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Our intimate 55-seat cinema presents an eclectic mix of new releases (from day of release) and classics in both digital and analog and is the cheapest place to watch films in Hackney, seven days a week.
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Today

6:30 pm
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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES 12A

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this…

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES 12A

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

Today

9:00 pm
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THE HEIRESSES 12A

An immaculate, entirely female-driven drama, the debut feature of Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi screened in Competition for the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale,…

THE HEIRESSES 12A

An immaculate, entirely female-driven drama, the debut feature of Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi screened in Competition for the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale, where it won the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear and received unanimous acclaim.

Both a piercing character study and a commentary on the Paraguayan class structure, it follows Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), who – both women descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay – have been together for over 30 years when their precarious financial situation begins to impact both their way of life and their relationship.

Forced to cope on her own, Chela starts driving for the first time in years, providing a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. Encountering the much younger Angy (Ana Ivanova), they forge a fresh and exhilarating connection – encouraging Chela to finally break out of her shell and embark on a personal revolution, engaging with the world on new and intimate terms.

23/08/2018

8:00 pm
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THE PEOPLE’S FILM CLUB PRESENTS: GAZA SURF CLUB U

Join The People’s Film Club at the Institute of Light on Thursday 23rd of August for a screening of Gaza Surf Club. The evening…

THE PEOPLE’S FILM CLUB PRESENTS: GAZA SURF CLUB U

Join The People’s Film Club at the Institute of Light on Thursday 23rd of August for a screening of Gaza Surf Club. The evening will be in aid of Explore Corps, a charity at the core of the surfing scene in Gaza. Before the film, we will be joined by Andy Martin, writer of the cult classic Walking on Water and the first journalist to have a surfing column in a British newspaper.

“The sea plays the role of the psychotherapist here. It’s the psychotherapist of two million people.”

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Gaza Surf Club explores what it means to be young and living a life under occupation. The documentary tells the story of young people taking to the waves in the Gaza Strip, where they yearn for an escape from one of the world’s most battle-scarred regions.

Focusing on the protagonists’ struggles to do what they love, the documentary sheds light on women’s rights under the fundamentalist Hamas regime, and resilience in the face of societal and familial pressure in this celebration of youth, self-expression, and the dreams which lie in all of us.

The screening will be followed by a short video from the founder of Explore Corps, made specially for this event.

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TICKETS: £7.50 standard / £10.50 solidarity

(All profits from our ticket sales always go to charity – solidarity tickets are simply an optional larger donation.)

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This event is organised by The People’s Film Club, a group which unites powerful documentaries with the speakers and activists who understand the subjects best.

23/08/2018

5:35 pm
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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES 12A

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this…

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES 12A

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

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