Monday, 18 June 2018

The Cinema Museum - The Red Lantern, Silent Railway, Holst & Kennington Noir

The Red Lantern July 1st

Silent Railway July 7th

Holst July 10th

Kennington Noir July 11th
The Vito Project presents; Bolenso (2015), Wednesday 27th June @ 7pm
Sincerest apologies, but A Deal With The Universe (2018) will no longer be shown on June 27th.  

The VITO Project is delighted to present a rare screening of Bolesno, a documentary by Hrvoje Mabic (Croatia, 2015).

Bolesno is the true story of Ana, a Croatian girl who was interned in a psychiatric hospital by her parents, who didn’t react well to her homosexuality. Heavily traumatized by five years in the Lopaca Psychiatric Hospital, Ana is now free but struggling to re-establish a semblance of normal life. The film follows Ana’s singular journey of transformation and ends two years later when Ana is finally ready to move on.
Bolesno is a rare and poignant documentary bringing to light the horrors and consequences of “conversion therapies”, or “sexual reorientation therapies”.
The project is endorsed by BFI Flare: London LGBT film festival, 56 Dean St, QX Magazine, Gay’s the Word, ACT UP London, Gay Mates, a Change of Scene, the Cara Trust, I-Base, UK-CAB, Positively UK, Gaydio, NAZ Project, Frank Byrne & his walkers and Broad Appeal Podcast.
Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 18.00 for a 19.00 screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings. The doors to the Cinema will be shut once capacity is reached.
This is a free event but we need your donations on the night to ensure the continuation of the VITO project.
Kennington Bioscope presents; The Red Lantern (1919), Wednesday July 4th @ 7:30pm
The Red Lantern tells the story of Mahlee, a Eurasian, Joan of Arc-like heroine, set against the background of China’s 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The film was an instant success, thanks to an unprecedented advertising campaign and the star qualities of diva Alla Nazimova. The Russian Nazimova, who had a highly successful stage career, joining Constantin Stanislavski’s Moscow Arts Theatre and appearing in theatres across Europe and also on Broadway, plays a dual role in the film as two half-sisters, Mahlee and Blanche Sackville. Noah Beery is one of her co-stars and both Reginald Denny and Anna May Wong make uncredited appearances. The 14-year-old Chinese-American actress made her film debut here as a lantern-bearer.
A spectacular and lavish production from Metro Pictures, directed by Albert Capellani who co-authored the scenario with June Mathis, one of the top film writers for the silent period.
Anyone interested in silent film should visit the website for more info.
Tickets are £5, but seats are limited.  To avoid disappointment, please request an invitation using the email
Kennington Bioscope presents Silent Railway, Saturday July 7th @ 10am
All aboard for another Kennington Bioscope special! An all-day excursion into the greatest railroadin’ moments of silent cinema.
Thrill to the train of events that put movie heroines Ruth Roland, Helen Holmes and Gloria Swanson in peril! Express hilarity with Monty Banks aboard a runaway train, and sneak A Kiss in the Tunnel from 1899! Signal your approval of Jean Arthur in The Block Signal (1926). Climb aboard The Flying Scotsman (1929), in the rare silent version that differs radically from the talkie. Take a round trip with Kevin Brownlow as he pilots The Runaway Express (1926) before conducting us through the making of Abel Gance’s La Roue(1923). Ride along with the Railroad Raiders of ’62 (1911) – a precursor to Buster Keaton’s The General – which will be rolling in from the sidings alongside other shorts, from the Lumière brothers’ famous L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (1896) to a hair-raising journey When the Devil Drives (1907). After that, don’t be afraid of The Ghost Train (1927), the first film adaptation of the famous stage play by a (very) pre-Dad’s Army Arnold Ridley.

Click here for the Full Programme.

Ticket prices are £18 for a one day pass, £10 for a morning pass, £12 afternoon/evening pass. £5 main evening feature 8pm. £6.50 Dinner at Jamyang.  Click below to book online (or pay by cheque), via the TicketTailor page. 
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Screening of Holst; In The Bleak Mid-Winter (2011) plus Q&A With Tony Director Tony Palmer, Tuesday July 10th @ 6:30pm
Commissioned by BBC4, Tony Palmer’s documentary features Morley’s chamber choir and explores some of the lesser known aspects of Holst’s fascinating story, including not only his time as the College’s Director of Music but also his association with the radical “red priest” of Thaxted.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film-maker, whose long and distinguished career has been recognised by numerous BAFTA and Emmy Awards for films spanning early documentaries on The Beatles, Cream and Jimi Hendrix, to profiles of Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, Stravinsky, Wagner, Yehudi Menuhin, Britten, Vaughan Williams, and many others. The film will be preceded by a performance of Holst’s Four Songs for Soprano and Violin, by violin tutor Ana Ivanova and Morley Opera School soprano Ingunn Hrafnkelsdottir.
The evening is part of “Planets”, Morley College London’s Festival of Arts and Culture, marking the centenary of the first performance of Holst’s famous orchestral work. For details of other events in the Festival, please visit

Tickets £10/£7 available from the Morley College website or from Eventbrite. Tickets on the door will be subject to availability so do book in advance.