London Feminist Film Festival
There’s no doubt that women and feminism have come a long way already. Yet the road is long and the struggle is real, as different women experience different forms of oppression: as wives, as mothers, as celibates, as refugees, as consumers, as coloured women, as religious women, and so on, and so forth. It’s these differences that this year’s Feminist Film Festival seeks to celebrate and address. With over nineteen films and four panel discussions to choose from, there’s bound to be something that sparks your curiosity. We're looking out for classic feminist film 'Sama', which explores protagonist Sabra's journey to battle patriarchy in Tunisian, as well as 'Revolut, She Said', which is a series of films investigating women in film after 1968.
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The Everyman: Canary Wharf
Brass features heavily in this retro-feeling picturehouse. The remains of a James Bond exhibition include a model Aston Martin DB5 and series of classic Bond photos, and the suave interior of this Everyman make it feel like the sort of place 007 might catch a flick of himself. Warning: there are only a few daily showings, an unfortunate consequence of existing in banker-central - as you can expect, however, it does get busy for post-work features. This ain’t no Odeon either: hot food options include pizzas and proper hot dogs, while beers, wines and cocktails are all on offer for you thirsty fish. Sweeter treats include sundaes and milkshakes (P.S. the oreo one is available but not on the menu so be sure to ask!).
ArtHouse Crouch End
A few years back, some adventurous locals spotted an old Salvation Army quarters lying dormant and decided to give it a lil' makeover. The result is ArtHouse Crouch End, a communal art hub that puts on all sorts across their two screens including recent releases, live streams of NT productions, music, discussions, dance and comedy. It's all things to all CrouchEnders, a real local hero.
Prince Charles Cinema
Formerly a porn hub, Prince Charles has cleaned up its act since then and is now probably the funnest spot to take in a film. It's loved by film buffs for a super eclectic programme featuring double bills, cult-classics, foreign film, sing alongs, all-nighters and art house flicks as well as current releases. Situated amidst the tourist trappings of Leicester Square, they've got two screens: an upper one with excellent seats showing new films and a downstairs original theatre showing older stuff. Audience participation is also encouraged at this place, so keep an ear out for that and maybe even join in. During the day, tickets are as cheap as chips. If you get your chips for about a fiver, in which case you're probably paying over the odds.
Screen on the Green
Opposite Islington Green and built in 1913, this place is one of the longest running cinemas in the UK. It's ornate facade is pretty eye catching with red and green neon and a huge board outside advertising what's going on, like they did it back in the good old days. Inside expect plush armchairs, popcorn and big-screen favourites from the past and present on their single screen.