Emotion and Economics

7 Sep 2019

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Sat, 07 Sep
13:00 – 15:00

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Notting Hill Gate Cinema

London, United Kingdom


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  • 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 148, 328, 390 and night routes N28, N31, N52 and N207. Routes 27, 148 and 390 operate a 24hrs service
  • Notting Hill Gate
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This is a free (ticketless) event held as part of the Portobello Film Festival and celebrates the history of the Gate Cinema from 1911 to the present day


The Gate Picturehouse is one of the oldest cinemas in London and is Grade 2 Listed. 

A narrator and actors will take us on a story of emotional creativity in a world of boom and bust capitalism. 

There will be a monster mash up of films including silent shorts, extracts from the films of 1930s star Robert Donat, introduced by Dr Victoria Lowe from Manchester University, and art house classics from the 1970s. 

Includes an exclusive trailer for an upcoming film, Barbara Stone Unpublished. Along with her husband, David Stone, she produced the films of Jonas Mekas and opened the pioneering Gate Cinema in 1974, bringing Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Derek Jarman to public acclaim. 

There are also three premieres that will be introduced by their directors: Adam Ritchie, Jonathan Barnett and Constantine Gras. 

Adam captured the first performances of Pink Floyd and the Velvet Underground, but is best known for his activism in the late 1960s that got community spaces under the Westway flyover handed over and run by the community. 

Jonathan is the director of the Portobello Film Festival (PFF) and has shot VHS films about events and personalities. 

Constantine Gras is a multi-media artist based in North Kensington and has exhibited films at the PFF since 2010, including three curated programmes. 

The last 3 films in the programme are about the (anti) psychiatric guru R.D. Laing, a New York high rise drama and a portrait of the garden in the shadow of Grenfell Tower. 

Ends with a Q&A session with film makers and Lee Ellwood, current manager of the Gate Cinema. 

Estimated running time: 1 hour 45 mins. 

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Constantine Gras

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Constantine Gras

Jonathan Barnett

Adam Ritchie


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