Cinema Restored is a bi-monthly film strand bringing fresh restorations of global art cinema to a London audience.
This ongoing series looks at recently restored examples of often politically infused, global cinema which uses the medium to analyse inequality and develop formal approaches to critique these structures of power.
We draw from the excellent work being done by cinema archives and restoration laboratories to share with London audiences those which have fallen outside western cinematic canons. Presenting these films alongside introductions and presentations by historians, researchers and those involved in the restoration process, to celebrate these works, and provide film lovers with an opportunity to engage (or reengage) with provocative, boundary pushing pieces of cinema as they are shared with contemporary audiences.
Cinema Restored: Wan Pipel + ScreenTalk
A young couple in Suriname is tested by the expectations of society and traditions in this timeless 1976 love story about finding your place in the world.
Cinema Restored: St. Clair Bourne’s Cinema of Solidarity
A programme of humanistic documentaries by St. Clair Bourne, presenting multi-faceted portrayals of African Americans from the 1960-1990s.
Cinema Restored: Amazing Grace + Introduction
A young gay man in Tel Aviv begins a relationship with an older man with AIDS in Amos Guttman’s poignant 1992 film, made shortly before his death.
Open City: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
In a Cinema Restored and Open City Doc Festival collaboration, we bring you Dick Fontaine's charged and intimate portrait of James Baldwin, followed by a Q&A with the director and Haden Guest.
The KKK Boutique Ain’t Just Rednecks + Suzanne, Suzanne
Across three very different films, Billops and Hatch explore troubling experiences within families, and how race, gender and class shape everyday life.
Finding Christa + A String of Pearls
From the great American documentarians, two films that sit in dialogue about missing family members, from lost daughters to absent fathers, and how their non-existence can affect lives.
Free Senior Community Screening: One Hand Don't Clap
We welcome our senior audience to watch the 4K restoration of the electric documentary directed by Kavery Kaul.
Snapshots: One Hand Don't Clap + Q&A with Director
Join us for a special preview of the 4K restoration of the electric documentary directed by Kavery Kaul.
Cinema Restored: Unknown Suriname
This screening is centered around the recently restored 1978 documentary Women of Suriname (Oema foe Sranan).
Cinema Restored: Losing Ground [35mm] + Introduction
A masterpiece from the late Kathleen Collins, this film is a beautifully crafted drama, focusing on the tension between university lecturer Sara Rogers and her artist husband played by Bill Gunn.
Cinema Restored: Mat Magic + Introduction
This classic of Malay cinema, tells the story of Mat, an amateur magician who by chance, encounters the famous American magician John Calvert and invites them to perform on Ghost Island, for the King.
Cinema Restored: Boat People
Among the most important films to come out of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui’s drama focuses on the aftermath of the Vietnam War, a period in which many Vietnamese would flee from the country by sea.
Cinema Restored: The Last Supper
The second title in our programme of restorations of political global art cinema, Cinema Restored, is the incendiary film by legendary Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.
Cinema Restored: Maangamizi: The Ancient One + ScreenTalk
A vital story of the relationship between three women and how spiritual consciousness provides deep connections between them, reflecting on the ways African identify functions across the diaspora.