SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 04.12.18

RADIANT CIRCUS is your handcrafted guide to London’s DIY, indie & alternative movie nights, film events & gallery screenings. Our DAILY UPDATE helps you find great films in London today*.

Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).

Featured attraction: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING + Q&A with director RaMell Ross at ICA (04 DEC 20:30): “As a documentary, it’s informative, emotional and intriguing. As a record of African-American imagery, it’s not just an evaluation of “how we are seen,” it’s also a corrective that replaces stereotypes with visual poetry.” – Odie Henderson at


Before tonight’s screening of CALENDAR (04 DEC 20:15) at Close-Up Film Centre, we interviewed guest curator Andrew Gutman about programme UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND > HERE.

We’ve also interviewed guest curator Eleonora Pesci about THE PURSUIT OF WHOLENESS, a programme at Close-Up Film Centre which pays tribute to seminal avant-garde filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos (07 to 09 DEC) > HERE.



Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: HAKOB HOVNATANYAN at ICA (04 DEC).
Films in London today: HAKOB HOVNATANYAN at ICA (04 DEC).

A FANTASTIC WOMAN + Skype Q&A with director Sebastián Leilo at Rich Mix (04 DEC 18:00):

  • Welcome Sessions presents: A groundbreaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance, anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega.

Peter Bradshaw
at ICA (04 DEC 18:45):

  • In association with Kino Klassika, the ICA presents the UK premiere of a new restoration of Sergei Parajanov’s influential short film HAKOB HOVNATANYAN, followed by Kino Klassika’s annual Christmas screening of Eldar Ryazanov’s 1950s musical comedy, CARNIVAL NIGHT.

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING + Q&A with director RaMell Ross at ICA (04 DEC 20:30):

  • Dazzling and sun-drenched, Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama. Constructed from a series of fleeting, quotidian moments – church services, basketball practice and family gatherings – RaMell Ross’ careful, considered project was filmed over five years.

More films in London today (A – Z):


Films in London today: CALENDAR at Close-Up, part of UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND (04 DEC).
Films in London today: CALENDAR at Close-Up, part of UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND (04 DEC).

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 27 DEC):

THE CHRISTMAS LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (until 22 DEC):

COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):

UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND at Close-Up (03 to 04 DEC):

  • CALENDAR + INTRO by Jonathan Romney (04 DEC 20:15).
  • Read our RADIANT CIRCUS interview with curator Andrew Gutman HERE.


Films in London today: COLETTE at Regent Street Cinema, part of London Film Week (04 DEC).
Films in London today: COLETTE at Regent Street Cinema, part of London Film Week (04 DEC).

Film festivals in London today include:


Films in London today: WARU at Rio Cinema (30 NOV to 06 DEC).
Films in London today: WARU at Rio Cinema (30 NOV to 06 DEC).

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS at Phoenix Cinema (04 DEC 14:10 & 18:30):

  • The astonishing story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret.

WARU at Rio Cinema (04 DEC 18:30):

  • A groundbreaking production from eight female Māori filmmakers, WARU is the story of a small New Zealand town coming to terms with a bitter tragedy – the death of a small boy, Waru, at the hands of his carer.

THE WILD PEAR TREE at ArtHouse Crouch End (04 DEC 12:45 & 19:30):

  • Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest feature is ingrained with literary references that touch on existential and philosophical questions, such as the place of religion in our lives, while also rendering a sensitive and distinctive portrait of young people in contemporary Turkey.

More films in London this week (A – Z):

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