Today: July 18, 2024

Free For Bright Young Things

The Bright Young Things Film Club is partnering with Ballymore to host a summer series of film screenings every Thursday evening in July at Embassy Gardens.

Embassy Gardens is a new residential development at the heart of Nine Elms on the South Bank, wrapping around the new US Embassy. The development’s private cinema, The Maureen O’Hara, provides the perfect setting for showcasing this series of films by critically acclaimed directors.

The films being screened are: Adult Life Skills, Mahout: The Great Elephant Walk, Disorder and Cartel Land – further information on each below. Tickets for the films are free and complimentary drinks and snacks will be on offer from Fiol Prosecco, Fiji Water, Green & Black’s Ice Cream and Propercorn.

The Bright Young Things Film Club was created by Bridget Arsenault and Fatima Martinez-Moxon to support and feature the work of young, up and coming actors and filmmakers. It aims to be fashionable and glamorous, while also remaining affordable, accessible and fun. At Embassy Gardens, each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director(s), offering guests a rare opportunity to find out more about the making of and stories behind the films.

Thursday 7th July: Adult Life Skills
In Rachel Tunnard’s debut feature, Jodie Whittaker plays 29 year-old Yorkshire woman, Anna, who is living in her mum’s shed and doing her best to push everyone away in order to be alone with her memories and niche obsessions. Being released only one week before its Embassy Gardens screening, Rachel Tunnard will be attending in person to answer questions after the screening. This event is not to be missed, given Tunnard’s recent win of the highly coveted Nora Ephron prize for this film at Tribeca Film Festival.

Thursday 14th July: Mahout: The Great Elephant Walk
Narrated by Stephen Fry, this film follows the story of ex-London city worker, now eco-lodge owner Tim Edwards, who needs to relocate four elephants between two national parks in southern Nepal. In this expedition, he must overcome teeming cities, searing heat, monsoon rains and untamed jungle. Filmmakers James Wylson and James Dartnall showcase true British talent in directing and editing this documentary and have won the top prize at the London Independent Film awards.

Thursday 21st July: Disorder
Matthias Schoenaerts plays the PTSD-afflicted Vincent in this narrative of a soldier back from Afghanistan and serving as a security detail in the home of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. In this film, we see the unfolding narrative though paranoid eyes and hair-trigger responses, in which Vincent becomes the paid-for protector of the businessman’s trophy wife (Diane Kruger). In this film, writer and director Alice Winocour has been able to portray both tenderness and fraught Matthias Schoenaerts, who also starred in The Danish Girl and Far From the Madding Crowd.

Thursday 28th July: Cartel Land
This chilling film is an on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their enemy, the murderous Mexican drug cartels. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in darkness as the two vigilante leaders each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a broken society. Already one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, BAFTA and Oscar nominations have propelled it to further success. Spending nine months embedded with the Cartel and resistance groups, the Q&A with Heineman via Skype will be a chance to hear from an exciting young voice in the filmmaking world.

Tickets will be offered on a first come first serve basis. To book free tickets through Eventbrite please visit:


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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