Iconic Hong Kong director Tsui Hark’s revisionist adaptation of Lillian Lee’s eponymous novel is based on a Chinese folk tale commonly known as Legend of the White Snake. Green Snake, Siu Ching (Maggie Cheung) follows her sister White Snake, Bak Sei Juen (Joey Wang) to the human world, and struggles to understand what it means to be human. While Bak Sei Juan emphasises her own humanity by devoting herself to the relationship she has with her human husband, Siu Ching is presented as reckless, innocent and confused about what love and humanity mean to her. At the same time, the sisters are threatened and hunted by an unprincipled Buddhist monk (Vincent Zhao) and a vain Taoist, both of whom are distrustful of the snake spirits and their allegedly evil intentions. As a result of this conflict, Bak Sei Juen and Siu Ching must fight to prove their humanness.
Unlike the original legend, which is told through White's perspective, Hark draws from Lee's novel and employs Green's vantage point to question various facets of Chinese culture, adding a queer dimension that redefines the existential divide between human and nonhuman, and the nature of love.
Followed by a panel discussion.
Presented in Partnership with London East Asia Film Festival and the MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School. Part of Dilemma and Desire - A film season that explores Chinese women’s unspoken desires under ‘traditional’ social values.
Join Pitchblack Playback for their listening session in the dark for Patti Smith's seminal 'Horses'. Hear and feel every detail of this glorious record and Smith's poetic narratives through our immersive cinema sound system with no distractions.
Ticket price includes Pitchblack Playback blindfold for extra darkness. Yours to keep!
NO LATECOMERS ALLOWED.
The Amazing Johnathan (John Edward Szeles) built a career as a magician out of shock and deception in the 1980s. After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour that careens off the rails in highly entertaining and unexpected ways…
This screening is followed by a live satellite Q&A with Louis Theroux, director Ben Berman and special guests.
"Tilda Swinton stars in cult queer film director Derek Jarman’s personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. The Last of England is an angrily poetic, personal portrayal of a country that he saw was in ruins. Through the experimental form, through the post-apocalyptic depiction of the country, Derek’s film dismantles the establishment and highlights the horrors of Thatchers Britain through a dream-like state. This film is reawakened in response to Brexit Britain in 2019.
The film portrays a disillusionment of place by fostering ideas around nostalgia and memory in lands of bricks and destruction. Our displacement of nostalgia and wistful folk song soundscapes that draw from a history of connection to land and nationalism otherwise seem comforting but are juxtapositioned with apocalyptic scenes of disenfranchised British emigrants.
Experience this unique screening with a live score from artists Joe Summers, Rosa Irwin-Clark and Thomas Summers who will be using everything at their disposal to create an oscillating audio-visual experience that will draw new meaning from the film.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/391536311763153 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSKd9bGeLWM
This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground."
Hetero-patriarchal- capitalism not sparking joy? The Sad Girls feel the same way. Welcome to their feminist micro-utopia where they flourish in self- imposed exile in the mountains, making sex- positive DIY porn as a coping mechanism (as well as a way to fund female Kurdish militia groups.)
This mockumentary explores the pervasive limits of the male gaze when met with The Sad Girls, who transmit subversive socio-political messages of sadness through their pay-walled pornography as a response to the trans-misogynist violence that saturates sex. This is their act of countercultural resistance. When dumb straight-white-male gonzo journalist Henrik Adams goes to meet them, he thinks he’s going to study them, but power doesn’t work that way in the mountains.
Short before the feature:
Not Your Ordinary Sister | dir. Maša Zia Lenárdic, Anja Wutej | Germany/ Romania| 2019 | 4min This nun is reading you your rights. Put that lesbian vampire novel down right now!
Followed by a Q&A with Candy Flip & Theo Meow.
This screening is presented with closed captions and a BSL interpreted Q&A with the filmmaker.
Mesmerisingly witchy Transfinite shows infinite ways of being, cleverly rebelling against trans film stereotypes. Neelu Bhuman leads an international collaborative project with Trans People Of Colour, creating a magical sci-fi anthology. Boldly expressive with stunning animation, it’s a spiritual and supernatural resistance against the current state of the world. It’s a call back to the ancestral powers which TPOC are routinely denied, obscured or ridiculed by colonial forces and institutional racism. Each of the seven stories in this omnibus film has a call to magic realism and the metaphysical which manifests trans folx’ fantasies to create a world that is safer and lovelier for all.