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Thu, 14 Nov

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

NT Live: Fleabag (Encore)

'Witty, filthy and supreme.' Guardian See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre

Show image by Jason Hetherington

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

The Sad Girls of the Mountains

Hetero-patriarchal- capitalism not sparking joy? The Sad Girls feel the same way. Welcome to their feminist micro-utopia where they flourish in self- imposed exile in the mountains, making sex- positive DIY porn as a coping mechanism (as well as a way to fund female Kurdish militia groups.)

This mockumentary explores the pervasive limits of the male gaze when met with The Sad Girls, who transmit subversive socio-political messages of sadness through their pay-walled pornography as a response to the trans-misogynist violence that saturates sex. This is their act of countercultural resistance. When dumb straight-white-male gonzo journalist Henrik Adams goes to meet them, he thinks he’s going to study them, but power doesn’t work that way in the mountains.

Short before the feature:

Not Your Ordinary Sister | dir. Maša Zia Lenárdic, Anja Wutej | Germany/ Romania| 2019 | 4min This nun is reading you your rights. Put that lesbian vampire novel down right now!

Followed by a Q&A with Candy Flip & Theo Meow.

Fri, 15 Nov

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Sat, 16 Nov

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

Green Snake

Iconic Hong Kong director Tsui Hark’s revisionist adaptation of Lillian Lee’s eponymous novel is based on a Chinese folk tale commonly known as Legend of the White Snake. Green Snake, Siu Ching (Maggie Cheung) follows her sister White Snake, Bak Sei Juen (Joey Wang) to the human world, and struggles to understand what it means to be human. While Bak Sei Juan emphasises her own humanity by devoting herself to the relationship she has with her human husband, Siu Ching is presented as reckless, innocent and confused about what love and humanity mean to her. At the same time, the sisters are threatened and hunted by an unprincipled Buddhist monk (Vincent Zhao) and a vain Taoist, both of whom are distrustful of the snake spirits and their allegedly evil intentions. As a result of this conflict, Bak Sei Juen and Siu Ching must fight to prove their humanness.

  Unlike the original legend, which is told through White's perspective, Hark draws from Lee's novel and employs Green's vantage point to question various facets of Chinese culture, adding a queer dimension that redefines the existential divide between human and nonhuman, and the nature of love.

Followed by a panel discussion.

Presented in Partnership with London East Asia Film Festival and the MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School. Part of Dilemma and Desire - A film season that explores Chinese women’s unspoken desires under ‘traditional’ social values.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Sun, 17 Nov

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

NT Live: Fleabag (Encore)

'Witty, filthy and supreme.' Guardian See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre

Show image by Jason Hetherington

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Mon, 18 Nov

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Tue, 19 Nov

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary + Q&A

The Amazing Johnathan (John Edward Szeles) built a career as a magician out of shock and deception in the 1980s. After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour that careens off the rails in highly entertaining and unexpected ways…

This screening is followed by a live satellite Q&A with Louis Theroux, director Ben Berman and special guests.

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

Wed, 20 Nov

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

House of Children

Preview: House of Children + Q&A

A glimpse of life as seen through children at a Zimbabwean care initiative.

We see almost nothing of the children's surroundings, forcing us to imagine a world entirely from their point of view. And like the way a novel slowly awakens using only words, the film similarly restricts our eyes, but opens up the imagination...

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

Thu, 21 Nov

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Sorry We Missed You

Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.

Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of friendship, community, and the true meaning of home. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.

Joker

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Cine-real presents: The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Cine-real is the only film club in the UK to exclusively play films in 16MM format.

Monos

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped.

Meeting Gorbachev

Leading the Soviet Union through its period of greatest change, Mikhail Gorbachev was the architect of its democratisation, introducing perestroika and glasnost, but ultimately resigning as, against his wishes, its collapse became inevitable.

Werner Herzog approaches a series of interviews with the now 88 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner with clear affection and great admiration. Profoundly compassionate, Herzog's charisma is matched by Gorbachev's own, as they discuss the Cold War, the Putin Regime and the legacy of his time in office.

Through these intimate interviews, and unforgettable archive footage, a touching portrait of a passionate and visionary leader emerges.

Fri, 22 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Sat, 23 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Sun, 24 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Cine-real presents: The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Cine-real is the only film club in the UK to exclusively play films in 16MM format.

2040 + Q&A

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Damon Gameau.

Mon, 25 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Tue, 26 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

The Last of England

"Tilda Swinton stars in cult queer film director Derek Jarman’s personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. The Last of England is an angrily poetic, personal portrayal of a country that he saw was in ruins. Through the experimental form, through the post-apocalyptic depiction of the country, Derek’s film dismantles the establishment and highlights the horrors of Thatchers Britain through a dream-like state. This film is reawakened in response to Brexit Britain in 2019.

The film portrays a disillusionment of place by fostering ideas around nostalgia and memory in lands of bricks and destruction. Our displacement of nostalgia and wistful folk song soundscapes that draw from a history of connection to land and nationalism otherwise seem comforting but are juxtapositioned with apocalyptic scenes of disenfranchised British emigrants.

Experience this unique screening with a live score from artists Joe Summers, Rosa Irwin-Clark and Thomas Summers who will be using everything at their disposal to create an oscillating audio-visual experience that will draw new meaning from the film.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/391536311763153 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSKd9bGeLWM

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground."

Wed, 27 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Thu, 28 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

NT Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.
As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Fri, 29 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Sat, 30 Nov

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Sun, 1 Dec

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

NT Live: Present Laughter (Encore)

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Mon, 2 Dec

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Tue, 3 Dec

NT Live: Present Laughter P&B

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Pitchblack Pictures: Beyoncé (double-bill)

Pitchblack Pictures presents a double-bill of Beyoncé’s two stunning visual albums in the luxurious confines of The Castle. See and hear 'BEYONCÉ' and 'Lemonade' back-to-back!

Pitchblack Pictures is brought to you by the people behind Pitchblack Playback, who host album listening sessions in the dark in cinemas around the UK. Their series of music documentaries, visual albums, concert films and movies with awesome soundtracks celebrates the films that you need to hear on the big screen.

25% of Pitchblack’s profits will go to the charity Bread Of Life, a Houston, Texas charity who work on Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts that Queen Bey has worked with as part of her Beygood initiative.

The screening will start at 9pm sharp, with no trailers.
NO LATECOMERS ALLOWED.

Wed, 4 Dec

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

Thu, 5 Dec

Retablo

High in the Andes, a young boy is following his father’s footsteps to become a master artisan. In a region renown for its’ “Retablos”, 14 year-old Segundo Paucar is learning to carry the family legacy on his own shoulders. His father is a master Retablo-maker, commissioned by the wealthy and prized in the markets where he and Segundo deliver their art. Segundo knows the weight of his father’s gift will keep him on the mountain forever, but Segundo has yet to see the true nature of this deeply religious and conservative landscape.

Retablo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 where it won two awards, the teddy award for best first feature film and the Crystal Bear Special Mention for Best Film. Since then Retablo has won 33 awards for "Best Film" and "Best Feature Film" in different international film festivals such as San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, La Habana, Chicago, Bilbao, Bucharest, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Among others. Retablo has been selected as Peru's official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards and Goya Awards.

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