Film: Reclaim housing as a human right, not a commodity

Buses and London skyline at night.

The increasing cost of housing and the lack of homes for ordinary people is happening because the wishes of global capital are serviced over and above the needs of the many. As Architects for Social Housing have observed: “Building more homes does not push house and rental prices down. While the law of supply and demand …

Powell’s film masterpiece set in a shadowy Fitzrovia on big screen

Man with camera.

One of British cinema's most controversial films, and which was shot on location in and around Rathbone Street in Fitzrovia, will be screened on Friday and followed by a Q&A. Peeping Tom (1960) nearly ruined director Michael Powell's career after it was badly received due to its scenes of voyeurism and violence. But it held …

Film festival celebrates the art of non-fiction at London venues

Still from flim.

The ninth edition of the Open City Documentary Festival opens this week and runs for seven days at various venues in central London. Celebrating the art of non-fiction, the festival champions the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers from around the world. Aside from film the events include audio and cross media, as well …

Fitzrovia’s historic streets will be setting for Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller

Cobbled street in rain.

Filming on several streets in Fitzrovia will start this week for a new British movie directed by Edgar Wright, who gained success with Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Baby Driver. The scenes for Last Night in Soho are due to be shot over five days between Monday 29 July and Wednesday 7 August. …

‘In another life I was a teacher. Now I’m a refugee’ – film tells story of life at Calais camp known as the ‘Jungle’

Scene from film.

The camp outside Calais known as the "Jungle", once home to thousands of people, was demolished by French authorities in 2016. Now a new film tells the story of the camp from a refugee's perspective. In Another Life was shot on location in the Calais Jungle and through a fictional story focuses on Adnan a …

Bourgeois and proletarian cinema in and around Fitzrovia

Front of hotel.

The streets in and around Fitzrovia are home to a number of picture houses and film clubs. Some well-known and others a little hidden from view. Here's our round up of places to catch a good movie. Charlotte Street Hotel Film Club, 15-17 Charlotte Street London W1T 1RJ. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant and …

Makers of docudrama hope to educate people about the realities of sleeping rough

Woman sleeping on the pavement.

A new film called Sleeping Rough will dramatise the lives of three people who tell their stories of how they came to be homeless and living on the streets. Henry Aughterson, a third year medical student at University College London (UCL) and who lives in Camden, took part in research for the film and told Fitzrovia News about the project …

Fitzrovia gallery holds film poster exhibition at Albert Hall

Framed poster on wall.

A long-established gallery in Fitzrovia is holding a major exhibition of film posters at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the venue's very first Festival of Film. The Movie Poster Art Gallery has been in Fitzrovia for nearly 20 years. Originally it opened in Newman Street in 1997 and then moved to its current …

Documentary film festival to celebrate punk ruby jubilee

Johnny Rotten aka John Lydon, singing.

It was 40 years ago this year that rock group the Sex Pistols released their first single Anarchy In The UK and launched a cultural phenomenon that would change music and fashion forever. Now a year-long retrospective of the movement that attacked the establishment, mocked the British monarchy and sent the media into apoplexy is celebrating …

Hope springs eternal in this film about a boy and his little sister in rural Anatolia

Young boy and girl looking down over a village in Anatolia.

This Thursday there will be a free screening in Maple Street of Turkish director Atalay Tasdiken's award-winning 2009 film Mommo. Set in rural Anatolia, Mommo (The Bogeyman) tells the story of a young boy and his even younger sister who are abandoned by their father after he remarries after the death of their mother. Left …

Movie posters, photographs, Lego cinema and film competition at gallery

Window of art gallery.

A gallery in Tottenham Street is currently hosting an interactive exhibition of contemporary film posters and photographs, and features a model cinema made of Lego bricks. There is also a film quiz, a poster design class, and a chance to win cinema tickets. State of the Art Cinema is presented by the Film Distributors' Association which is …

Significant women at film co-op screening

Photo montage.

For International Women's Day the London Socialist Film Co-op is showing films documenting the lives of two significant women: Claudia Jones and María Zambrano Alarcon. Hidden Herstories: Claudia Jones. Octavia Foundation Young People, UK 2010 [U], 15 mins. Claudia Jones (1945-1964), was a founder of the West Indian Workers and Students Association, started the West …

Film tells story behind Community Christmas Dinner 2014

Two women talking.

A short film has been released describing the organisation and activities that led up to the Community Christmas Dinner at the Indian YMCA in December. Made by the On Road Films project at Fitzrovia Youth in Action the short documentary is presented by Eden Steenkamp. Steenkamp visits the Surma Community Centre in Robert Street, Regent's …

Old school time trialling at cyclists film show

Man on bicycle.

Fans of British cycling could be forgiven for locking their bikes up outside the wrong venue on their way to take part in this year's annual pilgrimage to the Hammersmith Cyclists Film Show. Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is undergoing refurbishment for the next few years and the 2015 screening this Sunday will instead take place in …

Miners, textile workers, and TTIP at film screening

Scene from film.

Miners in Tunisia, textile workers in India, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are the subjects of January's London Socialist Film Co-op screening at the Bolivar Hall. In 2011 a revolution in Tunisia overthrew the country's autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and was followed by free elections. One of the protests that inspired …

Battle for Aids medicines and portrait of Irish migrant workers at film co-op

Woman and child walk along street.

This month's Socialist Film Co-op presents two films: a feature-length documentary about the cost of AIDS medicines, and a short film about Irish migrant workers in north-west London. FIRE IN THE BLOOD Dylan Mohan Gray, India 2013 [PG], 84 mins The first non-fiction feature from India to be theatrically released in either the US or UK, …

New venue rising beneath Oxford Street

Shop front.

On Wednesday evening beneath the well-trodden pavement of Oxford Street the sounds of guitar and saxophone will be filling the void hidden from the day's shoppers. Guitarist Jim Mullen and saxophonist Sean Khan will be serving a up a heady cocktail of jazz funk and DJ Eon Irving will be keeping the dancefloor filled. Called the Phoenix …

Filmgoers of the world unite!

Woman standing with film programme in front of mural.

Cinema with a global social commitment gets under way next week with a five day festival of films about labour issues and the class struggle. The second London Labour Film Festival will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden and features eleven films including several premiers. Organised by film producer Anna Burton, she spoke to Fitzrovia News about …