Hidden Figures – an empowering true story for International Women’s Day

Still from Hidden Figures (2016) starring (L-R):  Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer 


For International Women’s Day, The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema will feature a fabulous film from the United States. Released in 2016, Hidden Figures is the incredible yet little known true story about three women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind American astronaut John Glenn’s ground-breaking orbit around the Earth.

Playing on 10 March, our Saturday afternoon movie has a top-draw cast: Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – three brilliant African-American women whose intellect not only enabled the successful launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, but also helped the USA move ahead of the Soviets in the all-important Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations.

The film picked up multiple awards when it was released two years ago. It picked up rave reviews from the public and critics too. The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday wrote:

“Far from a dry scientific tutorial or historical treatise, ‘Hidden Figures’ is a warm, lively, often funny depiction of women whose brains and work ethic were indefatigable.”

Peter Debruge penned this about the film for Variety: “’Hidden Figures’ is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts.”

Still from Hidden Figures (2016) starring Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner, and Jim Parsons

The film also boasts an all-star supporting cast including Oscar winners Mahershala Ali and Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons, who is better known to most as Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.

The Hamlets returns to Account 3 for this special screening. Based in Bethnal Green, the venue is a social enterprise led by black and minority- ethnic women, who provide training and advice, as well as two nurseries for local people.

This event is free to attend but prior registration is required via Eventbrite or in person at Account 3 to guarantee your place.


About The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema

Launched in September 2017, The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema is a community cinema project managed by film charity Balik Arts and funded by Tower Hamlets Council as part of its Thriving High Streets programme.

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Event: The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema presents Hidden Figures
Language: English
Film Classification: PG
Date: Tuesday 10th March 2018
Start Time: 3pm
Duration: 126 mins
Venue: Account 3, 3 Birkbeck Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6JY
Admission: this event is for women only
Tickets: Free, but prior registration is required via Eventbrite or in person at Account 3 to guarantee your place. 


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