Film Events in April

25th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
BFI Southbank, London
31 March – 6 April


While those in the know will have booked their tickets ages ago, there’s still time to catch a couple of offerings from this annual queer cinema festival, or at least sound out what’s going to be worth buying up on DVD release. But do it and do it now because inevitable cuts mean that the festival had to reduce the event’s capacity, and who knows what will have happened by this time next year? Including new feature films, a selection of shorts, their 25th Anniversary Programme and some hand-picked archived films, there is a confection of delights to browse.
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Borderlines Film Festival
Various venues in Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Marches
25 March – 10 April


Our first recommendation proving we (almost) understand not everything is London-centric, Borderlines is the largest rural film festival in Britain, held on the English side of the Welsh border. It is showcasing pretty much every great film from the last year, as well as other obligatory workshops and discussions. This is a great chance to catch up on films you may have missed in the last 12 months, such as the two treasures that are The Secret in Their Eyes and animation The Illusionist.
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London Independent Film Festival
Various venues, Central London
14 – 25 April


This festival gives special attention to work by first- or second-time directors, films with budgets under £100,000, or those that are unlikely to be released through other channels. This year the festival is being hosted in The Roxy, Shortwave and Curzon cinemas. Most films are free (with a £2 booking fee) so this is a great festival to check out some unknown talent and diversify a little.
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Silent Film Festival
Barbican, London
7 – 10 April


If you’re feeling a touch nostalgic for times long gone, go immerse yourself in old celluloid at the Barbican. As well as the silent screenings there will be lectures discussing topics like the use of music in scary movies and gossip in the silent film industry. Turn up dressed in black and white and insist on communicating via the medium of mime.
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Screening of the Royal Wedding
Picturehouse Cinemas, UK
29 April


Well, there are lots of people getting excited about the big event, right? So it’s only sensible of cinemas to cash in/provide for it. If you can’t make it to London/it’s raining/you don’t want to be stuck with a city-worth of strangers packing out a single street then trip down to one of your nearest Picturehouse cinemas for a live free showing of the event on the big screen. Then those clever cinemas have decided to put on a screening of The King’s Speech afterwards – for those daft two people that haven’t seen it yet. That won;t be free but your ticket includes a glass of bubbly (or soft drink) and a slice of wedding cake. Simply lovely.
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Sci-Fi London Royal Wedding All-Nighter
Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus, London
28 April


This one’s not so much a Royal Wedding Event as the Sci-Fi festival just piggybacking whatever they could as an excuse to have an all-night film showing such old beauties as The Bride of Frankenstein, The Corpse Vanishes and I Married a Witch. Kicking off at 11pm with some Buck’s Fizz, if you’re still awake the next morning and keen you can wander down to the wedding parade which starts at Buckingham Palace.
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Italian Film Festival in Scotland
Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh
1 – 14 April


In its 18th year, Scotland’s Italian Film Festival is satisfactorily self-explanatory, bringing us (if you happen to be in Scotland at the time) a variety of new Italian cinema as well as a couple of classics. The films will be showing in the Edinburgh Filmhouse, the Dundee DCA and the Glasgow Film Theatre.
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