Catch British indies, Marvel blockbusters and Ryan Gosling’s comeback…

‘Brian and Charles’ image courtesy of Universal Pictures Int (UK).

From Fri 8 Jul, experience the heartwarming and hilarious Brian and Charles from director Jim Archer, which won the Audience Favourite Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival: London last month. Told in mockumentary style, Brian and Charles follows isolated farmer Brian, who, facing a lonely long winter in North Wales, decides to build a robot. When the robot, who names himself Charles, comes to life, Brian is forced to confront the ways he has been an obstacle in his own life and tackle his problems head on. Based on Archer’s short film from 2017, catch the Brian and Charles trailer here

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK.

Marvel fans fear not, Taika Waititi is back in the director’s chair for Thor: Love and Thunder, landing this Thu 7 Jul. The first solo Thor outing since 2017 is set post Avengers: Endgame, with the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) seeking solace after the world-shattering events. Of course, plans go awry when Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) sets his plan in motion to make the Gods extinct. Now, Thor has no choice but to enlist the help of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to take him down.

‘The Gray Man’ image courtesy of Altitude Film Distribution.

On Fri 15 Jul, Ryan Gosling is finally back on the big screen in the Russo Brothers directed The Gray Man! This is a game of cat and mouse between two CIA agents: the expert Court Gentry played by Gosling, and the volatile former agent Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans). When one uncovers secrets about the agency, a bounty is put on his head and an international manhunt begins. Check out the trailer for The Gray Man.

‘A Birthday Party’ image courtesy of We Are Parable and Manyatta Screenings.

Collaborators We Are Parable and Manyatta Screenings host an incredible shorts programme here on Sun 17 Jul, titled Love Letters to Cinema. The programme takes place with us in London and in Kenya, designed to unite the diaspora behind filmmaking. With films from the UK, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, themes of sisterhood, religion, migration, police violence and a zombie apocalypse are explored from a variety of angles meaning there is certainly something for everyone! There are seven short films to catch, plus an exhibition showcase in our gallery area, featuring key elements from each film, from shot lists and scripts to props and storyboards.

‘Not Today’ image courtesy of UK Asian Film Festival.

As part of UK Asian Film Festival, we have Aditya Kripalani’s Not Today showing on Thu 14 Jul, which won Best Film at the Asian Competition and Fipresci International Critics Award earlier this year. Follow the story of Aliah Rupawala, a 24 year old Bohri Muslim who secretly becomes a Suicide Prevention Counsellor. On her first day, she encounters a 52 year old man about to jump from the terrace of a high-rise. The screening includes a Q&A with Not Today’s Producer and Director.

‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ image courtesy of Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.

Later in the month, Olivia Newman’s adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing arrives on our screens on Fri 22 Jul. Based on the book by Delia Owens, our story begins in 1950s North Carolina with Kya (played by Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones), an abandoned young woman surviving without family in the swamp lands. When she is seduced by the jock Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson), things aren’t as they seem and Kya later finds herself embroiled in a murder plot. With split timelines and interesting use of memory, Where the Crawdads Sing is a gripping, woman-focused, psychological thriller.

Words by Rōgan Graham.

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