To help your hunt for adventurous moving pictures, RADIANT CIRCUS hand-picks the best movies, film events and gallery screenings in London for the week ahead*.
Things continue to be a tad quiet with Ciné Lumière and Close-Up amongst others taking a well-earned summer break. There are still plenty of treasures to be found and documentary (RADIANT CIRCUS rule #5) is a great place to start. Options include the DOC/FEST PRESENTS weekender at Bertha DocHouse, OLA BALOGUN PROGRAMME at BFI, work in progress night ROUGH CUTS at The Horse Hospital and RAILWAY SLEEPERS at ICA.
“Make no mistake, THE EVIL WITHIN is very clearly the handiwork of a rank amateur under the influence of powerful narcotics.” (The Guardian).
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FRIDAY 04 AUGUST 2017, 18:30, CURZON BLOOMSBURY
We’ve already given you a sneak preview, but tonight we’re drawn to the shock and awe of BRIMSTONE & GLORY which opens DOC/FEST PRESENTS. From the strong weekend lineup, MOTHERLAND screens all week at the Bloomsbury home of documentary film.
SATURDAY 05 AUGUST 2017, 16:20, ICA
ICA secures some excellent exclusives and Thai documentary RAILWAY SLEEPERS continues the trend. Taking the form of a two-day, two-night trip from the north to the south of the country, Sompot Chidgasornpongse’s film “turns the train into a microcosm of life in Thailand”. Other dates and times available.
Looking for an alternative? THE GHOUL + Q&A (15:30) with director Gareth Tunley is hosted by Reese Shearsmith at Curzon Bloomsbury. Any film that’s described as a British LOST HIGHWAY sounds like a good bet to us…
SUNDAY 06 AUGUST 2017, 16:00, BARBICAN
Rarely screened piece of Police speculative fiction, O-BI, O-BA: THE END OF CIVILISATION gets an outing at Barbican with a little help from The Polish Cultural Institute. The post-apocalyptic drama screens as part of Barbican’s excellent SCI-FI SUNDAYS/ INTO THE UNKNOWN.
“Like Waiting for Godot transferred to a post-nuclear society, O-BI, O-BA is a tale of suffering and hopeless resilience, skewering any idea of redemption or saviour.”
Looking for an alternative? OLA BALOGUN DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMME (13:00) runs with a recently slimmed down programme as part of BFI’s ongoing AFRICAN ODYSSEYS. Whatever happened, the surviving shorts are very rare indeed.
MONDAY 07 AUGUST 2017, 19:00, DEPTFORD CINEMA
We’re sat writing this with the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Semi-Final on in the background, so tonight’s pick is more than appropriate. OFFSIDE + LIKE A GIRL (19:00) screens at Deptford Cinema:
“Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear, the comic, hugely entertaining OFFSIDE tells the story of a rebellious group of young football-obsessed girls who hatch an audacious plan to sneak into a world cup-qualifying game at the Azadi stadium in Tehran. First, they have to outwit a law that bans Iranian women from attending games.”
TUESDAY 08 AUGUST 2017, 20:40, REGENT STREET CINEMA
There’s often something peculiar about the way the über wealthy choose to spend their cash, but this one’s a reel oddity. THE EVIL WITHIN was directed by a Getty family heir who died during production. The Guardian gives good account of the tragic backstory and producer Michael Luceri will spill the beans in a Skype Q&A after the film.
Looking for an alternative? More documentaries abound with ROUGH CUTS: THE BOYS FROM MUSHIN (18:30) from Open City Docs at The Horse Hospital and DAUGHTERS OF BANGLADESH + Q&A (19:00) at Frontline Club.
WEDNESDAY 09 AUGUST 2017, VARIOUS
One day, two double bills…
David Lynch has featured in our GUIDES before, and is likely to again, but Regent Street Cinema’s double bill of THE ELEPHANT MAN (18:30) followed by DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE (20:50) seems pretty irresistible. Save yourself £7 by doing the double when you checkout online.
Looking for an alternative? ORTON: OBSCENITIES IN SUBURBIA continues at BFI. Pay attention to the 50 years since the playwright’s tragic murder with a daring double bill of WHAT THE BUTLER SAW (18:30) and LOOT (20:40) for the bargain price of £15.
THURSDAY 10 AUGUST 2017, 21:00, GENESIS CINEMA
As befits this monster franchise, SHIN GODZILLA (aka Godzilla Resurgence)¹ stomps across the city for its ‘one night only’ release. We’ve chosen Genesis Cinema (21:00), but try the Picturehouse chain as part of their Culture Shock strand (various times), or Prince Charles Cinema (18:05 & 20:45). Full listings can be found here.
FESTIVALS / SEASONS / TALKS
BFI continues a number of splendid seasons including FOR AN IMPOSSIBLE CINEMA: CUBAN DOCUMENTARIES (we’d also recommend SANTIAGO ALVAREZ, 08 AUG), GROSS INDECENCY (how about TWO GENTLEMAN SHARING + Q&A, 10 AUG?) and INDIA ON FILM.
House of Vans is enjoying a sunny summer with free/no booking required season, DYSTOPIA. Amongst the usual suspects, we’d pick FAHRENHEIT 451 (06 AUG, 14:00 & 16:00).
JW3 serves up KOSHER KINO: JEWISH CUISINE ON FILM (06 AUG, 12:00). Enjoy three short films − LIFE & HUMMUS, THE LAST BLINTZ & BAGELS IN THE BLOOD − before splashing the £5 voucher that’s included in your ticket at in-house eatery, Zest.
More places to shelter from the storm in next week’s GUIDE.
*As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any mistakes. We try to cover film events you can get tickets for at the time of posting. Click quickly!
¹Like this year’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, the monster gets a boost…
Featured image: THE EVIL WITHIN (2017).