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Fri, 16 Nov

Wildlife

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job - and his sense of purpose - he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Carey Mulligan is outstanding as the mother struggling to keep her head above water, while Ed Oxenbould shines as the teenage son who witnesses her gradual unravelling. Co-written by Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano’s directorial debut is an elegant and absorbing drama based on Richard Ford’s novel of the same name.

Sat, 17 Nov

Living Scars + Q&A

Trauma leaves scars on a person, both visible and invisible. These films explore the realities and repercussions of living with the legacy of a traumatic event: from a fatal incident that pits families and friends against each other, to the people left behind learning to cope with someone no longer there. These shorts explore these legacies and feelings that are often left unspoken.

Underwire Festival is a BAFTA-recognised film festival and the largest in the UK celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Over nine years, the festival has become the UK's leading platform for discovering and championing new female filmmakers.

Otherworldly Tales + Q&A

These dreamy films go to places other shorts dare not venture. Otherworldly landscapes, imagined worlds and dreamscapes that go beyond our reality and into other universes. These films are unclassifiable and transcend genres, but always have a unique filmmaking voice behind them. Come and meet the next masters of the surreal.

Underwire Festival is a BAFTA-recognised film festival and the largest in the UK celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Over nine years, the festival has become the UK's leading platform for discovering and championing new female filmmakers.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

The Final Girls present: Night of the Comet

After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Reggie (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Sam (Kelli Maroney) wake up the next morning to find that most of the city’s population has been wiped out and replaced with piles of red dust, heaps of clothing - and zombies. A sharp-witted, post-apocalyptic teen sci-fi centered on two headstrong Valley girls, Night of the Comet is a cheeky comedy-horror whose irreverent humour inspired the creation of Buffy Summers.

This screening is presented by The Final Girls - a London-based screening series focused on exploring feminist themes in horror cinema and highlighting the representation and work of women in horror, both in front of and behind the camera.

Underwire Festival is a BAFTA-recognised film festival and the largest in the UK celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Over nine years, the festival has become the UK's leading platform for discovering and championing new female filmmakers.

Sun, 18 Nov

Period Pieces

From memories of wartorn Iran in the 80s to the first love in the Swinging London, history is revised and revisited with women center-stage.These are ambitious period films, set in different moments of history, deal with the enduring impact of memories and overcoming of fears.

Underwire Festival is a BAFTA-recognised film festival and the largest in the UK celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Over nine years, the festival has become the UK's leading platform for discovering and championing new female filmmakers.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Mon, 19 Nov

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Wildlife

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job - and his sense of purpose - he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Carey Mulligan is outstanding as the mother struggling to keep her head above water, while Ed Oxenbould shines as the teenage son who witnesses her gradual unravelling. Co-written by Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano’s directorial debut is an elegant and absorbing drama based on Richard Ford’s novel of the same name.

Tue, 20 Nov

Wildlife

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job - and his sense of purpose - he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Carey Mulligan is outstanding as the mother struggling to keep her head above water, while Ed Oxenbould shines as the teenage son who witnesses her gradual unravelling. Co-written by Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano’s directorial debut is an elegant and absorbing drama based on Richard Ford’s novel of the same name.

NT Live: The Madness of George III

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.


Wed, 21 Nov

City of Lost Souls + intro

City of Lost Souls is an explosively fun musical set in West Germany's only trans-owned burger bar, presided over by the incredible Leila, played by Jayne County. With the celebratory approach to deviance you find in John Waters' work, the wonky cabaret of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the inclusive, permeable underground of Derek Jarman's work, this is hilarious, raunchy, low budget delightful filmmaking. All topped off with some amazing songs.

Come and see this rare screening of a hidden classic of queer cinema, introduced by Juliet Jacques (Trans). All profits for this event for Trans Day of Remembrance, supporting the amazing work of Gendered Intelligence, helping trans youth.

This event is programmed by Nobody Ordered Wolves.

Dance, Girl, Dance: The Short Films of Georgia Parris

A veteran of Underwire Festival (she won the XX Award in 2014), and having currently premiered her feature film debut Mari at the BFI London Film Festival, writer-director Georgia Parris is a beacon of hard work, talent and singular vision. Incorporating a fascination with dance and movement, her short films are visually driven, empowering tales of women finding themselves, and becoming comfortable and confident with who they truly are. Remember the name, and join us for a joyous evening of celebrating a bright new voice in British filmmaking.

Underwire Festival is a BAFTA-recognised film festival and the largest in the UK celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Over nine years, the festival has become the UK's leading platform for discovering and championing new female filmmakers.

Thu, 22 Nov

Wildlife

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job - and his sense of purpose - he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Carey Mulligan is outstanding as the mother struggling to keep her head above water, while Ed Oxenbould shines as the teenage son who witnesses her gradual unravelling. Co-written by Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano’s directorial debut is an elegant and absorbing drama based on Richard Ford’s novel of the same name.

Fri, 23 Nov

Widows

From Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering heist thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. This contemporary reworking of the ’80s TV miniseries tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

La Maison du Bonheur

Canadian director Sofia Bohdanowicz has created a gorgeous body of short film work, and with her second feature La maison du bonheur (The house of happiness) she focuses entirely on the day to day and inner life of seventy-something Juliane Sellam, a Parisian astrologer. Set inside her Montmarte house, in which she’s lived for over 50 years, this delightful documentary captures not just Sellam’s personality and unquie joie de vivre, but also a certain way of life that will leave you with a renewed sense of optimism.

Underwire Festival is a BAFTA-recognised film festival and the largest in the UK celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Over nine years, the festival has become the UK's leading platform for discovering and championing new female filmmakers.

Sat, 24 Nov

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Suspiria

Suspiria, a re-envisioning of Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror, sees Luca Guadagnino reunite with serial collaborator Tilda Swinton, who plays the artistic director of a world-renowned dance company, with Dakota Johnson perfectly cast as the newest young entree to the troupe.

The story opens with young American Susie Bannion (Johnson), traveling to Germany in order to audition for the dance academy. She attracts the attention of school director and lead choreographer Madame Blanc (Swinton), becoming the older woman’s protegee. Yet, as Susie begins her formal dance training, other students are whispering about a coven of witches who they believe control the school.

Those familiar with the original should expect a less operatic and gory, but more nuanced feature. Those coming in fresh get ready for a bold and memorable horror from one of the most reliable auteurs in cinema today.

Widows

From Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering heist thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. This contemporary reworking of the ’80s TV miniseries tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Sun, 25 Nov

Wildlife

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job - and his sense of purpose - he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Carey Mulligan is outstanding as the mother struggling to keep her head above water, while Ed Oxenbould shines as the teenage son who witnesses her gradual unravelling. Co-written by Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano’s directorial debut is an elegant and absorbing drama based on Richard Ford’s novel of the same name.

Widows

From Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering heist thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. This contemporary reworking of the ’80s TV miniseries tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Suspiria

Suspiria, a re-envisioning of Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror, sees Luca Guadagnino reunite with serial collaborator Tilda Swinton, who plays the artistic director of a world-renowned dance company, with Dakota Johnson perfectly cast as the newest young entree to the troupe.

The story opens with young American Susie Bannion (Johnson), traveling to Germany in order to audition for the dance academy. She attracts the attention of school director and lead choreographer Madame Blanc (Swinton), becoming the older woman’s protegee. Yet, as Susie begins her formal dance training, other students are whispering about a coven of witches who they believe control the school.

Those familiar with the original should expect a less operatic and gory, but more nuanced feature. Those coming in fresh get ready for a bold and memorable horror from one of the most reliable auteurs in cinema today.

Mon, 26 Nov

Widows

From Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering heist thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. This contemporary reworking of the ’80s TV miniseries tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Suspiria

Suspiria, a re-envisioning of Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror, sees Luca Guadagnino reunite with serial collaborator Tilda Swinton, who plays the artistic director of a world-renowned dance company, with Dakota Johnson perfectly cast as the newest young entree to the troupe.

The story opens with young American Susie Bannion (Johnson), traveling to Germany in order to audition for the dance academy. She attracts the attention of school director and lead choreographer Madame Blanc (Swinton), becoming the older woman’s protegee. Yet, as Susie begins her formal dance training, other students are whispering about a coven of witches who they believe control the school.

Those familiar with the original should expect a less operatic and gory, but more nuanced feature. Those coming in fresh get ready for a bold and memorable horror from one of the most reliable auteurs in cinema today.

Tue, 27 Nov

Cine-real presents: The 400 Blows

Seemingly in constant trouble at school, 14-year-old Antoine returns at the end of every day to a drab, unhappy home life. His parents have little money and bicker constantly and he sleeps on a couch that's been pushed into the kitchen.

He decides to skip school and begins a downward spiral of lies and theft. His parents are at their wits' end, and after he's stopped by the police, they decide the best thing would be to let Antoine face the consequences - he's sent to a juvenile detention facility.

Cine-real is one of the only film clubs in the UK to exclusively play films in their original 16mm format. Cine Real is a non-profit organisation which aims to unite film makers and enthusiasts in their appreciation of classic film.

Widows

From Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering heist thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. This contemporary reworking of the ’80s TV miniseries tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Wed, 28 Nov

Widows

From Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering heist thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. This contemporary reworking of the ’80s TV miniseries tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Zodiac Film Club presents: The Dreamers

For Zodiac Film Club's first outing at The Castle, we've decided to seduce you with The Dreamers (2003), Bernardo Bertolucci's love letter to cinema, Paris and, er... three-way incestuous romance. Matthew (Michael Pitt) a young American student in Paris meets fellow cinephiles and beguiling siblings Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel). Amidst the student riots of 1968, the three retreat into fantasy and fun in a crumbling apartment.

Beginning with a shared love of horror, pulp, thrills and mystery, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Jordan Storm Louise set up the Zodiac Film Club. You can expect carefully chosen screenings every month, a film for each sign. We select good looking films, complex female characters and our favourites in forgotten classics, cult and contemporary cinema to share with you, and invite you to talk about it with us afterwards.

Tue, 4 Dec

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, with £2 from each ticket going to 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.

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.

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

Wed, 5 Dec

Pitchblack Playback: Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Hear the new 5.1 Surround Sound remaster of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's legendary 'Electric Ladyland' loud, full, in the dark on the The Castle Cinema's immersive cinema sound system in Clapton, East London on Wednesday 5 December. Hear and feel every detail of this stunning new mix with no distractions from the comfort of a luxury armchair at this stunning art deco cinema.

Mixed by the album's original engineer Eddie Kramer, the new version is part of the 50th anniversary box set edition released by Sony Legacy. One attendee will win a copy of the box set.

With thanks to Sony and The Jimi Hendrix Estate.

Show starts at 9pm on the dot and latecomers will not be admitted

Thu, 6 Dec

NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Tue, 11 Dec

Free Solo + live satellite Q&A

To celebrate International Mountain Day on 11 December, join us for a live event of FREE SOLO followed by Q&A with Alex Honnold and directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin.

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of MERU, comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold,as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement.

The screening and Q&A will be broadcast live across the UK and Ireland via satellite.

Thu, 20 Dec

Magic Medicine + Q&A

Can magic mushrooms cure depression?

Over 4 years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.

His remarkable film follows three of the volunteers and their families, and the ambitious staff running the trial, who are hoping this controversial treatment will have the power to transform millions of lives.

With deeply moving footage of the “trips” the patients go on, this intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to groundbreaking psychedelic research.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Monty Wates.

Tue, 15 Jan

NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.



Thu, 31 Jan

NT Live: I'm Not Running

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.


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