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Summer of Soul (12A)

“★★★★★ – an absolute joy” - Mark Kermode. A celebration of Black history, culture and fashion, the directorial debut of musician Questlove focuses on the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival.


“★★★★★ – forgotten festival of Black brilliance finally gets its dues” – NME


“★★★★ – a thrilling step back in time” – The Times


★★★★★ – Guardian | ★★★★★ – Empire


A celebration of Black history, culture and fashion, the directorial debut of musician Questlove won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and focuses on the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival.


Comprised of over 40 hours of archive footage that was left untouched in a basement for almost 50 years, the film features never-before-seen performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many more.


A profound, raucus and hugely enjoyable look into an incredible event that was almost forgotten.


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Nowhere Special (12A)

★★★★ – The Observer. James Norton gives the performance of his career in this touching father-son drama.


“★★★★ – James Norton gives a subtly powerful performance” – The Observer


“★★★★ – Pasolini has created something very special indeed” – Cinevue


★★★★ – Empire | ★★★★ – The Times


One of British cinema’s most outstanding talents, James Norton (Happy Valley, Mr Jones) delivers a knockout performance in this touching drama about a father searching for a new home for his young son.


Inspired by true events, Nowhere Special is the story of 35-year-old window cleaner and single father, John, who has built his world around his son Michael since they were both abandoned by the child’s mother soon after his birth. This world is shattered, however,  when John is given the devastating news that he has only months to live. Determined to ensure the best possible future for Michael after he is gone, John sets out to find a new family for his son with the time he has remaining.


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Writing With Fire (18)

Be the first to see the best of the Festival from across the pond with our exclusive Sundance Film Festival: London Tour preview screening of the Award-Winning documentary, Writing With Fire.


Be the first to see the best of the Festival from across the pond with our exclusive Sundance Film Festival: London Tour preview screening of the Award-Winning documentary, Writing With Fire.


A captivating documentary study of courage in complicated circumstances, Writing With Fire tells the story of Khabar Lahariya: India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Adrift in a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, Chief Reporter Meera and her tight-knit team of journalists – armed with just their smartphones - break traditions both on the frontlines and within the confines of their own homes, redefining what it means to be powerful and challenging the gender roles they find themselves tethered to.

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WALL-E (U)

★★★★★ – Empire. Screening as part of Art AI Festival, WALL-E follows a robot who has been left to collect and compact rubbish on an uninhabited Earth.


★★★★★ – Empire


Screening as part of Art AI Festival, WALL-E follows a robot who has been left to collect and compact rubbish on an uninhabited Earth.


When he meets EVE - a high-tec robot sent to Earth to look for signs of plant life, it's the start of a incredible adventure for the adorable and courageous WALL-E.


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The Secret Garden (PG)

★★★★ – Telegraph. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s tale is brought back to the big screen in this stellar new adaptation featuring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.


“★★★★ – Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic is brought to vibrant life by Colin Firth, Julie Walters and the bright young Dixie Egerickx” – Telegraph


Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s tale is brought back to the big screen in this stellar new adaptation featuring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.


Prickly and unloved, 10-year old Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle after her parents die suddenly. At Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate in Yorkshire, Mary lives a lonely and isolated life until she stumbles upon her sickly cousin Colin, who had been shut away in a separate wing of the house, and befriends the maid’s young brother Dickon. Together the three children find a secret garden lost within the grounds of the estate- a magical place of adventure that will change their lives forever.


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Nashville (15)

“★★★★★ – a masterpiece” – Time Out. Robert Altman’s American epic returns to cinemas in a pristine 4K restoration.


“★★★★★ – one of the most accomplished, influential and enjoyable films of the ‘70s” – Empire


“★★★★★ – Robert Altman’s country classic still sings” – Guardian


“★★★★★ – a stunning, epic layering of music and delusion” – Little White Lies


The centrepiece of a new season from the British Film Institute celebrating the director, Robert Altman’s American epic, Nashville, has been restored in pristine 4K to be enjoyed once more by audiences on the big screen in all its glory.


Taking place over five days in Nashville, the Mecca of country music, in the lead up to a political convention, secrets and lies are exposed by a series of intersecting stories to reveal new truths about the film’s sprawling cast of characters and America itself.


Featuring outstanding performances from the likes of Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty and Karen Black, as well as Jeff Goldblum in one of his earliest roles, Nashville is a symphony of talent, themes and ideas - with Altman its virtuoso conductor. A filmmaker like no other, Nashville is a film like no other. This is mainstream American cinema at the height of its ambition and complexity.


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The Nest (18)

Be the first to see the best of the Festival from across the pond with our exclusive Sundance Film Festival: London Tour preview screening of The Nest.


Be the first to see the best of the Festival from across the pond with our exclusive Sundance Film Festival: London Tour preview screening of The Nest.


Jude Law and Carrie Coon simmer in this tightly-wound two-hander from writer-director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) that’s at once an engrossing domestic drama and something akin to a ghost story.


Charismatic entrepreneur Rory (Law) relocates his family from the United States to a chilly, sprawling country house in England with dreams of profiting from booming 1980s London. But as his wife Allison (Coon) and their wayward children struggle to adapt to the complications of new lifestyle, the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, and the couple begin to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.

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Zola (18)

Be the first to see the best of the Festival from across the pond with our exclusive Sundance Film Festival: London Tour preview screening of Zola.


Be the first to see the best of the Festival from across the pond with our exclusive Sundance Film Festival: London Tour preview screening of Zola.


2015: Zola, or @zolarmoon, tweets “wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out???????? It's kind of long but full of suspense.” Thus begins a Twitter thread that would go down in history, and from it comes Zola, an acidic, hypnotic thrill-ride from director Janicza Bravo, writer Jeremy O.


Harris, and the woman herself (depicted in a star-making performance by Taylour Page). Zola, a Detroit waitress, finds herself flung into a friendship with the chaotic Stefani (Riley Keough), a stripper en route to Florida for a 'hoe trip'. Zola’s seduced into joining her to make some quick cash – but their journey soon becomes a sleepless 48-hour odyssey involving a lot more than she bargained for.


** PLEASE NOTE - this film contains flashing images that may affect viewers who are susceptible to photo sensitive epilepsy.

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Phoenix Film Camp 12-15

SOLD OUT. Make a short film in 5 days at our annual summer holiday Film Camp for 12 to 15-year-olds. Enter the room on Monday with just an idea or two and leave on Friday with a film in the can that you shot and starred in.

Make a short film in 5 days at our annual summer holiday Film Camp for 12 to 15-year-olds. Enter the room on Monday with just an idea or two and leave on Friday with a film in the can that you shot and starred in.


Starting on Monday we’ll write a story for a film we can produce in a week. Tuesday will be rehearsing and assigning roles, from actors to camera and sound operators.


Then from Wednesday to Friday it’s lights, camera, action as we go out on set to make our film a reality.


The film will then be edited by the course tutor ready for its ‘premiere’ screening in the autumn.


Designed with different learning styles in mind, Film Camp covers all the key elements of filmmaking and production, including scriptwriting, shooting, direction and editing.


All equipment and training will be provided by our expert tutor Keith Allott.


PLEASE NOTE: we’re planning to run this course in-venue at Phoenix in a ‘COVID-safe’ environment, however if this is not possible due to further COVID-19 restrictions we will deliver the course online. In this case, participants will have a mix of tutor-led online learning and self-directed filmmaking tasks to complete at home, supported remotely our tutor Keith and Phoenix staff. The main outcome will still be to create a short film over the week.

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Martin Eden (15)

“Spellbinding. One of the best films of the last decade” – Sight & Sound. Jack London’s 1909 novel is relocated to Italy in this period drama about an aspirational young writer trying to make his way in the world.


"The film is a masterpiece, so you should see it any way you can" – Vulture


“Spellbinding. One of the best films of the last decade” – Sight & Sound


“★★★★ – a cinematic knockout” – Rolling Stone


★★★★ – Guardian | ★★★★ – Little White Lies


Skilfully relocating Jack London's most autobiographical novel to Italy, Martin Eden follows a young man struggling to find his place in the world and his voice as a writer.


When sailor Martin Eden saves a young boy from a beating at the docks, he is invited into his bourgeois home as a gesture of thanks. There he falls for the boy's sister, Elena, and is inspired to become a writer, setting him on a journey through an increasingly turbulent and tumultuous world.


Featuring a powerful breakout performance from Luca Martinelli at it’s centre - compared favourably to a young Robert De Niro by critics - and shot on 16mm film, Pietro Marcello's drama is a stunning tour de force.


In Italian with English subtitles.


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Groundswell (TBC)

★★★★ – The Upcoming. Filmed over ten years, filmmaker Johnny Grogan provides a uniquely personal insight into how the activism of a local community lead to the banning of fracking in Ireland.


“★★★★ – a triumphant, transparent and aesthetically magnificent account of the loving relationship between people and their land” – The Upcoming

 

Activist and filmmaker Johnny Gogan provides a uniquely personal insight into how the people of Leitrim and Fermanagh fought back against a gas company employing the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

 

Filmed over ten years and told through the experiences of grassroots activists, Groundswell follows the battle between a local community and a company promising billions of Euros of tax revenue to the Irish Government over the fracking of the natural landscape in Northwest Ireland.



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Happy Together (15)

Seen as one of the key films in the New Queer Cinema movement, Wong's film follows two men in a turbulent relationship in Argentina.


On the surface a bitter romance between two gay lovers halfway across the world in Argentina, Happy Together is also a potent commentary on an uncertain future - the two men's faultline-riddled relationship a potent commentary on the uncertain future faced by British Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community as the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the UK to China approached.


Filmed by Wong’s go-to cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, in a refined mix of saturation and monochrome, Happy Together is made up of magical fragments woven together to create a beautiful piece of unforgettable cinema.


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Phoenix Film Camp 16-19

Make a short film in 5 days at our annual summer holiday Film Camp for 16 to 19-year-olds. Enter the room on Monday with just an idea or two and leave on Friday with a film in the can that you shot and starred in.

Make a short film in 5 days at our annual summer holiday Film Camp for 16 to 19-year-olds. Enter the room on Monday with just an idea or two and leave on Friday with a film in the can that you shot and starred in.


Starting on Monday we’ll write a story for a film we can produce in a week. Tuesday will be rehearsing and assigning roles, from actors to camera and sound operators.


Then from Wednesday to Friday it’s lights, camera, action as we go out on set to make our film a reality.


The film will then be edited by the course tutor ready for its ‘premiere’ screening in the autumn.


Designed with different learning styles in mind, Film Camp covers all the key elements of filmmaking and production, including scriptwriting, shooting, direction and editing.


All equipment and training will be provided by our expert tutor Keith Allott.


PLEASE NOTE: we’re planning to run this course in-venue at Phoenix in a ‘COVID-safe’ environment, however if this is not possible due to further COVID-19 restrictions we will deliver the course online. In this case, participants will have a mix of tutor-led online learning and self-directed filmmaking tasks to complete at home, supported remotely our tutor Keith and Phoenix staff. The main outcome will still be to create a short film over the week.


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Fallen Angels (15)

Wong Kar-wai’s dizzying portrait a nocturnal Hong Kong arrives in stunning 4K approved by Wong himself.


Originally thought up as the latter half of Chungking Express, Fallen Angels is a hardboiled neo-noir peppered with quirky oddball humour that embodies the feeling of a hallucinatory midnight stroll through downtwon Hong Kong.


With all the dynamism of Chungking Express, Wong paints a stylish, brooding and bold picture of the restless neon-drenched metropolis where hitmen, crooks and femme fatales all share a common insatiable craving for human connection.

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In the Mood for Love (PG)

Wong Kar-wai’s revelatory ode to love and heartbreak is pure cinematic excellence.


Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung give sublime performances in Wong Kar-wai's haunting visual poem about the fleeting nature of love, a haunting ode to heartbreak stitched together with exquisite cinematography and a gorgeous colour palette of swooning reds and hazily gold-lit Hong Kong alleyways.

 

Leung and Cheung play neighbours who bond over their spouses' affair, but find this platonic relationship complicated by both their growing desire and the need to obey society's mores.

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