Talking Films

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 February Meetup Playlist below!

NEXT MEET UP DATE: THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 7PM

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This month, there’s some clear themes throughout our playlist. Firstly, many of the selections below are tipped to do well in the upcoming awards season- others are classic award winners that have to be seen!

Relationships and unlikely couplings thread through many of our choices this month, including the groundbreaking It’s A Sin, unfolding throughout the month on Channel 4 and All4. Both this and Documentary Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge are on our list as part of LGBT+ History Month, which runs throughout February.

SERIES/MINI-SERIES

This month’s series include the sensational Its A Sin, unfolding throughout the month on Channel 4. We couldn’t resist including Netflix’s best ever selling series (and guilty pleasure!) Bridgerton, and if period drama isn’t your thing, BBC’s Normal People and I May Destroy You may be more up your street.

Finally, Netflix’s Lupin starring man-of-the-moment Omar Sy brings us an action-packed heist Drama, re-tellling the classic french story of Arsene Lupin, master of disguise and skilled thief.

Here’s the full list of series we’re looking at this month…

 

 

IT’S A SIN

BRIDGERTON- NETFLIX

NORMAL PEOPLE- BBC iPLAYER

I MAY DESTROY YOU- BBC iPLAYER

LUPIN- NETFLIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTARIES

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA: THE GAY PURGE- BBC iPLAYER

This documentary takes a look at the extraordinary bravery of activists and chechens whose lives are at risk as members of the LGBTQ+ community under threat by the republic’s tyrannical leader.

Using groundbreaking new technology the identities of those most at risk are disguised, as their lvies are followed to give an insight into the harrowing situation playing out under the republic’s new ruling regime since 2017.

 

RANKIN’s 2020

British Photographer Rankin explores 2020, a most peculiar year, searching for the photographs and photographers who have captured the sprit of the year in pictures.

Told over 6 episodes, each exploring a different theme (Empathy, Family, Nature, Fun etc) Rankin is joined by celebrity guests to pick out the best of the bunch, in this alternative look back at 2020.

 

 

 

FILMS

With Awards season up on us, this month’s film selection includes classic award-winners from yesteryear, and their contemporary counterparts vying for a place on the honours role at this year’s awards ceremonies. Alright, there’s a couple that we just really love and had to include too!

From Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, long considered as one of, if not the greatest film of all time to Soul, Disney’s latest animated offering, there’s plenty of talking points.

2020 Tribeca Film Festival award winner Nobody Knows I’m Here rounds off our film list- an arthouse Chilean film which is as haunting as it is beautiful. Make sure you watch this one in the original Spanish with subtitles for the best viewing experience.

 

Here’s the our full list of suggested films…

CITIZEN KANE- BBC iPLAYER

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE- BBC iPLAYER

UNTOUCHABLE (THE INTOUCHABLES)- AMAZON PRIME

SPIRITED AWAY- NETFLIX

NOBODY KNOWS I’M HERE- NETFLIX

SOUL- DISNEY PLUS