London’s Barbican Cinema presents a typically diverse programme for April, from screenings of live performances of theatre and music events, to an exploration of the relationship between science and science fiction. Next month’s highlights also features a unique insight into the mind and creative process of one of cinema’s great innovators, alongside a stellar collection of comedy films chosen by a vibrant array of well-known comedians.
From 10-16 April the venue hosts This Made Me Laugh. Lenny Henry, David Sedaris, Miranda Hart, Mitch Benn, Amelia Bullmore, Jon Ronson, Caryn Mandabach and John Lloyd have each selected the movies which left them creased up with laughter, ranging from cult classics to crime capers and screwball comedy including This is Spinal Tap, True Grit, Blazing Saddles, Bullets Over Broadway and To Be or Not To Be.
To complement the current theme of Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector in the Barbican Gallery, this month’s programme of repertory screenings explore the obsessive need and drive to collect. The series includes Grey Gardens (Saturday, 11 April) by filmmaking brothers David and Albert Maysles. It tells the story of socialites Big Edie (Edith Bouvier Beale) and Little Edie (her daughter, also Edith) who were close relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Despite their status, they lived in seclusion in a close and dependent relationship for twenty years in a 28-room estate called Grey Gardens, which became so badly dilapidated, the authorities threatened to evict them. Also on this theme, Jon Ronson’s Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes is the story of how the journalist and filmmaker was invited by the widow of the legendary film director to go through the vast archive of hundreds of boxes at his Hertfordshire home, which uncovers the meticulous research that went into Kubrick’s filmmaking process. It can be seen on Wednesday 22 April at 8.30pm.
In the Science on Screen series, a showing of Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion starring Tom Cruise, which sees an uninhabitable future Earth devastated by alien invaders, will be accompanied by a presentation from physicist Mark Buchanan, who offers his take on the film’s science, on Tuesday 21 April.
The programme of performance cinema this month includes a screening of the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Hamlet with Maxine Peake in the title role (Thursday 9 April). Tom Stoppard’s latest play for the National Theatre The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner, which explores theories of consciousness and the brain, can also be seen on screen on Thursday, April 16.
Also screening in the Barbican this April will be some of the best new releases including Blade Runner, While We’re Young, Force Majeure (Turist), A Little Chaos, The Falling, Avengers: Age of Ultron and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.
Barbican Cinema, April, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.
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