Deputy editor Hannah Lack picks out the highlights for the second week of December, featuring new docs and eco-conscious endeavours
DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger delves inside the world of Anonymous, the hacktivist collective redefining civil disobedience for the digital age. We Are Legion explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups including Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, tracing how they evolved into Anonymous. A Q&A with director Brian Knappenberger follows the screening.
Tuesday 18th December 6.20pm, Curson Soho
NEW FILM OF THE WEEK: Smashed
Mary Elizabeth Winstead swaps her scream queen roles for an indie turn, playing a 20-something LA party girl who loves nothing more than downing a few tequilas after work – until downing a few tequilas after work turns into downing a few vodkas before work, and then accidentally smoking crack with a homeless woman. It’s winning her some deserved Oscar buzz.
Out on December 14th
ECO FILM OF THE WEEK: Chasing Ice
Photographer James Balog watches ice melt – huge, Empire State Building-sized chunks of it, crashing into the ocean from Greenland to Alaska. Thanks to his project Extreme Ice Survey – time lapse footage of glaciers spanning years – the world has hard evidence that the white stuff is melting faster than a Calippo on a hot day. Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski follows Balog as he treks the most inhospitable climates to capture the terrifying impact of our oil-guzzling ways. The Koch Brothers aren’t likely to buy a ticket anytime soon, but still, Balog himself was once a climate change sceptic – he’s banking on changing a few more minds with this chilling documentary.
Out on December 14th
OLD FILM OF THE WEEK: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Arch-rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford slug it out onscreen in this macabre Hollywood classic getting a theatrical release this week. Director Robert Aldrich gleefully exploited the genuine loathing between the two actresses – Davis, who described her co-star as “about as trustworthy as a basket of snakes” commented later: “That bitch hated working with me on Jane and vice versa... I wouldn’t piss on Joan Crawford if she was on fire.”
At the Curzon Soho from Friday 14th December