Barbican Cinemas: March 2016 highlights

Barbican Centre, London

This March Barbican's cinemas bring you a smörgåsbord of delights for your viewing pleasure, including the best of the baddest East in CRIME: Hong Kong Style, Gothic horror to German Expressionism in Extreme with our Silent Film with Live Music series, performance cinema highlights featuring Martin McDonagh's Hangmen plus family favourite The Railway Children and not forgetting the essential viewing that is the ever thought-provoking Human Rights Watch Film Festival, celebrating it's 20th anniversary year. And many, many more...

At Barbican Cinema,

Barbican Centre, London Box Office: 0845 120 7527 New releases/Film festivals: Standard: £11.50 Barbican Members: £9.20 Concessions: £10.50 Under 18s: £6 Young Barbican: £5/£10/£15 Monday Madness: £6 (New Release films only) Student Tuesdays £5 Repertory seasons: £9.50 (standard), £8.50 (concessions), £7.60 (members) 3D films: Standard: £13.50 Barbican Members: £10.80 Concessions £12.50 Under 18s: £8 Young Barbican: £5 Monday Madness: £8 Student Tuesdays: £7 Framed Film Club:  £2.50 child / £3.50 adult No unaccompanied adults or children. Parent and Baby Screenings: £6  Young Barbican: £5/10/15

barbican_cinemasSpecial Events and Festivals

  • CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Wed 2 – Thu 31 Mar


  • Awards Week - Fri 4 – Thu 10 Mar


  • Shakespeare on the Silent Screen: Hamlet + live accompaniment by Robin Harris and Laura Anstee - Sun 6 Mar


  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival - Fri 11 – Thu 17 Mar


  • Focus Film Festival - Sat 19 – Sun 20 Mar


  • Architecture on Film: In Jackson Heights + ScreenTalk with Frederick Wiseman - Tue 22 Mar


Barbican Regulars

  • Framed Film Club
  • Parent and Baby Screenings

Performance Cinema

  • Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man (Encore) - Tue 1 Mar
  • NT Live: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh - Thu3 Mar
  • Met Opera Live: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut - Sat 5 Mar
  • The Old Vic: The Crucible (Encore)+ ScreenTalk - Wed 9 Mar
  • Royal Opera House Live: Boris Godunov - Mon 21 Mar
  • The Railway Children - Mon 28 Mar
  • The Great American Dance Series: Revelations (Encore) - Tue 29 Mar


Special Events and Festivals:


CRIME: Hong Kong Style

The Pilferers’ Progress (AKA Crazy Money) (12A*) (Dir John Woo/1977 HK/92 mins) - Wed 2 Mar 8.45pm, Cinema 3


Killer Constable (15*) (Dir Kuei Chih-hung/1980 HK/98mins) - Mon 14 Mar 8.45pm, Cinema 2


The Teahouse (15*) (Dir Kuei Chih-hung/1974 HK/101 mins) - Wed 16 Mar 8.45pm, Cinema 2


As Tears Go By (18) (Dir Wong Kar-wai/1988 HK/102 mins) - Thu 31 Mar 8.45pm, Cinema 3


Film noir, gangsters, comic heists and glamorous molls; all the conventions of the Hollywood crime drama within one film programme, with a novel twist - this is CRIME: Hong Kong Style! This stereotype-busting series of films will show audiences a different side to Hong Kong. Action maestro John Woo turns his hand to slapstick comedy with brilliant results in The Pilferers’ Progress (AKA Crazy Money). A security chief’s brutal acts in the name of justice eventually lead him to question the very system he has vowed to uphold in Kuei Chih-hung's hardnosed 70s drama Killer Constable. The Teahouse, also from director Chih-hung, is a tough, sinewy, low-budget crime film that has become recognised as a classic of its era and the series rounds off with the debut from master Chinese film maker Wong Kar-wai in a  gangster tale of loyalty, ambition and respect, As Tears Go By. Curated by HOME, Manchester and presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Awards Week

Fri 4 – Thu 10 Mar, Cinemas 2&3

Returning again to the Barbican, an opportunity to watch some of the best films of the year, all in one glamorous week. Guests can walk down the red carpet, grab a glass of something bubbly and catch up on the award fodder heavyweights they might have missed first time around. 


Shakespeare on the Silent Screen

Hamlet (#) (Germany 1920 Dir Svend Gade 73 min)

+ live accompaniment by Robin Harris and Laura Anstee

Sun 6 Mar 4pm, Cinema 1

Commissioned by the Société Française Shakespeare for Shakespeare's 450th birthday, this is a very special performance of the new original score by Robin Harris for Svend Gade's 1920 production of Hamlet, one of the most absorbing and innovative Shakespearean film adaptations of the silent period. Danish diva Asta Nielsen gives a powerful, alluring performance as the Prince of Denmark, born a girl, brought up as a boy and seeking to avenge her father's death. 


Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Fri 11 – Thu 17 Mar, Cinema 2&3

Celebrating its 20th year in London the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Barbican with a week-long programme of inspiring and challenging documentaries and dramas attended by filmmakers, workshops and discussions that interrogate and shine a light on human rights abuses from around the world. The full programme will be announced early February..


Focus Film Festival

Sat 19 – Sun 20 Mar, Cinemas 2 & 3

Focus Film Festival for teenagers and young adults is curated by the Barbican Young Programmers, a group of 16–25-year-olds developing their knowledge of the film industry with the help of the cinema’s in-house programme team. Full programme to be announced early February.


Architecture on Film

In Jackson Heights (PG*) (US 2015 Dir Frederick Wiseman 190 min)

+ ScreenTalk with Frederick Wiseman

Tue 22 Mar 7pm, Cinema 1

The fortieth documentary from legendary director Frederick Wiseman focuses on the radically and ethnically diverse neighbourhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. A true cultural melting pot, Jackson Heights is inhabited by people from all over the world, speaking 167 different languages. Raising issues of integration, immigration, cultural and religious differences, this is a fascinating and immersive look at the daily lives of its residents and how they adapt to American culture and values. 

Frederick Wiseman will take to the stage for a ScreenTalk after the film. 

Barbican Regulars:


Framed Film Club

Every Saturday at 11am, the Cinema screens the latest new animations, the biggest family friendly blockbusters and rarely seen international gems. On the final Saturday of the month, there is a free workshop before the film begins.


Parent and Baby

Enjoy the best new films on the big screen with your little ones of twelve months and under.


Performance Cinema:


Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man (Encore)

Tue 1 Mar 6.30pm, Cinema 3

Taking inspiration from Bizet’s classic opera Carmen, Matthew Bourne injects energy, flair and thrilling choreography into this performance about a small town girl and a mysterious stranger. One of last year’s must-see dance



NT Live: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh (15)

Thursday 3 March 7pm, Cinema 2

Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) returns to the stage with the corporal punishment black comedy Hangmen featuring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen).


Met Opera Live: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (12A)

Sat 5 Mar 5.55pm, Cinema 1

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann
join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting.



The Old Vic (Encore): The Crucible (12A) + ScreenTalk with cast/crew

Weds 9 Mar 6.15pm, Cinema 2

Arthur Miller’s classic American drama brought vividly to life in this visceral production by internationally acclaimed director, Yaël Farber, starring Richard Armitage. Join filmed performance director Robert Delamere, Zara White and cast and crew members for a ScreenTalk.


Royal Opera House Live: Boris Godunov (12A)

Mon 21 Mar 7.15pm, Cinema 1

Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. Starring Bryn Terfel. Sung in Russian.


York Theatre Royal (Encore): The Railway Children

Mon 28 Mar 3pm, Cinema 1

The Olivier award-winning production of E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children follows the story of Roberta, Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings who suffer a huge upheaval when their father is taken away from their London home and falsely imprisoned. Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden’s imaginative stage adaptation is directed for the screen by Emmy award-winning Ross MacGibbon. The perfect family event for Easter, this filmed event from the National Railway Museum in Yorkshire features the original locomotive from the much-loved 1970 film.


The Great American Dance Series: Revelations (Encore)

Tue 29 Mar 6.30pm, Cinema 2

A chance to see breathtaking dance sequences from the New York production of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, drawing on African-American spirituals, gospel and blues. The programme includes Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, with the music of The White Stripes, Fela Kuti and Duke Ellington.



Also screening in the cinemas this March will be some of the best new releases including Truth, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Dheepan, The Witch, Anomalisa, High-Rise, The Pearl Button and Speed Sisters.


* Local Classification

# Certificate to be confirmed

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