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This week’s highlights:

  • Until 3rd January @ ICA: Chasing Ice

Jeff Orlowski’s 2012 documentary gives a visual narrative to the work of James Balog, once-climate sceptic and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey in 2007. If the shots below aren’t enticing enough in themselves, Philip French from The Observer calls them “sensational in their beauty, terror and the irrefutable evidence they provide of the rapidity with which age-old ice packs are melting away.” Book tickets here for the ICA or visit the Chasing Ice website for a full list of screenings between December and April throughout the UK.

  • 17th-20th December @ Curzon Renoir: Dead Europe

This Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man, Jewboy) adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel is not likely to get you in the Christmas spirit. However if what you’re after is “a bruising blast of intense drama” (Sydney Morning Herald) you’re likely to be enthralled by the story of Isaac (Ewen Leslie), an Australian photographer who travels to Greece to scatter his father’s ashes only to get caught in a political and preternatural inferno. Trailer and tickets available here.

  • 17th-20th December @ Curzon Mayfair: Babette’s Feast

Much more festive than the above, Gabriel Axel’s 1987 adaptation of Karen Blixen’s timeless classic will be a welcome Christmas treat to anyone for whom the holidays are first and foremost about culinary feasts. Book your tickets here.

Coming up:

  • 26th January @ DFG: A Short Guide to Short Docs – Saturday School

The folks at the Documentary Filmmakers Group share their passion and expertise during this one-day course, teaching you how to pitch your film and the “why, what, where and how” of what a successful “calling card” of a short doc should include. Price is £54 for non-members and £42 for members. Early booking is recommended.

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This week’s highlights:

  • 10th December @ Goldsmiths: The Masterclass of Editor Nicolas Chaudeurge

Following last week’s “Producing in 50 Questions” with Fish Tank producer Kees Kasander, Fish Tank editor Nicolas Chaudeurge will be delivering a masterclass in editing at Goldsmiths University. This promises to be a rare treat from the man who worked alongside director Andrea Arnold on all of her Oscar- and BAFTA-winning films. Free registration.

  • 11th December @ Oval Space: The House I Live In + Panel Discussion

Eugene Jarecki’s 2012 film (Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance) offers a hard-hitting look at the effects and effectiveness of the war on drugs in America. A panel of experts from the Drug Policy Reform movement in the UK will take part in a debate following the screening at the Oval Space in Bethnal Green. Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions.

Coming up:

  • 18th December @ Phoenix Artists Club: London Screenwriters’ Festival Christmas Party

The London Screenwriters’ Festival are holding their annual networking Christmas party at the famed Phoenix Artists Club in Charing Cross Road. An excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people from the film industry in a festive atmosphere! Entry fee £3.

  • 10th-27th January @ Future Cinema: The Shawshank Redemption

Tickets for Future Cinema’s next live cinema experience are available now! Early booking is recommended for this highly popular cinematic event with a twist.

 

This week’s highlights:

  • 20th April – 3rd May: Palestine Film Festival 2012

See below for details of particular screenings and events.

  • 25th April @ Barbican: Promised Lands + The Beautiful Language (introduction by Ella Shohat)

A unique opportunity to view Susan Sontag’s 1974 post-Yom Kippur War documentary, alongside Mounir Fatmi’s visually groundbreaking The Beautiful Lanugage. Film scholar Ella Shohat will be presenting both films; catch her the following day discussing her book Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation. Tickets and information for both events which are part of the Palestine Film Festival 2012 are available here.

  • until 27th April @ ICA: Blank City

Fans of Jim Jarmusch, Nick Zedd and Gaspar Noe’s work, grab a ticket for one of the last few screenings of Celine Danhier’s 2011 documentary.  If you’re familiar with the No Wave movement, and more particularly if you’re not, this is a must-see.

  • 28th April @ Parsons Green: Film Fugitive Presents: Rear Window

If you’re not quite sure how an angel of the big screen (Grace Kelly), an unholy treatment of a terrifying subject (by Alfred Hitchcock), and painted glass and a pew (in St Dionis, Parsons Green) all fit together, why not find out for yourself? One of four pop-up cinema screenings by Film Fugitive for the Pull Up A Hitchcock Pew series.

For full programme and listings:

2012 London Palestine Film Festival

Coming up:

  • 2nd May @ ICA: BAFTA Masterclass: Cinematography with David Katznelson

 

This week’s highlights:

  • 12th – 15th April @ Prince Charles Cinema: Terracotta Far East Film Festival

The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is playing host to Terracotta’s third annual film festival. Lovers of extreme cinema and aesthetic perfection, check out this year’s full listing.

  • 12th – 15th April @ East London: Fringe!

Fringe! returns to various venues across East London for a second year running. The Gay Film Fest 2012 offers a more alternative selection than its BFI counterpart with innovative, outrageous and talented filmmakers showcasing films you’ll be sure to remember! Check out the full listing.

  • 12th April @ ICA: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised + Q&A

10 years after the coup which removed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from office, executive producer Rod Stoneman joins the ICA to discuss Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain’s 2003 celebrated documentary in the present political context. Tickets available here.

  • 12th April @ Curzon Soho: This Is Not A Film + Panel Discussion

In what is surely one of the most important films of the year in the ongoing struggle of filmmakers’ right to freedom and freedom of expression in certain parts of the world, Jafar Panahi turns the camera on himself while under house arrest in Tehran in 2011. Get your tickets here. This is unmissable.

  • 14th April @ Rich Mix Shoreditch: Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years

Screened as part of Fringe! this exceptional documentary about an exceptional woman, poet, activist, addresses issues of racism and sexuality – but most importantly celebrates life and its diversity. Tickets available here.

For full programmes and details:
Fringe Film Fest 2012
Terracotta Far East Film Festival

Coming up:

  • 19th April @ Hackney Picturehouse: Empire of Dust (Bram Van Paesschen, 2011)
  • 2nd-6th May @ Rich Mix Shoreditch: Best of British

 

This week’s highlights:

  • 3rd – 12th April @ Curzon Mayfair: Bill Cunningham New York (Richard Press, 2010)

Fans of fashion, The Great Gatsby, and quirky documentaries will enjoy this curious outlook on New York life spanning four decades. Showing all week at Curzon Mayfair.

  • 3rd – 12th April @ Curzon Cinemas: Trishna

Michael Minterbottom’s latest film characteristically delivers beautifully haunting images of a classic story of love and betrayal. If you’re no great fan of Tess of the d’Ubervilles, maybe the superb Rajasthan scenery will change your mind. Trailer and tickets available here.

  • 5th April @ ICA: The Cabin In The Woods

The Ultra Culture Cinema series at the Institute of Contemporary Arts presents a special preview of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s 2011 horror comedy that will appeal to both fans and critics of horror and its latest cinematic manifestations. Click for trailer and tickets.

  • 8th April on Channel 4: 21 Grams (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2003)

For anyone who hasn’t yet seen this masterpiece, this is the perfect opportunity to watch Benicio Del Toro deliver a performance only nearly (but not quite) equalled by the superb Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Tune in at 1AM on Sunday 8th. Warning: this film will stay with you for a long time.

Coming up:

  • 20th April – 19th May: “Pull up a ‘Hitchcock’ Pew” with Film Fugitive

This week’s highlights:

  • 28th March @ Curzon Soho: Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life + Q&A with Werner Herzog

The acclaimed director offers us his observations on capital punishment in his latest documentary, as part of Curzon DocDays and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Tonight’s Q&A session predictably sold out weeks ago but you can find more information here. Further screenings to be announced shortly.

  •   29th, 30th, 31st March @ BFI: Jobriath A.D.

A highlight of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, BFI’s Brian Robinson calls it “a hymn to the enigmatic, cult glam rocker Jobriath, ‘I am the true fairy of rock’.” Full trailer and tickets available here.

  • 31st March @ BFI: Future Film Programme

A collection of shorts by young filmmakers aged 15-25 as part of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. More details to be revealed shortly and tickets available here.

  • Once Upon A Time In Anatolia @ Curzon Cinemas

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 5 star-rated film had me sold before I even read any of the reviews: the mere image of a group of 12 men including police, doctor and murder suspect, set against a desert landscape bodes well for the element of poetry percolating this thriller. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia is still screening at Curzons Soho and Chelsea.

For full programmes and details:
26th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Human Rights Watch Film Festival – London

Coming up:

  • 12th April @ Curzon Soho: This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi 2011)