FILM / Best of the Reps

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BRISTOL Design of the Times This season highlighting British art design includes Nicolas Roeg's awesome The Man Who Fell to Earth (20/21 Apr). Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Rd, BS1 (0272 253845)


Australian Film Season New Australian film including Kevin Lucas's Black River (23 Apr) and Richard Lowenstein's Say a Little Prayer (25 Apr). Arts Cinema, Market Passage, CB2 (0223 352001)

A Canterbury Tale The wonderful Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger classic will be introduced by Kevin Macdonald, grandson and biographer of Pressburger. 24 Apr, Arts Cinema, as above

EDINBURGH Italian Film Festival This week-long festival showcases the best of recent Italian cinema, including Lina Wertmuller's comedy Let's Hope I Make It (tonight) and Marcello Mastroianni in By Nightfall (23 Apr). A Ricky Tognazzi retrospective includes a preview of his much-celebrated new film La Scorta (28 Apr) which will be followed by an appearance from Tognazzi himself, and there's also a Fellini seminar (26 Apr) accompanied by a screening of Juliet of the Spirits. Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, EH3 (031-228 2688)


Special Effects A lecture by Dr Paul Wells of De Montfort University precedes a video revealing tricks of the trade. 25 Apr, Phoenix Arts, 11 Newarke St, LE1 (0533 554854)

Chinese Season A month of modern Chinese cinema begins with Chen Kaige's Yellow Earth (26 Apr) and takes in Zhang Yimou's haunting Raise The Red Lantern (8 May) and Tian Zhuangzhuang's fine The Blue Kite (16/17 May), one of the finest films of this year. Phoenix Arts, as above


Greats, Near-Greats and Ingrates A season of Richard Fleischer's films draws to a close with the ridiculous Conan the Destroyer (24 Apr) and Mia Farrow in Blind Terror (30 Apr). NFT, South Bank, SE1 (928 3232)

New Spanish Cinema A month of movies including Felipe Vega's The Best of Times (tonight) and Victor Erice's acclaimed The Quince Tree Sun (26 Apr). NFT, as above

Tunisian Film Day As part of the first ever Tunisian Arts Festival in London (running 25-30 Apr), this day-long celebration of Tunisian cinema features talks from those inside the industry, plus the first London showing of an as-yet-unannounced major feature. NFT, as above

Walking Shadows This long weekend delivers some of the greatest, most idiosyncratic versions of Shakespeare committed to celluloid, including Welles' Macbeth and Othello (both 23 Apr) and Olivier's Richard III (23 Apr) and King Lear (24 Apr). NFT, as above

Women's Film Night Comedian Rhona Cameron will perform before screenings of Claire of the Moon and Betsan Morris Evans' lovely short Came Out, It Rained, Went Back in Again (tonight). Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St, WC1 (387 9629)


Family Viewing Films offering diverse representations of family life. This week, two oddball double-bills: Tim Burton's underrated Edward Scissorhands and Beeban Kidron's Used People (23/24 Apr), and a late-night screening of Meet the Applegates with the unnerving Parents (29 Apr). Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, NE1 (091-232 8289)

Wild Things A selection of the best new work from the recent London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, including Tales from the Cities 2 (24 Apr), a programme of shorts boasting Todd Haynes' unmissable Dottie Gets Spanked, plus Ryosuke Hashiguchi's masterful study of Japanese rent-boys, A Touch of Fever (25 Apr), and Rose Troche's bubbly comedy Go Fish (27 Apr). Tyneside Cinema, as above