Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY).

SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 08.05.18

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 (regular runs).



Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: SHORTBUS at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY).
Films in London today: SHORTBUS at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY).

A FANTASTIC WOMAN + Q&A with Rebecca Root at JW3 (08 MAY 20:00):

  • Winner at the Oscars®, this melodrama from Chile, about a transgender singer who faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her boyfriend, is one of the most acclaimed LGBT films of recent years, featuring a powerful performance from trans actor Daniela Vega. Actor Rebecca Root (star of BBC sitcom BOY MEETS GIRL) discuss some of the issues raised in the film.

FRINGE! FLINGS: SHORTBUS 35mm + EVENT at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY 18:40):

  • Fringe! Flings presents an ongoing love affair with queer cinema at the Genesis. For the our second collaborative screening we’re presenting John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS in delicious 35mm plus a special post-screening event to be announced soon!

More films in London today (A – Z): 120 BPM at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY 17:00). AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD at BFI (08 MAY 20:50). BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY 20:00). THE DEMINER at Genesis Cinema (08 MAY 21:00). GRADUATION at Wimbledon Film Club (08 MAY 20:30). HOTEL SALVATION presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (08 MAY 20:00). JEUNE FEMME previews at Picturehouse Central (08 MAY 14:10 – other Picturehouses available!). ROMAN HOLIDAY at The Prince Charles (08 MAY 20:45). YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at The David Lean Cinema (08 MAY 19:30).


Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: BELLADONNA OF SADNESS at BFI (08 MAY).
Films in London today: BELLADONNA OF SADNESS at BFI (08 MAY).

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (all year):



  • MAYDAYS 35mm + Q&A with director William Klein (08 MAY 18:10 – is sold out!).
  • MR FREEDOM 35mm (08 MAY 20:50 – previously listed as with INTRO by William Klein but this has been removed from the BFI’s listing).

WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):


Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO BE LIGHT at Georgian Film Festival (08 MAY).
Films in London today: WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO BE LIGHT at London Georgian Film Festival (08 MAY).

Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)

  • Next screening 11 MAY.

London Georgian Film Festival (03 to 08 MAY)

London Greek Film Festival (07 to 12 MAY)

  • FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE – GREEKETHIOPIC (08 MAY 16:45, Theatro Technis).
  • PORTOLAGO – GHOSTS IN THE AEGEAN (08 MAY 17:40, Theatro Technis).
  • SHORT FILM PROGRAMME (08 MAY 18:45, Theatro Technis).
  • THE SURFACE OF THINGS (08 MAY 20:45, Theatro Technis).

Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)

Reel to Reel: The Craft Film Festival (08 to 10 MAY)

  • SCREENING 1 short film programme (08 MAY 18:30, Picturehouse Central).


Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE YOUNG KARL MARX at ICA & JW3.
Films in London today: THE YOUNG KARL MARX at ICA & JW3.

MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at ArtHouse Crouch End (08 MAY 16:10 & 20:55):

  • 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 (08 MAY 15:15 & 18:20) and Rio Cinema (08 MAY 16:00).

NEW TOWN UTOPIA at Picturehouse Central (08 MAY 14:00):

  • 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.

THE YOUNG KARL MARX at ICA (08 MAY 16:05 & 18:30):

  • 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.
  • Also at JW3 (08 MAY 14:30).

More films in London this week (A – Z): See our weekly digest.

MORE: weekly digests // monthly roundups // event calendar // festivals A to Z.

Join the hunt for adventurous moving pictures.

Get all our guides delivered directly to your inbox – plus other great rewards – with a low-cost RADIANT CIRCUS monthly membership, available exclusively at Patreon.

Follow us on Twitter & Instagram for news & updates.


*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We check box office each morning for films in London today and try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.

Featured attraction: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR at Ciné Lumière (08 MAY 20:00).