The Cinema of Ideas
The Cinema of Ideas is the ICO’s innovative virtual screen: a forum for collaboration, discussion, and film.
A revenue-sharing online film streaming platform, the Cinema of Ideas gives independent cinemas the opportunity to enrich their programme offer through an extra virtual screen without financial risk; enabling them to experiment and connect with the widest possible audience through an exciting, culturally relevant programme of underseen cinema exploring issues around race, disability, gender, sexuality and class.
Through the Cinema of Ideas, the ICO is working with filmmakers, artists, archivists, film historians, film critics, freelance film collectives and emerging curators to showcase the work they do to explore the full scope of contemporary film culture and film heritage.
Our partner cinemas are: Barn Dartington, Chapter Cardiff, Derby QUAD, HOME Manchester, Kinokulture Oswestry, Northampton Filmhouse, The Place Bedford, Saffron Screen and Wellington Orbit.
Now Showing & Upcoming
WATCH NOW: Scrubbers
Working class heroines of 1980s women's cinema: Part 1
Mai Zetterling’s borstal ballad Scrubbers (1982) will stream from 18th November – 2 December alongside a live Q&A with costume designer and writer Susannah Buxton hosted by film critic and historian Pamela Hutchinson at 7pm on 24 November.
COMING SOON: Independent Miss Craigie
Streaming: 3rd -16th Dec
Lizzie Thynne’s brilliant new film on Jill Craigie (1911-99), one of the first women to direct films in Britain with a live Q&A: with Lizzie Thynne, Penny Woolcock & Ros Cranston. 7th Dec 6.30-7.30. Booking: opening soon.
Archival Resistance: Rastafari Women in Britain
Screening & panel – 26 Aug 2021
A screening of Omega Rising: Women of Rastafari and a live discussion events exploring the moving, living and visual archives of Rastafari women in Britain. Curated by Dr Aleema Gray, Curator, Museum of London and featuring Sister Rasheda Malcolm and June Givanni, Founder, June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.
Travels with Tove
Premiere screening, panel, readings – 14 July 2021
The UK premiere of Travels with Tove (1993) with a special panel discussion & readings event with director Kanerva Cederström, actor and writer Ellie Kendrick, publisher Nat Jansz and Alison Williams, Curator at the William Morris Gallery.
Preview screening & panel discussion – 27 May 2021
A preview of the new restoration of Ousmane Sembène’s Mandabi with an exclusive panel discussion on the director’s anti-colonial works with Liz Chege (Festival Director, Africa in Motion), Dr. Aboubakar Sanogo (Associate Professor in Film Studies, Carleton University) and Ivan Mbowa (East Africa General Manager, Tala for East Africa).