Our June programme is sunshine-soaked and full of fun, one of our richest months ever in our humble opinion! Take a look at ‘Made in Britain’, our Q&As, and the free film making workshop later in the month. Click on the link above to download the listings, or pick-up a technicolor hard copy from the front of the cinema. (While you are there, take a peek at our new grafitti, commissioned from artist Pegasus just for your pleasure.)
A right royal knees-up in Queens Park all day on Saturday 2 June, crowned with a sunset screening of THE KING’S SPEECH. Fun, games, food, drink, medals and cigars for all!
The other jubilee taking place this weekend is the 125th anniversary of Queen’s Park. Join in the celebrations with live music, kids’ rides, a community picnic + share-a-dessert, and a free pop-up screening of THE KING’S SPEECH, courtesy of our very own princes and princesses from THE NOMAD CINEMA. Witty and helpful Aus-tralians welcome.
Animated animals with short names, voiced by the stars. Half-term holiday paydirt, non? Soooo, first up, from the makers of Ice Age, is RIO, a mischievous macaw, voiced by Jesse ‘Social Network‘ Eisenberg (Facebeak?). Then there’s RANGO, the mischievous chameleon, who sounds a lot like Johnny Depp and smacks heavily of Hunter S. Thompson. And finally, say howdy to HOP and its hero E.B., a – get this! - mischievous bunny, brought to life by the vocal talents of Russell Brand (seriously). Hollywood formulaic? How dare you. Great fun? YesYes!
The printed version of our programme has arrived, and will be available from the Lexi throughout the month – even when we aren’t open. It is also available on line. Click on “Download programme” above to preview our fantastic April line-up. We think it is choc full of holiday treats for all ages!
After sell-out screenings elsewhere, The Lexi is delighted to be showing award-winning documentary, Fezeka’s Voice. The film tells the inspirational story of one man and his life’s mission to use the transformative power of music to instill confidence, pride and hope into the children of his South African township. Featuring a stunning soundtrack, Fezeka’s Voice follows the challenges and triumphs of the Fezeka High School choir as they embark on the greatest journey of their lives – coming to England to perform.
The film has touched the hearts of those who have seen it. The Observer said it was, “warm hearted and heart-warming,” while The Times says, “it puts the X Factor to shame in terms of musical heroism. And Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave it the following endorsement: “Fezeka’s Voice needs to be shared with as wide an audience as possible. The power of mentorship, as demonstrated in this film, is extraordinary.”
A Q&A with director/ producer team, Holly Lubbock and Katherine Crawley, will follow the film.
We were just about to commission the gold chains and ermine robes for Niall, such has been his monopoly of the Lexi Mayorship on Foursquare, but then….then comes Ranya, to oust Mayor Niall, and take top spot.
Live satellite “In Conversation” with David Byrne afterwards.
Following on from Jonathan Demme’s ground-breaking Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense (1984), Ride, Rise, Roar is a David Byrne concert film that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music, dance and performance happen.
Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film blends the energy and of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s most recent collaboration (“Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”).
Between songs (each one shown in its entirety), the film gains an unprecedented intimacy with Byrne and the band, documenting behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals, and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process produced the show’s unique fusion of pop music and modern dance.
Ride, Rise, Roar celebrates Byrne’s extensive career and testifies to the creativity that keeps him going today.
Left for dead in the desert, without future or past, survival is a desperate business for Baba (Pannu). When his borderline existence is discovered, Baba is offered shelter in return for his protection and he must challenge the tyrant who has made his protectors’ lives a misery. In return, Pali (Madan) agrees to accompany Baba on the quest to unravel his past. As violent flashbacks hint at tragedy, Baba must choose to return to his past or embrace a different future.
After theatrical releases in India and the US, and a special screening at the Cannes Festival 2009, Indian independent feature Soch Lo is being released on DVD. Join key cast members – writer/director/actor Sartaj Singh Pannu and Bollywood star Barkha Madan (both pictured right) – at the Lexi for a gala DVD launch screening, followed by a Q&A. To celebrate, tickets will be available at the special price of £3. The film will be shown in Hindi, with English subtitles.
Soch Lo is the inspiration of Pannu and his team of committed partners. What started as a short film took wing, and funding was raised via screenings of the work-in-progress on You Tube. The result reflects Pannu’s mainstream Bollywood experience, but is crossed with a fresh independent vision. Watch out Bollywood – this Indian Memento could be the model for the future!
Local legend and Lexi Lover, Jane Hansom needs your help to beat two competitors to a place in the Paris Marathon, in a bid to raise money for the Lexi – so get yourself registered for Runners’ World and vote Jane to victory. The 100th voter wins a pair of her lucky purple pants…
“I’ve entered a competition to win a place in the Paris Marathon in April 2011 with coaching from the ASICS Pro Team. There were over 1,000 entries and they have whittled it down to 18. My problem is that it’s now totally down to votes from the Runners World community to decide who wins, and as a new runner, I am behind and need all the votes I can get.
Can I ask you to please register on the site below and vote for me in the sub 3.15 category?