Online Film Clubs To Join Now
There’s something special about watching a movie with a community of people – and though cinemas are closing under new lockdown rules, the world of online film clubs is thriving. Nothing beats the buzz of seeing a new film on the big screen, but virtual view-alongs are a great way to discover new genres and meet like-minded movie buffs. The best part? You can get involved from your sofa. Read on for our top picks.
Le Cinéma Club
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“After ten years of research, writing, casting and dreaming, last fall we found ourselves actually shooting UNCUT GEMS. We were fearful of what big structure and massive “crew minimum” requirements would do to our sets; however, we found the family we assembled to be just that.” JOSH SAFDIE – Go behind the scenes of Josh and Benny Safdie’s brilliant, cosmic Diamond District thriller #UncutGems 💎💎💎 with selected set pictures and Josh’s personal notes on working with their charismatic cast and crew. See the gallery in our Journal, at the link in our bio.
The chicest film club in town has to be Le Cinéma Club, the Chanel-backed streaming platform with roots in New York and Paris. Founder Marie-Louise Khondji set out to create a dynamic online cinema space focused on showcasing under-appreciated films – particularly short formats – as a way of providing access to diverse and original voices. Described as ‘a weekly rendezvous for movie lovers and filmmakers around the world’, the service streams just one film each week to ensure it gets the full spotlight. Khondji likens it to the digital version of ‘the old movie theatre around the corner, where you trust their taste and watch whatever they’re showing’. lecinemaclub.com
BFI at Home
Independent cinema lovers will be spoilt for choice with BFI at Home, which features thousands of free movies alongside in-depth chats with filmmakers. Recent videos include Mark Kermode reviewing Girlhood, a discussion on female desire on screen, and a Q&A with the cast and crew of Run. Instagram
Pandemic Film Club
This Instagram-led film club launched in March with the mission of connecting people through movies during isolation. Curated by a film director and a film devotee, the feed is filled with inspiration and tips for engaging movie watching; the idea is that you form a group, choose films and discuss them over video call. Suggestions include themes such as films about music, sleepover movies, true story trailblazers and grandparents’ choice, as well as information on movies you can stream for free.
See You Next Wednesday
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This Wednesday we’re watching The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. Featuring forgotten found footage from the 60s & 70s found 30 years later the film documents subjects relevant to the Black power movement between 67&75 and includes interviews with key activists at the time. As usual we’ll be pressing play on the feature at 8.30pm with trailers available from 8.10pm. Go to our website for more details including trailers, streaming options & a countdown timer so you can hit play on the dot. #filmclub #timeoutlondon #cinema #film #movie #movienight #club #documentaryfilm #documentaryfilms #theblackpowermixtape
A weekly film club launched in response to the pandemic, See You Next Wednesday is all about ‘films we never knew existed or that we love to watch again’. Each week, check the website, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp group to see what the next film is, track down a copy and hit play at 8.30pm on Wednesday evening. So far, the line-up has included Girl Asleep, November and The Wolfpack; this week it’s Billy The Kid. seeyounextwednesday.uk
Everyman House Party
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This bad-boy version of the Shakespearian play “The Taming of the Shrew” turns 21 today. ’10 things I hate about you’ reached US drinking age. Did you know that the table dance scene is what led to Julia Stiles landing the leading role in ‘Save the Last Dance’? (Also an absolute gem, which premiered 19 years ago yesterday) We’re getting all our best 90s stylin’ that we haven’t already Marie Kondo’d on tonight.
In a bid to keep the cinema spirit alive, Everyman is running a weekly view-along and post-movie chat on social media. The focus is brilliant films which deserve a larger audience, such as Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, alongside important blockbusters like the Oscar-winning Get Out. All films chosen are available on multiple streaming platforms, and the idea is everyone watches it together at 8.30pm on Saturday evening. Occasionally they’ll throw in a guest appearance too – Richard Curtis introduced the 500 Days of Summer viewing, for instance. Snacks are very much encouraged, with recipe suggestions often shared beforehand on Instagram stories. We’ve got our eye on the Oreo milkshake… Instagram
Utopia Movie Night
Tune into one of Utopia Movie Night’s post-movie Zoom meetings, and you might get the chance to say hello to some of the cast members: Gemma Arterton and Matthew Rhys have popped up in recent chats. Join the WhatsApp group to find out which films are on the cards each week – viewings take place every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and everyone sits down to watch at 8pm. The focus is on films that ‘help build empathy around important themes and topics as well as films to simply lift your soul’ – so far, that’s included Late Night, The Pursuit of Happiness and Shoplifters. medium.com
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