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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
EPIC DOUBLE BILL! THE RAID + THE RAID 2 at Deptford Cinema (07 MAY 17:00):
- An epic double bill of two of the most incredible martial arts films of recent times. Bringing fantastic Indonesian fighting styles, especially silat, to world recognition, these two films with their tales of brotherhood, corruption, courage and brutality will change the way you think about action films forever!
SPIKE MILLIGAN DAY at BFI Southbank (07 MAY 12:00):
- A day of surreal delights from the master of the absurd. Includes programmes: THE GOON SHOW YEARS (12:00); OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS (15:00); and POET & COMEDIAN (18:00). Joint ticket available for all three programmes: £24, concs £18 (BFI members pay £3 less).
THEODORA GOES WILD + INTRO by romance novelist Helen Cox at The Institute Of Light (07 MAY 20:30):
- Nobody Ordered Wolves presents a “witty, feminist & charming… screwball delight that is criminally neglected”. So you’ve written a bestselling scandalous novel, the cheques are rolling in and you’re a total succès de scandale. There’s only one problem: you’re also a pillar of a very conservative community…
More films in London today (A – Z): FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS at The Prince Charles (07 May 20:30). FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR at Backyard Cinema (07 MAY 16:00). NOTHING BUT A MAN at BFI (07 MAY 20:40). THE OLD DARK HOUSE at BFI (07 MAY 15:30). SIMPSONS BANK HOLIDAY ALL-DAYER at Genesis Cinema (07 MAY 12:00 – Free!).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
- MEDEA (07 MAY 19:30).
JACQUES TATI Selectrospective at The Prince Charles (07 to 28 MAY):
- MON ONCLE (07 MAY 18:00).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- SUBURBIA 35mm (07 MAY 20:30).
READY PLAYER ONE SEASON at Picturehouse Central (09 APR to 15 MAY):
- THE IRON GIANT (07 MAY 18:20). Other Picturehouses available!
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
- LADY BIRD (07 MAY 13:35).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- SPETTACOLO (07 MAY 20:00, The Half Moon – Free!).
London Georgian Film Festival (03 to 08 MAY)
- DEDE + Skype Q&A with director Mariam Khatchvani (07 MAY 18:30, Regent Street Cinema).
- THE CONFESSION + Q&A with director Zaza Urushadze (07 MAY 20:45, Regent Street Cinema).
London Greek Film Festival (07 to 12 MAY)
- THE SEVEN SAGES OF GREEK ANTIQUITY (07 MAY 18:00, Theatro Technis).
- SHORT FILM PROGRAMME (07 MAY 19:00, Theatro Technis).
- ROSEMARIE (07 MAY 20:20, Theatro Technis).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- HERE TO BE HEARD: The Story Of The Slits + Q&A with the band’s original bassist Tessa Pollitt & Music Producer Dennis Bovell (07 MAY 18:30, Screen On The Green).
MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at ArtHouse Crouch End (07 MAY 13:35 & 20:50):
- From Hiromasa Yonebayashi, animator on such Studio Ghibli masterpieces such as Ponyo and Spirited Away, comes a dazzling new adventure. Based on Mary Stewart‘s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is packed with jaw-dropping imagination and ingenious characters.
- Also at Genesis Cinema (07 MAY 14:15 & 17:50) and Rio Cinema (07 MAY 16:00).
NEW TOWN UTOPIA at Barbican (07 MAY 20:45):
- A feature documentary film about utopian dreams and concrete realities. The challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.
- Also at Picturehouse Central (07 MAY 13:35 & 17:50).
THE YOUNG KARL MARX at JW3 (07 MAY 13:30 & 18:20):
- Between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels meet in Paris in 1844, and together, become defining voices for the burgeoning labour movement. Expect fiery exchanges of ideas over drunken bonding sessions, nurturing support from their adoring partners and masses of righteous indignation at the social inequalities magnified by the industrial revolution.
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Featured attraction: THEODORA GOES WILD + INTRO by romance novelist Helen Cox, presented by Nobody Ordered Wolves at The Institute Of Light (07 MAY 20:30).