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Monday, 01 May 2017

UK Premiere.

Director: David Lowery.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky, Liz Franke. USA 2017. 97 mins.


Lauded filmmaker David Lowery reunites with his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints collaborators for a haunted tale like no other—one conceived in secret and fueled by the spirit of pure, creative expression.

Lowery’s meticulously sparse narrative contemplates a spectral figure who was once a man (Casey Affleck). Prematurely taken from this Earth, he makes his way toward his former home, where he is fated to remain forevermore. Shrouded in a white sheet, he observes the lament of his grief-stricken lover (Rooney Mara). Bearing unseen witness to her pain, the wisp stands sentry for years to come, interacting only with time as it hurtles further and further forward, the remnants of his humanity quietly evaporating.

Making full use of his singular abilities as a visual storyteller and finely tuned craftsman, Lowery boldly delivers an enriching experiment in micro-cinema that gorgeously defies categorization.

"Haunting love story... evocative.” - The Guardian ★★★★

Monday, 01 May 2017

Art vs. Stepping Stone - An Argument: Sundance Meets London
Presented in association with LSFF (London Short Film Festival)

Sundance and LSFF host a short filmmaker discussion about straddling the worlds of the auteur and the commercial. Are shorts simply a stepping stone or do they sustain a filmmaker throughout a career? With a focus on two women filmmakers, each one working in those potentially opposing areas, we hope for a heated debate and a fascinating discussion.

Hosted by Mike Plante (Sundance) and Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival & BFI London Film Festival).

Monday, 01 May 2017

International Premiere

Director: Miguel Arteta
Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgo, Chloë Sevigny, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass. USA 2017. 83 mins.


Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is a miracle worker—highly sensitive with her touch, and passionately dedicated to curing pain through holistic therapy. After treating a client, her car breaks down, so she is invited to stay for a dinner celebrating a lucrative business deal.

An interloper inside this private enclave of the have-mores, Beatriz is politely acknowledged by the guests, with the exception of Doug, a mega brazen and successful business developer. Believing she knows him from somewhere, Beatriz becomes increasingly unsettled.

Beatriz at Dinner is riveting, yet with an apprehensive tone. Half chamber drama, half dark dramedy of errors, director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) discerns his characters by showing their most telling reactions, such as the subliminal determination of Hayek’s face, while spinning an indelible wickedness onto this tale of a fateful encounter. Uninhibited, Beatriz questions whether Doug’s accomplishments have come at the expense of other people’s suffering—to the chagrin of the sycophantic hosts—pitting the guests into opposing forces.

“Dark, hopelessly humane Beatriz at Dinner is the perfect film for the Trump era … Salma Hayek is remarkable in this deceptively deep dramedy of manners.” - Vanity Fair

Monday, 01 May 2017

International Premiere

Director: Marianna Palka.
Starring: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster. USA 2017. 93 mins.


Jill, a lonely, distraught housewife with four unruly children, paces on her dining room table with a belt around her neck, contemplating a desperate end to her wretchedness. Her husband, Bill, focused on his identity as breadwinner and an affair with a co-worker, is oblivious both to Jill’s growing terror that she will do something destructive and to the panic at his unraveling company. Meanwhile, dogs bark and howl through the night, as one persistent mutt continually stalks the family’s yard. When Jill’s psyche finally breaks, she takes on a vicious new canine persona.

Marianna Palka (Good Dick) writes, directs, and stars in this provocative film, balancing a whip-smart, deeply unsettling take on the horrors of a crumbling family with a palpable sensitivity for her character’s plight and perfectly timed comedic flourishes. Jason Ritter delivers a beautifully tragicomic performance as Bill, who’s transformed by bizarre crisis from an indifferent hound of a man untethered from his family to their unexpected emotional anchor.

“Palka transforms an absurd premise into a chilling look at the destruction of the nuclear family with a vivid, snarling vision driven by the propulsive energy of its biting critique.” - Indiewire

Monday, 01 May 2017

UK Premiere

Director: Cary Murnion, Jonathan Millot.
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Jeremie Harris, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Arturo Castro. USA 2017. 93 mins.


On the way to Grandma’s house with a new boyfriend in tow, Lucy (Brittany Snow) steps off the subway into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista), a burly war veteran who reluctantly helps her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch of Bushwick to reach her destination—assuming it’s still there.

Directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott return to the screen with this intense and frenetic follow-up to their comedy/horror debut Cooties (2014 Sundance Film Festival). Bolstered by an immersive score from indie hip-hop mainstay Aesop Rock, Bushwick is an exhilarating thrill ride that is not to be missed.

“What distinguishes Bushwick from your standard-issue, boneheaded video game is its cheeky cerebral wit.” - The Hollywood Reporter

Monday, 01 May 2017

Special Preview Screening. Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Director: Jeff Orlowski.
Starring: Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Ruth Gates, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Mark Eakin, John "Charlie" Veron. USA 2017. 91 mins.


Coral reefs are the nursery for all ocean life, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.

Enter Jeff Orlowski (of Chasing Ice fame), whose latest project, Chasing Coral, taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. The effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece, documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

"An endlessly fascinating quest.” - The Hollywood Reporter.

Monday, 01 May 2017

International Premiere. Winner of Audience Award: US Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Director: Matt Ruskin.
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom. USA 2017. 99 mins.


On April 10, 1980, a shot rang out on the streets of Crown Heights, igniting a decades-long quest for justice in this harrowing true story. Colin Warner, played with heartbreaking sincerity by Lakeith Stanfield, is arrested and tried for a crime he did not commit, a victim of a deeply broken system that refuses to listen. Quick to throw him away, the court wrongfully convicts him. But as Colin loses hope to reclaim an innocence that has been cast aside, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to restoring Colin's freedom, doggedly pursuing every lead for years.

Writer/director Matt Ruskin, who worked closely to earn the trust of the real Colin Warner, imbues this film with a gifted touch and emotional authenticity to shed light on a painful personal story—and on a horrifying systemic issue. Anchored by Stanfield, an indie film secret weapon, Crown Heights unfolds as a powerful ode to those we leave behind.

“Incredible.” - HeyUGuys ★★★★

Monday, 01 May 2017

I Get Overwhelmed: From Saints to Ghosts, David Lowery in Conversation + Ain't Them Bodies Saints (15)

Since his striking, Malick-infused 2013 Sundance Film Festival debut Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Wisconsin-born filmmaker David Lowery has become something of a wunderkind of the U.S. filmmaking scene. His big-budget Disney production Pete’s Dragon (2016) along with this year's Sundance selection A Ghost Story have both been greeted with rapturous reviews, praising the director's ability to tackle complex human emotions and diverse genres with a real sense of grace and romanticism. His editing work on films like Shane Carruth's Upstream Colour (2013) and writing on acclaimed indie The Yellow Birds (2017) also demonstrate a talent that is at once multi-faceted and poised with a singular, unique vision. We screen both Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story this year and welcome David for a career interview which will explore his meteoric rise to filmmaking stardom.

This “In Conversation” event will be accompanied by a special screening of:

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (15)
David Lowery burst onto the scene in 2013 with this rapturous, Malick-infused period piece about two lovers separated by a run-in with the law.

Monday, 01 May 2017

Special Preview Screening. Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini.
Starring: Dina Buno, Scott Levin. USA 2017. 101 mins.


Dina, an outspoken, eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Scott freezes when it comes to physical intimacy, but Dina, a Kardashians fanatic, wants to share with Scott all she’s learned about sensual desire from books, TV shows, and her previous marriage. Her creative forays to draw Scott close keep hitting roadblocks—exposing anxieties, insecurities, and communication snafus while they strive to reconcile their conflicting approaches to intimacy.

Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott’s vulnerable, matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the nail salon, the beaches of Ocean City, Dina’s racy bachelorette party, or their Poconos honeymoon, Dina captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.

"A sensitive snapshot of two ordinary people on the autism spectrum who are determined to carve out a meaningful future together.” - The Hollywood Reporter.

Monday, 01 May 2017

UK Premiere. Winner of U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: The Orwell Award at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Director: Bryan Fogel.

The ruthless worlds of international sports and politics rarely collide as spectacularly on screen as they do in Bryan Fogel’s thriller that’s sure to set off convulsions of controversy.

While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, Fogel connects with renegade scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of Russia’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. When the truth is more complex than imagined, and accusations run to Russia’s highest levels, the two realize they hold the power to reveal the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.

Exemplifying the special bond between filmmaker and subject, Icarus is a portrait of the sacrifice some people make to stand up for truth, placing you at the heart of an international game of cat and mouse where a miscalculation can cost you your life.

"This film is proof that, with the right protagonist, a documentary seems to tell its own story.” - Screen International

Monday, 01 May 2017

Independent Film Trumps Reality - Re-evaluating films in the current political climate and where filmmaking will go from here...

This year's Sundance Film Festival straddled one of the most important shifts in modern American and world history, with the Festival kicking off under an Obama presidency and closing under President Trump. Understandably, Trump talk was unavoidable in Park City and whilst the films screening were developed and made before the election, many have gained a new level of currency in the age of Trump.

Panelists: John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival; Miguel Arteta, Director of Beatriz at Dinner; Jeff Orlowski, Director of Chasing Coral; Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, Directors of Bushwick Wendy Mitchell, Film Programme Manager, British Council and Contributing Editor, Screen International.

Monday, 01 May 2017

UK Premiere. Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Director: Michael Almereyda.
Starring: Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, Tim Robbins. USA 2017. 99 mins.


Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past.

Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast and shot with the intimate rhythm of mortality, Marjorie Prime shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with death. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almereyda’s poetic film forces us to face the question—If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?

"Marjorie Prime is both a sophisticated chamber drama and a captivating contemplation of time, memory and mortality." - Screen International

Monday, 01 May 2017

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2017 program gives a taste to what the Festival offers. From laugh-out-loud fun to contemplative thoughts about the world we live in, audiences will encounter a variety of emotions and exciting filmmaking.

5 Films About Technology (Director/Screenwriter: Peter Huang) – Take a satirical look at the dumber side of technology.

And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye (Director/Screenwriter: Francisca Alegria) – Emeteria is visited by the ghost of her patrón, Teodoro. She believes he has come to take her to the afterlife—but he has more devastating news. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction.

Come Swim (Director/Screenwriter: Kristen Stewart) – This is a diptych of one man's day, half impressionist and half realist portraits.

Lucia, Before And After (Director/Screenwriter: Anu Valia) – After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction.

Night Shift (Director/Screenwriter: Marshall Tyler) – Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Pussy (Director/Screenwriter: Renata Gasiorowska) – Alone at home one evening, a young girl decides to have a solo pleasure session—but not everything goes according to plan.

Ten Meter Tower (Co-Directors: Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson) – People who have never been up a 10-meter diving tower must choose whether to jump or climb down in this entertaining study of people in a vulnerable position.

Monday, 01 May 2017

Welcome to a showcase of visionary new shorts from the UK. A wild ride through fiction, documentary and animation, discovering some of the exciting new filmmaking talent in the country.

Dawn of the Deaf (Director/Screenwriter: Rob Savage) – When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of deaf people must band together to survive.

Dear Mr. Shakespeare (Director: Shola Amoo, Screenwriter: Phoebe Boswell) – An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello explores the play’s racial themes in historical and contemporary settings, and draws wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

Fish Story (Director/Screenwriter: Charlie Lyne) – Behind a fishy tale lies this search for the truth.

In the Hills (Director/Screenwriter: Hamid Ahmadi) – Shahram is a young immigrant who lives in the idyllic countryside of the Cotswolds in England. To integrate into the new society, he chooses a rather radical approach.

Mother (Director/Screenwriter: Leo Leigh) - In the aftermath of his mother's death, Edwin reaches out to his extended family for support.

Robot & Scarecrow (Director: Kibwe Tavares, Screenwriters: Kibwe Tavares and Ursula Rani Sarma) – A fairy tale set against the backdrop of a heady summer music festival, where a robot and a scarecrow meet and fall in love.

Tough (Director: Jennifer Zheng) – New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British-born daughter speak as adults for the first time. Some things can only be understood with maturity.

White Riot: London (Director: Rubika Shah, Screenwriters: Ed Gibbs, Rubika Shah) – 1977, immigration divides Britain. What happens when a punk fanzine challenges the status quo?

Monday, 01 May 2017

Sundance Film Festival: London Docs Panel – On Collaboration: Documentary Practices and Process
Presented by Dropbox

The Sundance Film Festival sets the bar extremely high for its documentary presentations, providing a showcase for some of the most diverse, cutting-edge and challenging works while reflecting something of a state of the art for this exciting and rapidly evolving medium. Our Sundance Film Festival: London selections Chasing Coral, Dina and Icarus are richly different films but are united in their presentation of hard-hitting issues in a fresh and open fashion. This panel, featuring directors from those films and British artist and filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, will ask the filmmakers to detail their working practices and the role of collaboration in their work whilst exploring themes of diversity, accessibility and progress in documentary.

Panelists to include: Alice Tynan - EMEA Corporate Marketing Manager at Dropbox (Moderator); Jeff Orlowski – Director of Chasing Coral; Antonio Santini, Co-director of Dina; Bryan Fogel – Director of Icarus; Jeanie Finlay - Director of Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, The Great Hip Hop Hoax.

Monday, 01 May 2017

For the first time this year the Sundance Film Festival: London will feature a surprise film. We can't say too much, but it was a favourite among audiences in Utah, and with just one screening this will be among the hottest of the hot tickets. The title will be revealed only when the opening credits roll. Don't miss out.

Monday, 01 May 2017

International Premiere

Director: Michael Showalter.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher. USA 2017. 119 mins.


Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail and his American girlfriend, Emily, have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. As his parents relentlessly set him up with potential brides for an arranged marriage, Kumail navigates treacherous waters in the worlds of both dating and stand-up comedy.

Produced by Judd Apatow, The Big Sick features a sterling collection of comedy talent in front of and behind the camera, with Michael Showalter directing the hilariously insightful film that shrewdly puts the spotlight on its writer/star Kumail Nanjiani (HBO’s Silicon Valley). A revered comedian, Nanjiani shines in the lead role, bringing his singular voice to center stage. Mining his personal stories for comedy gold, he shares his experiences that are uniquely Pakistani but will resonate for everyone who has ever fallen in love.

“The Big Sick is scoring points on familiar rom-com territory, so when it suddenly morphs into a completely different film — a bracingly sophisticated one — you’ll want to cry with happiness.” - Time Out ★★★★★

Monday, 01 May 2017

European Premiere.

Director: Jim Strouse.
Starring: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells. USA 2017. 85 mins.


Jessica James (Jessica Williams), an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying hard to get over a recent breakup. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who's recovering from a break-up of his own. Together, they figure out a way to make it through the tough times, while also realizing they like each other—a lot.

Writer/director Jim Strouse’s previous film People, Places, Things (2015) featured Jessica Williams in a supporting role, and it proved to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Williams broke onto the scene as a correspondent on The Daily Show and followed that up with her hilarious podcast, 2 Dope Queens. With The Incredible Jessica James, she proves what has always been self-evident—that she is destined to be a star. With charisma, charm, and humour to burn, Williams crushes it as a leading lady in this vivacious romantic comedy with teeth.

"Some people are born to be movie stars, and The Incredible Jessica James successfully makes that case for leading lady Jessica Williams.” - Variety

Monday, 01 May 2017

European Premiere.

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith.
Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins,Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone. USA 2017. 96 mins.


Fourteen-year-old David reluctantly travels from his comfortable Texas home to rural Montana for his annual visit with his brooding, off-the-grid father, Cal, who has planned the boy’s first big game hunt. As the pair ascends into the wilderness, Cal tries to connect with David by recounting the story of his own first kill, on his last hunting trip with his now long-dead father. After their trip is disrupted by a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, a wounded Cal realizes they must both rely on David’s strength and resilience to survive.

Big Sky–born co-writers and directors Alex and Andrew Smith (The Slaughter Rule) exquisitely capture not only the awe-inspiring beauty of Montana’s landscape, but also the emotional realities of life isolated within it. Matt Bomer, as a steely father aching to be known by his son, delivers a searing performance, matched by teen actor Josh Wiggins’s impressive work as the stubborn boy striving to earn his father’s respect—and save his life.

"A movie of great heart and courage.” - Time Out ★★★★★

Monday, 01 May 2017

UK Premiere.

Director: Craig Johnson.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines. USA 2017. 94 mins.


Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged, misanthropic dog lover who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter he’s never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, Wilson sets out to connect with her in what could be his last chance at having a family.

In director Craig Johnson’s 2014 award-winning film The Skeleton Twins, he displayed a knack for finding humor and warmth in the darkest of places, which is why he was the perfect choice to bring to life this Daniel Clowes graphic novel of the same name. The writer of the Ghost World and Art School Confidential graphic novels, Clowes is a master of making the unlikable lovable. His Wilson is a bit of jerk, but a jerk who refreshes our empathy for people—in all of their imperfections.

"Harrelson brings his wide-awake edge to this performance” - Variety

Friday, 28 April 2017

A Moving Image is an award-winning multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art. We follow Nina, a young stifled artist, as she returns to her community after a long absence – where she is soon painted as a symbol of gentrification.

As she struggles with her own complicity, we follow her mission to create a piece of art that can bring her community together. On her journey we speak to real people affected by gentrification in Brixton, blurring the line between reality and fiction.

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

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

Heal the Living follows three seemingly unrelated stories that carefully weave together: a French teenager and his friends on a surfing road trip that leads to tragedy; a woman in another town who learns that her weak heart is beginning to fail and action must be taken; and two teams of doctors and medical experts who struggle through their day-to-day attempts to save lives. Ultimately, it is an impassioned story of personal connections that philosophically, spiritually and literally plumbs the depths of the human heart.

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

Director: William Oldroyd.
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton. UK 2016. 89 mins.


Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd makes a seamless transition to the screen in this brilliant Gothic tale of a young bride trapped in a marriage of convenience on a rural estate who embarks on a passionate affair. Florence Pugh (last seen in Carol Morley’s The Falling) is stunning as Lady Katherine, a woman determined to turn everything upside down in her mission to reclaim control over her life. Based on Lady Macbeth Of The Mtensk District, the 1865 novel by Nikolai Leskov, which inspired Shostakovich’s opera of the same name, this beautiful and highly assured debut, set amid the wild moorland of Northumberland, is a wonderful and strange story of love and betrayal.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Mouseland's Got Talent… and plenty of it! Check out three Mouseland stars - one old, one new and one who's just trying too hard!

Featuring episodes: Da Special One, Da Rollin’ Stone and Mo Mo Goes Solo

Author Michael De Souza says of his creation, “Rastamouse has a positive message for young children, promoting the need to understand what is right from what is wrong, and why, in a meaningful context.”
If you want to have more fun when you get home from the cinema, go to www.rastamouse.com to find out all about the nation’s favourite reggae-playing mouse, play games or just listen to Da Easy Crew’s crucial tunes. Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew also want to hear all about how you made a bad ting good – so send any pictures or stories in to them at goodtings@rastamouse.com.

“Through understanding, love an' respect; Rastamouse will always make a bad thing good.”

Friday, 28 April 2017

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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Friday, 28 April 2017

Director: Terry George.
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon. Spain/USA 2016. 133 mins.


During the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, Armenian medical student Mikael (Isaac) falls for a French-educated Armenian girl, Ana (Le Bon), who is also the mistress of Chris (Bale), a fiery American journalist. Caught up in the onset of the Armenian genocide, the love-struck pair face incredible dangers as they try to escape. To complicate matters further, Mikael is already engaged to a woman from his hometown in eastern Turkey.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

We are delighted to welcome director Nick Hamm and stars Timothy Spall and Colm Meany for a Q&A following this screening.

A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland - firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness - who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

To commemorate 50 years since part decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, Out At Clapham pay tribute to one of the twentieth century’s ultimate queer heroes, Quentin Crisp.

Crisp broke barriers with his tales of life pre-decriminalisation when his book The Naked Civil Servant was published in 1968. When Thames Television broadcast an adaptation in 1975 Crisp became a household name; and John Hurt played the lead role to critical acclaim, earning himself a BAFTA in the process.

An Englishman In New York (2009) picks up a few years after The Naked Civil Servant was first broadcast and follows Crisp into the last 20 years of his life in New York.

The title of the film is taken from the song by English Rock musician Sting. He wrote the song shortly after Crisp famously told him that he had looked forward to receiving his naturalization papers so that he could commit a crime and not be deported.

Out at Clapham are thrilled to pay tribute to these two screen legends.

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

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sisters of Reggae are the UK's first all-female Reggae DJ collective playing the 100% vinyl sounds of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Revival, Roots and Early Digital. Founded by Lucky Cat Zoë only last year, the 6 Sisters are spinning up a storm with bookings and requests to play buzzing in daily from the outernational cosmos and they were recently featured in I-D magazine.

For this night Upstairs at the Ritzy the Sisters rinsing the platters that matter will be Lucky Cat Zoë, Dubplate Pearl, Miss Feelgood and Debbie Golt (aka DJ Debbie). All are experienced and skilled DJs who play with inimitable style and flair, each having their own distinctive style.

The evening will start off with the Outerglobe Female DJ Relay - this will give 6 special guest selectors a chance to showcase their DJ skills. If you would like to participate and have a great vinyl collection, please contact sistersofreggae@gmail.com or send a message via facebook.com/sistersofreggae. Note this opportunity is for women who already DJ reggae music on vinyl only, do hurry!

Reggae is one of the most male-dominated areas of music and yet some of the finest producers, DJs and musicians are women. Sisters of Reggae put women centre stage and want to encourage more women of all ages to come forward as DJs, and by example are showing what can be done!

Sisters of Reggae selectors:
Lucky Cat Zoë (Resonance FM)
Dubplate Pearl (Camberwell Connection)
Naoko The Rock
Sweetie (Record Box)
Debbie Golt (Outerglobe, Resonance FM)
Miss Feelgood

You can check out their monthly radio show on Balamii Radio (1-3pm the third Saturday of the month). Or see the Sisters play at their monthly residency at The Queen's Head pub, Stockwell Rd on the last Saturday of the month.

More links:
mixcloud.com/sistersofreggaelondon Twitter and Instagram: @sistersofreggae

7pm - Midnight

Free Entry

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

Monday, 24 April 2017

Hosted by The Celluloid Sorceress

Winner of 5 Oscars, including gongs for first time screenwriter Alan Ball and first time director Sam Mendes, the tone and meaning of AMERICAN BEAUTY remains debated by scholars and critics today.

Seen by some as a dry satire on suburban American mores, by others as a meditation in the beauty of the mundane, AMERICAN BEAUTY stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, everyday schmoe unfulfilled by his job as an advertising executive and his increasingly strained marriage to materialistic real estate agent Carolyn (Annette Bening).

Lester’s midlife crisis comes in the form of infatuation with Angela (Mena Suvari) the cheerleader friend of his disgruntled daughter Jane (Thora Birch) who, in the meantime, strikes up a bond with new neighbour Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley), an independent spirit determined to escape a rigid military upbringing by his angry father, Col. Fitts (Chris Cooper).

Shot by the late Conrad L. Hall, AMERICAN BEAUTY remains one of the most interesting views of the American microcosm from the end of the 20th century and we are excited to show this elusive and elliptical dream play from an original 35mm print.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Formed in 2016 around composer and saxophonist Guido Spannocchi, this trio features the talents of Jason Simpson on double bass and Marco Quarantotto on drums. After their extensive tour in continental Europe this ensemble is finally playing a show in London presenting their original material and debut album aesthetically between Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson with solid structures and chord changes as well as avant garde improvisation.

Doors 8pm, live music from 8.30pm.

Free Entry

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

JUJU! presents the finest selection of true roots music from the heart of Africa, blending raw traditional music with genre-crossing fusion performances.

It’s time for some female-led Afrobeat to kick start the summer! Equatorial Guinea singer, composer Yolanda Eyama began singing gospel music before going on to sing in several groups performing jazz, funk, soul, reggae, rock, afro-beat and makossa. Her acclaimed first solo album Welcome To Malabo brilliantly exemplifies her personal blend of traditional African rhythms with all these styles and a voice that has drawn comparisons with Miriam Makeba and Angelique Kidjo.

Songs from the album are featured in the 2015 Spanish film ‘Palmeras en la nieve’ directed by Fernando González Molina. Since relocating to London in 2015 Yolanda has formed the ‘Afro World Groove’ band, a phenomenally tight 6-piece of top London musicians. In short, Afro World Groove comes to bring the sound of the big bands of the global music circuit with a solid rhythmic base of African influence.

With DJs Volta 45 (Afro-Palace), Blondezilla and friends on the decks with that sweet danceable Afro vinyl.

8.30pm - 1am.

£6 adv / £7 door.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Going through its Brazilian rhythmic roots, this duo is a musical project conceived by Brazilian guitar player Mario Bakuna playing alongside drummer/percussionist Jansen Santana. They bring a repertoire which dates back the beginning of 20th century until now, bringing to the dancers and lovers of Brazilian music, a mix of jazz and popular, modern and groovy sounds.

Doors 8pm, music from 8.30pm.

Free Entry

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

'Mobile X' is back and is bigger and better than ever! Returning to Upstairs for a weekend to where they’ll be displaying over 30 framed prints from some of the most talented mobile photographers from around the world.

The exhibition will be open to a public vote, with the 1st and 2nd place images winning prizes.

Submissions for the exhibition are still be accepted via 2 methods:
Instagram: @mentionmedialdn - add #mmldn_mobilex17 to posts.
Facebook: @mentionmedialdn - send us images directly.


Rules are simple - photos must be taken on a mobile device, smartphone or tablet. Shortlisted finalists will be contacted in the lead up to the event.

Anyone who attends the exhibition and votes for their favourite image will be entered into a prize draw for two cinema tickets and a bottle of wine.

12.00 - 5.30pm

Free Entry

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the angriest band in Britain”. At 44, former chicken factory worker and father of two, Jason Williamson, his band mate, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwood, a bus driver for Nottingham City Transport and avantgarde bedroom label owner, have won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. “Bunch of Kunst” tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms.

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.

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.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Directors: Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl.
With: Tilda Swinton as the voice of Gertrude Bell. USA/UK/France 2016. 93 mins. English, Arabic with English subtitles.


Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, why has she been written out of the history she helped make?

Friday, 21 April 2017

The race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy.

All-conquering Caesar returns from war. But mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.

The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), season director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress (Lily Collins), her determined driver (Alden Ehrenreich), and the eccentric billionaire (Warren Beatty) who they work for. It"s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her personal driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes" #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress. But Hughes" absurd behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Greg McLean. Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Adria Arjona, Tony Goldwyn. USA 2016. 89 mins.

A normal day at the Belko Corporation’s high-rise office in Bogota takes a deadly turn when a malevolent voice over the PA instigates a game of kill or be killed among the 80 American employees trapped inside. Wolf Creek director Greg McLean’s movie is a bloody, fast-moving and often witty horror-thriller. Think Battle Royale, with added claustrophobia.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Juho Kuosmanen. Starring: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff. Finland/Sweden/Germany 2016. 93 mins. English and Finnish with English subtitles.

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love.

This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and was selected as the Finnish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards this year.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Michael O’Shea. Starring: Eric Ruffin. Chloe Levine. USA 2016. 97 mins.

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer-director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo (Ruffin), who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie (Levine), the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy with reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Niki Caro.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl. USA 2016. 127 mins.


Kiwi director Niki Caro tells the astonishing true story of Antonina Żabiński (Chastain, The Help) and her husband Jan (Heldenbergh), whose Warsaw zoo became a hub for the Polish underground resistance during the Nazi occupation of their homeland. After much of it is destroyed during the German invasion in 1939, their once thriving animal sanctuary is left at the mercy of the Reich’s chief zoologist (Brühl, Rush). Risking execution if caught, the Żabińskis use what remains as a front for resistance plans to smuggle hundreds of Jews away from the Warsaw Ghetto to safety. By turns moving, riveting and extraordinary, The Zookeeper’s Wife is yet another triumph for Chastain following her recent Oscar nods, but the entire film is something of an ensemble piece with exceptional performances across the board.

Contains moderate violence, threat, nudity.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Director: Lone Scherfig.
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin, Bill Nighy. UK 2017. 117 mins.


In 1940, a married woman (Gemma Arterton) and a screenwriter (Sam Claflin) develop a growing attraction while working together on a propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France. A beautifully crafted costume drama with terrific performances, Lone Scherfig's new film is a quietly subversive, funny and finally moving account of a little known story from one of the darkest, most uncertain periods of British history.

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.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Roller Trio is James Mainwaring, saxophone & electronics, Luke Wynter, guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums. Their mix of high octane technicality and deceptively catchy tunes has transcended their Jazz heritage bringing them acclaim from fans and critics alike. Their eponymous debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize and the band were also nominated for MOBO's Best Jazz Act that same year.
Roller Trio was born out of the creative collaboration of three students of the Leeds College of Music: James Mainwairing tenor sax and electronics, Luke Wynter guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams on drums; Influenced by a wide range of music from Tim Berne, Chris Potter and Anthony Braxton to Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Slum Village, J Dilla and Flying Lotus, as well as the vibrant local scene, they also name check contemporary bands such as Heernt, trioVD, Animals as Leaders and Siriusmo.
Their own music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes. Incubated in mammoth improvisation sessions and honed in local gigs, their music is delivered with a captivating swagger and greedy energy that is utterly beguiling and packs a hook-laden punch.
Support to be announced

Monday, 17 April 2017

The infamous bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, commemorated by Picasso's famous painting, led directly to the evacuation of four thousand Basque children to Britain. It was the largest single influx of refugees ever to arrive in this country and the first to consist solely of children. The British Government did not want them here - so it was that an enormous voluntary organization stepped in to care for the children - much to the annoyance of the Government! Everybody expected their stay to be brief, but the conflict dragged on. By the end of the Spanish Civil War many of the children literally had nothing and nobody to return to and remained in Britain for a lifetime. This is the story of the Basque children - of those that returned to Spain and those that made Britain their home. It is the story of a remarkable grass-roots organization that cared for them and the conflict it generated with a British Government which saw the children as a political embarrassment.

In this R.T.S. award-winning documentary film, eye witness accounts are mixed with expert anyalysis, dramatic reconstruction and previously un-screened archive footage to tell the story of The Guernica Children.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

We are delighted to welcome director Alex Taylor and actors Alexa Davies, Lara Peake and Tallulah Haddon for a Q&A following this screening.

When his daughter goes missing in an apparent alien abduction, Gabriel's search takes him dangerously close to her strange group of so-called friends. But the further he goes inside their computer game and fantasy-obsessed world, the more he realises that he must confront his own difficult memories if he is to get his daughter back.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Director: F. Gary Gray.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham. USA 2017. 136 mins.

The eighth outing of the unstoppable Fast And Furious franchise zooms into cinemas, with Vin Diesel forming a tough-nut triumvirate with fellow action titans Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. Though it’s sadly the first not to feature the late star Paul Walker, other key elements are back and firing on all cylinders. Street-racer newlyweds Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are happily on honeymoon, until an enigmatic lady (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom back into a world of crime he can’t seem to escape. Tested like never before, the rest of the crew must reunite to bring home the man that made them a family. A crowd-wowing combination of high-octane thrills, exotic locales and jaw-dropping set pieces, this delivers multi-vehicular mayhem on a grand scale.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Director: David Lynch. France/USA 2001. 146 mins.

A would-be starlet borrows a Hollywood apartment, only to find it already occupied by a stranger. Master auteur Lynch won Best Director at Cannes with this dark and wilfully complex noir.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Director: Milos Foreman.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman. USA 1975. 133 mins.


Jack Nicholson is the ingenious, heroic free spirit R.P. ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a psychiatric hospital, run by heartless Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), the brilliant supporting cast includes Danny DeVito – in his first major role – as Martini, Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit), Christopher Lloyd (Taber) and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden.

Vintage Sundays, our weekly showcase of classic films, presents a season dedicated to Jack Nicholson. Sun 16 Apr to Sun 21 May.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Director: Chan-wook Park.
Starring: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha. South Korea 2016. 145 mins. Korean with English subtitles.


After shooting his first English-language feature in 2013, the Nicole Kidman-starring Stoker, acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park reverts to his native language for the erotically charged psychological thriller The Handmaiden. Those familiar with the popular director’s films will be glad to know that Park’s penchant for studied framing, black humour and dark subject matter is present and correct. Inspired by, rather than adapted from, Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden switches the Victorian England setting for that of Korea under Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s. Featuring stunning period production design by Seong-hie Ryu, The Handmaiden is a deliciously twisty tale of revenge, centring on an heiress, her con man uncle and the lady-in-waiting for whom she begins to fall. A real feast for the senses, and as stylishly executed as one would expect from Park, this thriller will leave audiences swooning at the power of both the imagery and the storytelling.

Find your local cinema and book for The Handmaiden: Directors Cut. Select cinema only.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Director: Ritesh Batra.
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery, Harriet Walter. UK 2017. 108 mins.


“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”, wrote L. P. Hartley. It’s a sentiment retired divorcee Tony Webster (Broadbent) might subscribe to, were he not preoccupied with managing his camera shop, attending antenatal classes with his daughter (Dockery) and having amicable lunches with his ex-wife (Walter). One day, however, the past comes knocking in the form of an inheritance: a former schoolmate’s diary left to him inexplicably by the mother of an old girlfriend. On his quest to recover it, Tony is forced to revisit his flawed recollections of his past, and piece together the fragments of a student romance and its painful aftermath. Based on Julian Barnes’ novel of the same name, The Sense Of An Ending is a perceptive study of love, family and friendship.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

1000 Londoners returns to the Attic with a collection of fascinating short documentaries all about the food of London. Tracking the journey from the seeds sown to the meals served, this screening is a celebration of food and the passionate, talented and diligent Londoners behind it.

This screening features hand-picked archive footage and a Q&A with the audience, filmmakers and film subjects.

Tickets £5

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

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

York Music For Refugees Presents Edwina Hayes + David Ward Maclean + Tom Gill + Evie Rapson
Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England' and her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.
As well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury to The Royal Albert Hall, Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour. As well as touring extensively with Jools, Van and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters.
Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Having signed with Warner Chappell Publishing and with an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch, Edwina released her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.
Edwina released her second album 'Pour Me A Drink' independently to great success. Much more stripped down and acoustic, Nanci Griffith covered the title track and Edwina's version of Feels Like Home was played in full in the major motion picture 'My Sister's Keeper' starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. Edwina followed in the same style with her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and touring constantly continues to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
Edwina toured as support with Fairport Convention on their UK Wintour 2014, toured China a few months later, toured Australia in Spring 2015 and her next album will be released later in 2016.
The Guardian 'Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter'
Michael Parkinson 'A very talented young lady'
Nanci Griffith 'The sweetest voice in England.'
Time Out 'Sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material'
Perez Hilton 'Like a soft blanket'

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

Thursday, 13 April 2017

When a teenage girl loses her parents in a tragic accident, she moves in with her single-dad uncle who tries to rebuild her life, and her confidence. An inspiring and uplifting drama that highlights the often overlooked problem of mental fragility in the shadow of family trauma.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behaviour.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

In 2012, the Ivy House pub in Peckham was sold to property developers as part of the ongoing gentrification of South London, but the locals triumphantly saved it as the first asset of community value in the UK.

The film tells the story through a communal portrait of intertwining voices, which can be heard as a collection of individual testaments or as a folk-operatic arrangement.

This participatory documentary weaves dance, poetry and song through its multi-layered soundscape, but the Ivy House itself remains the central character, embodied and inhabited by memories beyond its current guests.

“Its combination of the choreographic and choral offer a dazzlingly unique form in which to make the collective cinematic” Sophie Mayer, BFI Sight & Sound

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

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tessa is one third of Massive Dad (**** ‘Hilarious’ - The Guardian) and this year she's performing her debut show. Armed with an absolutely useless degree in Anthropology and some very big questions about how we got here, ‘Primates’ is a comedy show about what it means to be human and how everyone needs to calm down.

Tessa has previously been seen on @elevenish (ITV2), Comic Relief (BBC1), Coconut (BBC3) and Nish Kumar’s Christmas Cracker (Sky Arts), and heard on Newsjack (BBC Radio 4), The Lentil Sorters (BBC Radio 4) and the Doctor Who audiobook ‘And You Will Obey’ (Big Finish Productions).

Massive Dad have two smash hit Edinburgh shows and a sold-out Soho Theatre run under their belt, and have been called ‘Stars of the future’ - The Daily Mail, ‘Outstanding’ ***** - ThreeWeeks, and ‘Hilarious’ **** - The Scotsman. Tessa doesn’t think she can quite live up to that and would very much like you to come and hang out with her.

'I love Tessa Coates' - Caitlin Moran.

FREE ENTRY

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

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Director: Mary Mullan
Writer: Tony Sands. Starring: Nicola Howard, Mac McFadden, Rowena Lennon, Robert Bradley, Bethan Lee, Garry Hayden, Charlotte Campbell. UK 2017. 57 mins.


The Bench is a heartwarming drama about six different characters who meet on a park bench.

Henry and Willa are good friends who spend their lunch breaks together, except when it rains. It seems they both want something more, but, will either risk the bond they already have?

Natalie has just moved to London. She is in constant engagement with someone from her hometown through emails, texts and messages, though they are only one way... Tommy simply wants some peace and quiet to enjoy his book in a break from his nursing job, however, he can't help being drawn into the complexities of Natalie.

Gemma and Glen have been dating for a long time, Gemma's father has just had a heart attack and is in a nearby hospital. Glen chooses an inappropriate time to make a proposal....

With love, laughs, tears and music.

The Bench was all shot in Haggerston Park, East London.

Tickets £7

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

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Throwing together stuttering electronic drum sounds with relentless guitar riffs and soaring melodies. It demonstrates their knack for bringing together sounds you would never think of combining and then leaves you wondering why no one else had thought of it before.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Gregory Porter: Don't Forget Your Music + Q&A with director Alfred Bailey

Director: Alfred George Bailey, UK, 2016, 87 mins


This feature film was shot over four years and spans the life and career of the breakthrough star. New interviews and archive footage chart Gregory’s incredible journey from humble beginnings in Bakersfield, California, to stage, studio and beyond, with his remarkable story underpinned by exclusive access during recording of the new Grammy winning album, TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY. The film features contributions from musical luminaries including Don Was, Hubert Laws, Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Jana Herzen and many more.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Northern Disco Lights: The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music

Director: Ben Davis, UK, 2016, 74 mins.


After the screening we're joined for a Q&A by Ben Davis via skype.

This fascinating film tells the story of how a group of friends in the remote cities of Bergen and Tromsø gave birth to a unique sound that went on to re-define dance music as it is known today and transform a country in the process. The generation of DJs and musicians it inspired have gone on to conquer the world. Staring Prins Thomas, Annie, Bjørn Torske, Lindstrøm, Idjut Boys, Bill Brewster, amongst many others.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Sad and Beautiful World Of Sparklehorse + Skype Q&A with director Alex Crowton.

Directors: Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass, UK, 2016, 87min


This documentary chronicles the life of Mark Linkous and pays respectful tribute to an artist feverishly beloved by his cult followers. An artist far removed from the mainstream of music, his existence mirrored his mesmerising and unique music. Sparklehorse’s music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop; it has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Featuring interviews with Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), David Lowery (Cracker), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Gemma Hayes, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), Ed Harcourt, Matthew Wright, John Parish, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Emily Haines (Metric), the film also features an in-depth interview with Linkous himself.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale - plus Skype Q&A with director Bob Hannam

Director: Bob Hannam, USA, 2016, 125 min.


The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale follows this hard rock/punk band’s history, with rare behind-the-scenes footage ranging from their early days in Washington to their multiple modern incarnations, with an eye on the enduring influence they’ve had throughout their 30-year plus history. Featuring interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Walking In The Opposite Direction: Adrain Borland & The Sound

Dir. Marc Waltman, The Netherlands, 2016, 96 mins


A profile of the savagely charismatic music and troubled life of Adrian Borland, leader of British post-punk’s great lost icons The Sound. It is a tale of headstrong talent and dark despair: English singer-songwriter Adrian Borland, whose poetic lyrics, passionate vocals and compelling guitar work fuelled the critically lauded, Stooges and Joy Division-hued post-punk band The Sound, battled mental illness before taking his own life in 1999. This haunting music documentary, by turns troubling and tender, was made in the Netherlands where Borland found his greatest acclaim. Via insights from those who knew him best, it turns an unsparing eye on an artist’s fierce creative vision and fearless determination to pursue his muse, even at the cost of his peace of mind. Combining performance footage, photos and interviews with friends, partners, collaborators and his father Bob, a constant support in his career, Walking in the Opposite Direction traces Borland’s career from early punk band The Outsiders, through critically acclaimed Sound albums including Jeopardy (1980) and In The Lion’s Mouth (1981), to his final solo recordings. Waltman’s film captures the exhilaration and charisma of Borland’s music, as well as the black dread that followed him.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Xfactor finalist Lloyd Daniels brings his new one man show to York. This is a chance to get up close and personal with Lloyd as be sings some classic hits from the musicals and a few of his pop choices. In his audition, Cheryl Cole described him as "the first person I'm going to say you've got the X Factor to."; and this catapulted him into the spotlight. He was placed in the bottom two after the rock-themed week, but the public vote saved him at the expense of Rachel Adedeji. He was in the bottom two again in week 6 but was saved when the vote went to deadlock and Jamie Archer was sent home. In 2009 Lloyd performed a homecoming concert outside the St David's Centre in Cardiff, and toured with the X Factor live tour. Since then, Lloyd has regularly sung a gigs across the country and performed in many pantomimes and a touring naked comedy alongside big brother star nikki graham called 'Up4aMeet'. His EP 'Suburbian Girl' was released in December 2011 making it into the top 40 iTunes chart. Since November 2014 Daniels has been performing the leading role of Joseph in the UK tour of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat, his first stage musical role with 5 star reviews stating he is the perfect Joseph. Ahead of a new tour in the UK alongside Joe McElddery and Keith Jack, Lloyd is delighted to be bringing his show to York and he cannot wait to meet you all.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Scarlet Rascal unite a distinct concoction of alternative ideas that tap into Joy Division, The Birthday Party and ‘Love’–era The Cult, whilst also neatly neighbouring the likes of The Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dir. Guy-Roger Duvert, 92mins, USA/FRANCE, English, 2016.

Paris 2047. Most of the population are pudgy, jacked-in junkies who spend their time online, within virtual words. Nash is a private investigator who, when not himself jacked in fighting dragons, works for one of the big companies behind the system – looking for hackers. Recently the hackers have started killing people, including Nash’s girlfriend. Torn between his past and the future, between virtual and real worlds, Nash must make decisions that will affect both his life and the society he lives in. This film plays with some challenging themes in a world that evokes Blade Runner and the Matrix – an impressive example of using art to explore our relationship with modern society.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Director: Juzo Itami, starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto. Japan 1985. 114 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami (A Taxing Woman) is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites.

Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Straight after the Upstairs screening of House Party Soulgigs bring the after party to get you on your feet. Expect musical genres to include RnB, hip-hop, reggae, house, classic soul, club classics, soca, Afrobeats and jungle. Guests are typically over 30 and the selection of music will reflect the experience of the mature and sophisticated crowd. With resident DJs Simon P, Nico T, & special guests on rotation.

Film finish & DJs from 9.45pm - 2am

Tickets from this site are for AFTER-PARTY ONLY: £4 adv, £7 OTD

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No tracksuits or shorts. Over 25s.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

PPY & Odd Horizon presents Lab Coast + Bad Idea
Since 2008, Lab Coast has been delivering hazy bursts of hook-laden guitar pop from their basement studio in Calgary, Alberta. Singer David Laing & multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge carve out detailed analog productions on a variety of different tape machines while pillaging the bounty of instruments left behind at the Lab Coast practice space. The resultant constellations of compact, tightly wound melodies and bustling rhythms form a highly textured kaleidoscopic backdrop for Laing's understated crooning and oblique, yet slyly evocative lyrics. Dadge’s ever- evolving, DIY approach to recording places them in the tradition of fellow home-brew recorders such as Strapping Fieldhands, early Guided By Voices, and R. Stevie Moore, while the songs themselves recall the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Tom Petty, and The La's. The Toronto Star calls it “scuffed-up, small-scale psych-pop”, and their latest release provides the perfect point of entry for the newcomer. Set to be released May 12 on Brighton-based label Faux Discx, the Lab Coast album plunders the depths of the band’s considerable back catalogue – which includes four albums, an EP, and numerous split tapes and 7”s – and surfaces with 16 of their most winning pop nuggets, some of which will see their first appearance on vinyl. From the chunky, tape-saturated earlier gems like “For Now” and “Really Realize” to the more recent, intricate breezers of “Bored Again”, “Helen Bach”, and “As Usual”, this collection offers a generous overview of a band whose sonic restlessness is matched only by the sheer volume of melodies enclosed within.
Lab Coast also provides an opportunity to clearly hear Laing & Dadge (who is known for his work with acts such as Chad VanGaalen and Alvvays) slowly refine their studio prowess as the albums progress. And while they moved on from the woolly, warts-and-all charm of their earliest efforts, the pair always manage to keep things somewhat left- of-centre; whether it’s via their enduring love of the ‘first take’, or through the layers of FX-drenched guitars, rubbery bass parts, cello, violin, hybrid sampled/live drum parts, and pitch-shifted percussion, or the sneaky appearances of sax, banjo, and organ that crop up throughout Lab Coast, the listener is never lulled into complacency. Lab Coast will be touring the middle of Canada in April and the UK and Europe in May and June.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Please Please Yor presents Laura Gibson
Both literary and raw, with a love of a traditional folk music and a bent towards experimentation, multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Laura Gibson has toured four continents, and is a frequent collaborator. She just recently received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Hunter College, while working on her forth release, the wise and vulnerable "Empire Builder", which Pitchfork called her best record to date.  Laura recently collaborated with French artist The Avener on the single “You Belong”, featured in a worldwide ad campaign for Zadig & Voltaire   'Her best record to date...Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free.' Pitchfork  'Captivating.' **** 4 stars  Mojo 'There isn’t a song here that isn’t a low-key delight.' **** 4 stars Q 'A triumph' 8/10, Uncut 

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'

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Say Owt Presents: York’s Anti-Slam II
In a normal poetry slam, the poets must use their words & wit to impress the judges and set themselves aside as the greatest performer of the evening.
The Anti-Slam takes this formula and totally flips it, scoreboards and all.
In the Anti-Slam, the worst poet wins. We don’t mean your standard half-hearted poetry.
Last time we heard rubbish rapping, Hellish homeopathy, too-cool-for-school phone-in-hand hipster words, Morse code poetry and a foppish failure. And the audience laughed their poetry socks off!
So come witness the soppiest, slushiest love poetry that would make your date vomit in your face.
Hear the most over-blown, misplaced and ill-informed revolutionary political poetry to make you want to get a job as a banker.
Experience painful personas, chaotic characters and awful acts.
Cringe at poems crammed with silly stanzas, pathetic puns, idiotic imagery and mournful metaphors (and atrocious alliteration).
It’s totally unique, totally odd and guaranteed to make you howl with laughter, and the winner (loser?) goes to represent York in the Anti-Slam final down in That London!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dir. James Morrison, 80mins, USA, English, 2016.

In the aftermath of a global pandemic, a survivor searches for ways to cure his wife of a deadly virus. Alone in the wilderness, they meet a man who offers them sanctuary but he is not who he seems. Equal parts science fiction and character study, DIVERGE is the story of a man discovering how far he’s willing to go for the one he loves, and what he stands to lose in doing so. In movie shorthand, you could use TWELVE MONKEYS meets PRIMER as a reference, as it deals with similar ideas and is brilliantly constructed on its modest budget, however it packs a feisty punch in the time-travel genre. Winner of the Siren Award for Best International Feature at the 2016 Lund Fantastic Film Festival.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Director: Ren Chao Wang, 64mins, China, Chinese (English subtitles).

Against the backdrop of a deadly plague spreading across the Earth, the ‘Bi’an’ (“another shore”) project is humanity’s first interstellar exploration. The ‘Shenzhou 20’ starship has set off toward the Centaurus planetary system but now this scientific journey has become the last hope for human civilization. However, the ‘Bi’an’ project’ depends on a lonely scientist, Lin Xia’s, and the Artificial Intelligence, she relies on. Can she save mankind from extinction? China is becoming known for producing effects-heavy action movies for the international market, but a few independent filmmakers are making superb high-concept science fiction. We are excited to bring Ren Chao Wang’s début feature to London.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Background Noise Productions hereby invites you to step into our world of fairytales and fables, tea parties and trips, psychedelia and social activism to celebrate the video launch for their feature film ‘A House of Bricks’

Love film?
Hate rape?
Thirsty?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you need to board your carriage and join us for the fairest Kickstarter party in all the land.

FREE ENTRY

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

Monday, 10 April 2017

Director: Ang Lee.
Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman. UK/USA 1995. 136 mins.


Emma Thompson’s Oscar-winning screenplay brilliantly captures Jane Austen's sparkling wit. Without money or social position, two sisters – the conventional Elinor (Thompson) and passionate Marianne (Winslet) – have little chance of marriage. Alan Rickman co-stars as an unsuitable would-be suitor.

Saturday, 08 April 2017

A comedy double header for just £5!
Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether and Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today


Cheekykita's dream...who knows what's inside? A trip into the ether with one of the strangest acts you're ever likely to see. This character comedian has been compared to The Mighty Boosh and Spike Milligan.

'It is the silliest, maddest, funniest hour I have ever spent and it is fantastic' - Funny Women & Fringe 5-star review

Settle down, settle down. Mr Grebe is a supply teacher on a mission to teach all the subjects in an hour. Why? Only he knows. This show if not for OFSTED inspectors. But it is for you.

‘Immersive interactive comedy done well…unbelievably good fun’ - Fringe Guru

Tickets: £5

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

Friday, 07 April 2017

About 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 120 feet below sea level, a commune of outcasts lives in the middle of the desert. They’re not some hippie colony, just a group of people who have turned their backs on society and want to be left alone. On this bare, arid plain, we see a mobile home here and there, a car or an impromptu house. The people who live here answer to imaginative names like Bulletproof, Insane Wayne and Bus Kenny. They kill time with messing around, doing odd jobs, talking and living. For some of them, this desolate place with no electricity or running water is a temporary address, while for others it’s a permanent vacation. Everyone has his or her own reason for being here, and especially a reason not to be somewhere else.

Friday, 07 April 2017

“Why, why why why why” Gopal, an indian ferryman mimics the western tourists stunned by hindu tradition whom he rows across the Ganges,in Boatman, an original documentare about the holy city of Benares. There the dead are burned bifore their ashes are cast into the sacre driver. Gianfranco Rosi’s film floats along through a teeming cast of mourners, children, pilgrims, dogs, dead and ashes. A point of departure for the other world, Benares i salso where worlds collide with lasting incomprehension. The Village Voice, New York

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, 07 April 2017

A Juarez hit man speaks : el sicario ROOM 164 is an eighty-minute documentary about a hit man. He has killed hundreds of people, is an expert in torture and kidnapping, and for many years was a commander of the state police in Chihuahua. He even received some training from the FBI. He has lived in Ciudad Juárez and has moved freely throughout Mexico and the United States. At the moment, there is a contract on his life of $250,000 and he lives as a fugitive, though he is still free and has never been charged with a crime in any country. The film takes place in a motel room on the U.S. / Mexico border. The sicario is highly intelligent, very articulate and all too believable. The film stems from Charles Bowden’s essay “The Sicario” published in 2009 in Harper’s Magazine

Friday, 07 April 2017

It's business time, baby.

Bring an extra pair of socks, cos it's time to get freaaaaakkkky!

Expect FOTC Karaoke and Disco (and all of Bret and Jemaine's offshoot projects - Moana / The Muppets / Rio) as well as all of New Zealand's greatest hits, Simon and Garfunkel, all your favourite rappers, Bowie, Femident Toothpaste, nothing Australian, Doggy bounce and possibly a fundraiser for epileptic dogs.

More entertainment TBA.

Doors 8pm.

Party: 8.30pm - 1am

Tickets: £7

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

Friday, 07 April 2017

Director: Raoul Peck. Featuring: James Baldwin. France/USA 2016. 94 mins.

With unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three men, we uncover a larger narrative of America’s historical and current denial and irrational relationship with race. Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the ’50s and ’60s, I Am Not Your Negro is about what it means to be black in America today.

Friday, 07 April 2017

"I love you, I'm not afraid to love you."

Join us for a tribute to the beautiful, jaw-dropping, biting, spiritual and superlative squeezing 'Grace' by Jeff Buckley.

Featuring live performances of songs from the album, a full playback of Grace on vinyl and more TBA.

Come join us, as we recreate Siné as best we can.

8pm - 1am

Tickets: £5 adv, £7 OTD

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

Friday, 07 April 2017

Director: Pablo Larraín.
Starring: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán. Chile/Argentina/France/Spain 2016. 108 mins. Spanish with English subtitles.


Pablo Larraín (The Club, No, Tony Manero) turns to his compatriot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, for his sixth feature. Describing this inventive 1940s-set detective thriller as an ‘anti-bio’, he weaves a dizzying fable around the 1948 hunt for celebrated poet and politician Neruda, who goes underground when Chile outlaws Communism and finds himself pursued by an ambitious police inspector (Bernal) hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the famous fugitive. With a trio of outstanding performances from Bernal, Luis Gnecco as the poet on the run and Mercedes Morán as his wife Delia, this is a hugely refreshing and entertaining tale that boldly tests the limits of filmic biography.

Friday, 07 April 2017

Director: Julia Ducournau.
Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella. France/Belgium 2016. 99 mins. French with English subtitles.


Following in the footsteps of her entire family, shy 16-year-old Justine, an animal-loving vegetarian, enrols in veterinary college. Entering a seductive world of boys, drugs and all-night parties, she is confronted with a moral dilemma when she must eat a raw rabbit liver as part of an initiation ritual. She devours the meat, and is soon overtaken by unusual cravings. Julia Ducournau’s impressive debut feature is a highly accomplished, bold and bloody exploration of womanhood. Based around Marillier’s terrific, no-holds-barred performance, Raw has echoes of both Catherine Breillat’s explorations of female sexuality and the body horror of early David Cronenberg. The tense coming-of-age story has a mordant streak of dark humour and moments of brutality and gore. These may prove disturbing even for seasoned horror fans, thanks to the work of FX maestro Olivier Afonso. Be warned, the blood and guts apparently caused some cinemagoers to faint during a recent screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

Friday, 07 April 2017

Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 2013.

After the India of Varanasi’s boatmen, the American desert of the dropouts, and the Mexico of the drug cartels, in 'Sacro GRA' Gianfranco Rosi returns to his home country, roaming and filming for over two years in a minivan on Rome’s giant ring road — the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or GRA — to discover the invisible worlds and possible futures harboured in this area of constant turmoil.

Elusive characters and fleeting apparitions emerge from the background of the winding zone. Far from the iconic sites of Rome, the GRA is a repository of stories of those at the edges of the ever-expanding universe of the capital city.

✮✮✮✮ "A very beguiling, utterly uncliched love letter to Rome itself" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Friday, 07 April 2017

Dir. Sasha Louis Vukovic, 104mins, Canada, English, 2017.

WORLD PREMIERE

In the spring of 1929 – near the end of a golden age of exploration – an expedition of Ivy League University Botanists enter an uncharted forest on the North American frontier. Tasked to study the native flora, the students unearth a deadly organism and are soon in a fight with nature itself. They must use their limited resources to understand, survive and escape the wild and terrifying forest that surrounds them. Incredible cinematography and direction shows off the beauty of Ontario, Canada, as well as the claustrophobia of a dense forest. Flora is a brilliant début for director Vukovic, whose excellent cast deliver a refreshing take on the ‘monster-in-the-woods’ canon.

Friday, 07 April 2017

Dir. Rob York, 101mins, USA, English, 2017.

UK PREMIERE

Roger Nelson, seasoned astronaut, is picked to pilot a mission that will challenge his skills and test the life he leaves behind. After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our solar system, Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year trip aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources. What he discovers will change our understanding of science and our place in the universe. Making realistic movies set in space is a major challenge on a modest budget, yet Magellan delivers a credible portrayal of the mission with high-concept science fiction. If they asked you, would you go?

Friday, 07 April 2017

SCI-FI-LONDON loves short film! We’ve always supported shorts through our festival programming and our 48 Hour Film Challenge (see sfl.to/challenge). We reckon that some science fiction stories lend themselves perfectly to short film and have selected a fantastic bunch of international short films for this year’s festival.

Expect the unexpected from serious to silly and everything else in between. Our selection is presented in 6 programmes over the festival. Enjoy!

SHORTS 1

WATTMARCK
HOW TO BE HUMAN
EINSTEIN-ROSEN
THE ATLAS OF FALSE DESIRES
THE PROBLEMLESS ANONYMOUS
THE GILL PILL
THE DISCOVERY OF MORNIEL MATHAWAY.
WHERE NO JEDI HAS GONE BEFORE

Friday, 07 April 2017

SCI-FI-LONDON loves short film! We’ve always supported shorts through our festival programming and our 48 Hour Film Challenge (see sfl.to/challenge). We reckon that some science fiction stories lend themselves perfectly to short film and have selected a fantastic bunch of international short films for this year’s festival.

Expect the unexpected from serious to silly and everything else in between. Our selection is presented in 6 programmes over the festival. Enjoy!

SHORTS 2

DESTROY MADRID
THEY WILL ALL DIE IN SPACE
HYPER-REALITY
IN THE ROBOT SKIES
ON SUNDAY
APPELLATION
HASKELL
ICARUS
PRIVATE ACCESS

Friday, 07 April 2017

SCI-FI-LONDON loves short film! We’ve always supported shorts through our festival programming and our 48 Hour Film Challenge (see sfl.to/challenge). We reckon that some science fiction stories lend themselves perfectly to short film and have selected a fantastic bunch of international short films for this year’s festival.

Expect the unexpected from serious to silly and everything else in between. Our selection is presented in 6 programmes over the festival. Enjoy!

SHORTS 3

SKIES OF ARCADIA
ZAIRE
SHORTY
INSTAFAMOUS
FTL
THE PROSPECTS
HYPER-REALITY
MIRRORED

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Ché Baker, Dallas Bland, 108mins, Australia, English, 2017. Starring: Billy Zane, Stephen Hunter, Bruce Spence, Jack Thompson.

UK PREMIERE

In a post-apocalyptic world where civilisation has crumbled. A massive electromagnetic pulse has killed all children on the planet except for Molly, the daughter of Jake, an ex-marine. Jake has to stop the pulse, rescue the child and escape the evil despot who has engineered Earth’s downfall. Children of Men meets Waterworld, Mad Max meets Star Wars? Kinda... though BWO itself may be a reference for other films in the future. Oodles of amazing action and set pieces, not to mention a massive car chase across the desert – seen that before huh? Not with by 7 DeLoreans! This is about as much fun as you can have in the cinema. Oh, and Billy Zane’s the bad guy… What’s not to love?

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Jamie Patterson, Producer/Writer. Alex Francis (Moon). Starring: April Pearson, Mickey Sumner, Cian Berry, Ruben Crow. 86mins, 2017, UK, English.

UK PREMIERE

x A ‘work-from-home’ journalist couple who’ve become interested in a new base up on the moor are visited by a strange couple called Mr & Mrs Blair (yes, The Blairs!). They say they want to ask a few questions and the journalists invite the Blairs into their idyllic village home, but what begins with an informal interview descends into a nightmarish fight for survival. This is a film that returns us to the great days of brit SF. It’s Quatermass via Straw Dogs and delivers a tight, extremely tense and unnerving experience, the kind of sci-fi we used to be so good at making.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Krystof Zlatnik, 97mins, Germany, English/German. 2016.

UK PREMIERE

Europe has closed its borders to millions of refugees. Only Germany continues to offer citizenship – if you compete and survive a new TV show called “Immigration Game". The show is a manhunt through Berlin where every citizen can become a Hunter to track down refugees and stop them from winning their priceless German citizenship. When Joe, a native German and soon-to-be father, helps a wounded refugee Runner and accidentally kills a Hunter in self-defence, he faces a life sentence – or he can participate in the deadly game himself. In 2017 we are talking about immigration, wall-building and travel bans and the far-right being is called ‘populist’! The premise of this film could never happen right… Right?

Thursday, 06 April 2017

NEIL STRYKER AND THE TYRANT OF TIME

Directpr: Rob Taylor, 93mins, USA, English. 2016

UK PREMIERE

In a future time, Neil Stryker is a hardened Elite Forces agent famous for hunting and capturing his former mentor and villainous time-traveller, ‘The Mad Scientist’. Following a magnificent escape, the Mad Scientist rains down chaos on the city in a quest for revenge. Stryker must now race through time and do battle with goblins, robots, and ten-foot killer penguins in order to save the world and rescue his son from the clutches of his infamous former mentor. This sci-fi/comedy feature is a 1980s throwback where every set, every effect, every puppet was crafted by dedicated artists, some of whom might get time off for good behaviour! The film stars David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor and Walter Koenig. It’s cult in the making… we said cult!

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Russ Emanuel, 81mins, USA, English. 2015.

UK PREMIERE

Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil embark on a new documentary following a '30 Days of Clean Living' diet. They set up cameras all over the house to document their new eating habits and stream out to the Internet. Annie has read something online about the clean-living plan causing odd side-effects. Soon, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves – a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence. We are used to cameras everywhere, recording everything we do – what if they capture things our eyes cannot see? This has been a worldwide film festival hit – it’s a very cool and brilliantly performed thriller that puts a new twist on ‘found-footage’. Starring Robert Picardo and Briana White.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Dir. Antonio Llapur, 74mins, USA, English. 2017

UK PREMIERE

An exiled space detective returns to help an old flame but finds himself tangled in a web of interstellar intrigue, galactic gangsters, and a sinister scheme that threatens the very fate of the entire galaxy! This is one of those ‘wtf’ films we love so much at the festival. It takes a very noir-ish detective-in-space story and throws bags of interstellar psychedelic substance at it. Simply amazing to look at, a fantastic soundtrack and dry wit in vast amounts, this is not to be missed. Think Sam Spade on LSD.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Roger Armstrong, John Hickman, 80mins, UK, English. 2017.

WORLD PREMIERE

Roger, a middle-aged drug-addled techno producer and his best friend, alcoholic rapper John, attempt to bring about humanity's next stage of evolution. Their plan is to build a machine that bombards people with sound waves making the soul leave the body and become pure consciousness. With no scientific basis for their device and Roger’s growing psychopathic messiah complex, the one way trip to a “new age cosmological rave in the sky” soon becomes a dark, bloody journey driven by desperation for success and recognition. Based on a short film made for the SFL 48hr Challenge, this is a beautiful, raw, unflinching, nihilistic satire on twenty first century life – a tale of idiocy, delusion and obsession. Bloody brilliant stuff.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Martin Gooch, 96mins, UK. English, 2016.

Ten-year-old Eternity lives in a haunted Gatehouse at the edge of an ancient forest. She likes to dig for buried treasure in the woods, but one day she digs up something she shouldn't and the forest wants it back. What follows is a battle with an ancient force from a forgotten world. A regular at the festival, British filmmaker, Martin Gooch, brings us his third feature – an altogether darker film with a good nod to the best of those classic Hammer Films.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: JP Mandarino, 75mins, USA, English. 2017.

UK PREMIERE

Snowden, Assange, and even the Russians have ‘allegedly’ been putting leaked information online for a while now. When KAOS, a group of anonymous activists find some footage in a Snowden file that reveals the events surrounding the disappearance of four teenagers, they put it out there to try and get some answers. The footage shows YouTuber wannabe, Skylar, his vlog and home CCTV recordings. It soon becomes clear that he has captured footage of something that someone wants kept very secret. A fantastic commentary on the rise of the new video stars and social media mixed with some classic sci-fi tropes.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Dir. Simon Phillips, 108mins, UK, English. 2017.

UK PREMIERE

It’s 2065 and Earth is rendered uninhabitable by war. Humanity’s remaining survivors send a fleet of ships to different points in the galaxy in the hope of finding a new world. After several years of travel and long since out of communication range, the crew of The Pegasus are nearing their destination when they encounter a derelict ship. As tensions on board rise and they struggle to complete their mission they soon realise that they are not alone and must fight for their survival – and the survival of the human race. An ambitious film for its budget that has a style of its own, it doesn’t shy away from unflinchingly depicting the adversity the crew experiences, something many mainstream movies might avoid. Will really appeal to old-school SF enthusiasts.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Dir. Matt Mitchell, Taliesyn Mitchell, 94mins, UK, English, 2017. Starring Laura Swift, Lee Latchford-Evans, Tom Goodman-Hill, Adrian Edmondson, Sally Phillips.

WORLD PREMIERE

The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. Now they have finally succeeded but what the Army has unleashed threatens to tear our world apart. One woman must lead the only survivors past horrors that the military seem to have no way to control - and fight to close what should never have been opened. Imagine RESIDENT EVIL in the style of Enid Blyton and you don’t even get close to the tone of this fabulous film. Ultra-violent and very dark but with characters who are all jolly polite, THE RIZEN gives a fresh take on escape horror with a solid sci-fi ending!

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Director: Jeff Hanley, 77mins, Canada, English. 2017.

WORLD PREMIERE

Michael, a driven research scientist working on time travel theory, spends all his time in the garage ‘lab’ trying to perfect a device. Sandra, his partner, is bottom of his priority list. Only his friend and associate, James, seems to get Michael’s full attention. One day, the machine works and the three of them must deal with past mistakes and how far they're willing to go to fix them. A solid time travel film with a small cast is something we love at the festival, especially when we look for loopholes or paradoxes and can’t really find any! This is a good début from director Jeffrey Hanley and writer Adam Bradley.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

It can be a promise at the alter, an oath in the court, or the feeling you get when someone you love asks,‘can I trust you?’

Promises – we make them all the time, whether it is to ourselves or to others. Guaranteed though, as many times you have made a promise, this promise has also been broken.

Come along tonight and tell your true story about the notion of promises in your life. How have they figured, what did they mean, and is it even possible to never break a promise?

Tell your own story, or listen to the ones of others. The stories have to be true and have happened to you.

Tickets: £4

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

A wild ride through the imagination of BiBi Crew.

Come laugh, come cry, come wee wee up yourself as BiBi Crew take you on a journey with labrish, sketches and tunes from a surprise celebrity guest.

Show starts 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 adv. / £15 door

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

(USA / UK 2005. Dir: Terrence Malick. English and Algonquin. 135 mins)

2017 sees the 400th year anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, who died in Gravesend in 1617. To mark this anniversary, Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival screens one of the greatest films of the 21st Century – Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD. It is a film of astounding elemental beauty, which re-imagines the meeting between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Powhatan princess Pocahontas (in a revelatory performance by Q’orianka Kilcher,) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals. The action then follows Pocahontas as she marries John Rolfe (Christian Bale) and travels to England.

“with The New World cinema has reached its culmination, its apotheosis.” – The Guardian

Followed by a Q&A with Dakota Sioux historian Stephanie Pratt

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, presented by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week with a typically eclectic programme of 44 shorts over three nights from 2-4 May.

Opening the first evening is Roadliners from Pretend Lovers - an evocative documentary that sets out to shed some much needed light on an often unappreciated craft. The film celebrates road markers Tam and Jim as they hand-pour and paint lines on the streets of Glasgow.

Directed by Juriaan Booij and from the brains of the excellent Studio Swine, Terraforming imagines a world where a crystal planet has been discovered in the galaxy. The film, originally commissioned by Swarovski, takes some of its aesthetic cues from 1960s sci-fi classics.

Also featured is a music video by Lorna HB - the knitting MC. Her mission is to get more people knitting by ‘bursting the myths and stereotypes’ associated with the craft.

This is just a taster of tonight's 14 films.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, presented by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week with a typically eclectic programme of 44 shorts over three nights from 2-4 May.

What happens when you drop art from a great height? What happens when 15 potters let go of their work from a second-storey window? Find out in Ewan Crallan’s The Drop.

Waddesdon, a documentary by William Taylor, follows the artist Kate Malone as she creates a series of ceramic works inspired by Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.

In the Meadow is an enchanting animation from ceramist and recent RCA graduate Katie Spragg. The film explores the qualities that grass and clay share using stop-frame animation, with the artist hand-modelling each blade as it grows and twists in the wind.

This is just a taster of tonight's 15 films.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, presented by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week with a typically eclectic programme of 44 shorts over three nights from 2-4 May.

There’s a seam of heritage craft running through this year’s programme exemplified by a beautiful documentary on Owen Jones, an oak swill basket weaver based in the Lake District. Directed by Jacob Hesmondhaigh, this is an intimate portrait of a master maker.

One The Line, commissioned by the British Council, takes us through three craft research residencies which took place in parallel in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam as part of the New for Old programme, celebrating and supporting local artisan women.

Closing the final night, Benjamin Wachenje’s film The Craft of Carnival illustrates the amount of making that goes on behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

This is just a taster of tonight's 15 films.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

The Final Girls proudly present a one-night-only nationwide screening of XX, the first and only all-female horror anthology. With shorts directed by genre heavyweights Karyn Kusama (The Invitation), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird), Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S, Southbound) and featuring the directorial debut of St. Vincent, this is a horror milestone. These tales of terror, blood and mayhem test the boundaries of what genre can be, loosely connected by the eerily beautiful animations of Sofia Carrillo. Whilst not directly related to one another, each short has a distinctly feminine theme, tackling and subtly subverting expectations placed on women and the roles they play.

The Final Girls is a film collective dedicated to exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Director: Cristian Mungiu.
Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus. Romania 2016. 128 mins. Romanian with English subtitles.


A leading figure of the Romanian New Wave, and the first director from the country to win the Palme D’Or (for 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days in 2007), Cristian Mungiu returns after a four-year absence with this expertly crafted family drama. Mungiu shared the Best Director Award at Cannes for this highly impressive film exploring the moral complexities of life in contemporary Romania. Graduation revolves around the middle-class Aldea family, headed by the outwardly upstanding doctor Romeo (Titieni). A series of violent incidents, including an assault on his daughter Eliza (Dragus) that affects the first of her final school exams, tests Romeo’s paternal moral guidance. Handsomely shot, Graduation features richly drawn supporting characters that further complicate Romeo’s underhand plans to help his struggling daughter.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man And Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. The ensemble cast also includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack The Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Please note this film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Naughty twins Zip and Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education centre run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch, and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, the children’s Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster.

Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives.

“A slice of wholesome, family-friendly entertainment.” Hollywood Reporter

“A visually lush children’s adventure movie.” Eye For Film

A cross between Harry Potter and The Goonies - you will love this must see Spanish family adventure!

Original title: Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica

Thursday, 30 March 2017

“Sparks of hope fly from each one of Al Goodwin’s songs as he takes you on a journey through the pivotal moments in his life. A warm, honest Yorkshireman, Al is no stranger to the hard grind of life and is clearly not afraid to bare his soul. But his sincere lyrics and fully charged acoustic guitar playing are laced with a strength, compassion and humour that verges on intoxicating.
Experiencing a live performance with Al is like hanging out with an old friend with some great songs thrown in. A richly rewarding experience that comes with a lingering afterglow” ​
“Al’s writing tells of heart breaking truth’s about love and life and his control of each eloquently crafted song oozes the joy and pain of his life’s experiences which he shares openly, inviting us to journey with him through his melodic and rhythmic landscapes. Al’s work is a triumph of the artist remaining faithful to the truth. Never compromising or giving way to influence. His live performances provide exactly the same experiences as do the cleverly simple and emotionally evocative videos for his songs. ​
“Following up from his acclaimed album ‘Birth, Death and In Between’ Al is in the midst of his new works with two new releases available to hear now ‘All Colours Shine’ and ‘So Real’ fostering the same intensity but with a heart rendering and beautifully crafted fuller production that harks back to the greats of the 70’s but with a very modern touch”

Thursday, 30 March 2017

"Ready to go for the high score? Fleeting Quiz presents a hi-definition, 60 FPS video game quiz! With a focus on big franchises like Mario, Zelda, Halo, Pokemon, and many others, with a mixture of modern and retro games covered. Are you the MVP or Leeroy Jenkins? Doors 7.30, quiz starts at 8, £1.50 per person, maximum 5 people per team

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.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dir. Yasmin Fedda
70mins
Jordan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates
2014


Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.

What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved,and bereaved by the Trojan War.

This screening is in association with York Refugee Week. After the film there will be a post screening Q&A convened by Counterpoints Arts, a creative hub producing projects by and about refugees and migrants. Co-Directors of Counterpoints Arts are currently Impact Fellows at the University of York.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Directed by Chris Bernard, Written by Frank Clarke
With Peter Firth, Alfred Molina, Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke

One of the most significant and influential British films of the 1980s, Letter to Brezhnev is a touching romantic tale set against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool’s club scene, one-night stands and a Europe still in the grip of the Cold War.

Two Merseyside girls escape their humdrum lives for a night on the town, where they meet two Russian sailors on shore leave. For Teresa (Margi Clarke), it's a welcome bit of fun, but for Elaine (Alexander Pigg, who was nominated for a BAFTA Award) it turns into much more. Letter to Brezhnev remains a hilarious and uplifting tale of how love and idealism can help ordinary people realise their dreams.

This special event marks the launch of a newly remastered version, to be released by the BFI on Blu-ray/ DVD this April.

BFI on Blu-ray/ DVD this April.
Cert 15 / UK / 1985 / colour / 94 mins

Monday, 27 March 2017

Mad To Be Normal is the story of controversial Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing and the infamous anti-psychiatry experiment he ran at Kingsley Hall - a medication-free sanctuary which made headlines around the world. During the 1960s and 1970s Laing was an international celebrity. In Santa Monica, 4,000 people turned out to see him perform a lecture. A radio journalist confidently referred to him as the “white Martin Luther King.” His books topped student reading lists the world over, as his language excited and enthralled them: “a child born today stands a 10 times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university... perhaps it is our very way of educating them that is driving them mad.”

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sara Pascoe is enjoying a year-long, one woman stag-do. From spiritual retreats, city-breaks, life-drawing classes and football matches; she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. A brand new and BEST EVER show from a comic you’ve seen on Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI (BBC) and Taskmaster (DAVE).
'Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite' The Independent
‘Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation’ The Guardian
Support comes from Jessica Fostekew who will also be previewing her hew show 'You Know What I Did Last Summer'.
Last summer Jessica did two things. Two reasonably significant things. One of them brought her more joy than she's ever known before. The other one was a tale of shame, torture, water, ice-cream, then death and then more torture. This show's about that thing, the second thing. The horrid one.
Jessica is a regular host of BBC R4 Extra’s ‘The Comedy Club’ and writes for Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and the amazing ‘Standard Issue Magazine’.
"Great stuff, wears her smarts on her sleeve" - Guardian
Please note both shows are 'work in progress' and doors will open at the earlier time of 6.00, with the show starting at 6.3.0

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

Migration Collective present the screening of 'Oriented', a feature documentary by Jake Witzenfel that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. The screening, followed by a Q&A with film-maker and members of cast [tbc], will mark the 'International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia' (17 May).

Migration Collective is an organisation aiming to challenge the current narrow rhetoric on migration through the intersection of art, academia and action.

Doors 12.30pm, film 1pm.

Tickets: £4

To know more about the event and Migration Collective please visit the page: www.migrationcollective.com
Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

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

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 (2.30-6pm)

Hosted by David Robson.

2.30 - 6pm

Tickets: £3pp

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

Friday, 24 March 2017

We Got The Funk is now in its 5th year and has been groovin' at various top venues in London and now hosts, Sound Fusion Radio are proud to be able to bring their premier soul and funk night out to the centre of Brixton, here at the Ritzy. So come join them for the best in Soul and Funk music, top class DJs and dancing.

DJs on the night include: Glossy | D' Smiler | Smurfy Edwards | Dug Chant | Tony Stepper | Mr Vibz |

Free entry all night, and top quality all night.

For More info go to www.soundfusionradio.net

8pm - 1am

FREE ENTRY

Visit: Upstairs Facebook Page

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

Friday, 24 March 2017

Director: James Gray
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller. USA 2016. 141 mins.


Lost City Of Z centres on the story of real-life explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), who in the 1920s journeyed into the Amazon jungle searching for a lost civilisation. Having left behind his sparky, intellectual and protesting wife (Miller), and accompanied by his aide-de-camp Henry Costin (Pattinson), he faces all manner of human and natural obstacles on his quest to find the mythical city.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

FAMILIAR FACES SHORTS
THE KIDNAPPING OF RICHARD FRANCO
DIRECTED BY DAN CLARK
Starring – Daniel Rigby, Kelly Wenham and Partick Baladi (The Office, Mistresses).
13 mins UK SHORT - Comedy, Thriller


A married couple going through tough times decide to kidnap a has-been movie star for money to save their relationship. But things don't go to plan.

LIFE BOAT
DIRECTED BY LORRAINE NICHOLSON
Staring – Stephen Dorf, BK Cannon, Hopper Penn, Kwame Boateng and Moises Arias.
18 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT - Drama


Six teenagers are led into an intriguing game of survival by their guidance counsellor (Stephen Dorf).

THE KNACKERMAN
DIRECTED BY TOM SHRAPNEL
Starring - Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Adam Long (Happy Valley).
17 mins UK SHORT – DRAMA/THRILLER


A contemporary Western set in the heart of rural East Anglia, THE KNACKERMAN tells the story of Ron - an aging Knacker who is responsible the disposal of ill horses. When his own horse falls ill, Ron must decide its fate and in doing so, face his own mortality.

DUNROAMIN DIRECTED BY OLIVER MILBURN
Starring - Sarah Parish (Cutting It, Mistresses), Robert Emms (War Horse, Mirror Mirror, Kick-Ass 2)
14 mins UK SHORT Drama


Joanna (Sarah Parish) is selling her country home, Steven (Robert Emms) is a prospective buyer. What should be a simple viewing becomes something else entirely...

A film played out in real time as buyer and seller move from room to room: Steven scrutinizing the house and Joanna scrutinizing him. Neither will find what they’re expecting...

LIGTHNING FACE
DIRECTED BY BRIAN PETSOS
Starring – Oscar Isaac (Star Wars Episode VII, Ex-Macina, Inside Llewyn Davis).
19 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT Drama


An origin story, of sorts—Lightningface stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident, decides to sequester himself inside his apartment, setting the stage for a profound transformation.

THE ATTENDANT
DIRECTED BY OLIVER CULLEN AND JAKE CULLEN
Starring Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) and Isy Suttie (Peep Show)
13 mins UK SHORT - Comedy, Romance


In an isolated petrol station, a hapless and hopeless worker whiles away the night shift dreaming of a Hollywood style romance. Is this the night his prayers are answered? THE ATTENDANT tells the story of Alex, a hapless and hopeless romantic, who has worked the graveyard shift of an isolated petrol station longer than he cares to remember.

THE LIGHTS
DIRECTED BY KIERAN GRANT AND LUCY BARRICK
Starring – Bradley Walsh
11 mins UK SHORT - Drama, Mystery


An electrician answers a call-out in the dead of night and is drawn into the bizarre and melancholy world of a man (Bradley Walsh) haunted by Christmas. Can he fix the lights, or is the darkness in the house best left alone?

ONE NIGHT IN ATLANTA
DIRECTED BY JULIET DARLING
Starring – Ben Wishaw (The Hour, Skyfall, Spectre) and Kenneth Tigar.
5 mins EXPERIMENTAL FILM


Keeping together the expected and the unexpected. UK actors Ben Wishaw and Kenneth Tigar feature in a 5 minute experimental film by Juliet Darling.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

FOR GRACE
DIRECTED BY SEBASTIAN ARMESTO
Starring – Jacob Casselden and Sophie Roberts.
79 mins Documentary/ Mocumentary


Ben was adopted. All his life, he's avoided tracing his roots. Now he's a father himself, to a baby girl. And he's going to find his biological parents for her. Ben travels the length of a country to find a truer meaning of his life in a journey told in a documentary styled narrative.

Go see if you liked THE OFFICE and or CATFISH

JULIET REMEMBERED
DIRECTED BY TAMZIN MERCHANT
19 mins UK SHORT Drama
Starring - Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street), Maggie Steed (Florence Foster Jenkins), Rakhee Thakrar (Eastenders) and James Smith (The Thick of it).


A former actress who has moved into a carehome after the death of her husband struggles to remember day-to-day things and can't even recognize her son, but can remember every word of her most famous role: Shakespeare’s Juliet.

LITTLE PARTY QUEEN (BAND: NEXT IS BEST)
DIRECTED BY ETIENNE FU-LE SAULNIER
3 mins MUSIC VIDEO


In a world of glitter and skin-tight Lycra, will Travis regain his honour during this final and reckless Chinese Finger Wrestling duel against Hogan, his sworn enemy?

RUM
DIRECTED BY RUSSELL HAIGH
4 mins UK SHORT – Animation


Somewhere on a distant ocean, two pirates, Redbeard and Bluebeard, share a bottle of rum, as well as the spoils from their latest haul of booty. A cheerful truce exists between the two men as they divide all the plunder exactly in half… that is until the cabin boy lifts the lid on an unusually long casket.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

ONE NOTE AT A TIME
DIRECTED BY RENEE EDWARDS
94 mins Documentary


As Dr John says in the film, 'If the musicians ain't got the chance to live, then what chance has the music got?' Filmed over four years, this film pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation following Hurricane Katrina.

Go see if you liked TREME’ and or WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE

PICKUP
DIRECTED BY JEREMIAH KIPP
Starring - Mandy Evans Griffin Robert Faulkner and Jim True- Frost (The Wire)
16 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT - Drama


PICKUP is a compelling film which allows the audience to take a deeper look into the psyche of a woman who appears to have it all. Through her banal daily routine, Megan develops an addiction that begins to unravel her carefully put together life. She is grappling with wanting more, but is feeling tremendously guilty because she already lives the "ideal perfect life".

EVER DIMMING ROOM
DIRECTED BY MIN REID
7 mins MUSIC VIDEO


I have a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. After years of hope, injections, surgeries and pills... the disease still rapidly progresses. There is no cure. I am going blind.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

WHY SIEGFRIED TEITELBAUM HAD TO DIE
DIRECTED BY AXEL B. STEINMUELLER
101 min Comedy/Thriller/Crime


After a dangerous case, hitman Stefán barely survives from a shot in the head. After recovering He reports to his superiors, but his recollections seem fuzzy. Was he involved in the controversial Teitelbaum-case the officials are investigating? He denies everything but is he telling the truth? Can he tell the truth? Does he even know what the truth is? An off-beat cat and mouse chase will reveal all!

Go see if you liked BURN AFTER READING and or CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND

SON
DIRECTED BY CYRUS NESHVAD
15 Mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT Thriller


Cyrus Neshvad directs this gripping psychological drama about the relationship between a father and son. With his son in a coma a father cannot forgive himself and move on but then his son starts to appear to him in terrifying ways.

KEOMA / BLACK
DIRECTED BY AVIV KOSLOFF
4 mins MUSIC VIDEO


Two bad Santas, their getaway driver, a gun, a baseball bat and the gas tank of a 1970 Chevy.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

One of Spike Lee’s most revered works and known as one of the most accomplished biopics of all time, Malcolm X, will be shown as part of the Spike is 60 film festival. The epic film, featuring a mesmerizing, career best performance from Denzel Washington, covers the key stages of Malcolm’s life, from street hustler to one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century.

After the screening, a special Q+A will focus on challenges that Spike Lee faced when getting Malcolm X made, from funding to production delays.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A SYMPHONY OF HOPE
DIRECTED BY BRIAN WEIDLING
85mins Documentary


Twenty five Hollywood Film and TV composers came together to write a symphony for the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. The film captures the studio session that recorded a 90-piece symphony and 60-person choir while taking you on a journey with people in Haiti as they rebuild their country rock by rock.

Go see if you liked THE BATTLE FOR HAITI and or MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT

CATCH
DIRECTED BY PAUL COOKE
Starring – Henry Douthwaite and Lollie McKenzie.
16 mins UK SHORT – Drama/Thriller


In a near future where all antibiotics have failed, Tom and his young daughter, Amy, are quarantined in their home during a lethal pandemic. CATCH is about the love between a father and his daughter, and the lengths he will go to, to try to protect her.

RED
DIRECTED BY MIN REID
8 mins MUSIC VIDEO


RED is based on a true story about a promise, love, dedication and devastating loss to Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

THE SECRET OF SPRING
DIRECTED BY JEAN CLAUDE BILLMAIER
4 mins EXPERIMENTAL FILM


An exploration of love unfolding.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CREEDMORIA
DIRECTED BY ALICIA SLIMMER
Starring - Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games, The Paper Store), Ray Abruzzo (Transparent, the Sopranos), Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me if You Can), Steve Cavanaugh (Shadow of Doubt, Blood Feuds) PJ Brown (Veep, Love).
90 mins Drama/Coming of Age/Comedy


Candy injects the “fun” into her dysfunctional life. When your brother is found by a neighbour naked and drunk, you’re stuck with a caveman of a boyfriend, you have a dickhead boss, and the madness of everyday life competes with your mother’s need to appear “normal,” you have to peek between the cracks to find the warm rays of hope. But, maybe normalcy is just a construct for other people. And, maybe breaking out of the institution is more important than fitting in. After years of trying to save those she loves, it's time for Candy to save herself.

Alicia Slimmer's film is a vibrant and colourful tale that will have you cheering along. It is an American Indie film through and through but it carries a huge heart and a taste for the Hollywood fantastical.

Go see if you liked SIXTEEN CANDLES and or THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS.

A CHICK FLICK
DIRECTED BY LUCY MCKENDRICK
14 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT Comedy/Drama


Two crazy chicks. One hen. A young woman is forced to reconnect with her hippie mother in order to euthanize their beloved pet chicken after it is mauled by a fox.

RETURN TO SENDER
DIRECTED BY CAT BAILEY
2 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT – Animation


Charlie is happily in love with Rose, his girlfriend, and sends her a series of love letters through the mail to convey his affection. One evening, however, while the two are at dinner, they have a fight. Charlie returns home and rashly writes a breakup letter. But when he goes to mail the letter, the mailbox will not accept it…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY
DIRECTED BY STEPHEN COOKSON

Starring - Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Harry Potter, Enchanted, Sweeney Todd).
82 mins Drama


We are delighted that both Director Stephen Cookson and star Timothy Spall will be joining us for a post screening Q&A.

Timothy Spall is outstanding in this amusing and often moving story of Stanley, a middle-aged man who enjoys watching classic British films and TV shows from the 1960/70’s. He finds himself in prison for a crime that he believes that he didn’t commit and after many years in solitary confinement his quest to see his daughter for her 16th birthday becomes his obsession. He begins to talk to his comedy heroes from the past as each one tries to help him remember what he has done.

Co-written by Spall and Director Stephen Cookson this is the first time since Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets that one performer has played all the principle roles. It is a towering achievement from Spall, who moves from the flamboyant Noel Coward to the grotesque Max Wall via the ukulele playing of George Formby with ease.

Go see if you liked MOON and or SECRET HONOR.

THE LAST LAUGH
DIRECTED BY PAUL HENDY

Staring - Bob Golding, Damian Williams, Simon Cartwright.
19 mins UK Short


'The Laugh Laugh' sees three iconic, British comedians, Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse sitting in a dressing room discussing the secret of comedy.

We see the lightening wit and quick-fire quips which made these comedians great. But as the film scratches a little deeper, we catch a glimpse of their insecurities: the niggling doubt of whether a joke is funny enough and how the fear of ‘dying’ drives them on a never-ending quest for that next big laugh.

Warm, funny, affectionate and moving, ‘The Last Laugh’ explores what it means to be funny and what happens when the laughter stops… THE WRONG END OF THE STICK
DIRECTED BY TERRI MATTHEWS

9 mins UK SHORT – Animation/Comedy


Malcolm Fetcher is a neurotic, middle-aged teacher lost in a dull marriage with his wife of twenty years, Beverly. As he faces an all-consuming identity crisis, their marriage disintegrates and he is forced to express a deep, hidden desire...

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WE’RE STILL TOGETHER
DIRECTED BY JESSE KLEIN
Starring – Jess Camacho, Joey Klein, Brielle Robillard and Eve Harrow.
82 mins Drama/Coming of Age


A bullied, overweight teen is rescued by a manic single dad and together they set off into the city at night. At house parties, dive bars and backyard pools, with teenage crushes, estranged wives and daughters, Chris and Bobby come to know each other, and try not to lose themselves.

Go see if you liked What Maisie Knew and or About a Boy. SHOPPING
DIRECTED BY LAYKE ANDERSON
Starring – Ricky Nixon and Bruce Payne.
12 mins UK SHORT - Drama


A young man meets the worn voice of a fading city under the lights of a London sex shop.

"Strangely moving and tense. Wonderful central performances and beautifully put together." - Stephen Fry

BACKSTORY
DIRECTED BY JOSCHKA LAUKENINKS
Starring – Jan Stapelfeldt, Xenia Assenza and Jessica McIntyre.
8 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT- Drama


As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.

I AM DYSLEXIC
DIRECTED BY MADS JOHAN ØGAARD AND KATIE WYMAN
6 mins UK SHORT Animation


The film expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system. The film uses strong metaphors to portray these emotions, as we follow a little boy in his journey to climb a mountain in a world made of books.

JOHNNY CLEGG - TAKE MY HEART AWAY (HIGH SOCIETY REMIX)
DIRECTED BY JARON CLEGG
5 mins MUSIC VIDEO


The story follows a young South African boy, Lindo, who lives in an informal settlement that borders an international spaceflight launch site. Lindo is infatuated with space travel, his hideout in-between is filled with articles and old books on space travel, as well as drawings and pictures of rockets and spaceships. His dream is to fly amongst the stars, far away from his destitute township life. One day, Lindo sees an opportunity to sneak on board a space shuttle as a stowaway.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Adam Riches: Work In Progress

A rare opportunity to see ubiquitous character comic Adam Riches debut some brand new material for the very last time.

With a script in his hand and a heart in his mouth, only some of the personas you meet tonight will actually grow up to make something of their lives.

So come witness bits come to life and ideas grind to a halt as we all kneel down by the river of creativity and pan for gold.

"There's no-one else quite like him" Independent

"A triumph of cunningly crafted, high-energy character comedy' Time Out

Cam Spence: Work In Progress

Hotly tipped and fast rising character comedian on the alternative comedy scene brings together a new show in the wake of Edinburgh Fringe 2017

“Wow, a powerful performer” The Times

Member of the 2017 Soho Theatre Young Comedians Company.

Tickets £5

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Brennan Reece: Work In Progress

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee (Me) and English Comedian Of The Year (Also Me) returns with a “powerfully entertaining” show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and my Nanna (in a home).

Tour Support - Joe Lycett, Jason Manford, Nick Offerman

Sold Out - UK / Australian Tour

5 Star Uber rating

As seen on BBC, ITV, C4

6 million YouTube hits

'Unstoppable force' Chortle

'Inspirational and moving' Arts Award

Spencer Jones: Work In Progress

This work in progress show is the very start of an idea I have about doing a kind of play. But with routines with in it. So there will be props and music. Don't worry. I'm 88% sure I haven't disappeared up my own arse. There will be a story. All set in a bedsit. A story about a man (me) playing a man (Herbert) who is worried about an audition (Job interviews for dickheads). So that's the big idea. I've no idea how it will pan out. So make sure there's nothing else on at the same time you fancy seeing. Lots of love Spencer xxx

As seen on Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), Sky’s Spencer Jones’ Christmas, BBC Three’s Uncle, and BBC One’s Upstart Crow

'There are officially 1,170 comedy shows in this year’s Fringe, and countless more not in the programme. But there is only one like Spencer Jones’s.' (4.5 stars) Chortle

'No other Fringe show will put a bigger smile on your face​" (4 stars) Evening Standard

Tickets £5

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Catriona Knox: Work In Progress

Following sell-out runs with Edinburgh shows 'Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough' and 'Player', Catriona is returning to the fringe this year with a brand new, high-octane hour of indomitable, warrior-like comedy.

Catriona has recently appeared in REVOLTING on BBC2 as part of the core cast. She's also been in DAMNED on Channel 4, playing the role of Sophie and BOOMERS on BBC1.

She's also known for playing News Reporter Emily Surname in Charlie Brooker’s WEEKLY WIPE Series 3 and Charlie Brooker's ELECTION WIPE.

Her audio drama 'Almost like Being in Love,' written by and starring Knox, will be on BBC Radio 4 later this year.

Her 2014 Edinburgh show CATRIONA KNOX THINKS SHE'S HARD ENOUGH at the Pleasance Attic was picked as a highlight of the festival and had some brilliant reviews. It went on to have a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre.

'Fearless and bold in performance, imaginative and offbeat in inspiration, and razor-sharp in her writing, Knox is a formidable comic powerhouse who’s produced a ridiculous riot of a show. It’s a blast.' Steve Bennett, Chortle

'However much energy you can pack into an hour, it’s likely not as much as Catriona Knox. Bouncing through a joyful set of character comedy, she gives us such perfectly pitched creations as an austerity-themed television chef and a scathing parody of TED talkers.... Every hour should be this much fun.." Three Weeks

Tessa Coates: Work In Progress

Tessa is one third of Massive Dad (**** ‘Hilarious’ - The Guardian) and this year she's performing her debut show. Armed with an absolutely useless degree in Anthropology and some very big questions about how we got here, ‘Primates’ is a comedy show about what it means to be human and how everyone needs to calm down.

Tessa has previously been seen on @elevenish (ITV2), Comic Relief (BBC1), Coconut (BBC3) and Nish Kumar’s Christmas Cracker (Sky Arts), and heard on Newsjack (BBC Radio 4), The Lentil Sorters (BBC Radio 4) and the Doctor Who audiobook ‘And You Will Obey’ (Big Finish Productions).

Massive Dad have two smash hit Edinburgh shows and a sold-out Soho Theatre run under their belt, and have been called ‘Stars of the future’ - The Daily Mail, ‘Outstanding’ ***** - ThreeWeeks, and ‘Hilarious’ **** - The Scotsman. Tessa doesn’t think she can quite live up to that and would very much like you to come and hang out with her.

'I love Tessa Coates' - Caitlin Moran.

Tickets £5

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Denim: Work In Progress

Drag supergroup DENIM was established by lead performer Glamrou (Amrou Al-Kadhi) at Cambridge University in 2010.

DENIM was the university’s first and only professional drag troupe, watched and celebrated by thousands of students over the years.

Since then, the DENIM girl band and their unique take on drag have been watched and appreciated by thousands, touring across the UK. They have performed with Florence & The Machine live onstage at Glastonbury.

The troupe is led by five singers and actors – The Denims; Glamrou La Denim, Crystal Vaginova, Electra Cute, Shirley Du Naughty & Aphrodite Jones.

DENIM invite the audience to revel in the liberation of their performances – a vibrant carousel of twisted pop classics and original songs.

The DENIMS have received praise from several cultural figures including Simon Amstell, Florence Welch, Keira Knightly, Mario Testino, Ian McKellen, and Stephen Fry who has tweeted that drag troupe DENIM are “fighting bigotry."

Tickets £5

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

Details to follow.

Tickets £5

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Lloyd Griffith: in:Undated Work In Progress

inundated: VERB [WITH OBJECT]

1) To overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealt with

E.g. ‘Online dating is inundated with vacuous superficial people looking for meaningless interactions based on a photo where you have to look hot’

2) Flood

E.g. 'A man crying his eyes out'

Fresh from touring with Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett on their sold out UK tours, Lloyd is back in Edinburgh in:Undated. A show about overcoming the overwhelming.

Star of BBC’s Taxi To Training, Drunk History (Comedy Central) and SoccerAM (Sky Sports 1)

‘Disarmingly good’ The Times. ‘Jaw-dropping’ The Evening Standard

Ali Brice: Work In Progress Details coming soon

Tickets £5

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Lucy Pearman: Work In Progress

Traditionally, unmarried girls were sent into the veg garden to choose the 'perfect’ cabbage" (Anon).

Lucy Pearman previews charming, playful nonsense, bonkers storytelling with a heart and an elusive cabbage.

'Brilliantly playful... marks Lucy out as something rather special.' (Laugh Out London)

'Lucy Pearman is so very endearing to watch and an integral feature of pioneering new comedy in a big way.' (Funny Women)

Lauren Pattison: Work In Progress

One of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, with a fresh and fierce female voice, Lauren Pattison has arrived with her hotly anticipated debut hour about embracing your flaws.

After stellar performances at both Leeds and Latitude Festival and supporting Katherine Ryan on tour, this baby faced comic has proved herself a force to be reckoned with.

“Star of the future ... Lauren Pattison looks set for fame” The List “A solid future in comedy” Chortle

Tickets £5

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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

Sarah Keyworth: Work In Progress

In under three years Sarah Keyworth has established herself as one of comedy's rising stars. In her short career she has come runner up in the Funny Women Awards, provided tour support for Live At The Apollo's Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman, and has been shortlisted for Diva Magazine's 2017 ''Rising Star'' Award.

Giants: Work In Progress

After a sell-out debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, Giants are returning with their triumphant sophomore hour. And boy, will it be great?

Boy: No.

Join Barney and Will, for their unique brand of musically-infused sketch comedy, as they chart the past, present and future of their lifelong friendship with their “distinctive twist on the genre's dynamics” (Chortle).

The Guardian’s Recommended Shows 2016

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.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Ed Aczel “Britain’s greatest living anti-comedian” (Guardian) returns to the road for his 3rd nationwide stand-up tour. >br/> No Aczel show would be complete without a prediction of the forthcoming apocalypse and ‘Foreign Policy’ is no different. Come along – it'll probably be fine –remember just think peace for a bit guys... yeah?
Comedy (in the room) and foreign policy (in the world) are both about tension levels, so it seems obvious to Ed to combine them into one glorious soup.
The show is a proper chance for Aczel to run through the major foreign policy conundrums of our age, in a strictly, linear and geographical way whilst also gunning for a light, big laugh comedy atmosphere. He’ll also seek out a bit of personal foreign policy which everyone can relate to.
When will China get a Blue Water Navy? And who cares? Can Russia ever get a warm water port and why Ukraine? What about North Korea then? and what can I really do for Britain if it can’t do anything for me? Foreign Policy will address these pressing questions whilst keeping everyone giggling (ideally uncontrollably)..
Edward Aczel began performing stand up in 2005 at the age of 38. By the end of 2005, he was the runner-up in both prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards and in Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol (which was filmed for the extras on Jimmy Carr’s 2005 live DVD).
Ed is now a regular headliner on the comedy circuit, and has performed six solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival. 2007’s show was hailed by Jimmy Carr on BBC2’s Culture Show as “the funniest thing on the Fringe.” And in 2008 Ed won the Malcolm Hardee Award.
He has also contributed to several radio shows including BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, 28 Acts In 28 Minutes, Pick Of The Week and Happy Mondays. Ed’s television work includes recent pilot, “Grass Roots” (London Live) and “Common Ground” for Sky.
“Still the master of the genre” ★★★★ Scotsman | “Dead-pan dynamo… very funny” ★★★★ Mirror | “Aczel is a shambles of comic success” The Independent

Friday, 17 March 2017

Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford . USA 2017. 104 mins.


American sitcom star Jordan Peele turns writer/director for this smartly observed, almost Hitchcockian comedy thriller concerning Chris (Kaluuya) and Rose (Williams), who’ve reached the stage in their relationship when it’s time for him to meet her parents. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pan out as planned: Rose hasn’t told her parents that Chris is black, and despite their best efforts to appear liberal, her somewhat creepy mum and dad are revealed as being anything but.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz. UK 2017. 105 mins.


Personal shopper to a snitty German supermodel (von Waldstätten), Maureen (Stewart) is also a medium, and is trying to contact her own twin brother, who died of an affliction that she shares. What's more, she is being pursued by a malevolent stalker – or is she? Rivetingly disturbing scenes laced with Hitchcockian menace are perfectly underscored by Stewart’s wilfully blank performance. It all makes for a marvellously ambiguous discourse on corrosive anxiety.

Friday, 17 March 2017

‘Rhythm ‘N’ Ouse’, a one-night-only music collaboration between York College Level 2 Music students and other York College bands is due to take place on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. The gig has been organised and promoted by the students, who will themselves be performing, as part of their final project for the year. This unique event will appeal to all audiences with bands covering a wide range of music genres from across the decades including both up-beat and acoustic covers. The students will be performing a range of iconic hits from The Beatles and The Who to Kanye West and Drake.
Level 2 Music Course Leader, Chris Walsh says: “The students have worked really hard to source an appropriate venue for their ‘Rhythm ‘N’ Ouse’ gig that is in the heart of York with a vibrant yet intimate atmosphere. This project has given the students real life skills that will help to prepare them for the music industry and working within live music performance.”
One of the students, Caitlin Ramus, previously of Thirsk School, said of the concert: “I’m a self-taught pianist and singer and I’m really looking forward to performing an Adele cover at the gig. It’s been really eye-opening to see how much work goes into planning something like this from ticket sales to rehearsing. The teaching at York College has been incredible and I know that this project will be useful to me in the future as I plan to move onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music before going on to study song-writing in London.”

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Director: Jan Svankmajer. 85 min. 1987.

When agit-prop puppetry meets Lewis Carroll the result is Jan Svankmajer's dark film inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Strange, bewildering, haunting and beautiful, you've never seen anything quite like it.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A season of fresh films and classic cinema, curated by members of the Critics' Circle Film Section. For the latest screening, we welcome Evening Standard film critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh who will introduce iconic technicolor musical Singin' in the Rain.

It didn’t win a single Oscar, yet when La La Land is long-forgotten we’ll still be Singin’ In The Rain. I remember I first dutifully watched it because I knew it was a ‘classic’, and being bowled over by how funny, irreverent and whip-smart it was. Boasting breath-takingly fancy footwork and surreal fantastical set pieces, this glorious, gossamer light love letter to Hollywood is simply one of the best musicals ever made.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

ALFIE BOE – ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM (plus documentary Shorts)
DIRECTED BY LISA EDWARDS
56 mins Documentary


Alfie Boe is a staggering musical talent and a world-famous tenor. In Alfie Boe: On the Wheels of a Dream, Mr. Boe pursues his passion - to use his amazing voice to crossover into the world of rock-n-roll.

This film showcases his tremendous musical range as he traverses the musical genres from opera to musical theatre to contemporary rock. It also shows the struggle, the disappointment and the stress, which exists even for an artist and performer of his calibre. On The Wheels of a Dream is a portrait of an artist attempting to break the mould and reach new heights.

Go see if you liked LIFE ON THE ROAD and or TRUTH OR DARE

THE WINDS OF DOWNHILL
DIRECTED BY TODD WIDER AND JEDD WIDER
21 mins Short Documentary


Seven homeless people share their views on life, art and beauty, as well as their fears and dreams, at a New York City soup kitchen. We are reminded that all people, regardless of how poor or mentally ill, have humanity, and it is this humanity that allows one to see the poetry that surrounds us all, despite the desperation of one's own circumstance.

ROSTRUM
DIRECTED BY TOM WAKELING
6 mins Short Documentary


What if your livelihood became obsolete? ROSTRUM invites you to meet Chris King, a 50 year veteran of the film industry, struggling to find work for the last Rostrum studio in London.

CHRIST/EL
DIRECTED BY ANDREAS GRÜTZNER
8 mins Short Documentary


A family portrait told through Super8 footage and old tapes from 1975-77. In it’s essence the question about belief. A boy and his dilemma to stand between the wish for freedom, struggle in adoleszenz and strong urge for Christian enlightenment from his family background. At the same time the few back on death of parents and remaining questions.

BALANCE
DIRECTED BY IAN WINSTANLEY
14 mins Short Documentary


Telling the story of working ballet dancer, Laura Purkiss. She is a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with a unique difference; she is also Laura Tye; mother of two.

The portrait of Laura not only affirms the difficulties of balancing everyday family life with the hard work and dedication it takes to dance with a world class ballet company; but seeks to uncover the social challenges in returning to the work place after child birth. A day in life for Laura is not easy, but she maintains a steadfast approach to her family and career. Laura shines a light on the important things in life and sets an important example to her daughters by revealing what it takes to be a 21st century working mother.

Eye of India
DIRECTED BY BENN BERKELEY
3 mins EXPERIMENTAL FILM


Eye of India is a visual record of a journey across India that showcases the diverse culture of one of the world’s fastest developing nations.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Director: Guy Maddin. 98 min. 2003.

Based on an original screenplay by Booker prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro, Issabella Rossellini stars as a beer baroness who, at the height of the Great Depression, sponsors a contest to find the world’s saddest tune. A darkly comic tale – part musical melodrama, part tongue-in-cheek social satire.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A rare screening of the classic D. A. Pennebaker documentary about Bob Dylan's 1965 tour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. Recognised as one of the best documentaries of all time.

Dont Look Back is really about fame and how it menaces art, about the press and how it categorizes, bowdlerizes, sterilizes, universalizes or conventionalizes an original like Dylan into something it can dimly understand. Newsweek

Friday, 10 March 2017

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny. France/Germany/Belgium 2016. 131 mins. French with English subtitles.

Europe’s most flamboyantly confrontational
director and its most fearless actress come together in this provocative drama, a career high for both. When divorced businesswoman Michèle (Huppert) is sexually assaulted by a masked man in her own home, she refuses to tell the police. Instead she takes matters into her own hands, and what seems at first to be a simple home-invasion whodunnit blossoms into a complex, powerful character study that sends genre clichés and conventions flying. Verhoeven and Huppert exercise their fierce intelligence, the director by committing totally to the film’s uncompromising premise, the star by pushing herself further than ever before. If Hitchcock were around today, he would be impressed and amused. In Elle his arch, perverse spirit most definitely lives on.

Friday, 10 March 2017

This faithful adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' book sees Christ torn between divine destiny and an all too human awareness of pain and sexuality.

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST is a sincere, typically ambitious and imaginative work from America's most provocatively intelligent film-maker, Martin Scorsese.

Thursday, 09 March 2017

Director: Michael Radford.
Starring: John Hurt, Richard Buton, Suzanna Hamilton.


In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Thursday, 09 March 2017

'Set Adrift' are a fingerstyle-folk duo featuring two of UK's best percussive fingerstyle guitar-singers. What started off as a collaboration idea to write a few songs on a houseboat, resulted in a 5-day tour on the River Thames and an album's worth of material. The album 'Set Adrift' is a combination of originals and covers drawing in influences from fingerstyle, folk and jazz. It was recorded in a 17-hour stint on the boat giving it a raw and organic sound - creaks and all.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Please Please You and Manifesto Events Present Eli West w/ Elliot Morris
Making music the world needs.' Tim O'Brian ​
'Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff.' Martin Simpson
​ Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stone and more, the Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley utterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician!
Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other. ​

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Please Please You Presents Roxanne De Bastion
One of the most perfect voices I've ever heard.' Tom Whalley, BBC6 ​
'Standout number...astonishingly assured.' The Sunday Times ​
Following in the footsteps of the 1960's greats (think Dylan, Nyro, Mitchell and a touch of Beatles psychedelia), de Bastion is on the forefront of the new Singer Songwriter generation: Someone with something to say and a musicality to match. ​
Since the release of her debut album “The Real Thing” in 2013 and her follow up "Seeing You" EP in 2014, London artist Roxanne de Bastion has made a name for herself across Europe as “a real mover and shaker in the independent music scene” (Ruth Barnes). Over the past 12 months, Roxanne has toured with the Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore, Ricky Ross and completing her own UK headline tour, incl. Two sold out London shows and a sold out show in Liverpool.
Roxanne performed at Glastonbury (acoustic stage) this year and has just finished recording her second studio album together with producer Peter Miles (Eliza and the Bear / Meadowlark). The main inspiration the album is Roxanne's grandfather, Stephen de Bastion (or Istvan Bastyai von Holzer), a pianist from Hungary who made a new home for himself and his family in Stratford upon Avon after enduring the Second World War and the Communist takeover of his homeland. ​
Roxanne draws parallels between his historical experiences and what's happening now, exploring how trauma gets passed on through generations and pointing a singer at society's short term memory. ​

Friday, 03 March 2017

Adventures in World Cinema is the monthly screening from CineCity Festival, presenting the very best in international art cinema.

This month, we’re delighted to be screening the newly restored The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood. One of the earliest features from one of Iran’s most celebrated auteurs, Moshen Makhmalbaf, this 1990 political drama was banned by the Iranian authorities and only once shown in public. Last year, someone managed to salvage the surviving 63 minutes of the film from the Censors’ Office and this precious footage has now been restored.

Makhmalbaf has said that this truncated version of the film “looked like a living thing with no limbs but it was still breathing, and its story and meaning were not lost.” The film follows an anthropologist and his young adult daughter as they negotiate life and family before, during and after the Iranian Revolution. The result is a powerful critique of Iranian society that uses its lead actors’ naturalistic performances to reveal the human impact of political tumult.

Friday, 03 March 2017

“I’ve no talent for life.”

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes On A Scandal, Closer).

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Director: Roman Polanski.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. USA 1974. 125 mins.


Los Angeles, 1937. Private detective Jake Gittes discovers murder, corruption and enigma when he is lured into an apparently simple investigation of adultery and estrangement. Rooted in a palpable evocation of time and place and in a mordant sense of the dark underside of American history, CHINATOWN became the classic detective film of the 1970s.

Vintage Sundays, our weekly showcase of classic films, presents a season dedicated to Jack Nicholson. Sun 16 Apr to Sun 21 May.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Following the success of the launch in April, ‘I Emerge’ returns to the Ritzy for another night of up and coming talent, hosted by Emergo Inc. Providing a platform for performers to share their talent live on stage; there will be acting, singing, spoken word, or maybe something with a twist..... this is an opportunity to EMERGE, in your own light.

Doors 6.30pm, show 7pm.

Tickets: £5

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

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.

APRIL: Mas Law Album Launch
MAY: Con Sensus Album Launch


Doors 7.30pm.

Free entry before 9pm, £5 after.

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

"I'll be ready... forever and always I'm always here..."

We'll be transforming beautiful Brixton into sunny L.A for the night.

Expect fancy cocktails, BIG Summer anthems, sand, sea (paddling pools - we'll check with health and Safety) and most probably, some sharks. Don't worry, there's gonna be lifeguards on hand.

Bring a beach towel, come early for the best spots.

8pm - 2am

Tickets: £4 adv, £6 door

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

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

It's that time of year once again where we bring you our staple tradition – The Eurovision Song Contest party at the Duke’s! And this year we're heading to Ukraine!

Come join us for our biggest night of the year, as we beam the 2017 contest onto the big screen, broadcast live from Kiev. Our auditorium will be decked out for the night in all manner of Euro-themed décor!

As always, we encourage you all to join us in dressing up for the evening in your most outrageous Eurovision-inspired attires!

You can expect cheesy extravagance, styling that beggars belief, misplaced national pride and perhaps tunes that are catchier than you might like to admit.

Entertainment and live compering will be brought to you by Brighton's very own showbiz multi-tasker Boogaloo Stu, along with a pre-show party mix of classic and perhaps forgotten Euro hits!

As always we'll be dishing out trashy prizes for the best (and even worst) costumes, along with our charity raffle draw.

GB flags, elaborate scorecards and OTT outfits at the ready!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Raphael – the Lord of the Arts is the first film adaptation of the life and work of one of the most famous artists in the world, Raphael Sanzio. Few figures in the history of art have lived a life so full of intensity and fascination. He died young, aged 37, and yet managed to leave an indelible mark on the artistic world. In a well-balanced dialogue between historical reconstruction and expert commentary, the film retraces the most significant moments of Raphael’s life. Set in 20 locations, two of which are major exclusives – the Vatican Logge and Cardinal Bibbiena’s apartment in the Apostolic Palace – the film explores more than 30 works of art, including the most famous and most representative of Raphael’s work. Beauty comes to life through the brushwork and enduring genius of one of the most talented artists the world has ever known.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Director: Barry Jenkins.
Starring: Alex Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders. USA 2016. 111 mins.


Ambitious in so many ways, Moonlight is the story of an African-American gay man growing up in a USA that is perhaps even more intolerant than ever. In only his second feature after the brilliant but undervalued Medicine For Melancholy, writer-director Barry Jenkins successfully employs three different actors to portray the same character at three different ages.

Charismatic newcomer Alex Hibbert plays the young, naive schoolboy living with his emotionally unreliable addict mother (Harris, Our Kind Of Traitor); Ashton Sanders (Straight Outta Compton) is the bullied teenager fully discovering his sexuality; and American football star Trevante Rhodes gives a breakout performance as the confident drug-dealing adult, a tribute to the role model who helped him endure his difficult upbringing. Never less than riveting, Moonlight is already being showered with richly deserved awards.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Fleeting Quiz: Star Trek
To boldly go where no quiz has gone before. Classic crews, questions on Captains, answer about aliens. Let’s go Star Trekkin’ across the universe.
Doors 7.30, quiz starts at 8. Maximum 5 people (including aliens) per team, £1.50 per person.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Director: Kelly Reichardt.
Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano. USA 2010. 102 mins.


The story of Emily Tetherow (Williams), a young pioneer who sets out with her husband and other families in 1845 along the infamous Oregon Trail. Led by frontier guide Stephen Meek (Greenwood), the families are soon lost, and as food and water run low, they start to mistrust each other and their guide. Set against an inhospitable landscape, Meek’s Cutoff is a kind of anti-western, an enigmatic and desolately beautiful pioneer fable.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Director: Kelly Reichardt.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. USA 2013. 113 mins.


Co-written by Kelly Reichardt’s regular collaborator Jonathan Raymond, Night Moves is a compelling, character-driven thriller in which a trio of eco-radicals from Oregon hatch a plan to blow up a local dam that’s damaging the environment. A powerful exercise in brooding tension, this gripping gem of a story is complemented by starkly beautiful cinematography and a haunting score.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Director: Kelly Reichardt.
Starring: Daniel London, Will Oldham. USA 2006. 73 mins.


Two old friends, Kurt and Mark, reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The trip signifies different things to them – for Mark a respite from imminent fatherhood, for Kurt a part of a long series of adventures. As the trip progresses and the landscape changes, the friends begin to examine their lives and their friendship.

“A minimalist piece to be savoured like a good short story.” – Philip French

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Director: Kelly Reichardt.
Starring: Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden. USA 1994. 75 mins.


Kelly Reichardt is one of the most important auteurs of American independent cinema, renowned for her empathy and tender humanism in telling stories of ordinary people. Following on from the release of Certain Women, her acclaimed latest feature, this Brighton Festival retrospective begins with her rarely screened, darkly funny debut. River Of Grass brought the writer-director back to the setting of her adolescence, the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics agent mother. Shot on 16mm, the story follows the misadventures of disaffected housewife Cozy (Bowman) and aimless layabout Lee (Fessenden, who was also a producer and the film’s editor). Described by Reichardt as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime”, River Of Grass introduced viewers to a director already in command of her craft and defining her signature style.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

A producer and former head of Film4, Tessa Ross has been described as the godmother of film. She has worked over the last 20 years on a host of award-winning British films, including Billy Elliot, The Last King Of Scotland, This Is England, Slumdog Millionaire, Hunger, Four Lions, 12 Years A Slave, Under The Skin, 45 Years, Room and Carol. She started her career as a literary agent before moving into television, becoming head of drama at Channel 4 in 2000. For her sustained success in film, Ross received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Contribution To Cinema, and was also named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by Woman’s Hour in 2013. Now joint CEO of House Productions, Ross will be joined in conversation by the writer Amy Raphael to discuss her life and work in film.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The history of cinema is teeming with stories of mythical films that never made it onto screen. Works such as Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon, David Lynch’s Return Of The Jedi and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune are famously unproduced masterpieces – masterpieces simply because they can only ever exist in the imagination. The Unfilmables is a response to the greatest films never made. Wrangler (featuring Stephen Mallinder (ex-Cabaret Voltaire), Benge, and Phil Winter from Tunng) and Francesca and Mica Levi (Under The Skin soundtrack, Jackie soundtrack) calibrate film, music and imagination to bring lost film concepts to life in two live audiovisual performances.

Commissioned by Live Cinema UK in partnership with Cinecity and Home Manchester. Supported by This Way Up Exhibition Innovation Fund, a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, and Arts Council England.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Director: Kelly Reichardt.
Starring: Michelle Williams. USA 2008. 80 mins.


Wendy (Williams) is driving with her dog Lucy to Alaska, in the hope of a summer of lucrative work at a fish cannery. When her car breaks down in Oregon, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she faces a series of increasingly dire challenges. Alone and short of funds, Wendy finds herself on the very periphery of American society, but remains stoical in her determination for a better life. Wendy And Lucy is a finely crafted and carefully composed picture of life on the margins of society, with a brilliant and sympathetic performance from Michelle Williams.

Monday, 13 February 2017

This months RAW features prescient theatre, zinging standup, fabulous short films, and soothing sultry Jazz stylings. A great blend for your heart and soul. With the bar covering all your liquid refreshment needs let us provide the satisfaction you won't find anywhere else tonight.

Theatre
Peter Taylor & Company
Provide prescient theatre that looks at media and image manipulation - how do we connect our compassion to people we don't know?

Sophie Paterson & Company
Provide dystopian glimpses of a world where pursuit of perfection drives a seductive evil.

Comedy
Our glorious emcees The Monks will get you past the videotape at the pearly gates.

Pete White will knock you out with his stinging one liners - https://twitter.com/pomedian72

Isa Bonachera - sassy, out there comedy stylings from a great hearted woman.

Award Winning Film:
Devil Town a Film by Nick Barrett.

Beautiful Dreamer a Film by Steven Kelleher.

It Grows Dark - a Film by Benjamin Capps

Jazz from Weronika and Emanuele
Weronika is studying Music Performance and Recording at the London College of Music. Since she was a child she has had a fascination with the arts and actively participating in many competitions and festivals. One of her greatest passions is jazz music and since performing at Jazz Cafe Posk, she has integrated into the London 'jazz-scene' performing with the Denmark Street Big Band and NYJO amongst others. Apart from jazz singing, she is a songwriter, her music influenced by pop, folk and jazz artists, her lyrics take inspiration from literature and poetry.

Emanuele is a student of Saint Louis College of Music in Rome. He played in various acts of different kind, and now is currently playing with the Folk Metal band “Blodiga Skald” and the instrumental Progressive Rock band “Tom Shepperd’s Production”. He also released a solo EP in 2015 under the name “An Ordinary Vision”. He is currently doing his Erasmus year in the London College of Music. They will play a selection of jazz standards and originals accompanied by jazz bass which gives a blend of soft and intimate performance.

Tickets £5

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

Friday, 10 February 2017

Everything’s Rosie is an animated series for toddlers created by Victoria Corner for V&S Entertainment Ltd. It follows the adventures of a little girl named Rosie and her friends Will, Holly, Big Bear, Oakley the ancient oak tree and Raggles the rabbit.
This programme features the episodes Around The World In A Day and When You Wish Upon A Oak.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Director: Chris McKay
Starring: Will Arnet, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson. USA 2017. 104 mins.


Lego Batman must learn to be a team player to defeat The Joker in this brilliantly funny Lego Movie spin-off. Self-regarding, gravel-voiced Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) - aka Batman - remains the toast of Gotham City. But each night, he returns to the Batcave alone. His faithful manservant Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) suggests that this illustrious master builder and crime-fighter's greatest fear is of being part of a family once more. The solution is to raise the orphan he adopted, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), to become his superhero sidekick Robin. But the over-excited boy wonder proves quite a handful. Meanwhile, police commisioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) wants Batman to join her law enforcement team just as highly-strung, self-styled greatest foe The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) rears his cackling head. Will Arnett reprises his wonderful voice performance from the hit 'Lego Movie' for this witty animated comedy that places Batman centre stage - where he feels he belongs!

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Live art comedy is a new comedy platform for stand up comedians to try out innovative and bizarre skits, characters and experiments. Mostly hilarious, sometimes arty, always experimental.

Tonight's line-up includes:

Luke Mcqueen - maniac stand up
‘His performance is as electrifying as it is disconcerting… raw potency and inspired ideas.’ Chortle

Lucy Pearman
'It’s mad. It’s brilliant. It’s brave and I can’t think of anyone on the fringe doing anything like it." Funny Women

Patrick Turpin
'A comic on the crest of a wave' Fest

Plus Harry Deansway, Sy Thomas, Janina Smith, Ross Lee and Matt Banks.

Hosted by Joey Page (Nevermind the Buzzcocks and Noel Fielding's Luxury comedy)

Joey Page is a super idiot -Sam Simmons

Fans of the surreal and ridiculous will love this - Chortle

Tickets £5

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

An evening celebrating exciting writing by women
A selection of short plays, directed by Lily McLeish


Fizzy Sherbet strives to provide a platform for women writers. We present short plays as rehearsed readings at London venues. We are excited to discover brilliant and ambitious writing. The plays are in English from across the world and on any topic. Fizzy Sherbet is Tamara von Werthern, supported by Olivia Trench and Tamar Saphra. The associate theatre director is Lily McLeish.

Tickets: £7

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Twitter @FizzySherbetFun

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Director: George Miller.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult. Australia 2015. 120 mins.


Ditching the vibrant colours of the 2015 cinema release, this black-and-white version is director George Miller’s preferred vision of his post-apocalyptic world, set chronologically between Mad Max and The Road Warrior.

Max Rockatansky (Hardy) joins a band of renegades fleeing across the wastelands, led by elite Imperator Furiosa (Theron). Furiosa is hell-bent on crossing the desert in her War Rig truck to reach sanctuary in her childhood homeland. They’re hotly and viciously pursued by the warlord Immortan Joe (franchise alumnus Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his ruthless followers, including the fearsome convoy driver Nux (Hoult).

Nominated for an impressive ten Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography, this is an awesome, pyrotechnic epic.

Friday, 27 January 2017

An enterprising koala puts on the world’s greatest singing show in this hilarious animated comedy. Buster Moon is a koala whose pride and joy is his theatre. But the once grand building has fallen on hard times and looks set to close its doors forever unless Buster can find a way to revive its fortunes. The one idea he has is to put on the world’s greatest singing competition – but will he find the next Leona Lewis or the next Honey G? From acclaimed director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow) comes this charming and hilariously funny animated comedy featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly and Taron Egerton.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Director: Garth Davis.
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. Australia/UK/USA 2016. 118 mins.


Director Garth Davis brings dramatic heft and shimmering visuals to this saga of five-year-old Saroo (the beguiling Sunny Pawar), who is accidentally stranded in Kolkata, 950 miles from his home in Madhya Pradesh. Afraid and disoriented, he faces overwhelming challenges, but is eventually adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) who lovingly parent him in their native Tasmania. While on a hotel management course 25 years later, the grown-up Saroo (Patel) meets and falls in love with Lucy (Mara), who then helps him to search for the mother he still yearns for back in India. Based on a true story, this is an arresting, emotionally charged and Oscar-worthy tale.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Make Escape is a friendly night for making things, making a mess, having a go, having a drink. It's a night for you to do something creative.

Tonight we celebrate half a decade of London's only FREE Craft Night with an evening of arty partying. Workshops include sewing, jewellery-making and knitting, with music from DJs The Spinning Yarns.

Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own.

FREE ENTRY

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The English Rose with the 8-string guitar!
GRAHAM NORTON - “Very beautiful, enchanting and deeply poignant, just beautiful”.
THE TIMES - “Bound for glory. Exquisite traditional songwriting”.
TOM ROBINSON - “A serious young talent”.
SETH LAKEMAN - “Fantastic”.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - “Cultured folk pop”.
This girl is amazing. Having come to the attention of Joan Armatrading and personally chosen to be MAIN SUPPORT for her extensive 74-date UK/European tour (including sold-out Royal Albert Hall), Lisbee has also been a featured artist on Radio 2's prestigious 'In Concert' series.
She was the first unsigned singer-songwriter to play London's O2 Arena, performing two shows to 30,000 people with critically acclaimed albums galore including Girl on an Unmade Bed, recorded at Abbey Road and produced by Rupert Christie (Lou Reed, Fisherman's Friends) which had three songs playlisted on Radio 2 and a Radcliffe & Maconie 'Record of The Week’.
A European tour followed with Paul Carrack, a UK tour with Gretchen Peters, a live session with Bob Harris and an invitation to join folk star Seth Lakeman’s band on tour and co-writing album credits.
Last year, our heroine was selected to travel to Nashville in a select group of fifteen UK songwriters as a part of the UKTI Songwriting and Publishing camp during which Lisbee co-wrote songs with US songwriters Blue Miller (India Arie), Lamont 'Logic' Coleman (Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber) and Tabitha Fair (Carole King).
Yet more touring, this time with Paul Brady and Seth Lakeman, and another Bob Harris session takes us to 2017 and Lisbee’s fifth album, ‘Then Up’, a triumphant and exultant journey through story-telling and self-discovery, recorded at Monnow Valley Studios and Real World studios including co-writes with Eleanor McEvoy, Ivor Novello nominee Charlie Dore and Tom Robinson.
MAVERICK MAGAZINE - “A unique genre-less artist who is slowly but surely making her global mark”… we agree, and what an amazing chance to see her in The Basement with just 99 other people!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Lost In London (12A) Plus Q&A With Woody Harrelson
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.

We're delighted to welcome Woody Harrelson to the cinema for a post-screening Q&A.

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

Friday, 13 January 2017

Director: Kenneth Lonergan.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges. USA 2016. 137 mins.


Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler star in this critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret) about a man’s painful home-town return. Casey Affleck gives a career-defining performance as Lee Chandler, a reclusive handyman who returns to his Massachusetts seaside home town after the sudden death of his beloved older brother. Finding he has been appointed legal guardian of his teenage nephew, he is forced to deal with a past that has separated him from his wife (Williams) and the community where he was born and raised.

Manchester By The Sea is heavily tipped for success in the awards season. In only his third feature in 16 years, Lonergan proves himself a master of detail. Heart-wrenching and emotionally powerful, this is brilliant, intense filmmaking of the very highest order.

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Drummer/percussionist and composer Daniel Israelson Harding's new quartet pays tribute to the great tenor sax player Joe Henderson by featuring some of his compositions as well as compositions from other important saxophonists / composers such as Ornette Coleman, Jerry Bergonzi, John Coltrane, John Surman and Henry Mancini.

The quartet features:
Alam Nathoo on saxophone
Charlie Stacey on keys
Huw Williams playing double bass
...and bandleader Daniel Harding Israelsen on drumkit

Doors 8pm, live music from 8.30pm.

Free Entry

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

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Film collective based in South London providing an intimate and unique cinema experience for the local community and beyond. T A P E curates screenings for some of the best movies from the film festival and cult cinema scene which have had limited theatrical release in the UK. For the next six months T A P E will be screening films which explore culture, identity and heritage. This month T A P E Presents an intimate and engrossing look into the formative years of one of football’s greatest ever players, Swedish talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Perhaps one of the game's most polarizing stars, Zlatan has been lauded for his goals and criticized for his violent outbursts but his story is also a truly international and surprisingly humble tale. The child of Bosnian, Muslim and Catholic immigrants the film’s directors Fredrik Gertten (Big Boys Gone Bananas) and Magnus Gertten take us through his early years on an estate in Malmo and onto his time at Juventus where the true rise to fame and fortune took flight.

With access to an impressive amount of archive footage, this film creates a poignant narrative, breaking down the various pieces that make this giant into an enigmatic mosaic. By the end you may be no less divided in your feelings towards him but you’ll have a colorful sense of someone who has always struggled to balance the line between governing and being governed and what it takes to have to leave home and become a trademark. An everyman tale of a man who has always had a point to prove but never forgotten where he came from.

Massive Arms on the decks, working his way through Zlatan's "Mental Muscle" (official) playlist (Jay Z / LL Cool J / Eminem / Swedish Rap / Aswad?! - LEGEND), as well as all those similar motivational Hip Hop anthems. Gon' make chu sweat.

Doors 7pm, film 7.30pm, DJ from 9pm

Tickets: £8

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

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.

Friday, 09 December 2016

Michel Hazanavicius' impossibly charming film won seven BAFTAs and five Oscars. The story takes us back to 1920s Hollywood, where movie icon George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) faces a career crisis as the advent of the talkies effectively signals the end of the silent era.

To make matters worse, the girl he helped make into a star (Berenice Bejo) is about to become the It girl of her generation. Shot in black and white and virtually without dialogue, THE ARTIST might sound like little more than a cute homage, but its wonderfully imaginative script and heartfelt lead performances are sure to win your heart.

Monday, 05 December 2016

Underneath the Floorboards is a visual arts/ video art event showcasing the best work from local Hackney and London artists.

Tickets: £2.50

Friday, 02 December 2016

Monthly LBQ drinks social take over the Upstairs bar, now to be one of their new regular homes. Whether you are looking to meet old friends, or make new ones, why not join us for this pre-weekender, post holiday social. Guest female DJs will serving up an eclectic mix of everything and anything feel good with a fun a friendly crowd to match.

7pm - 11pm

Free Entry

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

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.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Director: Chan-wook Park.
Starring: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha. South Korea 2016. 167 mins. Korean with English subtitles.


After shooting his first English-language feature in 2013, the Nicole Kidman-starring Stoker, acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park reverts to his native language for the erotically charged psychological thriller The Handmaiden. Those familiar with the popular director’s films will be glad to know that Park’s penchant for studied framing, black humour and dark subject matter is present and correct. Inspired by, rather than adapted from, Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden switches the Victorian England setting for that of Korea under Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s. Featuring stunning period production design by Seong-hie Ryu, The Handmaiden is a deliciously twisty tale of revenge, centring on an heiress, her con man uncle and the lady-in-waiting for whom she begins to fall. A real feast for the senses, and as stylishly executed as one would expect from Park, this thriller will leave audiences swooning at the power of both the imagery and the storytelling.

Find standard screenings of theThe Handmaiden

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.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

Introducing AUNTIE - Dame Edna meets Nollywood meets Hyacinth Bouquet via the fictional pan-African nation of Kengeria.

Auntie vocalises her disdain for tracksuits and chicken shops, which are far from her ‘Ey! Ey!’ glossy mag dreams of sipping champagne in Buckingham Palace.

Mtoto, her gay, mixed-race son throws razor-sharp shade, exposing her bigoted and hypocritical views with a ferocity that rivals the drag queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

This fresh new comedy explores the poignant issues of immigration, post-colonialism, gentrification and, of course, worship!

Doors 7.30, show 8.00.

Tickets: £5

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

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.

Friday, 05 August 2016

For the current season of the Jazz re:freshed Film Club, they will be exploring and celebrating the elements of hip-hop and hip-hop culture through documentary and film.

Their second screening of the year will be Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.

Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grand-masters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers' insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard acapellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.

The film will be followed by a panel of special guests (TBA) who will discuss what makes a good MC - among other things.

Sunday 14th May
Doors 1pm, film 2pm
Event finishes 5pm (followed by free entry night, CRATES with Pure Vinyl record shop!)

Tickets: £8

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

Friday, 05 August 2016

The L.A.B Collective's are back for their 4th Beat Meet! For those that are new, the Beat Meet is a hub for beat makers and beat lovers alike to network, chill and listen to producer showcases, DJ sets and live beat jam performances from the finest the UK and international Beat scene has to offer, who are travelling far and wide to reach this unique night.

- Live projected visuals
- Beat submission competitions
- Live beat jams - Friday vibes

Live producer showcases from:
Intalekt (Reprezent Radio)
Dolenz (Balamii Radio)
Nathan Prospect
Cynisati


Plus L.A.B DJs:
BusyFingers & D'Vo

Beats • Hip-Hop • Experimental • L.A Beat Scene • Electronic

Doors: 8pm
Beat Meet business: 8.30 - 11pm
DJs from 11pm - Close

Free entry all night(!)

****BEAT SUBMISSIONS****

All producers with beats they want dropped or submitted for the King of the Hill, make sure you send the file (.mp3) to labco.ldn@gmail.com BEFORE May 15th!

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Friday, 05 August 2016

Still one of Wilder's funniest satires. Curtis and Lemmon play jazz musicians on the run after witnessing the St Valentine's Day massacre, masquerading in drag as members of an all-girl band to escape the clutches of Chicago mobster George Raft. The film’s highlights include Curtis's playboy parody of Cary Grant, and what is surely one of the great curtain lines of all time: Joe E. Brown's bland "nobody's perfect" when his fiancée (Lemmon) finally confesses that she's a he.

Friday, 05 August 2016

The Creative Experiment with Chance¿vy and the band is a night of creativity for all. Headline acts and a freeflowing open mic means anyone has an opportunity to create a vibe. With great atmosphere and and an audience of singers and guests there's nothing more exciting.

8pm - 11pm

Free entry

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

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, 27 May 2016

Director: Whit Stillman.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny. Ireland/Netherlands/France/USA 2016. 93 mins.


With no redeeming virtues other than saucy charm and truly Wildean wit, Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) decamps to her sister-in-law Catherine’s elegant country estate to escape the adverse effects of a scandal and secure a replacement for her recently deceased husband.

Quickly starting an affair with Catherine’s much younger brother (Xavier Samuel, Fury), Susan fears that the unexpected arrival of her own wayward daughter (Morfydd Clark, Madame Bovary) will thwart her plans, and so she embarks on dastardly machinations – some involving her equally duplicitous old friend Alicia (Sevigny).

Adapting Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, writer-director Stillman has wrought a delicious, gorgeously staged comedy of romantic manners, with Beckinsale and Sevigny – who also starred in another of Stillman’s razor-sharp, female-centric amusements, The Last Days Of Disco – a particular joy to behold.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.

War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard – vicious in war, despised in peacetime – awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown.

Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. Olivier-winning director Rupert Goold’s (Macbeth, King Charles III) searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.

Cast includes: David Annen, Joseph Arkley, Tom Canton, Daniel Cerquiera, Simon Coates, Susan Engel, Ralph Fiennes, James Garnon, Mark Hadfield, Scott Handy, Finbar Lynch, Aislín McGuckin, Joseph Mydell, Vanessa Redgrave, Joshua Riley, Joanna Vanderham

Friday, 20 May 2016

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returns to Kids Club this month with an eclectic mix of wonderful animated shorts from all over the globe. Definitely not to be missed and don’t forget to vote for your favourites!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee. UK/USA/Ireland 1975. 185 mins.


Thackeray’s titular 18th-century Irish rogue – energetically played by a young Ryan O’Neal – shoots a love rival in a duel and flees for Dublin, but convoluted mishaps soon find him fighting for both sides in the Seven Years War. His bravery and good fortune then lead him into a gambling career alongside the shady Chevalier de Balibari (Magee). Barry later meets, seduces and marries the beautiful Lady Lyndon (Berenson) against her family’s wishes, only to fritter away her fortune along with his chances of becoming a true member of the aristocracy.

After the success of 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick’s next film was another discursive, albeit very different, work – sumptuously filmed, meticulously scripted and performed with gusto. Following initial critical indifference, it is now recognised as a genuine masterpiece.

Contains moderate violence, sex and nudity.

Friday, 06 May 2016

Director: Gianfranco Rosi. Italy/France 2016. 108 mins. Italian with English subtitles.

Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale, this devastating experimental documentary follows assorted residents of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Rosi observes various locals, including a boy entering gleeful adolescence, a local DJ and harassed coastguards, and crosscuts these sequences with the experiences of migrants attempting to land on the island in grossly overcrowded boats or living out lives in makeshift camps on the shore. A haunting and powerful film, and an urgent plea for intervention.

Thursday, 07 April 2016

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. 138 min

Deservedly collecting the top prizes at the 2012 Venice Festival, THE MASTER is Anderson’s essay on complex, troubled individuals and their insidious power. But unlike THERE WILL BE BLOOD and MAGNOLIA, here we have not one but two such protagonists: war-damaged sailor Freddie Quell (Phoenix) and charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Seymour Hoffman), under whose influence Freddie falls.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard is the thinly disguised model for Dodd, whose The Cause employs brainwashing methods masquerading as soul-cleansing. Here the interplay between the hair-triggered Quell and his oily guru develops into an intense mutual dependency.

Phoenix and Seymour Hoffman have never been better, and nor has Amy Adams as the latest Mrs Dodds who senses the threat Quell poses to The Cause. Their performances are intensified by rich, 70mm cinematography and stunning art direction.

Friday, 01 April 2016

Director: Sebastian Schipper.
Starring: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau. Germany 2015. 138 mins. English, and German with English subtitles.


Director Schipper has pulled off a staggering feat with Victoria, shooting the entire film in one unbroken, exhilarating take. Set in Berlin, it charts the preparation, execution and fallout of a heist.

Things start out innocently enough: Victoria (Costa), a Spanish girl living in the city, meets local boy Sonne (Lau) at a club. The immediate chemistry between the two, and what they reveal to one another, give us believable reason for the extremes they’ll go to for each other. In contrast to the meticulous planning and regimented timing needed to execute the single-take action, much of the script was improvised to make each moment feel real and each interaction natural.

A multiple award winner at Berlinale, Victoria is an adrenaline-pumping thriller that pushes the boundaries of cinema.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Watching the Eurovision Song Contest at home? Are you mad? Come and watch it with us instead! We’ll have the show on the big screen and our host, DJ Massive Arms, will be throwing down tunes before leading us in the boos, cheers, laughter and tears!

Entry is FREE but there is limited capacity so advance booking is recommended.

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

Monday, 28 March 2016

Black History Studies presents the South London premiere of 'Profiled', a film by Kathleen Foster, as part of the 'Women in Activism Film Festival'.

Profiled knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S. Some of the victims— Eric Garner, Michael Brown— are now familiar the world over. Others, like Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray, are remembered mostly by family and friends in their New York neighborhoods.

Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighbourhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, PROFILED bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for Black and Latin people in the U.S.A. Moving interviews with victims’ family members are juxtaposed with sharply etched analysis by evolutionary biologist Joseph L.Graves, Jr (The Race Myth), and civil rights lawyer Chauniqua D. Young (Center for Constitutional Rights, Stop and Frisk lawsuit). PROFILED gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time.

Doors 12pm
Film: 12:30pm

Tickets: £8

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

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.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman will be joined on stage by acclaimed author Ali Smith for a discussion following the film.

"A work as profound as it is protesting"
Sukhdev Sandhu, Sight & Sound

“At once a genuinely singular portrait of a world city in transition, an affecting and committed study of those marginalized by globalization and an empathetic vision of resistance through a wholly different register of belonging, Taşkafa is that rarest of breeds, a work of poetry and praise, singing of the heightened daily joys that come from a true comradeship between species.”

Gareth Evans, Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London

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: Kent Jones.
Featuring: Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher. France/USA 2015. 80 mins.


On the 50th anniversary of the book of the same name – regarded as a seminal work on filmmaking – writer-director Kent Jones’s documentary recalls the eight days that the then fledgling French auteur Truffaut spent interviewing a remarkably forthcoming Hitchcock in 1962. The film features observations from many current directors, including Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and an especially incisive David Fincher, who knowingly laud the master’s influence. Their comments are complemented by clips from Hitchcock crowd-pleasers that are now also regarded as masterpieces of his beloved ‘pure film’. Jones includes revealing excerpts from the recordings made by Truffaut and Hitchcock, in which they discuss their filmmaking styles and diverse topics such as the controversy surrounding Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman’s lengthy kiss in Notorious. A must-see documentary for anyone who cares about cinema and two of its greatest craftsmen.

Contains moderate sex references and violence.

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: Dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. USA. 1952. 102 mins.

Hollywood’s troubled transition from silent to talking pictures at the end of the 1920s provided the inspiration for perhaps the greatest of movie musicals.

“The most enduring film musical to have come out of Hollywood. In all these years not a frame of it has dated; it still retains all its freshness and sparkle.” Clive Hirschhorn, Gene Kelly: A Biography, 1984

To follow the acclaim for An American in Paris, which won him the 1951 Oscar for best picture, songwriter-turned-producer Arthur Freed charged screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green with writing a musical based around some of his own most popular early songs. The result was a nostalgic tribute to the Hollywood of a bygone era starring Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, the swashbuckling silent star at a film studio grappling with the coming of sound.

From the iconic scene in which Lockwood, smitten with young actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), dances home during a downpour singing the title song, to the extended ballet sequence featuring Cyd Charisse in a parody of the gangster film, Singin’ in the Rain represents the musical genre at its most energetic and ambitious.

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.

Friday, 05 February 2016

Director: Grímur Hákonarson.
Starring: Sigur∂ur Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson. Iceland/Denmark/Norway/Poland 2015. 93 mins. Icelandic with English subtitles.


Brothers Gummi (Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Júlíusson) are sheep farmers living on neighbouring farms in remote rural Iceland. They haven’t spoken to each other for 40 years. Following an outbreak of a potentially lethal disease among the country’s sheep, the government insist that all existing flocks must be slaughtered. The brothers – who care about their animals more than they do the few humans they come into contact with – deal with this in decidedly different, but equally dramatic ways, and must reunite to save their way of life.

Writer-director Grímur Hákonarson balances charming wry comedy with poignant realist drama. The two central performances by the raggedy, heavily bearded actors are full of subtle warmth, conveying a deeply felt connection to the land and all who live off it – sheep included.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

When Callaghan moved from London to Atlanta during the summer of 2010, she was still a relatively unknown name in the States. A singer/songwriter whose music blurred the edges between pop, adult contemporary and Americana, she had been drawn to Atlanta by one of her biggest influences - Shawn Mullins - after he had agreed to produce her first album. It was a classic story of taking risks, of willingly throwing your life into upheaval in order to chase your dreams.
Just a few years later, Callaghan’s writing a second chapter of that success story. On her second album, A History of Now, she draws upon four years of touring, recording and growing appreciation in the U.S. She's transformed herself from a burgeoning indie songwriter — playing to 20 people at her first US show — to a full-fledged headliner who's toured across 46 states, played the Cayamo Cruise, performed at packed venues around the country and logged more than 50,000 highway miles per year. Along the way, she's developed a close connection with her fans, even booking a series of cross-country tours consisting of nothing but shows in people’s homes.
It was her very first house show tour — which stretched from coast-to-coast in 2013, a year after the release of her widely-acclaimed debut album, Life in Full Colour — that earned Callaghan a four-page spread in Billboard Magazine.
The magazine credited her with "helping reshape the business of touring, if not music consumption entirely," and praised Callaghan for her strong vocals and do-it-yourself work ethic. The Huffington Post agreed, adding, "She's one of those performers whose genuine sweetness is transparent in her voice, and it shines through her writing."
Playing her fans' living rooms has allowed Callaghan to put herself in direct contact with her audience, erasing the boundaries that often exist between musicians and their fans — and allowing her to compete on the same level as bands backed by major labels. In 2014, while raising money to record A History of Now she turned to her own fans for help. They responded with overwhelming support, sending in more than 300 donations via a wildly successful PledgeMusic campaign.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Director: Jean-Luc Godard.
Starring: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe. France 1962. 85 mins.


VIVRE SA VIE tells the story of a provincial ingénue who becomes a Paris whore because she can’t pay the rent. Stylistically, a merging of a cursory homage to American gangster movies with a quasi-sociological investigation of prostitution structured in twelve Brechtian chapters (or stations of the cross), the film also utilises cinema-verité-style observation, interviews, statistics and quotes.

The examination of prostitution finally proves subordinate to an obsessive, rapturous portrait of Karina, which seems to probe her individuality and glamour while placing her in the context of cinematic icons of the past. As Godard later noted, the film was the first stage in the dissolution of their marriage.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Director: Francois Truffaut.
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Marie Dubois. France 1961. 105 mins. Subtitles.


At its premiere in 1962 JULES ET JIM received a 15 minute standing ovation; its theme song ‘Le Tourbillon’ became a hit around the world and and its costumes initiated a minor revolution in fashion. In terms of inspiration to future film-makers and public affection, Truffaut’s third feature might be considered as the high-point of the entire nouvelle vague, fleshing its story of a menage a trois in Paris and Germany around the time of the First World War with a dazzling weave of filmic allusion, virtuosity and bitter sweet celebration of life. A recent release confirms that JULES ET JIM remains undimmed in critical and popular appeal.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

PUZZLEBEATS
by Eleanor & Nick Wemyss

Puzzlebeats presents a collaboration between artist Eleanor Wemyss, and furniture designer Nick Wemyss. Working in response to the process’ used by music producer and DJ Johnny Fever.

Johnny Fever produces tracks taken from 1970’s and 80s RnB and Hiphop, cutting and manipulating then piecing back together samples from iconic tunes of the time. He describes the process as having ‘unlimited possibilities.’

Nick Wemyss a talented musician in his own right came in to bridge the gap between the visual and the sound. He immerses himself in this world sometimes contributing to Johnny Fever’s tracks when needed. Both Nick and Johnny Fever have an unlimited amount of admiration for this period of music, encompassing the style and graphics that go with the music.

Eleanor Wemyss’ practice is cross industry collaboration, using the medium of illustration and mark-making to illustrate what is generally perceived as unreachable, opening this methodology up to a wider audience and exposing them to the secrete intricacies behind the process.

Puzzlebeats presents a series of grid panels, representing the equipment used by Johnny Fever, the MPC2500, with intervening samples from album covers and corresponding illustrations in response to the elements cut and manipulated back into the new tunes. The work responds to a series of beats produced by Johnny Fever during his brief period of residence in New York in 2016.

Puzzlebeats opens on May 2nd from 7-11pm, with Johnny Fever doing a full set of RnB and Hiphop from the 1970s and 80s. Come along for a dance and a drink. Arrive for 8pm to hear the direct corresponding tunes to Eleanor and Nick Wemyss’ drawing installation, a chance to chat to the artist, designer and DJ.

Free entry.

Exhibition runs: Tuesday 2nd May - Thursday 1st June.

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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!

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Thursday, 03 December 2015

Cinematic Soul is an exciting blend of sound and vision, teaming a live DJ (DJ Philster, Funkalicious) playing funk, soul and soundtracks from 1965 to now, whilst an epic montage of clips from cult movies projects on the screen. Come to dance, or just kick back and enjoy.

8pm - 1am

Free entry all night!

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

Thursday, 03 December 2015

Crates returns for its second event of 2017 with 'ndstnct. Keeping vinyl culture at its heart, we'll be inviting selectors to pay homage to the inspiring sounds of jazz, soul, hip-hop, rare groove and reggae. With special live guest Braceman coming to perform with his live band. MC/Singer and multi percussionist, Braceman comes out of East London bringing you the vibe that'll make you remember good real hip-hop. So, come and kick back with the Crates family for live vibes, and the crackling sound of needle to groove, or bring your own records to play and exchange.

Keep an eye out on the website for more line-up announcements!

As always we will have open decks to start the evening (6pm - 7pm) & our local record store 'Pure Vinyl' will hold their regular pop-up record shop full of sweet sweet vinyl records from 5.30pm.

Free entry.

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

Friday, 27 November 2015

Director: Steven Spielberg.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance. USA 2015. 141 mins.


Steven Spielberg’s gripping latest tells the story of Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Hanks). He must negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers (Austen Stowell, Whiplash), the pilot of an American U-2 spy plane shot down over Russia in 1960.

Donovan’s task involves organising the release of Powers, who is languishing in the notorious Lubyanka prison, in exchange for his own client, the British-born agent Rudolf Abel (Rylance), who was imprisoned in Atlanta three years earlier and charged with being part of a New York-based KGB spy ring.

The tense negotiations build to a dramatic encounter on Berlin’s famous Glienicke Bridge. Inspired by real events, Spielberg’s masterful re-enactment is co-written by Ethan and Joel Coen, and the starry cast includes veteran actor Alan Alda and Amy Ryan as Donovan’s wife. Bridge Of Spies is the ultimate Cold War blockbuster.

Contains infrequent strong language, moderate threat and violence.

Sunday, 08 November 2015

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

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!

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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.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

ON THE ROPES
Melodic jumpers from York known for their high energy performances and catchy tunes. Fans of Knuckle Puck rejoice.
FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS
The next 'The Story So Far' from Lincoln. Hard hitting guitar driven pop punk. Well known around Britain and carving a reputation rapidly.
FIERCE MORGAN
Pop punk/skate punk guys and gals from Sheffield. Think Neck Deep with more variety.
SUMMER'S COLOUR
This acoustic 2 piece from Leeds haven't been around long but they're quickly cementing themselves. Soaring acoustic melodies combined with deep, raspy vocals, there's nothing not to like.

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.

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.

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Ras Keith, the Lion Heart Man himself, returns to the Ritzy with the mighty Organic rootz - bringing roots reggae as it should sound, right to the centre of Brixton. Their performance is guaranteed to be full of fire, passion, heart and inspiration.

With curator and host DJ Zince Fence on the Jamaican 45s, playing the best in reggae ska and dancehall.

Twitter: @catchafirebrix
8pm - Midnight.
FREE ENTRY.
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Spark London Storytelling Open Mic
Theme: ‘Cutting Corners’
"Somewhere between a stand-up night without the jokes and an AA meeting without the alcoholics - though both are theoretically welcome." - The Evening Standard

Have you taken the easy option, a short-cut, a bodged fix that you came to regret or learn from? We have all made choices about the best route to take in life and the most direct path is not always the best. Or is it? Have you spent a lifetime successfully shaving corners and getting away with it?

Come along to listen or tell your story on “Cutting Corners” 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 7.30)// £5 entry

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Spark London - Storytelling Open Mic
Theme: "Too much information"


Have you heard something you wish you never knew, or told someone more than they were comfortable with? Or have you been overwhelmed with messages, emails, social media updates and been unable to cope? You may have something to share on stage that is too much information for the audience. We are looking for stories of times when you were deluged by too much information, or when a little too much information was exchanged.

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.

7.30pm - 11pm // £5 entry

www.sparklondon.com
Facebook.com/migrationcollective

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

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!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd. UK/USA 1980. 144 mins.


Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror is widely considered to be the most terrifying movie of all time. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, this tale of a family man and would-be writer (Jack Nicholson) going mad as winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel is a seminal work of the genre. It is also – as Martin Scorsese has pointed out - like no other horror film ever made – ‘essentially unclassifiable, endlessly provocative and profoundly disturbing’.

Vintage Sundays, our weekly showcase of classic films, presents a season dedicated to Jack Nicholson. Sun 16 Apr to Sun 21 May.

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.

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!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Beehayve is a monthly social night for gay women.

Come by yourself, come with friends, mingle, chat, have a dance.

For the first part of the evening the music is low key lounge so it's easy to have conversations. From around 10.30pm there is an eclectic dance mix of world, soul, disco and electronic music with DJ so you can have a dance or just sit back and enjoy the vibe!

Doors 8pm - 1am

Tickets £3

Friday, 20 March 2015

Now every month! An eclectic musical mix of everything old school, from hip-hop to reggae, soul, funk, house, new jack swing and more, with the added bonus of also giving you the music videos on a large screen too. Music and videos are provided by Maurice “Crocodile” Cunningham (Crocodile Promotions/Colourful Radio), and also by the UK’s number 1 female VJ (Video DJ), Miss C Brown. Whether you want to chill with a drink and watch the music videos, or dance your feet off, this is the place to be in Brixton this Sunday. Come get social.

7pm - Midnight

Free Entry

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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

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Dub Me Always is pleased to present a launch party for the album ‘Presenting Kingston All Stars’ and its dub companion set, released by Roots & Wire Records. The night will feature guest selector/producer Mossman, plus Angus Taylor, spinning original reggae vinyl alongside host DJ David Katz. Expect rare vintage reggae and album sneak previews!

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8.00 - Midnight.

Free entry.

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

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

A fabulous feast of glorious guitars, voice and global vibes is in store. Muntu Valdo's Sawa Blues in his new music project is livicated to working men and women and the peace and love they seek. Whilst Caroline Trettine & Nick Jacobs' new EP ‘Hearth’ is part art-pop, part art-punk, and all heart.

The Squares reunites former Blue Aeroplanes’ Caroline and Nick on an equal footing, their lyrical and rhythmic guitars complementing each other and setting their voices free. ‘Hearth’ opens emotions in a playful way. Caroline Trettine is a key part of Outerglobe's world and has gone from strength to strength, from her cult classic 'Be a Devil' which toured internationally to 'Gay Demo' and her BBC 6 Music airplay with Koral Society.

Muntu Valdo has toured the world both as a performer (especially under the Womad banner), and as an artist in search of superb sounds. Known for his loop pedal skills, transforming him from solo to band, his guitar and his voice become both inspirational instruments and message carriers. Both The Squares and Muntu Valdo are developing projects with Tigersonic Studios.

Outerglobe DJs Debbie and Ella play their trademark Afro flowing vibes from the booth, and there are also surprise guests being considered. Watch social media for updates.

7.30pm

Free Entry

For more info, visit:www.outerglobe.co.uk

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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

Friday, 27 February 2015

In this moving and delicate film, John Hurt plays the deformed John (real name Joseph) Merrick, who was hideously brutalised in childhood and scrapes a living in freak shows. As he battles with the prejudices of Victorian society, Merrick’s gentle and refined true character is slowly revealed, but his passions are doomed to frustration.

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

Hosted by the York Branch of Script Yorkshire, Script Factor is open to all writers, regardless of previous experience. Brand new 15 minute scripts. Some with a theme, some without. Performed Script-in-Hand by local actors from York Settlement Community Players. AGE 14+

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+

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

Thursday, 05 February 2015

Despite the stringent conditions of its making in post-liberation France, Cocteau's exquisite and erotic version of the 17th-century fairy tale remains one of the greatest films of the fantasy genre. Beauty gives herself to the Beast, who has held her father to ransome. Through love, and to her slight disappointment, he turns into a handsome prince. Romantic, sensual, hallucinatory and almost tragic, this is an intelligently grown-up telling of a 'children's' tale.

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.

7.30pm

Free Entry.

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

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Kurosawa's powerful adaptation of Macbeth sets the action in a mythic, fog-bound landscape where samurai warlord Washizu (Mifune) murders his way to power urged on by his coldly manipulative wife. Kurosawa draws strongly on Noh conventions of acting and staging to lend his story an eerie mood of ritual that accentuates its violence and sense of ineluctable doom. Mifune shows us a man desperately trying to surmount his own fate, enmeshing himself deeper the more he struggles, and the scene of his protracted death agony has become a classic cinematic icon. He's matched by Isuzu Yamada as his wife, giving a chilling performance of controlled, calculating malevolence.

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

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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.

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

Tickets: £6pp.

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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.

MAY: Feat. Black Train
JUNE: Feat. Dan Dash


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.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Drypoint etching is a beautifully simple technique that anyone can try their hand at. With just a piece of perspex and a hand made engraving tool we will be crafting some wonderfully organic printing plates. Once your plate is ready with your chosen image, water based ink will be scraped and pushed over the whole thing. It’s then rolled over and over again with hand held rollers to impress the printed image onto your paper. It’s a very simple but super effective method of printing and it’s always a nice chilled atmosphere at these sessions. Come along for a glass of wine or a coffee with a slice of cake and be creative with your hands at the same time!

Brixton craft is the last Sunday of every month, trying different crafting techniques each month with host Olivia Mansfield.

* It’s fun for all the family but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. *

2pm - 6pm

Free entry (donations for materials encouraged)
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Bringing the sparkle and magic of our inaugural summer festival to London! Showcasing our finest artists coupled with live performers, face-painting, glitter, festival décor, and a few other surprises… Free giveaways on the night!

Featuring: Alexis Kings // Japanese Fighting Fish // Reckless Jacks // Nile J // Lethbridge Owen // Sarah Tonin // The Lucky Andersons // Jessie Gamage // Ellie Hall // Dion Deverill // Sebastian Blake // DJ Rik.

4pm - Midnight
£8 adv / £10 door.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Lost World Show Out is an exciting, urban music-based variety show. With a mix of hand-picked headline acts including . 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

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

Friday, 16 January 2015

In a new series of occasional events, Gabriel Mesh, co-founder of The Breathing Room presents an evening of acoustic music showcasing the very best of London's roots, folk and blues artists. Each event will include 3 artists each bringing something special and unique to the table with Gabriel kicking off the evening with his own distinctive style and songs. Each programme promises a wholesome and entertaining musical evening for all.

8.00 - 11.00.
Free Entry.

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

Friday, 02 January 2015

From jazz, Latin, funk, soul, blues and beyond, all played on that beautiful black husky vinyl. Bringing the togetherness back to Brixton... hosted by Afrogrooves Radio DJs.

3pm - 6pm.
Free 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

Dub Me Always is proud to present another sound system special with the return of the mightyJah Observer, alongside host DJ David Katz. Austin ‘Spiderman’ Palmer’s stack of exclusive dub plates (from Lee Perry, King Tubby, Mikey Dread and others) and stylistic specialism on the decks made Jah Observer one of the premier London sound systems during the 70s and 80s, and his regular presence at the Notting Hill Carnival was always greatly anticipated. Currently based in Jamaica, we are extremely fortunate to have Austin grace us with his presence. Which original 70s dub plates will Austin pull out of the bag? There’s only one way to find out!

8.00 - Midnight.

Free entry.

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

Friday, 02 January 2015

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!

This month: Lostboy are a modern folk duo from Greenwich. Having formed in 2016 they have been touring London throughout the summer. Mixing stunning close harmony vocals with folk inspired tunes they strive to write honest and original songs.

Previously signed with RCA with his band Out of my Hair, Simon Eugene aka Comfort has a rich history of selling lots of record worldwide, he brings his own unique brand of psychedelic folk to Folk Modern this month.

More acts to be announced

8pm - 11pm
FREE ENTRY
www.stevefolk.com www.facebook.com/lostboyduo soundcloud.com/aka-comfort

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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

L.A.B presents ColleXXion: a party celebrating our female friends and family! We have an all female DJ line-up spanning multiple genres and stalls promoting local female owned businesses.

Playing on the night:
Aisha Zoe (Balamii/S4U)
Darkstepper (The Pit/L.A.B/Radar)
Cherry B (The Spot)
Stellar (NTS/G00d G00d)
Wondr Womn (live)
+ more TBA!

We also have MEL’S MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES with us for the night, a late night South London dessert delivery service with home made cakes, shakes, cookie dough cheesecakes and more! Mel herself will be there on the night giving away samples for you to try, so make sure you come through for a night of prime party selections and sweet samples!

8pm - 2am.

Tickets: £5 adv, or before 10pm, £8 after

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Friday, 02 January 2015

Lost World Show Out is an exciting, urban music-based variety show. This month including Casscade, Slickdot R, Giorgia Lo, Chris Ekow + Nina Rose Events takes over with some very special guests.

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

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

Friday, 02 January 2015

Princes Amongst Men are proud to present Oysland, a London-based Klezmer band, with an exuberant sound rooted in the Yiddish musical tradition. They draw from their Jewish and Eastern European roots but blend their sound with an urban feel, with influences from New York, Amsterdam, Istanbul and beyond. Join us for a night of song and dance.

With Garth Cartwright and Leon Parker on the decks, with music from Europe's ragged frontiers.

7.30pm - 11pm.

Free entry.

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Friday, 02 January 2015

Reggae | ​Bashment/Dancehall | Soca | Karaoke

​Our new regular first Saturday of the month continues to bring you the best vibes!

​​Join host Jay9 with DJ Barse and MC Dazzla. ​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.

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Friday, 02 January 2015

10 years strong and still attracting the highest standard musicians… As always, we invite all all poets, musicians, bands, DJs, electronic musicians and producers that have graced our special stage before, and those who wish to start now. Expect a night of world calibre music and awesome vibes. Hosted by Brixton music man Tagara. Open decks, open stage, get involved. Soul, reggae, Afro, blues, hip hop'n'roll.

7pm - 11pm.

Free Entry

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

Friday, 02 January 2015

The Philadelphia Story (U)
Director: George Cukor. Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart. USA 1940. 112 mins.


Katharine Hepburn (in a role written especially for her), Cary Grant and James Stewart star in the fast-talking tale of a society wedding threatened by a scandal. Later remade as the musical High Society, The Philadelphia Story is a delight – a marvel of timing, quick one-liners, understated performances and sparkling wit. It’s one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made, and an absolute joy.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Paddington Bear finally reaches the silver screen courtesy of director and co-writer Paul King. 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, 10 October 2014

Director: Dennis Hopper.
Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Karen Black. USA 1969. 95 mins. Colour.


Hopper’s low-budget movie of odyssey and alienation at the time of Vietnam, whose success brought Hollywood to its knees by initiating a disastrous cycle of imitative youth pictures. Great rock/folk rock score – and a star-making performance from Jack Nicholson as the drunken lawyer who hitches along for the ride.

Vintage Sundays, our weekly showcase of classic films, presents a season dedicated to Jack Nicholson. Sun 16 Apr to Sun 21 May.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Ridley Scott finally returns to space, 33 years after his game-changing xenomorph nightmare, ALIEN. Set several years before the Nostromo's ill-fated voyage, PROMETHEUS follows a team of explorers on a perilous mission to the farthest reaches of the universe to discover mankind's origins on Earth. Led by scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green), the team land on a mysterious alien planet in search of answers. What they discover not only threatens their mission, but also may come to have a profound impact on the entire human race. A top cast - featuring SHAME's Michael Fassbender as the crew's onboard android and YOUNG ADULT's Charlize Theron as Weyland rep Meredith Vickers - coupled with stellar special effects make PROMETHEUS the action/sci-fi event of the year.

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.

Monday, 04 November 2013

2017 is surely the breakthrough year for Kareem Shabazz & his five piece Ryddim Kings, who seem to be the hardest gigging and most talked about reggae band in London right now. In Kareem’s words “playing live is where it’s at” and their musical range and confidence suggests that right now there’s nothing they can’t take on. They go from driving roots, to the 21st century rocksteady of self-penned track ‘Dirty Dancing’, using Big Youth’s immortal ‘Sky Juice’ rhythm. This band just get better and better, so don’t miss their first appearance at Catch a Fire, and make sure you reach early!

With DJ and curator Zinc Fence on the classic and rare 45s, from reggae and ska, to dancehall.

Twitter: @catchafirebrix
8pm - Midnight.
FREE ENTRY.

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

Wednesday, 03 June 1992

Director: David Lynch. Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise. USA 1992. 135mins.

In the homely little town of Deerfield, an FBI agent disappears into thin air during an investigation into the mysterious murder of teenager Teresa Banks. Prompted by a series of strange, haunting visions and uncanny supernatural encounters, fellow Agent Dale Cooper (MacLachlan), becomes certain that the murderer will strike again. Meanwhile, a year on from these events in the nearby town of Twin Peaks, Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer is on a hedonistic path leading nowhere good...

At once prologue and epilogue to Lynch's iconic television series, Fire Walk With Me entered into cult history with the same strange, heady brew of folksy Americana and weird symbolism.

Screening in a beautifully restored version on the eve of the Twin Peaks Season 3 premiere, join us in a world where the birds sing a pretty song and there’s always music in the air. Costumes and logs welcome.

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!

Thursday, 06 September 1979

When commercial towing vehicle Nostromo, heading back to Earth, intercepts an SoS signal from a nearby planet, the crew are under obligation to investigate. After a bad landing on the planet, some crew members leave the ship to explore the area. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a call for help. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew do not know the danger they are in until it is too late.

Monday, 01 January 1979

Director: Woody Allen. USA, 1979. 96 mins.

Woody Allen’s rapturous, poignant, romantic comedy about the fretful life of an obsessive writer of TV comedy (Allen), worrying over his current, ex and future relationships (with Hemingway, Streep and Keaton), his hypochondria and his contemplated switch to serious literature. A declaration of love to cerebral life and fashion in the city Allen has made his own, set to George Gershwin and filmed in silvery widescreen monochrome by Gordon Willis.

Friday, 01 January 1971

Friday, 01 January 1971

Alfred Hitchcock's stunningly realised tale of gruesome murders and sly verbal sparring at the Bates Motel. Bernard Herrman's famed all-strings score enriches the film considerably and provides some of the most famous music in cinema history, with the innovative, nerve-jangling, violent 'screams' which accompany the stabbing of Janet Leigh in the shower.

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 often hosted) by Christian Miller with different special guests, and musician's jam session.

Cool Struttin' is the third Sunday of every month!

May featuring: Big Fan
June featuring: Dermot McNeil Quartet


3pm - 5.30pm

Free Entry

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Monday, 01 January 1900

Relax and enjoy your Sunday afternoon with our monthly free jazz afternoon, with live music provided by some of South London's best young and old musicians.

This month featuring Big Fan. Fusing jazz, rock, funk and modern urban sounds, this band aims for the spirit of the 55 bar in New York, where musicians like Wayne Krantz, Chris Potter and Mark Giuliana hold court. Expect deep grooves, shameless instrumental excess and edgy yet catchy tunes!

Cool Struttin' is the third Sunday of every month!

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! This month’s folk modern includes:

Oliver Cherer
purveyor of pagan folk music from a modern dark age; playing songs from his last album Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts (Second Language) and the forthcoming release The Myth of Violet Meek (Wayside & Woodland). “absolute gorgeousness….” - Lauren Laverne BBC6 Music “..an album of rare and delicate beauty” - R2 Magazine

+ Daniel Ferguson

+ More TBC.

Watch this space for the final acts to be announced.

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8pm - 11pm.
FREE ENTRY.
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Please note: After 8pm, the Upstairs bar is for over 18's only.

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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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

A young griot from Guinea Conakry’s leading family, Mosi Conde (Outerglobe.co.uk) creates music that excites and delights, his virtuoso skill evident across numerous instruments he plays alongside the kora. Playing with his band Kaira Kora Afrika for this evening, Mosi will delight both aficionados of African music and newcomers to the genre, with his immense talent and fresh vibes, firmly rooted in tradition with a global sonic awareness.

Plus, Afro-Palace DJs on the decks with some heavy Afro-vinyl treats lined up.

Doors 8.30 -1am // £6 adv, £7 door

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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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