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TUE 7 Aug • Special event
LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON (15) 8.15
(UK 2012) dir Julien Temple. 128m. Digital.
Over the last thirty years director Julien Temple has chronicled the life and times of such cultural icons as 1970's punk rockers The Sex Pistols and 1930's French anarchist director Jean Vigo. His latest film presents his biggest and most diverse canvas to date with an epic time-travelling voyage to the multi-cultural heart of London. With contributions from musicians, writers, artists, thinkers, radicals and the people we see every day, this is the story of how the capital's immigrants and bohemians have changed the face of the city over the last hundred years. Rare and unseen archive footage, distinctive and memorable voices and a riotous music soundtrack combine to make LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON a fascinating, revealing journey along the highways and byways of a teeming and vibrant urban landscape.
+ Q&A with Julien Temple
FRI 7 Sep • Late Night
LADIES' TURN (U) 11.30pm
(France 2011) dir. Hélène Harder 65m. Subtitles. Digital.
Sometimes you need to break the rules to join in the game. In the West African Republic of Senegal, where Football is a national obsession, the Ladies' Turn Association organised the country's very first women's soccer tournament in 2009. But despite the passionate commitment of Seyni, the former captain of the woman's national team, and the women and men that supported her, the game was far from won. In 2011, defying taboos and prejudices, the women return to the fields and play for a growing audience. Will they be allowed to go all the way and play the game they love?
+ Q&A with Hélène Harder
Screening in association with LEFT FOOT FORWARD, a feminist football tournament taking place in Victoria Park on Sun 9 Sep, organised by Feminist Fight Back.
Sat 8 Sep • Hackney Film Festival
Hackney Film Festival short film programme (15) 4.00
The Hackney Film Festival unveils their most exciting short film
programme to date at the Rio Cinema, featuring independent and BAFTA
award winning short films. Officially selected from over 100 film
submissions, this is Hackney on film at its finest.
PITCH BLACK HEIST
(Victoria 2011) dir. John Maclean 14m.
John Maclean Liam (Liam Cunningham) and Michael (Michael Fassbender)
are professional safe crackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an
office safe from its contents. The catch is a light activated alarm
system impelling the men to embark on a pitch black heist.
(Haggerston 2012) dir. Joseph Pierce 8m.
Kemi lives and works in the murky slipstream of a North London pub. As
the booze flows, the line between who belongs behind and in front of
the bar becomes increasingly blurred.
(Hoxton 2012) dir. Max Hattler 3m.
Using the New Age idea of a 'dimensional shift' as inspiration, SHIFT
combines science fiction themes through abstract, stop motion
animation of objects and colour.
(Dalston 2012) dir. Peter Middleton 5m.
Shot on high grain 8mm film, SNOW is a short-form documentary narrated
by John Hull. Having lost his sight 30 years ago, John takes us into
the strange, ethereal world of the blind: a world dependent on sight
and touch alone. The result is a thought-provoking and poetic account
of the impact of snowfall on the lives of people living without sight.
(Dalston 2012) dir. Calum MacDiarmid 6m.
A postman lets us into his dark world in quiet suburbia.
INVADE ALL OF THE HUMANS
(Haggerston 2012) dirs. Tom & Mark 2m.
A micro-musical-comedy pilot about two obsolete and unhinged retro
robot toys with delusions of world domination. Calculord 3 and PX
Micron are a pair of discarded educational toys from the 80's who now
live in park and spend their days laughing at humans and planning
their invasion of Earth. They also enjoy performing electronic music
and dance routines. Calculord 3 and PX Micron run on four AA
(Victoria 2011) dir. Cyril Gfeller 4m.
Inspiration taken from the album cover titled 'My Wilderness' by Piers
Faccini. Made entirely of maps this stop motion masterpiece tells the
story of a man in his many forms. You will be taken on a musical
journey echoed perfectly with visions of tribes, colours and visual
(Stoke Newington 2012) dir. Asif Kapadia 30m.
THE ODYSSEY is a mixture of aerial photography, audio interviews and
archive. It canvases the opinions of Londoners from the point where
the Olympics were first won by London up to the point when it happens
with all the ups and downs on the way.
Running time: 90m.
SAT 8 Sep • Late Night Cigarette Burns Cinema
MILANO CALIBRO 9 (18) 11.30pm
(It 1972) dir: Fernando Di Leo 88m. Subtitles. Digital.
Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff.
With stellar performances and high speed action, MILANO CALIBRO 9 tells the story of recently released con Ugo (Moschin) whose bosses assume he's hiding $300,000, so they send sadistic henchman Rocco (Adorf) to inflict a little persuasion. All Ugo wants to do is leave his life of crime behind him and run away with his girlfriend (Bouchet). A familiar tale, perhaps, but an outstanding film from start to finish. It's a genuine classic of the Eurocrime genre and one of the best.
+ dj set after screening!
SAT 15 Sep • Late Night
The Parker Posey Film Festival and Scala Beyond present
PARTY GIRL (18) 11.30pm
(US 1995) dir. Daisy Von Scherler Mayer. 94m.
Parker Posey, Omar Townsend, Sasha Von Scherler, Guillermo Diaz.
Parker Posey is clearly a star and as lovably weird as ever in the role that cemented her status as the "it girl" of the 1990s indie-film scene. She plays Mary, a fun-loving, job-shirking party girl who undergoes a life-changing conversion after she finds herself in the slammer with her only salvation buried in the dewey decimal system. Although acclaimed at Sundance and turned into a short-lived Fox tv sitcom PARTY GIRL was never released in the UK.
+ special guests Daisy von Scherler Mayer (director) and Harry Birkmayer (writer/producer)
SUN 16 Sep • Capital Celluloid and Film Studies for Free present
Breaking the Unknown Code? A closer look at PEEPING TOM and CODE UNKNOWN
PEEPING TOM (15) 12.45
(UK 1960) dir. Michael Powell 102m. Digital.
Karl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Shirley Anne Field, Jack Watson.
Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM, reviled on release in 1960 and effectively suppressed following a slew of vitriolic reviews, is now widely recognised as a bona fide masterpiece of British cinema. The story of a murderous psychologically damaged loner, who works in films, gets to the heart of movie-making and movie-watching in a way very few films have.
+ CODE UNKNOWN (Code Inconnu) (15) 2.50
(France/Germany 2000) dir. Michael Haneke. 117m. Subtitles.
Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Alexandre Hamidi, Ona Lu Yenke, Luminita Gheorghiu.
One of the richest achievements of modern European art cinema. Director Michael Haneke places his typically forensic gaze on modern western society and finds it wanting but the way he does so is cinematically innovative. Implicating the audience and challenging the expectations of the viewer is the aim here and the director succeeds, leaving mysteries which will have filmgoers arguing long after they have left the cinema.
+ video TRUE LIKENESS which reveals the intimate connections between these two disturbing and thought-provoking films.
+ Q&A with guest speaker Catherine Grant, senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, who will explore the influence of Powell's film on Haneke's movie.
THUR 20 Sep • Birthrights & Katrina Berry present
FREEDOM FOR BIRTH (12A) 6.15
One of a thousand screenings taking place worldwide today to highlight how women's rights are being violated by systems that deny them the choice of where and how they give birth. Details of the campaign can be found at http://www.oneworldbirth.net
N.B. tickets are not bookable online, plenty of seats will be available on the day.
SAT 22 Sep • Special Late Night Event
At Home with the Ludskis: Meat Poppet Masquerade (Edition #6) (18) 11.30pm
Intriguing & inspiring moving image makers, artists, music makers and performers, take over the Cinema for another unique late night art happening curated by Granny Ludski. Part of Scala Beyond film season.
'A truly alternative happening at this Dalston cinema space which provides 'plastic art, installation, live music, popcorn, intervention, painting, total art, post-contemporary, exhibition, screening, live performance' and more in tribute to Kingsland Palace founder (Dalston's first electric picture house on the site where the Rio now stands) Clara Ludski. Expect a totally surreal, totally bonkers happening across a variety of artistic platforms.' Time Out
'There's something about the Ludskis Avant Garde Art Happening that suggests it should be taken a little more seriously than the rest. The avant garde late night exhibition combines a number of mediums. It might just be something people will be talking about for a while' http://thrillcity.co.uk
'From Dada to Grandma the beat goes on…'
May Parade Edition (#4)
Bar til 2.30am
Special price £6
107 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB
(corner John Campbell Road)
Tel 020 7241 9410