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Tue, 29 Oct

Pitchblack Playback: Patti Smith - Horses

Join Pitchblack Playback for their listening session in the dark for Patti Smith's seminal 'Horses'. Hear and feel every detail of this glorious record and Smith's poetic narratives through our immersive cinema sound system with no distractions.

Ticket price includes Pitchblack Playback blindfold for extra darkness. Yours to keep!

NO LATECOMERS ALLOWED.

Wed, 13 Nov

Transfinite

This screening is presented with closed captions and a BSL interpreted Q&A with the filmmaker.

Mesmerisingly witchy Transfinite shows infinite ways of being, cleverly rebelling against trans film stereotypes. Neelu Bhuman leads an international collaborative project with Trans People Of Colour, creating a magical sci-fi anthology. Boldly expressive with stunning animation, it’s a spiritual and supernatural resistance against the current state of the world. It’s a call back to the ancestral powers which TPOC are routinely denied, obscured or ridiculed by colonial forces and institutional racism. Each of the seven stories in this omnibus film has a call to magic realism and the metaphysical which manifests trans folx’ fantasies to create a world that is safer and lovelier for all.

Fri, 15 Nov

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.

Sat, 16 Nov

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.

Tue, 19 Nov

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.

Tue, 26 Nov

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."

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