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POOL OF LONDON d. Basil Dearden, 1951 + Intro by Tara Brown at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (13 JUN 19:00):
- “Released three years after Windrush arrived in Tilsbury Docks, film legend Earl Cameron broke through the colour bar landing a lead role in the gritty melodrama heist movie POOL OF LONDON. Playing a shy, sensitive outsider to his cocky shipmate, Earl Cameron’s character Danny gets unwittingly involved in a diamond heist gone wrong.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Read our writeup of SEARCHING EVA + Q&A with Eva Collé which we caught at Fragments Festival, Genesis Cinema (07 to 15 JUN 2019).
- Rhythm & Views Film Festival (15 to 29 JUN) celebrates the intimate relationship between music and film.
- Sidestreet Cinema’s series of screenings to commemorate Windrush, migration & identity starts tonight with ROSEWOOD at Whirled Cinema (13, 14 & 16 JUN).
- Japan Foundation London has announced a new programme of FREE film screenings, their PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS (26 to 30 JUN)!
- TAIPEI STORIES (01 to 30 JUN) returns to Close-Up tonight with Edward Yang’s THE TERRORIZERS (13 JUN 20:15). There’s an exclusive season discount for RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers too!
- We’ve posted writeups of Early Japanese Animation (Barbican Centre) and THE END OF THE TRACK (Aperture Festival at Close-Up).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 + Intro by the director at DocHouse (13 JUN 18:30):
- “The man and myth of Maradona is explored in this new documentary by Academy award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (SENNA, AMY). In July 1984, Argentine football superstar Diego Maradona arrived in Naples to play for the ailing football giant SSC Napoli.”
- Also: DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 + Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (13 JUN 20:15).
GALSEN d. Sergio Aparicio, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Deptford Cinema (13 JUN 19:00):
- “GALSEN is the way in which Senegalese young people designate their country in slang but, for the protagonist of this story, the mixed-race musician Sergio Aparicio (OKOBE aka Creisy Lyon), it is his goal and, at the same time, his point of departure.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Allan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (13 JUN 20:40).
- AVENGEMENT d. Jesse V. Johnson, 2019 + Q&A with the cast at Picturehouse Stratford (13 JUN 19:00).
- BEAT STREET 35mm d. Stan Lathan, 1984 at The Prince Charles (13 JUN 18:10 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening).
- BLACK ORPHEUS 35mm d. Marcel Camus, 1959 presented by Soul Jazz Records Cinema Club at Regent Street Cinema (13 JUN 19:30).
- FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF d. Tom Piper, 2017 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (13 JUN 18:30).
- FORCE OF NATURE NATALIA d. Gerry Fox, 2019 at DocHouse (13 JUN 16:30).
- FREEDOM FIELDS d. Naziha Arebi, 2018 at ICA (13 JUN 14:20).
- MOULIN ROUGE! d. Baz Luhrmann, 2001 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (13 JUN 20:00).
- ROSEWOOD d. John Singleton, 1997 + Discussion presented by Sidestreet Cinema at Whirled Cinema (13 JUN 19:15).
- ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS d. Michael Curtiz, 1948 presented by Kennington Talkies at The Cinema Museum (13 JUN 19:30).
- RUDEBOY – THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS d. Nicolas Jack Davies, 2018 presented by Doc’n Roll at Picturehouse Crouch End (13 JUN 20:30).
- SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT d. Ingmar Bergman, 1955 at The David Lean (13 JUN 14:30 & 19:30).
- SUPPORT THE GIRLS d. Andrew Bujalski, 2018 + Discussion with Black Girls Book Club at Picturehouse Stratford East (13 JUN 20:30).
- TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at Lexi Cinema (13 JUN 20:50).
- WOMAN AT WAR d. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 at Curzon Aldgate (13 JUN 18:30 – Other Curzons available!)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AFTER THE WAVE: YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1970S at Barbican (06 JUN to 25 JUL):
- MY LITTLE LOVES 35mm d. Jean Eustache, 1974 (13 JUN 18:30).
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):
- THE BLUE ANGEL d. Josef von Sternberg, 1930 enjoys a grind show run (until 13 JUN).
- DIARY OF A LOST GIRL d. GW Pabst, 1929 + Intro by Pamela Hutchinson (13 JUN 18:00).
- THE CAT’S BRIDGE d. Gerhard Lamprecht, 1927 (13 JUN 20:30 + Live Piano by Cyrus Gabrysch).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: PAULINE KAEL at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- BLOW OUT d. Brian De Palma, 1981 (13 JUN 18:20).
KOREAN FILM NIGHTS: HOME TRUTHS at Korean Cultural Centre (02 MAY to 20 JUN):
- WOMAN OF FIRE d. Kim Ki-young, 1971 + Intro by Joel Whitaker (13 JUN 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):
- ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 enjoys a grind show run (12 to 18 JUN).
- GOODFELLAS 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1990 (13 JUN 20:35).
PLAYING THE BITCH at BFI Southbank (JUN):
- CARMEN JONES d. Otto Preminger, 1954 (13 JUN 18:15).
- The Hot Take: The B Wordpanel debate (13 JUN 20:30).
TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN):
- THE TERRORIZERS d. Edward Yang, 1986 (13 JUN 20:15).
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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).
- Fragments Festival (07 to 15 JUN).
- Origins Festival Of First Nation Arts (11 to 23 JUN).
> READ our writeup of SEARCHING EVA + Q&A with Eva Collé (11 JUN).
THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS d. João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora at ICA (13 JUN 18:30):
- “A fictionalised portrait of tribal culture in Brazil. Drawing from the experiences of the filmmakers, who spent several months among the Krahô people of Pedra Branca, the film depicts a young man destined to become a shaman who attempts to resist his fate. Shot in 16mm, this meditative drama won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.”
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from LFF2018.
DIRTY GOD d. Sacha Polak, 2019 at Rich Mix (13 JUN 20:40 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Following a violent acid attack that left many scars, Jade, a young mother from London, attempts to reclaim her life and some sense of normality. DIRTY GOD is a portrait of a woman with incredible resilience. Jade is no passive victim; she makes her own choices – good or bad – and deals with the consequences.”
KIND HEARTS & CORONETS d. Robert Hamer, 1949 at Phoenix Cinema (13 JUN 18:00 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Celebrating the 70th birthday of a jewel in the crown of both British cinema and the great Ealing Studios, this new 4K restoration confirms the fiendishly funny KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS as one of the most wickedly witty and acerbic comedies ever made.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT d. Stephan Elliott, 1994 at The Prince Charles (07 to 13 JUN). AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST d. Mike Plante, 2019 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN). ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at ICA (until 13 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at The Castle Cinema (until 13 JUN). EATING ANIMALS d. Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (11 to 13 JUN). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 11 JUN). GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Rio Cinema (07 to 13 JUN). HALSTON d. Frédéric Tcheng, 2019 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN). HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at The Prince Charles (until 13 JUN). IN SAFE HANDS d. Jeanne Herry, 2018 at Watermans (07 to 13 JUN). LATE NIGHT d. Nisha Ganatra, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (07 to 13 JUN). LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS d. Charlie Lightening & Gavin Fitzgerald, 2019 at DocHouse (07 to 11 JUN). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (12 to 18 JUN). SERIAL (BAD) WEDDING 2 d. Philippe de Chauveron, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 27 JUN). THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 13 JUN). SOY CUBA d. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964 at Whirled Cinema (10 to 16 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at BFI (07 to 13 JUN). TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG d. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, 2018 at ICA (07 to 13 JUN).
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