LSFF: Youth Decades
Having scoped the programme at London Short Film Festival, this documentary double-bill is the thing we're probably most excited by. 'Youth in Decades' is a selection of documentaries that span the decades, examining the dreams and aspirations of each generation of the young'uns who have gone before us. The first session (1pm-3pm) focuses on the 50s, 60s and 70s; the second session (3pm-5pm) takes a look at the 80s, 90s and 00s including Grinding by Simon Wheatley, which documents the rising grime scene. Should be an interesting way to watch the evolution of youth culture and an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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Screen on The Green
Opposite Islington Green and built in 1913, this place is one of the longest running cinemas in the UK. It really captures the eye due to its red neon façade and huge board outside advertising the films on show. Inside, expect plush armchairs, popcorn and big-screen favourites from the past and present on their single screen.
This definitively naughties cult classic thriller has just got a shiny new facelift for its 15th anniversary. Restored in 4K for its re-release, Donnie Darko is back, as dark and dystopian as ever. So follow Frank down the rabbit hole once more — but try not to fall down the Black Hole time loop, lest we have to relive 2016 over again. Also showing at BFI Southbank and Arthouse Crouch End.
Manchester by the Sea
This is the film Jimmy Fallon called "the only thing from 2016 more depressing than 2016," but don't let that dissuade you. One of the most emotional films of the year, Casey Affleck's performance just won him the Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. With sweeping cinematography across a cold, desolate town, the visuals match the whole soul-in-pieces vibe of the storyline in a way that lends palpability to Affleck's character's emptiness. Also showing at Curzon Bloomsbury, Canterbury, Chelsea, Soho, Sheffield, and Wimbledon; Picturehouse Central, Ritzy Picturehouse, Hackney Picturehouse, BFI Southbank, Rio Cinema, The Barbican Centre, and pretty much everywhere else.
Coincidentally (or maybe not), this is the second film in a year that aims to explore the life of Christine Chubbuck, a Florida news anchor who killed herself on live television in 1974. And, in our opinion, if you're going to just watch one, make it this one. Rebecca Hall is completely captivating as Christine, sketching a rough portrait of a woman whose life has taken a backseat to her death. Throughout, there are nods to the dangers of news becoming entertainment, a thread that is so on-the-nose that it almost feels vulgar (but nonetheless if anybody ever wanted a poster case to show the evils of sensationalist TV, Christine would be it). More a question than an answer, Christine is can't-look-away chilling through till the end. Also showing at Curzon Soho.