The difficult life of Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert, is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns with from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate.
Cine-real is one of the only film clubs in the UK to exclusively play films in their original 16mm format. Cine Real is a non-profit organisation which aims to unite film makers and enthusiasts in their appreciation of classic film.
Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) is hired by piano virtuoso Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali, following up his Oscar-winning turn in Moonlight) to be his chauffeur on a concert tour of the American South. Taking two mismatched characters and trapping them on a road trip is the stuff of great comedy, but in Green Book we also get a relevant tale of the 1960s racial divisions.
While the dynamic between Mortensen’s unreconstituted Italian-American lug and Ali’s dignified genius creates real humour, the film doesn’t sugar coat the tensions that see the under the Mason-Dixon line. Based on real events, it's a heartwarming and relevant film that shows us it’s never too late to give up our prejudices.
Following up his surprise Oscar winner Moonlight, Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s novel of 1970s Harlem in this sumptuous tale of lovers divided by circumstance.
Deeply in love, Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) find their hopes for a life for themselves are dashed when Fonny is wrongly imprisoned. Their fight for justice pushes them and their family and their love to the limits and offers a panorama of America during a time of deep change.
Once again taking social realist material and blending it with a poetic eye, Beale Street glows off the screen. Yet the undeniable beauty of the film softens none of the films acute messages about life as an African-American in a country rife with prejudice.
London Unplugged is a portmanteau exploration of disparate characters scattered across London. A refreshing take on the complexities, contradictions and compromises of modern living in the greatest city on Earth. An anthology film about modern Londoners, comprises ten shorts of largely female-led stories from a talent pool of emerging filmmakers. It explores themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity.
Many of the stories derive from real world testimony, through extensive research with London frontline organisations; the Refugee Journalist Project, Migrant Resource Centre and Four Corners Film, the Bethnal Green filmmaking charity. This authenticity gives the film a sense of ‘London-as-lived’.
The film also showcases two adaptions by classic female authors when they were new, young voices struggling in London around the time of suffrage; Virginia Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’ and Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Pictures’. Eight of the short films’ directors are female.
To celebrate International Women's Day, join us for a live satellite Q&A with Tracy Edwards, the skipper of Maiden.
Maiden is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
Tracy’s dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity.
But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are the equal of men.
Join Pitchblack Playback for their next listening session in the dark, where Sufjan Stevens' achingly beautiful 'Carrie & Lowell' takes centre stage - his public mourning for the loss of his mother and her second husband. Hear and feel every detail of it on our immersive sound system in our luxurious cinema.
Ticket price includes PBPB blindfold for extra darkness. £2 of each ticket goes to the National Alliance of Mental Health in Oregon where Stevens' mother Carrie lived. She was diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia, so we hope it's an appropriate charity to donate proceeds to.
When a desert ant population teams up with others of their species to create a super colony, two scientists (Nigel Davenport and Michael Murphy) search for an explanation to the evolutionary shift that has allowed the ants to adopt a hive mind. But when a lone survivor (Lynne Frederick) takes refuge in their lab the ants begin to infiltrate, and the scientists are faced with the choice of either communicating with, or eradicating their antagonists…
The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Yannick Wurm, Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics at Queen Mary University of London, who will provide an overview of the fascinatingly diverse lifestyles of ants, and how we are using modern genetic tools to understand how this diversity comes to be.
This special screening is presented by Science Fiction Theatre - a monthly film club dedicated to the exploration and celebration of classic science fiction cinema.
It’s the early 18th century, England is at war with France and Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) poor health finds her relying on her doting friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives at the Palace, her charm soon wins the Queen’s attentions and the shrewd girl sees a way to restore her social status, lost through her father’s disastrous wagers. With stakes of the heart high, the two women soon become rivals for the Queen’s affections in a wickedly funny game of one-up-womanship.
Everything is not so awesome when we rejoin Emmet, Lucy, Batman and friends in this blocktastic sequel. Strange invaders from DUPLO are troubling Bricksburg, and when Lucy is snatched by an alien menace, the rest of the team must use all their master building skills to get her back.
Written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, this sequel is as obsessively packed with jokes as you’d expect and features a perfect voice cast, including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish and Will Arnett.
In a world of flux and chaos, it is almost a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged. In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest and parkland plus three swimming ponds. People swim in them all year round, whatever the weather, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable. Capturing the beauty of the English seasons, co-directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith filmed the swimmers over 12 months as they laughed, sang, complained, ruminated, philosophised or simply sought respite from all that life threw at them.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors.
For our second ‘outing’ at The Castle Cinema, Zodiac Film Club are pleased to present Jamie Babbit’s cult queer flick But I’m a Cheerleader (2001). When her vegetarianism and Melissa Etheridge fandom lead her parents to suspect she’s a lesbian, cheerleader Megan (Natasha Lyonne) finds herself enrolled for the summer at True Directions - a gay ‘rehabilitation’ camp.
Babbit used satirical silliness, a sick, saturated aesthetic and a cameo from Ru Paul to poke fun at the supremely unfunny world of gay conversion therapy more than a decade before other filmmakers began looking at the issue. The critics hated it but in recent years it’s become a latent hit and a Zodiac favourite.
Beginning with a shared love of horror, pulp, thrills and mystery, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Jordan Storm Louise set up the Zodiac Film Club. You can expect carefully chosen screenings every month, a film for each sign. We select good looking films, complex female characters and our favourites in forgotten classics, cult and contemporary cinema to share with you, and invite you to talk about it with us afterwards.