TUE 10 SEP: LEITIS IN WAITING at Thames-side Studios for #cwfff19 Day Five, along with shorts ‘Auntie’ and ‘Welcome to Britain’
A special ‘international’ triple bill with art exhibition for the fifth day (Tue 10 September) of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival with three films at another new festival venue, The Thames-side Studios. We’re delighted that the Thames Side Studios Gallery, where the films are being screened is exhibiting Caroline Hands’ show ‘Who’s Holding the Reins 2: From Turf to Joy’. Free viewing available to all film-goers.
All our screenings are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2019
Leitis in Waiting (18) + Auntie (PG) + Welcome to Britain (PG)
Thames-side Studios, TW-127, Trinity Wharf, Harrington Way,
Warspite Road, SE18 5NR
Film starts at 6.30pm, doors 6.00pm
Leitis in Waiting (18) + Auntie (PG) + Welcome to Britain (PG) – 6.30pm, Thameside Studios [INDOORS]
Leitis in Waiting is a 2018 feature-length documentary about transgender rights in Tonga. It is produced and directed by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. It tells the intriguing story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in the South Pacific Kingdom.
The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, provides shelter and training for a young contestant rejected by her family, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis’ lives. With unexpected humour and extraordinary access to the Tongan Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, her emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and the challenge of fulfilling the promise of human rights for all without forsaking culture and tradition.
Our shorts programme includes:
Auntie is a short film directed by London-based Lisa Harewood. “Auntie” (Marcia Burrowes) is a middle-aged seamstress and respected caregiver in her rural Barbadian community. Twelve year old Kera (Che-Annika Mayers) is her latest ward, left in Auntie’s care when her mother migrated to England in search of a better life. When a barrel arrives from London bearing an unwelcome parcel, Auntie makes a hasty decision that risks destroying her special bond with Kera.
Britain on Film: Welcome to Britain
In a time of constant debates around immigration both nationally and internationally, our latest Britain on Film on Tour programme looks back to chart a century of arrivals to the UK. Featuring the voices of different generations of British immigrants themselves, we are delighted to present Britain on Film: Welcome to Britain.
What emerges from these incredibly valuable films is a picture of a country in flux as a century of conflict, the end of Empire and the forces of globalisation challenged geographical boundaries. See Basque families fleeing the Spanish Civil War arrive in Southampton; Vietnamese children find sanctuary in Birmingham; a Jewish family escape the pogroms of pre-war Romania for a Derby suburb. Witness early multi-culturalism in London and Manchester, the stories of second generation immigrants amid racism and rioting in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the traditions, restrictions and comforts of immigrant communities.
During a period in which some UK residents are being asked to re-frame their presence in the country, these short films explore the manifold costs to our shared humanity in turning people away and contends that all citizens should have a right to call themselves British: no matter where they started from.
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Films showing nearby
Mars Attacks! (Thursday 12th September), 7.30pm, Starbucks, Charlton
The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is funded by Royal Borough Greenwich.
Other films at #CWFFF19
- Fri 6: Cinema Paradiso (12), 7.30pm, Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill / Plumstead Common
- Fri 6: Black Panther (12A), 8pm, Artillery Square, Woolwich
- Sat 7: The Greatest Showman (PG), 11am, Charlton Manor School, Charlton
- Sat 7: Free Solo (12A), 7.30pm, The Reach, Charlton
- Sun 8: The Bridge on the River Kwai (U), 8pm, Garrison Church, Woolwich
- Sun 8: Life of Brian (15), 8pm, The White Swan (gardens), Charlton
- Mon 9: The Night of the Hunter (12), 8pm, St Thomas’ Church, Charlton
- Mon 9: One Cut of the Dead (15), 8pm, The White Swan (gardens), Charlton
- Tue 10: Leitis in Waiting (18) + Shorts (Auntie (PG) & Welcome to Britain (PG)) – 6.30pm, Thameside Studios Main Gallery, Woolwich
- Wed 11: They Shall Not Grow Old (15), 7.45pm, The White Swan (indoors), Charlton
- Thu 12: Faces of Genocide (18) & Shooting Dogs, aka Beyond the Gates (R), 7pm, Charlton House Old Library, Charlton
- Thu 12: Mars Attacks! (12), 7.30pm, Starbucks, Charlton
- Fri 13: Matilda (PG), 4pm, Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill / Plumstead Common
- Fri 13: Wonder Woman (12A), 7.30pm, Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill / Plumstead Common
- Fri 13: Vertigo (PG), 8pm, Severndroog Castle (outdoors)
- Fri 13: Dean Spanley (U), 8.30pm, Charlton House (outdoors), Charlton
- Sat 14: Akeelah and the Bee (PG), 2pm, Woolwich Centre Library, Woolwich
- Sat 14: First Man (12A), 8pm, Royal Artillery Square, Woolwich