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 16 to 22 MAR 2018.
Welcome to our weekly digest where we recommend moving pictures that might excite you.
This week, you should probably continue to treat yourself to some silent cinema with a choice of EARTH rescored by Grok at Genesis Cinema and LITTLE OLD NEW YORK with a live accompaniment by Morgan Cooke at Barbican (both 18 MAR). Then there’s one of the greatest of them all, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC celebrating its 90th anniversary at the Prince Charles (22 MAR).
The month continues to be a (really) busy one for film festivals with no fewer than 13 projecting across the city this Friday. Find out what’s happening where with our handy festivals guide. We’ve also posted a separate guide to BFI Flare, one of London’s LGBTQ film festivals (which is selling out fast).
Searching for our featured attraction of the week has taken us back to the 1980s. There are, amongst others, screenings of: ANGEL HEART and YEELEN (16 MAR); KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, PARIS, TEXAS and THE PRINCESS BRIDE (17 MAR); CALL ME BY YOUR NAME –which is, of course, set in 1983 – and WARGAMES (18 & 21 MAR); THE HIDDEN and FITZCARRALDO (19 MAR); BEACHES (20 MAR); BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and 2 FRIENDS (21 MAR); and, STOP MAKING SENSE (22 MAR).
Our featured attraction of the week is a chimera straight from our own curious childhoods. We’ll be taking another chance to hang back with the beautiful people with a rare 35mm screening of ST. ELMO’S FIRE + vintage trailers (22 MAR, Genesis) whilst THE DARK CRYSTAL calls to our inner Gelfling with a 35th anniversary grind show run (16 to 22 MAR, Prince Charles).
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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 also 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)
ANGEL HEART + Q&A with director Sir Alan Parker screens at BFI Southbank (18:05):
New York private eye Harry Angel is hired to look for missing crooner Johnny Favourite and finds his quest taking him to New Orleans. What starts as an ordinary job soon becomes a macabre nightmare involving a brush with the occult. Mickey Rourke has never been better than in this beautifully photographed Alan Parker classic, with a memorably haunting score mixing synthesiser and traditional blues by Trevor Jones.
LA HAINE + INTRO by Malia Bouattia screens at Rabbits Road, Old Manor Park Library (19:00):
Maghreb Ciné presents Mathieu Kassovitz’s film about 24 hours in the lives of three young men in the Parisian suburbs the day after a violent riot. “Stark, exquisite black-&-white photography drains what little cheer there is out of the concrete jungle, creating an alien cityscape devoid of sunshine. But Mathieu Kassovitz’s triumph is in finding humanity in every single one of his characters” Empire Magazine.
THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS: FILM WORK BY JOANNA MARGARET PAUL screens at The Cinema Museum (19:30):
Filmmaker and curator Peter Todd presents a programme of 12 films by New Zealand poet, painter, and filmmaker Joanna Margaret Paul. Often shot and edited in camera, her films chronicle motherhood and domestic life, the worn traces of urban settlement and the persistent presence of the natural world.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? DOUBLE INDEMNITY at BFI Southbank (18:20). PULP FICTION presented by Crofton Park Pictures at the Rivoli Ballrooms (20:30). YEELEN + INTRO by Ben Okri at BFI Southbank (20:50).
HOME FROM THE HILL screens at The Cinema Museum (15:00):
The Badlands Collective present a BFI 35mm archive print of Vincente Minnelli’s epic starring Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, and Luana Patten. “A cauldron of crucial, furious, and unresolved passions [that…] makes the subject hit home with an exceptionally visceral force” The New Yorker.
IT’S ORIGINS ARE INDETERMINATE screens at The Whitechapel Gallery (11:30):
A day of screenings and discussions examining the concept of ‘language-as-a-virus’. The works presented on screen test and bend the limits of language and breakdown systems of grammar control. Featuring work by Liz Magic Laser, Sondra Perry and Laure Prouvost, among others. With respondents Uma Breakdown, Tamar Clarke-Brown, and Jessa Mary Mockridge.
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE + INTRO by Ewan Cant screens at BFI Southbank (20:30):
Boasting one of the most deliciously absurd titles in B-movie history, the Chiodo Brothers’ candy-coloured classic is every bit as weird and wonderful as its outré moniker suggests. The plot, in case you hadn’t guessed, concerns a gang of intergalactic alien clowns causing havoc in an unassuming suburban town. Roll up, roll up, this is one circus you don’t want to miss!
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Genesis Cinema (15:30). PARIS, TEXAS at BFI Southbank (17:45). THE PRINCESS BRIDE at Regent Street Cinema (11:30). SOUTH ASIAN BRITAIN at Rabbits Road as part of Britain on Film Tour (16:00 – Free!). TALES OF THE NIGHT at Barbican (11:00 & 11:30). THE VIRGIN SUICIDES at Everyman Screen On The Green (23:30).
EARTH RESCORED LIVE BY GROK screens at Genesis Cinema (18:30 – Free!):
Genesis’ resident house band rescores Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s impressionistic silent Russian film. EARTH follows the trials of farmers on a collective who come into conflict with more affluent landowners. Led by Vasili (Semyon Savshenko), the farmers pool their resources to buy a tractor, a triumphant development that soon yields to tragedy. Despite the hardships that they face, the farmers press on, with their connection to the land evident in the film’s many moments of scenic rural beauty.
LITTLE OLD NEW YORK + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Morgan Cooke screens at Barbican (15:30):
A young Irish girl (controversial silent film star Marion Davies) arrives in early 19th century New York disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left for her late brother. Directed by the incredibly prolific Sidney Olcott – Toronto-born of Irish descent – this historical drama is based on a play by Rida Johnson Young. The film is accompanied live by acclaimed Galway musician Morgan Cooke with a range of instruments including piano, melodica and harp.
ONE CRAZY THING + Q&A with director Amit Gupta and key cast screens at Genesis Cinema (13:00):
Ourscreen presents ONE CRAZY THING. Jay is a former daytime TV star whose life has hit rock bottom until he meets his dream girl. Hannah is bright, beautiful and hates modern life. There’s just one problem. How does Jay tell Hannah about the leaked sex tape which made him an internet sensation?
Looking for something different (A–Z)? LE ACCELERATOR + Q&A with director Thomas Eikrem + FIST OF FURY presented by World Wide Weird at The King & Queen (18:00). BAMBI at BFI Southbank (15:30). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME at Stow Film Lounge (14:30). I MET HIM IN PARIS presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (18 MAR 14:30). WARGAMES 35mm at The Prince Charles Cinema (20:15).
DARK RIVER + Q&A with producer Tracy O’Riordan and casting director Amy Hubbard screens at LEXI (18:30):
In Clio Barnard’s latest feature, Alice (Ruth Wilson), an itinerant farm worker, returns to assert her claim to the tenancy of a run-down small holding after the death of her father. “It’s not an easy watch but ex-video artist Barnard is a powerful, gifted, intelligent film maker who isn’t afraid to confront and challenge.”
THE HIDDEN + TALK by Tom Huddleston screens at The Institute Of Light (19:15):
Science Fiction Theatre presents: A series of bizarre, inexplicable robberies and murders have L.A. police detective Tom Beck (Michael Nouri) totally baffled. And it doesn’t help when mysterious FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) tells him that a demonic extraterrestrial creature is invading the bodies of innocent victims – and transforming them into inhuman killers with an unearthly fondness for heavy-metal music, red Ferraris and unspeakable violence…
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE AWFUL TRUTH at The Prince Charles Cinema (18:35). FITZCARRALDO presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Five Bells (19:30). HANNA 35mm at The Prince Charles Cinema (20:45). KUHLE WAMPE at BFI Southbank (20:40). WISHMASTER at The Alibi (19:00).
BLACK GOLD + Q&A with director Nick Francis screens at Deptford Cinema (19:00):
The story of how multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets, dominating an industry worth over $80 billion. This makes coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Screening in support of Rhythms of Life, a charity supporting London’s homeless.
SPEAK UP aka À Voix Haute – La Force de la Parole screens at Ciné Lumière (18:30):
Each year at the University of Saint-Denis in the suburbs of Paris, the “Eloquentia” competition for Best Orator takes place. Any student can participate and prepare with the help of professionals, who teach them the tricks and trades of public speaking. Celebrates International Francophonie Day.
THE WILD FRONTIER screens at Barbican (19:00):
Co-directors Elisabeth Perceval and Nicolas Klotz’s documentary presents “a highly sensitive portrait of the now demolished Calais ‘jungle’ and its community of displaced migrants”. Presented by the Architecture Foundation as part of ARCHITECTURE ON FILM.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? CAKE + Q&A with director Asim Abbasi and cast at The Prince Charles Cinema (20:30). GUN CRAZY 35mm at The Prince Charles Cinema (18:25). JOURNEYMAN + Q&A with Paddy Considine at Curzon Soho (20 MAR 18:40). THE OMEN at BFI Southbank (20:50).
‘AD-MAD’ – 100 YEARS OF CINEMA ADVERTISING screens at The Cinema Museum (19:30 – Free!):
A trawl through the archives by film historian Alex Gleason to find cinema’s quirky and eccentric approach to selling. “Come with us on a roller coaster ride through a century of strange and wonderful filmic rediscoveries.” Donations encouraged to help Save The Cinema Museum.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London, will recount Tony Curtis’ long life and illustrious career, as well as his own experiences of interviewing the star in 2008, in this illustrated talk. Tony Curtis himself then stars as the ruthless publicist Sidney Falco, who’ll do anything to find himself in the good graces of newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster).
HAVE A NICE DAY + SRP LIVE screens at Rio Cinema (20:30):
A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang steals a bag containing 1 million yuan from his boss. News of the robbery spreads fast… Director Liu Jian delivers “a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation”. Preview screening followed by a live performance from Brooklyn based electronic duo and soundtrack artists, The Shanghai Restoration Project.
Second chance: HAVE A NICE DAY screens at Genesis Cinema with a panel discussion inc. David Jenkins, Editor of Little White Lies, soundtrack artists The Shanghai Restoration Project and other guests (22 MAR 18:40).
Looking for something different (A–Z)? THE AFRICAN QUEEN at Regent Street Cinema (12:00 & 15:30). BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 70mm at The Prince Charles Cinema (20:40). THE BLUE DAHLIA presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (19:30). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME at Screen25 (19:45). THE HEIRESS + INTRO by Pamela Hutchinson at BFI Southbank (18:10). THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (19:30). THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI at The Prince Charles Cinema (18:35).
EMPLACING screens at Close-Up (19:30):
UEL Moving Image Research Centre presents a programme looking at the relation of artist-filmmakers to urban and public space and the architectural endeavour. Featuring seven films by London-based artists, exploring the built, the un-built, the destroyed and overlaps between the architectural and filmic vision. Curated by Sharone Lifschitz, the screening will be followed by an informal Q&A with the artists.
THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR + DISCUSSION with director Nancy Buirski screens at Curzon Soho (18:30):
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support. Presented by UN Women.
ST ELMO’S FIRE 35mm + INTRO screens at Genesis Cinema (20:50):
The Celluloid Sorceress presents a rare 35mm presentation of the seminal brat pack smash hit. THE BREAKFAST CLUB alumni Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson star with Mare Winningham, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy and Rob Lowe in director Joel Schumacher’s “glamorous soap opera of post-graduate Generation X anxiety”. With a selection of vintage 35mm trailers before the feature.
Looking for something different (A–Z)? MURIEL’S WEDDING presented by Kennington Classics at The Cinema Museum (19:30). THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC at The Prince Charles (18:30). STOP MAKING SENSE at Rio Cinema (19:00). WAGES OF FEAR presented by Bigger Picture Film Club at East Dulwich Tavern (20:00).
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
EXHIBITIONS (by event/venue)
HE XIANGYU: EVIDENCE screens at White Cube Bermondsey (until 08 APR – FREE, check for times):
White Cube presents an exhibition of He Xiangyu at Bermondsey, including his feature length film, THE SWIM (2017), as well as new installation, sculpture and video. THE SWIM will be screened twice daily in the auditorium (TUE to SAT at 11:00 & 15:00 and once on SUN at 15:00).
IAN CHENG screens at the Serpentine Galleries (until 28 MAY – FREE, check for opening days/times):
Artist Ian Cheng likens his live simulations to ‘a computer game that plays itself’, testing the capacity of humans to relate to continual change. Meet his new AI species, BOB (evolving in real time from 6 March to 22 April). The second part of the exhibition takes over from 22 APR with his trilogy of simulations, EMISSARIES (2015-17).
JOAN JONAS at Tate Modern (until 05 AUG):
Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. This is the largest exhibition of Jonas’ work ever held in the UK. Installations include Lines in the Sand, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation.
NEW WORK: ADAM LEWIS JACOB WILDCAT screens at LUX Moving Image (17 MAR 14:30 to 16:30):
LUX presents Adam Lewis Jacob’s new film work WILDCAT (2017) as part of an ongoing New Work screening series, showcasing recent work by artists based in the UK.
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.
SANDRA PERRY: TYPHOON COMING ON screens at Serpentine Galleries (until 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.
TACITA DEAN: PORTRAIT screens at the National Portrait Gallery (until 28 MAY – Tickets £14/£12.50 concession, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
This major new exhibition will focus on portraiture primarily through the medium of 16mm film. The exhibition will be the first in the gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film, and also reveals Tacita Dean’s own longstanding and personal interest in portraiture as a genre.
TACITA DEAN: STILL LIFE screens at the National Gallery (until 28 MAY – FREE, check with the gallery for opening days/times):
STILL LIFE presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums. Works by the artist herself – including a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, IDEAS FOR SCULPTURE IN A SETTING and PRISONER PAIR (2008, 16mm) – feature alongside works by Dean’s contemporaries and paintings from the National Gallery Collection.
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
SEASONS (by event/venue)
ANIMATION 2018 screens at BFI Southbank (until DEC):
BFI continues a yearlong celebration of animation with WATERSHIP DOWN (18 MAR 13:10).
DZIGA-VERTOV GROUP screens at Close-Up (until 27 MAR):
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. Screening this week: VLADIMIR AND ROSA (20 MAR 19:30) and WIND FROM THE EAST (21 MAR 19:30).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA XI screens at Close-Up (until 29 MAR):
Close-Up resurrects their much-loved Essential Cinema programme, an ongoing series of films that have shaped the history and art of cinema. Projecting this week is HARD TO BE A GOD (18 MAR 19:30).
GIRLFRIENDS screens at BFI Southbank (until 31 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: DAISIES (16 MAR 20:20); WALKING & TALKING (17 & 19 MAR); MARTHA & NIKKI (18 & 21 MAR); POISON IVY (19 MAR 20:30); BEACHES (20 MAR 20:30); and, 2 FRIENDS + INTRO by Isabel Stevens & Sophie Monks Kaufman (21 MAR 18:20).
HEDY LAMARR ON SCREEN screens at BFI Southbank (until 18 MAR):
Following the hugely popular premiere of BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (which enjoys a grind show run until 18 MAR), BFI screens a limited run of Lamarr’s movies, including the one that really started it all, ECSTASY (17 MAR 16:15).
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 THE GLEANERS AND I (16 MAR 19:30).
INGMAR BERGMAN screens at BFI Southbank (until end MAR):
We feel like we’ve been listing it forever, but this really is your last chance…. This month’s theme is PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS… which looks at the artist’s role in the world and continues with a screening of: THE LAST GASP (17 MAR 14:20); THE HOUR OF THE WOLF (17 MAR 15:45); IN THE PRESENCE OF A CLOWN (17 MAR 18:10); SAWDUST & TINSEL (17 MAR 20:50); and, THE FACE (18 & 20 MAR). THE MAGIC FLUTE continues its grind show run (until 22 MAR).
PAWEL LOZINSKI FOCUS screens at ICA (17 & 18 MAR):
One of the most celebrated documentarians in Europe, Paweł Łoziński is a master of intimate, deeply emotional portraits of character and relationships. Łoziński doesn’t shy away from difficult questions and situations, opening up a window for viewers to not only observe what’s portrayed on screen but confront their own reality. Screenings are: CHEMO (17 MAR 13:30) and FATHER & SON (18 MAR 13:30).
VAULT FESTIVAL screens at VAULT (until 18 MAR):
This year’s Vault festival includes a number of excellent film events including The Bechdel Test Fest’s presentation of WONDERLAND + LIVE MUSIC (18 MAR 15:00), Michael Winterbottom’s intimate portrait of a family of working class women living in London in the late 90s.
WALERIAN BOROWCZYK: OBSCURE PLEASURES screens at Close-Up (09 to 23 MAR):
Close-Up begins a new season dedicated to “master craftsman, Dadaist prankster, and unrepentant sensualist” Walerian Borowczyk. This week, you can see THEATRE OF MR & MRS KABAL + GAVOTTE (16 MAR 19:30); GOTO, ISLAND OF LOVE + ANGEL’S GAMES (17 MAR 19:30); and, WALERIAN BOROWCZYK DOCUMENTARIES (18 MAR 17:30).
WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD screens at Ciné Lumière (28 FEB to 31 MAR):
NOW SHOWING: MUSEUM SHOWS PART 3
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
Film festivals projecting this week:
- Women in Activism (03 to 24 MAR)
- Human Rights Watch (07 to 16 MAR)
- Kinoteka (07 to 29 MAR)
- Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (13 to 24 MAR)
- DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival (14 to 18 MAR)
- UK Asian Film Festival (14 to 25 MAR)
- St. Patrick’s Day Film Festival (16 to 18 MAR)
- Chronic Youth Film Festival (17 to 18 MAR)
- Playback Festival (21 to 25 MAR)
- Right Now Film Festival (21 to 27 MAR)
- Sound Screen Music & Film Festival (21 to 28 MAR)
- The Essay Film Festival (21 to 29 MAR)
- BFI Flare (21 MAR to 01 APR)
Find out what’s on where with our handy roundup.
Read our special preview of BFI Flare 2018 here.
NOW SHOWING: GRIND SHOWS
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
THE DARK CRYSTAL screens at The Prince Charles Cinema (16 to 22 MAR):
The unprecedented vision and mythic storytelling of Jim Henson’s 1982 epic fantasy-adventure THE DARK CRYSTAL returns to the big screen courtesy of Park Circus, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures. A milestone in fantasy filmmaking, THE DARK CRYSTAL was co-directed with Frank Oz and produced by Gary Kurtz.
I GOT LIFE! screens at Ciné Lumière (21 to 31 MAR):
Separated from her husband, unemployed and about to become a grandmother, 50-year-old Aurore feels pushed into the background by a society set against senior citizens. But what if a whole life could begin right now? Blandine Lenoir’s first feature is a cri du coeur to women over fifty with a heartfelt performance by French actress Agnès Jaoui (Le Goût des autres).
The preview screening on 21 MAR 18:30 includes a Q&A with director Blandine Lenoir.
THE LONG SEASON screens at DocHouse (16 to 22 MAR):
Returning with his trademark single shot technique, renowned filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich’s new doc follows the highs and lows of daily life for Syrians living in Lebanon’s Majdal Anjar refugee camp. A sellout at this year’s Human Rights Watch film festival, THE LONG SEASON reveals with extraordinary intimacy the real lives behind the refugee crisis statistics.
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Featured image: ST ELMO’S FIRE (1985).