In June 1972, a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC triggered the ignominious end of Richard Nixon's presidency.
Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford star in Alan Pakula's masterly account of how Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein laid bare this high-level conspiracy, aided by the revelations of their mysterious informant, 'Deep Throat'.
1975, 138 minutes, Cert. 15
Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, in collaboration with the British Academy
Referenced in Beyoncé's Lemonade, and newly restored, Julie Dash's acclaimed 1991 feature was the first by an African-American woman to be widely seen. Set on an island off South Carolina, it tells of generations of the Gullah people, descended from slaves, and their migration northward. Poetic in style, and using the Gullah dialect, it evokes a rich yet unknown cultural memory, not unlike the writing of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison.
1991, 112 minutes, Cert. PG
Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London
Edward S Curtis was a pioneering, if controversial, photographer of Native American life. In the land of the Headhunters, his innovative and unique silent film from 1914, was entirely cast from the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. It has now been beautifully restored and includes the original score.
It retells an ancient legend of the Kwakwaka’wakw. To gain power from the spirit forces, Motana, the son of a great chief, goes on a vigil journey. Along the way he fights a sorcerer to win the girl of his dreams. (Cert TBC)
The film will be preceded by the short film Potlatch: to give by Kwakwaka’wakw filmmaker Barb Cranmer and followed by a Q&A with Michael Walling, Director of Border Crossings' Origins Festival, and British Museum Curator Amber Lincoln.
In association with Border Crossings' Origins Festival. Find out more at originsfestival.com
In the first-ever screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Paul Thomas Anderson creates a paranoid yet beguiling atmosphere, riffing on Los Angeles private eye mythology in a fictitious 1970s beach setting.
Prompted by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, drug-addled 'Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) takes on a growing number of labyrinthine investigations, which seem to lead him into increasing danger, and absurdity. The all-star cast includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone and Martin Short.
2014, 148 minutes, Cert. 15
Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, in collaboration with the British Academy.
Saturday 1 July 2017, 14.30 - 16.15 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
This award-winning animated film explores the later years of Hokusai.
O-Ei works with her father Katsushika Hokusai on his great works but has to deal with his short temper and lack of interest in worldly things such as money or society. O-Ei, however, has inherited her father’s talent and it soon starts to get her into trouble.