Tuesday 3 April 2018

The Cinema Museum - Festival of Commonwealth Film, Claim to Visibility, Kennington Biopscope, Thunderball

Festival of Commonwealth Film April 14th - 15th, Claim to Visibility April 29th, Kennington Biopscope May 2nd & Thunderball May 5th
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The first-ever Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at the British Museum in London on 14th – 15th April 2018, and is dedicated to sharing cinema from across the Commonwealth with a UK audience. This year’s inaugural edition includes feature films with a human rights focus from the Bahamas, India, Malta, Pakistan, Tonga and the United Kingdom. Our goal is to represent the cultural diversity and richness of the Commonwealth, demonstrate the change-making power of cinema, and initiate dialogue on human rights issues. Find out more and book tickets at www.fcfilm.net - special early bird prices available from £3.50!
An Unashamed Claim To Visibility: Films About Queerness & Dis/Ability, Sunday April 29th @ 5:30pm
As queer communities strive to embrace intersectional politics, those with a disability or functional diversity are often left behind. Despite the higher prevalence of disability among LGBTIQA+ communities, disabled, D/deaf, visually impaired, learning disabled and/or chronically ill queers are often excluded from queer spaces and queer screens. More recently, a growing body of work is redressing this balance and bringing previously invisible stories to the forefront of the conversation.
This programme presents an exciting selection of performative work by functionally diverse filmmakers exploring the intersections of queerness and disability. From beautifully-rendered tales of forbidden love to how to get jiggy in (accessible) bathrooms, this collection of hilarious, agonising, erotic, tender and sexy shorts represents an unashamed claim to beauty, desire, autonomy and, above all, visibility.  Find out more here.

Tickets: General admission (moderate/high income) £8; general admission (low income) £5; wheelchair user space £5.
Advance booking recommended using Eventbright, but a limited number of tickets will be available on the door on the day (cash only).
Kennington Bioscope presents; Tokyo Chorus (1931): Wednesday May 2nd @ 7:30pm
The Kennington Bioscope is a regular cinema event featuring live accompaniment to silent films that takes place at the Cinema Museum.
The main feature is Tokyo Chorus (1931), one of Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu’s silent features.
Talking pictures came late to Japan, where silent film production continued far into the 1930s. Tokyo Chorus was produced by the Shochiku Company, which was founded as far back as 1895 and still continues today. It was directed by one of Japan’s most famous film-makers, Yasujirō Ozu and stars Tokihiko Okada and Emiko Yagumo. The story, about a man who faces financial problems after losing his job when defending a colleague, was based on various elements in the Shoshimin-gai (`Middle Class Avenue’) novels by Kitamura Komatsu. Tokyo Chorus has sometimes been compared to King Vidor’s 1928 masterpiece The Crowd.

Tickets are £5 but seats are limited, so please request an invitation using the email kenbioscope@gmail.com.
Thunderball (1965) Screening with live Q+A, Saturday May 5th @ 7pm
Starring Sir Sean Connery, Thunderball (1965) is one of the most acclaimed James Bond films, but it’s also the most controversial – thanks to the legal disputes that surrounded its release.
Writer Luis Abbou Planisi has published two books on James Bond that include interviews with Dame Judi Dench, Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, John Glen and Valerie Leon among others. Luis will introduce Thunderball and talk about his latest book, published last December.
After the screening, Sylvan Mason – daughter of screenwriter of the film, Jack Whittingham – will join Luis for a Q&A about the film, her father and Bond. Sylvan not only knows behind-the-scenes details about the film and the subsequent court trial, but she also keeps, as Moneypenny would do, all the documents, unpublished photos and letters between her father, producer Kevin McClory and author Ian Fleming. For your ears and eyes only!
Advance tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concessions) - click below to purchase from Billetto or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase direct from the Museum during office hours.  If you would prefer to pay on the door, the price will be £10 (£7 concessions).
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