A.C & Lalya Pars provide the vibes, spinning classic old school and Golden Era songs from the mid 80’s and beyond, highlighting the transformative year that was 1988!

Hosted by New Orleans emcees Tony Wilson & A. Levy, Forever 88 will also feature an open mic cipher, Live Painting and a CASH PRIZE for the best 80’s hip hop inspired outfit! Gracing the stage for the 88NOW segment, which highlights artists who embody the spirit of the Golden Era, London based Troy Glasgow will perform a special set from his new LP 84’ State of Mind.

This event is only for the positive & progessive!

8pm - 1am

Tickets:
* Early Bird Release: £5 (Sales end June 30th)
* General Release #1: £10 (Sales End August 4th)
* General Release #2 £20 (August 5th until day of show)

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, our bewildered ursine friend is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins).

Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman).

This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans old and new of the perennially popular children’s books by Michael Bond.

Friday, 09 June 2017

Laura set off in January 2017 with her friend Arron in sub-zero temperatures. They were attempting to cycle back to the UK in harsh winter conditions. Come and listen to Laura as she talks​ about her journey.

Friday, 09 June 2017

Exhibition On Screen: Michelangelo Love And Death

To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, this film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice which included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today in the National Gallery).

A major new film which gets to the very heart of this tempestuous, passionate giant.

Friday, 09 June 2017

Director: Nicole Garcia.
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl. France/Belgium/Canada 2016. 121 mins.


A sensual, wild young woman, Gabrielle (Cotillard), the daughter of a lavender farmer, is considered a danger to herself and is married off to one of the farmworkers. She lives unhappy and sickly, until she is sent away for a cure to the Alps where she meets war veteran André (Garrel), whom, she believes, fulfils her most romantic of ideals. Adapted from the bestselling novella by Milena Agus.

Friday, 09 June 2017

Director: Roger Michell. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen. USA/UK 2017. 106 mins.

After health problems determine that he must spend his winters in warmer climates, Ambrose (Glen), a wealthy landowner and guardian to his orphaned cousin Philip (Claflin), heads to Italy. Years later, Philip receives a letter from Ambrose announcing that he has fallen in love with and married a distant relation, the eponymous Rachel (Weisz). Soon after, Philip learns that his guardian is dangerously ill, but by the time he arrives in Italy, Ambrose is dead and Rachel has left for England, bound for her deceased husband’s estate in Cornwall. Racked by suspicion, Philip confronts Rachel, but he too soon finds himself under her beguiling spell. What is she? A femme fatale? A gold-digger? A tease? Thanks to skilled direction and first-rate performances, Roger Michell’s enticing period drama keeps the audience guessing throughout.

Friday, 09 June 2017

9 of our previous winners from slams in York and 2 from the Edinburgh Fringe. Poets are travelling from Huddersfield, Leeds, Hull, Mirfield, Hartlepool, Peterborough and That London. Each of them is a powerhouse performance poet, who run their own nights and perform across the UK and are itching to become Say Owt Champion of Champions!

Friday, 09 June 2017

Director: Sofia Coppola. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Collin Farrell. USA 2017. 94mins.

We are delighted to welcome director Sofia Coppola for a Q&A following a screening of her new film which premiered at the recent Cannes film festival, winning Coppola the prize for best director.

Sofia Coppola’s seductive adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel, A Painted Devil, unfolds at an all-girls boarding school in rural Virginia during the American Civil War. When the headmistress (Kidman) agrees to shelter a wounded Union soldier (Farrell), his sudden presence stirs up sexual tensions in the remote mansion. As each of the women falls for his charms, their tight-knit sisterhood buckles under the weight of deceit and jealousy.

Friday, 09 June 2017

Director: Alex Kurtzman.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis. USA 2017. 110 mins.


The first instalment in the new Universal Monsters shared universe ushers in a new world of gods and monsters in spectacular fashion. Accompanied by shady military type Nick Morton (Cruise), scientist Jenny Halsey (Wallis) is flying the exhumed casket of the mummified Princess Ahmanet (Boutella) from Egypt to London when things start going horribly awry. After her tomb is opened, the ancient princess is resurrected, bearing a malevolent grudge and unleashing untold terrors on modern-day civilisation.

Thursday, 08 June 2017

As part of the Bradford Science Festival you can bring your whole family along to a FREE and fun game playing showcase of Science themed games programmed by families from Bradford.

Volunteer to win prizes in "big screen" challenges, Gaming Guru Grandpa will tell you how coding works and help make a game in our whole audience tutorial. Even mum’s and dad’s will be coding in no time at all!

If you have any screenshots/photos or videos of your own games/digital creations which are science themed, that you'd like featured in the shows gallery; please send them through to live@impactgamers.net

This show is aimed particularly at 7-15 yr olds, but anyone is welcome with an adult.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

CinemaAttic's back, presenting Spanish language films with English subtitles.

Castaways, oddballs and rebels, they share a sense of being out of place, not fitting in where they had to live. Cinemaattic presents...Misfits.

You should expect first class movies, a warm atmosphere, provocateurs amongst the audience and a hell of a great night, where you will be transformed by the programme and the whole atmosphere of Cinemaattic. Included on the bill:

COMO YO TE AMO
Not content with being selected in one of the most prestigious festivals worldwide, Como yo te amo won Best Comedy Prize and International Audience Award at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival this year. Dani is a petty thief who falls for the policewoman that arrests him after robbing a store. This is real love at first sight, a moment of unexpected glare and, especially, something totally new for Dani, who has never been in love before. From that moment on, the only thing that keeps him alive is the crazy hope of seeing her again...

JUAN AND THE CLOUD
Juan is a child who doesn’t have any friends. La Nube is a cloud who doesn’t have any cloud friends. They find each other and become friends. However, Juan grows up and gets lost in the grey adult world. Best Animation Shortfilm in GOYAS 2015, we finally found the perfect excuse (programme) for you to meet Juan.

ANY DAY NOW
When Jeff’s girlfriend, Kate, breaks up with him because he’s too immature to “understand” her strange and terminal illness, he purchases a coffin and keeps it in the living room to prove he can master the lessons of mortality. Mentored by his girlfriend’s new boyfriend Carl, a bizarre fellow whom she prefers because he was struck twice by lightning and experienced clinical brain death, our hero undergoes a crash-course in self discovery. A short, sweet comedy about how short (and sweet) life can be...

FIDEL
Cuba, as we knew it, is dying. Cubans are craving to be connected to the Internet, to buy in Zara, eat in Burger King and have Apple gadgets. Nevertheless, Fidel, the leader of the Revolution is alone and hiding.

BECAUSE
Victoria and Paula speak to a wedding on the outskirts of Bogotá. A pending conversation will make them unleash feelings they believed forgotten.

ZOMBIES
Oh Argentinians. What a twisted sense of humour. If you have guessed this is a film about Zombies, you were right. Zombies never quite fitted in any society in recent history. They always ended up eating people and that eventually became a bit of an issue. It's been a while without them in Cinemaattic. Now put a jealous couple trying to survive in the context of a zombie outbreak. A married couple is haunted by zombies. Locked and unable to escape, they discover that the danger is closer than they think...

LAS REGLAS DEL SUBJUNTIVO
Psychology and language learning intertwined. A businessman experiences a therapeutic catharsis while attending a one to one Spanish lesson on grammar. Are you learning Spanish? This a must for you. Leticia Torres' lost in translation comedy plays with irony with the rules of Spanish grammar and the need to listen.

Tickets £6

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Director: Richard Thorpe. Starring: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor. USA 1957. 95 mins.

One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, ‘dangerous’ Elvis that won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays Vince Everett, a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honour of a woman. He is thrown into prison, and following his performance in the prison show, where ol' swivel-hips score a hit, he decides to stay in showbiz after his release. He sets up his own record company but success goes to his head, and he is deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on. Everett learns the value of friendship and slowly rebuilds his reputation and career. Seldom would Elvis be so well showcased in the future.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Director: Lewis Gilbert. Starring: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel. UK, 1977. 125 mins.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Oxjam is the UK’s largest grassroots music festival and gig organization. Putting on over 50 festivals every year and up to 500 gigs nationwide, the money raised from Oxjam goes directly to Oxfam to help the charity end extreme poverty for good. ​
This July, two huge Oxjam gigs are coming to the Basement in York in typical War of the Roses style. For two nights, three artists from the finest counties on earth will be giving their all to help end poverty for good by putting on a night of excellent music. ​
On Wednesdfay 19th July, the bands performing will be Puppet Theory; Cabezudos and Affairs. On Thursday 20th July the bands performing will be Able’s Army, Palmes and The Brazen
​ Both nights are sure to be fantastic and in light of recent events 50% of the profits made on the Lancashire show will be donated to the victims of the Manchester Attack that tragically occurred in May.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

John Murry was adopted at birth into the family of William Faulkner. Some have speculated that the Faulkner blood might also run in his veins, but that should be left for a Southern Gothic novel yet to be written (or perhaps re-written). Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the shadow of Elvis, his undiagnosed autism led to troubles at an early age which led to prescribed medication, which led to unprescribed medication which led to being institutionalised for addiction and mental health issues at a too young age. Eventually, discarded onto the streets of Memphis, he found music, which became the one constant positive force in his life. Memphis led to San Francisico and San Franciso led to heroin and heroin led to a near fatal overdose on the corner of 16th and Mission, so harrowingly memorialized in his song Little Colored Balloons.
Music again came to his rescue and led him to Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and the group of musicians that helped create his 2012 masterpiece “The Graceless Age”. The album was hailed by MOJO magazine and received a 5 out of 5 rating, UNCUT called it a “masterpiece”, both magazines included it in their Top 10 albums of the year; American Songwriter put it in their Top 5 of the year and The Guardian included it in their best of the year as well. The accolades rolled in and John toured the world. He entranced and devastated audiences with his raw, unfiltered live performances, and it looked like his trajectory was set, that music had won and would have the final word. And then Tim Mooney, John's mentor, his beacon, his bedrock, died suddenly and unexpectedly... and John's world fell back in to chaos.
Over the next few years, John would lose the footing that he had struggled so hard to establish. He would lose his wife, his daughter, temporarily his freedom and ultimately his country.
Somewhere along this journey, John crossed paths with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. John had opened for the band at a show in Glasgow and Michael watched side-stage transfixed by John's performance. Over the next few years the two of them kept in touch, they talked about the music business, politics, books, but most of all they talked about music. And they talked about making an album together. Michael wanted to capture the rawness of John's songs, capture the vibe that he experienced that night in Glasgow and was even more convinced of this approach when John came through Toronto opening for Chuck Prophet and did a solo set at The Horseshoe Tavern, which was as disarming and emotional as the set of music that he had experienced in Glasgow a couple of years earlier. “On The Graceless Age you can hear John’s affinity to artists such as Mark Linkous and Mark Lanegan, but seeing him on stage, with just his guitar and his songs reminded me of Townes (Van Zandt), that raw-boned, exquisite beauty, so real that it borders on the uncomfortable, you feel you should look away, but it's just too compelling to do so. The pain, the intensity, the honesty just draws you deeper”.
Eventually John completed his descent and landed in Kilkenny, Ireland where he found some solid ground as part of a welcoming arts community. Michael then convinced him to travel to his Toronto studio where Michael put a band together consisting of brother Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) on drums and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie, Lee Harvey Osmond) on bass. John brought along Cait O'Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello) whom he had met in Ireland and who wanted to be a part of John's journey. The five of them put aside five days to record all bedtracks and overdubs, with the brief that they would let the songs dictate where the journey took them, spontanaity was the order of the week. Michael Timmins describes the sessions, “I felt that it was important that John got out of his own way and that we set up a situation where he would just play and sing and the rest of us would just react, no second guessing, just react and capture the moment. It was a very inspired and inspiring week of playing and recording. Very intense. And I think we captured the raw essence of John's writing and playing”.
A Short History Of Decay is an intensely personal document of an artist's fall from grace. It contains all the tragic elements of that unwritten Southern Gothic novel: the revelations of a man coming to terms with the personal shortcomings, the flaws and the perverse twists of fate that led him to the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

Monday, 05 June 2017

This is a live performance, tickets are free and the artist will be collecting donations on a pay as you wish basis at the end of the show.

Sporting a projector and a screen around his head, performance maker and theatre designer Mamoru Iriguchi turns himself into a mobile cinema. He then performs with a host of Hollywood film stars by dint of black and white classic film clips, with especial focus on Marlene Dietrich. 4D Cinema is a performance piece that explores what is live, and what is recorded and so fixed eternally on film. Iriguchi investigates what it is that films mean to us in an age where new technology blurs actual and virtual realities?

Monday, 05 June 2017

This is a live performance, tickets are free and the artist will be collecting donations on a pay as you wish basis at the end of the show

The Foley Explosion is an immersive audio experience using Foley sound effects and looping technology to tell stories that link Britain and Russia. The sound effects are created live in a bravura solo performance, made up of seven linking theatrical ‘tracks’, given by Julie Rose Bower. Episodes features cameos from Edward Snowden, Rasputin, Guy Fawkes and a chorus of Geiger counters in memory of Alexander Litvinenko. The sound effects are made using everyday objects – a sandbag, a balloon - and are repurposed to narrate extraordinary incidents set around Bower’s personal experience of a breaking news story in Russia. Intriguingly, layers of sound invoke the cinematic language of Foley sound where origins and destinations of the sounds are often wildly different. This innovative and playful performance creates surprise and unexpected humour.

Monday, 05 June 2017

This is a live performance, tickets are free and the artist will be collecting donations on a pay as you wish basis at the end of the show.

Cameo Live will host an epic cabaret fundraiser from Fringe favourites Forest Fringe. This is Forest Fringe’s only event at this year’s festival. Involving artists of all kinds, in person and on film, it promises to be a truly memorable night at the Fringe.

Monday, 05 June 2017

This is a live performance, tickets are free and the artist will be collecting donations on a pay as you wish basis at the end of the show.
The Hungarian Uprising of 1956 against the USSR, which led to one of the largest refugee crises of the century, was fought to begin with from the cinema in Corvin, Budapest. In a live commentary screening of a comedy about football, scheduled to premiere at the cinema the week of the revolt, Deborah Pearson unlocks a surprisingly personal story. The performance runs the length of, and is timed alongside, the film, using interviews with the filmmakers, including the exiled screenwriter. It looks at themes of repression and immigration, and at links with history. This is a show for lovers of film, and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long. With dramaturgy by Daniel Kitson, and outside-eye work by Tania El Khoury and Laura Dannequin.

Monday, 05 June 2017

This is a live performance, tickets are free and the artist will be collecting donations on a pay as you wish basis at the end of the show.

We can’t help living in the future - booking flights for holidays, organizing birthday parties, writing applications, sending out invitations, producing T-shirts for tours. But all of this is merely supposition. When the time comes, these things may happen according to plan, or they may not. Life is entirely unpredictable. But what if we could rewrite history? What if we could imagine that things had turned out differently even if they had not? What if we could anticipate all roads to the future, so that we could be prepared for any possible scenario? Portuguese theatre company Mala Voadora and writer and performer Chris Thorpe collaborate in Your Best Guess to investigate this unpredictability. They explore more concrete phenomena such as undetonated bombs, goodbye letters, ghost cities, amulets. And, intrigued by the way we bet on the future, they will locate that exact point of consciousness at which things either work out as planned or awry.

Sunday, 04 June 2017

After a sell out Spring tour with King No-One, Lead singer and song writer Zach Lount will be performing two very intimate and personal shows in both York and Leeds.
There is widespread buzz about the band and their connectivity, spreading their message of equality - thousands have been turning up to see the band. And here there is a chance to get up close and meet Zach and learn more depth behind the songs. The shows will be emotionally driven, bringing the songs back down to their rawest form and how they were originally conceived.
Zach will be alone on stage with just a piano and his vocals. Catch this rare, intimate show before King No-One break and shows like this can't happen.
‘Loving these, big songs’ - Huw Stephens BBCRadio1
'Fizzing hooks, buoyant energy and tonnes of charm' - Clash Magazine
‘A group that will be opening festivals and no doubt headlining a few over the next decade.’ - Soundsphere Magazine
‘With each track stronger and stronger, King No-One Blew our socks off here at 6Music’ Tom Robinson BBC6Music

Saturday, 03 June 2017

Nosa Ott, Beatrice Lawale and Steve Kalinda have a passion for aesthetics, shapes and bold, vibrant colours. Their collaboration, ‘Inner Beauty, showcases the individuality, personality, and strength of women in around the world, as well as those they admire.

For the exhibition’s launch, they aim to create a space that people can walk through and experience the art, while enjoying an atmosphere filled with music, poetry, and various video projections.

Exhibition runs: 18th - 31st July

Launch: Sat 22nd July, 12pm - 6pm
Free entry

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Saturday, 03 June 2017

The Harfoush Jazz Band offer a new jazz sound with a fusion of American and Egyptian 1940s and 1950s jazz featuring swing and Latino versions of iconic Egyptian pop songs under a project called: The Egyptian Jazz Projekt.

The Harfoush Jazz Band was founded by Egyptian jazz vocalist Ahmed Harfoush in October 2016, bringing a new sound to jazz through unique arrangements inspired by 1950’s Egyptian and American songs. The band’s newest project, ‘The Egyptian Jazz Projekt’ takes us back to the golden age of music with timeless classics by Egypt’s most popular performers such as Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim skilfully blended with the music of American composers including Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. Ahmed Harfoush, lead vocalist of the band, was exposed to the American music legacy during his childhood in the United States. He has performed around the world from Paris to Berlin to Melbourne to Cairo to Dubai and has also performed with the Macedonia Philharmonic in Skopje.

Doors 7.30pm, live music from 8pm.

Tickets: £15

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Saturday, 03 June 2017

Created and fronted by saxophonist/composer/multi-istrumentalist Wayne Francis (United Vibrations) Ahnansé is an Afro-futuristic journey in sound, crossing Africa, the caribbean and London. Traditional rhythms meets digital beats, with a hint of jazz.

Plus, Afro-Palace DJ Volta 45 (and friends) on the decks with some heavy Afro-vinyl treats lined up.

Doors/DJs 8.30, band 9pm, DJS till 1am // £6 adv, £7 door

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Saturday, 03 June 2017

Continuing their season of screening films exploring culture, identity & heritage, T A P E's July screening unveils the perils and prejudices faced by two British-Arab brothers growing up on the streets of Hackney.

This award-winning debut from director Sally El Hosaini received rave reviews at BFI London Film Festival, Sundance and Berlinale, for it's accomplished and unconventional portrayal of class, ethnicity, sexuality and coming-of-age.​

In My Brother The Devil, Rashid works as a low-level drug dealer before deciding to get out, turning instead to lawful and creative outlets. However, this realisation comes too late for his younger brother Mo who, in a bid to emulate Rashid, is drawn into the gang culture his brother is so desperate for him to avoid.

For the first time, the two brothers find themselves at odds, fuelled by their incompatible desires - Mo tempted by what he sees as a glamorous, rebellious lifestyle and Rashid wanting to protect his brother from these mistakes. It’s not long before these two conflicting paths threaten to cause tragic devastation for both.

Doors 7.30pm, film 8pm.

Tickets: £5

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Friday, 02 June 2017

#BritishBuilt is a capsule collection from the playful Japanese streetwear brand Yoroshiku 4649 StreetWear. This radical new range of comfortable streetwear is entirely designed and produced in the UK. Over the last year chief designer Yumi has travelled across Britain to select only the best materials and most skilful craftsmen, and to inspect every step of manufacturing.

For the styling of this new range of beautiful, proudly British Yoroshiku kit, Yoroshiku has teamed up with a creative gang originally from Ireland and Spain but now based in London: the models Blackfish Collective, and Alfonso Gavilan of the photography team Reborn Crew. It's a diverse group that truly represents the reality of this melting pot of culture, LDN town.

Kicking off a two-week exhibition to showcase this inspiring project, Blackfish Collective will be making their very first south London appearance with special live and AV sets on the opening night - supported by music selected byMrSandman (Team United80), South London beatmaker Gonzi (CDR) & Japanese sound fairy oto (NessRadio). The #BritishBuilt capsule collection will be available on the night at the Yoroshiku 4649 merch stand. The exhibition runs through 4th - 17th July.

Opening party: 4th July @ 7-11pm
Free Entry - bring your good vibes

LIVE: Blackfish Collective (Dublin/LDN)
DJ: MrSandman (Team United80)
Gonzi (CDR)
oto (NessRadio)
+ Yoroshiku 4649 StreetWear on sale on the night


More: https://4649WorldWide.com/BritishBuilt

#BritishBuilt

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Friday, 02 June 2017

Start your Pride London weekend in style with music and laughter at the launch of the BlackoutUK Lounge - a new space created by black gay men, for black gay men and their friends.

8pm - 2am

Tickets: £5 (all proceeds to Black Out UK organisation)

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Friday, 02 June 2017

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina -- former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors" Yoruba traditions -- struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. Cohen Media Group is proud to present the 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash"s landmark film "Daughters of the Dust." The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, "Daughters of the Dust" was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, "Daughters of the Dust" still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce"s video album "Lemonade." Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences will finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Customers are invited to bring their well behaved dogs to this special screening. We will provide bowls of water inside and outside the screen, and blankets to cover the chairs so you can sit next to your four legged friend while the film is on.

Director: Claude Barras.
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Elliot Sanchez. Switzerland/France 2016. 66 mins.


Swiss director Claude Barras’s debut feature is a beautifully rendered, stop-motion animation, adapted by the gifted screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy) from Giles Paris’s eponymous novel. The improbably nicknamed Courgette (Schlatter) is a shy, bug-eyed kid, consigned to an orphanage after his alcoholic mother’s sudden death. However, Courgette’s unhappiness is tempered by the kindly policeman who escorts him to his new home and adventures with the other misfit children – a football-loving tomboy, shy Alice and an introverted dinosaur fan – are cleverly wrought to show how lessons learnt can shape a child’s character and prepare them for adult life. The story of the growing pains of youngsters is lovingly told, the animation and colouring terrific - all brilliantly befitting the narrative of a film that’s much more than simply kids’ entertainment.

Friday, 02 June 2017

For the last screening in the Jazz re:freshed Film Club’s hip-hop season, they are focusing on the DJ; screening acclaimed documentary ‘Scratch’ - a feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring special guests, as well as one of London’s finest scratch DJs.

Sunday 9th July
Doors 1pm, film 2pm
Event finishes 5pm

Tickets: £8

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Friday, 02 June 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

Hindi – English subtitles

Director: Soumik Sen. Starring: Gulshan Grover, Chunky Pandey, Rishi Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Farah Khan. 84 min. India 2017

After the screening we'll be joined by star Gulshan Grover for a Q&A.

A mad, comic caper where the legendary villain of Bollywood, Gulshan Grover, decides to re-launch himself in the film industry, but this time as a hero! The not so young Grover enlists the help of his dysfunctional sons and begrudging Bollywood stars including Chunky Pandey and Farah Khan to help him achieve his transformation. Guided by his ‘friends’ our hero soon slips into increasingly hilarious and delusional situations as they plan his launch movie. Badman explores the dark yet funny side of Bollywood where almost anything is possible. Its epic mockumentary style is a first for Indian cinema.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Messy goes to Okido is a comedy adventure, science-educational show following a curious, lovable monster called Messy (voiced by Adam Buxton).

Messy magically transports us from the real world to the land of Okido, where he finds the answers to his questions.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Director: Claude Barras.
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Elliot Sanchez. Switzerland/France 2016. 66 mins.


Swiss director Claude Barras’s debut feature is a beautifully rendered, stop-motion animation, adapted by the gifted screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy) from Giles Paris’s eponymous novel. The improbably nicknamed Courgette (Schlatter) is a shy, bug-eyed kid, consigned to an orphanage after his alcoholic mother’s sudden death. However, Courgette’s unhappiness is tempered by the kindly policeman who escorts him to his new home and adventures with the other misfit children – a football-loving tomboy, shy Alice and an introverted dinosaur fan – are cleverly wrought to show how lessons learnt can shape a child’s character and prepare them for adult life. The story of the growing pains of youngsters is lovingly told, the animation and colouring terrific - all brilliantly befitting the narrative of a film that’s much more than simply kids’ entertainment.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Director: Yuri Ancarani. 2016. France/Italy. 70 minutes

Italian Artist Yuri Ancarani journeys inside the bizarre world of Qatar’s super-rich, where the ancient tradition of competitive falconry collides with a life of otherwise ultra-modern excess. For these men, with almost limitless wealth at their disposal, the desert is seen as a giant playground for increasingly outlandish acts of folly - a perfectly surreal setting for the strange rituals that define their lives. Largely observational, stunning cinematography interspersed with breathtaking footage from the perspective of a falcon in flight, The Challenge is both an anthropological look at a clash of cultures and a sly meditation on the collective pursuit of idiosyncratic desire.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Take yourselves back to 1997. It was the dawn of a New Labour Government, the nation mourned a Princess and British music ruled the world. Pop Pickers – Disco is here to salute this iconic year and its legacy in the history of the charts.

The Cool Britainia sounds of The Verve, Oasis and Blur

Pop Perfection of The Spice Girls, Eternal and Aqua

The Dance anthems of Ultranate, Olive and Dannii Minogue

R&B classics from Mariah Carey, Blackstreet & En Vogue

Not to mention legends like The Bee Gees, George Michael, Whitney Houston, & Michael Jackson; 1997 has it all… AND MORE. So join us for an unashamed night of dancing and drinks.

Music from DJ David Robson (Out At Clapham/RVT/XXL)
+ Special Guests

8pm - 1am

Tickets: £5 (available in advance and on the door)

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Friday, 02 June 2017

Friday, 02 June 2017

Director: Randall Wright. 2017. UK/France/Palestine. 108min.

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled idiots, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris and a quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s and still at L'Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. Summer in the Forest invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel wants to share with us his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Director: Randall Wright. 2017. UK/France/Palestine. 108min.

Following the screening we'll be joined by director Randall Wright for a Q&A.

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled idiots, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris and a quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s and still at L'Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. Summer in the Forest invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel wants to share with us his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Friday, 02 June 2017

Director: Patty Jenkins.
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nelson. USA 2017. 133 mins.


Since Cathy Lee Crosby burst onto the big screen as the original Wonder Woman in 1974 there have several other versions of DC Comics’ legendary female superhero, but now Israeli actress Gal Gadot (Gisele from the Fast & Furious franchise) takes centre stage as the Amazon warrior-princess after a breakout turn last year in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Raised as a fearless defender of her island paradise in the early 20th century, young Diana meets Steve Trevor (Pine), an American pilot who informs her of the mighty war raging beyond her shores. Inspired to right the world’s wrong, she leaves for London to discover her true destiny and her full, unearthly powers. Gifted director Patty Jenkins (Monster) is behind the camera, overseeing a stellar cast that includes Robin Wright and Connie Nelson.

Thursday, 01 June 2017

Followed by Q&A with Director N. Padmakumar

English, Hindi & Urdu – English subtitles

Director: N Padmakumar. Starring: Gaurav Sharma, Vasuki, Dhruva Padmakumar. 115 min. India 2016.

Hari’s father Imran is Muslim, but is un-tethered by religion, as is his Hindu mother Parvati. They’re inspirational parents who are struggling to make their first feature film. Imran firmly believes that India is an incredible country that will always overcome its differences, but as mum and dad run into financial problems, the family has to downsize to rented apartments and come face-to-face with an onslaught of religious prejudices and corruption. As his disillusioned parents discuss whether to stay in the country they love or leave, Hari hatches his own secret plan to save the day.

Thursday, 01 June 2017

LONDON PREMIERE

Followed by Q&A with Director Amit Ranjan Biswas


Bengali – English subtitles

Director: Amit Ranjan Biswas. Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sandhya Mridul. 100min. UK/India 2016

Satyajit Ray’s beloved actor Soumitra Chatterjee heads up the cast of this life-affirming tale. On a suicide bridge outside Kolkata, two strangers meet with one idea in mind. An elderly widower sees a young woman about to jump and, forgetting his own suicide attempt, stops her from jumping. Taking her into his care, he discovers her story, and what had seemed a dead end to both lives morphs into a crossroads.

Thursday, 01 June 2017

Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani. Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni. Hindi – English subtitles
+ Q&A with Director Shubhashish Bhutiani


In this gentle charmer, a 77-year old father decides to end his days in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, with his son accompanying him. Their journey is a shining example of how humour, warmth and humanity triumph over pathos. The film won the UNESCO award at Venice and the Critics Award at Vesoul, and showcases bravura performances from renowned actors Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Lalit Behl (Titli) and Geetanjali Kulkarni (Court).

Thursday, 01 June 2017

Director: Stanley Donen.
Starring: Howard Keel, Jane Powell. USA 1954. 102 mins.


When backwoodsman Adam brings his new bride home to his farm, his six unruly brothers decide they would like to get married too. But as Milly sets about turning the unwashed louts into gentlemen, Adam advises the boys to kidnap the objects of their affections rather than woo them.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Daniel Simonsen returns to the Burning Duck Comedy Club with 2 Work-In-Progress shows - "Net" and "No Net".
"Net" is a new collection of Daniel's recent scripted work.
"No Net" is Daniel performing live, with no script..
Originally from Norway, Daniel is a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer. Currently residing in New York City, this is another very rare chance to see Daniel in York!
As seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and as 'Erik' (Bobs son) in Vic and Bobs ‘House of Fools’.
“One of the most compelling voices of the moment.” Independent
“Funny before he even opened his mouth.” Scotsman
“Creepily brilliant.” Fabulous Magazine
★★★★ Fest ★★★★ Fringe Guru ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ The Skinny
Please note both shows are 'work in progress' and doors will open at the earlier time of 6.45 with the show starting at 7.15.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Warm your heart and soul to the tunes from warmer climates. Move your feet, sway your hips to the infectious rhythms from other continents. Be entertained by performance spots from sensuous Oriental dancers. Get up and dance to live music from maestro Tim Garside on the tabla, req, nay and arghul as well as to an ecclectic mix of tunes from world music DJ Byzantia.

Doors: 7.30pm - midnight
Tickets: £10 adv. / £12 door

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Director: D. A. Pennebaker.
Featuring: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar. UK 1968. 79mins.


On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic verité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalising moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar; Jimi Hendrix burning his.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Cambridge Film Festival presents...

MOVIES ON THE MEADOWS 2017

This August Bank Holiday sees the return of Cambridge's biggest ever weekend of open air screenings with more than 14 films on giant inflatable screens over four summer nights.

Friday 25th August.
LA LA LAND
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF
SINGING IN THE RAIN
Plus more to be confirmed!

Saturday 26th August.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
GROUNDHOG DAY
LEGO BATMAN
Plus more to be confirmed!

Sunday 27th August.
SOUND OF MUSIC
SING
Plus more to be confirmed!

Monday 28th August.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
MOANA
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
Plus more to be confirmed!

Tickets.

Adult: £15

Concession: £12.50 (Picturehouse members, children, students, over 60s)

Family Ticket Offer: Buy 1 adult and 1 child ticket together and up to 4 children can attend on the child ticket.

Films start at Dusk (approximately 8pm).

Please bring your own headphones!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Emphatically not to be confused with Billie Ray Martin, this Billie is a Yorkshire schoolgirl with a notebookful of abstracted musings, which form the foundations of her translucent songs. Laura Marling, John Martyn and fellow early-starter Birdy are obvious antecedents, but while Marten’s debut doesn’t reinvent the strummy/murmury wheel, its purity and grace make it worth investigating. Her vocals are a whisper in a world of clamour, and if by track 18 you’re wondering how she might sound if she cranked it up a notch, her delicacy does gel exquisitely with the subdued folk/jazz arrangements. Highlights include the lullaby-like Teeth, written during a period of mental distress (“If you asked me if I’m fine, I’d say yes, but I am lying”), a denuded cover of Royal Blood’s Out of the Black that’s more badass in its simplicity than the original, and the absolutely beautiful guitar/cello composition Emily, made eerie by her tranquillised calm as she sings, “It hurts me so, it hurts me so.”

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Director: Han Jae-rim. Starring: Cho In-sung, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Seong-woo, Ryu Jun-yeol. South Korea. 2017. 157 min (15).

After seeing his small-time crook father humiliated by a visiting prosecutor, juvenile delinquent Tae-su (Cho In-sung, A Dirty Carnival) realises where the real power in this world is found. When, after years of study, the long hours and meagre pay offered by his position don’t provide the life he desires, Tae-su puts his morals aside and takes up with the most powerful prosecutors in the country, led by the charismatic Han Kang-sik (Jung Woo-sung, Asura: The City of Madness). Introduced into a world of money, parties and long-sought after power, Tae-su enjoys life at the top but with a career built upon a web of corruption, and with violent gangsters, a wronged wife and shady friends all gunning for him, how long can it last?

With its stylish portrayal of the unchecked hedonism enjoyed by men thrust into positions of power and the lies and corruption that keep them there, The King plays out like a Korean Wolf of Wall Street, albeit with more synchronised dancing, shamans and soju.

This is part of the London Korean Film Festival 2017: Teaser Screenings.

Friday, 26 May 2017

A bitter young girl brings her emotionally estranged parents together at their country house for a weekend full of shocking revelations. Artfully shot, with a nosy, circling camera often revealing as much as Fassbinder’s script, 'Chinese Roulette' is a vicious indictment of victimhood, martyrdom and the games people will play in order to destroy one other.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Director: Xiaogang Feng. Starring: Bingbing Fan, Chengpeng Dong, Wei Fan. China 2016. 139 mins. Mandarin with English subtitles.

Superstar actress Bingbing Fan and director Xiaogang Feng reunite 14 years after their hit comedy Cell Phone for a caustically comic fable that lampoons China’s unforgiving bureaucracy. Li (Fan) is a modest provincial café proprietor who stages a fake divorce with her husband Qin in order to claim an apartment only available to singletons. But instead of re-marrying her afterwards as planned, Qin weds someone else and gets the apartment, leaving Li homeless and bitter. She files a lawsuit, but her repeated protests are stonewalled by an increasingly unsympathetic legal system. When Qin goes one step further and defames her, Li heads to Beijing in pursuit of justice, determined to take her case to the very top: the National People’s Congress.

Contains infrequent moderate sex references, references to suicide.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Following The Beatles as they end a gruelling tour in 1966 and return to the studio to record the landmark Sgt. Pepper album. As one of the biggest-selling records of all time, Sgt. Pepper marked a pivotal moment in the 60s, reflecting the advent of Psychedelia and the Summer of Love.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Petra, a successful fashion designer, conducts a sadomasochistic relationship with her assistant/lover Marlene until the ambitious model Karin upsets the balance of power. Filmed in long, elegant close-shot, confined to a camp, sumptuous apartment dedicated to erotic pleasure, Fassbinder’s first international success provoked accusations of misogyny. Openly bisexual, the director insisted that currents of dominance and submission underpin all relationships, gay or straight.

Friday, 26 May 2017

This study of the devastating effect of malicious slander and implied guilt is William Wyler's second big screen version of Lillian Hellman's controversial 1934 Broadway play. In Wyler's first version, THESE THREE made in 1936, the lesbian theme was entirely suppressed. In contrast, THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, somewhat belatedly, allowed the theme out of Hollywood's closet. Two schoolmistresses are publicly labelled lesbians by a vindictive pupil, despite the fact that one, Karen (Audrey Hepburn), has a boyfriend. The other schoolmistress, Martha (Shirley MacLaine), is gradually forced to admit that she does in fact have feelings for Karen… with disastrous results.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Director: Aki Kaurismäki. Starring: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji. Finland/Germany 2017. 100 mins. Finnish/Swedish/Arabic with English subtitles.

Acclaimed writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s poignant follow-up to Le Havre sensitively weaves together the struggles of two men who flee their homes, albeit in very different circumstances. The first is Khaled (Haji), a Syrian refugee separated from his family, who arrives in Helsinki hidden as a stowaway on a coal freighter. After his transfer to a bleak, impersonal holding centre, the details of his tragic story come to light. Meanwhile, a parallel, equally desperate tale unfolds courtesy of spiky salesman Waldemar Wikström (Kuosmanen), who leaves his drunken wife and quite literally gambles everything on financing a failing restaurant. Typically of Kaurismäki, there’s much dark humour as Wikström and Khaled’s paths cross, yet antagonism eventually yields to sympathy, spawning a surrogate family unit that touchingly fills in for absent kin.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Director: Michaël Dudok De Wit. France/Belgium/Japan 2015. 81 mins.

Renowned Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli’s first-ever international co-production is a perfect collaboration with Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. The Red Turtle, almost a decade in the making, is a dialogue-free fable about a castaway on a desert island, and a touching ode to the cycle of life and the resilience of family. Presented with an elegant simplicity, the sublime visuals pack a real emotional punch. Described by critics as a ‘quiet little masterpiece’ and a ‘wordless wonder’, The Red Turtle won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes. Michaël Dudok De Wit previously made the Oscar-winning animated short Father And Daughter in 2000.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

DocHeads launches the second season of its critically-acclaimed programme of short documentaries with “The Past in the Present”, a collection of films that explore how our lives are shaped by the events that precede them - through secrets, mysteries, memories and myths.

Innovative, boundary-pushing and cinematic: it’s an immersive experience designed for the big screen.

Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, Victoria Mapplebeck’s 160 Characters brings to life the secrets buried in a vintage mobile. Charlie Lyne’s Fish Story searches for the truth behind a fishy tale. Florence Kennard’s Norma’s Colours is a dream-like exploration of memory told through Norma’s extraordinary belongings. In Calling Home, Jade Jackman uses phone recordings from the women the government doesn’t want you to hear, memories of detention from residents of the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire. Off the Grid by Meghna Gupta, takes us to Sandwip, a Bangladeshi island without electricity that straddles past and present.

After the screening there will be a Q&A, offering the audience an opportunity to take part in intelligent discussion with filmmakers around their stories.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

With the seismic events of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, reality seems to have been turned on its axis. £350 million a week for the NHS, Pizzagate, Making America Great Again, building the wall, Brexit, taking our country back, fake news...the world in 2017 is a place where cold, hard facts have less importance than ever before. With people seemingly willing to believe anything, and political figures able to deny the things they said the day before, we all need to get a serious grip on reality.

Join EEFF for a special in-conversation event with James Ball (Wikileaks, The Guardian, BuzzFeed) about his new book Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World, followed by the World Premiere of Dearborn, a new film from Katharine Round (The Divide) and Ben Steele about the American town that finds itself at the centre of the new political climate. An event to make sense of a world where mistruths and conspiracy theories run riot.

Dearborn, dirs. Katharine Round & Ben Steele for the Guardian, Executive Producers Charlie Phillips & Lindsay Poulton

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

For the fifth year running, Trans Pride Brighton & Hove, My Genderation and Eyes Wide Open Cinema have teamed up to curate a selection of short film exploring a variety of trans lives and experiences worldwide. This eclectic selection, featuring both fact and fiction film, is a testament to the heterogeneity of trans lives and a celebration of resilience in the face of oppression.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sophie (Seyfried) is all set to marry to Sky (Cooper) on the idyllic Greek island where she lives with her mum, Donna (Streep). But before Sophie walks down the aisle she wants to find out who her father is. She’s never met him but she’s got a few leads – three in fact. Back in the day, her mum had flings with Sam (Brosnan), Harry (Firth) and Bill (Skarsgård). Sophie has invited all three of her potential fathers-of-the-bride to her big day. When they turn up on the island for the nuptials, along with Donna’s old band mates Rosie (Walters) and Tanya (Baranski) from The Dynamos, the scene is set for sun, sea, love, misunderstandings and a jukebox full of ABBA songs.

Mamma Mia!, the sleeper hit of 2008, was panned by most critics but audiences around the world took it to their hearts. It’s a feel-good movie and the perfect choice to launch this year’s Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF). Mamma Mia! not only stars three strong, older women – played by Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski – but also has three strong, older women at the helm behind the camera – writer Catherine Johnson, producer Judy Craymer and director Phyllida Lloyd.

WOFFF screens short films by or about older women. This year’s festival (14–17 September) launches at Duke of York’s then moves to the Sallis Benney Theatre for two days of over 50 events, including short film screenings, special guests, Q&As, talks and workshops.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Donmar Warehouse presents the first part of Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare Trilogy in cinemas, which has been described by The Observer as “one of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years”.

Julius Caesar depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader's extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence.

“Lloyd's account of Julius Caesar seethes with menace, and here the prison setting makes perfect sense” ***** EVENING STANDARD

Phyllida Lloyd transforms her tense, arresting production of Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty and tragic idealism into a gripping version for screen.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson…

The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Coens return to tell a tale of a moral man who sees the world inexplicably turn against him in this darkest of comedies. Larry Nidus (Stuhlbarg) is a loving husband, committed father and dedicated professor who always does the right thing. But one day, everything starts to go wrong. His wife leaves him and her smug new lover has him move into a motel. Then his career is put in jeopardy by anonymous letters falsely accusing him of unnamed treacheries. And when his wife’s new partner dies, she insists that he foot the funeral bill. We cannot help but laugh as we contemplate Larry’s plight in a world with no silver linings, a world which might just seem uncomfortably familiar to us all.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Looking for an assistant, the brutish circus strong man Zampano (Quinn), buys the innocent and slow-witted Gelsomina (Masina) from her impoverished mother and the pair take to the road with a travelling circus. Life with Zampano is violent and unpredictable, and when Gelsomina falls in love with a high-wire artist, The Fool (Richard Basehart), Zampano’s volcanic temper erupts with tragic consequences.

Made between the neo-realist leanings of I, Vitelloni and the glamorous excesses of La Dolce Vita, this is no less recognisably the work of Fellini. With heart-rending performances from Quinn and Fellini’s wife Masina, he guides the film deftly from bittersweet comedy to tragedy. La Strada has the timeless quality of a fable.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Upstream Comedy is proud to present two back-to-back preview shows by two-time Edinburgh Comedy award winner John Kearns and the rapidly emerging Two Plus Ones, winners of the Audience Award at Sketch Fest and Best New Act at the Musical Comedy Awards.

John Kearns: Don't Worry They're Here
The only winner of the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards returns for the first time. ‘Now this is how you do absurd comedy… a bold, hilarious debut… he has forged comedy gold’(Chortle.co.uk). 'A true comedy original' (Time Out). 'Kearns could be your new King of Comedy' (Evening Standard). 'Heading for the comedy stratosphere... you're in the hands of a master' (Guardian). As seen/heard on Top Coppers, Cats Does Countdown, Drunk History and BBC Radio 4.

Two Plus Ones: Huge Night In
Fresh-faced, award-winning sketch dweebs Two Plus Ones are inviting you to their ‘Huge Night In’. The trio mix shrewd sketches with punchy musical numbers, embracing the emotional woes of a generation burdened with high expectations and low self-esteem. They produce and write their own tracks, their recent music video Living at Home has already scored over thirty thousand hits on YouTube alone, and was praised by Comedy Central as ‘a piece of absolute, terrible genius...’
‘Riotous, unanimous laughs… this show is a real people-pleaser.’ Broadway Baby

Tickets £6

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Patrick Turpin
Turpy - as seen on Climaxed (BBC3) and Pop Sludge (4Music) - returns with a stand-up show/hour of performance art/arse flapping gently in the wind, that rodgers the system quite firmly in the poo-poo place. Turpy talks clothes, life as a full-time sissy, being a gorgeous lil' hetero-boring man in 2017, and (as always) love and romance.

"A gifted comedic voice" - Skinny

"A comic on the crest of a wave" - Fest

"Intriguingly clever" - The List

Beth Vyse
Beth Vyse's sassy, leopard print clad alter ego Olive Hands (Britain's number two in the morning!), daytime TV wannabe, resurrects her career again! Can she finally talk her way into the perfect Hand's job? Olive Hand's left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.

‘Hands down the funniest thing I've seen at the Fringe’ -BroadwayBaby.com

‘This show has cult written all over it, a formidable comic actress’ -Chortle.co.uk

'The most gigantic idiot on the Fringe' - Scotsman

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Ginny Evans-Pollard is a zany comedian and cabaret performer. In this, her debut solo show, she plays Sister Rainbow, fusing comedy, clowning, puppetry and burlesque.

Sister Rainbow invites you to laugh along in lucid lunacy as a queer clown lands in a nun’s body and takes a light- hearted look look at politics and leaf-blowers. Will church survive the chaos in this often hysterical and terrifying service?

In Sunday Service Ginny creates a unique world in the form of an immersive, comedy experience. There is no other church service like this one!

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jack lukeman is one of Ireland's most respected and best loved performers described as “A mixture of all the great voices of the 20th Century ” The Guardian – at home Jack is a multi platinum selling award winning, singer songwriter. Internationally Jack has performed at the Lincoln Centre, Glastonbury and most recently at the Royal Albert Hall as the special guest of Jools Holland.
“What a voice..what a performer!” The LA Times
“A gorgeous, versatile baritone” The Washington Post
“Jack Lukeman's voice is an irresistible force of nature” The Irish Times
“Brilliant Live performer 5 Stars” Scotsman ​

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kate Peters Septet - 'A collection of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the country, fronted by an exceptional and versatile vocalist'. Jazz Yorkshire
Kate is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in the north. A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. As an active performer, Kate performs with some of the UK´s most talented jazz musicians.
Having worked extensively as a session singer, Kate has had the privilege of performing around the world. She has appeared on several dance compilations as a featured artist on tracks by Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Woody Van Eyden, One Hit Wonders and Playerz Inc. Kate also provided backing vocals on `Year of the Rat´ by Rick Witter and The Dukes. She has made appearances on national and international radio as well as national TV programmes such as `Heartbeat´ and `The Royal´. The album `Believe´ was released under Kate´s own name in 2006 as a collaboration with French composer, Jean Pascal Vielfaure.
The Kate Peters Septet is kicking up a storm on the British jazz scene. This exciting line-up features Ben Lowman on tenor sax, Ian Chalk on trumpet, Sam Dunn on guitar, Martin Longhawn on piano, John Marley on bass and Tim Carter on drums. ​
Firebird Quartet - Inspired by jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter, Firebird Quartet - led by trumpeter Ian Chalk - mix contemporary jazz and funk grooves with their own modern take on the standards.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

RIFF MEDIA PRESENTS ON THE ROPES + TENEMENTS + DALTON + JOSH NASH + CHRIS KENDALL MAGIC
Riff Media present some of the best rising bands from your local area. Headlining the event are York's own rising pop-punk outfit On The Ropes who bring enormous energy to all their shows.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.

‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances from an all-star band. The show includes songs from throughout David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including 'One Of These Days', the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show.

Both concerts also saw very special performances of 'The Great Gig In The Sky' from 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', which David rarely plays as a solo artist. This concert performance film includes highlights from both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder . ‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ shows an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world-class band, in a unique setting, on one very special occasion.

Songs include the title tracks of his two most recent No. 1 solo albums: Rattle That Lock and On An Island, as well as other solo and Pink Floyd classics, including Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

As part of the Spike is 60 film festival, We Are Parable are screening two films that are included in Lee’s ‘Brooklyn Chronicles’: 1989 classic Do The Right Thing and Crooklyn from 1994.

Do The Right Thing almost needs no introduction. Taking place on the hottest day on the year, we follow the trials and tribulations of Mookie (Spike Lee, in arguably his best on screen performance). Most of the block residents are trying to survive the heat, but as the temperature rises, so does the tension that has been cooking under the surface. A violent act that appears in the final third of the film has lost none of its impact and is as relevant as ever.

Crooklyn is a semi-autobiographical tale co-written by Joie Lee, Spike’s sister. Telling the story of Troy and her siblings, it is a wonderful take on family, life and loss.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A kaleidoscopic tale of love and self-discovery, Access All Areas is a freewheeling story of youth filmed on the fly at Bestival. Bryn Higgins (Electricity) follows an unlikely gang of teenagers on the run from their dysfunctional parents to the land of the joyful and carefree. Mia (Ella Purnell), is in desperate need to get away from her controlling father, while aspiring musician Heath longs to meet his music idol Kurtz (Jason Flemyng). Nothing really goes as planned, as they embark on this crazy journey, with their parents in hot pursuit. An energetic, colorful, totally bonkers story about an unforgettable weekend, with music at the heart of it all.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

American filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, EEFF 2015) embeds himself in the Syrian resistance, and returns with one of the documentaries of the year. In City of Ghosts, Heineman and his camera follow the rebels known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), citizen journalists who have risked their lives to report on the daily atrocities of ISIS. Forced from their homeland and working in exile, City of Ghosts addresses not only the necessity of documenting the brutality of Islamist extremism, but also the intricacies of a propaganda war in which they themselves have been labeled as terrorists. The result is not only one of the most hard-hitting accounts available of the reality of the Syrian conflict; but one of the most moving encounters with people whose lives are under daily threat, but who stand up to be counted anyway.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

As part of the Spike is 60 Film Festival, We Are Parable are showing Spike Lee’s 1986 feature film debut, “She’s Gotta Have It”. It tells the story of Nola Darling, an attractive and whip smart girl, and her three would-be suitors: the strait-laced but possessive Jamie, the self obsessed model Greer and the larger than life Mars Blackmon (played by Lee himself). Nola loves the best qualities in all three men, but just can’t seem to make up her mind on who she should settle down with.

Made for $200,000, but making over $7 Million at the box office, “She’s Gotta Have It” remains a vital piece of cinema (despite being made over 30 years ago), that effectively turns the conventions of the romantic comedy on its head.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The definitive account of the rise and fall of legendary hip hop superstar Tupac Shakur, All Eyez On Me follows in the footsteps of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton in setting the record straight on the superstars of rap. Detailing Shakur’s meteoric rise, his political education (his mother had been a member of the Black Panthers) and his time in prison, Benny Boom’s biopic features an incredible lead performance from 2Pac’s spitting image Demetrius Shipp Jr. Also delving into the rapper’s relationships with the likes of Notorious B.I.G., Suge Knight and Faith Evans, All Eyez On Me provides engrossing drama and insight into Tupac’s life and work, far beyond the boundaries of the standard biopic.

Friday, 12 May 2017

One of the bravest, boldest British feature films of the past decade, Rafael Kapelinski’s debut feature takes us deep into teenage lives subsumed in sex and pornography. Going where other films fear to tread, it follows three friends: Kyle, Jarred and Jamie, each of whom are deeply consumed by sexual drives that are taboo. Jamie, though, is a different case altogether, with his own proclivities a danger to himself and others. Shot in black and white on the streets of South London, Butterfly Kisses features standout performances from its young cast, and a scene winning turn from Shane Meadows regular Thomas Turgoose. With fiercely brave insight and sure-handed dramatic control, Butterfly Kisses is a milestone piece of British drama, announcing a potent new directorial voice. In partnership with MUBI.

Friday, 12 May 2017

An eye-opening, humane, wryly-funny trip into Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Menashe was one of the breakout hits of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Filmed entirely in Yiddish, Joshua Z. Weinstein’s heart-rending drama sees widower Manashe ordered to remarry, or face the possibility of losing custody of his son. Resisting his rabbi’s assertion that “the Torah says a man should not be alone”, he’s determined to take his time to grieve. But his difficulty in hanging on to his job, and his talent for hilarious mishap, doesn’t help his case in a community where everybody seems to be judging your ability to be a ‘real mensch’. A wonderful drama about a little-seen community, made all the more powerful for being based on the real life story of leading man Menashe Lustig.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The human cost of the death penalty in America comes in for timely, gripping examination in The Penalty, the vital new documentary from British filmmakers Will Francome and Mark Pizzey (One for Ten). Embedding themselves in the stories of three fascinating people affected by American capital punishment, Francome and Pizzey follow the stories of a man wrongly convicted who spent 15 years on death row; a lawyer fighting against increasingly inhumane, botched executions; and a mother battling against the state’s pursuit of the death penalty for her daughter’s murderer. With the recent controversial news about executions in the state of Arkansas, and support for the death penalty at an all-time low, The Penalty is a riveting, forensic examination of the weightiest of issues.

In partnership with Amnesty International and Dartmouth Films.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The incredible story of Tom of Finland comes the big screen in Dome Karukoski’s thrilling biopic. Charting a personal journey from repressed, scarred WW2 army officer to underground-then-overground fame, the experiences of Touko ‘Tom’ Laaksonen (a towering Pekka Strang) charts the fortunes of gay men in the twentieth century, as well as how his buff, leather-clad erotic art turned the emblems of their oppressors against themselves. Finding fame and an eternal legacy, Tom’s story is one of coming out and coming to America; of biceps and heavy, heavy leather.

In partnership with Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest. All ticket holders will be treated to a cocktail courtesy of Tom of Finland Vodka at the screening. Simply visit the Gallery Bar with your ticket on your way into the screening to collect your free drink!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Director: François Ozon.
Starring: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stotzner. France/Germany 2016. 114 mins.
German/French with English subtitles.


Set in the aftermath of the Great War, François Ozon’s loose adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Lullaby has an unsettling question at its core: could a big lie cause less pain than a simple truth? Anna (Beer) is the German fiancée of Frantz, who was killed in battle by French troops. While tending his grave, she is joined by the mysterious Frenchman Adrien (Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), who claims to have known Frantz in Paris before the war. Little things, however, reveal that this is not the whole story. As the two grow closer over time, Anna is drawn into a shady realm of secrets, lies and moral uncertainty. The subtleties and surprising twists and turns of Ozon’s film deliver much more than a challenging moral fable.
Contains infrequent moderate violence.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, five-star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Encore screenings at select Picturehouses

Friday, 12 May 2017

Director: Hope Dickson Leach. Starring: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Joe Blakemore. UK 2016. 84mins.

The 2014 flood that hit the Somerset Levels provides the backdrop for writer-director Hope Dickson Leach’s highly assured debut The Levelling, which features a superb central performance from Game Of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick. After the mysterious death of her brother Harry (Blakemore), veterinary student Clover (Kendrick) returns to the Somerset family farm where she grew up. Against the backdrop of the floods that devastated her home, Clover confronts her estranged father, Aubrey (Troughton), in an attempt to uncover the truth. Troughton gives a finely tempered performance, perfectly matched by Kendrick’s extraordinary presence in the breakout role of the year. Dickson Leach gives the talented duo a complex, finely crafted script to work with, offering a drama that works on many different levels.

Monday, 08 May 2017

In Fassbinder’s most popular international success, Maria, an impoverished young German war widow (a radiant Hanna Shygulla) takes up with an American soldier, only for her lost husband to unexpectedly return with devastating consequences. Determined to rebuild her life, Maria’s journey to the top is a searing indictment of post-war Germany’s ‘economic miracle’.

Friday, 05 May 2017

Director: Woody Harrelson. Starring: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson. UK 2017. 103 mins.

Back in January, screen icon Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers, White Men Can't Jump) directed and starred in an unprecedented live feature-film event: a movie made on the fly, shot in real time in Central London in a single take and broadcast live to cinemas across the world.

A comic re-staging of one crazy night in Soho in 2002, Lost In London follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family after a scandal threatens to ruin his marriage. Run-ins with royalty, friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep him from succeeding. Funny, charming and finally quite moving, Woody's film ultimately proves much more than a dazzling technical exercise.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017

In honour of the passing of the great American director Jonathan Demme, we screen his iconic Talking Heads Concert film.

The film was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

'Swan Lake' has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a fl ock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

'Swan Lake' was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Director: James Gunn.
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper. USA 2017. 136 mins.


The coolest ragtag bunch of a-holes in space are back with the fate of the cosmos resting on their shoulders once more. Because anyone can save the galaxy once. As they journey across the far reaches of the universe, the Guardians attempt to solve the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Pratt) parentage. On their travels, they cross paths with old foes, new faces and an enigmatic villain in Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), but their biggest battle might just be to keep their newfound family together. Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper reprise their roles as Gamora, Drax and Rocket respectively, while Vin Diesel returns to voice a very naïve and goofy baby Groot. Expect another humdinger of a soundtrack.

Friday, 28 April 2017

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser… As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

Christopher Wheeldon’s 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland' burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

Friday, 28 April 2017

T A P E is currently focused on screening films that explore culture, identity & heritage, and Morris From America is next up in their programme. This comedic coming-of-age story follows 13-year-old Morris Gentry - an African American teen who aspires to be the next Notorious B.I.G. - after he and his father move to Germany and he finds himself in a place where no one looks like him or shares his musical tastes. Over time, Mo deals with a variety of things that challenge his young spirit including navigating a new culture, his relationship with his father, and a budding romance as he falls for cool, rebellious 15-year-old Katrin. Morris From America screened as part of the Dramatic Competition section at Sundance Film Festival, winning two awards.

T A P E is a South London-based film collective providing an intimate and unique cinema experience for the local community and beyond. They curate screenings of some of the best movies from the film festival and cult cinema scene which have had limited theatrical release in the UK. This screening is in collaboration with The New Black Film Collective, a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black representation on screen.

Naturally… you can expect some sweet hip-hop tunes to follow this screening.

Doors 7pm, film 7.30pm

Tickets: £5

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Quizzers, assemble! Since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been smashing the box office (and the bad guys). Come celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming and all 16 Marvel releases in this powerhouse quiz!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Join two of Edinburgh Fringe's most beloved and contrasting entertainers:

First up is Elf Lyons' one-woman madcap French Swan Lake, Swan. The Giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is previewing her most eccentric comedy show yet. Think big. Think weird. Mathew Bourne would be proud. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah. Let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

“Hilariously Brave’ One of British Vogue’s ‘Top Twenty Names of Now

“Endearingly eccentric on so many levels.” – Fest

“A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for” – The Guardian

“Enthusiastically peculiar… showing sexy, nerdy and funny aren’t mutually incompatible.” – Chortle

Your second act is comedy hypnotist Ben Dali with: Take A Trance On Me. After amazing audiences for years with the groundbreaking Strictly Come Trancing, Edinburgh Fringe’s first and best hypnotist returns previewing a brand new hypnotic experience. Take A Trance On Me invites audience volunteers to be hypnotised live on stage before re-enacting a range of hilarious hypnotic sketches inspired by the madcap world of London. From street performance in Covent Garden to customs at Gatwick Airport, visits to the haunted London Dungeons and our very own unforgettable London's Got Talent, Take A Trance On Me is a game-changing show where the audience is the star.

Tickets £5

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Mohamed Diab.
Starring: Nelly Karim, Hany Adel. Egypt/France/Germany 2016. 97 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.


Egypt’s turbulent recent social upheavals, which saw Hosni Mubarak’s decades-long rule come to an end in a people-led revolution in 2011, is the focus of Mohamed Diab’s gripping new film, Clash. The nation’s most prominent cultural commentator, Diab co-wrote the screenplay for this powerful piece about his home nation’s troubles with his younger brother Khaled. Set almost entirely within the confines of a police truck, Clash is claustrophobic, hard-hitting and fuelled by an ambitious scope that belies its minimal setting. The emotionally and physically heated occupants of the police truck are made up of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Army supporters and factionless troublemakers whose deep-seated differences are, unsurprisingly, exacerbated by the position they find themselves in. Set in 2013 during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood were ousted from power, Clash performed strongly at its domestic box office, and reaches these shores promising a confrontational, highly charged vision of contemporary Egypt.

The Discover Tuesday presentation of the film will be preceded by a short film in conjunction with Random Acts.

Wrath

Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi and acclaimed choreographer Holly Blakey collaborate on this electric portrait of Nandi Bhebhe.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Michael Mann.
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Diana Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman. USA 1995. 171 mins.


Two of America’s finest, most charismatic film actors came together for the first time on screen in Michael Mann’s highly intelligent, stylish, violent thriller – and the result is electrifying. An absorbing duel between two men – one the icy cool mastermind of a criminal gang specialising in high-risk, high-yield heists (De Niro), the other the dogged detective assigned to his case (Pacino) – plays out on the battleground of contemporary LA, a moody, ever shifting city of twisted morals and crumbling relationships. Beautifully crafted, superbly paced and boasting a superlative heist gone wrong among several unforgettable sequences, Heat brought Michael Mann the recognition he long deserved as one of America's most talented directors.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman In Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings And A Funeral, The Witness For The Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they find themselves increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Talent spotted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Keating appeared live on his show twice and has performed at leading festivals, including Take Root, the Brooklyn Americana Festival, Glasgow Americana Festival, The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest and NXNE. Her recent album, TRICK STAR (Keating's 7th full-length release) got rave reviews from the UK and beyond. Bob Harris called it, "A wonderful record. Heartfelt and real" while Folk Radio UK describes the album as "disarmingly engaging." R2 Magazine calls Keating, "a budding Americana Star," while Acoustic Magazine UK insists, "Keating will enchant anyone but a deaf shoe-gazer." Her last album "Make Believing" was championed by the TELEGRAPH as a "best country music album" pick of 2015 as they wrote, " Keating is building the reputation her talent deserves."
Keating has played on the bill with John Hiatt, Bon Iver and other greats. This is her third UK tour (trio style this time, with London's own brilliant bassist Scott Warman (of the Porchlight Smokers, The Long Haul and other excellent UK bands) and Brooklyn's own Steve Mayone on guitar and mandolin who regularly tours with artists like Kate Taylor, Bow Thayer, Kris Delmhorst. This trio tour including some excellent double bills w/UK artists like Danni Nicholls, Ags Connelly, Gallery 47, Anne McCue, Danielle Cawdell, Porchlight Smoker. Dan Webster and the Boy Who Kicked Pigs. For fans of Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Jason Isbell and other great alt-country songwriters, this is sun-dappled Americana at its best, sure to enchant. www.anniekeating.com

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Lynch International School of Dance invites you to a Salsa Workshop for both men and ladies.

We will be teaching you Ladies Styling, Men's Swagger, Body Isolation, Hands and Shoulder Techniques, Footwork manoeuvres and much more!!

Learn to Salsa with more Grace, Elegance and Style!

Call Yvonne on 07957 456339 for further details.

Class 2pm - 5pm

Tickets: £10

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Phil Wang Presented by the Burning Duck Comedy Club
‘Certain belly laughs’ ★★★★ Sunday Times
Phil is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK. He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is very excited to be performing here, in [INSERT TOWN NAME] - a place he often calls his second home.
‘Talented up-and-comer’ The Guardian
'One of the more appealing – and cerebral – stand-ups to have emerged in recent years’ The Telegraph'

Friday, 07 April 2017

Director: Tom McGrath.
Voices: Miles Christopher Bakshi, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow. USA 2017. 97 mins.


As any exhausted parent will tell you, a baby is the real boss of every family. This hilarious animation from DreamWorks, creators of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, takes that idea and toddles off fabulously somewhere kind of crazy with it. For seven idyllic years, Tim Templeton (Bakshi) has enjoyed the perfect life with his adoring parents (Kimmel and Kudrow). Then his new baby brother arrives. And he’s a very unusual baby brother indeed: he wears a suit, carries a briefcase and, unbeknownst to Tim’s parents, talks with the voice of Alec Baldwin. Tim is the only one not amused, but the two warring siblings reluctantly team up to foil a dastardly plot involving puppies. Expect poop jokes.

Friday, 31 March 2017

A superb, deceptively simple tale of the doomed love affair between an ageing cleaner and a young Moroccan immigrant, which exposes the racial prejudice and moral hypocrisy at the heart of West German society. Inspired by Douglas Sirk’s 'All That Heaven Allows', and drawing on the conventions of 1950s Hollywood melodrama, Fassbinder uses dramatic and visual excess to push everyday events to extremes, achieving a degree of political and psychological truth not accessible through mere social realism.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Director: Kelly Asbury.
Starring: Demi Lovato, Jack McBrayer, Joe Mananiello, Danny Pudi. USA 2017. 89 mins.
Shrek 2 director Kelly Asbury helms the latest computer-animated children’s adventure featuring the loveable little blue humanoids. This time around Smurfette (Lovato) briefly meets a very familiar-looking creature in the Forbidden Forest, who leaves behind a mysterious map that suggests the whereabouts of a magical lost village.

Intrigued, she sets out with her best friends Clumsy (McBrayer), Hefty (Mananiello) and Brainy (Pudi) to get there before their wicked wizard foe, Gargamel (Rainn Wilson), who’s out to harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf essence. After many madcap adventures full of action and danger, they discover the biggest secret in Smurf history. Fun for all the family, but especially for the under-10s.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Upstream Comedy presents Netflix stars Asperger's Are Us - the US comedy troupe made up solely of people on the autism spectrum - who are bringing us their unique brand of offbeat and absurdist sketches.

If you’re thinking of a live rendition of The Big Bang Theory, then you couldn’t be more wrong. With absurdism that evokes Monty Python and delightfully silly wordplay David Zucker could have written, the four man troupe from Massachusetts might challenge people’s perceptions, but ultimately they have one aim only, to make you laugh.

"Weird as the performances were, they were in line with the type of sketch I like from Kids in the Hall or Whitest Kids U’Know—oddball characters, goofy premises, and clever wordplay. As a neurotypical person who is generally ignorant of autism, I didn’t know what to make of the Asperger’s aspect of the act. As a discriminating fan of alternative comedy, I ate it up" - Philadelphia Weekly

Asperger’s Are Us will perform 90 minutes of their finest material with a Q&A after the show.

Tickets £9 / £7 conc.

Friday, 24 March 2017

The third programme from Britain on Film on Tour explores the vital history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen.

Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and 'mother country' in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important educative tool - offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality - but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Calling all pop loving, music geeks and their admirers. A new event is coming to the Ritzy to tickle your brain cells, called, Pop Pickers! A general knowledge MUSIC quiz like no other (think Never Mind the Buzzcocks meets TOTP) where the audience are as important as the questions.

So, are you a pop novice? Do you not really give a s***? Good. All are welcome at Pop Pickers for an afternoon of nonsense.

The first Sunday of every month (excluding June)

Hosted by David Robson.

2.30 - 6pm

Tickets: £3pp

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Part of our June series of Edinburgh Festival previews at the Attic ...

Jayde Adams: Work In Progress

Jayde Adams is "the future of British comedy" (Diva Magazine) "Britain's funniest woman comic" (The Daily Mail) and "A fearless force of nature" (The Independent). Jayde won the prestigious Funny Women award in 2014, a London Cabaret Award in 2013, was nominated in 2013 as The Hospital Club’s Top100 People in The Arts and in 2016 was nominated for the lastminute.com Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Award for her sell out, multiple 5 star achieving, debut show, which also went on to sellout at the Soho Theatre.

After appearances in 8 out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC2's Gert Lush Christmas with Russell Howard, Sky1's Sick Note with Nick Frost and Rupert Grint, and Channel 5's Borderline, it's safe to say that when Dawn French says "Jayde Adams is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact," she might just be onto something.

Rich Wilson: Work In Progress

As seen on BBC3 and Sky, Rich Wilson is the winner of the 2016 New Zealand Comedy Award 'Best International Guest.'

"I was a young working class Dad in London. Most 20 year olds spend their time making mistakes and figuring out who they are but I had to provide for a family as well. From caretaker in a gay sauna to driving the number 36 London Bus, I found myself in my 40s with absolutely no idea who I was because I was no longer responsible for anyone. I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and didn't like the man I had transformed into. This is a funny tale about a working class man learning to adjust into the creature he has let himself become."

"Highly entertaining" - Time Out

"Tour de force" - Leicester Mercury

"Charismatic and completely absurd" - Mac and Mae, New Zealand Comedy Festival

"A very very funny man" - Frank Skinner

Tickets £5

Friday, 17 March 2017

Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen. USA 2017. 129 mins.


Back in 1991, the Walt Disney Company released Beauty And
 The Beast, an exquisitely drawn feature animation that became a gargantuan hit, delighting both audiences and critics and spinning off a blockbuster Broadway musical. So who better to breathe new life into the beloved French fairy tale – with its very modern message of not judging people by their appearance – in a live-action telling than the studio that made it a movie classic in the first place? Veteran director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, Dreamgirls, Mr Holmes) has refashioned the characters for
a contemporary audience but stayed true to the animation’s music, with several new songs and an amended score by the original composer, Alan Menken. Get ready to be wowed all over again.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Join us, for Lounge Akademics, a monthly social mixer of fun, frolics and discussions as we debate common, everyday topics such as dating, relationships and business. There will be time for networking and mingling with old School R&B and Hip Hop music provided by Ace of Jacks Radio. As well as guest hosts, prize give aways and performances, it’s a talk show not to be missed!

Hosted by K J. Brazant.

Tickets £5 adv. / £8 door

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Friday, 03 March 2017

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. When Otto and Anna's son is killed at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance: they start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city, attacking Hitler and his regime. If they are caught, it means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of Gestapo inspector Escherich (Daniel Brühl), and a murderous game of cat and mouse begins.

Alone In Berlin is based on Hans Fallada's bestselling novel, described by Primo Levi as "the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis"

This unique event, featuring Emma Thompson, will be broadcast live to cinemas nationwide from London’s world-renowned Imperial War Museum. Featuring a preview of the extraordinary film ALONE IN BERLIN, followed by a unique view of the museum’s most famous exhibits from Nazi Germany and a lively, inspiring and timely discussion exploring the realities of political protest from Germany during World War II through to present day.

Friday, 03 March 2017

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov.
Starring: Pyotr Skvortsov, Yuliya Aug, Viktoriya Isakova. Russia 2016. 118 mins.


Prolific Russian film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov explores blind compliance to overarching doctrines in this provocative yet timely tale about a student in the coastal town of Kaliningrad whose religious awakening spirals out of control.

An obsessive reader of the Bible, high-school student Venya (Skvortsov) urges both fellow pupils and his teachers to take the scriptures quite literally, even to the extent of successfully outlawing the clothing he considers provocative and forcing creationism into the curriculum. Venya’s fevered proselytism increasingly vexes his atheist biology teacher (Isakova) and overbearing mother (Aug), and as his fanatical embrace of Christian doctrine intensifies, chaos ensues.

Adapted from Marius von Mayenburg’s controversial play, Martyr, The Student is a beautifully shot bout of moral wrestling and a scathing satire on fundamentalism.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

What started out as an open mic in the back of a Harlem restaurant in 2000, is now established as NYC's longest running weekly open mic jam and has grown into an international hip-hop movement found in 15+ countries worldwide spread across 5 continents. Famous for its international MC challenge, the London chapter has found its home Upstairs At The Ritzy.
Expect rap cyphers and a soul jazz jam, plus the MC challenge, backed by the house band with residents, DJ Snuff, DJ Jazz T & host Mas Law.
The 'E.O.W a.k.a EODUB MC challenge' consist of 5 rounds, testing all skills of an MC. The prize is a trip to Prague to compete in the world finals.

JUNE: Apex Zero EP Launch
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Doors 7.30pm.

Free entry before 9pm, £5 after.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

MERV are a neo-jazz-groove band born out of the musical meeting of Guildhall students, Jack Yardley (Drums), Matt Gedrych (Electric Bass and Effects) and Benedict Wood (Guitar and Effects), with saxophonist Duncan Eagles. During the earlier stages of the band, MERV collaborated with many different instrumentalists and singers, playing the band's own compositions but with different soloists having their take on it. This helped develop their rhythm section that could focus on creating a tight and solid foundation. Now they are set with Duncan Eagles’ effects-based saxophone sound, combining improvisation and groove with ambient and dance-music based music.

Doors: 8pm

Tickets: £5

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

A one-man variety show by award-winning comedian, Dave Bibby. Sketches, improv, storytelling and sick rhymes (you heard!).

Expect fast-paced spontaneity, silliness and a conveyor belt of comedy characters in this debut Edinburgh Fringe Preview.

Seen in ‘Public Eye’ (Channel 4), ‘Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge’ and one third of Lead Pencil (Comedy Central, BBC Radio 4, Best New Sketch Act Final, Underbelly).

Past big ups:

‘Hugely talented…with a never-ending supply of accents and characterisations’ Public Reviews

‘Like a Bullingdon Club member crossed with Beetlejuice’ The Reviews Hub

‘Simply hilarious’ Entertainment Focus

‘Great comic timing’ Stage

‘Surprisingly sexy’ Gay Times

www.DaveBibby.com

Tickets £5

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Join international cabaret star Velma Celli for an evening of cabaret.
Ian Stroughair (the man behind the makeup) is a West end and cabaret star who has appeared in hit Musicals such as Chicago, Cats, Fame and Rent where he received critical acclaim.
"A Stand out turn" Mark Shenton, The Guardian & The Stage magazine.
He has enjoyed a varied career in film and TV and even appeared on BBC's Eastenders as himself.
"A sensational performer at the height of his game" West End Frame.
This year he fronted the U.K commercial campaign for McDonalds and starred opposite Danny Dyer in the music short Nebraska for recording artist Lucy Rose.
"An impressive performance" What's On stage.
Also he makes his silver screen debut this Autumn in Feature film Night of the Lotus:
"A musical extravagant that hits all the right spots" This Is Cabaret.
This is a musical theatre review including classic show tunes, jazz standards, Bassey to Beyoncé and everything in between.
Switching from hysterical impressions of some of your favourite divas such as Britney Spears and Cher to stripped back acoustic arrangements of popular pop songs in ways you have never heard them this roller coaster of a cabaret really hits every spot!
There is something for everybody in this expertly written cabaret revue so do not miss out!

Friday, 16 December 2016

Dictionary Pudding present An Evening with The Seeger MacColl Family

Peggy Seeger with sons Calum and Neill MacColl




The Seeger MacColl family are one of folk music’s most loved dynasties. Singer, songwriter and feminist icon Peggy Seeger performs with Neill and Calum, her sons with Ewan MacColl. Join these three exceptional musicians for a gloriously relaxed evening of great music and witty family banter. Expect to hear songs of love, politics and storytelling, including some from Peggy’s award-winning latest album alongside Ewan MacColl’s best loved songs. A rare concert in the UK’s oldest working cinema, this promises to be an intimate evening with a remarkable family that will linger long in the memory.

“Peggy may be folk royalty, but there’s nothing either reverent or nostalgic about this joyous performance” The Guardian

“A memorable warm and charming evening of great music, family humour and grace."Irish World

“Glorious” The Times

“Truly joyous” Morning Star

“A magical evening” Newcastle Chronicle

“An effortlessly intimate affair” The Scotsman

Friday, 09 December 2016

Following the sun-kissed VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, Woody Allen's European trip continues in more fantastical fashion with the delightful MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Owen Wilson (THE DARJEELING LIMITED) stars as Gil, a novelist with a bad case of writer's block, who is on a pre-wedding shopping/business trip with his fiancée Inez (McAdams, SHERLOCK HOLMES) and meddlesome in-laws-to-be. With Inez more interested in hunting for bargains than soaking up culture, Gil sets off on an intoxicated stroll through the French capital. It becomes a transformative rendezvous with his literary idols, which takes him further from the real world and the woman he is soon to marry.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Director: John Cameron Mitchell.
Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shore, Michael Pitt. USA 2001. 92 mins.


Hedwig is playing small joints in the States with her band The Angry Inch whilst recounting her life story. Originally a boy in East Berlin who married a GI after a botched sex-change operation, she ends up dumped in a trailer park and falls for a local teenager, Tommy, who steels her songs and becomes a huge star. Glam Rock has never seemed less glamorous for the down-at-heel Hedwig.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

SwingTrain is a 60-minute dance cardio workout inspired by the energetic sounds of Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Electro Swing, and Hot Jazz.

These total body exercise classes are suitable for all levels and the music is so infectious that you won't even realise you're burning up to 500 calories an hour! Our first-rate instructors will lead you through a series of fun, follow-along moves and interactive choreography guaranteed to get you sweating and smiling.

Tickets £7 - available from www.swingtrain.com

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Director: Sara Jordenö. USA/Sweden 2016. 96 mins.

Twenty-five years after Jenny Livingston’s seminal documentary Paris Is Burning, which shone a light on ’80s Harlem’s ballroom scene, this explosive and uplifting new documentary reveals one of the subculture’s contemporary descendants: the Kiki scene. Part activist movement, part artistic milieu, the Kiki community is a site of radical self-expression for young queer people of colour in New York City, whose ballroom competitions and surrogate queer families provide both creative platforms and a source of succour for individuals facing multiple forms of marginalisation. Shot over four years, the film follows seven members of the community through the difficulties of illness, homelessness and everyday discrimination, as well as the joys of spectacle, camaraderie and personal affirmation.

The film will be preceded by a short film in conjunction with Random Acts.

En Vogue

Dance icons Derrick Xtravaganza & Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza star in director Jenn Nkiru’s homage to one of NYC's last subcultures: voguing and ballroom.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Originally formed in May 1999, Sundance™ pay Tribute to the Musical Legacy of Jimi Hendrix.
You will not see any gimmicks at their shows - just well seasoned musicians playing pure, wild, authentic psychedelic sounds, delivering the classics you all know and love and then embelleshing them across new sonic frontiers - making every Sundance performance unique.
Take a pinch of pulsating Groove, wrap it up in a generous dollop of Feel, add a healthy splash Cosmic Guitar and you have Sundance ~ capturing the raw energy of Jimi’s live shows and bringing together one of the most authentic Hendrix guitar sounds you will hear live today from Simon Cassidy, soaring above one of the grooviest rhythm sections you are likely to come across generated by Martyn Bennett on Drums and Terry Sharp on Bass.
There was, and will only ever be, one Jimi Hendrix - so, as you will see, Sundance don't even try and to look like him. In any case there are other "Tribute" acts out there who do a far better job at looking like Jimi Hendrix.
Sundance recreate the sound and energy of Jimi's live performances, aiming to take his music, play it with total authenticity and then push it the limits of imagination and ability. Effortlessly slipping in and out of hypnotic extended improvisations, Sundance will transport you directly back to the Psychedelic 60’s. You might not see "Jimi" at a Sundance performance, but you will certainly hear his music and feel his spirit.

Thursday, 06 October 2016

Director: Luc Besson. Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello. USA 1994. 110 mins. Following the acclaimed Subway, The Big Blue and Nikita, Leon was Luc Besson's eagerly awaited Hollywood debut. The eponymous Leon (Jean Reno) leads an isolated life as a 'cleaner': a cold, calculating man who drinks milk, lovingly tends to his plant, watches Gene Kelly movies, and kills people for a living. Mathilde (Natalie Portman) is a headstrong, streetwise 12-year-old who seeks refuge in Leon's flat when her family are murdered by a corrupt Drugs Enforcement Agency team headed by Stansfield (a marvellously over-the-top Gary Oldman). Determined to avenge her young brother, Mathilde begs Leon to teach her his trade, and the mismatched couple form an unusual partnership. Stylish direction and photography, a visceral portrayal of New York and splendid performances from the three leads, especially Natalie Portman in her screen debut, ensure that Leon is not just another violent thriller.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Basement Jazz Club
A new monthly Jazz Club in the Basement
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. - Louis Armstrong
The Basement Jazz Club is a monthly night which wants to put York’s amazing jazz scene front and centre. We pride ourselves on excellent sound and an intimate atmosphere, giving over our stage to the finest musicians from York, as well as the odd featured act from further afield. Expect a variety of styles, from the gypsy stylings of Django Reinhardt, to the passionate blues of the Deep South.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

In an adventure of giant proportions, Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals.

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive.

A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can our heroes not only stay alive, but also become masters of their universe.

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club - bringing the best live stand-up to York!
Four top professional comedians Enjoy brilliant comedy A great night out! Book in advance and save money or pay on the night
Each show has four top professional comedians from all over the world to make you LOL!
Wherever possible we'll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Shooting Stars, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, QI, and Paramount's Live at The Comedy Store etc.
Previously we've booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians!
There's also a full bar and two breaks for get more drinks and chatting to your friends!
'Ace night' Julie Lovatt
'Fantastic night yet again' Fleur Spafford
'Great night, everyone must try going, very funny' Lee Evans (not the Lee Evans!)
There are all real reviews from real customers so get booking now if you fancy a laugh!
Please note we do not allow bookings for Hen or Stag parties of any size and such parties will be refused admission to the venue.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Living Body is the new project from Leeds-based Chicagoan Jeff T. Smith (formerly, Juffage) featuring longtime collaborators Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney) and Tom Evans (Vessels). Rising from the ashes of their acclaimed “Sonic Cauldron” concert at Left Bank Leeds in 2013, the group is now augmented by new and additional live members Alice Rowan (Mayshe-Mayshe) & Sarah Statham (Esper Scout). Expanding on the need for music to bring joy into the lives of others, and Smith’s fascination with the contortion of the pop song into a uniquely imaginative and immediate form, Living body aims to exist in a world of skin and information overload in 2016.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Widescreen Weekend Student Day 12 October

Join us as we explore widescreen cinema and new cinema technologies in a day dedicated to future filmmakers. With talks and sessions from industry guests and the famous Student Widescreen Competition, this is a day for discovering all that makes widescreen so great. The day pass gives you access to all screenings and events on Thursday 12 October, including the Opening Night screening and reception.

Please present your confirmation at the festival delegate desk on the morning of 12 October and you will receive your tickets for the day's events. For group bookings of 6 or more, please contact mediamuseum@picturehouses.co.uk

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

IRIS Prize Short Film Competition
Monday 26 June

For the second year in a row, Liverpool Pride will be a selecting a short film for the Best Of British category at the Iris Prize LGBT Short Film Festival. The short films selected are of a very high standard and reflect new voices in LGBT film. We'll announce the winner of the Liverpool competition on the night and they will go through to the final in Cardiff in October, with a chance to win £20,000 of production costs for their next film.

You can submit a short film for the competition until 2nd June 2017 at the link here:

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LiverpoolPrideShortFilmContest2017

You must be resident in the UK and your film must be relevant to LGBT+ audiences for your submission to be considered.

Friday, 27 May 2016

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet -- and the effects humanity has had on it over time -- captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion -- a direct visualization of our changing world. But it is within our power to protect the planet. As we continue to explore and gain knowledge of our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. From IMAX Entertainment and Toni Myers -- the acclaimed filmmaker behind celebrated IMAXA documentaries Blue Planet, Hubble 3D, and Space Station 3D -- A Beautiful Planet presents an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the f

Friday, 29 April 2016

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Robert Downey Jnr. USA 2016. TBC mins.


The fantastical third Captain America instalment finds the superheroic Avengers locked in mortal combat – with each other. The fallout of an international incident has prompted politicians to impose strict regulations on the Avengers’ activities.

Two factions then emerge: one led by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Downey), who supports the government’s stance; the other represented by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Evans), who absolutely does not. And so battle commences within the team, which this time out also includes Black Widow (Johansson), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Scarlet Witch (Olsen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and introduces us to Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and a fresh young Spider-Man (Tom Holland) for the first time in the Marvel Universe.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the result is another thrilling adventure.

Friday, 04 March 2016

Director: Werner Herzog. Germany 1972. 91 mins.

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to 'the golden city', or to certain destruction?

Friday, 04 March 2016

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman. USA. 1967. 77 mins.

Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves. As the boy grows older, the wise panther Bagheera realizes he must be returned to his own kind in the nearby man-village. Baloo the bear however thinks differently taking the young Mowgli under his wing and teaching that living in the jungle is the best life there is. Bagheera realizes that Mowgli is in danger, particularly from Shere Khan the tiger who hates all people. When Baloo finally comes around, Mowgli runs off into the jungle where he survives a second encounter with Kaa the snake and finally, with Shere Khan. It's the sight of a pretty girl however that gets Mowgli to go the nearby man-village.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Director: Abou Bakar Sidibe, Moritz Siebert. 2016. Denmark. 82min.

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence. At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return. Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. "When filming I feel that I exist". But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is close to a tragic accident. Returning to Mali is not an option for him and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe.

Monday, 08 February 2016

The Hackney Wicked Women WI invite you to test your knowledge in this female-themed quiz including rounds such as women in film, Herstory, lady maths, a creative foil round and many more.

There will be lots of cool prizes to win including film tickets and much more.

All genders welcome. Maximum team size = 6.

Tickets £5 per person

Please note, the Attic is an over-18s venue.

Thursday, 03 December 2015

The talented kids and teens of South London now have a regular place to share their performance skills on a real stage in a real live venue. Either to practise mic techniques, or maybe just try a real stage out for the first time ever! Dancers, comedians, poets, singers, musicians and actors all welcome to join our friendly, welcoming and non-competitive environment.

We now have full backline at the venue, which means we have a drumkit, bass amp and guitar amp... so if you're an instrumentalist, or a full band - come down and make some good noise! If you are coming with a band, or would like to play our drumkit, it would be really helpful if you could give us a heads up in advance if possible. You could just message us on Facebook. Easy!

*This is a family & community event. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and even if they’re old enough to be alone – the more the merrier!

Event runs: 1pm - 3pm (Sign-up at 1pm please!)

Free Entry!

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Friday, 16 October 2015

Director: Sarah Gavron.
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter. UK 2015. TBC mins.


The inspiringly kick-ass history of Britain’s early feminist movement is powerfully recreated in Suffragette, written by Abi Morgan (Shame) and directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane).

Carey Mulligan stars as Maud, a young factory worker who discovers the cause in the early 1900s. Her colleague, Violet (Anne-Marie Duff), is campaigning for votes for women, and Maud hesitantly begins to take an interest, eventually becoming radicalised by a fierce world of hunger strikes, guerrilla tactics and brutal government reprisals. Mulligan is joined by Meryl Streep as the fearless feminist leader Emmeline Pankhurst, alongside Romola Garai as upper-class campaigner Alice, Natalie Press as Emily Wilding Davison, and Helena Bonham Carter as a local chemist who uses her shop as a secret base for meetings.

With its world-class cast and stirring story, Suffragette is not just entertaining, but also vibrant with cultural relevance.

Saturday, 03 October 2015

A varied and welcoming open mic night Upstairs at the Ritzy, hosted by local singer/ songwriter and Ritzy staff member Gabby Colledge. Running alongside her popular weekly night at The Railway Tulse Hill, she will be welcoming all acts ranging from musicians, comedians and spoken word artists to the Ritzy stage. Expect good vibes and lots of local talent!

7pm - 11pm
Free entry!

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 04 September 2015

Travel alongside hundreds of plant-eating dinosaurs as they face the challenges of a changing world in BBC’s Prehistoric Planet: Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. From the time they are hatched in the nest, these prehistoric giants face natural disasters and ferocious predators while also playing, hunting, feeding, and undertaking epic migrations. Based on scientific data, these digital dinosaurs come to life against the backdrop of modern Alaska, immersing you in a Cretaceous adventure where you will feel the rumble of these majestic creatures as they crossed vast landscapes 70 million years ago. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

BORN TO BE WILD 3D is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. The film follows orphaned orang-utans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, this heartwarming adventure will transport you into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue and rehabilitate these incredible animals.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Feferity is back again with another exciting reggae band on stage to keep the diaspora of music alive with Jamaican born lead singer Michael Arkk.

Michael has been recording and performing his brand of sweet melodies for over 25 years. Within those years he has reached as far as Europe with his trademark exquisite vocals; so enriching and compelling you’ll forget about life's worries and get to dancing!

Signed to Numen Records, the London-based artist has worked with an illustrious set of writers, performers & musicians like Owen Grey, Ray Carless, Neville Staple of the specials and more. His new album ‘Sweet Fire’ scheduled for release in June 2017, and there will be album give away on the night, so come early. Feferity will also be presenting on of London's top reggae DJs - DJ Cougan who will rotate body to a good start!

We're also having special guest artists from three different countries across the globe: D21, Deoba Authentic and Sar Jay. A line-up to excite and keep your body and feet warm until the main man arrives on stage.

This is a reggae album launch jam you don't want to miss! Tell a friend to come along.

Doors/DJ: 7.30pm
Live music: 9pm
Party till 1am

Tickets: £8

www.feferity.london

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Joshua Burnell presents a varied setlist of songs from his upcoming album, ‘Into The Green’ and traditional folk songs set to the style of prog-rock of the early 1970s. Imagine Steeleye Span meets Yes.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

It's party time.... The Bronze is back (again), for one more night (again)! Once more with feeeeeelllling!

Dust off your crop tops/colourful wooly jumpers/leather jackets/Hawaiian shirts and join us across BOTH BARS at the Ritzy (yes, Upstairs AND downstairs!) to celebrate Buffy and the gang. There will be karaoke... and you will shake the walls as you did before...

Live music, games and dancing on graves.

8.30 - 2am.

Tickets: £8

In the meantime, get your listening devices around THIS playlist.

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The naked eye perceives only a fraction of what there is to see on Earth; we are surrounded by things that are either too fast, too slow or too small for us to observe.

Using time-lapse photography and nanotechnology, this spectacular film takes a closer look at a universe of creatures, processes and phenomena you never even knew existed – such as the flight of a dragonfly, the bacteria living on our bodies and even the invisible rays of light which surround us all.

'A visual feast, Mysteries of the Unseen World introduces viewers to the latest advances in scientific cinematography, made all the more impressive by 3D and IMAX. Sure to be a mainstay of school outings, this National Geographic release is more fun than educational.'

(Film Journal International)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too-distant future are simply revolutionary and becoming eerily like us.

What does it take to make a humanoid robot - a robot that can do anything we can but without the benefit of a human brain? How close are scientists to replicating some of the particularly challenging human characteristics, such as fingers and toes? Why are we even attempting to create humanoids in the first place?

Robots 3D answers these questions and more as it showcases the latest developments – both successes and failures – of robotics around the world. Robot "actor" RoboThespian will introduce you to CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, Herb the Butler, ICUB and others as he takes you on an amazing tour of what's going on in robotics labs around the world.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A select few have been aboard - and now it’s your turn! Prepare for lift-off in Space Station 3D, the first 3D live action film to be filmed in space.

Narrated by Tom Cruise, this film tells the amazing story of the greatest engineering feat since a man landed on the Moon; the on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station as it travels 220 miles above the Earth at 17,500 mph. Feel the force of a rocket launch, look into the depths of space, experience life in zero gravity and accompany astronauts on a spacewalk.

With stunning views of Earth and incredible footage of the construction of the Space Station, it’s the closest you’ll come to actually being there!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tutored art class with theatrical lighting, music and fun! Each class features a different exotic theme with models including burlesque artistes, Japanese geishas and circus performers in great costumes.

All level of artist are welcome - beginners, intermediate or advanced.

Classes are led by experienced qualified tutor and artist, Noel Basualdo.

£15 per session with all materials provided. Class length - 2 hours.

Drinks and snacks available.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Director: Christopher Nolan.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. USA 2014. 169 mins.


Amongst a group of explorers and scientists pushing the boundaries of space travel by journeying through a newly discovered wormhole is Cooper (McConaughey, with echoes of his role in 1997’s Contact). He’s an idealistic everyman willing to leave behind his two young children to join a venture whose noble goals include saving humanity from its destructive excesses. Director Christopher Nolan creatively builds on the experimental cinematography he employed in The Dark Knight Rises – using anamorphic 35mm and an IMAX camera attached to a plane – with stunningly eye-boggling results.

We're thrilled to present these screenings of a 70mm print.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

London's premier Music School, based in the heart of Hackney, presents a showcase highlighting some exceptional students. The musical tone of the evening ranges from Jazz, Blues and Contemporary to Electronic and Rock. Come up to the Attic and witness the best in new musical talent- for free!

Friday, 17 April 2015

David Lynch's celebrated Twin Peaks was first broadcast on 8 April 1990, introducing the world to FBI Agent Dale Cooper, Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer and the small town of Twin Peaks. Black coffee, cherry pie, doughnuts, owls, ducks, water, fire and Angelo Badalamenti's lushly haunting score… join us to celebrating 25 years of a world where the birds sing a pretty song and there’s always music in the air. Costumes and logs welcome.

Friday, 20 March 2015

An international night of deep dub, rare roots & foundation dancehall, when Delhi Sultanate of India’s Bass Foundation Roots sound system, meets Nardo Leo of Brazil’s Desk Reggae sound system. They’ll be playing original vinyl and dubplate style, alongside host DJ, David Katz. Expect unknown dubs and rare reggae galore!

8pm - Midnight.

Free Entry
Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Hail a Taxi Driver and get Up to the Godfather of all quizzes. Bringing you (Inter)stellar questions from the world of film, it’s been hailed as London’s Best In Show since its Inception. Everyone is welcome: whether you have A Beautiful Mind or you’re totally Clueless. There's no limit on team size, so it doesn’t matter if you're an Odd Couple or there's Se7en of you.

Room isn’t Limitless so avoid the Spectre of being a Mad Max and buy your tickets in advance, and if you don’t want to be Without A Clue, follow The Nice Guys on Twitter @film_quiz or sign up at www.film-quiz.com for clues and a free answer every month.

Arrival: 18:30 | Quiz Show: 19:30 | The End of The Affair: 21:45

Tickets £6

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Afrobeats party for The Ekumfi Trust returns! All ticket sales and donations raised on the night will go towards setting up a fund for victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno. Hosted by comic and presenter, Reuben Christian, featured on the BBC3 and MOBO awards. Activist and YouTube blogger Karl Lokko will be sharing his story. Clement Marfo hits the stage with spoken word. Singers on the night include Salliefoyeh, Irini Mano, Andreas Liberos, Lula Belle and Bon Mata. After the acts we will meet you on the dance floor for a night filled with DJ duo Deep Flight, spinning Afrobeats, RnB, hip-hop and dancehall!

7.30pm - 2am.

Tickets: £6

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Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Monday, 02 March 2015

Ra uses movement and breath to feel lightweight in your body and bright in your mind!

Strong but flexible, balanced but light, masculine and feminine - yoga is the spirit of of contrast and equality.

Cara is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga particularly towards supporting creative lifestyles. With a few ideas borrowed from dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, singing techniques, relaxation techniques and massage.

Inspired towards better mental health, having more energy, and feeling nice.

EVERY THURSDAY: 10am - 11.30am
EVERY SUNDAY: 10.30am - 11.30am (different ticket link when you go to all listings)

£7 per class.

Beginners to intermediate levels welcome.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MAT

Monday, 02 March 2015

Ra uses movement and breath to feel lightweight in your body and bright in your mind!

Strong but flexible, balanced but light, masculine and feminine - yoga is the spirit of of contrast and equality.

Cara is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga particularly towards supporting creative lifestyles. With a few ideas borrowed from dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, singing techniques, relaxation techniques and massage.

Inspired towards better mental health, having more energy, and feeling nice.

10.30am - 11.30am


£7 per class.

Beginners to intermediate levels welcome.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MAT

ALSO: EVERY THURSDAY: 10am - 11.30am

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A new monthly Open Mic Night to showcase those with the creative buzz. For any kind of performer- poetry, comedy, musings, music, monologue and miscellaneous! Guest headliners, up-n-comers and first-timers meet in the chilled surroundings of The Basement to take the stage! AGE 16+

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Let's go back to a time where the wonder of the age was pictures that MOVED! Black and white beauties graced the silver screen in epic romances and we laughed along with the little tramp that is Charlie Chaplin. Join us in our celebration of moving pictures this March with all the icons of Silent Movies. Come along on the 19th and draw the great actors and actresses of the silent era with us. Bring your family, friends and your sketchpad but you can leave your colours at home! Featuring burlesque the incredible duo that is the DUSKY MAROONS!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Café Scientifique is a place where, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in your hand, you can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context. AGE 14+

Monday, 16 February 2015

Brixton's longest-running live Reggae night presents strong favourites, the six strong band Skillosophi, live on stage, Brixton roots reggae at its most uplifting. A fast-growing, solid band with high energy & good vibes, fronted by guitarist and songwriter Skillington, who hasn't got the word 'skill in his name for nothin'. They will take you into the night with Zinc Fence on the decks with the best of the rare & favourite 45s.

Twitter: @catchafirebrix
8pm - Midnight.
Free Entry.
Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Please note: After 5pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 13 February 2015

A new monthly Open Mic Night to showcase those with the creative buzz. For any kind of performer-poetry, comedy, musings, music, monologue and miscellaneous! DOORS 7:30PM, FREE ENTRY

Friday, 30 January 2015

Set in the recognisably hi-tech but endangered city of San Fransokyo, Disney’s latest, gently amusing offering is loosely based on a Marvel Comics tale. After his older brother Tadashi is killed in a mysterious accident, teenage micro-bot obsessive Hiro (Potter) is befriended by Tadashi’s creation – Baymax (Adsit, 30 Rock), a kind and unusually snowman-like robot. Hiro then successfully upgrades Baymax’s operating system to turn him into a crime-fighting automaton that might help solve the riddle of Tadashi’s death. The relationship between Baymax and Hiro provides the core of this beautifully rendered animation from co-directors Hall and Williams, whose impressive track records include writing and directing credits on WINNIE THE POOH and MULAN. The result is an assuredly affectionate buddy movie with a futuristic twist.

Monday, 19 January 2015

A live music night hosted by local musician, Rami Radi, presenting the best musicians, singers and poets South London has to offer! Based around two featured acts, the night is dedicated to local performers to showcase their talent in a warm and friendly environment.

May 31st: Featuring Sherika Sherard, Esme Neale & George Holroyd

7.30pm

Free Entry

Visit: laidbarelive.com

Please note: After 5pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 16 January 2015

MOE Presents aka "Music Over Everything Presents" is a live music platform for all rappers, grime MC's, singers and spoken word poets. Based Upstairs every last Monday of the month.

Every edition we showcase a variety of upcoming talent from in and around London.

Follow them on all the socials to keep up to date:
Twitter.com/MOEPresents
Instagram.com/_moepresents
Facebook.com/MOEPresents

Or check the hashtag #MOEPresents

Doors 7.30pm
£5 adv, £7 door

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Friday, 16 January 2015

Hail a Taxi Driver and get Up to the Godfather of all quizzes. Bringing you (Inter)stellar questions from the world of film, it’s been hailed as London’s Best In Show since its Inception. Everyone is welcome: whether you have A Beautiful Mind or you’re totally Clueless. There's no limit on team size, so it doesn’t matter if you're an Odd Couple or there's Se7en of you.

Room isn’t Limitless so avoid the Spectre of being a Mad Max and buy your tickets in advance, and if you don’t want to be Without A Clue, follow The Nice Guys on Twitter @film_quiz or sign up at www.film-quiz.com for clues and a free answer every month.

Doors: 6:00. Quiz: 7:30. £6pp.

Please note: No refunds allowed within 48 hours of the start of the event due to overwhelming popularity.

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Friday, 16 January 2015

Swing Patrol’s monthly Blues dance night warms you up with a class, then follows with 5 hours of smokin’ social dancing with a live band plus the best Blues DJs in London. With music ranging from vintage female Blues to Delta, Chicago, Texas, Louisiana, Piedmont, British, Funky and modern Blues, this is ready and open to anyone. You can explore your dancing with these different styles in a relaxed and friendly environment.

JUNE: Feat. Dan Dash
JULY: Feat.Katie Bradley and Chris Corcoran Trio


8pm: Doors open
8.30-9.15pm: Taster blues dance class (no entry to class after 8.40pm)
9.15-2am: Uninterrupted party time with live music and DJs!

Tickets: £10 adv / £12 door.

Visit: Blues at the Ritzy on Facebook

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Future Groove is the brain-child of singer/writer Helen McDonald; part of local Afro-punk band Yaaba Funk, and well know on the jazz circuit for her incredible live homage and story telling of Billie Holiday. Helen has sung with Roy Ayres Jean Tuissant and Courtney Pine and in this get-up she brings together some of London's best African-influenced jazz musicians for this cutting edge funk, soul and Afro-jazz band. As part of this night, Future Groove will be opening the floor for a jam session - so bring your instruments and get involved!

8pm - 11pm.

Free Entry.

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Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Lost World Show Out is an exciting, urban music-based variety show. With a mix of hand-picked headline acts this month including Ocean China, Ohema X, Paige AKA Paige, Cici ATL, Midnight Mafia, Jay Krimzz, KDotMelody and Pekz. ShowOut is a mix of game-shows, live cyphers, handpicked popular headliners, up & coming acts signing up for open mic, plus DJs playing the best in urban music. Best way to spend a Monday night.

Doors open at 7pm and open mic slots are first come, first serve.

Contact: ShowOut@TheLostWorld.co

No ID, no entry.

7pm - 11pm.
Tickets: £5 adv (online) & before 8.30 on the night, £8 after

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Sam & Trudi, a South Pacific via South London Ike & Tina, bring Soulahula, their country soul band back to The Ritzy. Expect a dynamic live show that mixes Memphis, Auckland and Greenwich with stunning original tunes. With Princes Amongst Men DJs Garth Cartwright & Leon Parker on the decks all night.

8pm - 11pm.
Free Entry.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Reggae | ​Bashment/Dancehall | Soca | Karaoke

THREE YEARS AGO they landed with a BOOM BANG BANG!

Many have joined us to take to the stage and released their inner reggae star in the most enjoyable and unconventional of ways. Join host Jay9 with DJ Barse and MC Dazzla, be a part of the celebrations for our third year of existence. Expect treats, special guests and prizes for best performance.

What you need to know:
Tickets: £8
7pm - Midnight

This event is always in high demand. Tickets sell out online well in advance so don't delay to avoid disappointment. Your ticket is for entry not a guaranteed seat! W​e do not take birthday bookings or reservations, limited seating on a first come first serve basis. For more event information contact: info@reggaeoke.co.uk.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Spark London Storytelling Open Mic
Theme: 'Crossing the Line’

Have you pushed things too far, said something you cannot take back or worn something far too outrageous? Maybe you have accomplished something after many years of perseverance, or moved into a different phase of your life. Maybe you had issues moving across a border control.

Any story inspired by the theme “crossing the line” will be welcome on stage. Come along to listen or tell your story in the warm safe space we create at Spark that makes it easy to share anything with a group of strangers. As always, remember: the stories have to be true and have happened to you.

8pm - 11pm (doors 7/7.30)// £5 entry

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Friday, 02 January 2015

Come and play board games with us! Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo and many, many more. You may not have heard of these games, but we would love to show them to you. Good times guaranteed.

Board Games and Beyond is on the second Monday of every month, in the Upstairs bar, from 6:30 till 11pm. Come along and discover great new board games, card games, party games and more - for free. Hosted by famous screenwriter and board games evangelist Charlie Fish.

Free Entry.

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Friday, 02 January 2015

The ancient craft of batik is a fascinating wax resisting technique used in many different cultures across the globe. Traditionally it is used for creating images and patterns for fabric design. You can achieve beautifully delicate and vibrant motifs using hot wax to draw out the detail or pattern, then with adding splashes and brushwork of coloured dyes you create a striking finish! Materials are provided by the artists and a plethora of inspiration can be drawn from all around you. Don't worry, there will be lots of interesting imagery to scour through that will conjure up some dazzling visions for your batik experience! Come along to try your hand at this age-old decorative technique in the Brixton Craft open workshop.

All ages welcome - but parental supervision compulsory. So parents... you can join in too!

2pm - 6pm

Free entry // Donations required for some specific materials.

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Friday, 02 January 2015

An always changing night of world music hosted by Melange Collective on the first Wednesday of every month. Expect the evocative melodies and hypnotic beats of Africa, the Balkan, Middle East, South America and further afield. Performed by Melange, and featuring variously Arabic Oud, cello, guitar, sax, accordion and percussion; the night has a different flavour every month ranging from acoustic performance to wild excursions into jazz and free improvisation. Guest artists also appear, and are invited to contact Melange with suggestions.

8pm - 11pm.

Free Entry

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Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

Friday, 02 January 2015

Reggae | ​Bashment/Dancehall | Soca | Karaoke

Formerly the best Sunday, now the best Saturday night out in Brixton!

Sing your heart out and sway to the riddims. Channel your inner Beenie Man, Beres Hammond or Dawn Penn. Guaranteed niceness with a whole heap of laughter and pull-ups along the way.

What you need to know:
Tickets: £8
8pm - 1am

This event is always in high demand. Tickets sell out online well in advance so don't delay to avoid disappointment. Your ticket is for entry not a guaranteed seat! W​e do not take birthday bookings or reservations, limited seating on a first come first serve basis. For more event information contact: info@reggaeoke.co.uk.

Also check out our 3rd Birthday event on Sunday 16th July!

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Friday, 14 February 2014

The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Wednesday, 01 January 2014

In his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s bittersweet novel set during New York’s gaudy jazz era, director Baz Luhrmann (ROMEO + JULIET, MOULIN ROUGE!) considerably upped the ante. Arguably eclipsing Robert Redford’s portrayal in the 1974 version, Leonardo DiCaprio as the maverick millionaire Jay Gatsby was an inspired casting move. Add to that Carey Mulligan (DRIVE) as Daisy, Gatsby’s sexy if unobtainable love interest, Joel Edgerton (ZERO DARK THIRTY) as her philandering husband, and Tobey Maguire (SPIDER-MAN) as Nick Carraway, the impressionable hick-from-the sticks writer who witnesses the unravelling of a precarious status quo, and you have an epic parable of excess and its consequences.

Friday, 08 March 2013

Rob Reiner's classic 1987 fairytale with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour, THE PRINCESS BRIDE remains as fresh and as entertaining today as when it was first released. All the standard fairytale characters are here - the handsome prince, the beautiful princess, the ugly but good-hearted ogre, the evil king and the wise old man with a knack for potion making - but holding it all together is the inimitable humour of its creators William Goldman (novel and screenplay), Mel Brooks (producer) and of course Rob Reiner at the helm. THE PRINCESS BRIDE will have you rolling about with laughter and by the time it's finished you'll want to repeat the journey all over again.

Friday, 04 May 2012

The fairy tale-inspired Disney classic is back on the big screen.

Set in a French village in the heart of a majestic forest, it tells the story of wholesome bookworm Belle (O'Hara, ENCHANTED), who sets out to rescue her father Maurice after he stumbles into the castle of the eponymous hirsute prince one fateful snowy night.

After making her way to the castle Belle offers to take her father's place as the Beast's prisoner, prompting a rescue mission led by egotistical local hunter Gaston, who wishes to make Belle his bride.

Having more than stood the test of time, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remains one of the most captivating animated features of the past few decades.

Monday, 09 February 1987

The excitement begins when Penny's bottled note for help lands in the hands of the shy but sly mouse Bernard and his glamorous partner Miss Bianca. Honouring their pledge to the Rescue Aid Society, these two courageous heroes rush to save Penny from the evil clutches of the villainous Madame Medusa? who needs her to recover a priceless jewel. But first, Bernard and Bianca must escape the razor-sharp teeth of Medusa'a two pet crocodiles and use the navigating talents of a local dragonfly to find her riverboat hideout!

Wednesday, 01 January 1975

After winning the lottery, a naive working-class carnival entertainer (Fassbinder in one of his most raw and astonishing performances) embarks down a tragic path as he searches for love and social betterment within an avaricious bourgeois clique of Munich’s gay community. The final scene of this biting social commentary is perhaps the most shocking in all of Fassbinder’s films.

Saturday, 01 January 1972

Fassbinder’s first venture into popular melodrama, this is a compelling study of the humiliating, self-perpetuated downfall of fruit vendor Hans, whose aspirations are undermined by his social circumstances, and whose disintegration is met with indifference by those around him.

Friday, 01 January 1971

Saturday, 01 January 1949

Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
Starring: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller. USA 1949. 98 mins.


Producer Arthur Freed turned New York into a giant sound stage for this hectic 'sailors on leave' romantic comedy, which is notable not only for the superb Leonard Bernstein score but also for the musical numbers shot on location. Few dance sequences in film are as fresh, exhilarating and imaginative as the ballet on top of the Empire State Building.

Monday, 01 January 1900

Relax and enjoy your Sunday afternoon with Blue Note, Bebop and hard-swinging Jazz provided by some of South London's best young and old musicians. Programmed (and sometimes hosted) by Christian Miller with different special guests, and musician's jam session.

The third Sunday of every month!

June featuring: Dermot McNeil Quartet with their contemporary jazz, post rock atmospheres and blue note swing.

July featuring Southside Gypsy Trio - with some Parisian Swing, Jazz Manouche and Bal Musette!


3pm - 5.30pm

Free Entry

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Monday, 01 January 1900

Five acts are handpicked and curated by host Steve Folk, who is also a talented performer himself. There is no specific genre to the music he presents but it is always original, honest, thought-provoking and good!

Martha Bailey is a contemporary folk musician and singer-songwriter from rural Oxfordshire, having recently moved to London. Her influences include Nick Drake, The Sundays, The Staves, Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling and Kate Rusby

Richard Maule just released his latest EP 'esoteric groove' and has been championed by Radio 2’s Dermot O'Leary as well as being nominated for Shure's singer songwriter award last year. He charges his songs with emotion and energy, then lets it all go on stage with an explosive performance captivating his audience with a mix of drums, soaring synths, looped vocals and many other instruments played at one time.

More TBA!

8pm - 11pm // FREE

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Monday, 01 January 1900

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Brixton’s newest (and best) 90’s & 00’s hip-hop & RnB night. Playing all your favourite tunes mixed by the ‘I Got 5 On It’ (MeltOut) residents and a few special guests each month.
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Expect...
NELLY/R KELLY/BLACKSTREET/SNOOP DOGG/JA RULE/50 CENT/THE FUGEES/N.W.A/2 PAC/BONE THUG-N-HARMONY/MOBB DEEP/BEYONCE/LL COOL J/EVE/PHARRELL WILLIAMS/P DIDDY/MARY J BLIGE/ TRIBE CALLED QUEST/WILL SMITH/JAY Z/KANYE WEST/ SALT’N’PEPA/ WU TANG CLAN/ PUBLIC ENEMY/ DR DRE/ USHER/ D’ANGELO/ MONTELL JORDAN/ BELL BIV DEVOE/ MARIAH CAREY/ LAURYN HILL/ TLC/ CAMEO/ GINUWINE/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE/ CRAIG DAVID/ VANILLA ICE… and many, many more…
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7pm - 2am

Tickets: £5 adv / £10 OTD
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Monday, 01 January 1900

Following their second consecutive back to back set at Brainchild Festival, The L.A.B Collective DJ duo behind the Beat Meet parties are back again playing a whole night of b2b party sounds!

Expect to hear their unique tapestry of beat scene hits, hip-hop, RnB, broken beat, edits, jazz fusions, Afrobeat, dancehall, grime, UKG and dance classics.

As always, good vibes policy strictly enforced via music selections and dancefloor movements!

Doors: 8pm - 2am // Free entry ALL NIGHT!

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Monday, 01 January 1900

The Princes Amongst Men DJ duo are proud to present legendary local bluesman Dave Peabody. A veteran of the 1960s blues and folk scene, Peabody will perform two sets of acoustic blues. Peabody has sung the deep South – Mississippi & Brixton – blues for half a century and toured widely with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite and late great Mississippi blues icon Honeyboy Edwards. A gifted picker, photographer and raconteur, Dave Peabody in concert is a treat. Come along and holler the blues with us! All welcome.



7.30pm

Free Entry

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Monday, 01 January 1900

Ever catch yourself on the dancefloor rapping flawlessly along to Coolio, Missy or Q-Tip? Or even the Fresh Prince theme for that matter..?

Well this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for... a chance to show everyone what you can do.... where you can take to the stage, at our brand new Hip-hop Karaoke night: "Wot Do You Call It?"

Doors/sign-up: 7pm
Midnight close.

FREE ENTRY!

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