London’s Barbican Cinema to host a season of films selected by Londoners


A brand new short season of films uniquely chosen by Londoners will take place at the Barbican Cinema in London, United Kingdom, on April 6-13.

The season is named “What London Watches.” Its program was drawn up from suggestions from almost 400 Londoners, ranging in age from six to eighty years old. Each contributor was asked to provide an explanation for their choice of movie. The final program of the season was then selected by an advisory panel chaired by Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London.

“What London Watches” will open with a screening of Bob Fosse’s 1972 musical Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli. The Londoner who vouched for this film offered the following explanation: “The moment that Michael York realizes that both he and Liza Minnelli had been having sex with the same man…I was young, 15 years old, Asian and not sure, a bit confused and scared about my feelings and sexuality. My older siblings were not sure if I should see it. It woke me up.”

Other films of the season include Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion, 1990) and The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin, 1940).

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