June 10 – June 19: It’s time for culture.


Hackney Cinema. Pic: Martin Deutsch

Hackney Cinema. Pic: Martin Deutsch

The Israeli Film and Television festival from June 9th – 16th

Hackney cinema is one of the chosen venues that will host ‘Seret,’ the Israeli Film and Television festival from June 9th – 16th.  The festival will show case 25 films that examine contemporary Israel, the challenges religious orthodoxy has brought to modern society, and the role sexuality plays in both Palestinian and Israeli communities. Pick of the Line has selected some of the best films to view this weekend.

Friday 14th June:  Gatekeepers, 21:00 at Hackney Picture House.

Gatekeepers directed by the documentary film maker Dror Moreh interviews six former heads of the Israeli secretive army, Shin Bet.  The documentary examines Shin Bets occupation of Palestinian territories, the high jacking of the 300 bus, Jewish terrorism, and the assignation of the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.  The film reflects on the high and lows of Shin Bet, while assessing the ethical and strategic impact that this militant force has had on preserving the modern state of Israel.

Saturday 15th June:  Out in the Dark, 21:20 at Hackney Picture House

Out in the Dark directed by Michael Mayer is a film concerning a male Palestinian student who falls in love with a male privileged Israeli lawyer.  The film explores the difficulties in loving someone across two opposing political, geographic, and sectarian boundaries.  Out in the Dark has won best feature at the Haifa International Film Festival in 2012.

Sunday 16th June:  Fill the Void, 20:30 at Hackney Picture House.

Fill the Void directed by Rama Burshtein narrates the story of an 18 year old girl pressured to marry her late sister’s husband. In 2012 Burshtein’ s film gained popularity amongst critics, winning awards at the Venice Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Israeli Film Festival.

Monday 17th June:  Houndmouth play a free gig at Rough Trade East, 1:00pm.

The Indiana quartet Houndmouth will release their debut album ‘From the Hills below the City’ at Rough Trade East.  Houndmouth’s 2013 U.K tour has sold out making the performance at Rough Trade ultra-special.   To become an audience member pre-order wristbands online via the hyperlink: http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2013/6/112

Tuesday 18th June:  Sweet Bird of Youth at the  Old Vic Theatre Stratford, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

Sweet Birds of Youth at the Old Vic Threatre Stratford offers more drama than your daily episode of Corrie, so why not try something new this Wednesday. The play narrates the story of a fading Hollywood legend Del Lago (Kim Cattral) who turns to drink and drugs and seeks comfort in a young gigolo, Chance Wayne (Seth Numerich). Written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Marianne Elliot the narrative explores how dreams are easily destroyed.

 Wednesday 19th June:  A talk at the Croydon Heritage festival, 7:30 pm.

A talk by Brian Lancaster: ‘The Mysterious Deaths of a Family in Coulsdon’ looks at the strange death of five members of the Atlee family in 1850’s. The event starts at 7:30 pm at Coulsdon Green Library, to reserve a place email – coulsdon@croydon.gov.

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