Brixton Film Festival, An Evening With The Scala Cinema, Kennington Bioscope, Magnificent Obsessions, Misty Moon
Brixton Reel Film Festival presents the UK premiere of the Colombian romantic comedy film Virginia Casta (2017), followed by Cuban and Salsa music.
Directed by Claudio Cataño and based on a best selling Colombian novel, Virginia Casta stars acclaimed actress Cristina Umaña who gives a darkly comic performance as a love damaged heroine. Devastated by her recent break up, Virginia Casta attempts to jump from a balcony, but far from ending her life, she becomes an infamous social media personality. Between rock music, tears and frenzy with a scruffy musician, two dysfunctional friends and a pothead grandmother, Virginia discovers the meaning of friendship and a way out from this mess. Until her ex shows up again! Spanish with English subtitles.
In association with the Institute of Modern Languages Research (University of London) and the AHRC Open World Research Initiative project: Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community.
Admission is free, but places are limited, so please register here
Come and relive the glory days of the much-missed Scala Cinema, doyen of the 1980s London rep cinema circuit. It was London’s legendary repertory cinema, which specialised in daily changing double-bills of psychotronic movies; horror; Kung Fu; LGBT+; animations and experimental films alongside the usual classics.
In the audience were not only fan boys and eccentric regulars, but also future filmmakers including Martin McDonagh; Peter Strickland; James Marsh; Joe Cornish; Viv Albertine; Ben Wheatley and Christopher Nolan, who still carries his last Scala membership card in his wallet.
Find out more here.
Advance tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concession) – click to purchase from Billetto or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase direct from the Museum.
If you would rather pay on the door, the price will be £10 (£7 concession)
The main feature is The Whispering Chorus (1918), directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Hatton (John Tremble), cashier in a contracting concern, succumbs to temptation and steals $1000 from his employer. He runs away and hides, when he begins to fear detection, to an isolated island, where he becomes a bit of human driftwood.
The Whispering Chorus is an intense film that really packs a wallop. The gorgeous, moody lighting, the dark, uncompromising view of humanity and the distinctly unsympathetic protagonist make this a sort of proto-proto-noir.
In the first half of the programme we will be showing a surprise British short, which will be introduced by Kate Hay of the V&A.
Silent film with intertitles which may be suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Anyone interested in silent film should visit the website for more info.
Tickets are £5. Seats are limited, so please request an invitation using the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter’s second collaboration with Douglas Sirk rings of both their hallmark techniques, which for Hunter meant propelling an actress back into the limelight. This time it was Barbara Stanwyck: Her Oscar nominations were all behind her, as was her career best in Double Indemnity (1944). For Sirk, All I Desire had the trappings of a theatrical production, where he first perfected his craft.
All I Desire is an alternate-reality sequel to A Doll’s House. Set in 1910, it’s been a decade since wife and mother Naomi Murdoch walked out on her husband and children to pursue her dreams to be in the theatre. But her dreams had shortcomings, ending up as a nomadic vaudevillian instead of the Sarah Siddens of the new century. Returning to the family home, in a picture-perfect town filled with all the minutiae of American life (Sirk was deeply fascinated by suburban America), Naomi walks into scene, ready to confront her past but is at risk of repeating it once again. Sirk and Hunter fought for this film to be in colour, but the monochrome light and shadows brilliantly chill the pastoral setting. But Hunter did assert his power – forcing Sirk to shoot an ending that was more palatable to the tastes of audiences. Though Hunter may have transgressed in many ways, he was a sucker for a happy ending.
Advance tickets are £6 – click to purchase from Billetto or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase direct from the Museum.
We are pleased to announce that inspirational speaker and author Victoria Price will be our special guest on Friday 16 November, where she will give a presentation on her father, Vincent Price, the iconic horror actor, art lover, gourmet and self-confessed Anglophile, and his enduring legacy.
This event also celebrates the UK launch of the Price Family Legacy books from Dover Publications, including a new edition of Victoria’s critically-acclaimed biography of her father, Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography. This new edition, released twenty-five years after her father’s death in 1993, features an intro by Roger Corman and a never before published essay by Vincent on his experiences with the paranormal. Also from Dover – two cookbooks Vincent Price penned with Victoria’s mother, Mary: the acclaimed Treasury of Great Recipes, and Come Into the Kitchen. A third cookbook, Cooking Price Wise, a tie-in to the UK-produced TV series Vincent presented in the 1970s, has also been released featuring family recipes and essays about Price’s travels.
Advance tickets are £14 (£13 concession) – click to purchase from Billetto or call 020 7840 2200 to purchase direct from the Museum.
If you would rather pay on the door, the price will be £15 (£14 concession)