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*.
Featured attraction: There are two amazing community cinema screenings in churches across London today… Deptford Cinema’s screening of ANDREI RUBLEV at St Nicholas Church is sold out (13 OCT 18:30), but there are still tickets for Talkies Community Cinema’s presentation of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) + LIVE ORGAN by David Hinit at Christ Church Southgate (13 OCT 19:30).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
A NORTHERN SOUL + Q&A with director Sean McAllister at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (13 OCT 19:00):
- Sean McAllister returns to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its UK City of Culture opening. Back living with his 90-year-old parents and reflecting on changes to a city hit by cuts and divided by Brexit, Sean is drawn to the fringes of town where he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a love for hip hop.
A VERY CARIBBEAN POT + PANEL with director Timuchin Dindjer at Lexi Cinema (13 OCT 15:00):
- Premiere of a new doc which recounts stories from people who were part of the Windrush generation. The film, made down the road from the Lexi, records the stories of people who came to London from the Caribbean in the period 1950 – 1980. It is based on testimony from people at the Pepper Pot Social Centre in Ladbroke Grove.
Blinking Buzzards: Quarterly meeting of the UK Buster Keaton Societyat The Cinema Museum (13 OCT 16:00):
- The UK Buster Keaton Society presents: The society dedicated to the appreciation of the silent comedian. The last meeting of the year is a request session, so expect to see beloved gems chosen by Society members.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME + LIVE ORGAN by David Hinit at Christ Church Southgate (13 OCT 19:30):
- Talkies Community Cinema presents: In 15th-century Paris, Jehan (Brandon Hurst), the evil brother of the archdeacon, lusts after a Gypsy named Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller) and commands the hunchback Quasimodo (Lon Chaney) to capture her. Military captain Phoebus (Norman Kerry) also loves Esmeralda and rescues her, but the Gypsy is not unsympathetic to Quasimodo’s condition, and an unlikely bond forms between them.
PARABLE FOR THE RETURN + INTRO by filmmaker Juan Soto at Birkbeck Cinema (13 OCT 14:00):
- Juan Soto who will present two recent works PARABLE OF THE RETURN (2016) and TOO LATE FOR THE CINEMA (2014). Juan is a London based filmmaker and editor from Colombia whose works poetically explore intersections of memory and history.
More films in London today (A – Z): BLACK ’47 at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 OCT 17:25). DOWN TO EARTH + INTRO at Ritzy (13 OCT 12:00). IMO at Deptford Cinema (13 OCT 20:00). COLD WAR at Regent Street Cinema (13 OCT 13:30, 15:15 & 17:00). PETER RABBIT presented by Stow Film Lounge at CentrE17 (13 OCT 10:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON THE TAVIANI BROTHERS at Close-Up (05 to 22 OCT):
- PADRE PADRONE (13 OCT 20:00).
THE FILMS OF YASUJIRÔ OZU at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON aka Sanma No Aji (13 OCT 12:30).
GNARLY MOVIE NIGHTS at House of Vans (11 to 28 OCT – Free! / No booking required):
- THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (13 OCT 15:00 & 17:30).
HORROROCTOBER at Prince Charles (OCT):
MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF: THE POETIC TRILOGY at Close-Up (02 to 20 OCT):
- GABBEH (13 OCT 18:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- BFI London Film Festival (10 to 21 OCT).
- London Surf Film Festival (10 to 13 OCT).
- Native Spirit Film Festival (11 to 21 OCT).
GUN NO. 6 at DocHouse (13 OCT 20:30):
- This investigative doc tracks the journey of Gun No. 6: Britain’s most wanted firearm. For over a decade during the early-2000s, when shootings in Britain were at their highest, Gun No. 6 changed hands to be used in 11 cases and 3 murders.
MANDY at The Prince Charles (13 OCT 23:00):
- Somewhere in the primal wilderness near the Shadow Mountains in the year 1983, Red Miller has fallen deeply for the beguiling Mandy Bloom. But the life he has made for himself comes suddenly and horrifyingly crashing down when a vile band of ravaging idolaters and supernatural creatures penetrate his idyllic paradise with vicious fury.
- Part of HORROROCTOBER (see seasons for listings).
PILI at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 OCT 12:45):
- Pili lives in rural Tanzania, working the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it.
More films in London this week (A – Z): ANCHOR AND HOPE at Watermans (12 to 18 OCT). BLACK ’47 at Watermans (12 to 18 OCT). COLUMBUS at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 18 OCT). THE ENDLESS at Whirled Cinema (15 to 21 OCT). FILMWORKER at The Montpelier (14 OCT to 24 OCT). THE JEWISH UNDERGROUND at DocHouse (12 to 18 OCT). KUSMAMA – INFINITY at DocHouse (12 to 18 OCT). THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST at The Prince Charles (15 to 18 OCT). SINK at Peckhamplex (12 to 17 OCT).
Join the hunt for adventurous moving pictures.
SIGN UP to our free eNEWS for regular updates about London’s indie cinema scene.
SUBSCRIBE to get our unique SCREEN GUIDE listings delivered directly to your inbox – plus other great rewards! – with a low-cost RADIANT CIRCUS monthly membership.
*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+.