carmen475This month’s imaginary film season looks at the rich world of African musicals. We start in the golden age of cinema (when 50% of Egyptian films were musicals), then swiftly skip to the 21st century. What will we find? Autotuned Hausa romance, stoner Ghanaian hip-hop, operatic adaptations, Jacques Demy in Dakar, a South African ‘Grease’ and a Tuareg remake of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, of course. Read the full article

Fri 26 Feb: SISTER ACT 2

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A joyful singalong at St Nicholas Church. Maggie Smith’s Mother Superior asks Deloris to teach in a run-down Catholic school. But can Deloris inspire her class of uninterested students led by a talented-but-cynical soul singer, played by a young Lauryn Hill?

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1980s British pop musicals

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Two decades after A Hard Day’s Night, punk, ska & new-wave bands made the British pop musical relevant, while rock royalty produced leadenly nostalgic flops.

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Imaginary Mark Hamill season

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From teen flicks and acclaimed war movies to dystopian sci-fi and Gay Duck, we present an imaginary film season that summarises Mark Hamill’s surprisingly vast acting career beyond Star Wars.

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Imaginary Jean Genet season

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In this imaginary season of films we explore the movies written by (or based on plays by) Jean Genet. From prisons to mansions, bordellos to back alleys, prepare for a journey though power dynamics, shocking desires and struggles against oppression.

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