Chronic Youth Film Festival 2019
This year’s festival showcases a series of innovative films that deal with escape and rebellion, across diverse countries, cultural environments and opposing landscapes.
The programme includes UK premiers, Q&As, an open submission shorts programme, and a showcase of British archive films. We reflect upon and challenge the shifting role of youth culture within society at large, and provide a platform for emerging filmmakers and programmers to reach new audiences.
Chronic Youth Film Festival is the product of a seven-month collaborative exploration by London based programmers and curators ages 15 to 25.
Chronic Youth: Into the Archive (15*) + panel discussion
A special opportunity to see three rare, archival films that tackle diversity through the decades in London.
Chronic Youth: Crystal Swan (15*)
Propulsive both in its soundtrack and storyline, Crystal Swan will inspire '90s nostalgia whether you’ve lived through the era or not.
Chronic Youth: Night Comes On (15*)
A bittersweet revenge tale that rebirths into new possibilities. Night Comes On is a touching story of sisterhood and the impact of childhood trauma.
Chronic Youth: Young Soul Rebels (18)
An underappreciated masterpiece of black British cinema, this cult classic presents a sharp and syncopated snapshot of youth culture in 1970s London.
Remix – Into the Archive
Join the Barbican Young Programmers, Poets and Visual Artists to celebrate this year's Chronic Youth Film Festival with an evening of archive film, live poetry and music
Chronic Youth: Youth Invisible shorts (15*)
A series of short films that focus on unseen youth, with common ground in their experimental take on the medium through animation. Drop in and uncover the undiscovered.
Chronic Youth: Two Irenes (15*)
The UK premiere of Fabio Meira’s refreshing coming-of-age drama, centred on the inception of an odd friendship between two girls and complex family dynamics.
Chronic Youth: Little Forest (15*)
Korean New Wave director Yim Soon-rye’s Little Forest follows Hye-won (Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden) as she deals with the stagnation of millennial post-graduate life.
Chronic Youth: We Are Thankful (15*) + ScreenTalk
Taking you to small-town South Africa, Joshua Magor’s one-of-a-kind docu-drama tells the story of how the film's lead actor and director came to meet.
Young Programmer Yassmine Betioui & Joshua Magor / We Are Thankful
One of the Young Programmers curating this year’s Chronic Youth Film Festival, guest host Yassmine Betioui speaks with We Are Thankful director Joshua Magor about his unique docu-drama charting Joshua’s encounter with a young aspiring actor