Bristol Radical Film Festival
Various venues,13-15 October
The festival was founded in 2011 to showcase “a different kind of cinema” — contemporary and historical works of formally innovative, risk-taking, and/or overtly political left-wing documentary and fiction filmmaking. Its purpose is “to create a space in which an audience is moved, galvanised and informed”. After every screening there is space for discussion to encourage action, reflection and collaboration.
“We Are the Lions”
19 October 2016-26 March 2017, Brent Museum and Archives, London
An exhibition commemorating the Grunwick Strike of 1976 to 1978. Forty years ago a group of workers led by Asian women stood up to their bosses and started one of the most important industrial disputes in British history, changing the face of the trade union movement in Britain. With photographs, testimonies, posters, banners and exclusive archive material.
The Battle of the Somme
This astonishing 77 minute film gets a centenary rerelease. It was shot a few days before and after the initial attack on 1 July 1916 by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, the only cinematographers allowed anywhere near the front line. It was released in cinemas on 21 August 1916 and an estimated 20 million people saw it — half the UK population. Although conceived as propaganda, it was widely seen as showing the reality of the war.
Dir: Akira Kurosawa
Out: 1 April
Kurosawa’s late masterpiece reimagines King Lear as a historical epic set in 16th-century Japan. This dazzling 4K restoration gets an extended run at BFI Southbank as well as a UK-wide release and comes out on DVD/Blu-ray on 2 May. BFI is also showing three films from director Vishal Bhardwaj: Maqbool (2003), Omkara (2006) and Haider (2014), based on Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet respectively (29-30 April).
Robert Breer - Life and Fate - The Passenger - Top Girls - truth and reconciliation
This show displays paintings, sculptures and animations from throughout Robert Breer's life. Breer was part of the modernist movement and was a great innovator in film and animation. He returned to the US in 1959 having spent the previous 10 years in Paris's modernist art circles.
Breer was always where it was happening and is art is always whimsical, amusing and fun. Breer died a few weeks after this show opened at it's a fitting tribute to his work.
Bootleg Volume 2 - Willesden Green and Other Pictures - BFI - Of Gods and Men - Brighton Rock
Bootleg Vol 2: From Memphis to Hollywood
Album by Johnny Cash, £17.99
This double album of largely unreleased tracks offers two sides of the angry man in black.
The first disc features the young pre-stardom Johnny Cash of the 1950s, as he records demos and radio appearances in the 1950s - complete with his contractual product endorsements for venetian blinds and garden fencing. The second disc shows us a different Cash, now signed to Columbia and relocated to Los Angeles in the 1960s as his popularity rocketed.