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Dan Carrier’s movie news: Brakes; Jane Goodall; The End of the World

24 November, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Noel Fielding in Brakes

Mercedes Grower’s new film Brakes is out this week, and you can catch it in the West End and Dalston over the weekend. Starring Highgate-based Mercedes, with other N6 / NW5 faces such as Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, it is a series of short stories about the moment a relationship ends – and takes us to when they first start too. You can see the film with a Q&A with Mercedes and Noel Fielding at Picturehouse Central, Shaftesbury Avenue, on November 24 at 7pm.

• So, we were told this week that the government does not believe any other animal but humans are “sentient” beings. As part of the EU (withdrawal) Bill, the Conservative Party voted to scrap legislation that considers non-human animals as sentient beings that can feel pain or experience emotions. The sheer weirdness of this idea feels even more unexplainable when you check out a documentary called Jane, which is released this week. It tells the story of Dr Jane Goodall who in 1960, aged 26, started working with chimpanzees in Tanzania. This documentary tells her story – and has plenty of meltingly lovely footage of her interacting with the creatures she studied.

• Not strictly cinema, but moving pictures: artist David Blandy’s The End of the World runs at the Seventeen gallery in Haggerston and is worth the trip. Featuring three screens, the viewer is sent through the solar system, a house in Golders Green and a high street mobile phone shop. Immersive, creative, odd – it’s a wonderful piece of cinema as art. See


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