Executive Producer and Director Phil Grabsky, the British documentary film-maker behind Art on Screen, is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. Michelangelo: Love and Death, I, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing will be screened this year.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, this historical comedy-drama set in early 18th-century England has received rave reviews. It stars British Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah and Emma Stone as Abigail.
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Mostly deriving their sound from the synth-pop genre, Chvrches also incorporates indietronica, indie-pop and electronic dance into their music. Comprising Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry on lead vocals, this successful Scottish band from Glasgow will be visiting Tokyo as part of their Japan tour.
English comedian Trevor Lock will be performing for a second time at the British-owned pub Good Heavens! in Shimokitazawa. With writing described by The Sunday Times as “superbly comic,” Trevor’s show will feature completely original material and keep the audience laughing while enjoying a cold British beer!
Based in the country town of Farnham, Surrey, Stopgap Dance Company has become globally renowned for its poetic and humorous productions and the impressive physical expression of its dancers—both abled and disabled. Stopgap will be performing The Enormous Room, a dance exploration of the grief of a father and daughter who have lost their wife and mother.
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Based on the 1994 Australian film written by Stephan Elliot and Scottish screenwriter Allan Scott, this Toho-organised performance stars four talented drag queens who sing and dance to smash disco hits. The brilliant cast and high tempo performances will have you on your feet.
Queen of France at the age of 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart (played by Irish Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). The film, from British director Josie Rourke, focuses on the battle between rival queens and their personal journeys as female leaders in a male-dominated era.
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This documentary by UK director Lorna Tucker examines the life and extensive career of one of Britain’s most famous fashion designers: Dame Vivienne Westwood. The iconic figure is largely to thank for bringing modern punk and alternative fashions to the mainstream, and has been known for linking her merchandise to civil rights groups and to causes such as climate change.
Legendary British actor Michael Caine narrates this documentary, directed by David Batty, about the “swinging London” street culture that still echoes today. Featuring famous bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, and iconic people such as model and actress Twiggy, fashion designer Mary Quant, singer Marianne Faithfull, painter David Hockney and many others!
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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Love Never Dies premiered in London in 2010 as a sequel to his famous Phantom of the Opera. This popular musical will be presented at the Nissay Theatre, complete with Japanese cast, until late February.
Now grown up, with a family of his own, Michael Banks finds himself in financial trouble. Just as he feels all is lost, his magical childhood nanny, Mary Poppins, returns to take the Banks family on a whirlwind adventure to save the day! Starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw.
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The world-famous, much-loved bear Winnie-the-Pooh is the heart of one Britain’s most iconic stories. Tokyoites can step in to the world of Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, an exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London—home to the largest collection of Winnie-the-Pooh pencil drawings by original illustrator E.H. Shepard—which is visiting The Bunkamura Museum of Art.
”POOH SITTING ON HIS BRANCH… BESIDE HIM, TEN POTS OF HONEY”
WINNIE-THE-POOH CHAPTER 9, LINE BLOCK PRINT, HAND COLOURED
PHOTO: © E H SHEPARD COLOURING 1970 AND 1973
© ERNEST H. SHEPARD AND EGMONT UK LIMITED
This sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them explores Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore’s magic fight to defeat the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and many more!
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Ballet choreographer Akram Khan’s Giselle is coming to cinemas for the first time. Tamara Rojo CBE dances as Giselle in the classic story of love, betrayal and redemption. Sets and costumes are by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, and composer Vincenzo Lamagna has adapted the original score. Lighting design is by Tony Award-winner Ross MacGibbon.
Photo: Akram Khan’s Giselle © Laurent Liotardo
Spy action comedy film directed by David Kerr. It is a sequel to the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and the third instalment of the series.
After a cyber attack reveals the identity of all the active undercover agents in Britain, English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.
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Biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury’s life leading up to Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
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