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DOC BRITISH BRITISH HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS MANIFESTO PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN 92 CREATE Dir Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. Prod Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman. Scr Jacek Dehnel, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. With Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Saoirse Ronan. UK-Poland 2017. 95min. UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution Dir-Scr Angela Robinson. Prod Terry Leonard, Amy Redford. With Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote. USA 2017. 107min. UK Distribution Sony Pictures Releasing FRI 6* SUN 8 18:00 NFT1 20:45 CENTRAL MON 9 TUE 10 NATIONAL GALLERY 12:30 HAYMARKET SAT 14 SUN 15 21:00 NFT1 15:20 HACKNEY Created in the style of van Gogh’s paintings, this muchanticipated animation matches its extraordinary style with richly satisfying storytelling. A young man has a letter to deliver to Theo van Gogh – one of the final letters Vincent wrote before taking his life. Curious about its contents, he embarks on a journey to meet the people Vincent knew in the months prior to that fateful moment. With an absorbing story and strong performances, what is most remarkable about Loving Vincent is its striking animation. The first fully painted feature film, it brings van Gogh’s work to life through 65,000 hand-painted frames, completed by a small army of artists. As a testament to its incredible achievement, it deservedly won the Audience Award at the Annecy Festival. Justin Johnson Book tickets from your local cinema for the 9 Oct premiere plus Q&A with special guests, broadcast live from the National Gallery as part of the LFF. Find out more at lovingvincent.fi lm TUE 10* THU 12† SUN 15 21:00 HAYMARKET 12:15 HAYMARKET 20:45 HACKNEY Dir-Scr Julian Rosefeldt. Prod Julian Rosefeldt, Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Wassili Zygouris. With Cate Blanchett. Germany-Australia 2017. 95min. UK Distribution Neon Kino / Eve Gabereau Cate Blanchett is in full-on chameleon mode, playing 13 different characters in this energetic tribute to artistic troublemakers. In this thrilling history of 20th century ideas, Blanchett narrates the tenets of movements including modernism, futurism, communism and Dogme 95. As each manifesto seeks to rip up what has come before, so each scene here builds on and destroys the preceding philosophies, employing different techniques of delivery to explore ideas about aesthetics, technology and politics. In one scene, a housewife’s evening prayer becomes Claes Oldenburg’s I Am for an Art, while in a humorous later segment, Blanchett takes dual roles as newsreader and weather reporter to discuss conceptual art. That each separate world feels so fully realised is down to the meticulous mise-en-scène of artist-director Julian Rosefeldt, who expands on his original multi-screen installation to create a kaleidoscopic feature film for creative spirits that will provoke and inspire. Kate Taylor LFF Connects: Julian Rosefeldt & Cate Blanchett pg.108 Angela Robinson brings together a top notch cast for this mind-blowing backstory of Wonder Woman creator Dr William Moulton Marston and the two women who almost certainly inspired her. In 1941, psychologist Marston (Luke Evans) pseudonymously published Wonder Woman as ‘propaganda for a new type of woman who should rule the world’. Marston’s secret, kept from his neighbours in their quiet suburban enclave, is that he lived in a long-term polyamorous relationship with two women. One was Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), niece of famous suffragette Margaret Sanger. And then there was his wife, fellow psychologist and lawyer Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall). Robinson’s film seductively imagines the years leading up to the emergence of the comic superheroine: the trio’s love story, their link to early feminism and their interest in sadomasochistic play. It’s a rivetingly good yarn, one that underlines just how much Wonder Woman was intended as feminist and queer disrupter of mainstream values. You’ll never see the golden lasso in quite the same way again! Tricia Tuttle LOVING VINCENT Dir William Badgely. Prod Mark Vennis, William Badgely. With Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt, Paloma McLardy. UK-USA 2017. 86min. Sales Moviehouse Entertainment A riveting film about the world’s first all-girl punk band, who formed in London in 1976. Contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Slits are the pioneering godmothers of punk. Fronted by the irrepressible and iconoclastic Ari Up, the band has inspired generations of artists, from Sonic Youth to Sleater Kinney. They also defined a musical movement known as ‘Punky Reggae’, which saw outsider tribes of punks and Rastafari come together. Drawing on stunning personal archives and including interviews with key surviving band members Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine and original bassist Paloma McLardy (aka Palmolive), Here to be Heard tells the story of a group that literally changed the cultural landscape of Britain in the patriarchal 1970s with their furious feminist battle cry. Stuart Brown * * † See something different player.bfi.org.uk


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