RADIANT CIRCUS hunts out the best independent movie nights, film events & gallery screenings in London for the week ahead*. Here’s our SCREEN GUIDE for 02 to 08 MAR 2018.
Welcome to our weekly digest where we recommend moving pictures that might excite you.
This week, it’s International Women’s Day, so we’ve broken our usual format to include all the events we could find on THUR 08 MAR. We’ll add any new events that come our way as the week unfolds. For everything else that’s screening in March, read our F-Rated roundup.
March is a (really) busy month for film festivals with Edge of Frame (02 to 04 MAR), Women in Activism (03 to 24 MAR), Future Meridian Short Film (05 MAR), Cinema Made In Italy (07 to 11 MAR), Human Rights Watch (07 to 16 MAR) and Kinoteka (07 to 29 MAR) all showing this week. Find out what’s projecting where with our handy festivals guide.
Our featured attraction of the week is the next F-RATED edition of Billy Chainsaw’s Nova Nights: O. B. De Alessi Presents KUO’S EYES & Other Visions of Darkness at The Horse Hospital (08 MAR). We look forward to seeing you there.
Update 03 MAR: DZIGA-VERTOV GROUP (02 to 27 MAR) at Close-Up Centre – with help from the fine folk at Arrow Academy – added to MUSEUM SHOWS.
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#SCREENGUIDE: We highlight up to three SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off events) each day and a quick roundup of others. There’s a summary of MUSEUM SHOWS (divided into exhibitions and seasons & festivals) and GRIND SHOWS (regular runs) below the line. Follow date & section links to find what you want. Use your ‘back’ button to return here.
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NOW SHOWING: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
LA CHINOISE screens at Close-Up (19:30):
Jean-Pierre Léaud plays Guillaume, an agitprop performer in a small group of students who passionately debate the impact of Mao’s cultural revolution and what chance terrorism might have in triggering comparable radicalisation in the West.
GOLDFINGER screens at BFI Southbank (20:50):
This is the Bond that has it all; Pussy Galore, the Aston Martin, the gold-covered woman, the deadly laser beam and a huge budget too. Connery’s third outing as the suave spy found him tackling the gold-obsessed Auric Goldfinger and his brutal man servant, Oddjob.
ROAD HOUSE 35mm screens at The Prince Charles Cinema (21:00):
The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he’s more than capable. Grab yourself a free beer with every ticket!
#GENESISTERS VOL 7 screens at Genesis Cinema (19:00):
Loud Women and Genesis present an evening of “live music, a film screening and the usual selection of ‘zine stalls, themed cocktails and the obligatory free cupcakes”.
HIDDEN AGENDA screens at Deptford Cinema (18:00):
A member of a panel investigating British atrocities in Northern Ireland is caught up in the cover-up of the death of her boyfriend at the hands of British soldiers. At the time of release this was seen as one of director Ken Loach’s most controversial films. Aka ‘the one with Frances McDormand’.
THE RED BALLOON screens at Whirled Cinema (11:00):
One of the greatest children’s films of all time, THE RED BALLOON is a much-loved French story about a young boy who goes on a series of adventures with a red balloon that he finds in the street.
BEING BLACKER + Q&A with Molly Dineen and Blacker Dread screens at Rio Cinema (14:00):
After a ten-year absence, BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning filmmaker Molly Dineen is back with a new feature documentary. BEING BLACKER is an intimate, portrait of Jamaican-born reggae producer, businessman, father, son, and community pillar, Blacker Dread.
THE HITCH-HIKER screens at Curzon Goldsmiths (13:30):
Birds Eye View presents Ida Lupino’s 1953 film about two fishermen who pick up a psychotic escaped convict only to find that he intends to murder them when the ride is over…. After the screening, Mia Bays and Joanna Duncombe host an illustrated talk about the film and director Lupino’s journey from S.E London to Hollywood stardom
ALMOST HEAVEN + Q&A with director Carol Slater screens at Deptford Cinema (15:30):
ALMOST HEAVEN follows quirky, innocent Ying Ling, an ambitious 17 year-old girl far from home, struggling to overcome her sense of displacement, alienation and fears of death as she trains to become a mortician in one of China’s largest funeral homes. Part of Deptford’s Silk Road Film Club.
BRITISH SHORTS screens at The Institute of Light (19:15):
Short Sighted Cinema presents a diverse selection of short film exploring the unique facets of ‘Britishness’ through “an entertaining and eye-opening look at our characters, culture and our many, many quirks”.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME screens at The Five Bells (19:30):
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Presented by Deeper Into Movies.
WOMAN OF THE DUNES 35mm screens at BFI (18:10):
An entomologist collecting insects is tricked by villagers into lodging for the night in a sandpit inhabited by an attractive but inarticulate woman, and he soon realises he may be trapped…
Looking for something different? JIGSAW at The Alibi (19:00 – free) starts a string of horror shows at the Dalston pub.
CINEMA PARADISO screen at Deptford Cinema (19:30):
Arrow Video Club presents Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema. Salvatore, a successful film director, returns home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood.
THE DIVINE ORDER + Q&A with director Petra Volpe screens at Ciné Lumière (20:30):
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival and Switzerland’s entry at the Academy Awards this year, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote.
HONDROS + Q&A with director Greg Campbell screens at Frontline Club (19:00):
In HONDROS, childhood friend and fellow journalist Greg Campbell explores the life and legacy of celebrated war photographer Chris Hondros, retracing the path of his career and creating a detailed and revealing portrait of a man whose innate humanity impacted the people he encountered in long-lasting and unexpected ways.
Looking for something different? PARIS, TEXAS at BFI (20:20).
BRUK OUT! – A DANCEHALL QUEEN DOCUMENTARY screens at Screen25 (19:45):
Screen25 presents filmmaker Cori Wapnowska’s documentary about the raw and energic world of Jamaican dancehall culture, seen through the eyes of the women at its very heart. Dancehall Origins and Ignition Dance Company will bring the magic of dancehall to life with a fun and dynamic dance class before the film (18:30).
TAMARA HENDERSON: OUT OF BODY screens at Tate Modern (18:30):
Discover the imaginative films of Canadian artist Tamara Henderson in this short film programme which includes the world premiere of SEASONS END: OUT OF BODY. Henderson’s works are shot with a 16mm camera and edited in camera.
MOVING THE GOALPOSTS + BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM screens at Rich Mix (19:30):
Girls on Film presents a discussion on the state of women’s team sports followed by a screening of the cult classic BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM.
A REAL JOB IS TO MAKE SOMETHING screens at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (20:00):
As forty years of manufacturing at the Wearite factory on West Green Road come.s to an end, this screening of new works by, amongst others, Rosie Edwards, Kate Owens and Kate Keara Pelan highlights a place and a community and considers the value of making things in present times.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY + SATELLITE Q&A with exec producer Susan Sarandon and director Alexandra Dean screens at Bertha DocHouse (18:20):
Combining a rediscovered interview with reflections from her closest friends, family and admirers, including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne, Alexandra Dean’s BOMBSHELL gives Hollywood’s “most beautiful woman in the world” the chance to tell her own story.
Beamed from a sold out event at BFI Southbank. Other cinemas available.
LET THE SUNSHINE IN screens at Ciné Lumière (20:40):
Claire Denis’ latest film and Ciné Lumierè’s special screening for International Women’s Day 2018. Juliette Binoche is Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist in search of definitive love. Loosely inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse, she moves elliptically from one romance to another.
NOVA NIGHTS EP#10: KUO’S EYES & OTHER DARK VISIONS screens at The Horse Hospital (19:00):
O. B. De Alessi presents her 2017 film: KUO’S EYES. Young Kuo is found unconscious in the woods with his eyes torn out. Using his stuffed bear companion Bainfu as a guide, he goes in search of the person responsible for this heinous act. The evening also features a selection of O. B. De Alessi’s video works and the artist will be in conversation with Billy Chainsaw.
THE RIDER screens at Genesis Cinema (21:00):
Celebrate International Women’s Day in style with Birds Eye View and Playback Festival 2018, who are taking over the Genesis Cinema for the evening. The bar is open from 19:00 to enjoy the IWD2018 cocktail and so you can mingle with the Birds Eye View / Playback / Random Acts crews alongside protests art workshops and a preview screening of Chloé Zhao’s THE RIDER: “one of the finest examples of the female gaze you’ll see all year”.
WOMEN IN REVOLT screens at Regent Street Cinema (20:45):
Shorts On Tap and CinemaItaliaUK present the return of award-winning series WOMEN IN REVOLT with a selection of works “depicting, describing and challenging the very essence of daughterhood”. Features short film from around the world, panel discussion and special guests.
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE + Q&A with Lynne Ramsay screens at Curzon Bloomsbury (18:45):
A senator’s daughter has been kidnapped. The authorities can do nothing. Ex-soldier Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), who has a reputation for resolving impossible situations, is contracted to return the girl safely home. However, things don’t quite go to plan in this stripped-down psychological thriller by Lynne Ramsay.
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS
EXHIBITIONS (by event/venue)
BL CK B X: SEAMUS HARAHAN – SHINEY WET STONES screens at LUX Moving Image (until 10 MAR 2018 – FREE, check for times):
A body of video works by 2015 Jarman Award-winning artist, Seamus Harahan.
IAN CHENG screens at the Serpentine Galleries (06 MAR to 28 MAY – FREE, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
Ian Cheng explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change.
PATRICK HOUGH, JOHN SKOOG, and ØRJAN AMUNDSEN screens at The Whitechapel Gallery (until 01 APR – FREE, check for times):
A selection of artists from The Whitechapel’s ARTISTS’ FILM INTERNATIONAL partnership of moving image galleries. The 2018 edition focuses on the theme of truth. Each of the selected artists explore the relationship between fact and fiction.
patten: 3049 shows at Tenderpixel (until 03 MAR – FREE, check for times):
London duo patten reconfigures fragmentary background elements of film, literature, sound and set design collected from the world of modern sci-fi into a hallucinogenic and immersive audiovisual environment. The resulting space sets the stage for a positive future, asking; ‘how do we make it to 3049?’.
SANDRA PERRY: TYPHOON COMING ON screens at Serpentine Galleries (06 MAR to 20 MAY – FREE, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
The Serpentine presents the first European solo exhibition of American artist Sondra Perry who explores the intersection of black identity, digital culture and power structures through video, media, installation and performance.
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS
SEASONS (by event/venue)
ANIMATION 2018 screens at BFI Southbank (until DEC):
BFI continues a yearlong celebration of animation with FUNNY WOMEN GET ANIMATED: REVISITING ‘CRAPSTON VILLAS’ & ‘POND LIFE’ (06 MAR 18:20): “The late 1990s saw not one but two animated, adult sitcoms on mainstream television, both written and directed by women.”
CLAIRE DENIS screens at Deptford Cinema (until 11 MAR):
The seasons dedicated to the French filmmaker continues with CHOCOLAT (04 MAR 18:30).
DZIGA-VERTOV GROUP screens at Close-Up (until 27 MAR):
Celebrating the release of a new Blu-Ray box-set from Arrow Academy, this programme features seven films that serve as examples of Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s revolutionary project to combine documentary, formal innovation and radical politics. As Godard told an English journalist of the era, film is not a gun – but “a light which helps you check your gun.” Screening this week: LA CHINOISE (02 MAR 19:30); A FILM LIKE ANY OTHER (06 MAR 19:30); BRITISH SOUNDS (07 MAR 19:30); LETTER TO JANE (07 MAR 20:45); and, TOUT VA BIEN (08 MAR 19:30).
GIRLFRIENDS screens at BFI Southbank (FEB & MAR):
BFI invites you to “revisit cherished classics and discover trailblazing women filmmakers in our season celebrating female friendships.” Every title screens with a suitable short and there’s a good smattering of 35mm. This week, you can try: GIRLFRIENDS (02 MAR 18:20); NOW & THEN (02 MAR 20:40); IN BETWEEN (03 & 07 MAR); THE WOMEN (04 MAR 15:10); DAISIES (04 MAR 18:15); BEACHES (04 MAR 19:50); 2 FRIENDS (05 MAR 20:40); SMASHING TIME + INTRO by Melanie Williams (06 MAR 18:05); and, NINE TO FIVE (06 MAR 20:30).
HIT THE ROAD screens at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (MAR & APR):
Classic Cinema Club Ealing screens a new season of “moving pictures: the epitome of road movies and buddy films, along with some acclaimed documentaries and animation”. Feel the wind in your hair with a programme of popular films including this week’s EASY RIDER (02 MAR 19:30).
INGMAR BERGMAN screens at BFI Southbank (until end MAR):
Celebrating 100 years since the master filmmaker’s birth, this ‘definitive’ season covers both big and small screen outings. A new month brings a new theme: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS… looks at the artist’s role in the world and kicks off with screenings of: SAWDUST & TINSEL (02 MAR 18:40); AFTER THE REHEARSAL (03 & 07 MAR); THE FACE (03 & 04 MAR); HOUR OF THE WOLF (03, 04 & 07 MAR); THE RITE (04 & 05 MAR); IN THE PRESENCE OF A CLOWN (06 MAR 20:40); and, THE LAST GASP (08 MAR 18:30).
ORBITAL COMICS screens at Genesis Cinema (ongoing):
Genesis’ collab with the comic book supremos continues with AMERICAN SPLENDOR (08 MAR 18:40).
OSCAR® WEEK screens at Barbican (02 to 08 MAR):
A chance to see all the Best Picture contenders, including: GET OUT (02 MAR 20:45); DARKEST HOUR (03 MAR 17:40); THE SQUARE (04 MAR 11:00); THE POST (04 MAR 15:15); PHANTOM THREAD (04 MAR 17:45); DUNKIRK (05 MAR 20:45); THE SHAPE OF WATER (06 MAR 20:30); and, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (07 MAR 20:40) .
See Greta Gerwig’s LADY BIRD on International Women’s Day (08 MAR 20:45).
Barbican’s screening of the LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM nominees is sold out, but you can catch the programme at your local Picturehouse as part of their DISCOVER TUESDAYS strand. Here it is at Picturehouse Central (06 MAR 18:30): other Picturehouses available.
VAULT FESTIVAL screens at VAULT (until 18 MAR):
This year’s Vault festival includes a number of excellent film events including FUNNY WOMEN COMEDY SHORTS (04 MAR 15:00).
WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD screens at Ciné Lumière (until 31 MAR):
Part of WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD, CÉSAR & HER (04 to 31 MAR) is dedicated to the women celebrated by France’s most prestigious cinema awards. This week’s films are: TROIS HOMMES ET UN COUFFIN (04 MAR 14:00) and WATER LILIES (06 MAR 18:30).
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
Film festivals opening this week:
- Edge of Frame (02 to 04 MAR)
- Women in Activism (03 to 24 MAR)
- Future Meridian Short Film (05 MAR)
- Cinema Made In Italy (07 to 11 MAR)
- Human Rights Watch (07 to 16 MAR)
- Kinoteka (07 to 29 MAR)
Find out what’s projecting where with our handy roundup.
NOW SHOWING: GRIND SHOWS
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME screens at Whirled Cinema (05 to 11 MAR):
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father.
ERASE & FORGET screens at ICA (02 to 08 MAR):
Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s ERASE & FORGET is a new investigative documentary charting the extraordinary life and times of Bo Gritz, one of America’s highest decorated veterans and the ‘inspiration’ for Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo and Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz.
GOOD THOUGHTS, GOOD WORDS, GOOD DEEDS: THE CONDUCTOR ZUBIN MEHTA screens at JW3 (04 to 08 MAR):
UKJF presents Bettina Ehrhardt’s fascinating documentary about the music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced on the eve of Zubin Mehta’s 80th birthday the doc is a “timely celebration of the legendary maestro’s life and work”.
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Featured image: KUO’S EYES (2017).