Monday 14 May 2018

The Cinema Museum - An Evening with Catherine Schell, Kennington Bioscope, London Improvisers Orchestra & French Sundaes

An Evening with Catherine Schell June 12th, Kennington Bioscope June 13th, London Improvisers Orchestra June 14th & French Sundaes June 17th
An Evening With Catherine Schell, Tuesday June 12th @ 8pm
We are thrilled to welcome actress Catherine Schell to the The Cinema Museum for a special stage interview to celebrate the release of her new book, When God Was Out To Lunch.
Catherine has lived a life more dramatic and colourful than any of her many acting roles; from her birth during an allied bombing raid in Budapest, to life under post-war Russian occupation, escape and life as a refugee in Austria, a strict convent school life in America, and on to Germany where she became an actress.
International fame followed through roles in the James Bond and Hammer franchises, opposite Peter Sellers in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and the iconic role of Maya in popular sci-fi series Space: 1999 (1975-77).
Catherine’s first autobiography A Constant Alien has been very successful, and the story continues in her new new book, When God Was Out to Lunch, which will be launched at this event.
The stage talk will be followed by an opportunity to meet Catherine and purchase autographs.
Advance tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concession) and may be purchased from Billetto, or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase direct from the Museum by calling during office hours.  If you would prefer to pay on the door, the price will be £10 (£7 concession).
Kennington Bioscope presents; The Road To Happiness (Fiaker Nr.13) (1926), Wednesday June 13th @ 7:30pm
The main feature is The Road to Happiness (Fiaker Nr.13) (1926), directed by Michael Curtiz.
The Road to Happiness (Fiaker Nr.13)was directed in Austria by Michael Curtiz (to give the later anglicised version of his name) and produced by Arnold Pressburger. It was adapted from Xavier de Montépin’s novel by Alfred Schirokauer. The Road to Happiness stars Lili Damita and Jack Trevor in the story of a newborn baby girl whose mother leaves her in a carriage. The coachman raises the girl, who grows up to become a dancer and finds both romance and her real father. The 35mm print for this screening will be supplied by the BFI, and the film will be introduced by Michelle Facey. Piano accompaniment is by multiple Gold Silent London Annual Poll Winner and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne.
A programme of silent shorts from the collection of Bob Geoghegan precedes the main film.
Silent film with intertitles which may be suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Tickets are £5 but seats are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please request an invitation asap by emailing
London Improvisers Orchestra, Thursday June 14th @ 7:30pm
This year sees the 20th anniversary of the London Improvisers Orchestra. The LIO is dedicated to free and conducted improvisation, and draws on a large and shifting pool of improvising musicians from London and beyond. They have previously appeared at The Cinema Museum in 2012.
The first half of the programme will be a screening of three short films about the LIO:
  • Funny Patterns (2004), directed by Frank N
  • Singular Collective (2010), directed by Helen Petts
  • LIO at Rivoli Ballroom pt1 (2013), directed by Deborah May
Followed by Globe Unity Orchestra – Globe Unity 70 (1970/11/07) (1970), a short film featuring this free jazz ensemble formed in 1966.
The second half of the programme will be dedicated to a live performance including Video Conduction #1 by Dave Tucker.
More information about the London Improvisers Orchestra can be found on their website.
Advance tickets are £8 (£6 concession) - click below to purchase from Billetto or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase direct from the Museum by calling during office hours. 
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French Sundaes Presents; Beau Travail (1999) Sunday 17th June @ 2:30pm 
Claire Denis – Beau Travail (1999), one of her very best.
Clare Denis was a pioneer woman filmmaker in a world dominated by men. She has created a brilliant range of provocative and engaging work of which Beau Travail, with an amazing performance from Denis Lavant, must still rate amongst her biggest successes.
Each film is accompanied by an introductory illustrated talk by Jon Davies, Tutor in French Cinema at Morley College.
Doors open at 13.30, for a 14.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.
French film with English subtitles which may be suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Advance tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concession) - click below to purchase from Billetto, or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase directly from the Museum by calling during office hours.  If you would prefer to pay on the door, the price will be £10 (£7 concession).
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