Francis Lee follows up GOD'S OWN COUNTRY with a film every bit as immersive, tactile and emotionally powerful. In this fictionalised account of the life of the 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning, Kate Winslet plays the pioneering scientist with Saoirse Ronan a gentlewoman who falls in love with her while staying in Mary’s beloved Lyme Regis for a period of seaside recovery. Lee shows again his power to conjure vivid textures and a sense of place - the salty, sandy cottage in Lyme, the weight of a fossil or tool, the roar of the sea – underpinned by first rate cinematography from Stéphane Fontaine (A PROPHET, RUST AND BONE, JACKIE). But at its heart this is a love story, and one of great passion, intimacy and candour with Winslet and Ronan both exceptional alongside a strong cast (Fiona Shaw, James McCardle).
Partly-subtitled A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, MINARI follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, MINARI shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Following the death of her husband and the loss of her home in rural Nevada, Fern now lives in a kitted RV. She drives across the American West, picking up seasonal work along the way and encountering other itinerant people like her. Chloe Zhao’s latest film is based on Jessica Bruder’s book which recounts the real experiences of modern-day American nomads. Frances McDormand gives a touching and understated performance, supported by a fantastic cast of non-actors often playing versions of themselves. NOMADLAND is a beautiful and intimate road movie shining a delicate light on a community often forgotten and misunderstood.
Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. But the late punk maverick didn’t just leave behind an immense cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste Bell, who became the unwitting guardian of her mother’s legacy and her mother’s demons. Misogyny, racism, and mental illness plagued Poly’s life, while their lasting trauma scarred Celeste’s childhood and the pair’s relationship. Featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.
Billie Piper has long established herself as one of our more daring and unpredictable actors, so it’s no surprise that her striking first feature as writer-director embodies these qualities. The minefield of contemporary careers and relationships has rarely been depicted with such frankness, intimacy and originality. Piper’s single mum Mandy is chaotic, confrontational and vulnerable. But so are her estranged parents and needy new partner. The fallout from these ever-colliding characters is combustible – this is Piper’s scorched-earth exploration of self-worth in a time of reclaimed feminism and contentious politics. The results are both hilarious and grim, often at the same time, puncturing the oft-believed preconception that we can ‘have it all’. – BFI London Film Festival THU 27, 4.30PM Bird's Eye View's Mia Bays will briefly introduce this screening before a recorded introduction with Caitlin Moran and Billie Piper. The film will also be followed by a 15-minute recorded Q&A. Please note this event will start promptly at the advertised time. THU 27 MAY, 7.15PM Billie Piper will join us for an introduction and post-screening Q&A with Bird's Eye View's Mia Bays. Please note this event will start promptly at the advertised time.
Please note all screenings of this films will feature English captions. Ruben is a drummer in a heavy metal band. Music and sound mean everything to him. When he suddenly goes deaf, it jeopardises the delicate balance he had secured with his girlfriend and bandmate Lou, following a battle against addiction. Struggling to come to terms with his new reality, Ruben begins to explore the experience and culture of deafness, all the while considering medical procedures that could potentially restore his hearing. Darius Marder’s remarkable directorial debut, following his work as co-writer of Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, uses ground-breaking sound design to immerse the audience into Ruben’s journey, whilst Riz Ahmed delivers an astounding performance in this inspirational tale of loss, recovery and resilience. **PLEASE NOTE ALL SCREENINGS STARTING AT OR AFTER 7PM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A RECORDED 20-MINUTE Q&A WITH RIZ AHMED, PAUL RACI AND OLIVIA COOKE. THE Q&A WILL BE CAPTIONED AND WILL ALSO FEATURE AN ON-SCREEN BSL INTERPRETOR.
THE HUMAN VOICE is a new short film directed by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar and starring Tilda Swinton. It will be accompanied by a pre-recorded Q&A with Almodóvar and Swinton hosted by film critic Mark Kermode. It was shot over nine days in Madrid in July and recently premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. It is Almodóvar’s first work in the English language. Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play ‘The Human Voice’ for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. The critically-acclaimed 30 minute film will be followed by a 45 minute entertaining recorded Q&A. Hosted by Mark Kermode, Pedro and Tilda discuss the inspirations they drew on for the film, how The Human Voice fits within the ‘Almodóvar oeuvre’, and what Pedro will be making next - including a great surprise for Tilda. Recorded under lockdown conditions, the discussion features visual references and clips to create a dynamic and interesting companion piece to the short film.