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LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE 35mm d. King Vidor, 1951 + INTRO by Josephine Botting at BFI Southbank (06 JUN 18:20):
- “‘Would you have the nerve to do what she did on her wedding day?’ demanded the poster for this seldom-seen Warner Bros melodrama in which Ruth Roman stars as a woman who suspects her husband might be a murderer. The man in question is British actor Richard Todd, whose tense, nervy performance keeps the audience in suspense about his true nature.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- We look at Close-Up’s new programme of 13 films by 3 masters of Taiwanese New Cinema, TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN), including news of an exclusive season discount.
- Programmed by Sophie Monks Kaufman, a new season of films by Claire Denisfeaturing “some established bangers, some rarer gems” launches at BFI Southbank (JUN).
- South Social Film Festival celebrates Spain at Moving Pictures Cinema this weekend (08 JUN 18:00) with a discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers.
- Deptford Cinema pursues a new season of CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS and we invite you along for the ride (11 JUN to 29 JUL).
- We chatted with artist Cristina Polop about walking like a duck, amorous crabs, drawing funny & her design for MIDNIGHT EXCESS #3, Ranjit S. Ruprai’s late night collab with Amos Levin (15 JUN 23:00+, Rio Cinema).
- Pushing the frontiers of community cinema, Screen25 has announced LIFT OFF!, a new season of lunar-themed events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing (use discount “CIRCUS19” to save!).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 + PANEL + AFTERPARTY at Everyman Kings Cross (06 JUN 19:00):
- Bird’s Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. The girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.”
EATING ANIMALS d. Christopher Quinn, 2017 + Q&A with the director/producer at Everyman Screen On The Green (06 JUN 19:00):
- “The story of the beginning of the end of factory farming. Produced with Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer, the film is the feature-length adaptation of Foer’s acclaimed book of the same name that starts out with a simple question — where do our eggs, dairy and meat come from?”
MARI d. Georgia Parris, 2018 + Q&A with the director, producer Emma Duffy & choreographer Maxine Doyle at BFI Southbank (06 JUN 18:10):
- “Charlotte (Bobbi Jene Smith), a dancer, must face the tensions with her sister and mother as they all deal with the gradual decline and eventual passing of her grandmother Mari, as well as the challenges of her own creative ambitions.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ALIENS d. James Cameron, 1986 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Wild Card Brewery (06 JUN 19:15).
- City, Essay, Film opening event at DocHouse (06 JUN 18:30).
- EATEN BY LIONS d. Jason Wingard, 2018 presented by Das Kino at The Old Baths (06 JUN 20:00).
- FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS d. Chris Foggin at The David Lean (06 JUN 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
- FOR THE DEFENSE d. John Cromwell, 1930 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (06 JUN 19:30).
- LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS d. Gavin Fitzgerald & Charlie Lightening, 2019 + Live Satellite Performance at ArtHouse Crouch End (06 JUN 19:20 – Many other screens available!).
- QueerBee Short Films: Identity + Q&A with the filmmakers at Curzon Soho (06 JUN 18:30).
- SAVING PRIVATE RYAN d. Steven Spielberg, 1998 at Ciné Lumière D-Day 75th Anniversary Screening (06 JUN 18:30).
- SON OF THE BRIDE d. Juan José Campanella, 2001 presented by Talkies Community Cinema at The Dugdale Centre (06 JUN 19:45).
- THE YAZIDI SECRET CHILDREN + Q&A with the filmmakers at Frontline Club (06 JUN 15:40).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
00S ACTION at House Of Vans (06 to 30 JUN – FREE!/No booking required):
- CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON d. Ang Lee, 2000 (06 JUN 17:00 & 19:15 – FREE!/No booking required).
AFTER THE WAVE: YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1970S at Barbican (06 JUN to 25 JUL):
- L’ENFANT SECRET d. Philippe Garrel, 1979 (06 JUN 19:00).
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- THE BLUE ANGEL d. Josef von Sternberg, 1930 starts a grind show run (31 MAY to 13 JUN).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- MCCABE & MRS MILLER d. Robert Altman, 1971 (06 JUN 20:40).
INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON at Deptford Cinema (until 02 MAY):
- CRIES AND WHISPERS d. Ingmar Bergman, 1972 (06 JUN 19:30).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to JUN):
- OUR LITTLE SISTER d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2015 (06 JUN 20:30).
STEVEN SPIELBERG SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (20 MAY to 30 JUN):
- SAVING PRIVATE RYAN d. Steven Spielberg, 1998 (06 JUN 12:15 & 20:20).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival Part 1 (04 to 13 JUN).
- Hackney Shorts Film Festival (06 JUN).
FREEDOM FIELDS d. Naziha Arebi, 2018 at DocHouse (06 JUN 21:00 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “An intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society.”
SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (06 JUN 12:40 & 15:20 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Following on from his BAFTA and Oscar®-winning masterpiece SON OF SAUL, writer-director László Nemes returns with another exquisite piece of cinema that is as much about family bonds as it is about the breathtaking spectacle captured with his unique, signature style”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (until 06 JUN). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 06 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 13 JUN). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Moving Pictures (31 MAY to 06 JUN). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 05 JUN). FOXTROT d. Samuel Maoz, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 JUN). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Prince Charles (31 MAY to 06 JUN). MA d. Tate Taylor, 2019 at Rich Mix (31 MAY to 06 JUN). ROCKETMAN d. Dexter Fletcher, 2019 at The Lexi (31 May to 06 JUN). SERIAL (BAD) WEDDING 2 d. Philippe de Chauveron, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (01 to 27 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (31 May to 06 JUN). THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (31 MAY to 06 JUN). VOX LUX d. Brady Corbet, 2018 at Watermans (31 MAY to 06 JUN). WHERE HANDS TOUCH d. Amma Asante, 2018 at JW3 (31 MAY to 06 JUN). THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at Watermans (01 to 06 JUN). WOMEN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at JW3 (02 to 06 JUN). XY CHELSEA d. Tim Travers Hawkins, 2019 at ICA (until 06 JUN).
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