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Featured attraction: THE SHINING FORWARDS & BACKWARDS at Rio Cinema (12 JUL 20:45): “An experimental showing of Kubrick’s THE SHINING plays the movie forwards and backwards at the same time on the same screen, creating bizarre juxtapositions and startling synchronicities.” – Birth. Movies. Death.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Artists’ Film Club: Frances Scholz: AMBOY + Q&A with artist Frances Scholz and writer Mark von Schlegell at ICA (12 JUL 18:30):
- UK premiere of a feature-length film by artist Frances Scholz, co-written and produced by science fiction writer Mark von Schlegell. AMBOY is based amid the cultural mythologies, fakery and shared hallucinations of Los Angeles, and unfolds through a series of interwoven, unscripted encounters and fictional storylines.
BETTY: THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT + Q&A with director Phil Cox at Rich Mix (12 JUL 20:45):
- Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70’s music scene to break boundaries for women of colour with her daring personality, iconic fashion and unforgettable funk music. A pioneer of feminism and Black Power, she became the first black female artist to perform, write and manage herself. Then suddenly – she vanished.
BL CK B X: Anahita Razmi Opening Event at LUX Moving Image (12 JUL 19:00):
- Launching the exhibition BL CK B X: Anahita Razmi THE FUTURE STATE, a preliminary with a screening of selected works, followed by Razmi in conversation with Stephanie Bailey (Editor in Chief, Ocula Magazine, Hong Kong). Exhibition continues until 04 AUG.
THE SHINING FORWARDS & BACKWARDS at Rio Cinema (12 JUL 20:45):
- John Fell Ryan and Akiva Saunders’ unique composition is a rare cinematic treat; a cinematic experiment providing a new way to see Stanley Kubrick’s horror.
Stuart Brisley: Rituals Once Took Place Without Observers + Q&A with Stuart Brisley at BFI Southbank (12 JUL 20:30):
- Artist Stuart Brisley’s investigations into ‘performance art’ (BEING & DOING, 1984) screen alongside his film about a maritime tragedy (ESTONIA, 2007). Part of BFI’s Experimenta strand.
More films in London today (A – Z): ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER presented by Vito Project at The Cinema Museum (12 JUL 19:00 – Free!/Donation requested). AMERICAN PSYCHO at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (12 JUL 21:00). THE BREADWINNER at The David Lean (12 JUL 14:30 & 19:30). C’EST LA VIE! previews at Ciné Lumière (12 JUL 20:30). FLOATING CLOUDS 35mm at BFI (12 JUL 18:10). GHOST WORLD 35mm at The Prince Charles (12 JUL 18:20). HELLO QUO! full-length director’s cut at Regent Street Cinema (12 JUL 19:30). Reclaim The Frame: PIN CUSHION + Q&A with cast Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, Chanel Creswell, Nadine Coyle, Isy Suttie, Bethany Antonia & writer/director Deborah Haywood presented by Birds’ Eye View at Picturehouse Central (12 JUL 19:00 – Sold Out!). ROMEO + JULIET at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (12 JUL 21:00 – Sold Out!). RUSHMORE at The Prince Charles (12 JUL 20:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
19TH BIRTHDAY at Genesis Cinema (03 to 12 JUL):
AGNÈS VARDA: VISION OF AN ARTIST at BFI Southbank (JUN to JUL):
- VAGABOND (12 JUL 18:40 & 20:45).
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (12 JUL to 12 AUG):
- NAILA AND THE UPRISING + Q&A with executive producer Suhad Babaa (12 JUL 18:30 – then daily until 16 JUL).
UNHOLY WOMEN at Barbican (03 to 17 JUL):
- DEMENTIA + PANEL (12 JUL 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We haven’t spotted any film festivals in London today. Please let us know if you have! We hate missing things…
More films festivals in London: Try our festivals A to Z listings.
MARY SHELLEY at Phoenix Cinema (12 JUL 15:35 & 20:30):
- The tempestuous romance that inspired one of Gothic literature’s most influential works is brought to life in MARY SHELLEY, a luscious and moving period drama starring Elle Fanning as the radical young writer. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.
SHAKEDOWN at ICA (12 JUL 20:50).
- ‘Shakedown’ was a series of parties founded by and for African American women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing and strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene.
TERMINAL at The Prince Charles (12 JUL 21:05):
- In the dark heart of a sprawling anonymous city, TERMINAL follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life.
More films in London this week (A – Z): BEAUTY AND THE DOGS at ICA (06 to 10 JUL). THE ENDLESS at The Prince Charles (06 to 12 JUL). LADY BIRD at Whirled Cinema (09 to 12 JUL). MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS at ICA (07 to 11 JUL). MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at The Prince Charles (06 to 12 JUL). MCQUEEN at The Castle Cinema (06 to 10 JUL). POSTCARDS FROM THE 48% at Arthouse (06 to 11 JUL). RACER & THE JAILBIRD at Ciné Lumière (11 to 25 JUL). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (06 to 12 JUL). STUDIO 54 at Rich Mix (06 to 12 JUL). SWIMMING WITH MEN at Phoenix Cinema (06 to 12 JUL). TIME TRIAL at DocHouse (06 to 12 JUL).
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*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+.