The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... In the Heights.
Lights up on Washington Heights...The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
Winner of 2 Academy Awards – Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay
Based on his own stage play of the same name, Florian Zeller directs this immersive and empathetic film around the disorientating difficulties of dementia.
The Father sees Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) lives at home and is attended to by his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman,) and a live-in carer. However, Anthony is struggling with his on-going dementia. As his symptoms worsen, it puts a huge strain on his relationship with Anne and the reality around him.
**** “It’ll stay with you, for longer than you might like. I know it will stay with me.” - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) returns with the eagerly awaited First Cow, a gripping and glorious story of friendship and petty crime in the Old West.
A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful but precarious cake-making business, the longevity of which is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow – the very first, and only, in the territory.
With this simple premise, Reichardt paints an authentic portrait of harsh frontier life in the early nineteenth century, depicting the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America and interrogating the very foundations on which the country was built.
Combining sumptuous cinematography with a gently melancholic tale of pilfered dairy, sweet cakes and old-fashioned camaraderie, First Cow is the celebrated magnum opus of one of cinema’s most vital independent filmmakers.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Chino Moya and Producer Sophie Venner.
An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline.... Undergods is a collection of darkly humorous, fantasy tales about failed societies and doomed fortune.
Two corpse collectors roam the desolate streets of an unknown city chatting humorously about their dreams in which a series of men see their worlds fall apart through a visit from an unexpected stranger.
With a distinct, pan European cast, Undergods is a singular, visual feast, blending the particular supernatural flavour of ‘80s anthology films,such as Twilight Zone, the visual flair of ‘70s sci-fi epics, such as Stalker, with a touch of European, art-house sensibility.
Undergods journeys through disparate eras and realities fusing failed 20th Century utopias and 21st Century Ikea nightmares in an unsettlingly entertaining debut from director, Chino Moya, set to an original, synth score featuring ‘80s electronica.
As recent times bring disarray and isolation, this cautionary tale of societal collapse becomes ever more timely.
World Premiere Event Screening + pre-recorded Q&A with director Nick Broomfield hosted by DJ and Presenter Trevor Nelson
Presenting new material and evidence never heard before, this is the definitive story of Suge Knight, the former CEO of legendary rap music label Death Row Records, and the murders of Biggie & Tupac.
Suge Knight, the former CEO of legendary rap music label Death Row Records was recently sentenced to 28 years imprisonment for manslaughter in a long line of violent crimes not typically associated with a highly successful record executive.
This film takes a look at Death Row and how L.A.’s street gang culture had come to dominate its business workings as well as an association with corrupt LA police officers who were also gang affiliated. It would be this world of gang rivalry and dirty cops that would claim the lives of the world’s two greatest rappers, Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. People have only now started talking since Suge commenced his 28-year sentence and the film comes up with new evidence showing the involvement of the LAPD in these murders and their attempt to conceal evidence.
"Shocking and moving" ★★★★ Total Film
"One of Broomfield's best" ★★★★ Mojo
This triumphant adaptation of Anton Chekov, filmed at the Harold Pinter theatre, is a must see. Epsecially with a glorious lead performance by Toby Jones (but when isn't he sensational?)
The show sees Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their time on an isolated estate, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage). However, when Sonya’s father Professor Serebryakov (Roger Allam) suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar), polite facades crumble and long repressed feelings start to emerge.
As the conflicted family are forced to confront their despair, loneliness and each other, can the beauty of life help them find new hope?
Full of tumultuous frustration and hidden passions, but brimming with hope and optimism for the future, Uncle Vanya is a must-see event for our times.
***** "Toby Jones triumphs in perfect Chekhov." Arifa Akbar, The Guardian.
The newest collaboration between Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Festen). Winner of the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, and the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language.
There is an obscure philosophical theory that humans should have been born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood; that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing problems and increasing creativity.
Intrigued, Martin (Mikkelsen) and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on a risky experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. Initial results are positive, but as the units are knocked back and stakes are raised, it becomes increasingly clear that some bold acts carry severe consequences.
“A heady, vibrant, funny film, with a brilliant performance from Mads Mikkelsen” – The Independent
“A career-high turn from Mads Mikkelsen” – The Times
“A slightly flippant tragicomedy of booze and midlife defiance, based on a pseudoscientific theory which put me in mind of Humphrey Bogart’s bleary dictum about the rest of the world being three drinks behind.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“It’s not just Mikkelsen in the lead, but three supporting actors including Festen’s Thomas Bo Larsen who give the film its can’t-look-away dynamic.” – Screen International
“Another Round is a truly wonderful movie about trying to come to grips with life, anchored by terrific performances, infectious music, and a real understanding of the humming discontentment that all adults must learn to navigate in their own ways.” – Vox
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE KENNETH BRANAGH THEATRE COMPANY
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s modern and passionate staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, returns to the big screen this summer. A production with ‘pulsating energy’ (★★★★ The Guardian) starring Richard Madden as Romeo and Lily James as Juliet, with Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse, this is a heartbreaking tale of forbidden love where the longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict.
Directed with ‘seriousness and opulence’ (★★★★★The Mail) by Sir Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford, Romeo and Juliet was the fifth play in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season and filmed for the big screen in black and white CinemaScope.
Introduction by Christopher Brown, University of Sussex
Winner of the Teddy Jury Award at the 2019 Berlinale, Zi Xiang’s debut feature is a sensitive study of a man’s homosexuality from the perspective of his daughter and wife. Upon returning to China with her French husband to visit her family, pregnant writer Xiaoyu Huang (Gaowa Siqin) is immediately drawn into her parents’ longstanding conflicts. Caught between her reticent gay father and her cult-obsessed mother, Xiaoyu finds herself overwhelmed by their years of resentment and secrets. This forces her to confront her own memories of childhood, as she comes to terms with the tragic complexity of her family’s situation. Constantly shifting between past and present, the film powerfully reveals how the misery resulting from repressive cultural norms is passed from one generation to another.
Preceded by the short film:
A Woman's Wife
Dir. Ahlam Jang | South Korea | 2018 | 20 min
Eungyeong faces heartache and confusion when her husband Seonghun decides to live as a woman.
Queer East is an LGBTQ+ film festival which aims to showcase queer cinema about East and Southeast Asia and echoing Brent’s strong Asian affiliations.
Special £5 tickets for Brent residents are supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund. With additional support from Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess—Live in HD Encore
James Robinson’s vibrant production of America’s favorite opera was a smash hit of the Met’s 2019–20 season. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which includes a number of melodies that have become classic American standards.
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
This screening will be followed by a live Q+A with Edgar Wright and special guests, broadcast from Sundance Film Festival: London 2021
How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron & Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band's favorite band.
First broadcast January 16, 2010
Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča stars as the iconic Gypsy in Richard’s Eyre’s acclaimed 2010 production. With dances created by star choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet’s thrilling tale to life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.
Tosca—Live in HD Encore
Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars as opera’s ultimate diva in Puccini’s thriller of Napoleonic Rome, seen in Sir David McVicar’s bold 2018 staging. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical was directed by Dominic Cooke and filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2017.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.