During our period of closure, here’s some alternative options that you can view for free. Missing a walk in the woods? See bottom of this page….
Listed below are films and live perfomances that may be of interest to our discerning audience. They are listed in scheduled order. ON DEMAND items are listed here. Documentaries are here and miscellaneous things are here.
27 RKO Silver Screen Classics now on iPlayer.
Join Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Creator, writer, actor and executive producer), Sian Clifford (Actor), Harry Bradbeer (Director), Gary Dollner (Editor) and Sarah Hammond (Producer) as they discuss capturing (and breaking) the hearts of the nation, and landing 6 nominations in the process. Series 2 of Fleabag was the comedy sensation that everyone was talking about.
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017) – Wednesday 15 July 2020
Channel 4 at 1.55am
Freeview 104, Freesat104, Sky 138, Virgin 141
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during May 2018
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, The Nile Hilton Incident is a political thriller set during the last days of the Mubarek regime. A detective in the corrupt Cairo police, Noredin (Fares Fares) investigates a singer’s murder at the hotel, which is subsequently covered up. Convinced that the crime was politically motivated, he realises that he can no longer accept a bribe and turn a blind eye. The Northern European production team and star Fares give a Scandi-noir feel to a mystery drama that is fast-paced and at times archly amusing. Arabic/French with English subtitles
This live online discussion (register for free tickets) convened by legal expert and scholar Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones brings together five artists and thinkers to address issues related to Black art and radical transformation. Discussion Participants are: Eddie Bruce-Jones, Barby Asante, Rabz Lanziquot, Imani Robinson and Kojo Koram.
‘We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South’ is an exhibition that speaks intimately to the creative practice and vision of Black Americans during the 20th Century. Art and visionary thinking have a central role to play in imagining a future; law and concepts of justice also have a crucial position. This event brings together five Black thinkers who will use the ‘We Will Walk’ exhibition as a starting point to discuss Black lives, Black futures and the role of creative vision in the long movement towards radical social transformation.
Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives at the Viennese court, court composer Antonio Salieri, seized by obsessive jealousy, begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
ANOMALISA (2015) – Friday 17 July 2020
Film 4 at 1.50am
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2016
A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
This stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell.
Stephen Mangan will steer us through this year’s Awards, joined for a number of comic vignettes by comedian Rachel Parris. Expect music, sketches and a few surprise presenters too – a treat not to be missed.
20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2016) – Friday 17 July 2020
BBC 2 at 11.20pm
Freeview 102, Freesat 102, Sky 102, Virgin 102
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2017
Santa Barbara, 1979. A mother at 40, Dorothea (Annette Benning) doesn’t quite know what to do with her teenage son, so she enlists their punky lodger (Greta Gerwig) and her best friend (Elle Fanning) to help him understand the world.
With engaging characters, wry humour and a superb ensemble cast, director Mike Mills draws us into this slice of Californian life while deftly exploring the late 1970s as a social, cultural and political turning point.
Nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, this is a must for anyone who enjoys character-driven drama “crafted with tender precision” (The Telegraph).
2020 nominees Samantha Morton (I Am Kirsty) and Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack) will discuss in conversation with each other how they approached their performances, preparation for the project and the challenges in bringing these powerful women to our screens.
A chance to hear from some of this year’s comedy performance nominees – Sian Clifford (Fleabag); Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats); Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education); Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam); Youssef Kerkour (Home) and Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) – in conversation with each other as they share their tips for preparing for roles, shaping their characters, and getting those all-important laughs.
JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE – Documentary short
Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg. British director and photographer Ian Derry captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice. Dur 4 mins.
AMONG THE TREES – HAYWARD GALLERY
“One of the great joys of walking in a forest, is you give up any attempt to analyse it… you just enjoy the act of looking.”
Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery