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Midnight Excess: THE DAMNED d. Joseph Losey, 1962 + Intro by Ranjit S. Ruprai & Millicent Thomas at Rio Cinema (12 OCT 23:00):
- SUPAKINO presents: “This sci-fi, teen-rebel, Hammer-horror is a delightfully odd and ultimately spine-chilling film by Joseph Losey starring a young Oliver Reed as King, the leader of a coastal biker gang. He’s not happy at his sister going off with an American tourist and the chase ends up in a nearby army base where a highly secretive and disturbing scientific project is taking place.”
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LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019).
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Online at radiantcircus.com: The 13th Native Spirit Film Festival (12 to 20 OCT) opens today. // BFI London Film Festival (02 to 13 OCT) is almost done – we caught Werner Herzog’s FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC. // Ranjit S. Ruprai aka SUPAKINO launches a new season of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema. // Two venues are under threat – read appeals from Screen25 in South Norwood and The Horse Hospital & lend support where you can
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
OFFICIAL SECRETS d. Gavin Hood, 2019 + Q&A with the director & Katharine Gun at Picturehouse Hackney (12 OCT 18:00):
- “Join us for a special preview screening of Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes. The film tells the story of GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun, who in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War leaks a classified email that urged spying on member of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war.”
PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 + Panel at DocHouse (12 OCT 16:00):
- Take One Action presents: “Landlords without faces, apartments without renters… Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities across the world, but incomes are not – pushing long-term residents out. This is not gentrification, it is a relatively new economic reality: housing as a financial product, an investment of choice for corporate finance, a place to park money. So how do we push back and reclaim the streets?”
Too Black Too Queer – a Black LGBTQ+ Extravaganza at Scala (12 OCT 20:00 – FREE!):
- Brixton Reel, Urban World, The Batty Mama and Thrive LDN present: “A one night extravaganza celebrating Black LGBTQ+ experience and wellbeing. Includes screenings of new films, DJs and a live show including performer Paigey Cakey.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Blinking Buzzards – Quarterly Meeting of the UK Buster Keaton Society at The Cinema Museum (12 OCT 16:00).
- THE DEVIL & DANIEL JOHNSTON d. Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005 raising funds for MIND presented by Deeper Into Movies at Miranda at Ace Hotel Shoreditch (12 OCT 19:00).
- DOLEMITE IS MY NAME d. Craig Brewer, 2019 at Rio Cinema (12 OCT 23:30).
- HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at DocHouse (12 OCT 14:00).
- Misty Moon presents: An Evening With The Bad Girls at The Cinema Museum (12 OCT 19:30).
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (12 OCT 20:15).
- Repetition and Variation: Video Essays on Comparative Film & TV Studies at Birkbeck Institute For The Moving Image (12 OCT 12:30 – FREE!).
- SPRINTER d. Storm Saulter, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (12 OCT 19:30).
- SUZI Q d. Liam Firmager, 2019 at DocHouse (12 OCT 20:30).
- Write-Along-Movies: Chapter 27 film & writers’ club at Genesis Cinema (12 OCT 12:00 – FREE!).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH at Everyman Cinemas (OCT):
- BOYZ N THE HOOD d. John Singleton, 1991 (12 OCT 22:30 – Screen On The Green / Crystal Palace).
BLOOD ON EARTH: FILMS FROM THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN DIASPORA at Deptford Cinema (12 OCT to 23 NOV):
- YOUNG SOUL REBELS d. Isaac Julien, 1991 + Season Launch Party (12 OCT 18:30).
CLOSE-UP ON RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at Close-Up (01 OCT to 01 DEC):
- ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS d. Douglas Sirk, 1955 (12 OCT 18:00).
- THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972 (12 OCT 20:00).
THRILLERS & KILLERS & MONSTERS, OH MY! at The Prince Charles (27 SEP to 01 NOV):
- THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 35mm + THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 35mm d. Tobe Hooper, 1974 + 1986 (12 OCT 21:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- BFI London Film Festival (02 to 13 OCT).
- Black Cultural Archives Film Festival (04 to 14 OCT).
- Bloomsbury Festival (11 to 20 OCT).
- London Surf / Film Festival (09 to 12 OCT).
- Native Spirit Festival (12 to 20 OCT – Read our RADIANT CIRCUS guide to the festival HERE).
BEANPOLE d. Kantemir Balagov, 2019 at ICA (12 OCT 18:45):
- “Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov’s hypnotic and rigorous third feature confirms his impressive capacity to deliver strong, accurate and delicate portraits of individuals in past and contemporary Russia.”
FARMING d. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 2019 at Catford Mews (12 OCT 17:50 & 21:15):
- “Based on the writer/director’s childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.”
YOUR TURN d. Eliza Capai, 2019 at DocHouse (12 OCT 18:30):
- “Following the student movement from the protests of 2013 until the election of the new president, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2018, YOUR TURN captures an urgent time in Brazilian politics. In the wake of the economic and social crisis, students protest and occupy hundreds of schools.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 23 OCT). THE DAY SHALL COMEd. Christopher Morris, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (11 to 17 OCT). DOLEMITE IS MY NAME d. Craig Brewer, 2019 at The Prince Charles (11 to 22 OCT). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Watermans (11 to 24 OCT). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 17 OCT). GOOD POSTURE d. Dolly Wells, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 17 OCT). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 17 OCT). JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 at The Lexi (until 17 OCT). JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (until 17 OCT). MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (13 to 17 OCT). ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (14 to 20 OCT). PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at ICA (until 17 OCT). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ICA (until 17 OCT). TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE d. Ali Jaberansari, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (11 to 17 OCT).
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