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Joseph L Mankiewicz

Duration: 185 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1970
Black History Month
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz


Feb 23 06:30 pm

First shown in theatres just once, in 1970, this landmark documentary chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. It features dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with archival newsreel footage to create a comprehensive record of Dr King’s work with the Civil Rights movement.

"History of immense power." — Los Angeles Times

Jeff Margolis

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1979
Black History Month
Director: Jeff Margolis


Feb 16 08:30 pm

For many, stand up comedy reached its highest expression one night in December 1978, at a theatre in Long Beach, California. In a performance of such authority and control it will astonish anyone who only knows him from his movie roles, Richard Pryor channels searingly candid autobiographical tales of pain, hurt and humiliation into gales of hilarity.

The screening will be proceeded by a half hour set performed by stand up comic Dino Archie.

"Probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films. Pryor had characters and voices bursting out of him ... Watching this mysteriously original physical comedian you can’t account for his gift and everything he does seems to be for the first time." — Pauline Kael

"I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a stand-up act, and I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much about comedic influences in one sitting." — Michael W Phillips

Javier Mariscal

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Spain, 2010
Black History Month
Director: Javier Mariscal


Feb 09 08:45 pm

"Sexy, sunny and sweet-natured, this lovely animation by film-maker Fernando Trueba and artist and designer Javier Mariscal is a 1940s love story with all the brassy passion of a Barry Manilow number, set in the nightclubs of Havana and New York." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"The year’s best musical and one of the year’s finest animated films, this utterly delightful Spanish movie is an affecting, funny, historically accurate and at times pleasingly erotic story." — Philip French, Observer

"A delightful riot of colour, design, emotion and music." — Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

Tomm Moore

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2014
Rated for Youth
Director: Tomm Moore


Feb 06 05:00 pm
Feb 07 03:00 pm
Feb 08 03:00 pm
Feb 09 04:15 pm
Feb 14 12:30 pm

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Film, this is a contemporary story imbued with the rich, tangy flavour of Celtic mysticism. Ben is a lousy big brother to six-year-old Saoirse — he’s resentful that she can’t (or won’t) speak, and can’t forgive that his mum died during childbirth. Their dad (voiced by Brendan Gleason) hasn’t gotten over it either, but still their life together on the lonely island where he’s a lighthouse keeper seems infinitely preferable to the conventional upbringing their gran has in mind for them, living with her in Dublin. What none of them understands is how fundamentally Saoirse is connected both to her mother, and to the sea ... Dazzling kaleidoscopic imagery and a soulful approach make Song of the Sea is a magical experience, recommended for all ages.

"A quite delightful piece of magical animation ... a bewitching, moving and often enchanting film." — Mark Adams, Hollywood Reporter

"Song of the Sea is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world." — Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"If I had to recommend the best children’s film out there for all ages, this one, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, would easily top the charts." — Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Errol Morris

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 1991
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Errol Morris


Feb 15 03:00 pm

The release of The Theory of Everything, and indeed, the "science" of box office hit Interstellar, allows us the perfect excuse to bring back this fascinating meeting of minds between Stephen Hawking and eminent US documentarian Errol Morris. With a score by Philip Glass.