Science on Screen

Reality and fiction come together in a series of films and talks that uncovers the connections between science and cinema.

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Royal Opera House Live 2019/20

Enjoy a dazzling display from The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera from the comfort of our cinemas.

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Borders and Boundaries

This programme offers a contemporary informed gaze on borders the world over as they are drawn and challenged.

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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

We welcome back 'one of the most innovative and exciting festivals on the circuit' (Londonist).

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

London's finest Jazz festival brings musicians from all over the globe into the capital - from Jazz masters flexing their chops to cutting edge bands making a stir - you'll find it all here.

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Palestine Film Festival

Palestine Film Festival returns, showcasing both highly established filmmakers and fresh, emerging talent to encourage dialogue regarding Palestine’s film industry, its culture and its politics.

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Family Film Weekender

Get ready to immerse yourself in cinema with a packed weekend of films, workshops and events for families exploring the Barbican’s annual theme Life Rewired.

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London International Animation Festival 2019

The UK’s largest animation festival is back with the best shorts and features, including international showcases, children’s screenings and the ever-popular The Best of the Fest.


Curators' Picks 2019

Take the chance to see some of the year's best films this December, chosen by our Cinema Team.

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Alternate Realities

Join us for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s pioneering digital art strand, featuring two works from the festival’s Alternate Realities exhibition of interactive and immersive non-fiction.