Welcome to Sydenham Arts Film’s new venture- Talking Films! Every month, we’ll be creating a playlist of content to watch at home, including films, documentaries and series across a number of readily available streaming platforms (free and subscription). Watch at your leisure, and each month, we’ll meet up to discuss and debate the content we’ve watched.
Our Meetups are online for now, with the hope that some day soon, we’ll be able to meet up in person!
Check out our May Meetup Playlist below!
NEXT MEET UP DATE: Thu 27 May, 7PM
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As we all start to get out and about a bit more with the easing of lockdown, our May playlist follows suit, focussing on ‘New Encounters’. As always, we’ve provided a mixture of series, documentaries and films to get stuck into.
We’ve also added a new ‘Special Mention’ category, this month remembering Helen McCrory.
Here’s the full list of what to watch…
In our first ‘Special Mention’ segment, we’re remembering the late Helen McCrory who sadly passed away in April 2021. To celebrate her huge contribution to TV and Cinema, we’ve picked two of her standout roles, as Madame Kali in Penny Dreadful, and Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders.
As you might expect, Sci-Fi features heavily in this month’s playlist, and our selection of series is no exception.
The Critically Acclaimed Humans kicks off our list, as the introduction of ‘Synths’, a lifelike robotic servant leads to unseen circumstances, and encounters which go beyond the expected. Marvel Studio’s first original series Wandavision follows two super-powered beings settling into their new suburban surroundings, but all isn’t as it seems.
Other series featuring in our New Encounters theme Include Fringe, Mare of Easttown and Devs, the latter bringing the genius of Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation, The Beach, 28 Days Later) to the small screen, in another secretive world which comes with some unexpected encounters and discoveries.
Here’s the full list:
Shot long before the controversial Netflix documentary series Tiger King, Louis Theroux revisits previously unseen footage from his encounter with Joe Exotic a decade ago, in a fascinating look at the impact documentaries and the media can have on the lives of those featured. Louis talks to family members of Joe Exotic, offering different perspectives to try and uncover the real person behind the media phenomenon that is Joe Exotic.
Ursula K Le Guin is widely regarded as one of the great feminist and science fiction authors of the 20th Century. However, this wasn’t always the case, and this documentary charts Le Guin’s defiance in holding her ground on the margins of so-called ‘respectable literature. Captured on film for the first time and recorded over the course of a decade, we see how her efforts pioneered and opened opportunities for a new generation of women and marginalised writers.
Leaning into the Wind follows artist Andy Goldsworthy on his somewhat meditative journey exploring our lived environment and the natural world. Cinematographer-director-editor Thomas Riedelsheimer and composer Fred Frith to create another mesmerising cinematic experience observing the artist at work; Goldsworthy’s ephemeral work encourages us to always look at things anew, embracing the instant.
Sci-Fi, thriller, comedy, and new releases are all covered this month! Our film selection centres around new encounters- whether that’s unique encounters with new people, a new way of life, or an unexpected discovery that changes the status quo.
Among those featured is Netflix’s brand new release Stowaway, when an unplanned passenger and the crew of a missions to mars have to come to terms with their new arrival, and the jeopardy now facing the mission.
Taika Waititi’s award-winning Boy, available through Amazon Prime is a must-watch; a funny and heartfelt portrayal of expectation vs reality, when a young boy is reunited with his father.
Nomadland sent the record books spinning at least week’s Oscars. The film won Best Picture, but also landmark wins for Best Director Cloe Zhao, the first Woman of Colour to win the award, and a record-equalling 3rd Best Actress award for Frances MacDormand!
See our full selection of films below: