FRIDAY: What’s on in London today [21/05/21]

FRIDAY 21 MAY 2021 (A–Z) // Films screening in London today including one-off events, limited runs, film clubs, repertory seasons, film festivals, outdoor events, & our selection of new releases.

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CAUTIONARY NOTE: This listing was compiled before more cinemas announced their reopening dates. It will be updated today (21 MAY) & we will post a new SCREEN GUIDE for the full week [21 to 27 MAY] later the same day.

  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 at Picturehouse Central (21 MAY 14:50).
  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70MM ‘unrestored version’ d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 at The Prince Charles (21 MAY 20:01).
  • AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 at The Prince Charles (21 MAY 14:40).
  • THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1998 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (21 MAY 19:30).
  • CALIFORNIA SPLIT d. Robert Altman, 1974 at BFI Southbank (21 MAY 17:50)
  • CAR WASH 35MM d. Michael Schultz, 1976 + Intro by Gurinder Chadha (21 MAY 20:55).
  • DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA d. Spike Lee, 2020 + Intro by Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals Director at BFI Southbank (21 MAY 18:00).
  • GET OUT d. Jordan Peele, 2017 at Picturehouse Central (21 MAY 20:30).
  • THE HUMAN VOICE d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2020 + Pre-recorded Q&A with Tilda Swinton and Pedro Almodóvar hosted by Mark Kermode at The Lexi Cinema (21 MAY 21:00).
  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (Director’s Cut) d. Peter Bogdanovich, 1971 (21 MAY 20:30).
  • MAGIC MIKE d. Steven Soderbergh, 2012 at Backyard Cinema (21 MAY 20:00).
  • MCCABE & MRS MILLER 4K d. Robert Altman, 1971 at BFI Southbank (21 MAY 14:30);
  • MY DONKEY, MY LOVER & I aka Antoinette dans les Cévennes d. Caroline Vignal, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (21 MAY 20:35)
  • POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ d. Celeste Bell & Paul Sng, 2021 at Catford Mews (21 MAY 18:15).
  • QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Picturehouse Central (21 MAY 15:15).
  • RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2020 + Intro/Q&A streamed live ahead of the film at Everyman Cinemas (21 MAY 19:40 – various venues).
  • RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2019 at BFI Southbank (21 MAY 21:00).
  • SPRING BLOSSOM d. Suzanne Lindon, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (21 MAY 20:40).
  • STATE FUNERAL d. Sergei Loznitsa, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (21 MAY 18:00 – main featured image).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at Picturehouse Central (21 MAY 12:30).


  • GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES aka Gurumbé: Canciones de tu memoria negra d. Miguel Ángel Rosales, 2016 + Discussion at BIMI (21 MAY 18:00 – FREE ONLINE EVENT).
  • QUO VADIS, AIDA? d. Jasmila Zbanic, 2020 + Discussion with the director & journalist Janine di Giovanni at Frontline Club (21 MAY 19:00 – FREE ONLINE EVENT).
  • BLACK PANTHER d. Ryan Coogler, 2018 at Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace (21 MAY 20:45).
  • DIRTY DANCING d. Emile Ardolino, 1987 at HideAway Film Club at Honourable Artillery Company, EC1Y (21 MAY 21:30).
  • GODZILLA VS KONG d. Adam Wingard, 2021 at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water (21 MAY 22:30).
  • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 at HideAway Film Club at Honourable Artillery Company, EC1Y (21 MAY 17:30).
  • MORTAL KOMBAT d. Simon McQuoid, 2021 at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water (21 MAY 19:45).
  • NOTTING HILL d. Roger Michell, 1999 at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East (21 MAY 21:00).
  • SOUND OF METAL d. Darius Marder, 2019 at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (21 MAY 21:00).
  • TOP GUN d. Tony Scott, 1986 at Drive In Film Club at Brent Cross (21 MAY 18:00).

AMMONITE d. Francis Lee, 2020 at BFI & Ciné Lumière (various dates).

This is a film still from RARE BEASTS (2021) which screens at Genesis Cinema on 20 MAY 2021 as part of their reopening programme.

RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2019 at BFI & Genesis Cinema (various dates).

This is a film still from SOUND OF METAL which screens at Rooftop Film Club.

SOUND OF METAL d. Darius Marder, 2019 + Recorded Q&A at Archlight Cinema (daily).

This is a film still from SPRING BLOSSOM.

Featured Attraction of the Week: SPRING BLOSSOM d. Suzanne Lindon, 2020 at Curzon Cinemas (daily) & Ciné Lumière (21 to 25 + 27 MAY various times).


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