Conversations about Cinema

Conversations about Cinema

We think cinema is the start of a conversation. Talking to you at our Box Office, in the café/bar, before and after the films, online on social media, and reading your comments on our noticeboard deeply enriches the way we all understand the films we’re watching.

Sometimes we have more to say than 140 characters allows. Often, we have special events that produce rich and engaging conversations and because cinema-going is a shared experience, we want to share those insights as far and wide as we possibly can.

This space is for some of those thoughts and provocations to appear. It’s where we can deep dive into a film and really get to grips with its form, aesthetics and wider themes.

We also know that we show a lot of films and, without the right context, it can sometimes be overwhelming to know where to start.

So, let’s start here, with a conversation about cinema. We can continue it at the Box Office, in the café/bar, online and on the noticeboard. Join the conversation and let us know about your cine-thoughts too.

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Spike Lee and the KlansmanEdson Burton

Spike Lee

Posted on Sun 5 Aug 2018

Spike Lee is a political artist, and one with a particular comic sensibility. Artists may not be able to resolve social issues, but Lee's satire is responsible, Come the Revolution's Edson Burton writes.

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August 2018 Cinema Podcast

August 2018 Cinema Podcast

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August brings an embarrassment of cinematic riches gathered together under the broad headline of seriously playful, or indeed playfully serious, filmmaking.

Enter the Dragon: Celebrating Bruce Lee

Enter the Dragon

Posted on Mon 25 Jun 2018

Forty-five years since the death of Bruce Lee, author of the forthcoming book Born to be Bad: Talking to the greatest villains in action cinema, Timon Singh, reflects on the life and legacy of one of cinema and martial arts' greatest warriors.

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André Bazin: Reflections from the video shop

20th Century Flicks Video Shop

Posted on Sun 17 Jun 2018

We asked David Taylor and Daisy Steinhardt from 20th Century Flicks video shop to share short reflections on the words of cinephile and activist André Bazin, ahead of their illustrated talk during Cinema Rediscovered.

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Why is a fish a car? Learning to love ZamaTara Judah


Posted on Tue 29 May 2018

"Beautifully short but bizarre..." Our comments board gets Cinema Producer Tara Judah thinking about the beguiling beauty of new release Zama and how it led to loving the work of Lucrecia Martel.

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Whose responsibility? On Coralie Fargeat's RevengeTara Judah


Posted on Thu 17 May 2018

Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer, reflects on a Q&A she hosted with film academic and author, Dr Tanya Horeck, after a screening of Coralie Fargeat’s debut feature film Revenge, on Sat 12 May. The pair and the audience discussed the interplay of morality and ethics in visual representations of violence and lots more.

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On Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and its whitewashing controversyMark Cosgrove

Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst in The Beguiled

Posted on Wed 19 Jul 2017

A reflection on Sofia Coppola's film The Beguiled in the wake of its whitewashing controversy. Mark asks – after the arguments raised – is it appropriate to rethink my initial reaction to the film?

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