2018 Film Screening Highlights

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London Short Film Festival 
12 – 21 Jan

Feminist fixes galore are wedged every each way in this year’s ever-impressive program of short films. This is the festival’s 14th year of bringing the very best films, talent and audiences together and we’re chuffed to be a part of the line-up with our screening A Life Faraway: The Short Films Of Mati Diop. Mati is a young French-Senegalese filmmaker and actress who you may have seen in Claire Denis’ 35 Shots Of Rum (screening at Overnight which we detail below). Along with a retrospective of her films (Atlantiques (2009), Snow Canon (2011), Big In Vietnam (2012), Liberian Boy (2015) we’re giving away a very limited edition print zine filled with essays on how Mati’s work has influenced us. After the screening, we’ll discuss her work and ask you the audience for your reactions. We can’t wait to see you there! Book tickets and check the full LSFF line-up here!  Read Simran’s guest blog on the work of Mati Diop here. 


 

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Overnight Film Festival
2 – 4 Feb

A sleepy hotel in Eastbourne springs to life this February as Overnight Film Festival settles in for the weekend. A unique festival-going experience, the event spans three days and has a programme of absolute bangers, from Stephanie Rotheram’s seductive cult flick The Velvet Vampire to a 10th-anniversary screening of Claire Denis’ 35 Shots Of Rum, starring Mati Diop (catch our upcoming event celebrating the actress’ directorial work here). More Details 


 

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The Fish Child
9 Feb (other titles screen throughout Feb in the Latin American Film Season) 

Deptford Cinema’s programming goes from strength to strength with a season of Latin American treasures. On 9 February the community cinema in Deptford screen Argentine director Lucia Puenzo’s The Fish Child – a continuation of the #QueerLatino strand. Get lost in this gripping tale of forbidden romance between two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds. More Details


 

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Mica Levi at Glasgow Film Festival
Feb 28

A real trailblazer for female composers, Mica Levi received an Oscar nomination for her score of Jackie last year and set hairs on end with her soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin. In February, Levi and her sister Francesca will perform side by side at Glasgow Film Festival as they reimagine Sergei Parajanov’s most famous work, The Colour of Pomegranates, entitled The Colour of Chips. Glasgow is a fantastic festival for its immersive and multi-dimensional events, and this is one that shouldn’t be missed. More Details 


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Girlfriends Season at the BFI
Feb – March

A season of celebrated BFFs at the BFI has got us terribly excited here at BTF. Confusing abbreviations aside, the British Film Institute have knocked it out the park with over two months of films dedicated to female friendship in all its tears and triumphs, from Sally Potter sci-fi musicals to Cyndi Lauper synchronised dancing.
We were thrilled to show Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa at our event last year, so The Gold Diggers is definitely top of the wish list. More Details 


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Thoroughbreds
Released 9 March

We caught this at London Film Festival this year and found it utterly thrilling, black as treacle and disturbingly funny. I’d recommend this if you prefer your teen films at the Heathers end of the scale, with a dash of Yorgos Lanthimos on a particularly bleak day. Thoroughbreds is released in the UK on 9th March. Watch Thoroughbreds Trailer


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Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Century Of Suffrage at the Barbican
18—24 Apr

Marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act in the UK, and 90 since the Equal Franchise Act granted equal voting rights to both women and men, the Barbican is hosting a season of films aiming to applaud the activists fighting for change then and now and educate visitors on their struggles and achievements. Georgie Girl seems like a particular highlight, as it documents the rise of Georgina Beyer, the first openly transgender woman in the world to be elected mayor. More Details


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Genesis Cinema Directed By Women 2018
All year!

We have nothing but love for Genesis Cinema and not just because it’s the joint where we held our first ever event ‘Reclam The Romcom’ back in 2015! This year they’re continuing to flex their feminist muscles with a year-long season of films directed by women and calling on the programming slant of our allies Bird’s Eye View, Hackney Wicked Women WI, WFTV, F-Rated and #genesisters.

The concept? Screen films with a female director/co-director, a female writer/co-writer, or a strong/iconic female lead. A season after our own heart! This January they’re treating us to Lili Fini Zanuck’s Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices (with intro from film critic and super-fan Sarah Cook) and the 1968 treasure Barbarella (where Jane Fonda slays the lead), plus intro from the big brain of film lecturer Lucy Bolton and short films. Check out their #WOMENINFILM2018 tag for listings or pop to their website. More Details 

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