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Making Waves - Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema

We're pleased to announce that we will be providing coverage of the forthcoming Making Waves: Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema event. This celebration of Hong Kong cinema comes to London 8-10 July, bringing an exciting selection of new films and restored classics to the big screen.

Odyssey: five festival recommendations

As Odyssey comes to a close, we've decided to highlight five films from the festival's online offering that grabbed our attention, ranging from their Chinese Regional Cinema and Women Through the Lens programmes, to the festival's surprise film. 

Friday Night Film - VICTIM

In celebration of Pride month, our Friday Night Film picks for the rest of June will be dedicated to British queer cinema. We kick-off this mini-series with VICTIM, the boundary-pushing neo-noir from filmmaker Basil Dearden, which acted as a protest against Britain's draconian laws that forbode homosexuality, a law that stood until 1967. 

Friday Night Film - COW

The appeal of a viewing experience which simply details the daily life of a dairy cow may not seem obvious but Andrea Arnold's unflinching documentary is surprisingly absorbing and emotionally potent. The power here is in its objectivity. This isn't a film wrought with activist intentions akin to something like Dominion or Earthlings, it doesn't combine clips of the vilest aspects of dairy farming for maximum shock factor, it simply depicts an ordinary life of a dairy cow but it…

Odyssey: a short films programme

"An Exploration" is Odyssey's short film programme dedicated to showcasing the range of different genres, themes, and aesthetics of 21st-century Chinese cinema, ranging from atmospheric shorts to incisive documentaries. Take a look at our top picks from the programme.

Friday Night Film - THE HOUSEMAID

As this year's Cannes comes to a close the buzz surrounding Park Chan-wook’s latest film is cause for serious anticipation. Due for distribution via MUBI in the coming months, Decision to Leave is a noir-tinged murder mystery that sees Chan-wook swaps his trademark visceral thrills for an elegantly paced and playful crime romance that is augmented by a star turn from Chinese actress Tang Wei as the seductive widow Seo-rae who becomes the prime suspect in a detective’s investigation of…

Friday Night Film - CRASH

Unquestionably one of the most anticipated films at this year’s Cannes film festival will be the premiere of David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart, the film is in competition for this year’s headline prize, the Palme d’Or, and sees Cronenberg return to his visceral and violent roots.

Friday Night Film - EVOLUTION

Provocative director Gaspar Noé’s Vortex, released in cinemas today, is a story of old age and the descent of dementia. Noe’s career to date has been synonymous with films of a brutal and disturbing nature and his latest work, while a harrowing experience in its own way, is more restrained and a departure from the extremities that precede his reputation. This week’s Friday Night Film pick champions a film by Noe’s wife and frequent collaborator, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, the surreal fantasy…

Odyssey: a Chinese Cinema Season

We are excited to announce that Bookhouse will be attending Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, a month long film festival dedicated to championing the latest in outstanding independent Chinese cinema. The festival, presented by UK-China Film Collab, runs from 10th May - 10th June across venues in London and Edinburgh as well as online.