An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front.
Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.
Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.
Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.
Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.
Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.
Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies.
As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.
Directed by BAFTA Award Nominee Piotr Szkopiak, The Last Witness is a political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940, starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I am Number Four), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter franchise, King of Thieves) and Talulah Riley (Westworld).
In post-war England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the resettlement of Polish troops under British command but the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.
The Last Witness is a story that is also very personal to director Piotr Szkopiak, whose mother Emilia was deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1940. Emilia left the Soviet Union in 1942 and settled in England in 1947, where still she resides today. Her father and Szkopiak’s grandfather, Wojciech Stanisław Wójcik, was executed in the Katyn Massacre.
UK Premiere 17th August.
Q&A with Director Piotr Szkopiak and Producer Carol Harding 18th August.
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.
It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead), to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the stunning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II.
Shot in luminous black and white, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.
"A mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing film"
Thirty years after its initial release, one of the most acclaimed films in British cinema history returns to the big screen in a new 4K digital print restored by the BFI National Archive from the original camera negative.
Terence Davies’ partly autobiographical tale evokes his upbringing in Liverpool after the war in a working-class home dominated by the violence of his father, fearsomely played by Pete Postlethwaite. Using dynamic lighting, a superb soundtrack and a fragmented structure, Davies constructs a distinctive drama suffused with both beauty and horror.
On every high street, up and down the country, thousands of independent traders face a daily battle for survival. No more so than in the fabled London ‘village’ of Crouch End, where each passing year sees another business disappear and the fight for independence is fiercer than ever. Beneath The Clocktower is a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Harvey Marcus which explores the world of Crouch End’s longest serving small businesses, and the big characters behind them. This is not an action movie but it is a warm, politically relevant and often funny documentary about struggle, survival and success.
RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.
Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.
For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…
Mark Watson and Impatient Productions host a night of incredible comedy and variety talent!
The award winning MARK WATSON brings his first Wangabout of the season to the good people of Crouch End. This months Wangers will include:
BBC New Comedy Award Finalist and Chortle Award Winner ANDY FIELD as heard on his own BBC Radio 1 series The Andy Field Experience
★★★★★ “Completely brilliant, classless humour.” Voice Mag
★★★★ “For an hour of hilarious escapism, look no further.” Edinburgh Festivals
★★★★ “Stellar puns, great one liners.” Fest Mag
★★★★“A great show for an escape to the surreal, and laughing without always knowing or caring quite why.” The Skinny
“He has a surreal outlook, a set packed full of proper punchlines and a nerdy glee in sharing it.” – Steve Bennett, Chortle
Plus BBC New Comedy Award semifinalist WILLIAM STONE
Winner of The Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Award and up and coming comedy star ALICE MARSHALL
★★★★★ "A master of character comedy" Broadway Baby
★★★★★ "Different, fresh and exciting" The Fountain
And our incredible headliner this month is Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and 4 time Chortle award winner TONY LAW as seen on 'Have I Got News For You', 8 Out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Mastermind, Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe and as heard on Loose Ends and Infinite Monkey Cage and many more!
★★★★ "Inspired nonsense" The Scotsman
★★★★ "A wonder to behold" Mail on Sunday
★★★★ "Takes post-modern stand-up to a dangerously funny new level" The Guardian
★★★★ "Chaos has rarely been so finely constructed and this much fun" The Times
Line ups may be subject to change. Late comers may have to wait for an interval to be admitted.
Muses of the Mediterranean: Vicky Anastasiou
Maria Tsirodimitri - guitar/voice
Pavlos Carvalho - bouzouki/voice
Vicky Anastasiou sings a programme of music ranging from rebetika through to more contemporary Greek music. Toundas, Tsitsanis to Zabetas, Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and more. Music born from poverty and suppression that gradually journeyed into the concert halls and radios and into every household, becoming the very make up of the Greek identity. Songs about love, hate, friendship, loss, hope, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, food, the sea and anything you can think of. The themes of the trials and tribulations of every day living of everyday people gives us something that we all relate to, beyond the time it was written in and is what keeps this music so alive and poignant today.
A Personal Note.
Before leaving London to return home to Cyprus Vicky became one of the most loved singers here, with her powerfully emotional performances. She was at the centre of Greek music in London and was sought after by many bands due to the quality of her voice, the warmth and generosity of her personality and a rare deeply rooted integrity that we all sensed when we played with her. She performed with many groups including Plastikes Karekles, regularly, singing at Soas and setting up choirs for the community. We are extremely excited and happy that our dear friend is coming back after 6 years away, to perform songs that she used to sing with us and that we grew to love all together.
Vassiliki Anastasiou was born in Cyprus and studied music performance (singing) at the London College of Music. She has performed in Hong Kong, Qatar, Italy, France, Cyprus and Greece, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Austria, Germany and Lebanon. Vasiliki has created the Amalgamation Project (band) and an all-female a capella ‘Cypriot’ choir . Samples of their work, have traveled online through youtube with millions of hits (video series “Live at the Library -Amalgamation Choir” by Louvana productions). She has participated in the music of the movie Dragon Blade 2015 (Jackie Chan, Andrien Brody, John Cusack). She recently founded the Cyprus Voice Center and is an active performer and coach in theatrical performances and other events, teaching voice workshops.
Culture award 2016 (ONEK)
Worshipful Silver Medalist 2010 (UK)
Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan born Londoner, artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.
Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. This screening of Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2017 production stars Ian McKellen in the role of Lear, his intimate, intricate and conversational performance hailed as a triumph. The play received five-star reviews for its sell-out run and afterwards transferred to the West End for 100 performances only. This contemporary retelling of the great tragedy is directed by Jonathan Munby. Also starring are Sinéad Cusack as Kent and Kirsty Bushell as Regan. Not to be missed.
A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays.
Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.
Muses of the Mediterranean: Katerina Clambaneva
Theodoris Ziarkas-double bass
SOFIA VEMBO, “The Voice of Greece”
“Where there is one Greek, there is Greece!”
A legendary woman, singer and actress that was adored by an entire nation and its diaspora! She became known for her passionate love songs and dramatic roles in theatre and film and was hailed as the ‘Voice of Greece’ when she used her music to support the troops during World War II against the Italians. This evening will attempt to encapsulate a power house of a personality through song.
A Personal Note.
Katerina’s warm, velvety voice has been gracing London venues over the last 10 years. In September 2017 she was the first to perform at the Art House with her Hadjidakis project and it is very much thanks to the success of this that we have continued our relationship with the Arthouse and they are hosting our new series. Her concerts are unique because, although the focus is always on the songs, the music is framed by text, which she narrates, about the particular artist’s life (in this case Sofia Vembo) giving a beautiful insight into the their life and thoughts.
Katerina Clambaneva is a greatly sought after Greek singer based in London. She has achieved great success as one of the founding members of the group Pakaw over the last ten years and the Josquin Singers of B.A.C.H. Cities she has performed in include Athens, San Francisco, Oakland, London, Isle of Wight, Ixtapa Mexico, Brussels Belgium, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Mytilini Greece. Her show dedicated to Hadjidakis, created together with pianist Anastasios Sarakatsanos has proved to be one of the most popular in recent years and most recently sold out in two consecutive showings at the Art house, London. Career highlights as a vocalist include the dance production of Rebetiko with Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF and music by Minos Matsas, with shows in Berlin and San Francisco and the film score for the Spanish film De Tu Ventana a la mia directed by Paula Ortiz with music composed by Avshalom Caspi. As well as continuing with the Hadjidakis concerts Katerina is currently presenting,in different venues across London, both Vembo and Music in Greek Cinema.
Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.
Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.
Running Time: 3Hours 5mins!
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
Muses of the Mediterranean: Marina Deligianni
Thodoris Ziarkas-double bass
TRIBUTE TO HARIS ALEXIOU
Haris Alexiou (born 27-12-1950 in “Thiva”), appeared in the Greek music scene in the early ’70s. Her charismatic voice, combined with a unique way of performing and a strong scenic presence, very soon led her to the top. Today she remains there, always seeking new ways of expression and always giving prestige and value to the contemporary light and popular Greek music. She has worked with the most important Greek songwriters and musicians....Mikroutsikos, Kaldaras, Spanos, Loizos, Hadjidakis, Dalaras, Galani to name but a few. Over her illustrious career she has performed in the greatest musical theaters in all five continents and has received several important awards. She has had over thirty of her own albums recorded, has participated in albums of other artists, either renowned or young and promising, being always open to new ways in music. She is a living legend and it is with pride and humility that we will be honouring her in our own way this evening with a tribute to her life through music.
A Personal Note.
Marina needs no introduction to London audiences. Over the last 6 years she has become one of the most well known and loved personalities of the Greek music scene and has brought with her the living, breathing Greek tradition of female voices. Her voice has been compared to great singers such as Glykeria but for us she stands alone and unique, needing no comparison. Her passion and intensity moves us, the musicians, and the audience in a way that few people can.
Marina Deligianni was born and raised in Greece. Studied contemporary singing and harmony at Ethniko Odeio Athinon and has been working professionally along side great Greek musicians over the last 15 years such Mario, Dimitris Livanos, Vaggelis Liolios, Kyriakos Gouventas, Solon Lekkas. She lives and works in London the last five years, she is the leading female singer of Plastikes Karekles and one of the co-founders of the Rebetiko Carnival festival and charity.
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
Muses of the Mediterranean, Isidora Bouziouri
A TRIBUTE TO MARIKA NINOU
It is very hard to speak in past tense about a figure “who engraved deep inside us the names of the gods of abjection and byzantine decadence with her voice's dagger” (Manos Hadjidakis). She reflects the ground breaking historic moments of contemporary Greece that marked her short life; the Catastrophe of Smyrna, her growing up in one of the core refugee neighbourhoods of Athens, World War II, The Civil War, the reconstruction of post-war Greece and the transformation of Greek Society. She sings her life, her heart and her pain out; her sincere, almost pervasive singing makes her recordings sound like she's then an there when you listen to them. “With her singing, she illustrates the woman of urban, grass-root society of her time” (Yorgos Papadakis) and transforms the way of singing, marking the technique of the next generations of female singers until today.
A Personal Note.
We are grateful and excited to have Isidora as a part of this series. She is returning to London after a powerhouse performance for the Rebetiko Carnival, June 2018. In the final concert of the festival, dedicated to “Women of Rebetiko” she performed certain songs of Marika Ninou to rapturous enthusiasm and applause from the public. She is a passionate and magnetic singer who clearly lives every word that she sings and she seemed the only possible choice for this particular tribute to one of Greece’s most iconic singers.
Isidora Bouziouri is an Edinburgh-based Greek singer and actress. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied Music & Theatre in Athens and in New York. She has experienced Greek folk music from a very early stage and she has performed as a singer in weddings, feasts and taverns across Greece for over 10 years. She has performed as a Jazz & Blues singer and she is keen on blending all these influences together. She has also been in numerous theatre-performances in Greece, Scotland and beyond and she keeps a passionate interest for Ancient Drama.
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for somethingmore than a single issue? Does she dare?
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravdaand Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.