THE MOLE, Dir. Yiling Ding
New Shorts

NEW SHORTS: London Lives

18:45 Wed 15 Jan 2020

Curzon Soho

Fiction bleeds into biography as we find ourselves behind the closed doors of London’s cultural melting pot.

Steering us from North to South, these films chart the precarious adventure of making it in our fair capital. Below the river masculinity is tested by a simple smile, whilst faith and family harmonize in an African East End community struck by grief. In Chinatown we find masseuses with secrets, whilst elsewhere hook-ups thrive into romance in the face of HIV stigma.

With turns from Ben Aldridge (Our Girl) and Karla Crome (Misfits). Programmed by Philip Ilson. 92’

Curzon Soho

99 Shaftesbury Avenue
Peak Adult £16.90 / Off-peak Adult £12.50 / Concessions available


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    Tomisin Adepeju 15 mins (UK, 2018)

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    Edward Smyth 7 mins (UK, 2019)

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    Abdou Cisse 3 mins (UK, 2019)

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  • 3 SLEEPS

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