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Canada Now 2019: Hugh Hefner After Dark: Speaking Out in America

Curzon Soho

26 April 2019 · 6:30pm

Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 5DY · Get directions

Organised by: Canada Now Film Festival

Certificate: 15

Format: DCP

From Brigitte Berman, Oscar-winning director of Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got (1985), comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner.

In addition to its considered portrait of Hefner as a man of his times who also transcended them, this film features an incredible array of archival footage from Hugh Hefner’s landmark TV series, Playboy’s Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1968–1970).

Amongst the martinis and bonhomie, Hefner’s shows offered urgent cultural and political commentaries from pop culture luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr.

CANADA NOW 2019 is a showcase of New Canadian Cinema in the UK, beginning with a series of screenings, Q&As, talks and panel discussions from the 24th – 28th April in London, featuring nine outstanding new pieces of filmmaking over one invigorating weekend in the heart of London’s West End.

From the 1st May onwards the films will begin a nationwide tour of cinemas and venues across the UK.

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