Barbican Movies: What To See

There are two very good things about going to see a movie at the Barbican centre. 

No.1 The place is actually stunning and you will feel like entering a Brutalist version of your favourite teathre, only changed by the fact that you're likely surrounded by artists and designers. 

No.2 The centre has a wonderful programme called Young Barbican and if you're aged 18-25 you can get cinema ticket for the stunning price of £5. 

So grab yourself some popcorn and choose amongst the movies below.

Suspiria

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Directed by Dario Argento in 1977, Suspiria has become one of the classics in the horror movie genre. 

Ballet student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at the prestigious Tanz Academy in Freiburg, a school plagued by gruesome and supernatural happenings. Soon students begin to die in horrific circumstances – is Suzy next, and can she uncover the academy’s sinister secret before it’s too late?

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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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If you're fancying a romantic story, dated circa 1970's, this will be a good one for you.

In 1981, once a Hollywood star, Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) collapses while touring a modest theatre production around the UK. Following her collapse she reaches out to her former lover, the much younger Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) in Liverpool. When he brings her to his family home and into the care of his mother (Julie Walters), memories of their passionate love affair begin to resurface.

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Hiroshima, Mon Amour

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A movie for the introspective and thinking one, Hiroshima, Mon Amour portrays a romantic relationship and all its difficulties through a particular way of story-telling.

Asked to film an anti-nuclear documentary in the wake of his influential Holocaust doc Night and Fog, Resnais opted instead to explore mutual guilts and the power of memory. In this film, a French actress (Emmanuelle Rivas) and a Japanese architect (Eji Okada) are introduced as She and Him. While in the midst of separating, the two begin a reflection on their pasts that delves into forgotten moments and repressed memories deep within their psyche, amidst the devastation brought by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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Age of Consent

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Slightly different from seeing one whole movie, Age of Consent is actually a collection of short movies about the topic of consent in sex - one to watch particularly after these past months news. 

Underwire Festival presents a selection of challenging and impactful films that explore sex and consent.
Sex is complicated. And sex is simple. If “Yes” means “Yes” and “No means “No”, it is black and white. Except when it isn’t. These challenging and compelling films leave no hiding place for unspoken truths about consent, coercion and the games people play.

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