Barbican partners with local Leytonstone residents for celebration of cinema

BARBICAN CINEMA has announced a programme of screenings and events celebrating a wealth of cinematic excellence.

Part of the programme has been produced in partnership with Leytonstone Loves Film, which works with local residents and organisations and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

From Wednesday 16 September to Sunday 4 October 2020, Leytonstone Loves Film will celebrate film culture and Leytonstone’s exciting cinema community through a reimagined programme of small-scale film screenings, online watch parties, talks and workshops.

The free community-powered programme will bring people together through movies and storytelling in a safe and enjoyable way and provide a platform to showcase the work of filmmakers, industry creatives and cinema enthusiasts in the local area.

Some highlights of the programme include smartphone filmmaking workshops with E17 Films, a local filmmaking project withStow Film Lounge; a collection of 20 short films programmed by Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF), Cheap Cuts Doc Fest and Forest Film Club; a series of family-friendly digital workshops produced by Barbican Family Film Club; as well as a series of online watch parties hosted by We Are Parable, Sign For All Community and Last Frame Film Club.

To cater for those not able to attend in person, Leytonstone Loves Film plans to work with local film exhibitors to bring a series of small film screenings to care homes, residential homes, community centres and neighbourhood locations to share a cinematic moment in some unexpected places.

Barbican’s Cinema 1 to reopen doors

The Barbican’s celebration of cinema doesn’t stop there. It will also be accessible in Cinema 1 and on Cinema on Demand.

On Friday 4 September, the Barbican’s Cinema 1 is reopening its doors to the public with a 35mm presentation of Christopher Nolan’s widely anticipated Tenet. 

Gali Gold, head of Barbican Cinema, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming audiences back to Cinema 1 in September to rediscover the thrill of experiencing film on the big screen in the company of others.”

Gold added: “Alongside our Cinema 1 programme, we’re continuing to bring our rich film programme to audiences through our newly launched digital platform and through our continuing collaboration with Beyond Barbican for Leytonstone Loves Film, working closely with local residents and organisations.”

Audiences will be welcomed back to one of London’s most popular cinemas in the knowledge that safety and enjoyment are at the heart of the experience.

Reduced seating will allow audiences to socially distance at two metres and fewer screenings overall will enable a regular deep-clean of the auditorium.

All audiences must wear a face covering in all areas of the Barbican.

Additional safety measures in place at the Barbican include one-way routes through the building and sanitisation points.

“The safety of our audiences and staff remains our top priority and we know from the feed-back left by visitors to the Barbican Gallery and Conservatory that audiences are happy and secure with the measures we’ve put in place,” Gold said.


Audiences will continue to be able to access Barbican-curated films from home or on the go through the recently launched Cinema On Demand programme.

From 11-24 September the streaming service will include Inner States: A series of first-person films, featuring five pivotal documentaries each expressing an interiority rarely achieved on film, plus Lockdown States an extraordinary set of short videos made by international filmmakers since the beginning of the pandemic.

All the films in this series, co-curated by Gali Gold, head of cinema, Barbican and Alisa Lebow, professor of Screen Media, University of Sussex, offer a journey to the inner sanctum of the self: be it the experience of isolation, displacement, confinement, mental illness, creativity amidst political censorship, or just the simplicity of keen observation from a unique vantage point.

More details about the series can be found here.

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